The UMUC Library Newsletter

Fall 2013 • Volume 13, Issue 3
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From Stephen Miller
Associate Vice Provost, UMUC Library

Stephen Miller

On behalf of my colleagues at the UMUC Library, I extend warm wishes to all new and returning students, faculty, and staff for a productive fall semester!

As the new TUS e-resources initiative gets underway, the Library is here to offer full support to Academic Directors and faculty. Library liaisons are ready to meet with Academic Directors and faculty to help make for a smooth transition to all-electronic classroom materials. In addition, the Library has implemented a new practice for e-book chapters. Please continue reading the newsletter for more information.

Google Analytics will help us provide even better service to all our patrons. See below for more information on this exciting endeavor.

The Library is active in maintaining the University Archives, and has recently added the speeches of one of our former European Directors to the collection. More information is available below. And as always, we continue to represent UMUC in conferences.

UMUC librarians are available for research assistance through a variety of formats, including 24/7 e-mail and live chat, as well as instant messaging and via telephone during regularly-scheduled hours. Individual research consultations are available in-person, by phone, or via Web Conferencing. See Ask a Librarian for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Faculty: be sure to take full advantage of the Library's liaison program and course-related library instruction. Please familiarize yourselves with these services. We are here to help your students succeed!

Best of luck in the fall semester!


E-Reserves Update

Starting in fall 2013, with full implementation in spring 2014, Academic/Program Directors will be expected to coordinate electronic reserves readings to be placed in the classroom. Individual faculty can still supplement these readings with approval of his/her director. More detailed information regarding this change has been sent out through TUS/TGS.

UMUC Library is implementing a new practice that allows, subject to Academic/Program Director approval, up to 10% or one chapter of a book or other published work that has been or will be lawfully acquired or purchased by UMUC and that otherwise qualifies as fair use under 17 U.S.C. § 107 to be placed on E-Reserves. Requests that are above this limit or that do not comply with fair use will follow the normal procedures for copyright clearance. Beginning with the Fall 2013 semester, you will see additional language added to the request form for book chapters to certify compliance with fair use criteria.

In support of the e-Resources project, the UMUC Library created an E-Reserves Basic Guidelines document that was shared with Academic Directors to help them better understand what materials can be requested and some basic guidance on copyright pricing. You can also review the E-Reserves FAQ for additional information regarding E-Reserves.

The UMUC Library has purchased a new E-Reserves system, Ares from Atlas Systems, Inc., which allows for full integration with LEO. Implementation is in progress, with the expectation that the new system will be live in spring 2014. When fully implemented, Ares will allow directors to easily request items and mark them to be placed in all appropriate course sections. Items can be imported from previous courses, as well as entering new requests. The status of the items can also be tracked as they are processed by the library.


Electronic Resources News


  • Books24x7
    Many IT and desktop videos are now available in our Books24x7 e-books collection! You can search for them in the search box located at the top of the My Home page. You can also access them by going to the Browse Topics box on the My Home page, selecting either Desktop or IT videos from the dropdown menu, and then choosing a topic area within each to see the videos.  
  • EBSCOhost
    E-resources in the EBSCOhost interface have been enhanced, for instance, in Academic Search Complete. There have been improvements to the overall look of the Search, Search Results, and Detailed Record. Moreover, the feature previously labeled Alert/Save/Share is now labeled Share. All of the existing functionality of this feature remains the same. 
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Delivery to Dropbox enhancement has now been expanded to include document delivery to Google Drive. Click on the cloud delivery icon and select either Dropbox or Google Drive on the pop-up screen. Also, LexisNexis Academic now includes Google Translate functionality. You will now see a drop-down box in results list and document view that will allow you to translate your results and documents into over 70 languages. 
  • Web of Science
    Please see detailed notes about more 2013 enhancements or view an online demo – there have been quite a few!


UMUC Library Employs Google Analytics

The UMUC Library recently began using Google Analytics to take a closer look at how our patrons are using Library web pages. Google Analytics provides real-time and cumulative, anonymized data about how visitors move through the Library's Web site, what links are clicked on, how much is spent on particular pages, what search terms are used, what devices are used to access the site, and other factors. It will help insure that user preferences and behavior are taken into account when changes are made to the design of Library pages.

The Library's Web Analytics Working Group is currently conducting a trial to measure and understand behavior on several high-traffic pages, with the goal of moving toward broader incorporation of analytics into Library design decision-making.


Mason G. Daly Speeches Added to UMUC Archives

The University Archives has received a collection of speeches by Mason “Bob” G. Daly given during his tenure as Director of the European Division of UMUC. Mr. Daly was head of the European Division for most of the 1960s, and his speeches reflect the momentous changes that transpired during this era. The range of this collection is diverse. His conference speeches evince a drive to fill the military with educated and responsible soldiers, while other, less formal, speeches portray an affable and approachable nature.

The highlight of the collection is his commencement speeches. With their call to continue pursuing education, to keep asking questions, and to be proud citizens of the world, the speeches continue to inspire even today, nearly 50 years after they were first given.

You can find the full collection in the UMUC Digital Repository.


UMUC Library Staff News

Presentations and Publications

  • ERM (Electronic Resources Management) and the Extended Mind
    Lenore England, Assistant Director for Electronic Resources Management, and Stephen Miller, Associate Vice Provost, will present at the Charleston Conference in November 2013. The presentation will discuss a philosophical approach to understanding how students use electronic resources in their coursework in order to help them get what they need when they need it. 
  • ENGAGE Your ERM (Electronic Resources Management): Using JIVE for Social Networking
    Lenore England, Assistant Director for Electronic Resources Management, and Jennifer Diffin, Assistant Director, Systems and Access Services, will present at the Charleston Conference in November 2013. The presentation will discuss how ENGAGE offers a promising possibility as an effective communication tool for managing electronic resources within the UMUC community.
  • The Association for Library Collection and Technical Services (ALCTS) will publish an article in the September edition of the ALCTS Newsletter Online (ANO) about Lenore England, Assistant Director for Electronic Resources Management, and her work on fundraising for ALCTS.


Faculty Corner

Library Liaisons

The UMUC Library provides library liaison services to  UMUC faculty. We  welcome the opportunity to work closely with faculty  to provide  tailored library services to individual classes, whether it  be visiting  your online or face-to-face class, assisting in adding  information  literacy components to specific course assignments or  projects, or  providing handouts or online resources customized to your discipline or current course topic. Please keep the liaison librarians in mind  when you  have library related questions, need extra help with research, or need  instruction on how to use our resources.



  • Robert Miller
    The Sciences Programs (SCIP)
  • Ed O'Donnell
    Department of Business and Professional  Programs (BAPP) 
  • Joe Rawson
    Department of Communication, Arts, and Humanities (COMM) 
  • Ryan Shepard
    Cybersecurity, Department of Computer Information Systems and Technology (CITE)


UMUC librarians look forward to working with you and your classes throughout the fall 2013 semester, either via the UMUC online learning management system or on-site, in the provision of information literacy instruction. The transferable skill building and concept understanding that librarians offer in these sessions provide both a deeper comprehension and comfort level for your students in locating, evaluating, and using information relevant to their studies. This preparation and reinforcement will hold your students in good stead as they deal with the vast amount of available information during their academic careers and as productive employees and citizens. Please complete the Faculty Request for Library Instruction form to schedule one or more sessions for your classes.

Need instruction but don't have time to schedule a facilitated session? Consider adding a stand-alone instruction module to your online classroom. Please contact your library liaison for more information.

Questions? Comments? Need more information? Please contact Barb Mann, Associate Director, Public Services, or the UMUC Library.

We look forward to working with you!


On the Web... Open Educational Resources

In conjunction with the University's initiative to provide students with free, open source resources to support classroom learning, the Library has gathered the following Web sites, which collect a variety of Open Educational Resources in diverse subjects and disciplines.

See more Open Educational Resources in the UMUC Library's OER Guide.

  • Connections
    The Content Commons contains educational materials for everyone from children to college students to professionals, organized in small modules that are easily connected into larger collections
    or courses.
  • Curriki
    Curriki encourages collaboration of diverse experiences from around the world to develop 'best of breed' learning resources (peer-reviewed and classroom tested) and to create a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Merlot
    MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff, and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.
  • OER Commons
    OER Commons uses a variety of categories to organize resources. The categories are assigned by the resources' creators and the OER Commons administrators, and they describe various aspects of the items, including grade level, subject area, and material format.