We have new computers at the reference desk! The printer is already set up and the three main websites (libanalytic, text-a-lib, and library help) are bookmarked in FireFox.
Downloading Chrome requires a Admin password. Paul is set as the Admin, so if you need additional programs, ask him.

Currently the kiosk at the second floor reference desk is not allowing users to reach the study room reservation page. Nick sent this update:

I had updated the WebCheckout reservation login page a week prior with the assistance of our vendor so the new LibCal links were visible there and users could navigate from there to book group study rooms. Upon testing right now however, it does appear the kiosk software has a prompt indicating the URL is blocked. I’ll have to investigate this further if there’s any way I can unlock those workstations to reconfigure them to allow those URLs.

 I’ll create some signage to place next to those kiosks in the meantime, indicating the URL for students to visit directly from their mobile devices to book group study room reservations. I will keep you posted as I am able to update it.

Nick will place those signs some time today.

While we are waiting for the links to be fixed, students can go directly to the LibCal URL from the library or IC website.You can also make a reservation for people from the reference desk computers. The system does not require logging in, so you can just type in the LUC email address.

IC Room reservation:


Students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to attend library catalog training sessions this fall.

Additional training sessions will be scheduled to meet demand.

Online Training Sessions in Adobe Connect
Tuesday, August 25, 11:30 – noon
Thursday, August 27, 2:30 – 3:00
Monday, August 31, 4:00 – 4:30
Wednesday, September 2, 11:30 – noon

In-Person Sessions in Information Commons 120
Monday, August 24, 10:30 – 11:00
Wednesday, August 26, 2:00 – 2:30

Tuesday, September 1, 10:30 – 11:00

Access online training sessions here: https://connect.luc.edu/libraryinfo/ or watch a recording of an earlier session here: https://connect.luc.edu/p9c1de6ar7u/

Contact us if you have additional questions: cud-ref@luc.edu 773.508.2632

Graduate Reference Assistants,

Please review the research guide and the handout that is linked from the first page at the start of your shift today: http://libguides.luc.edu/library_catalog

Also take a look at the new library website to familiarize yourself with the new layout.

You’ll notice that the e-journals tab is missing from the middle of the website. In the new catalog, it’s much easier to search for a print or electronic journal by title and find it in the library catalog. Try it out with some journals from your discipline. There is also an A-Z list of all of the journals, both print and online. Right now you can access this list from the top right corner of the catalog search page, and we’ll probably add it to the website in the future. searchlibraries.luc.edu
However, there are some issues with the e-journals system right now as we get things started. You’ll see that the old list of e-journals is still linked on the library website under the “Find” column. For the next couple of days, it will be a good idea to double check this list for e-journal access while we work out some kinks in the new system. http://hn9yf5lh6v.search.serialssolutions.com/
There will probably be a lot of questions from patrons, so if you’re not able to help them, please be sure to put them in touch with a librarian. Things may be a little messy as we figure out some of the last few issues with the catalog, so thanks for your help.

As part of the transition to a new library catalog, book requests in the Pegasus catalog will be suspended for several days. Starting at noon on Friday, July 17th, you will be unable to place requests (such as holds or inter-campus loan) via the Pegasus catalog. The ability to place requests will resume when the new library catalog launches on Thursday, July 23. If you need to place an inter-campus loan request for a book during this time, please contact Brian Harag (bharag@luc.edu or 773.508.2634), who will coordinate sending/receiving books to the correct location.

As part of the transition to a new library catalog, DVD check out will be suspended for several days. Starting at noon on Friday, July 17th, there will be no DVD check out. Please contact James Conley (jconely1@luc.edu or 773.508.8423) with any questions concerning our audio-visual collection.

As part of the transition to a new Library Search tool, library access to Worldcat Local ends as of July 1, 2015. The new Library Search tool will be available on July 23.

There are several library databases that can be used to perform tasks that you may have done with Worldcat Local.

  • Search for books and movies at Loyola  – for the rest of July, you can search for books, movies, and other physical material in the Loyola Libraries by using the Pegasus catalog.
  • Search for books at other libraries – You can search for books that we don’t have here at Loyola with the Worldcat Firstsearch database. This version of Worldcat does not search journal articles, like Worldcat Local does, but it does search library catalogs around the world. You can also initiate interlibrary loan requests for specific books when you search for them in Worldcat Firstsearch.
  • Search for journal articles – The library subscribes to hundreds of article databases that cover different areas of research. You can choose the best database for your research area from our Research Guides, or use Academic Search Complete, which is a general article database that covers all disciplines.

From June 26 through late July, many of our ebooks will be unavailable because of the transition to a new library system. When patrons try to access these ebooks through Pegasus, they’ll get a message saying that the book is temporarily unavailable, and that they should contact Reference for help.

If you hear from patrons about this problem, there are a couple of approaches to consider:

1. You can try to help the patron find another book or article that would suit their research need

2. You can suggest that the patron request the book through ILL

3. If an e-book is needed, have the patron fill out this form: http://libraries.luc.edu/purchase You can tell the patron that we will do our best to purchase the e-book they need, but it may take some time.

4. Do not hesitate to refer these questions to one of the reference librarians.

In all cases, please be sure to record these transactions in Libanalytics, and record the title of the book that was requested when you enter the question.

More electrical outlets will be installed on the third floor of the IC between Monday, June 29th and Thursday, July 2nd.  The work will be noisy and complaints are very possible.  Please direct anyone who complains of a lack of quiet space to the Donovan Reading Room or to the lower, second, and third floors of Cudahy Library.

A theology instructor has sent several reports of her students being told that our library does not contain either the Anchor Bible Commentary or the New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary.  Both sources are in the library collection.

One copy of every volume in the Anchor Bible Commentary may be found in the reference collection.  Each volume corresponds with one (occasionally two or three) book in the Bible.  Each volume has a slightly different call number but all are shelved together beginning at the call number (Ref) BS 192.2 .A1.

The library has duplicate copies of many volumes of the Anchor Bible Commentary.  Those are shelved in the main stacks at the same call number as they are at in the reference collection.  The main stacks copies are available for checkout.

Each volume of the New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary contains commentary on several books in the Bible.  The volumes are at the call number (Ref) BS 491.2 .N484.  This title is not in the main stacks; it is only in the reference collection.

The instructor is also reporting students misdirected to the reference collection.  When asked where it is located, please be sure to offer the Circulation Desk as a source of help if your directions do not get someone there successfully.  It is easier for staff at the Circulation Desk to describe the location than it is to do so from the second floor of the IC.

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