January 2009

I hope everyone is enjoying seeing more books in the IC.  There are a few more ready reference books to come over in the next week or two.  Please let me know if any other titles are needed.  The books on top of the shelves are “new” reference books for us to enjoy until they return to their home in the Cudahy Reference collection.  These will change regularly as newer reference books arrive in the Department.



Two new supervisors that will be starting next week. Their names are Carey Portis (Weekend) and Ted Quiballo (Late Evening).  They will be reporting directly to Mary.

A big thank you is owed to the reference graduate students for helping out with so many late night shifts while the IC was short-staffed.  Good work!

The elevators in the IC are not working today, 1/28. The problem has been reported.

When trying to contact one of the reference employees and graduate assistants, please note the contact list on the “N” drive from “My Computer” is our point of reference.  Please use this as a source of current information and do not rely on any other source, such as Voyager to look up current information.  If you have questions, please ask.

Thank you very much.

We’re going to try out a new routine for making sure the reference shelving gets done each morning. Here’s how it will go:

The reference librarian on duty at 10:00 will check the to-be-shelved table before going over to the IC for his or her reference shift. If there are books to be shelved, the reference librarian will ask the graduate student on duty to go over and shelve. During weekend shifts, the reference librarians should remember to cover the desk at some point so that the graduate students can go over to Cudahy and shelve, thus avoiding the big pile of books on Monday morning.

Reference Librarians: Please remember to check the to-be-shelved table each morning before your shift.

Graduate Students: Please be ready to head over to Cudahy to shelve at 10:00 if asked.

New Online Databases for Music

January 13th, 2009 by LOCL Reference

The Loyola University Libraries are pleased to provide access to two exciting music databases from NAXOS.

NAXOS Music Library — considered the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online.  Select works by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre.  Each album has a unique URL.

NAXOS Sheet Music Library — This Naxos Music Library offers over 45,000 sheet music titles, powered by FreeHandMusic.com. The library delivers digital sheet music in all classical genres, spanning music from Medieval to the 21st century and composers from Bach to Arvo Part.

Both Naxos products may be accessed from the Libraries’ Databases by Title list.

Hello, dear friends:

I hope you are not roaming around in the snow, or, if you are, that you are happy with your circumstances.

I am writing with a strange sort of request. Dr. Hoffman, who teaches Hebrew 102, wanted to let the IC staff know that his class meets at Mundelein Hall, Room# 603 on Wednesdays between 7:00 and 8:15pm. Apparently, the registered students are confused about the classroom and have been coming up to IC, classroom 215, because that is where they met last semester. (Locus has not updated the spring classroom information, for some reason.) If you could please redirect the students to Mundelein 603, I am sure Dr. Hoffman will be most grateful.

I hope all is well in winter wonderland.

Best wishes,


New Online Resource: SimplyMap

January 13th, 2009 by Taya Franklin

SimplyMap is a Web-based mapping application that enables you to quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using in-depth business and marketing datasets relating to consumer habits, income and expenses, as well as with detailed 1990 and 2000 U.S. Census data.

To understand a few concepts related to creating maps in SimplyMap, as well as information on how to access and overlap statistics from the many available datasets, watching the 6-minute introductory video is strongly recommended. The video can be accessed by clicking on the “Tutorial” link in the top right corner of the SimplyMap screen.

This resource can be found under the Databases by Title list.

Hello, my friends:

I hope the first week of the semester has been treating you well and that the months ahead bring you happiness and contentment.

Jeannette and I just learned (owing to a patron’s inquiry) that the Writing Center at the IC will reopen on Monday, January 19, at 10:00am. I am not sure how that works, considering the day is a university-wide holiday; but the message on the Writing Center’s voice mail indicated Monday as the grand reopening.

I hope to see you all soon enough at or around the reference desk.

Best wishes,


During the day time hours when there is not an IC undergrad worker, the graduate students should do the floor count every two hours. The clip board with the counting sheets is kept at the desk.

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