April 2011

As we near the busy end of the semester, you may be receiving more calls from students regarding access to our electronic resources via the proxy login.

While all issues can be directed to me immediately if I am in that day, please remember that there is a print out in the front of the blue binder regarding steps to take in the event that I am out of the office all day.

You can also find all the pertinent information here in my original post:  http://blogs.lib.luc.edu/reference/2010/10/05/proxy-troubleshooting/




The 4th floor of the IC will be open 4:00pm – midnight, Monday – Thursday, for silent study. If students complain about the noise or lack of study space, please let them know that the 4th floor is an option.

As a reminder, IC 120 is also open for students who are looking for a free computer. You can check the icseminarroom calendar on groupwise to see if the room is free.


Hi — we begin 24/7 opening today! Also, we are trying an experiment with designating the classrooms for use by specific groups. Leslie has reserved the classrooms in the IC from 10pm-1am. The breakdown is as follows:

Schools of Social Work and Nursing Rm. 111
School of Business Admin Rm. 105
College of Arts and Sciences (Humanities & Social Sciences) Rm. 112
College of Arts and Sciences (Sciences) Rm. 215
School of Communication Rm. 216
School of Education Rm. 230

These are not intended to be quiet study, in fact they primary focus of the room use is for classmates who want to study together.

This confused me when I saw it, so I inquired with Ursula. When you check out markers today it may look like the markers are due at an odd time. If you note both the date and time, the due date is indicated as Saturday. This is because we close at 5:00 today and the normal time would be after we close. Just tell people the markers are due before we close today at 5:00 p.m.


Hi —

Just a reminder, we started extended hours next Monday, April 25. At the same time, we will have some reduced hours and closings this coming weekend for Easter. Please remember to check the schedule if you have any questions.


Also, we have no community access through the end of finals. See below:

The University Libraries will have restricted guest access during the final exam period. Access policies vary by campus:

Cudahy Library/Klarchek Information Commons
-Effective April 18 – May 10
-Access restricted to Loyola students, faculty, staff, and alumni
-Patrons with courtesy cards and visitors from reciprocal institutions will also be granted access

Lewis Library
-Effective April 4 – May 10
-Access restricted to Loyola students, faculty, staff, and alumni


Starting tomorrow, Wednesday 11/13, we will begin a week long assessment of reference desk services. Our goal is to get patrons who receive help at the reference desk to fill out an online evaluation form about their experience.
At the close of each reference interaction, inform the patron that we would like his or her feedback, and ask if you may e-mail the patron a link to a short online survey. If the patron does not want to give an e-mail address, hand the patron one of the information cards at the desk, so that he or she may find the form on the library website.
When you e-mail the patron with the link to the form, please include the following text:
Thank you for using one of our Research Help services. Please tell us about your experience with our services by completing this very brief survey. We value your feedback and suggestions.
You can also find the form on the “Need Help?” subject guide, in the upper right corner: http://libguides.luc.edu/needhelp 

Just a reminder — whenever possible, please cite your source of information when answering a text question or any reference question.

Four new resources have recently been activated and put on the Databases By Title list.
Social Explorer : Provides historical census data and demographic information from the entire US Census from 1790 to 2000, updates from the American Community Survey, Census tract-level estimates, Religious Congregations and Membership Study data, and Carbon Emissions data.
Art Index Retrospective : Provides access to citations to the Art Index volumes 1-32 published between 1929-1984. The database cites articles from periodicals published throughout the world, including periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins.
Education Index Retrospective : Provides comprehensive indexing to approximately 570 education-related periodicals that are international in scope. EIR includes over 800,000 article citations, including citations to book reviews.
Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective : Indexes nearly 1200 periodicals from 1907-1984 (including 240,000+ book reviews.) A wide range of interdisciplinary fields are covered in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals, as well as many important scientific journals.

Tudor.com is currently not working. It has been brought to the attention of those who need to work on it. Please continue to try to login.

I have checked for the London Encyclopedia in the reference collection several times recently and I am worried it has been misplaced. Please keep your eyes open for it if you are in the reference collection and return it to its correct location if found. Thanks,

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