October 2013


The Equipment Loan Program and Reservation System (https://equipmentloan.luc.edu) will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 9:00am. This maintenance is estimated to last no longer than 15 minutes, with full services restored by 9:15am. Our vendor has informed and assured us that this is a quick update to our system, but is critical for some functions such as the timeline scheduler to be repaired. We will post this information on our Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well on our website and knowledge base (https://digitalmedia.luc.edu). Once the updates are complete, we will post the new features on our website and the Reservation System site.

Just letting everyone know that the IC staff have contacted facilities about the heat in the IC, and they will continue to follow up with facilities until the problem is solved.

This man was calling asking for books written in Malay, or some variation thereof. He called multiple times and was extremely combative, shouting at me (Sarah) and giving both Grace and the circ desk an extremely hard time. All three people who spoke with him explained repeatedly that we didn’t have what he needed here but were checking the public library. He insisted the public library did not have what he needed, though Grace was able to contact someone at the Rogers Park branch and located the language he needed downtown on the 7th floor of the main downtown branch. He also claimed that he called two weeks ago though he was unable to provide specifics as to who he spoke to or what information he received. This patron also refused to give us any contact information. His area code was 663 or 603 (we didn’t think to take his number down, sadly), so if someone calls again just be aware. Thanks!

The second computer at the IC reference desk (typically used by graduate students) has been experiencing some sound issues. Apparently, sounds do not work on the Firefox browser on that particular computer. If you are working at that computer, be sure to have AskLive Chat opened up in either Chrome or Internet Explorer to ensure that you are hearing chat questions.

We’ve been getting (and can expect to continue to get for another week or so) questions about finding information on several Hindu gods and goddesses from students in Introduction to Hinduism (THEO 208), taught by Yarina Liston.

Though many relevant books have been checked out of the stacks already, several reference sources and searches for e-journal articles in the ATLA Religion Index research database will serve students well.  You will find a course guide at http://libguides.luc.edu/THEO208Liston.  Please refer students to it and use it yourself, if you wish, for ideas and help.

Several resources have been affected by the government shutdown. Below is a partial list that we will update as the shutdown continues. Feel free to contact us if you discover inactive or malfunctioning sites, databases, journals, etc. USA.gov is a good source for general information and updates about the shutdown.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
“Due to the temporary shutdown of federal government services, this web site will not be updated or maintained until government operations are authorized to resume.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC)
“Due to the lapse in government funding, only web sites supporting excepted functions will be updated unless otherwise funded. As a result, the information on this website may not be up to date, the transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.”

Agricola – Although we have access to their citations, their full text may not be accessible.

US Census Bureau (and American Fact Finder)

“Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at usa.gov.

Websites affected by this shutdown are all census.gov hosted websites, including:

Census.gov, American Factfinder, Public API, FTP Servers, FAQs, Blogs, Online Surveys and

Federal Statistical Organization websites: FCSM, FedStats and MapStats

ClinicalTrials.gov
“Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this website may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.”

EPA
“The EPA website and social media channels will not be updated until the federal government reopens.”

Grants.gov
“The Department of Health and Human Services anticipates that the Grants.gov system will remain in an operational status, but with reduced federal support staff presence, should a lapse in appropriations occur. In addition, we anticipate that the Grants.gov Contact Center will remain available, and provide assistance to callers. HHS, as Managing Partner, in collaboration with OMB and the Grants.gov Program Management Office, will keep the federal grantor community updated as to the status of the Grants.gov system as plans evolve in the event of a government shutdown.”

Department of Justice Web Portal
Note: Website will not be updates and inquiries will not be responded to.

Library of Congress
Note: All public events are cancelled and web sites are inaccessible
except the legislative information sites THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov

NASA

National Archives
Note: Link contains information about the Archives Contingency Plan

National Parks
Note: Closed, link contains information about the Dept. of the Interior’s Contingency plan

NCBI (includes databases such as Gene, SNP, and BLAST)
“Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.”

PubMed
“PubMed has been designated to be maintained with minimal staff during the lapse in government funding. The information on this website will be kept as up to date as possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries during this period.”
Note: We are unsure what “as up to date as possible” means. We do not know if, how or how many new sets of citations will not be added to PubMed or indexed.

The Smithsonian

ERIC
NOTE: We do have access to ERIC through EBSCO, but our access to full text articles may be limited.

Government Printing Office
Note: Congressional materials will continue to be processed and posted to FDsys. Federal Register services will be limited to documents necessary to safeguard human life, protect property, or provide other emergency services consistent with the performance of functions and services exempted under the Antideficiency Act. The remaining collections on FDsys are not being updated and will resume after funding is restored.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
“Due to the temporary shutdown of federal government services, this web site will not be updated or maintained until government operations are authorized to resume.”

USDA

In addition to Voyager 2’s Twitter going dark, sadly Panda Cam has also ceased operations for the time being. Thanks to Roosevelt U and UGA libraries in helping to compile this list.

The speakers aren’t working on the GA workstation. The GA on duty won’t hear the audio cue for chat questions. The problem has been reported to the help desk.

The help desk report includes the following info: the PC is a Dell Optiplex 755; the barcode is 106024. Devin verified that the PC volume setting is on, the speaker is turned on, and that the speaker cord is plugged in on the back of the PC. If you find that you don’t have a problem with the speaker volume, please add a comment to this post and I’ll cancel the help desk request. Thanks.