Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Time-Saving Benefits Provided for Students and Faculty by the University Libraries

· Bookmark Café – No need to leave the Bracken Library building for a sandwich, cup of soup, coffee, soda, tea, and more
· Instant Messenger Reference Service – Librarian help via live chat from wherever you are, using popular chat systems such as AOL, MSN, Yahoo!
· Research Consultations – Individual meetings with librarians to help students and faculty find the best resources for a topic
· Full-text Articles – Reliable, scholarly resources available on demand 24/7/365 through the Internet on or off-campus
· Interlibrary Loan Services – Borrow materials from other libraries free; no road trip necessary; convenient desktop delivery for most journal articles
· Research and Study Guides – Tips on top resources and starting points for a variety of subjects, topics
· Laptop and Desktop Printing – Free laser printing of documents, articles, reports, and more
· E-Reserves – Get course material readings online 24/7/365
· FindIt @ BSU – One-stop searching for journal articles online
· Helpful Staff – Answering your questions in-person, over the phone, and online

Another 10 Ways that the Libraries Save People Time

· Equipment Loans – Borrow laptops, iBooks, digital cameras, DVD video players, and many other hi tech items from Bracken’s Educational Resources Collections
· Group Study Rooms – Work on a project or practice your presentation without relocating
· Desktop Software – Libraries’ workstations offer easy access to all of the popular software used in classes
· Media Finders – Online access makes it a snap to find music, movies, and more
· Instructional Services – One-hour sessions on effective use of research tools can save hours of aimless searching on the Web
· Technology Training for Faculty and Staff – Save time and keep your frustration level down by obtaining assistance from helpful knowledgeable technology training specialists on learning about various types of software
· Online Renewals – Renew materials online or over the telephone without coming into the Library
· CardCat Only Workstations – Zip in the library and out with the citation you need
· E-mail-A-Librarian – Send a question and get an answer online
· Late-Night Hours – If you need to stay up to finish a project, we’re here Sunday through Thursday nights until 3 a.m.

Yet another 7 Ways that the Libraries Save People Time

· Video Conferencing – High quality worldwide video and audio conferencing capability to anywhere around the globe for courses, lessons, tutoring, virtual field trips, professional activities, interviews, and more
· iScan Stations – Capturing print resources in digital format for saving directly to your iLocker
· Color Copying – From Bracken’s workstations for 25¢ per copy
· U.S. Mail and Campus Mail Drop Box – Convenience for mailing a letter or sending something through departmental campus mail
· The Student Virtual Library Page – Essential resources for students for research and learning
· Royalty Free Music – Free resources for presentations and electronic portfolios
· Notary Public Services – Have documents notarized in Bracken Library for free

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