Monday, November 26, 2012

SpringerLink Gets an Overhaul!

Today SpringerLink launched an updated platform that makes this a database to bookmark.

Now streamlined, organized by discipline and fitted with an option to view only search results to which you have full access (by unchecking a "preview only" box), it is easy to search for articles and other documents across a wide range of topics, mostly scientific.

Biomedical Sciences
Business & Management
Computer Science
Earth Sciences and Geography
Education & Language
Environmental Sciences
Food Science & Nutrition
Life Sciences
Public Health
Social Sciences

If you are researching any of these fields, give SpringerLink another chance and let us know what you think.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Only a Few Days Left!

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As we approach election day, the Logue Library 2012 Election Day pages  have been updated -- and will continue to be updated -- with maps, polls, iPhone & Android apps, and other useful resources for studying the election, or just keeping informed as the events happen.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thank You!

Even on a chilly October afternoon, chocolate melts in the sunshine!  And contributions totaling more than $500 melted the hearts of the Logue Librarians, student leaders headed by Olivia Marcinka and Christopher Dunn, and Sister Regina's family.

Last Thursday was cool enough for sweaters & jackets on the McCaffery Lounge patio, but even so, turnout at the first ice cream social  honoring Sister Regina Maria Brimmer on her birthday was phenomenal!

The party's proceeds will benefit her namesake, the K-12 Brimmer Collection at Logue Library. Funds raised are being matched by the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. 

Thanks so much to all who attended and ate ice cream to celebrate Sister Regina's birthday and support her legacy in Logue Library!

Watch the slideshow below, or view the photo album here.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Presidential Debate Coverage

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, campaign in swing states, Obama in Leesburg, Va., and Romney in Waukesha, Wis., in these Aug. 2012 file photos. (AP Photo)
A link to the Live Streaming of tonight's Presidential Debate and other Election 2012 resources are available on the library's Political Science research page.

See also . . .

Commission on Presidential Debates - Transcripts and other information about past and future presidential debates, elections issues, candidate platforms and online voter education. 

New Voter ID and Voter Registration Information

An update to our August 7th post

A judge ruled this week that Pennsylvania state officials cannot enforce a new voter ID law for the upcoming Presidential election. Read full details on the judge’s decision here

Even with this ruling, there are still some important things you need to know:

In order to vote in any election, you must first be a registered voter.  In PA, you must be registered before October 9, 2012 for this general election in November.  You have the right to register where you live now, whether that is an on-campus address or off-campus location.  Or you may choose to register or remain registered and vote at your permanent home address.   Get information on registering in your home state here.  Please note that each state sets its own deadlines!

In Pennsylvania, you must be at least 18 years of age on November 6, 2012 and you must vote in the County you are registered in!

A list of local polling locations is available here. Go to for more information, or call 1-877-VOTESPA.

Absentee Ballot:
If you intend to vote by way of absentee ballot, you will need to be able to provide either the last 4 digits of your SS#, or your driver’s license/PennDOT ID # as proof of identification.   Please contact your local County office for additional information.   

The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is October 30, 2012.  The last day for County Elections to receive the absentee ballot is November 2, 2012. 


What if I have a problem at my voting location?  
Please ask to speak with the Judge of Elections who is always on site.

What is a provisional ballot?
A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there is some question regarding a voter’s eligibility.   You have a right to vote by provisional ballot if:
1) Even though you are properly registered and eligible to vote in the election district/location, your name does not appear in the poll book and the election officials cannot determine your registration status
2) An Election Official asserts that you are not eligible to vote

How do I know my provisional ballot is counted?
Within seven days after the election, the County Board of Elections will examine your provisional ballot to determine if it is valid.   After this seven-day period, you can find out if your provisional ballot was counted, partially counted, or not counted by calling 1-877-VOTESPA.

The Future of the Voter ID Law
While you will not need an ID for the November Presidential Election, you may need an ID for future elections.  It is not too early to start planning ahead.  Please read the following if you would like to know more about acceptable forms of ID in PA:

All Photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current, unless noted otherwise:   A Pennsylvania driver’s license currently valid or expired less than 12 months
  •         An ID issued by PennDOT currently valid or expired less than 12 months
  •          A currently valid U.S. Passport.   Expired passports will not be accepted
  •          A currently valid CHC ID, issued by Chestnut Hill College containing a printed date on the front, bottom left, as the following example shows:

  •          A currently valid military dependent’s ID.  Expired ID will not be accepted
  •          A currently valid active duty or retired I.S. military ID, including the PA National Guard
  •          A currently valid employee ID issued by the Federal, PA. State or PA County or PA municipal government
  •          A currently valid ID issued by a PA Care facility 

If you DO NOT have any of the accepted forms of Photo ID as stated above and you are a currently enrolled Chestnut Hill College student, faculty or staff member, you can obtain a new ID (as shown above) by visiting Security on the Ground Floor of Fontbonne Hall.  Please note that free IDs will be issued to individuals who turn in their old ID.  However, free IDs cannot be given to anyone unable to surrender their old ID (this is for security purposes).
Please do not wait until the last minute to prepare for this election!

You may also obtain a FREE acceptable form of Photo ID at any PennDot Photo Licensing Center.  This ID will be valid for voting purposes only.  

Information reprinted from the Chestnut Hill College office of the Dean of Student Life

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sister Regina Maria Brimmer October 11, 1918 - August 11, 2012

Gentle woman, quiet light, morning star,
so strong and bright, gentle Mother,
peaceful dove, teach us wisdom; teach us love

Just before Lent. Sister Regina always
gave up her favorite: ice cream!
Many students, especially those in the Education programs, will already be missing a certain presence in Logue Library. Sister Regina had a disarming gift, an ability to relate one-on-one about anything and an empathy that is rare on today's college campuses.  As Sister Anne Myers said at her funeral mass, "Sister Regina was an amazingly flexible person who adapted to the times yet held firm to the values that were most important to her.  How many 93 year olds do you know who have both a cell phone and an e-mail address and relate well to all types of college students?" 

On Wednesday, August 9, in the company of many dear to her, Sister Regina lost consciousness as a result of a "cardiac event" and was taken to Chestnut Hill Hospital. After being surrounded by family & friends for two days, on Saturday, August 11, she died peacefully.

We remember Sister Regina as the engine that runs the library! Her energy, humor, and wonderful perspective kept all of us moving forward on an even keel. We miss her enormously, even as we still feel her presence here with us.

So many people have shared their memories of her with us. We would love to
hear yours! Leave a comment, or stop by any time.
Blessed are you among women,
Blest in turn all women, too.
Blessed they with peaceful spirits.

Blessed they with gentle hearts.*
*From lyrics by Carey Landry and North American Liturgy Resources, "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman." ©1978

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

PA Voter ID Law Leaves Some Students Out

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November's election is shaping up to be a complicated affair in Pennsylvania, and a few other states with Voter ID laws.  Logue Library's election resources web page includes a continually updated news feed of the latest issues in the PA Voter ID Law. Students should be aware of the challenges they face in voting this year in Pennsylvania.
"You think your vote doesn't matter? Then why are they trying so hard to take it away from you?" asks Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote, a group that works to register young voters. "It does demonstrate the power they have." - USA Today
Under the PA Voter ID Law, a current photo ID with an expiration date is required to vote. Most student IDs in Pennsylvania  do not have an expiration date, including Chestnut Hill College student IDs printed prior to the 2011-2012 academic year, and all IDs for students of the School of Continuing Studies. Some colleges & universities are adding an expiration date this year in response to the law; others are providing expiration stickers for ID cards that have already been printed. Chestnut Hill College is researching all of the options available, to choose the best one to meet the needs of our students.

Why is a college ID so important? Why not just use a drivers license? Students from out of state will need a Pennsylvania ID to vote in Pennsylvania.
It's not uncommon for out-of-state students to vote where they think their vote has the most impact. So if they attend a school in a swing state, they often vote there. It also can simply just be a matter of convenience, and a way to avoid going through the process of getting an absentee ballot. - US News & World Report
It is important for students to decide where they want to vote, and then to take the steps needed to ensure that they are able to vote. It is your constitutional right, but as long as the voter ID law stands, it has become more complicated.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Once-or-Frequently Asked Questions

Ah-ha!! A recent question about our website let us know that at least one virtual user of the library wants to be able do more on-line.   I see how to find books, but what about putting them on hold? (Currently, holds cannot be placed this way; please contact a librarian!)

We are always looking for ways to make library research more efficient and intuitive, and the best way to know what is working and what isn't is to listen to you!  The "Start" tabs on all of the library's web pages have a place for sending a little feedback. We'd like to reply to follow up, but sometimes the comment is left anonymously. As we look for ways to improve, we are adding a tab to the About page of our website. This FAQ tab will give us a space to post the questions we get with answers.

Any time you have a question we hope you'll ask! If the question comes via one of the Feedback boxes, check the FAQ tab in the next day or two to see if an answer has been posted.

Thanks for your feedback!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Google Scholar Interface Update

Earlier this month we posted about the ups and downs of using Google Scholar (among other Google search tools) for academic research. Today, the Google Scholar interface is up and running, making searching this way far more expedient than it used to be. Clicking the "full text" link to the right of a search result will open the article in EBSCOhost.

Set Google Scholar preferences on an off-campus device:

  1. Go to the link next to the search box called "scholar preferences"
  2. Scroll down to where it says "library links"
  3. Type chestnut hill college into the search box
  4. Check the box next to chestnut hill college when it appears below the search box 
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save preferences."
Now, go back to and start searching!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Big news on the drive to work today! The New York City Department of Records has released a gallery of over 800,000 images and audio from the Municipal Archives, including glass-plate crime-scene photos from the NYC Police Department. Free and open access makes this historic resource a great tool for researchers in many subject areas ... history, political science, art, criminal justice, sociology, and others.

 In Oct. 7, 1914, painters are suspended from wires on the
Brooklyn Bridge in New York. 
Photo provided by the
New York City Municipal Archives

The link the the Gallery went live today after being up quietly for two weeks. It contains digital artifacts from as far back as the mid-1800s. Links to the gallery can be found on the Web Resources pages of the Library's website. Let us know what you think!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Using Google for College Research?

It wasn't all that long ago that librarians and educators at the college level admonished students to give up the googling habit they acquired in their primary and secondary schools. So why are so many of us changing our tune now, in a time when there is more information on line than ever, from more sources than ever, creating an even greater need than ever to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff?

Well, because that is exactly what some of Google's tools have been working at, and in the process there has been a collaboration with library systems that makes searching more interactive with the student's library. And that's a good thing because, lets face it, no matter how much we beg students to leave Google for lighter fare, they're never going to do it. The goal, then, is to make using Google work well for academic research.

Until now we at Logue Library have adopted an "if you can't beat 'em join 'em" attitude," teaching the use of Google Scholar with the added step of how to copy information from the article citation, and plug it into our eJournals directory to see if the library subscribes to that particular issue of the journal that contains the desired article. It's clunkier than searching EBSCOhost, PsycNET or another of our subscription databases that already contains the full article content (or links to the full content) without being asked to pay $15-$35+ from the publisher.

This month, Logue Library is working with EBSCOhost to link its electronic subscriptions to Google Scholar search results. When the process is complete, students searching from locations on campus and using their ID from off campus will be a click or two closer to getting access to the content they find through Google Scholar. We will be asking for volunteers to help us test it in the next couple of weeks. If you would like to see a preview of this firsthand, volunteer!

Google Books (NOT Google Play Books)

Interaction between the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) - the world's largest public access online library catalog - and Google Books (not to be confused with Google Play Books) has been quietly available since 2008 but is still a little bug-gy on the OCLC end. When searching from a computer or mobile device,* select a book from the Google Books results list and look in the left menu. There will be one or the other of two links for searching a library catalog. If the book is not available as an eBook, the link Find In A Library is visible after a list of purchase locations. If it is an eBook, first click the link Get This Book In Print, and then Find This Book In A Library, which is below a list of places selling the book.

That link will take you to the web version of the OCLC catalog WorldCat. Students logged into a computer on campus or through the proxy server will see a box below the book description stating that they are connected to the Chestnut Hill College network, and providing a link to the library's catalog. A link to OCLC First Search is next to the catalog link, and serves as a back-up if the library's catalog link is not configured properly or the library does not have the book or this particular edition of the book. Clicking the First Search link will also give students the opportunity to request a book through interlibrary loan, rather than make a purchase.

*Note from Diane: When you search Google Play Books, you will not see any links to library holdings. When you are on your iPhone or Android and you type into the browser, the page that displays contains a button that says, "Get the Andriod App." That app is the Play Books app. There is no app that I am aware of for Ignore that button and search Google Books on your phone the same way you would on your laptop browser.

Yesterday, Google announced an extensive update to their Art Project, and we have added it as a resource to the Logue Library Arts Web Resources page. As of today it contains some 30,000 works from over 150 galleries worldwide, browsable and searchable by collections, artists and genres. Students and educators can create individual galleries to reference in research and presentations. It is interactive and allows students to not only collaborate with other students and professors, but contact experts directly.

Contact a Logue Librarian for help integrating Google into your academic research.