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Library News


Winter Semester, 2004


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ILLiad–a new interlibrary loan service debuts


ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan internet accessible database) is an electronic system which enables users to:

  • Submit interlibrary loan requests easily
  • Receive many of the photocopy requests more quickly through Electronic Delivery (e-mail)
  • Check on the status of requests through the Web at any time from any location
  • Request renewals
  • Edit and cancel requests via the web
  • View a history of all requests

You must have an OU computer account (e-mail) User ID and password to use ILLiad. You will enter your name, address and other personal information into the system only once, at the time of registration. Thereafter when requesting materials, you will just need to enter your user name and password. If you have not registered for ILLiad service, why not take the time now? Logon and then complete the Registration Form. A reminder: Before making a request for an item, always check the Voyager Library Catalog to see if OU already owns the item.

 

Virtual Reference at Kresge Library

Oakland University library patrons can now ask questions and get answers, in real time, on the Internet, from the reference staff. Clicking on Ask a Librarian on the KL home page will allow them to chat online via the Virtual Reference Librarian link. A special feature of the system allows co-browsing. This permits the librarian to guide the patron's browser to the best resources on the Internet and allows them to search and view library or Internet web pages simultaneously and discuss the findings.

Initially this service will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

In addition to the chat option, Kresge Library offers e-mail and telephone reference services (248 370-4426). Users can also find librarians at the Reference Desk from 8am-10pm Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm on Friday, 9am-6pm on Sat. and 1:00-10:00pm on Sunday. The Library has a wealth of online reference sources and electronic full text journals that are accessible via the KL home page, and OU's librarians are delighted to provide expert assistance and guidance in finding the information needed.

 

Wireless technology installed in KL

The wireless environment now functioning on all four floors of the library provides laptop and PDA users with network access. In addition to a laptop or a PDA, users will need a compatible network card (802.1 1b) Once you are connected, you will be able to access library databases, the online catalog, e-mail and the Internet from almost anywhere in the building. Authentication using your OU e-mail address and password is required in order to log onto the network. Signal strength and speed may vary depending on location and number of users. For additional information, check the Grizznet FAQ page posted on the UTS site.

 

Library Committee issues report

The Senate Library Committee determined that its mission in the 2002-2003 academic year would be to measure the resources and services offered by Kresge Library and encourage a stronger integration of Kresge Library into the instructional mission of the university. A copy of the resulting report is available on the University Senate website. (http://www.oakland.edu/senate/libanrpt03.doc)






Elaine Didier
, Professor, University Library, was recently elected chair of the Library of Michigan board of trustees. In her capacity as chair of the Library of Michigan board, Didier also serves as a member of the Library of Michigan Foundation board of directors.

Dana Juriew Keyse accepted a position as a reference librarian at another institution. In addition to being very involved in reference and instruction activities at Oakland, Dana was also active at the university level, working on outreach activities and diversity area. We wish her well in her new endeavor.

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