Monthly Archives: April 2014

New, expanded access to the New York Times!

The Library is happy to announce expanded access to the online New York Times for Stonehill students, faculty, and staff! We have purchased an Academic Site License, through the Center for Research Libraries and our NERL Consortium.

What does that mean for you?

An Academic Site License using NYTimes Group Passes provides users with full access to NYTimes.com and the NYTimes.com smartphone apps:

  • The Stonehill community will now have access to all current content, including articles, videos, images, and other multi-media content, available on NYTimes.com.
  • Enjoy access to NYTimes.com from any device.
  • Once activated from within your school’s network, an NYTimes.com Group Pass can be used from any location for the duration of your license period.

Is there anything I can’t access?

There’s very little you don’t have access to. However, our new subscription does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords or The New York Times Crosswords apps.

What if I am doing research and want older material?

For full access to early editions of the NYTimes, including those published before 1980, users should still access the New York Times through our Proquest Historical Newspapers subscription (coverage begins in 1851) or our Gale subscription. We also have access to Proquest Digital Microfilm for 2009-present, with a three month embargo. The new Group Pass provides enhanced access to the most recent online content and multimedia materials.

How do I get started?

To activate your pass, you must be on campus and connected to the internet via HillSpot. While physically on campus and on our network:

  1. Go to nytimes.com/grouppass.
  2. Create a NYTimes.com account using your school email address. If you already have a NYTimes.com account using your school email address, you may log in with those credentials.
  3. When you see START YOUR ACCESS, the expiration time and date of your pass will appear. Each pass must have an expiration date. Our campus setting is that accounts expire after one year, so that each user will only have to register once per year.
  4. Go to NYTimes.com and enjoy your full access from any location!

Please note: Once you have activated the Group Pass provided by Stonehill, you will have full access until your expiration date with no further action on your part. However, if for any reason while on NYTimes.com you are served the message that you are reaching the limit of free articles on the site, do the following:

Make sure you are logged in to the NYTimes.com account with which you activated your Group Pass. If you log out of your account or visit NYTimes.com on a device where you are not logged in, you can simply log in to your account to continue enjoying access.

Can I use my Smartphone App?

Yes! Stonehill’s Group Pass includes access to The New York Times via the NYTimes smartphone apps. Download your free smartphone apps by visiting: http://www.nytimes.com/services/mobile/index.html

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Below are answers to frequently asked questions, provided by the NYTimes. If you have further questions, please contact us at reference@stonehill.edu or, for technical difficulties, contact the NYTimes site license support at edu@nytimes.com for assistance or View their complete FAQ »

 

NYTimes.com Group Pass FAQ’s

Why use the Group Pass to read The New York Times online?

The New York Times charges for full access to its digital edition, NYTimes.com. Visitors to the site are capped at viewing 10 articles each month before charges take effect. The Group Pass gives you unlimited access to all content on the site, with the exception of a limitation on the number of articles you can view from the archive period 1923-1980 (However, you have full access to archived articles from 1923-1980 through our other database subscriptions, listed in our Electronic Resources Libguide).

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I already have a NYTimes.com digital subscription. What should I do?

If you have an existing paid NYTimes.com digital subscription, you are not eligible to activate a Group Pass. You should continue to access The Times via your own subscription.

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Should I cancel my existing subscription to make use of the site license access?

The New York Times Academic Site License has some restrictions that your personal subscription does not have.

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What are the restrictions?

Site license access does not include the NYTimes.com tablet apps. At this time, access to articles from the date range 1923 to 1980 is limited is limited to 5 articles for the entire duration of your pass.

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Can I access The Times off-campus?

Yes, as long as you have previously activated your Group Pass from within your school’s network, e.g. its designated IP ranges while on campus. You cannot activate a Group Pass from a proxy server from an off-campus location.

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Can I access the Times from my mobile device?

There are mobile apps for iPhone/iPod Touch (IOS 5.0+), Android (OS 2.1+), and Windows (7.5 O.S.) phones; these are included as part of the Group Pass. Mobile apps for tablets are not part of the Group Pass. However, you can access the NYTimes.com mobile site (mobile.nytimes.com) using your smartphone or tablet running one of the above operating systems.

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Why am I asked to log in on some occasions and not others?

This may be because your browser may clear its web cache/history if it is set to do so. In such cases you will need to log back into to NYTimes.com, but you still have your Group Pass.

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Do campuses alumni have access?

No, only current students, faculty and staff are entitled to activate a Group Pass.

What’s New in Collections?

BooksLast year, as part of an ongoing review and assessment of our Collection Development policies and practices, the MacPhaidin Library updated its Gift Policy. This spring, the Library has updated both its overall Collection Development Policy and its Video Collection Development Policy.

Our updated policies represent a clarification of our existing practices. Our ultimate goal is to be equitable and conscientious stewards of the Library’s collection funds, in order to make sure our collection best supports the needs of the campus as a whole.

Some of the updates to our Collection Development Policy include:

  • An explanation of how our practices support the Library’s mission
  • Details on how we prioritize purchasing decisions
  • Additional information on how the library can support faculty research through ILL and research assistance
  • Additional information on faculty’s role in suggesting titles for purchase
  • Our policy on purchasing new editions of works we currently hold
  • Accessibility standards

We have also updated our Video Collection Development Policy to address:

  • Streaming media
  • Accessibility and closed captioning

This summer, Librarians will be working on new Electronic Resources Collection Development Policy to further define database and ebook acquisitions. To assist with this work, the Library has recently formed a Demand Driven Acquisitions team; this team will be evaluating options for providing expanded ebook access to the Stonehill community, including Demand Driven models that enable the community to see a broad range of titles and enable the Library to rent or purchase those titles “on demand” for use by students, faculty, and staff.

We are also currently working on a Reference Collection Development Policy, which will also examine current best-practices for print versus electronic purchases of reference works.

If you have any questions about these updated policies, please contact Liz Chase, Head of Collections, Assessment, and User Engagement, at echase2@stonehill.edu or 508.565.1329.

Faculty, students, and staff are all encouraged to contact us if you have materials you’d like to suggest that we purchase! We look forward to working with the Stonehill Community to enhance the Library’s collection.

Google Glass is Here

Google Glass

Google Glass

The library purchased a pair of Google Glass last week. Library staff are currently testing the new device, but are hoping to work with students and faculty to help find uses for it in the classroom.

Want to learn more? Check out http://www.google.com/glass/start/what-it-does/.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please let us know at reference@stonehill.edu.

Massachusetts China is Now on Display

Massachusetts ChinaA selection of Massachusetts China is now on display in the South Entrance lobby of the Martin Institute.  This selection of china is part of the Joseph W. Martin Jr. Papers  and is believed to have been purchased sometime during the 1940s, during one of Martin’s terms as Minority Leader or his first term as the Speaker of the House in 1948.  The china would have been used for official functions hosted by Joseph Martin.

Massachusetts China on Display

For more information, please contact Nicole Casper, Director of Archives and Historical Collections at 508-565-1396

 

Learn More About Software With Skillsoft

SkillsoftCheck out Skillsoft, an online collection of self-guided software tutorials.  Skillsoft provides resources covering products such as Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac, several Adobe applications, and operating systems.  Skillsoft is available both on and off-campus for Windows and Mac users.  For more information, or to begin, click here.  Skillsoft is a great way to brush up on your software skills over the summer or to learn about new applications!

How Print Management is Greening Our Campus

In celebration of Earth Day 2014, Associate Director and Circulation Librarian, Susan Conant shares the effect of the print management system in place in the library.

 

Earth DayOn January 13th, 2014, a print management system was installed in the MacPhaidin Library and Stanger Hall 109. In the MacPhaidin Library alone, we have cut our paper use by one third. Did you know that a pine tree can produce about 16.67 reams of paper?

This semester, we have reduced our paper use by about 420 reams or 25.2 trees less than our paper use in Fall 2013.

In addition we have reduced the amount of toner needed to make all those prints by 1/3rd and even the number of service calls to bring technicians onto campus, due to less wear and tear on the machines.  If you have been in the library print room recently, you have probably noticed a significant reduction in the amount of wasted paper strewn on the countertop which eventually lands in the recycle bin.

We appreciate the students’ positive response to this new system. Thank you for joining the Llibrary and IT in this effort!

More on Earth Day 2014:  http://www.earthday.org/

Fishing

Spring has finally sprung and the library’s own cataloging assistant, Barbara Urbanus, shares her favorite pastime with us.

Fishing BooksFishing is one of my favorite pastimes and has been since I was a child. Initially, the love of the sport was instilled in me by my Connemara-born and bred grandfather. It  was fostered over the years by my three older brothers, who were always (or mostly always) kind enough to bring me along fishing. Even as an adult, I fondly remember the special April days when we would get together for the spring ritual of trout fishing’s “Opening Day.” They would pick me up sometime around 4 am, in order to be down to The Cape at dawn – the best time for fishing.

Unfortunately, last year I was grounded from fishing because I was recovering from surgery for a torn rotator cuff. This injury happened while fishing on a gorgeous October day on Nantucket’s Great Point, when it was just too much fun to stop casting when I should have.  So, I missed the fishing fun this summer on my trips to Florida, Minnesota, and Alaska, but fortunately the library has many interesting “fishing reads” for all of us to enjoy.

How about:
The Fireside Book of Fishing; a Selection from the Great Literature of Angling. Or, Cod: a Biography of the Fish that Changed the World.”

On the serious side, as Massachusetts struggles with adopting fair but stringent regulations to save the fishing industry, you might like to read:
The New England Fishing Economy: Jobs, Income, and Kinship.” Or, “Lament for an Ocean: the Collapse of the Atlantic Cod Fishery: a True Crime Story.”

The library has many other interesting books about fishing available:
Four Fish: the Future of the Last Wild Food
Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know
The Most Important Fish in the Sea: Menhaden and America
The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail

Tax Time

TaxesAre you scrambling to submit your paperwork?  You’re not alone!  Below are links to the forms and online filing resources provided by the Federal and State governments.

 

Internal Revenue Service: This is the link to the IRS home page.  You can access  forms and instructions for completing your taxes.

 

Tax help for Individuals: The Internal Revenue Service provides information on Frequently Asked Questions that may have an impact on how you file your taxes and what forms you will use.  They also offer specific resources for Employees, and for Students.

 

Federal Online Filing: The IRS offers its own electronic filing resource, Free File. This site leads users to information on filing online for free, depending on your income level and the complexity of your paperwork.

 

MA State Forms: This link has access to paper forms and instructions for filing your Massachusetts taxes.

 

MA Online Filing: This link if for electronic filing for Massachusetts.

Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week

The American Library Association in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is sponsoring Money Smart Week taking place April 5 – 12, 2014.  Take control of your personal finances with resources available from Money Smart Week.  There are lots of websites and apps available to help you budget and control spending.

Student Kenneth Gillpatrick ’16 reviews two personal finance apps:

Is managing your money not a strong suit? As college students, we are constantly struggling to monitor our spending habits. One solution is take out your smartphone (which a majority of us have) and download a few personal finance apps. Mint and Check are two great apps that allow you to budget your money, and provide you with a visual of where your money is spent. Personally, I prefer Mint because I am the type of person to use my debit card for most, if not all, of my transactions.  For people that prefer to spend cash, the app makes it somewhat difficult to track cash expenditures. Nonetheless, these apps will aid anyone trying to track their personal finances, and they can even tame the most reckless of spenders.

 

Student Chris Bruno ’16 reviewed two websites:

My Money

After spending sometime reviewing the MyMoney website it is clear that this site is a great tool for people of all ages who are looking for ways to control their money. The primary purpose of the website is to help students understand the risks and opportunities that college students are mostly susceptible to. The use of tabs at the top of the screen allows the website to be very easily navigable and it allows the viewer to find the main points with minimal difficulties. A big aspect of MyMoney is the “MyMoney Five” feature. This part of the site allows the viewer to look at the five most important building blocks for making the most of one’s money. The five keys are: spending, earning, saving/investing, protecting, and borrowing. The website features tabs for all five of these categories and ultimately makes it a focal point for the site. Overall MyMoney.gov is a great website for anyone trying to make the most out of their money and I recommend the site to all college students.

 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

The FDIC website is a great tool for anyone looking to manage their money more carefully. With quick links to tips about borrowing money, saving money, managing your bank accounts and much more, the site offers a variety of advice. While exploring the different features of the website a unique feature that I took interest in was the “Scams and Thefts” tab. This quick link takes you to a part of the website which explores many different risks that college students are highly acceptable to. Whether it’s how to avoid fraud, or protecting your privacy, this link allows the viewer to get a wide variety of scams and illegal actives that could involve one’s money.  FDIC also provides many links to other websites that can give you more information about a specific financial topic that you may be interested in. Overall, the FDIC website is a starting point which offers an abundance of information for someone who is looking to manage their money better or perhaps learn about the risks that are involved with managing money.

 

For more information about Money Smart Week, please contact the Reference Librarians for more assistance by email or by phone at 508-565-1103.