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Book a Tablet in the Library!

GavinTablet3Tablets are now available to borrow in the library! You can borrow a tablet to use anywhere in the building, but these tablets are an especially great way to take advantage of the Flynn Discovery and Collaboration Space (the DisCo). Each one has an application called AirMedia installed, allowing you to project presentations, videos, and documents onto the screens. Powerpoint, Word, and Excel are also included, making them a great resource for group projects.

After signing a user agreement at the circulation desk, book a tablet anywhere from one hour to two weeks in advance by clicking “Book a Tablet” under the library tab in MyHill. The loan period is one hour, but you may book a tablet for up to three consecutive hours. If you need more time, renew it for an extra hour, as long as another booking hasn’t been placed. Just be sure not to leave personal data on a tablet and be careful while using it – it will be cleared once you return it, and you are responsible for any damage done to it.

Stop in during reference hours and a reference librarian will be happy to help you use the tablets, as well as other technology in the DisCo. They will walk you through the steps to connect to AirMedia and explain all the features available. We want to make sure you’re using this exciting new space to its fullest potential!

If you have any questions about our new tablet policies, feel free to call the Circulation Desk or have a look through our DisCo LibGuide, or visit the Library tab in myHill and click on “Book a Tablet” in the “General Library Services” box.

By Gavin Damore ’16

Introducing Ares: A New Electronic Reserves System

We have a new system, Ares, in place for managing electronic reserves for the spring semester. Materials on electronic reserve will now be linked from your eLearn course page directly to our online electronic reserve product, Ares. This means that faculty and students will be able to access electronic reserves items directly in eLearn, without having visit a separate website. More good news: faculty will no longer need to provide a password for students to remember. Students will simply enter their network (email) password to access the course materials.

In addition, the library reserve staff have access to archived articles, chapters, web links and other documents from our current e-reserve system. If you used an item for a previous course and plan to use it again, we should be able to access it and upload the material to your e-learn course page, via Ares.

The library staff will continue to ascertain the need for copyright permissions for your materials and request those permissions for you, again using Ares.

Spring 2015 Information for Faculty:
We greatly appreciate those reserves lists we received early this year; if you are still putting together your reserves for the semester, items will be added on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend that you identify your first two weeks of materials when submitting new requests, so that we can add those items first. Even if a course list is not completed at this date, please send us the information you do have so that we can begin work. Please also provide a syllabus, so that we know how quickly materials will be needed by the class and we can prioritize which items to process first. Please contact Sue Conant (sconant@stonehill.edu), Jennifer Connelly (jconnelly@stonehill.edu) or Joyce Vacchi (jvacchi@stonehill.edu) with your questions or call (508)565-1313.

After you have submitted your materials, library staff will create your electronic reserves items; once they have done so, there are a couple of steps you’ll need to take in eLearn to make items accessible for your students. Instructions are available here. If you have any questions about the eLearn module, please contact Jan Harrison (jaharrison@stonehill.edu) or call (508)565-1096.

 

Changes to Electronic Reserves Coming Soon!

circulationWe have a new system, Ares, in place for managing electronic reserves for the spring semester. Materials you wish to place on electronic reserve will now be linked from your e-learn course page directly to our online electronic reserve product, Ares, without the need for a link through a url. More good news, you will no longer need to provide a password that your students have to remember. Students will simply enter their network (email) password to access the course materials.

In addition, the library reserve staff will have access to archived articles, chapters, web links and other documents from our current e-reserve system. If you used an item for a previous course and plan to use it again, we should be able to access it and upload the material to your e-learn course page, via Ares.

The library staff will continue to ascertain the need for copyright permissions for your materials and request those permissions for you, again using Ares.

As we are learning this new system and preparing materials for the spring semester at the same time, we would really appreciate receiving your e-reserve course lists earlier than ever. Even if a course list is not completed at this date, please send us the information you do have so that we can begin work. All course material lists need to be in to us by Jan. 5, 2015. E-reserve lists received after that date may not be processed in time for the first day of classes and will be handled on a first-received basis.

Please also provide a syllabus, so that we know how quickly materials will be needed by the class and we can prioritize which items to process first. Please contact Sue Conant (sconant@stonehill.edu), Jennifer Connelly (jconnelly@stonehill.edu) or Joyce Vacchi (jvacchi@stonehill.edu) with your questions or call (508)565-1313.