The deadline for submitting library reserves requests for Winter and Spring 2018 is Friday, December 15, 2017!
Why the compressed deadline? Because UMBrella is coming! You may have heard that Healey Library is in the process of transitioning to a new library system—one that will culminate in the launch of UMBrella, our new library search and discovery tool, at the end of January 2018.
While we are executing this system migration, our ability to perform reserves processing will be frozen for a short period of time. In order to work around this freeze, please submit your reserves requests for Winter and Spring 2018 by Friday, December 15, 2017. We cannot guarantee that any requests submitted after this date will be available for the start of the Winter and Spring semesters. This includes requests for the purchase of new materials, transfer requests, and the removal of materials you will no longer be using. Requests received after December 15 will be processed and added to the new system after February 1, 2018.
New purchase requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and as always, we strongly encourage faculty to utilize open educational resources (OERs), subscription resources available through the Library, and personal or review copies of textbooks to place on reserve.
As you know, one of the major expenses students incur in college is on textbooks and other materials for class. To help students cut down on schooling costs, universities and community colleges across the country have embarked on programs to replace textbooks with Open Educational Resources (OER). These are resources that are available at no or little cost to the student.
In addition to adopting OER content, faculty members can build on existing OER content as well as create new content to meet their teaching and pedagogical needs and give back to the open education community.
Healey Library invites your feedback on a new trial database, billed as “the world’s largest image-based government document and legal research database,” HeinOnline’s Government, Politics and Lawpackage. This resource is on trial through March 31, 2018.
This database provides extensive coverage of legal history and government documents, including U.S. statutes and case law available as PDF downloads, and more than 300 years of information covering political development. It might be of particular interest to users looking for a replacement for WestLaw.
This database’s more than 50 million pages of content cover subjects applicable to:
Civil & Human Rights
And more than 80 other subject areas
HeinOnline offers several training resources to help new users search and navigate within the interface, quickly retrieve documents, and use helpful tools and resources integrated throughout the database:
A live chat service is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Call (800) 277-6995 between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time – with HeinOnline, a human answers the phone!
As of May 26, 2017, Healey Library will no longer be providing access to RefWorks. For over a decade, RefWorks has been licensed by Healey Library as our primary citation management platform, but the time has come to replace it with more sophisticated, cost-free citation management tools such as Zotero and Mendeley.
Please do not worry if you are currently using RefWorks for an assignment or research project that will be completed before the end of the academic year. We will continue to support and provide access to RefWorks for the remainder of the academic year, so students, faculty, staff, and alumni are certainly welcome to continue to use it up until we discontinue our subscription on May 26, 2017. If you no longer use RefWorks, your account will be deleted, and no further action is needed.
The Library encourages you, however, to consider your options for adopting a new citation management platform. The Library is offering assistance during this transition as follows:
Librarians already have workshops available in selecting a citation manager as well as training in both Zotero and Mendeley. These workshops are available to all faculty, staff, and students and will be offered throughout the Spring semester as well.
Librarians have prepared online documentation to assist all community members in the transition from RefWorks. You will find in this link clear instructions on how to export your reference library from RefWorks into another citation manager. You will also find a comparison of different citation management programs to help you choose a new citation management platform to use.
Please contact Mary Moser, Deputy Manager for Outreach, Marketing, Fundraising, and Grants at email@example.com or 617.287.3207 with any questions, concerns, or feedback. Thank you for your patience and your continued support of Healey Library!