Category Archives: Announcements

Quick note about an event or service reminder…with or without a deadline.

Faculty, submit your reserves requests today!

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.

Personal copies of books and DVDs can be dropped off at Healey Library’s circulation desk on the second floor by completing a short form anytime the library is open. You may also submit requests via our online Reserves Request Form. Email any questions to library.reserves@umb.edu. Find more details on the Reserves Policy Page.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we prepare to explore exciting new library frontiers together! The staff of Healey Library wish you all a smooth and productive close to the semester!

Open Educational Resources (OER) Information Sessions

Open UMB iconAs 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.

Studies show that the quality of OER materials is just as high as that of traditional textbooks. Using OER in class has shown to improve test scores, enhance completion rates, improve retention, and most important—make the courses affordable. [Hilton, J. (2016). Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Educational Technology Research & Development]

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.

Continue reading Open Educational Resources (OER) Information Sessions

Try Out a Government, Politics, and Law Database!

HeinOnline LogoHealey 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 Law package. 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.

Five Things You Can Do In Less Than 15 Seconds in HeinOnline

Five Things You Can Do in Less Than 15 Seconds in HeinOnline

This database’s more than 50 million pages of content cover subjects applicable to:

  • Political Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • World History
  • 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:

To learn more, watch this three minute video.

Login now at http://ezproxy.lib.umb.edu/login?url=http://heinonline.org/HOL/Welcome, or via the Healey Library Databases & Indexes page.

Let us know what you think of this resource with this feedback form!

Danitta Wong
Danitta Wong

Please direct any questions or comments to Danitta Wong, Head of Collection Development and Assessment:
Danitta.Wong@umb.edu or 617.287.5924

 

 

Citation Management Platforms

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 mary.moser@umb.edu or 617.287.3207 with any questions, concerns, or feedback. Thank you for your patience and your continued support of Healey Library!

 

A New Full Text Finder

On August 26th, a new Full Text Finder will replace the Healey Library eResources A to Z Title List. The new Full Text Finder will

  • Browse and search journal, newspaper, and magazine titles by discipline/subject area
  • Refine searches to peer-reviewed, publisher, and subject
  • No longer include results for ebooks or streaming videos (search the Healey Library Catalog for the best ebook and streaming video results)

See our FAQ for instructions.