Library News Blog

Library Director Matt Pappathan Retires

Matthew PappathanThe Union Institute & University Library wishes Matthew Pappathan, Library Director, a fond farewell as he embarks on his upcoming retirement. During his tenure at Union, the library was transformed from a small physical collection in Vermont to an entirely digital collection available to students, faculty, and staff around the world.

His many accomplishments include:

  • Overseeing the digitization of UI&U doctoral dissertations and their permanent archiving in the Dissertations & Theses Global database
  • Quickly assembling a large e-book collection as part of the transformation to a fully online library
  • Expanding memberships in regional library consortia, including SWON and Lyrasis
  • Shepherding the library through the challenging closures of the Montpelier and Brattleboro Vermont Academic Centers
  • Implementing the EBSCO Discovery Service, also known as OneSearch, allowing simultaneous searching of subscription and open access databases.
  • Increasing the scope and depth of the library’s digital collections

Over the years, the library benefited greatly from his expertise in budgeting, change management, short- and long-range planning, developing research collections, and advocating for the importance of high-quality research collections to our academic community.

Thank you for your 22 years of service to Union.  Best of luck!

Free Subscriptions

The Union Institute & University community has free access to The Chronicle of Higher Education and The New York Times. It is now easier than ever to read world-class journalism using these school-wide subscriptions.


The Chronicle of Higher Education

“The Chronicle of Higher Education has the nation’s largest newsroom dedicated to covering colleges and universities. As the unrivaled leader in higher education journalism, we serve our readers with indispensable real-time news and deep insights, plus the essential tools, career opportunities, and knowledge to succeed in a rapidly changing world.” The Chronicle Website

The diverse coverage will be of interest to many, with sections devoted to teaching, administration, leadership & governance, faculty, research, publishing, technology, finance, admissions,  student aid, graduate students, campus spaces, and technology.  The Chronicle also provides a variety of newsletters focused on teaching, educational technology, quick tips, and news briefings delivered daily or weekly.

Students, faculty, and staff members can access to the Chronicle of Higher Education using their regular MyUnion username and password.  Note: you can ignore the subscribe/login information in the top, right-hand corner of the Chronicle website.  Creating a personal account is only needed for posting comments and subscribing to newsletters.


The New York Times

“The New York Times is dedicated to helping people understand the world through on-the-ground, expert and deeply reported independent journalism.” –The NYT Website

The paper covers a variety of topics with unsurpassed quality and depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features.  Faculty members can visit the New York Times in Education website for a curated collection of teaching resources and ideas about how to integrate NYT content into online courses.  To activate your pass, visit UI&U’s group pass page. Select Create Account. Enter your information and choose a personal account password. You will need to reauthorize your Pass once every 365 days from the UI&U group pass page.  Once activated, your Pass will provide access to New York Times website or mobile apps from any location.  Visit the New York Times website to login and begin your free subscription today.

UI&U Group Pass Page (for account set-up and re-authorization every 365 days)
New York Times Website (begin reading the New York Times)
New York Times in Education (curated educational content for courses)


If you have any questions about these subscriptions, please contact a librarian at or 513-487-1487.

Happy Fourth of July

The University will be closed on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day.  Online resources will continue to be available during this time.  Library services will resume on Wednesday, July 5th.


Welcome to Summer 2023!

Welcome to a new year at Union Institute & University!  As you enter your online courses, remember that the library is here to support you throughout your academic program.  We offer a variety of resources and services, including:

  • A wide-variety of online resources, including 500,000+ e-books, 100,000+ peer-review journals, 100,000+ streaming videos, and 5,000,000+ dissertations and theses
  • Citation examples for the APA, Chicago, and MLA styles
  • Citation formatting tools
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Career and job search videos
  • Free subscriptions to the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education

Librarians are available for in-depth orientations and research consultations.  We have a new Calendly tool that makes it easy to schedule an appointment at a time of your convenience.  There is also a UI&U Library Tutorial that provides a comprehensive introduction to the library.

Have a great term and please let us know if we can help in any way!

Best regards,

Matt Pappathan, Library Director

Aura Fluet, Electronic Resources Librarian

Susan Whitehead, Reference Librarian




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Library Tutorials

Interested in learning more about citations, fake news, or peer-review? The library help center has a wide-variety of tutorials available. New additions include a Research Data Management tutorial, APA citation examples for the seventh edition, and significant updates to fourteen help pages and tutorials.

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Research Skills

Media Source Guides

If you would like to learn more about these tutorials, or request a personal tour of the library, please contact a librarian by email at

We look forward to helping you!

You Deserve a Librarian

The UI&U Librarians are committed to helping you succeed.  We know that juggling life as a student is a challenge, and we want to make the library work for you.  You deserve a librarian.

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During regular library hours, you can contact a librarian by phone (513-487-1487) or email (  No appointment is needed.  Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm Eastern (6 am – 2 pm Pacific).

For assistance outside of regular hours, please schedule an appointment.  We’ve made this easy to do by adding a scheduling form to the Ask a Librarian page.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Alumni: New Password for Academic Search Alumni Edition

Alumni of Union Institute & University have access to Academic Search Alumni Edition, which provides access to more than 3,190 trade and research journals in the humanities, arts, businesses, social sciences, and health sciences. You can learn more on the library’s Alumni Services page.

Please use the username myunion to access the database. The password changes each fall, and can be obtained by contacting the library at The new password will go live on October 11th.

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Stay Up-to-Date with Library RSS

UI&U Librarians strive to provide interesting news announcements every week.  During the past year, we highlighted: research tips, citation tools, new ebooks and videos, and much more.  Although you can always view news announcements on the library homepage, you can now have them delivered directly to your inbox.

If you use an RSS feed reader like Outlook or, you can add the UI&U Library news using this address:

Add the UI&U Library RSS feed to Outlook*:
1. In MS Outlook, click the File tab.
2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.
3. On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.
4. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type
5. Click Add.
6. Click OK.

Library RSS Feed

* Instructions (in modified form) from MS Outlook support

The Library is for Our Staff, Too!


It is common knowledge that university libraries provide resources to support student learning and faculty research, but did you know that our library includes resources for university staff members, too?  As a UI&U staff person, you have access to many online periodicals and magazines that can help you to develop professionally while an employee here.  These so-called “trade journals” include articles that professionals in a wide variety of fields can read to stay current with best practices directly related to their work expertise.  Here are just a few examples of these, all accessible 24 hours a day, every day, via our library website:

General Resources

  • Professional Skills Videos
  • Free Subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education.The Chronicle of Higher Education is the top source for news in post-secondary education. It brings you news stories concerning faculty, administration and technology as well as academic news from around the globe. You also have access to many blogs devoted to different aspects of the university experience and also to the forums where you can connect with people involved in higher education around the country and around the world.As a member of the Union Institute & University community, you have complementary access to the Chronicle of Higher Education using your regular MyUnion username and password.  Note: you can ignore the subscribe/login information in the top, right-hand corner of the Chronicle website.  Creating a personal account is only needed for posting comments and subscribing to newsletters.

Admission, Registration & Retention

Administration & Leadership

Advising & Counseling

Business Office & Finance


Financial Aid

Human Resources

Instructional Design & Information Technology

Writing & Student Services

Whether you are a staff member interested in reading more about the latest news and trends in your chosen field of work or a staff supervisor seeking to find convenient and budget-friendly ways to encourage those who work in your department to engage in professional development, our librarians are ready to help you find key professional journals (and e-books, too!) that can keep you at the forefront of your job knowledge.   We can also help you to set up an RSS feed that will enable you to have selected articles of interest sent right to your email or mobile device automatically each time they are published.

Interested?  Please contact a member of our library reference team at or by phone at 513-487-1487 so we can help you get started.

Matt Pappathan
UI&U Library Director

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