Library News Blog

Interlibrary Loan and the Coronavirus

We hope that you all are staying safe and healthy during this time. Because we are an online-only library, we don’t anticipate any disruptions to our in-house services. All of our online resources are still available and our librarians are available to answer your questions and to set up appointments.

There may be some difficulties obtaining interlibrary loan requests at this time as many academic and public libraries decide to temporarily close.

On a brighter note, you may find that there are many more full-text resources available than usual in OneSearch. Many vendors and publishers are opening up their collections and making more resources accessible to libraries during these uncertain times. Please be sure to download any PDFs of full text articles during this time as these additional resources are temporary.

If you need help finding e-book, journal article, video, or dissertation resources, please contact a librarian at library@myunion.edu or 513-487-1487.

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.

Get Started

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 phone at 513-487-1487, or by email at library@myunion.edu.

We look forward to helping you!

Free Subscription to Chronicle of Higher Education and New York Times

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 on 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 library@myunion.edu or 513-487-1487.

Free New York Times Subscription

The Union Institute & University community has complimentary access to the New York Times thanks to our school-wide subscription. It is now easier than ever to read the world-class journalism of The New York Times.

Example Image from New York Times App

The New York Times covers a variety of topics with unsurpassed quality and depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features. In addition, you will be able to share content on social networks, save articles of interest, subscribe to email newsletters, and set up personalized alerts. You can access the New York Times from any location.

To activate your Pass for free access, 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.  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

New York Times Mobile Apps

New York Times Overview and Key Subscription Features


* Please note that mobile apps are not supported on all devices. Does not include e-reader editions, Times Insider content or digital versions of The New York Times Crossword. This program provides only select access to The New York Times Archive and does not replace database services to which your institution may currently subscribe.

New Librarian Lisa Raney

Hello UI&U Students, Faculty and Staff!

My name is Lisa Raney and I am your new Electronic Resources Librarian. I am responsible for cataloging and managing the collection of electronic resources. As a member of the reference and instruction team, I am happy to answer any research questions you may have and help out with interlibrary loan requests.

I graduated with a Master’s of Library Science from the University of Kentucky. I will be splitting my time between UI&U and at the Cincinnati History Library & Archives, where I provide local history & genealogy research assistance.

In my free time I enjoy exploring the city, yoga, trivia, and hanging out with my cat, Panda.

Please feel free to contact me with any of your research needs! I can be reached via Lisa.Raney@myunion.edu or 513.487.1210, and am located at the Cincinnati headquarters.

Panda the Cat

Panda working on Self-Portrait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Faculty: Library Links in Courses

Dear UI&U faculty member,

The last year has seen a sea change in online library security with an increasing number of library vendors changing their website addresses from http to the more secure https to prevent hacking and malware.  Recently, the library has received student reports of library links, also known as permalinks, not correctly redirecting to https. Incorrect redirects and other ongoing permalink challenges have made them no longer a viable option for sharing library resources.

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the UI&U Library recommend that faculty members remove library permalinks and have students locate library resources on their own.  We believe this approach will have many ongoing benefits, such as:

  • Encouraging students to improve their information literacy skills
  • Easier maintenance for faculty, staff, and librarians
  • Prevention of student distress caused by links to required readings not working

 

What Should Faculty Do?

If your course includes a link to a UI&U Library article, e-book, video, or other resource, please delete the library link and replace it with a (non-hyperlinked) message letting students know their required reading is available in the library.

Here are several different “available in the library” messages you can use.  You are also welcome to create a customized message for your students.

 

First Example

Baker, S. (2011). Life after death: An activity to investigate the scientific, legal, & racial issues of the Henrietta Lacks story. The American Biology Teacher, 73(6), 337-340.

Available in the UI&U Library

Skloot, R. (2010). The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Broadway Books. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e31828bfecc

Available in the UI&U Library

 

Second Example

The following required readings are available in the UI&U Library:

Baker, S. (2011). Life after death: An activity to investigate the scientific, legal, & racial issues of the Henrietta Lacks story. The American Biology Teacher, 73(6), 337-340.

Skloot, R. (2010). The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Broadway Books. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e31828bfecc

 

Third Example (Includes Search Instructions)

The following required readings are available in the UI&U Library.

To access: 1) open a new browser tab/window, 2) go to the UI&U Library homepage (https://library.myunion.edu or google UI&U Library), 3) copy & paste the title of the book, article, or video into the OneSearch search box, and 4) click the read online (or watch online) link to access the resource.   If there are too many search results, try adding the author’s last name or quotation marks around the title e.g. “Moby Dick” Melville.  When looking for a book chapter, search by the book’s title and use the table of contents to locate the chapter.

Baker, S. (2011). Life after death: An activity to investigate the scientific, legal, & racial issues of the Henrietta Lacks story. The American Biology Teacher, 73(6), 337-340.

Skloot, R. (2010). The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Broadway Books. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e31828bfecc

Embedded Videos

The UI&U Library subscribes to several video collections including: Alexander Street Press, Films on Demand, Kanopy, and Psychotherapy.net.  These videos can be shared using an Available in the UI&U Library message or their embed codes (videos must be embedded to count towards instructional hours).  Instructions for embedding videos are available on the library’s Resources in Courses page.

Some embedded videos are currently not displaying in CampusWeb. Our IT department is working on a solution to this issue. As a temporary workaround, please instruct your students to search directly for the video by title using the library’s OneSearch feature.

Content Outside the UI&U Library

Resources outside the UI&U Library are not affected by this change.  This includes open educational content on YouTube and other websites.

Help

We are requesting that faculty members review their courses and make the corrections as soon as possible.  If you need assistance, please contact the library at 513-487-1487 or library@myunion.edu.

When Should a Direct Link Still be Used?

The library is now only recommending the use of direct links to library resources that are difficult to find in OneSearch.  Please contact a librarian for assistance creating the direct link.

Why Are We Making this Change?

  • Permalinks are difficult to create and maintain
  • Redirects from HTTP to HTTPS can fail
  • When a permalink is copied from Microsoft Web Outlook into Microsoft Word, the link may reformat with Outlook login information
  • The displayed link text may be different from the underlying URL

 

Please contact a librarian if you would like more information on why we are recommending this change.

Best regards,

Your UI&U Librarians

New Library Login

The Union Institute & University has transitioned to a new single sign-on for email, CampusWeb, and the library.  If you need assistance with your logon and password, please contact the IT Help Desk at 888-858-6466 or help@myunion.edu.

Login page

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.

Father with baby and laptop.

During regular library hours, you can contact a librarian by phone (513-487-1487) or email (library@myunion.edu).  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!

Fall Browser Cleaning

Fall has arrived.  It’s a time of beautiful leaves, pumpkin spice coffee, woolly socks, and getting ready for winter.  It is also a great time for a “fall cleaning” of your internet browser.  Complete the three steps below to ensure a better experience on the library website and every other website you visit.

Current Browser:  Use a current internet browser such as Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge.  (Microsoft has discontinued Internet Explorer.)

Update Browser:  Take a few minutes to update your internet browser.  This fixes many website problems and ensures a safer online experience.  Learn how to update: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge.

Clear Cache: Open your internet browser and then press Ctrl+Shift+Delete (Windows) or Command+Shift+Delete (Mac).  The website Lifewire also has an excellent guide to clearing your cache.

If you need help with your internet browser, please contact a UI&U Librarian or the IT Help Desk for assistance.

Orange and Yellow Fall Leaves

 

 

 

 

 

SWON Direct Lend Program

books on shelfThe UI&U Library is a member of the SouthWest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON) Consortium. Many member libraries in the Greater Cincinnati area participate in the SWON Direct Lend Program. This program allows current UI&U students, faculty, and staff who reside in the Greater Cincinnati area to check-out library materials from participating institutions.

If you are interested in using this service, contact the UI&U Library to request your lending card. We will create your card and work with you to determine which local libraries participate in the direct lending program.