Electronic Reserves Transitions to Canvas
Date: July 30, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Susan Beck, NMSU Library, (575) 646-5091, email@example.com
As the start of the new academic year approaches, the Library’s Electronic Reserves service is taking a new direction. Departing from a library-hosted, web-based system, electronic reserves, or e-reserves, will be made available for direct uploading into instructors’ Canvas pages. This change will result in a more accessible, course-specific location for supplemental instructional materials. Reserves staff at Zuhl Library will continue to support e-reserves by offering many of the same services as in the past. These include checking copyright, scanning, creating permalinks (when available), and retrieving library materials from the collection for either physical or electronic access. However, rather than Reserves staff uploading e-reserve materials into the library’s system, they will now e-mail the electronic files or permalinks to instructors to upload into Canvas. Instructors may continue to submit their Reserves requests in person at the Zuhl Service Desk or online at http://lib.nmsu.edu/depts/accserv/resreq_guidelines.shtml
The Reserves staff will be available to provide assistance to instructors who are interested in uploading e-reserve files to Canvas. Assistance with uploading will also be available through Academic Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 646-5125.
Physical reserves will continue to be processed in the traditional manner with materials available for check-out at the Zuhl Service Desk. Please visit the Library’s Reserves web page at http://lib.nmsu.edu/depts/accserv/reserves.shtml for an overview of services and guidelines.
As the new procedures for electronic reserves are implemented, processing may take slightly longer than usual. Instructors are strongly encouraged to submit their requests as early as possible to ensure that they will be available for students when needed. As always, requests will be processed in the order in which they are received.
Veteran Dog a Faithful Companion to NMSU Student
Fabian Martinez and his faithful companion Ike, a military veteran dog, are becoming familiar faces at NMSU’s Branson Library. Fabian is the son of Library Specialist Graciela (Gracie) Martinez, who works in the Technical Services Department in Branson.
Fabian was a medic in the Army National Guard but his military career ended when he was injured in Afghanistan. Gracie said that Fabian was proud to serve his country. “It was all he ever wanted to do since he was a child.”
Ike helps Fabian emotionally and physically. Fabian and Ike trained together for two weeks in New York, which included training in balance, retrieval and nightmare interruptions.
Fabian is now attending NMSU, and he is often seen on campus with Ike always at his side. For more information, contact the Library Administration at (575) 646-1508.
NMSU Library Launches Ask Us Page
Find quick answers to your research questions by searching the interactive Frequently Asked Questions database or chat instantly with a librarian by using the Instant Chat service available during reference service hours.
You can also ask your question by phone, email, text or in person at the Information Desk in Zuhl Library. All contact points are found at one helpful location, http://lib.nmsu.edu/askus/, or click on the Ask Us! icon at the bottom left corner of the Library website at http://lib.nmsu.edu.
Alisa Gonzalez, Reference Coordinator, said, “Our new Ask Us! page will provide 24 hour information and research help for students, staff, faculty and community members. We are excited to provide this service and feel that it will be especially helpful for all of our online and distance education students, who often access our services when the library is closed.”
For more information, contact Gonzalez at (575) 646-6926 or email email@example.com.
NMSU Library Displays Contemporary Paintings by Joan Talty
Several untitled contemporary abstract paintings by Las Cruces artist Joan Talty recently went on permanent display for students to enjoy at NMSU’s Zuhl Library. They are hung in the Quiet Study Zone on the Library’s third floor. The new paintings are displayed near other works by Talty on the same floor, including “9/11.”
The vivid colors of the paintings show the influence of one of Talty’s favorite artists, Henri Matisse. Talty admires not only the color and form of the works of Matisse, but also his philosophy that art should make a positive statement and should be joyful and uplifting.
Talty originally studied music at Sarah Lawrence College. When she returned home bedridden from an illness, she began to draw in bed. She credits her recovery to her drawing and says that throughout her life, art has made her well. Encouraged to pursue art, she studied at the prestigious Art Students League of New York, which provided an intensive course of instruction that nurtured her creativity. Talty learned there that artists are the antennae of society and that they have a responsibility to the viewers of their art.
Talty moved with her husband Herbert Zuhl from Manhattan to Las Cruces in 1991. They donated a generous naming gift for Zuhl Library, and their Zuhl Geological Collection is displayed for the NMSU community and the public at the Zuhl Museum on campus, as well as at Zuhl Library and Breland Hall.
For more information, contact the Library Administration at (505) 646-1508.
Online Access to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition
Date: July 10, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Norice Lee, NMSU Library, (575) 646-1508, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5™) is now available through the Library’s subscription to Psychiatry Online. Online access to the earlier edition, DSM-IV-TR, will continue through September 2013. Access to DSM-IV-TR in hardcopy will still be available in Zuhl and Branson libraries after online access is no longer available.
DSM-5™ is used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders. This fifth edition is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. DSM-5™ is the most comprehensive, current, and critical resource for clinical practice available to today’s mental health clinicians and researchers of all orientations.
Direct links to DSM-5™ are available on http://lib.nmsu.edu/article.shtml through Article Indexes or Electronic Journals and Databases. If you have any questions, please contact John Sandstrom at 646-8093 or email@example.com.
Branson Renovation to Showcase Pete Domenici Collection
A $1.6 million renovation of the second floor east of New Mexico State University’s Branson Library is underway. The renovation will result in an improved environment to showcase the Library’s Special Collections and Political Papers Archives, which includes the Pete V. Domenici Archives that Senator and Mrs. Domenici donated to the NMSU Library in 2008.
Construction on the 16,138 square foot area of Branson Library began on April 16 and will continue through August 13. The contractor is the Jaynes Corporation and the architect is Van H. Gilbert. The environment for the Library’s unique collections will be improved with new temperature and humidity controls. Patron research, shelving, processing and staff spaces will be expanded and enhanced.
Dr. Laurence Creider, Archives & Special Collections Department Head, said, “I am very happy to see the construction get started after a great deal of planning and after rearranging staff and collections last summer. We look forward to having better space for the Domenici papers, complete with climate control to aid in their preservation. When we move back to the renovated quarters in the fall, we will be able to provide better service to our patrons.”
The papers of former U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici began arriving at NMSU in 2008, and a few materials are still arriving. The original shipment contained some thirty tons of documents and memorabilia comprising over 2,200 boxes, or more than 1,900 linear feet. The collection currently contains nearly 3,000 boxes. There are records of the Senator’s offices in Washington, D.C., and New Mexico, and his participation on numerous congressional committees and projects. There are printed works, a small library, a large amount of memorabilia and five hard drives. The material is being organized in a preliminary fashion before completion of the final organization and finding aids, anticipated in 2016.
For more information, please contact Associate Dean Norice Lee at (575) 646-1508.
Microform Collection is a Hidden Treasure
Historical census material, historical newspapers and many interesting and informative Government Documents are still best found using microforms.
The people at the Branson Service Desk are happy to help!
Check Out the Library Media Collection
The NMSU Library has a small but growing collection of audio and visual media that is available for checkout. Award-winning movies, documentaries and TV shows share space with music CDs and even a few VHS tapes on the first floor west of Branson Library!
Check the Library’s catalog at http://libcat.nmsu.edu to see what is available.
NMSU Library presents last will and testament lecture
Date: June 20, 2013
New Mexico State University will present a lecture on the experiences of two priests preparing their last will and testaments.
The lecture, “When Father Morin and Father Grange Were Preparing Their Last Wills and Testaments,” will be given by Professor Claude Fouillade and is co-sponsored by The New Mexico Historical Society, Office of the New Mexico State Historian, NMSU Department of Languages & Linguistics, NMSU Department of History, and NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections.
Fouillade, professor in the NMSU Department of Languages & Linguistics, will speak about the preparations made by Morin of Silver City, N.M. and Grange of Mesilla, N.M. to settle their estates.
Reasons why Morin, before his death in 1916, relied on Grange to prepare the documents will be discussed. Fouillade also will share how Grange, as he approached retirement in 1926, proceeded to prepare his own will and testament to ensure that his wishes and those of Father Morin were fulfilled.
The lecture is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, June 28, on the fourth floor of the NMSU Branson Library, adjacent to the Caroline E. Stras Research Room.
For more information, contact the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections at 575-646-7455, or Claude Fouillade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NMSU Library Photo Exhibit Captures Lives of NM Women
The New Mexico State University Library announces a new photographic exhibit, “Out of the Shadows: The Women of Southern New Mexico.” The free public exhibit will run from March 18 to October 15 in the Milton Gallery on the fourth floor of NMSU’s Branson Library.
The exhibit, organized by University Archivist Martha Shipman Andrews, captures the self-reliance of women ranchers, the craftsmanship and industry of Native American women, the comfortable lives of a prominent Hispanic mercantile family and the opportunities created for women by educational institutions.
The photos from the NMSU Library’s Rio Grande Historical Collections and Hobson-Huntsinger University Archives also appear in Andrews’ book Out of the Shadows: The Women of Southern New Mexico (Rio Grande Books/NMSU Library, 2012).
Andrews said that the Wild West of New Mexico, with Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, Geronimo and the U.S. Cavalry center stage, is so powerful and entertaining a myth in the popular imagination that the lives and contributions of New Mexico’s women — especially those of Southern New Mexico — have been largely overlooked.
Visual images provide an evocative means of examining the dark spaces behind the overshadowing Western myths dominated by the exploits of men. The Library’s photos give witness to the unexpected experiences of women as they helped to settle the mountains and deserts of New Mexico between 1880 and 1920. The lives of these women were not full of endless toil and deprivation but were rather, in the words of young Mildred Barnes from the mining community of Lake Valley, “delightful, exciting and filled with a sense of abundance.”
For more information, contact Andrews at (575) 646-5028 or email email@example.com.