Monthly Archives: January 2016

Busy Winter Session

While most students at USD were on break, some were taking a class during the winter session. Copley Library’s librarians were also busy going to workshops regarding the new core curriculum or attending professional meetings like the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Boston, January 8-12, 2016.

Here is a short list of the winter professional activities by a few of our librarians:

Chris Marcum, History Liaison & Evening Services Reference Librarian, attended the Center for Educational Excellence (CEE) all day CORE Workshop on Friday, January 15th. This training is ideal for anyone designing a course to meet USD’s new core curriculum requirements. The training is divided into three modules. Christopher completed the first two modules, Aligning your Course to the Core and Course Design for the New Core and he will complete module three, Engaging Practices to Immerse Students in the Core on April 1st.

Alejandra Nann, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian, held the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section (CRS) Acquisitions committee meeting on January 9th where the 2016 ALA program was discussed. She attended the ALCTS CRS Executive meeting where they discussed ways to collaborate with outside committees within ALA. Alejandra also attended the WEST members meeting where they discussed cycles to look forward to this year and new developments in building and filling gaps within the archives. She had the opportunity to connect with colleagues and explore new products with vendors.

Alma Ortega, Reference Librarian, attended the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, where she not only attended ACRL committee meetings  on January 9th but also had the opportunity to explore new products and updates with vendors at exhibits. APA showcased APA Style Central, a cloud-based tool, which lets you create APA papers online. Alma explored SAGE’s Research Methods platform and attended the round table The Age of Enlightenment arrives in Technical Services at the ALCTS Creative Solutions in Technical Services Interest Group session hosted by USD’s Laura Turner on January 10th.

Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian, attended Library/Faculty Engagement—Bridging the Gap through Digital Humanities, a panel focused on library support for digital humanities on January 10th. While this session did involve those discussions, the panelists and audience also had conversations about encouraging reproducibility and transparency in DH research and talking more about the value and formal evaluation of DH work. As librarians increasingly support digital scholarship across disciplines, librarians should participate in these ongoing conversations at all levels.

Laura Turner, Head of Technical Services, attended the Print Archive Network meeting on January 8th to review shared print activities happening in libraries and consortia across the nation.  She also attended the OCLC Linked Data Roundtable on January 9th.  Laura took minutes as a member of the ALCTS Leadership Development committee on January 10th.  Facilitated a round table entitled The Age of Enlightenment arrives in Technical Services at the ALCTS Creative Solutions in Technical Services Interest Group session on January 10th.

As you can see besides keeping the library open over the winter break the librarians also made time for professional development to better serve the university community!

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Happy New Year!


We hope you had a wonderful Christmas / holiday season and have started an amazing new year. 2016 is well underway and Copley Library is full of activity planning for the spring semester. Events such as our first ever official fundraising gathering in February or the Digital Initiatives Symposium to be held in late April are just a few of the things we have planned in the new year.

Here’s a quick update on what is happening around the library:

  • The Workshop Committee, a library-wide committee, is busy preparing the spring semester workshop schedules for students and faculty
  • Access Services – Course Reserves Division has already started receiving professors’ requests to make class materials available whether online or in print (you know hardback books, special book chapters, posters, films, photographs, etc.,)
  • The Technical Services Department is busy with not only ordering but also cataloguing rush orders for professors so they can finalize their spring courses’ syllabi. This in on top of all of their other duties
  • Special Collections is busy with preparations for the third annual 2016 Digital Initiatives Symposium. The symposium has been so well received that it is now a day & half event, April 27-28!
  • Administration is very busy with the coordination of Copley Library’s first ever official Alumni Fundraising event coming soon. It will be held on February 13! Stay tuned for more information. We will post it here and on our other social media platforms as soon as all of the details have been finalized

As you can see even though it is winter break for most at the university, Copley Library is quietly chugging along. If you would like to find out more information about the library check  back soon. We post twice a month!



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