Monthly Archives: January 2017

Spring is Here and Change is in the Air


The spring semester of 2017 is here and Copley Library has a lot of exciting things planned for the next few months. In this post we highlight three noteworthy changes we are introducing in the month of February.

Mobile Printing: You asked for mobile printing at Copley and we are making it happen this spring! Thanks to our friends in ITS, Copley Library will become the next place on campus to allow you to print from your personal mobile devices. We will implement this in early February so be on the lookout for signs letting you know it is up and ready.

Email Receipts: At Copley Library we are always looking for new ways to be blue and go green and during the week of January 30th, we will replace paper receipts with electronic ones. Beginning February 3rd, instead of printing receipts for patrons that request them, all patrons will receive automated receipts directly to their email after checkout.

ITS Help Desk at Copley: Ever wish there was an ITS Help Desk in the Library? If so, this spring your wish will come true. In February, ITS will implement a pilot program offering Help Desk assistance at Copley Library. Stay tuned for more information on this new initiative including hours of service.

P.S. Welcome back!


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New Faces at Copley Library

Welcome back!  This past year there have been a number of positive changes at the library from the fixing and adding of a new HVAC system  to the hiring of new personnel. These changes are nowhere more evident than in Archives and Special Collections where two new people have joined that department’s team. Ashley Toutain started as the new Archives Special Collections Assistant in October and Amanda Makula began as the new Digital Initiatives Librarian in December of 2016.

Here’s what they do in their own words:

Amanda: Hello! I’m the new Digital Initiatives Librarian and Liaison to Ethnic Studies. One of the big components of my job is working with Digital@USanDiego, the open access institutional repository. What’s an “institutional repository,” you ask? It’s a platform for the research and creative work — articles, images, electronic theses and dissertations, videos, journals, conference proceedings, audio files, and many other materials — produced by the students, staff, and faculty at USD. Because it’s open access, anything published in Digital@SanDiego is freely accessible to anyone anywhere with an Internet connection. My favorite part of the job is talking with people about the unique projects they are working on, and how those projects might benefit from the worldwide audience, scholarly impact, and permanent preservation that Digital@USanDiego offers. If you are interested in learning more, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email:


Ashley: As the Archives/Special Collections Assistant, I spend the majority of my day uncovering historically valuable documents to help researchers like you discover what the Archives has to offer. While digging through these records, I create research guides (Finding Aids) that describe each collection, and work to ensure that the records will be preserved as long as possible. The best parts of my job are when I discover new letters and artifacts related to the earliest days of the University’s history.

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From everyone at Copley Library, we wish you the best for 2017!

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