New library system is live

Primo logoIt’s here! Our new library system is now up and running. The biggest change for you, as a library user, will likely be the new online search interface called Primo, which you will use to locate library materials within Hamersly Library and at our Summit partner libraries.

Find Primo at the top of the library homepage and try it out. If you find any bugs or have questions, please let us know, and know that we will be working in the weeks to come to smooth out the bumps that inevitably come with a large-scale project like this one.

Speaking of which…here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin to use the new catalog in these early days: 

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  • For quick answers to the most commonly asked questions about the new system (such as, why did the library make this change?, what is this thing called Primo?, what about my favorite database, has it changed?) take a look at our FAQ. We are continuing to add to this as we encounter new questions and issues.
  • WorldCat, Primo, and Research databases are elements of a complete searchSearching in Primo can get you different types of results depending on the options you choose. However, even though there is a lot of material searchable in Primo, it does not include everything. Here are a couple examples:
  • Once you do an initial search in Primo and are on the results page, look to the upper-right corner for the sign-in link. We strongly encourage you to sign in as it helps you get better results and is the only way you can order books through Summit. A couple more things about the sign-in that you should know for now:
    • Once you click on the link to sign in, you will be taken to page where you can sign in with your WOU Pawprint ID and password.
    • The first time you sign in, you will be prompted to “Personalize Your Results.” In addition to selecting one or more subject areas of interest, you can indicate your “Degree,” which is simply a way of asking what part of the WOU community you belong to (student, staff member, etc.) If you are a member of faculty, the best option on the menu at this point is “Researcher.” Selecting these options will provide better search result relevance rankings for you. You can also skip this personalization, however, and/or change your settings later.

We appreciate your patience during this transition and are committed to maintaining library services at the level that you expect and require. As always, please feel free to let us know if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns about the new system. 

The ‘Find it @ WOU’ button is your friend

find it @ wouDoing research for that final paper? Then you’ve probably come across the ‘Find it @ WOU’ button. Often, students are confused about what it does, but it’s a powerful tool that can get you to the articles you need no matter where they’re located. So, it’s worth checking out!

More about 'Find it @ WOU'...

When you click the ‘Find it @ WOU’ button for an article in any WOU database, you will see one of four different scenarios for getting the full text of the article:

  1. A link to another WOU database that has the full-text article
  2. A message that WOU owns the article, but in print. You can either go to the physical shelf in the library where the journal is located and copy or scan your article, or you can choose the ‘Scan and Deliver’ option and we will scan it for you and email it to you as a PDF.
  3. A page or link that says WOU has access to the article via OnDemand. You will either be able to order the article yourself by following the on-screen prompts, or the library may need to order it for you, depending on which option shows up.
  4. A note that WOU does not own the article, but that we can get it from another library if you fill out the WOU Interlibrary Loan form linked from the page.

Find out more about each of these scenarios and see screenshots of what they look like here: http://research.wou.edu/finditatwou

Hamersly Library closed the entire week of Christmas

Glowing Christmas Tree Lights in the Winter Night

Along with the rest of campus, Hamersly Library will be closed one full week of Winter Break.  Since you might be doing research, ordering materials for Winter Term, or needing to check out some books and videos to relax with, here are some tips to plan your library use:

Our calendar provides a complete look at our winter break hours and the resumption of normal hours with Winter Term.

1) Due dates: Any items that would normally come due during the closure (from local collection or borrowed from Summit or Interlibrary Loan), the due dates are pushed back to Dec 30, the first day the campus reopens.

2).  Borrowing Summit or Interlibrary Loan materials.  Plan ahead to accommodate delivery before our closure–better the books are in your hands for the 10 days than laying in a cold warehouse awaiting our reopening. Want a single deadline for all remote-item ordering?: Thur. Dec. 12.
If you want to spread the deadlines out a bit and still (probably) get your items before we close:

  • Order physical items from Interlibrary Loan (WorldCat items) by Thur. Dec. 12.  (these average a week to arrive & vary by our distance from the loaning library).
  • Order items from Summit by Friday, Dec. 13 (These usually take 2-3 days for delivery, and we get our shipment late in the day.  You’ll want the item to arrive by Thursday’s shipment.
  • Order journal articles that are not held in our physical or electronic collections by Monday, Dec. 16

3).  You’ll have continued access to all electronic resources, including ebooks through the catalog, the databases (including streaming multimedia content from Films on Demand, Theater in Video, and Classical Music Library) and electronic journal access. 

4).  You are welcome to continue requesting items (from local collection or from Summit or Interlibrary Loan, certain OnDemand articles, and Scan & Deliver materials) and services during the closure through the standard channels.  The staff will process the requests once campus reopens on Dec 30.  Do remember, though, that staffing might be scarce both at Hamersly and at partner libraries during the whole holiday season, and that can slow response times.

Happy end of term, and Happy Holidays!

photo credit: epSos.de (Photographer). (2012). Glowing Christmas Tree Lights in the Winter Night. [Digital Image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/8259481490/