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Check out a laptop, stay late in the library (new ISR/Library offerings announced)

August 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm


Thanks to your suggestions and in an effort to improve service, the library and ISR are rolling out new practices and expanded offerings this fall semester. Read on for more information about how it's become easier to check-out AV equipment, renew books online, find a library computer with MS Office Suite, or spend more time in the Archives.

Expanded library hours

Consider this a suggestion-box success! During academic terms, the library will open at 8 a.m. on weekdays and stay open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Current hours are always displayed on the library home page. Check back often as holidays, breaks, and exams approach.

Borrowing laptops, cameras just got easier
In an effort to provide improved service, IT has collaborated with library staff to enable faculty, staff, and students to borrow equipment using the same system that is used to check-out library resources. The new system will require everyone to use their college ID when checking out any of this equipment. If you have not already, please visit the Circulation desk located in the library to activate your ID in order to check out equipment. Any equipment borrowed from IT will need to be picked up and returned to IT in Mayer Hall.

At this time, there are three types of equipment that will be available for check out using this system:

  • All Audio-Visual (AV) equipment that is available for loan (including video cameras)
    • Laptops available to faculty and staff for college business.
    • Hubs available to students to provide additional network connections in their rooms.

For more details please visit the AVMS homepage. (www.beloit.edu/isr/it/av)

MS Office suite added to more library computers 
By popular demand, Microsoft Office will be available on the group of six computers located just
inside (and to the right) of the library's main entrance. Users can open and print documents in this handy location.

70,000 E-books added to library collection
Break out your laptops, iPads, and e-readers -- e-books have arrived at the library! We’ve recently added
ebrary holdings (http://site.ebrary.com/lib/beloit/home.action) to our list of offerings. This collection contains nearly 70,000 academic titles and is a must-have resource for your research projects!  We’ve also added over a dozen e-book reference titles from the Gale Virtual Reference Library (http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/beloit_main?db=GVRL), including popular resources such as Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia.

Extra evening hours to explore Archives
To satisfy growing curiosity and provide more access to course related research materials Archives will be open on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

BDCD Logan African Expeditions Collection
The Beloit College Digital Collections now includes a collection of photographs, articles, and memorabilia from a series of expeditions to northern Africa from 1925-1930 sponsored by the Logan Museum and led by Alonzo W. Pond (class of 1918). The digital collection includes hundreds of items taken from the holdings of the Logan Museum and the Archives, with more scheduled to be added in the coming weeks! Visit the growing
Logan African Expeditions Collection . (http://www.beloit.edu/bcdc/africa/)

Wired laptop work spaces added
Sure, the library has wireless for those wide open spaces, but don’t miss the opportunity to connect your laptop to the wired network. Find ports wired and waiting for connection in the group study rooms along the back of the main floor and the individual carrels on the main level and the upper level balcony.  

New outdoor furniture
Turning the old library steps into a terrace made room for two more tables
. Have a seat and enjoy a slightly elevated view of campus.

Renewing books online just got easier
You may now use your regular Beloit College username and password to review and renew your library items. If you choose to log in this way, disregard the barcode line.  Using your barcode and self-selected password continues to be an option as well.  To try the new log in, go to
My Account.  (http://lib.beloit.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/x/SIRSI/x/1/488/X/BLASTOFF)

Roaming access to the Chronicle.com
Create a free account at Chronicle.com using your
beloit.edu email address and connect to the Chronicle of Higher Education from anywhere*. Simply pull up Chronicle.com on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone; sign-in and go!