We’ve made some changes to the library for Fall 2020. Here’s what’s new.
Welcome back, Beloiters!
We are excited to welcome you to what is sure to be another great year at Beloit. Over the Summer, we’ve made some changes and new additions to the library that we want to share with you.
Reopening Date & Hours Morse Library will reopen to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff onSeptember 1, 2020at 8 am. At this time, we remain closed to the public, including alumni and emeriti.
We have adjusted our open hours for Fall to ensure adequate staffing and patron safety. Our hours will be further reduced for the first two weeks of Mods to allow for student staff hiring and training. From September 1st to September 13th, our hours will be:
Monday-Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
From September 14th on, we will be open:
Monday-Thursday: 8 am - 10 pm
Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 10 pm
These hours may change during breaks and exam week. For the most up-to-date information on our hours, please consultour website.
Changes During Pandemic
Whiteboard supplies can now be checked out at the Info Desk
Sanitizing stations are spaced throughout the library
Furniture and computers have been rearranged in the library to follow guidelines of safe physical distancing practices
Plexiglass barriers have been installed at the Information Desk
Plexiglass barriers will be placed on the tables to divide spaces
A self-checkout kiosk has been installed
Some meeting spaces that do not allow for social distancing have been closed for community safety, including:
Instruction Sessions are available via Zoom. Please contact Haley Lott or Kelly Leahy directly to schedule a class. If you do not know who your department liaison is, pleaseconsult this list.
IT Support is available remotely via email, chat, and phone, or in person by appointment only. Visitsupport.beloit.edu, email@example.com call (608) 363-HELP (4357) for assistance.
Campus computer labs will be closed during the Fall 2020 Semester. Please read the Apporto section below for more information about accessing licensed computer lab software during these changes.
Have you heard about our new Chat Service? Whether you’re on or off campus, it’s easier than ever to get help from your friendly librarians. Just visit theAsk A Librarian pageon our website for help starting your research or finding library materials.
If we’re away, you can search ourKnowledgebase. We’ve preloaded it with a lot of frequently asked questions. You can search our answers for immediate help.
We are adding new video tutorials about research and technology on a regular basis. Learn everything from how to place a hold on library materials to how to start your research to how to use Google Scholar. Find these videos and so much more on our YouTube Channel or on our Library 101 Research Guide.
This summer, we implemented Holds to help you get access to physical materials. We are continuing this service into the Fall. If you’re on the go and need a physical item from the library, request a hold from the catalog. A LITS staff member will pull your requested items, check them out to you, and have them available at the Info Desk for quick pick-up. Findinstructions to place a hold here.
We are in the process of migrating our Interlibrary Loan service to Tipasa, a program that seamlessly integrates with our catalog to help make placing requests for materials easier and faster than ever.
There have, however, been some service changes to ILL due to the pandemic.Physical InterLibrary Loan lending is available once again for those able to pick-up materials on campus. At this time, we are not able to ship InterLibrary Loan materials. Many libraries around the country are still not open and so the pool of lending libraries has been reduced. In some cases, your request may be delayed or we will need to get access in a different format than preferred.
Students and faculty that are away from Beloit can continue to request articles and chapters. We are, as always, committed to getting you what you need, we just may need to be extra creative about how we do so. Please contact Cindy Cooley (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about ILL. You can submit a request here or through the databases and catalog.
After 34 years of stellar service, our beloved archivist, Fred Burwell, has retired. We wish him all the best. This change will affect some Archive services until a replacement Archivist has been hired.
We will not have open hours for Archives. Instead, you can make an appointment with librarian, Kelly Leahy. Email the archives email@example.com any questions you may have or schedule an appointment with Kelly directly by emailing her firstname.lastname@example.org through YouCanBookMe atkellyleahy.youcanbook.me.
We look forward to sharing these resources with our Beloit Community. Check out ourDatabases A-Z listfor a complete list of new resources.
In March, we changed the way that we add ebooks to our collection. We have implemented demand driven acquisition and access to own through our major ebook vendor, ProQuest. This means that we have ebooks listed in our catalog that we do not yet own. When patrons try to access these materials, it will trigger an ebook purchase. With access to own, we purchase a portion of the ebook each time a patron uses a specific title. If enough patrons use a specific title, we will have purchased the title and will own it perpetually.
This has allowed us to expand our collection in areas where students need it most. We will continue this program into the Fall. If you have questions about purchasing ebooks, contact Kallie Leonard email@example.com.
To accommodate students both on and off campus, we have switched our course reserves to an e-format with unlimited access this Fall. If items are not available as ebooks, we worked with faculty to ensure materials are available for students.
QuickLaunchis our new Single Sign On (SSO) login system that enables you to sign in to multiple systems by entering your username and password only once per browser session. It also enables increased security and additional self-service password reset options.
This means that when you log in to a Beloit College service like the Portal, you will see a different login screen than you’re used to. Log in with the same username and password you would normally use. After you sign in to one service, you won’t need to log in to each additional service. This will also ensure that better self-service password recovery options will be available.
Zendeskis the new ticketing system for LITS, replacing SchoolDude for IT requests. Zendesk provides a quicker response from support staff, enables live chat and phone support, and provides answers to common technical issues.
Due to the need for social distancing, campus computer labs will be closed for Fall 2020. Instead, we have implemented a virtual desktop service calledApportoso students and faculty will be able to access licensed computer lab software from wherever they are.
Apporto provides faculty and students access to virtual lab desktops stored in the cloud to enable the use of licensed applications that could not otherwise be accessed remotely. Apporto can be used on almost any device with a web browser.