Postings in the ‘Libraries’ Category


Launch of the new DePauw Digital Library

October 12th, 2009 by Carol L. Smith

From Rick Provine, Director of Libraries

The DePauw University Libraries announced the launch of the DePauw Digital Library (

The Digital Library contains over 30,000 objects including photographs, publications and other artifacts spanning the history of DePauw University, Putnam County, and Indiana United Methodism. Highlighted collections include The DePauw student newspaper digitized from 1932, art from the University’s permanent art collection, and photographs from Greencastle photographer, Ralph Taylor. New content is added continually.

The digital library represents the collaboration of many students, staff and faculty members. Our thanks and congratulations go out to you all.

Everyone is encouraged to visit the collection and share their thoughts and feedback with Rick Provine (

See a recent news article about this at

Firefox search engine add-ins

April 1st, 2009 by Carol L. Smith

Contributed by Courtney Hime ’09

One of the most convenient features of Mozilla Firefox is the search tool bar – located in the upper right hand corner – that enables you to instantly access to a number of other search engines. For most people, Google is the default search engine, but there are several others, like Wikipedia or Amazon, that are nice to have available from one simple location. Most of the default options granted to Firefox users are mainstream search engines, but often, DePauw students need to access several research resources to complete their course work at DePauw. To help student reduce their time search for search engines DePauw’s librarians have worked to help DePauw students access to several commonly used databases that could prove to be helpful during their time at DePauw.

To add these search engines,

1. Go to the DePauw Libraries main page (

2. Select “Subject Guides” under the “Research Help” section.

3. Under the “Featured Guides” section, select the “Firefox Search Engines” guide. This page will list all of the available search engines that can be added to Firefox.

4. Select the search engine you want to add. You will be taken to another page.

5. Click the link of the search engine. A dialogue box will appear asking if you want to add the engine. You can also check to start using the search engine immediately.

6. Click Add. You can check the toolbar to make sure that engine was added correctly.

The library has made several search engines available, from Facebook to the Banner Graphic’s archives. Though there are several, there are five search engines that students will be sure to want to add.

1. DePauw’s library catalog – Get full access to the library’s catalog of books, videos, maps, CD’s, DVD’s, government documents, and physical (paper, microfiche, and microfilm) newspapers, magazines and journals.

2. Academic Search Premier – This search engine is an article database that covers all disciplines, most content from 1980s to today, some from 1920s on. The database contains mostly academic journal articles, with some newspaper and magazine articles.

3. JSTOR – Instead of having to navigate through the library’s home page and find the database, students can simply start using it from their home page. When adding this search engine, be sure to add the version that was created by Chris Monaghan.

4. Oxford Reference Online – Instantly search over 100 online dictionaries, encyclopedias and quote books from the Oxford University Press.

5. Google Books – Access Google Books’ database of over seven million books. Though the database doesn’t offer full access to all of their books, there are over one million books that are fully available online. When adding this search engine, select the version created by the Mycroft Project.

There are several Web sites that have add-ins available – indicated by a teal shaded arrow over the search toolbar.

You can click the down arrow and you will find an option enabling you to add the additional search engine add-in.

You can add the ‘DePauw Student and Faculty Directories’ in this way. Just go to and add the search engine by clicking

EndNote Citation Management Software

April 2nd, 2008 by asmock

Contributed by Caroline Gilson, Coordinator of the Prevo Science Library
and Carol Smith, CIO

The University now has a site license for EndNote for all DePauw students, faculty members and staff. EndNote is a program which stores and organizes citations and also enables you to import citations directly into a Word document. It works on both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Two versions of EndNote are available:

The EndNote client, called EndNote X, is installed on your desktop or laptop computer and offers customizable features for working with saved citations. Faculty and staff members can pick up a copy of EndNote X on CDROM from the HelpDesk or can request for a technician to install it for them by contacting the HelpDesk (x4294, Students can purchase a copy of EndNote X on CDROM from the HelpDesk for a discounted price of $40.

EndNote Web ( is web-based and does not require you to install any software on your computer. It is available for use at no charge to all students, faculty members and staff.

To create your EndNote Web account:

  1. Connect to from a computer on the DePauw network.
  2. Click the “Sign Up for an account” link.

Once you have created your account, you can log in from anywhere, both on and off campus, to access the citations you have collected in your account. To keep your account active, you just need to login from a computer connected to the DePauw network at least once every twelve months.

Which version should you use?
Librarians have been testing both versions of the software and recommend that faculty members, Juniors and Seniors consider using EndNote X. You may want to try both versions to see which one meets your needs.

Librarians are happy to meet with any faculty member to discuss both versions and offer demonstrations.

Where can you find more information about EndNote?

A LibGuide is available via the DePauw Libraries web site with more information, links to handouts, and tips on how to download citations from selected databases at : Or contact any librarian for assistance or if you have questions.

Archives & Special Collections

April 2nd, 2008 by asmock

Contributed by Wes Wilson, Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections

Collections of archival records and manuscripts are received nearly every day on the second floor of Roy O. West Library. That’s where the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism is located. One example of the new collections in the Archives is the George Beswick family papers. Beswick was a Methodist minister in Indiana and father of Laura Beswick McKaig, one of the first four women to graduate from DePauw in 1871. The papers include a notebook belonging to George Beswick from 1835. The Archives also received scrapbooks for the DePauw band, 1931-58. These included news clippings, lists of band members and programs for the period. One of the most recent additions to the collection is the records of the DePauw Women’s Club. The Archives records for the club go back to the 1950s.

Once in a while, DePauw-related items appear on eBay. One such item that the Archives became aware of was a football program for the Old Gold Day game against Hanover, October 20, 1934. After discovering that the football collection lacked that program, a bid was placed. The Archives subsequently became the high bidder, eventually winning the program at a very reasonable price (our acquisitions budget is not large) to add to the football collection. Another football program became available a few months later, a game against Purdue in 1893. Bidding went very high for this program, probably because of its age and the fact that the opponent was a major college. The Archives had to drop out of the bidding for this one and it sold for over $500.

Besides being the archives for the University, the Archives is also the official repository for the United Methodist Church in Indiana, so occasionally United Methodist churches send us their records. Last fall, the Archives received the records for Baker Chapel located at DeGonia Springs, Ind. near Boonville. What is remarkable about this is that the church building was destroyed by a tornado in 2005, but the records survived their storage in the building’s furnace room. The members decided to place them in the Archives following the disaster.

After new collections are received, a description is entered into a database and it becomes the foundation for a catalog record and collection inventory. The catalog record is located in the PALNI database accessible through the OPAC while the inventory is published on the Archives website.

By the Numbers: A Year in Archives

April 2nd, 2008 by asmock

Contributed by Wes Wilson, Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections

If you click on the link below, you will see the wide variety of activities that Archives staff participate in with during the year, from class visits to research to creating exhibits. Stop by Archives and Special Collections on the second floor of Roy O. West, next time you are near the library!

Archives Statistics July 2006 – June 2007

By the Numbers – The Music Library

February 20th, 2008 by Carol L. Smith

contributed by Misti Shaw, Music & Performing Arts Consultan
and Courtney Hime, ITAP Communication Consultant

With the opening of the new Green Center for the Performing Arts, the music library has a new location, a new look, and new numbers!

Music Library Information for Fall 2007

Books/Scores 31,000 items
Audio (CDs, LPs, S of M recitals) 9,000 items
Video (VHS, DVD) 1,200 items
Periodicals Current subscriptions: 89 titles
Bound: 125 titles with approximately 1400 volumes

Gate Count

September 2006 6,967 (4 weeks of class)
September 2007 10, 091 (4 weeks of class.)
October 2006 5,588 (3 weeks of class)
October 2007 7,736 (3 weeks of class)
November 2006 5,953 (3 weeks of class)
November 2007 6,929 (3 weeks of class)
December 2006 3,131 (3 weeks of class)
December 2007 4,021 (2 weeks of class)
January 2007 2,716 (Winter Term
January 2008 3,606 (Winter Term)

Library Renovation News

November 12th, 2007 by asmock

Contributed by Rick Provine, Director of Libraries

Faculty members, staff members, and students have joined in wide-ranging discussions over the past two years about the library, its mission, and the appropriate facilities to meet academic needs. The renovation plans address the critical needs and priorities that were identified in those discussions.

Plans for the improvement of Roy O. West Library include a complete renovation of the two lower levels, doubling the capacity of the Archives, improving the lighting throughout the building, and replacing the HVAC systems. Construction will be completed in phases over four years to avoid disruption of library services.

The renovation will also incorporate the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and the Competency Centers for writing, quantitative reasoning and speaking/listening (Q,W & S) into the lower level. With librarians, faculty and student technology support (FITS and START) close by, it provides a central location for learning and academic support resources.

Key issues addressed:

• reflect the library’s mission as an intellectual hub
• Reading Room
• more spaces for group study
• improved support for media viewing
• easier access to librarians
• more appropriate arrangement of collections
• better use of natural light throughout
• more effective lighting throughout
• replace failing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
• more logical arrangement of staff and services
• better accommodation of current technologies and usage patterns

What’s new at the libraries?

September 27th, 2007 by asmock

Contributed by Courtney Hime

Check out the exciting new things happening throughout DePauw’s libraries!

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Students nearing the end of their time at college and interested in Higher Education can now access The Chronicle. The Chronicle is an effective tool for placing and searching job ads within the realm of Higher Education. We now offer online access to The Chronicle for the entire campus back to January 6 of 1995. You can reach it directly by following this link:


Newspaper Direct Press Display
This database provides online access to today’s newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. The ever-expanding collection currently includes over 400 U.S. and international titles. Just like reading the familiar print edition, viewers can browse articles and other key content, such as pictures, advertisements, classifieds, and notices. The service also provides a 60-day back file and the ability to perform keyword searches across all titles and entire back file. Some newspapers even offer an audio option that allows the paper to be read to you.

You can visit the Press Display via the following link…


The Elsevier Journal Pilot
The Elsevier journal pilot program is now underway. In this pilot the library pays-per-use for electronic access to journal articles published by Elsevier. You can access these articles via Science Direct or through library databases via SFX.

Here are some tips for making efficient use of the pay-per-use model:

Viewing the abstract is free, so always read the abstract before viewing an article to make sure it is germane to your needs.

Download every article you view. Once an article has been viewed it can be downloaded at no extra cost. Therefore, always download and SAVE a viewed article in order to avoid having the library pay for it again.

Articles needed by a class during the course of a semester can be placed on reserve. Students should access the article via reserves instead of directly from Elsevier.

Once an article is viewed, it is freely available to anyone at DePauw for viewing and downloading for 24 hours. If an article is introduced for use in a class, ask everyone to view/download/save the article immediately.

If you discover an article you need via SFX (or another way) and you have more than one choice for accessing the article, try accessing the article via a subscription product first rather than selecting an Elsevier product.

New Music Library
The library is now open in the Green Center for the Performing Arts. This is a brand new facility that is roughly six times the size of the old music library. Stop in for a visit and say hello to our new music librarian, Misti Shaw

Update on Roy O. West Renovation
The renovation of Roy O. West will not take place until next summer. More information will be available during the school year as we prepare.

Library Liaisons
Academic departments will be hearing from their Library Liaison soon (if they haven’t already). Liaisons can help faculty connect with any library collections and services they might need. Find out more at