Madden Library News for Faculty

Our campus faculty will find the following information and the results of our Fall 2020 Collections Review of use in their Spring 2021 planning. If you or your college’s faculty have any questions for the library, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. 

KEY TOPICS. Please read below for more information. 

  • Full information on our Collections Review process is now available on our website, including lists of Fall 2020 collection and subscription reductions.  
  • Our institutional subscription to EndNote expires December 31, 2020.   
  • Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters events in January.
  • Reminders for Spring planning. 

LIBRARY COLLECTION REVIEW UPDATE

In light of this year’s unprecedented challenges, the library is reviewing its collections expenditures to control costs. Full information and the list of Fall 2020 Cancellations is now posted and available for review.  

Library Administration is working with librarians, staff, and departments to review our current collections, focusing on developing a more economically sustainable collections model. This year, primarily online and streaming resources will be emphasized for retention, as well as resources with high usage rates and which serve the widest number of students possible.

The Collections Review webpage has been updated with a list of resource cancellations and alternative resources to assist faculty in planning their teaching materials. A clear process for requesting reinstatement of resources, including a reinstatement request form, has also been provided. However, please note that our ability to reinstate items will be very limited in the current budget scenario.

This process will be revisited and reported bi-annually, and incorporate ongoing consultation with campus faculty, students, and other library users.

ENDNOTE UPDATE

We want to let faculty know that our institutional EndNote license will expire at the end of the year, on December 31, 2020. The library has provided campus access to EndNote for over ten years, but during this time free software such as Zotero has developed with similar capabilities. 

While the license will expire, users who have downloaded EndNote desktop will not lose access to that version of the software or their personal library. EndNote users will also continue to be supported through the library. This includes customization, updates, and use. However, workshops and courses will no longer be offered in EndNote starting January 2021. The library is encouraging all users who have downloaded EndNote to make sure they have installed the current version of EndNote, the recently released EndNote 20. EndNote 20 is available for installation from the campus Technology Services Help Center at http://fresnostate.edu/help/. For installation/update help, please see this guide, or contact endnotehelp@mail.fresnostate.edu.

If you are one of our many faculty users who requests EndNote instruction for your class, new EndNote installations will not be available and we will no longer offer EndNote workshops for classes starting in January 2021. However, we are happy to offer class instruction in Zotero, a free tool that offers many similar features to EndNote, and integrates with library databases, OneSearch, and Google Scholar. For more information on installing and using Zotero, please see the library Zotero guide. It is also possible to transition your EndNote library to Zotero. If you are interested, please see this page of the Zotero guide or contact EndNote help. 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters events will include a Poetry Workshop on January 23 and a Poetry Slam on January 28th, open to students, faculty, staff, and community. If you or your students are interested in participating or attending, please fill out this interest form to be emailed information directly. The library received a grant from Library of America in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to provide this programming.  

A FEW REMINDERS FOR YOUR SPRING PLANNING: 

Badging Program: Our Library Skills Tutorial Badging Program served over 2000 students last year and 1, 885 students during fall 2020. Find out more about how you can assign asynchronous Library Skills Tutorials to your students by consulting with librarian Matt Doyle at mdoyle@mail.fresnostate.edu. 

In-building Services: Faculty CAN reserve books and materials via OneSearch on our website and pick them up at the library using a contact-free check-out process. Faculty can reserve Tech Lending devices via an online reservation form, then pick items up at the library.

Course Reserves: If you have placed items on Reserve for your students, reserve items now circulate for 30 days (due to the need to quarantine items between uses). We also partnered with ASI to purchase a limited number of reserve textbooks in e-book format, but e-book availability is limited by publishers’ licensing restrictions.

Faculty Appointments: Certain collections cannot be used effectively online, so we have established an appointment process for Maps/Aerials, Archives and Special Collections, Arne Nixon Center, and Music and Media (including recording in the Video Studios). Appointments are very limited to ensure the safety of our library staff and campus faculty alike. We are unable to accommodate students at this time.

Media Resources: If you would like to use media from the library collection in your online  course, please send an email to Music & Media. Our staff will inform you of access options via streaming video, if available. If the DVD is our best option, library staff can check it out to you and deliver it to CFE for digitization (faculty member takes responsibility for evaluating copyright). Faculty may also contact their subject librarian for assistance with these processes and access options.

  • Appointments for Video Studios, Music Lab and Media Lab, email  music_media@mail.fresnostate.edu.
  • For consultations about media for online courses, please contact Terry Lewis directly. terryle@mail.fresnostate.edu.