Catalog Unavailable Briefly on July 28

26 07 2016

Between 9 am and 10:30 am on Thursday, July 28, the library catalog will be down for planned maintenance. OneSearch can still be used during this time to find items in our collection, although the functions that let users check availability of items from the catalog and place requests will not work (because those are tied to the catalog).

New E-Reserves System and New Course Reserves Page

14 07 2016

On behalf of a team that includes Roshnara Kissoon, Monique Prince, Mike Waldman, and Holly Dowell, I’d like to announce important changes to e-reserves and the course reserves system overall.


  • As of this summer, we no longer use Docutek to host e-reserves. We’ve switched to the e-reserves module in LibGuides.
  • There are still course passwords for each course page. Unlike the old system, you can get to the e-reserves home page (the listing of courses, instructors, etc.) without having to log in with a Baruch username and password. Once you click on a course listing, you’re prompted for a course password (the professors should have provided these to students). Once you are viewing the list of items on a page and have tried to click an item, you’ll be prompted to log in with your Baruch username and password (if you’re off campus).
  • The link on the yellow search bar for “Reserves” no longer goes directly to the e-reserves system but instead to the redesigned Course Reserves page on the library website.
  • Based on usability testing we did in May, we customized the default design to streamline access to content and to make the navigation more comprehensible.

Redesigned Course Reserves Page

  • From usability tests conducted on the search bar system in November/December 2015 and again in March 2016, we realized that users were confused by the way the website had presented e-reserves and reserves for physical items (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) in separate systems. We redesigned the existing course reserves page (and then tested it in May) so that it would be the landing page for anyone looking for materials on reserves regardless of format.
  • To find physical items on reserve, we’ll be using the Reserves module in OneSearch (the button on the course reserves page will lead you directly there). Start your search there for books, CDs, etc. that have been placed on reserve (it’s the only place to find instructor’s copies). It’s worth knowing that there is a 48-hour delay between the time when the Access Services staff first adds an item to OneSearch’s reserves module and when it is actually findable by users.

If you have any questions about the course reserves system and service, please contact Roshnara Kissoon ( or x1669) or Monique Prince.

New Database: Loeb Classical Library

14 07 2016

We now have access to the 520 ebooks in the Loeb Classical Library. Published by Harvard University Press for over a century, these translations of classical works in Greek and Latin are now available online.

Links to this new resource can be found on the A-Z list of databases and on the subject database lists for English, history, and philosophy.

Database Cancellation: Ulrichsweb

12 07 2016

As of July 2016, our subscription to Ulrichsweb has been cancelled. It’s worth noting that NYPL does offer on-site access (no remote access, though).

New Database: Artstor

7 07 2016

We now have access to Artstor. You’ll find links to on on the main databases page as well as the subject database lists for:

Two New Databases

6 07 2016

We now have access to two databases on the EBSCOhost platform that give us archival access to two important business magazines: Forbes and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. You’ll now find links to them on the databases page.

New Databases Page

6 07 2016

On Thursday, July 7, we’ll be launching a moderately redesigned databases page. The most notable change is that the Databases by Name page and the Databases by Subject page will all be on one guide, which simplifies navigation for the user and makes it easier for us to manage the links. With this simplified navigation, it no longer makes sense to provide two different links in the yellow search box (Databases by Name and Databases by Subject). Instead, the search box will feature a single link labeled “Databases.”

The list of subjects on the “databases by subject” section of the new page also features a new design element. Instead of offering an alphabetical list of subjects, they are now chunked into groupings:

  • Business & Economics
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Ethnic & Gender Studies
  • Science & Technology
  • General & Reference

This new design was tested with users by our UX designer, Holly Dowell, and me in May. We found that users had few problems finding a relevant set of databases for a given subject or finding a specific database from the A-Z listings. We did add some additional elements to the design based on comments from our tests, though, such as better header labels on each tab in the A-Z listings and putting each letter’s list in it’s own clearly delineated box.

The decision to simplify the database links in the yellow search box came out of Google Analytics data that showed that the “Databases by Subject” link was clicked far less than the “Databases by Name” link, so much so that removing it was worth doing if only to make the remaining “Databases” link label even more visible on the search bar.

Please share with us any feedback you have or that you hear from our users about this new databases page.

ProQuest Databases Down on July 9

28 06 2016

From 10 pm to midnight on July 9, all ProQuest databases will be inaccessible due to planned maintenance. This includes:

  • ABI/INFORM Global
  • Alt-PressWatch
  • American Periodicals
  • ebrary
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
  • Gannett Newsstand
  • GenderWatch
  • PAIS
  • Historical New York Times
  • Historical Wall Street Journal

Reference Desk Printer Is Working Again

13 06 2016

The toner cartridge has been replaced. After my initial blog post, I learned that I should have contacted Alfredo Garcia or Annette Ruiz instead of the BCTC Help Desk with this toner problem (we have our own cartridge supply on hand).

Reference Desk Printer Not Working

13 06 2016

The toner ran out. I’ve put in a Help Desk ticket requesting a replacement toner cartridge. The ticket number is 52466.