Update on the Catalog Upgrade

24 07 2014

As a follow up to the post a few weeks ago about what would be affected by the upgrade to the catalog software, here’s where we are now.

Searching in the Baruch catalog

Searches can now be run from the yellow search bar, from the search widgets some of you have added to research guides, or by going directly to the catalog URL.

Searching in the union catalog

In the union view, if more than one library owns a book, you’ll see each copy listed as separate item in your search (previously, those common holdings would be aggregated together in one record display). This problem should be sorted out soon.

Renewals in the catalog


Requests in the catalog


My Account feature in the catalog

Fine (and there’s a new design for the login page)

Self-checkout machine


Laptops-to-Go kiosk


New URL for the catalog

The catalog now has a new URL: http://libsearch.cuny.edu/F

If for some reason have found yourself unable to view the results of a search you tried running from the Books search on the library’s website, you probably need to go back to the library home page and then refresh the page (just hit the F5 button on the keyboard when you’re back to the library home page). That will clear the browser cache of the older version of the page and load the updated version of the page that has the updated Books search code.

Book Search in Yellow Search Bar Working Again

23 07 2014

Thanks to the BCTC staff for quickly fixing all the links and search bars on the library website. If you find any catalog links/search boxes not working, let Mike or me know ASAP.

Books Search Not Working in the Yellow Search Bar (updated)

23 07 2014

UPDATE: As of 9:30 am, the Books search is now working again.

In the yellow search bar on the library website, the Books search feature isn’t working at the moment. BCTC staff are working on updating the code for this (the URL for the catalog changed as part of the software upgrade). Most of the links elsewhere on the website to the catalog have been updated (except those in the sidebars and supermenus, which BCTC is working on as well).

This is the new URL for the catalog:


This is the old URL for the catalog that has been retired:


CUNY OLS had promised that there would be a system in place yesterday evening that would redirect anyone who went to the old address to the new address; that redirect doesn’t seem to be working yet.

I’ll send out an update as soon as the Books search function in the yellow search bar is working again. In the meanwhile, plus go to the catalog directly at the new URL, where searching is fine:


MathSciNet Content Inaccessible

17 07 2014

We’re sorting out an issue with MathSciNet that is preventing us from seeing any content in search results. It may take a little while to resolve.

Trial to ProfitCents from Sageworks

14 07 2014

Trial access to ProfitCents until August 31, 2014.

ProfitCents is a SageWorks product providing industry data, financial analysis, and benchmarking data for private companies. Provides access to 60 ratios and metrics from 1,400 U.S. and Canadian industries.

Login credentials must be provided to interested faculty. Please contact me if you have any questions. ryan.phillips (at) baruch.cuny.edu 

Services and Functions Affected by the Library Catalog Upgrade (updated)

9 07 2014

UPDATE: See the 24 July 2014 post for an update on the status of the catalog.

With the coming upgrade of the software for the library catalog (Aleph), access and functionality will be limited as follows:


  • The catalog can’t be searched at all from 4pm on July 10 through July 12
  • Search WorldCat instead with the understanding that you won’t be able to tell if the item is actually on the shelf


  • Patrons will not be able to use the catalog to renew items from 4pm on July 10 through July 24
  • If patrons want to renew or check out an item, they can stop by the circulation desk


  • Patrons will not be able to use the catalog to request items from 4pm on July 10 through July 24
  • Any requests for books, even those that might be at other CUNY campuses, can be handled via interlibrary loan (ILLIAD)

Access to Online Resources

  • The catalog outages will have no effect on access to online resources (e.g., ebooks can still be found and accessed by going to relevant ebook databases linked to on our databases page)

Laptops Kiosk

  • The self-checkout kiosk for laptops by the reference desk will be offline.

Checking Out and Checking In Items

  • The circulation and laptop desks will still be able to check items out and in during the upgrade period

Self-Checkout Machine for Books

  • The self-checkout machine by the elevators be will offline

Fines and Account Blocks

  • Because patron accounts will be inaccessible, no fines can be paid during the upgrade period
  • If patrons have blocks, they can be removed for a 48 hour period to allow for changes in registration
  • If patrons have a block and are requesting a transcript, they will need to wait until Aleph is back online

Research Guide for 2014-2015 Freshman Text

9 07 2014

For the 2014-2015 year, the freshman text will be Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. A new research guide has been created for it that features:

  • a study guide with discussion questions
  • links to reviews of the book
  • links to GVRL entries on topics related to the book
  • links to interviews with the author

New library research guide on New York’s Non-Profit Revitalization Act

8 07 2014

I’ve created a library research guide on New York’s Non-Profit Revitalization Act, 2013, with a 2014 amendment, which is available at http://guides.newman.baruch.cuny.edu/nynonprofit2014. (You can also find it on the Newman Library homepage, and click Students, then Research Guides and search nonprofits.)

Most provisions of this act became effective July 1. Publications, non-profit organizations, law firms and cpa firms are offering explanations of the act. The act is the first major revision of the New York’s non-profit act in 40 years.

Getting to Full Text Via Google Scholar

3 07 2014

You probably already know that if you use the link to Google Scholar on our databases page, even if you are off campus, you can force Google Scholar to display a “Find Full Text at Baruch” link next to items on your search results page:

Google Scholar--find full text at Baruch links

Sometimes, though, the link for “Find Full Text at Baruch” isn’t there to the right of the article record, as is the case for the article “Why Ravens Share” from American Scientist seen in this screenshot.

Google Scholar--when there is no find full text at Baruch link

The article record does seem to suggest that full text is on JSTOR, but as it turns out we don’t have access to it there. We do in fact have access to it from two different EBSCO databases. Here’s the secret to how to find that out.

Google Scholar--finding other versions of the article record

After you click “All 2 versions,” you see two different listings for the same article, the second of which has the link we want:

Google Scholar--multiple records for the same article

Reference Services Schedule For The Week Of August 18, 2014

2 07 2014

This schedule is now confirmed and posted to the Reference Desk LibGuide.