Quick Takes on Events & News – August 2016

Libraries’ Wordsmith Wins National Slogan Contest

Mary Beth Weber won the ALCTS Slogal Contest for her slogan, “Creating the future, preserving the past.” This slogan will be used during the 60th anniversary celebration of ALCTS in 2017. In addition to bragging rights, Mary Beth also received a prize of registration for CE webinars valued at $350. Congratulations Mary Beth!


Peep Show large image“Peep Show: Books from the Art Library X Room” Exhibit at Rutgers Art Library

Megan Lotts has raided the X Room to put on a case display of beautiful, surprising, amusing, and impressive books.

Stop by to get a taste of the treasures that reside in the Rutgers Art Library’s archives.

Location: Rutgers Art Library


It’s Getting Hot in Here

Late in July, America faced record temperatures outside and Smith Library in Newark was no exception. With the A/C out for several days, the librarians and staff had to come up with new ways to keep their cool. Here, a short haiku on the experience:

The books are burning!
Librarians are weeping…
The heat is too much.

– Sarah Jewell


Communications Tip – Using Rutgers Go to Shorten URLs

1Want a short, trackable URL to use in an email or social media post? There are many URL shorteners on the market including goo.gl, bitly, and ow.ly, but go.rutgers.edu offers something the others can’t–an actual Rutgers URL to make your link appear official and trustworthy. This service allows Rutgers users to quickly and easily shorten a URL and track how many times that URL is viewed.

For example, in a social media post over the weekend, I shortened a URL for a news story in the Keene Sentinel from http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/in-a-wired-world-local-libraries-turn-page-to-the/article_615d127a-ac0a-5f4e-904d-fb0a595a39ea.html to http://go.rutgers.edu/rhuu643k. Checking in today, I can see that link has been used 129 times since July 30.

While I used the same shortened URL on both Facebook and Twitter, I could have created separate shortened URLs for each social media site to track the relative traffic. I did this for an earlier post about the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive, which allowed me to see the number of views on each platform (162 for Twitter, 7 for Facebook).

I highly recommend you try out go.rutgers.edu if you have not already done so.

–Jessica Pellien

New Brunswick Music Scene ArchiveNew Brunswick Music Scene Symposium Planned for October 27, 2016

Save the date. Special Collections and University Archives will hold the next New Brunswick Music Scene Archive symposium on October 27, 6 p.m. in the Teleconference Lecture Hall at Alexander Library. Stay tuned for more information, including the participants. In the meantime, here’s a look back at the 2015 symposium, featuring a who’s who of New Jersey music (http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/news/symposium-local-notables-inaugurate-new-brunswick-music-scene-archive).


Full Text Finder Training

ftf_logoThis fall the Rutgers Libraries will be migrating to Full Text Finder, EBSCO’s newest holdings and link management tool designed to replace its A-to-Z and LinkSource services, which are being phased out. A-to-Z is the product that powers the Libraries’ electronic journals search. LinkSource is the product that powers its link resolver service (locally known as “Get it @ R”). Although the basic functionality of these tools has not changed much, we have taken the opportunity to introduce a few custom modifications that we hope will simplify the process of finding full-text articles and improve the overall user experience. If you’d like to learn more about Full Text Finder and the upcoming changes, feel free to attend one of the 30 minute drop-in sessions scheduled in August. Videoconferencing to Dana, Robeson, and Smith is available upon request.

Full Text Finder Information Sessions

  • August 4 @ 2 p.m. — LSM Conference Room, Library of Science & Medicine
  • August 8 @ 2 p.m. — Pane Room, Alexander Library
  • August 11 @ 2 p.m. — Pane Room, Alexander Library


Buttons! Buttons for Everyone!

Sample buttons v2

Custom buttons are now available from the Communications Department.

The buttons we mentioned in the July issue of The Agenda proved a popular giveaway at the New Student Orientations in New Brunswick. This is a relatively low-cost and fun way to run a promotion or to market something at the Libraries. If you are interested in borrowing our machine for a project, please make sure to purchase the supplies that are available here. We’re happy to train you or your student workers on how to create buttons.


You’ve Got People, Now What?

August 3, 2016
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.NEW DATE!
This course is ideal for new and experienced managers, supervisors, and administrators who have direct reports and would like to apply their knowledge of personal styles to flexibly manage their staff.

Location:  Pane Room, 1st floor, Alexander Library

RSVP: Erica Parin on behalf of the Professional Development Committee

Manager as Leader – Developing Staff

August 30, 2016
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This course is ideal for managers, supervisors, and administrators who would like to sharpen their situational leadership skills and discover how flexible and effective they are in a variety of situations with staff.

Location:  Pane Room, 1st floor, Alexander Library

RSVP: Erica Parin on behalf of the Professional Development Committee


Jessica Pellien

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