Friday, February 18, 2011

USA Librarians Conduct High School Librarian Workshop


Members of the University Library's Reference Department, Kathy Wheeler and Elizabeth Rugan, conducted a workshop for Baldwin County high school librarians at Fairhope High School Library on the topics of preparing high school students for college-level research and what students should know about research when they enter college. Topics included information literacy, plagiarism, citing sources, the need to understand the importance of databases such as those at the Alabama Virtual Library, understanding the limitations of Google for serious research, the problems with using Wikipedia, web page evaluation, and teaching students to be responsible users of information.

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Alabama Virtual Library has received trials for three career resources. These databases will remain active through June 30, 2011. They are:

  1. Career Library
  2. Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
  3. Small Business Reference Center
These databases can be accessed from on or off-campus with a USA ID card or an AVL card. Check them out for your career information needs.

The University Library also has trials of two ebook packages through the AVL:
  1. Gale Ebooks: trial through March 15
  2. APA Books: psychology books

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Librarian

Elizabeth Rugan has recently joined the staff of the University Library as its Instruction and Reference Librarian, Assistant Librarian. Beth has her Masters in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University. She also holds an M.A. in English from LSU and was a teacher before she came to USA. In addition to her reference duties, Beth will co-design and implement the information literacy program at the University Library.

Welcome Beth!