Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Celebrate Children's Books!

Join us on Thursday, April 27 at 4 p.m. in the James A Cannavino Library's Gartland Reading Room for Story Fest: A Celebration of Marist's Favorite Children's Books.  In conjunction with the American Library Association's Children's Day/Book Day, we are encouraging the entire Marist community to view the book display, enjoy some refreshments, and read from their favorite books. Children are more than welcome!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Explore the New Book Display

To highlight the library's recent acquisitions, we have created a New Book Display, located next to the Research Desk.  Stop by and browse the latest in fiction and non-fiction, and check out a title to explore and enjoy!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Library open 24/7 as study space

If your students are looking for a place to study, remind them that from now until 5:30 p.m. this Friday, December 16, the library will be open 24/7 as a study space.  Full library services will be available from 7:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Librarians Reviewing Reference Collection

Over the fall and spring semesters librarians will be reviewing the titles in the reference collection housed on the second floor of the library.  Our goal is to create a more up-to-date and useful collection and free up prime space in order to add student seating.  As each title is examined, we will:
  • ·       Discard physical materials that are outdated or in poor condition,
  • ·       Examine our electronic holdings to determine if more current information is readily available on the topic.  If not, electronic replacements will be considered for purchase as our budget allows,
  • ·       Move those materials that are not outdated, but would prove more useful if available for check-out, to the circulating collection.

If you refer your students to particular titles in this collection and need to have them remain there, please contact your subject liaison, whom you can find here http://libguides.marist.edu/faculty 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Library announces participation in Empire Library Delivery service

The James A. Cannavino Library has joined a network of 131 other libraries across the state of New York in a service designed specifically to expedite library materials delivery.  Empire Library Delivery is a van service that picks up and drops off materials, by-passing standard mail services.  Marist has chosen to have library materials delivered twice a week, resulting in a shorter turn-around time for interlibrary loan request fulfillment, if those materials are held in a participating New York state library.  If you have any questions about this new service, please contact Judy Diffenderfer (judy.diffenderfer@marist.edu)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

What’s New at the James A. Cannavino Library

What’s New at the James A. Cannavino Library

Welcome back to campus!  Marist librarians and library staff are ready to help you get this academic year off to a great start with the following new products:
·       Credo Reference—an excellent resource to help students find core information about hundreds of topics.  The content includes over 650 encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and topical handbooks.  Of particular interest is the ability to generate mind maps, creating a visualization of the relationships among a variety of related subject areas.
·       PrivCo—PrivCo offers Marist users extensive profiles of over 850,000 privately-held companies around the world.  In addition PrivCo contains information about private equity firms, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital funding.  This is a useful resource for management students, but also any student looking for a job or internship with a private company. 
·       MLA Handbook 8th edition—if you use the MLA style guide for your writing, please note that a new edition is now available.  MLA notes that this guide was updated to make the format of the information source irrelevant when creating the citation.  Information about the print version of the MLA Handbook as well as online guides that cover the new edition are available on our Citation Style Pathfinder

Finally—a reminder to contact your subject liaison to schedule an in-class bibliographic instruction session or to have a Pathfinder created for your course.  We are here to help!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Road to the Workplace: Research Tools

Do you know students who are preparing to go on job interviews?  The Library has a special The Road to the Workplace:Research Tools (RTTW)  to help students prepare for job interviews.  Entering an interview with an awareness of the strengths and challenges facing a company and its industry creates a positive impression, and enables students to highlight their relevant knowledge and skills.
The Road to theWorkplace : Research Tools Pathfinder  highlights the resources most helpful in researching an employer prior to an interview.  The guide breaks down the research process for a wide variety of employers, from for-profit companies to non-profits organizations and government agencies.  Databases with daily updates provide articles with the latest information about a company or organization. RTTW also contains guidance on how to read important business documents and provides information about salary ranges for typical jobs in all fields. 
A connected resource, EmployerProfiles Databaseprovides an overview of potential employers and internship providers.  It includes freely available information and links to data, articles and reports available within Marist’s subscription databases.

Marist Librarians are available to help you research potential employers at the Reference Desk, by telephone at 845-575-3292, or by email form.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

24/7 Study Space in Library

Beginning at 10:00AM Saturday, 12/12/15 through 5:30PM Friday, 12/18/15 the Library will be open as a study space 24 hours a day.  Please share this information with your students.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fox Hunt Enhancements

Fox Hunt underwent an upgrade this summer resulting in several enhancements.  The Fox Hunt search still begins with a simple, Google-like search box on the Library homepage, but the results display is now divided into three columns.  The enhancements are seen in the new right hand column.  This new design saves the searcher time by displaying dynamic information about the document currently highlighted.  By moving the cursor over one record after another, the searcher can read a series of summaries and abstracts without ever having to open a separate tab or document.  In the case of a book, the table of contents and links to book reviews are also provided.


Also in the right hand column are buttons for citing and emailing.  The Email button will send a link to the full text article.  The Cite button allows the user to choose a citation format and then displays an easily copied citation that can be pasted into a document.

The limiters are still available in the left hand column.  Searchers can limit results to peer reviewed content, to various format types, by discipline, and they can specify a publication date range with the date slider.  The book/ebook format limiter has been enhanced.  When it is checked additional limiters such as “author”, “genre”, “region”, and “time period” become available.  

Fox Hunt now has a responsive design web architecture which means that it will adapt to all sizes of screens, from desktop to smartphone.  The Search box now features predictive text.  Midway down the search results page are links to possible related searches.  Finally the searching algorithms were enhanced to present the most relevant documents at the top of the results display.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


The Cannavino Library is happy to announce that after our campus trial in the spring, we have subscribed to Kanopy's streaming media patron driven demand service.  In order to pay for the service, we have cancelled all but one of our subscriptions to the Alexander Street Press media databases;  we have retained our subscription to the Filmakers Library Online.

Kanopy currently has over 26,000 films in their database and fifty or more new titles are added each month.  The videos come from leading producers such as CriterionPBSCalifornia NewsreelKino Lorber and First Run Features.  During our trial, several faculty members commented on the currency and breadth of the collection.

To assist in using the service, please note:
  • The database can be browsed by subject area or keyword.  
  • Each subject page and each individual film have a permanent URL that can be used for direct linking from a course pathfinder or your iLearn site.
  • By establishing an account, you can create clips, playlists, and a watch list for future viewing.
  • The homepage features a listing of new videos added that month, as well as other special listings.  For example, right now one of the featured listings is for films relevant to college orientation.

Under Kanopy's patron driven demand model, the Library will  pay streaming license fees for only those films that are viewed at least four times for more than 30 seconds each view within a twelve month period. This will allow faculty and students to browse the collection for classroom and research purposes without actually triggering a purchase.  Once a film has been "viewed" four times, the Library will be charged a streaming license fee and the film can then be played unlimited times in a one year period without incurring additional cost.

If you have any questions on this new service, please contact your librarian liaison.