This week we honor our law enforcement officers and take time to remember those who have fallen in the service of protecting us and keeping the public peace. The Library of Congress legal blog this week notes the many statutes and codes that are required to carry out police work. I recently completed a library research guide for our Public Affairs and Social Services programs that includes links to relevant local, state, and federal codes. This guide also organizes the many resources we have in the library and online for criminal justice, homeland security, public safety, and legal studies.
Our database Books 24×7 has become Skillsoft Books, with a dramatically improved user interface. The collection behind that interface has expanded, and we are not aware of any popular titles being dropped.
Ivy Tech users can access Skillsoft Books immediately, and continue to access Books 24×7 until May 12th, to lessen impact on this semester. Changes will be made to our Library guides and website during this time, and Professors will need to change links to Books 24×7 in their course materials for future semesters.
Skillsoft books does not require a separate user account like Books 24×7. Instead, you will be prompted to log in using your IvyTech username and password.
Users who have created Personal Folders in Books 24×7, for collections of frequently-used titles, will need to recreate these collections in the new Skillsoft portal. This is easy, but somewhat time-consuming as you must search each title and add it. Here’s how:
Log in to Books 24×7 and open your Personal Folders. On the toolbar, click the export button and in the dialog box choose the file format you prefer.
You will be prompted to save the file to your device. Open the file on your device. The Excel file has the titles in one column; Word has them in a list. In either, the titles are hyperlinks back to Books 24×7.
Searching these titles in Skillsoft is the easiest way to recreate your list. Open and log in to Skillsoft Books, and type your first title in the search box at the top. From the results list, click the Launch button next to your title and choose Save from the drop-down menu.
You will be prompted where to save it; choose New Set, give it a title, and add any other information you want. Only the title is required.
This Set will now appear when you click on the My Shelf icon at the top of the Skillsoft home page. Simply click on the title to open the list of saved titles, which can be books, videos, or presentations.
From the My Shelf menu, you can also use Add Learning Event and save a group of resources to it.
Our Library Information Guide has directions with screen shots showing how to format margins, paragraphs, fonts, etc. for papers in APA and MLA style. These are for Word 2016 and Google Docs. We also have model papers. All files are PDFs that can be downloaded, printed, or uploaded to course websites. We hope you find them helpful.
Last week Governor Holcomb signed legislation making Say’s Firefly our first official State Insect. Say’s Firefly is named after noted Hoosier entomologist Thomas Say. Read all about it on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website, where you can subscribe for updates about all things relating to nature, and download an app that is great for exploring our State parks. Find out more about Thomas Say from our database Biography in Context.
International Edible Books Festival registrations are open! Everyone is invited to participate in this, one of our most popular public events. Create an entry or come for the fun. The festival will take place on April 2nd from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Life Center. Exhibits will be served once judging is concluded, so come early to see them all before they are munched! Find out more
Librarian Elina Puckett is the organizer of our Edible Books event, and the subject of our Staff Profile this month.
What do you do at the Library? I am your evening and Saturday librarian. In this capacity, I am here with one purpose in mind – to help you succeed academically, whether you need help with research assistance, citation guidance, technical issues, Library resources and so forth. You name it and I will be happy to help! My other responsibilities include providing Library instruction classes in the evening, assisting with the website maintenance and serving as a liaison librarian for the School of Business, Logistics, & Supply Chain, as well as the School of Health Sciences. I am also in charge of the Library events, such as the Edible Book Festival, Finals Week Refreshments, and the visiting Therapy Dogs.
How did you gain your expertise? I draw my professional experience from several academic libraries where I worked previously. Ivy Tech Library has been my home for the last 14 years. My educational background includes a BA in Education, and a Master of Library Science from IUPUI.
What is unique about your background that could be of service to the Ivy Tech community? Family, friends and coworkers would probably describe me as a “health nut”, because my true passions in life are holistic green living, nutrition, exercise, attachment parenting and so many more health and wellness topics. I am constantly doing research, so if you have a topic in mind, I will surely have a good resource to recommend for reading or watching.
What is your favorite thing to do outside the Library? As some of you may know, I am married to my colleague Jonathan (hint: same last name) whom I met 14 years ago, when we both started working at Ivy Tech within a few months of each other. Together we raise our four beautiful children! Working for many years on numerous collaborative projects prepared us for parenting challenges better than any parenting books!
What is a favorite book you would recommend? I have way too many, all non-fictional. So instead, here is my latest obsession, about to become part of our collection: Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson. (Amazon review: “Ever since farmers first planted seeds 10,000 years ago, humans have been destroying the nutritional value of their fruits and vegetables. Unwittingly, we’ve been selecting plants that are high in starch and sugar and low in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants for more than 400 generations. Eating on the Wild Side reveals the solution–choosing modern varieties that approach the nutritional content of wild plants but that also please the modern palate” Read more)
What is a website you would recommend? I subscribe to and follow quite a few health-themed YouTube channels. One of my latest favorites is Pick Up Limes
We are excited to announce that Lexis-Nexis, our legal studies database, has implemented a major upgrade and changed the name of its academic service. It is now Nexis Uni. The new user screens are much easier to use; the layout is similar to our other databases. The filters and limits that you add as you are searching are now prominently displayed, and you can even save them for later searching. There are some differences in the Nexis Uni search results screen from Lexis-Nexis, but you will find the same functionalities and more. A good way to familiarize yourself with the changes is to open both Nexis Uni and Lexis Nexis and run the same search. Our access to Lexis-Nexis will be ending soon, so don’t delay!