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Among the thousands of books released this year, only a handful were chosen by The New York Times to appear on the “100 Notable Books of 2018.” These exciting and interesting selections include various genres and discuss different issues and time periods. The Saint Joseph’s University Library has many of these titles available for check-out. To find these books in our catalog, take a look at the list below!

– Elizabeth Angelucci ’19

Changes to Scholarship@SJU

Changes to Scholarship@SJU

For many years the Library has been compiling a bibliography of all scholarly output from SJU faculty.  In 2012 this bibliography was moved into the ‘Scholarship@SJU’ platform.  This platform utilizes Digital Commons Bepress (The Berkeley Electronic Press), a cloud-based repository meant to provide a wider audience to scholarly works.

While the Library has migrated bibliographic citations into Digital Commons, only a small fraction of those are available in full-text, while an ever-increasing number are available via the Library’s subscription databases.  After a review of usage statistics, the Library has determined that our subscription is not the best use of our resources.  Over the summer we plan to export data from the platform and look for more cost-effective ways to make this data available, possibly in collaboration with other efforts on campus.

The Library will continue to explore the best way to celebrate faculty and students’ scholarship. With similar platforms such as ResearchGate, Google Scholar, or discipline specific repositories such as PsyArXiv, Arxiv, and many others, we are questioning the need to duplicate similar information in our own repository. We will continue to keep an archive of faculty scholarship, but we need to find a cost-effective platform to present this information.

FAQs

Why are you moving from Digital Commons/Scholarship@SJU?
The expense of Digital Commons does not match the usage statistics of the repository. We’re also questioning how much of a repository is needed if there are other tools that already provide that service.

When will access to Digital Commons end?
July 1, 2018

Where will all of the information from Scholarship@SJU go?
We will migrate the citation information from Digital Commons to another format. The Library will retain all of the information and is already in discussions with IT about a suitable platform for the information.

What will be the replacement for Scholarship@SJU?
There will be a new Scholarship@SJU, but we need to talk with faculty and IT to determine the right tool. We hope to have some options by Spring 2019.
During that time, we will continue to collect faculty scholarship and preserve all previous submissions.

Questions? Please contact Anne Krakow akrakow@sju.edu

– Anne Krakow

Interlibrary Loan News: Introducing HawkShare

Drexel Library’s Interlibrary Loan services, ILLiad and E-ZBorrow, give you access to the resources available at other libraries. You can use Interlibrary Loan to borrow books and request PDF files of articles and book chapters. In the next few weeks, the library will be replacing ILLiad with a new service called HawkShare. You will notice a few differences from ILLiad, but rest assured that HawkShare will provide access to all of the same resources as ILLiad. HawkShare is scheduled to go live soon, with the pending go-live date to be announced. Detailed instructions on how to use HawkShare will be provided at that time. Once HawkShare is live, all ILLiad users will have one month to access their ILLiad articles and histories.

We hope that these changes enhance your library experience and streamline how you manage your requests. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Alex Williams at ill@sju.edu.

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