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May 2009

  • LINK+ Enhancements Now Here

    Posted Friday, May 15, 2009 at 2:57 p.m.

    Effective, July 1, users of LINK+, including the faculty, students, and staff of Santa Clara University will be able to borrow media, such as CD's, DVD's, spoken word audio tapes, etc. via the LINK+ system. This service will be available on an experimental basis for a six-month period; but, since other "LINK+ like" systems elsewhere in the country have been circulating media for some time, it is expected that this new service will become permanent on January 1, 2010.

    Participating libraries will be able to set one of two loan periods for media - 3 weeks or 1 week. Some libraries may use only one of these loan periods; others may use both, depending on the nature, and expected demand, for the material. With courier travel time, and a period on the "hold shelf" of the receiving library, materials will actually be unavailable to local users for a longer time than the actual circulation period. Materials needed for course reserve in academic libraries and popular materials "on hold" for public library users will not circulate through LINK+. SCU will include government documents in video formats, which are not needed for reference purposes, in the program; but we will exclude media that is part of curriculum kits. Initially, we plan to circulate all media for the shorter one - week loan period.

    Presently, Santa Clara University circulates media to faculty for seven (7) days, but restricts circulation for other user groups to two-hour loan periods. Because all SCU users will be able to borrow media from other LINK+ members, our materials should also be available to others, subject to local needs. Thus, effective July 1, SCU will change its internal borrowing policies to permit 7-day circulation of media to all categories of authorized borrowers. This will mean that faculty who wish to show videos in a classroom setting, or have students watch material individually in the Library, will need to notify the Library's Course Reserve unit before the beginning of a given term that they plan to use this media for a class. This will insure both limited circulation to SCU's primary clientele and non-circulating status for LINK+ users. As always, the subject librarians will consider purchasing duplicate copies of materials in high use.

    If you have general questions or concerns about this policy, please contact your subject librarian.

    If your question is specifically related to the Library's circulation policies, please contact Marian Fricano, Head of Access Services. If you have questions about placing media or other materials on course reserve, please contact Judy Rodriguez, Information Specialist.

    Because this program is experimental, the Library welcomes your feedback on this enhancement to LINK+. Please send comments to University Librarian, Liz Salzer, at and put "LINK+ Enhancement – Comment" in the subject line of your message.

  • Food For Fines - Spring 2009

    Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10:04 a.m.

    From May 18 - June 11, 2009, students, faculty, and staff can help the hungry and reduce their Library fines at the same time with Food For Fines. For each can of food you donate we will waive $2 off your fines. Of course, you don't need to have fines to donate food!

    Collection barrels are located at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

    The most-needed items:

    • Powdered Milk
    • Peanut Butter
    • Canned Meats
    • Tuna
    • Low-Sugar Cereal
    • Meals in a Can (Stew, Chili, Soup)
    • 100% Fruit Juices in single serving boxes
    • Canned Foods with Pop-Top Lids.

    All contributions will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. We sure would love to see our 10 barrels filled to the rim, so that folks can enjoy a good holiday dinner. With your help, we can do it!

    Please Note:

    • The overdue materials and food donations must be presented at the Circulation Desk at the same time in order for your donation to count as a payment.
    • Food for Fines does not apply to billed accounts and cannot be used to pay for lost materials.
    • Food items whose expiration date has passed will not be accepted.

    If you have questions, or want more information, please contact Marian Fricano.

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  • A Celebration of the Opening of the Multicultural Reading Area Featuring Francisco Jiménez and His Work

    Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 10:03 a.m.

    The University Council on Inclusive Excellence and the University Library present A Celebration of the Opening of the Multicultural Reading Area Featuring Francisco Jiménez and His Work.

    The celebration is on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in the Learning Commons.

    • 4 to 5 p.m. (St. Clare Room, 3rd Floor)
      • Introduction by Provost Lucia Gilbert
      • Presentation of the short documentary “A Christmas in Tent City” by Professor Michael Whalen
      • Reading by Francisco Jiménez
    • 5 to 6 p.m. (Multicultural Reading Area, 2nd Floor)
      • Reception

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