Friday, September 19, 2008

New Online ILL Document Request Form for Students

Attention all students: Getting articles & documents from outside of Stevens just got a lot easier. Interlibrary loan documents can now be requested online through the library’s website. Students can use their campus wide ID and log into our system. The fee for each document request will be taken from your student account. (Up until now, you had to fill out a paper form and bring it with your payment to the Circulation Services desk).

Before submitting your request, please make sure that the library does not already own the document you need. Requests will not be filled for items available at Stevens. You may check which journals we have available by using our Full Text Journal Finder and the iLink online catalog or you can use our Multisearch feature for finding specific articles you need.

We hope you will find that faster and easier document requests will help make your research time much more efficient – it’s the latest of many new, interactive tools on the new, streamlined library website.

Any questions can be directed to Mary Ellen Valverde , Head of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New library website featured in The Stute

The Stute, Stevens Institute's weekly newspaper, has published a front page article about the new library website in their September 5th issue. The article, entitled Stevens' S.C. Williams Library Website Revamped and written by Jean Matusiak, gives a positive review of the fresh and interactive features of our streamlined new website. The article features librarian Valerie Forrestal's description of many of the new site's features, like the Meebo IM reference tool, the elegant and modern new design, and the recent publications (by Stevens' professors & researchers) feature, which is a tool powered by the Scopus database that helps to provide more visibility for the research papers published by the Stevens community.

As Valerie Forrestal is quoted in the article, the development of the new website can best be summarized as follows: "Essentially, we wanted to increase awareness of the Library's resources by making them more accessible and easier to use, and by providing better means for patrons to contact us with comments, needs and suggestions."

Check out the full article in The Stute here. And, as always, we welcome your feedback about our new site!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Alexander Calder, 1919 Stevens alum: Art exhibition at NYC's Whitney Museum

Ever wonder about the artist who created the mobile that hangs in the great hall of the S.C. Williams Library here at Stevens? Alexander Calder was a 1919 mechanical engineering graduate of Stevens who went on to become an internationally prominent and well-loved artist who is credited for inventing the mobile as an art form. The library also owns a stabile sculpture by Calder on the second floor.

From the Whitney Museum of American Art's website:

"Alexander Calder is one of the most beloved, important, and critically acclaimed artists of the twentieth century. A highly focused historical show with the spirit of a young artist’s first retrospective, Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926–1933 explores a time when, from the ages of 27 to 34, Calder created his first wire drawings in space, performed his Circus (made in Paris 1926–31 and part of the Whitney’s permanent collection), and invented his signature mobiles."

The exhibit is entitled Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933 and it runs from October 16, 2008 through February 15, 2009. More information can be found on the Whitney's list of upcoming exhibitions.