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New Semester, New System: Search It Is Live!

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The new shared library management service Search It was launched Wednesday, Dec. 18. Patrons can now use a single search box to find journals, books and digitized collections. They can also access some 9 million titles and 26 million resources from 36 other higher education institutions.

For more about the changes, including a video introduction to the system, visit http://libguides.wsulibs.wsu.edu/search_it. A form to submit feedback about Search It can be found at https://libraries.wsu.edu/content/search-tool-feedback.

Search It is shared by a consortium of Pacific Northwest universities, colleges and community colleges called the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Six alliance universities were the first to make the switch to the system over the summer: Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.), Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, Ore.), Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.), University of Washington (Seattle), Western Washington University (Bellingham, Wash.) and Willamette University (Salem, Ore.).

WSU joined the second group of alliance libraries to migrate to Search It this year. All 37 libraries are expected to switch by December 2014.

For more about the Orbis Cascade Alliance, visit http://orbiscascade.org.

Libraries Join International Open Access Effort

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Starting Jan. 1, Washington State University Libraries will join an international publishing initiative of more than 1,000 libraries, library consortia and research organizations to provide open access to articles published in high-energy physics research.

The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) is the largest open access initiative ever created, according to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which is a consortium sponsor.

High-energy physics, or particle physics, is the study of subatomic particles and their interactions. The discipline is central to understanding the nature of matter and the universe and has applications in other areas of science and medicine. Anyone who has had an MRI can thank high-energy physics in part.

“SCOAP3 has been developed through negotiations between many of the publishers of high-energy physics research—including the Institute of Physics, Springer and Elsevier—as well as libraries and funding agencies to change an entire field of research from a subscription-based model to an open access model,” said Kay Vyhnanek, WSU Libraries’ scholarly communications librarian.

“This is a unique initiative that will make high-energy physics published articles available through open access to any researcher around the globe who has access to a computer. It will help speed the development of new research in the field,” she said.

Joel Cummings, head of collection development at WSU’s Owen Science and Engineering Library, said many academic libraries face journal subscription price increases of about 6 percent a year.

“WSU Libraries doesn’t have a collections budget that increases 6 percent a year,” he said. “It costs no more to participate in the SCOAP3 program than it had cost for WSU Libraries to subscribe to the journal titles involved in the project. What’s unusual here is that this program is trying to move the vast majority of high-energy physics journals to open access.”

“The model is elegantly simple,” said Heather Joseph, executive director of the Association of Research Libraries’ Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. “Libraries and research funding agencies agreed to pool funds currently allocated to support subscriptions to the high-energy physics journals of 11 participating publishers and to reallocate those funds to directly support the peer review process instead of ongoing subscription costs.

“In exchange, participating libraries receive reduced subscription fees, and the articles in the SCOAP3 journals are now available under open access terms—free to read with authors retaining copyright and reuse ensured through the use of open licenses,” she said.

For more information about the SCOAP3 initiative, visit http://scoap3.org/.

Veterinary society honors founder, historic collection

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In 1978, acclaimed veterinary historian, educator, publisher and editor J. Frederick Smithcors donated his 1,200-volume personal library to the Washington State University Libraries. Thirty-five years later, the American Veterinary Medical History Society will host an all-day “Smithcors History of Veterinary Medicine Symposium” Sunday, July 21, in Chicago to honor the late WSU donor and AVMHS founder/first president. For the full story, see the WSU News Service link.

Search It Launches on Dec. 18

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Washington State University students and faculty leaving campus after finals this week will see a change when they return in a month for spring semester: a new shared library management service called Search It.

WSU Libraries is on track to launch the system on Dec. 18. Once it goes live, patrons will use a single search box to find journals, books and digitized collections. They will be able to access some 9 million titles and 26 million resources from 36 other higher education institutions.

For more about the changes, including a video introduction to the system, visit http://libguides.wsulibs.wsu.edu/search_it.

“After several months and an incredibly dedicated effort by libraries’ staff, including many late nights and weekends, we’re very close to having a library management system that will make our users’ search experience even better,” said Beth Blakesley, associate dean of WSU Libraries. “We look forward to hearing what patrons have to say and encourage comments and suggestions.”

A form to submit feedback about Search It can be found at https://libraries.wsu.edu/content/new-search-it-feedback.

Search It is shared by a consortium of Pacific Northwest universities, colleges and community colleges called the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Six alliance universities were the first to make the switch to the system over the summer: Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.), Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, Ore.), Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.), University of Washington (Seattle), Western Washington University (Bellingham, Wash.) and Willamette University (Salem, Ore.).

WSU will join the second group of alliance libraries to migrate to Search It by the end of the year. All 37 libraries are expected to switch by December 2014.

For more about the Orbis Cascade Alliance, visit http://orbiscascade.org/index/index.

Search It launch on track

WSU Libraries is on track to launch Search It, a new shared library management service, by the end of December.

Once the system goes live, patrons can use a single search box to find journals, books and digitized collections. They also can access some 9 million titles and 26 million resources from 36 other higher education institutions.

For more about the changes, including any updates, visit http://libguides.wsulibs.wsu.edu/search_it.

“Our library faculty and staff have been extremely busy gearing up for this launch,” said Beth Blakesley, associate dean of WSU Libraries. “They attended training over the fall to learn about the new service applications and certify for the switchover.

“Several working groups are now testing the new system to ensure that library users have the smoothest transition possible when Search It goes live,” she said.

Search It is shared by a consortium of Pacific Northwest universities, colleges and community colleges called the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Six alliance universities were the first to make the switch to the system over the summer: Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.), Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, Ore.), Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.), University of Washington (Seattle), Western Washington University (Bellingham) and Willamette University (Salem, Ore.).

WSU will join the second group to migrate before the end of the year. All 37 libraries are expected to switch by December 2014.

For more about the Orbis Cascade Alliance, visit http://orbiscascade.org.

Football films collection online

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Attention all WSU football fans: The Libraries have posted an online collection of newspaper reports, programs and game films from past Cougar football action, including the Apple Cup. The Digital Football Films Collection can be found at http://libraries.wsu.edu/masc/footballfilms. The Apple Cup timeline and related content is at http://digitalexhibits.wsulibs.wsu.edu/neatline-time/timelines/show/2.

For a detailed article on the collection, read the WSU News story.

Some Libraries Services Temporarily Unavailable

Search It, the Libraries’ new search tool, is almost here! In preparation for the change, some Libraries services will be temporarily unavailable:

  • Thursday, 12/12 through Wednesday, 12/18: Summit requesting will be unavailable
  • Monday, 12/16 to Wednesday, 12/18: Local requesting and renewals will be unavailable

We anticipate these services will return to normal operation by the end of the day on Wednesday, 12/18

Need Help Over Thanksgiving Break?

If you plan to use the Thanksgiving Break to work on research papers and projects, remember that the WSU Libraries will offer help whether you’re on campus or miles away from Pullman!

Assistance is available at the Holland / Terrell reference desk November 25-27 (Monday-Wednesday) from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Come in, or give us a call at (509) 335-9671.

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And as always, 24/7 help is available from the “Ask a Question” page through the Ask-WA consortium.  Chat with a librarian who can help you explore resources and answer questions specific to our databases and other resources.

Search It coming at end of December

Patrons of Washington State University Libraries soon will use a single search box to find journals, books and digitized collections. Users will see other improvements, too, including access to some 9 million titles and 26 million resources from 36 other higher education institutions.

“The new system promises to be a more cohesive experience for our patrons,” said Beth Blakesley, associate dean of WSU Libraries. “It will be a true one-stop shop for all our users’ research needs.”

At the end of December, WSU Libraries will move to a new system shared by a consortium of Pacific Northwest universities, colleges and community colleges called the Orbis Cascade Alliance. With its user interface, called Search It, patrons will be able to search a broad array of content from all 37 library collections as well as other open-access digital repositories and WorldCat, the holdings database from libraries around the world.

For more about what users can expect from the change, visit the WSU Libraries Web page at http://libguides.wsulibs.wsu.edu/search_it.

“This is a revolutionary step for us, a fundamental shift,” said WSU Libraries Dean Jay Starratt. “We had an outdated structure of separate systems. We’re moving to a shared, integrated library system that will serve the functional needs of 37 libraries and help our university community achieve the best outcomes possible.

“WSU has held a leadership role in this process,” he said. “With no slowdown to other services, our library staff has been actively leading this regional move. We’ll continue to play this role as we complete the migration.”

Six universities were the first to make the switch to the system over the summer: Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.), Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, Ore.), Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.), University of Washington (Seattle), Western Washington University (Bellingham) and Willamette University (Salem, Ore.).

WSU will join the second group of alliance libraries to migrate before the end of the year. All 37 libraries are expected to switch by December 2014.

For more about the Orbis Cascade Alliance, visit the organization website at http://orbiscascade.org/index/index.


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