Monday, August 31, 2009

"askcheng" Text Messaging Service Now Available from the Cheng Library

Starting September 1 the Cheng Library will be participating in a year-long text reference pilot project sponsored by the statewide QandANJ virtual reference service. The Library will be using Mosio’s Text a Librarian software to administer the service, which - like our local chat reference service - will be staffed 89 hours per week during most weeks of the semester, although messages may be sent at any time.

To send the Library a text message from a phone or other mobile device, students, faculty and staff should use the following simple steps:

Dial 66746
2) Start the body of your text message with the keyword askcheng
3) Enter the rest of your text message/question

Patron info is private and anonymous. Library staff will answer your questions at the earliest opportunity.

Please contact Richard Kearney (973-720-2165 / if you have any questions about the service. Please give text reference a try this year, and get librarian expertise wherever you are!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

American History in Video Offers a Unique Collection for Teaching and Learning

During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Cheng Library is serving as part of a nationwide advisory group to Alexander Street Press and will be evaluating its product American History in Video, an online database currently providing over 1,400 documentary, archival, public affairs, and newsreel videos in streaming format covering the span of U.S. history. Each video is accompanied by a complete transcript that can be searched to identify the most relevant segments of footage for research and teaching purposes. In addition to its search engine, the web-based interface supports browsing of the complete collection by historical era, specific years or events, people, places, and topics. The database also provides the creation of personal accounts students and faculty can use to compile and share customized playlists or collections of clips from individual videos.

Significant parts of this collection include:

* 292 television interviews on public policy topics conducted between 1951 and 1955 for the CBS television interview series "Chronoscope." The interviewees include government officials, business leaders, political figures, and public intellectuals discussing topics of the early Cold War era. Each program is approximately 15 minutes long. The original kinescopes were donated to the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Branch of the National Archives by the program's sponsor, the Longines-Wittnauer Watch Company;

* 370 programs produced for the History Channel from series including "America at War," "Biography," "Battleline," "Civil War Journal," "Great Blunders in History," "Investigating History," and several others;

* 256 newsreel films produced during World War II by the Office of War Information and financed by the U. S. government for screening in U.S. and overseas theaters. Most of the films are approximately 10 minutes in length and addressed both military operations and stories and events on the U.S. home front during the war;

* An additional 540 newsreels produced between 1957 and 1964 by Universal Studios as part of the long-running (1929-1967) series Universal Newsreel. These newsreels have been in the public domain since being turned over to the National Archives in 1976 and approximately 400 Universal Newsreels covering other time periods during the span of the series are available in the Moving Image Archive at the Internet Archive.

Please contact Richard Kearney with any questions about using American History in Video.

Initial Collection of WPUNJ Graduate Theses Now Available Online

The first fruit of a collaboration between the Cheng Library and the University's Graduate programs, an initial collection of 19 digitized master's theses is now available online through Theses @ The William Paterson University of New Jersey, an online database using the ProQuest search interface. The majority of titles in the initial collection are from recent Communication Disorders program graduates, but in 2009 the program is expanding to include other programs and the collection will grow as new theses are submitted for digitization. The theses are available both on- and off-campus to WPUNJ account holders. Please contact Jane Bambrick if you have any questions about digital theses at WPUNJ.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pre-CINAHL Now Fully Merged With CINAHL

The Pre-CINAHL database, which provided searchers with current awareness of the newest journal articles, and included a rotating file of limited bibliographic information while the complete citation records were being edited, has been fully merged into the CINAHL database and discontinued as a stand-alone resource. As a result, searches in the CINAHL database will include Pre-CINAHL content. Pre-CINAHL citation records in CINAHL normally will not include abstracts or assigned subject terms, although citation information and links to full-text (where available) will be included. Searchers will have the option to exclude Pre-CINAHL records from search results by using a checkbox available on the search screen.