Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Welcome (back) to Gettysburg

The staff of the Musselman Library extends a hearty and hale welcome to Gettysburg College faculty, both new and returning. It's been a busy summer for the library and is promising to be an exciting and equally busy fall, too. We've got classes planned, new collections and services available, new staff hired, and upcoming programs and exhibits scheduled--all at the ready to meet faculty and student curricular and research needs.

So let's get started . . .

Library emergency!

Desperately seeking guidance on an information issue? Freaking out over a collections query? Really ready for some reference or research help? Don't fret, don't sweat, a helpful librarian liaison is just a phone call or email away.

Librarian liaisons are assigned to each academic department and program for the academic year. The librarian liaison assigned to your program can help you in a number of ways, making you more familiar with library services and collections. Just ask!

To find out who your librarian liaison is for academic year 2006-2007, click here.

Lay a little literacy on 'em

If you've grown weary of your students relying on Google for all their research needs, consider having your class meet with a librarian.

To schedule a date to bring your class to the Library, fill out our instruction request form; or contact Katherine Downton at or x6627. for Special Collections, contact Karen Drickamer at, x7015; for Music, contact Tim Sestrick at, x7045.

Please contact us at least two weeks in advance. We will do our best to schedule at a time that's convenient for your class.

No time to bring your class to the library? We are open to other options, such as making a research guide for your students or coming to your classroom for part of a class period. Please contact Katherine or any other Reference & Instruction Librarian to discuss possibilities.

Got publication?

Congratulations! Now let us help you celebrate your achievement.

If you have not yet reported your most recent publication to the Provost's Office for the Faculty Notebook, please do so at your earliest convenience. The Faculty Notebook is the official means by which the library learns of Gettysburg College authors.

But there's a one-stop way to inform the Provost, the Library, and the Bookstore of your latest publication.

Go to this website. Then select the applicable form for your publication, enter your information, and submit. Voila! Your citation will automatically be sent
  • to the Provost's Office for inclusion in the Faculty Notebook
  • to the Library for acquisition and commemoration at the annual College Authors Reception
  • and--if your publication is a book or a multimedia item--to the College Bookstore for purchase
So please submit your news soon as we need time to acquire your publication for display at the reception.

Course reserves and you

Fall semester is here (shudder!). If you plan to use course reserves in the new term, here are some points to remember:

  • If you plan to reuse CNAV electronic reserves from past terms, you must notify the Musselman Library Reserves Office to reattach scanned material to the new semester's reserves. Otherwise, these scanned readings will not be available for use during the new term.
  • To place journal articles or book chapters on reserve (whether print or electronic reserves), you must include a photocopy of the actual copyright page from the source - this step, in fact, is required by federal copyright law.
  • Reserves requests are processed in the order that they are received by the Reserves Office. Due to the high volume of reserves requests that must be processed at the beginning of the semester, please allow at least 1 week for processing reserves.

For more information about these and other course reserves matters, please contact Lisa McNamee, Musselman Library Reserves Coordinator, by phone at ext. 7025 or via e-mail at