Monthly Archives: February 2013

RIS Scholar Highlights

In addition to helping faculty and students with research problems and questions, library faculty in Research & Instructional Services also spend quite a bit of time on research interests.  A few recent highlights of the scholarship and research produced within RIS include the following exciting projects: Bruce Pencek recently gave a paper–Catching the Tail of […] Continue reading

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24/7 Resources for Your Historical Cooking Needs

Happy Thursday! Not our usual day for features, but loyal archivist/blogger Kira (that’s me!) had been working a short presentation until this morning. To help celebrate Black History Month, Newman Library has been hosting all kinds of events. Today, I gave a talk about African-American influences on American food, especially from the 1820s-1920s. I was […] Continue reading

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Interlibrary Loan User Survey Results

Interlibrary Loan sent a survey to our users in December 2012 requesting input regarding services, satifaction, among other topics.  Over 800 responses were received from users on the Blacksburg and Extended Campuses.  Over 90% of Blacksburg Campus users rated ILL services … Continue reading Continue reading

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Architects visiting this week (2nd floor review)

The architects working on the Second Floor design will be here Thursday and Friday for an information gathering session. They already have tons of documents from the various focus groups, discovery teams, and related research. This week they will spend … Continue reading Continue reading

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From Powder to Ganache: A Little Chocolate Inspiration

Fair warning: This week’s post is ALL about the chocolate. With one day left before Valentine’s Day, some of you might still be looking for the perfect dessert. We here at the History of Food & Drink Collection are here to help. Chocoholics may want to consider a bib or drool guard for their keyboards…. […] Continue reading

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They Ask a lot of Questions

For the spring semester we in RIS wanted to give an overview of the 2nd and 4th floor reference desk statistics. In this month’s blog post we are going to break down the fall semesters’ desk stats by numbers, how many questions were asked in general and what the numbers look like overall. Next month […] Continue reading

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Librarians’ personal presence on the website

We started creating a centralized place for librarian contact information as the new subject guides were being out together. Ensemble’s Biography content type was used to create these pages. Biography pages interact with other content types in the CMS (especially Articles and Resources) to automatically create links among these pages. Pictures of librarians (when available) and office hours were added to each page for librarians with subject guides. 

Many departments across campus use the Biography pages for their faculty and staff. CVs, resumes, lists of courses and publications, links to professional society websites, and leadership roles. Any librarian or staff member can create one of these pages.

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