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VuFind


Enhanced Library Catalog Introduced

On August 4, 2008, Lovejoy Library will release an enhanced library catalog interface. This "next generation" search portal is designed to simplify and expand the search for library resources. Developed by Villanova University, it is being beta tested for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois by SIUE and several other Illinois universities.

Some new features include:
• faceted search results for quickly narrowing and expanding topics
• search results displayed in relevancy-ranked order
• "More Like This" resource suggestions
• current status and availability of items prominently displayed
• book cover art
• book reviews
• links to GoogleBooks for free online content , when available
• links to SFX for rapid access to the full text of journal articles
• ability for users to create an account, mark favorites and bookmark records for permanent access at a later time
• ability for users to contribute tags and comments to resource records
• simplified requesting of resources from other I-Share libraries

Both the Lovejoy Library catalog and the I-Share (statewide) catalog will be available through the VuFind interface. Links from the Library's homepage will route users to the new interface. Faculty who provide links to these catalogs in their courses will need to change them to the following URLs in order to accurately direct students.

Lovejoy Library (SIUE) Catalog link: https://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/vf-sie/
I-Share (Statewide) Catalog link: https://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/vf/

Not ready to change just yet? The new interface will include a link in the upper right-hand corner of the search screen called "Classic Search" to access the previous catalog interface.

Contact the Library's Information Desk (x2615) if you have questions or comments about VuFind.


The Rubricator


Why Use Rubrics?

Rubric software helps faculty align their academic standards, performance tasks, criteria, rubrics (scoring guides), and assignments. With precision and ease, faculty can sharpen their assessment design skills through the use of these tools and templates. Because rubrics set forth specific criteria, define precise requirements for meeting those criteria, and often assign numerical scores to each level of performance, they provide an effective, objective method for evaluating skills that do not generally lend themselves to objective assessment methods. Rubrics simplify assessment of student work and provide students with an answer to the age-old question: "Why did you give it this grade?" Rubrics can also provide students with standards and expectations they can use to evaluate their performance while completing an assignment.


Performance Task Design

Real world learning and reliable assessment truly converge when using the software's "Rapid Task Builder". Via this tool and structured design process, users quickly discover how to create authentic performance tasks. With the simple click of their mouse, users are able to access a database of hundreds of higher order thinking frameworks, multiple intelligence tasks, or assessment statements.


Rubric Templates

Designing criteria and scoring guides are facilitated through the use of "Rubric Templates". Users are able to tap into this software's extensive database and search for holistic or analytic criteria, 3-, 4-, and 5-level rubric scales or add their own performance criteria/indicators. Check out some of the rubrics at http://www.rubrics.com/rubric_examples.html

The New York Times
The New York Times has been known as the U.S. newspaper of record, reporting on news around the world since 1851. One hundred and fifty years of Pulitzer Prize winning articles, speeches, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, presidential press conferences, and international news are included in this new online resource.

Lovejoy Library now provides access to The Historical New York Times online via the Newsstand database. Coverage begins with first issue on September 18, 1851(under its original title, The New York Daily Times) and continues to the three years prior to the current year. Supplements such as the Magazine and the Book Review are included.

A PDF image of each article is presented, as well as a full image of each article and digital reproductions of displays, classified ads, comics, cartoons, maps, graphics, editorials, commentary and photographs, except those restricted by copyright. Abstracts, titles, and article text may be searched by keyword. Searches can also be restricted to article type and author within various date ranges.

Current New York Times

Coverage of the current New York Times is provided in Lexis Nexis Academic Universe, which starts full-text coverage (without illustrations and advertisements) in June 1980, and in EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier, which provides full-text coverage from 1994 forward.

New York Times on Microfilm

Lovejoy Library also owns the complete New York Times (1851- ) on microfilm. This format is especially important because some articles are not available online due to the Supreme Court's Tasini ruling (concerning the copyright rights of independent journalists and writers) and the accuracy rate (80%) of the scanned texts. Accuracy rates are considerably higher for titles, citations and abstracts. Despite these technological imperfections, the events, people and things that can be found using The Historical New York Times are extraordinary.

Revised 8.27.07 Kelly