VERNON & DORIS BISHOP LIBRARY

New Locations for Juvenile Books & More

Over the summer, several collections on the first floor (main floor) were moved, including the Juvenile books. Juvenile book shelves are now located on the ground floor and are easily identified by pink shelf labels.

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New & Contemporary books, CETL & Higher Education books, Newspapers and Faculty Scholarship are now located in the Atrium at the east end of the first floor.

New Books

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Contemporary Books

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CETL & Higher Education

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Faculty Scholarship & Pedagogy

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Newspapers

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Student Inquiry publications are now located at the front of the library, to the left as you enter.

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The PT section of the Stacks (German, Scandinavian & Dutch Literature) is now located on the ground floor.

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The Stacks are located on all three floors of the library:

A-PQ Second Floor

PR-PS First Floor

PT-Z Ground Floor

LVC’s Online Archives Expands: La Vie, The Quad, and More Now Online

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LVC’s digital archives have expanded once again. You can now view online copies of LVC student newspaper, La Vie Collegienne, dating back to 1925. Other historic College publications including The Quad, The Crucible, College News, The Forum, and The College Forum have also been digitized and are available for you to access at www.lvc.edu/archives. The Library is in the process of digitizing additional issues of La Vie Collegienne, so more will be added as they become available. The image above was taken from the February 10, 1966 edition of La Vie Collegienne and the lead story is about LVC’s centennial in 1966.

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In addition, Lebanon Valley College: A Centennial History by Dr. Paul A. W. Wallace (featured in the above article from the Sept. 16, 1965 La Vie Collegienne) has also been digitized and is available on the LVC Archives website. Lebanon Valley College celebrated its centennial in 1966 with the publication. Dr. Paul A. W. Wallace, a noted author, historian, and anthropologist, was a professor of English and chairman of the English department at Lebanon Valley College for many years. He also served as the editor of the quarterly journal, Pennsylvania History, as well as a consultant and historian for the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. His studies focused on colonial American history, including Native Americans in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania German culture.

Unused/Unwanted VHS tapes

Bishop Library would like to complete a project to de-accession all unwanted/unused VHS tapes over the January break.

The list of titles is posted here: http://www.lvc.edu/library/documents/VHScallno_remote.pdf.

These tapes were reviewed once (in 2008) and were not selected for retention in the circulating collection. The titles have been listed in the Library’s online catalog, and have not circulated in the past four years. We understand that this is a busy time in the academic calendar and we would appreciate any comments or questions from the LVC community.

The deadline for faculty review is Friday, December 7th. All unwanted tapes will be offered to the college community (personal use only) during the week of December 10th. Leftover tapes will be withdrawn and recycled in January.

Thank you for your time and attention. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Julia Harvey (harvey@lvc.edu; x6971) in the Library.

Discarding of Bound Volumes and Microfilm

The Library has identified 277 titles in the print bound volume collection that are currently available as full-text PDFs in the various databases and electronic journal collections accessible via Bishop Library. These titles represent nearly one-third of the existing bound volume collection on the ground floor. Since these titles are available electronically, the print versions are rarely used. To provide needed space and shelving flexibility for other more heavily used collections, these titles are being considered for withdrawal from the collection. This project will have no impact on current subscriptions.

To provide a little background and support for this downsizing, I would like to offer some use statistics for these items. Of the more than 5,100 volumes identified, about 4,700 show no “in house” usage. Our figures indicate that 357 have been used once and fewer than 70 have been used twice. For three or more uses, volume counts are surprisingly low with only two volumes being used five times. These numbers reflect activity back to 1995 when the library system was introduced and access to digital collections was not nearly as extensive. These numbers merely confirm our impression that the print back files are a little used collection and occupy space that could be used more effectively.

About a year ago, the Library discarded the print volumes and microfilm holdings for titles accessible digitally from JSTOR. This next downsizing phase is different in that these specific titles may or may not be available via these databases and collections indefinitely. Unlike JSTOR, which is a stable digital archive, the content within these databases and journal collections may change over time. Therefore, there is some element of risk associated with this decision to discard.

To mitigate these risks, the Library will monitor the continued availability of these journal titles within the databases. Should these titles be dropped from the databases, requests will be handled through the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Service. Additionally, if a publisher offers a reasonably priced subscription to their legacy archives, the Library will consider purchasing these archives.

Two listings of these print titles will be available: a listing by title as well as a listing by LC call number. Please use the following URLs to access the listings:

Discard List by Title http://www.lvc.edu/library/documents/discardbytitle.pdf

Discard List by LC Call Number http://www.lvc.edu/library/documents/discardbynumb.pdf

We encourage faculty to review the lists and contact me if they believe specific titles should be retained. Exceptions may be made, for example, for journals with unusual features such as color plates or illustrations. If individuals or departments have space to store bound volumes, they are welcome to take volumes. However, should space become an issue in the future, the Library will not take any volumes back.

The same de-accession criteria have been used to identify microfilm titles that are available electronically in databases and e-journal collections. In addition, a splicing project is underway to shrink the footprint of the microfilm collection as much as possible. Microfilm use is usually even less than print.

Please contact me by April 30, 2012 to discuss titles that should be retained or if you have other questions regarding this project. Recycling of these items will begin in May.

Frank Mols

Library Director

mols@lvc.edu