I would like to submit a request that the library subscribe to the online journal "Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment", associated with the Ecological Society of America. Is this possible?
Hi, I'm the College Librarian for Natural Resources. I will review this title and make a recommendation to the Director of Collection Management, Paul Metz. Based on a quick analysis, I agree that this journal should be in our collection, but will need to investigate it fully before I can proceed and acquire a subscription for the library.
Thank you for bringing this title to my attention.
Kyrille Goldbeck, College Librarian for Natural Resources
I wanted to give you a quick update on the title Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment from the previous message I sent you. The journal has been approved and we will begin subscribing to it as soon as we can straighten a few things out (mainly in that there is some conflicting information on their website - one of their web pages states institutions can only subscribe to the print version, but the pricing section in another section gives an online subscription rate for institutions). But this title will be added to our collection, once we deterine the format that is available to us (preference is to include online access) and get the paperwork through.
In the meantime, if there is an article that you need right away, or if you need access to an article between 2003 – 2006, you can request it/them through Ingenta. However, you must search in the Fax/Ariel portion of the database, and not the Electronic content section (somewhat confusing, but they are two separate databases within the same interface). In order to request the article, you will need to have an account in Ingenta (free to create). Also, when you order the article, make sure the radial button next to VT libraries is selected. If you would like help with ordering items from Ingenta, or would like additional information, please let me know.
Thanks again, and please let me know if you have other resources that would benefit your research and studies.
Kyrille Goldbeck, College Librarian for Natural Resources
I Like your system. I just renewed some books. But I can't read the fine print in your clickable icons. Who ever made those icons is either near-sited or just young. Us older far-sited folks can't read the fine print without a magnifying glass, and you shouldn't be publishing an application that requires people to wear reading glasses.
Thank you for your feedback regarding our new, library catalog and its design. At the time of its original design, the icons and their fonts had little flexibility due to system parameters that we had no control over. We recognize this as a known issue. With new software releases and more flexibility in the future, we are hopeful to remedy this issue.
Michelle Young, College Librarian
I am having trouble accessing the electronic holdings for the Journal of Attention Disorders. I am connected to the VT network, but I get an error message saying that access is denied. I wanted to bring this to your attention, since this may be a problem for anyone trying to access this journal. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for trying to access this journal. Thanks!
I am sorry, Matthew, but I just accessed the Journal of Attention Disorders through both Addison and the E-journal database and had no trouble getting to the full text articles. If you are off campus, did you sign in through our EZProxy service, to be recognized as a Va. Tech affiliated person? If not, try that, and see if it solves your problem. If you have done that and still can not access the full text for this e-journal through either Addison or the e-journal database, then contact Dave Beagle (231-9231), our extended campus access librarian, to see if he can figure out what your problem might be.
Buddy Litchfield, Research and Instructional Services
First off, I just wanted to let you know that you all do a wonderful job here. This library is fantastic, and has an excellent amount of resources, materials, and servies. I have two comments, really. The first is that the new study lounge on the 4th floor next to the Torg crossover is amazing, and a great addition to library. I use it at least twice a week as a place to study and relax between classes. If it is possible to create more of these lounges, either in library or in other buildings on campus, it is something that should really be pursued.
My second comment regards the same lounges. Recently, there seems tohave been a little bit of an influx of groups using the lounge as a place to do group work - which generates a good deal of noise, chatter,and distractions. If it is possible to put a notice on the entrances of the lounge to remind people that it is for quite studying, and that other, more enclosed, areas are available for group work, I think it might help.
Thank you for your recent comment. It is always good to get positive comments about the library. I am pleased that you like the new study lounge on the 4th floor. That study lounge along with the three other group study room located near the elevators on the same floor were made possible through the funds provided by the University's Parents' Funding. As funding becomes available we plan to create more inviting study spaces.
To respond to your question about noise in that lounge area, the room is actually intended to be used as a group study area where students can congregate to work on group projects and carry on discussions. It is not a designated quiet area. If you want a quiet area, you may want to seek out those which are designated as quiet study areas. Fifth floor is a popular area for students who desire that kind of study environment.
Don Kenney, Associate Dean for Administrative Services
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