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October 2011

  • October 3, 2011: ARTSTOR membership (online comment box)

    Are there any plans for the VT Libraries to become a registered institution with ARTSTOR? This is a fantastic resource for researchers in the visual arts and architecture. There are dozens of Virginia institutions that are already members -- it seems like Virginia Tech should be one of them.

    Thank you for letting us know about your interest in ARTstor. It is a resource that I have been following for some time as well. Because library resources are limited and the cost of our current electronic resources continues to inflate, each new acquisition must be carefully considered and weighed against a number of different factors. In this case, the site licensing for ARTstor--a pretty costly resource in any case--is based on institutional size, making it fairly prohibitive at our level, despite the fact that enrollment in our art, art history, and architecture programs ranges from small to medium-sized. I have been in periodic talks with ARTstor representatives, and trials of the database have been conducted in the past to measure possible use by faculty and students. Gauging potential investment in new resources with ongoing costs like ARTstor can often be difficult, so input such as yours is always welcome.

    Best regards,
    Patrick Tomlin
    Head, Art + Architecture Library

  • October 4, 2011: Ebook access problem (library suggestion box)

    I needed to access a book only available online through EBSCO. I put myself on the queue to review the book. It was not available for several days. There should be a time out to allow least. Or even better, more than one person should be allowed to see a book at once. 

    I am sorry for your inconvenience, but our contract for EBSCO online books is a single user license. If someone checks out a book, their hold on the book expires in 3 days. (
    Robert Sebek
    Webmaster, Virginia Tech Libraries

  • October 10, 2011: Thanks to library for help (library suggestion box)

    There was a girl that helped me out a lot late Sunday night, and I really appreciated it! Thanks Library staff.

    Thank you for your comment. It is always nice to hear praise for the work the Library staff does for our patrons.

    Buddy Litchfield
    Va. Tech Libraries

  • October 10, 2011: Movie suggestion (library suggestion box)

    Please order the movie: The Guard DVD (2011) when it becomes available.

    Thank you for your suggestion. I'll put it on the list. I will buy it when it becomes available.
    Jennifer Nardine,
    College Librarian for Liberal Arts & Human Sciences

  • October 19, 2011: DVD suggestions (library suggestion box)

    Please order these titles in DVD

    Akira -- Japanese animated film              
    This film has been ordered

    Traffic -- Soderberg drug film                  
    We have this film on DVD, but it is checked out and long over due. Will look into getting a replacement copy

    28 days later -- British apocalyptic film   
    This film has been ordered

    I am trying to break your heart --  film about Wilco (band)          
    This film has been ordered

    Thank you for your suggestions.
    Jennifer Nardine
    Instruction and Outreach Librarian
    Department Liaison: Music, Theater and Film, Foreign Languages

  • October 28, 2011: Bulletin board (library suggestion box)

    You need a public bulletin board in the Library.

    Thank you so much for the suggestion.  We are working out a plan for a message board for the library patrons.  We hope to have it up soon.  It will be located on the second floor in the corner between the drill field and alumni mall entrances.

    Charla Lancaster
    Director, Assessment and Access Services

  • October 31, 2011: LibraryThing add books option (online comment box)

    When I use the Add Books screen at LibraryThing, the VT library is not listed.  I asked about this a few years back and I thought it was in progress.  Is the VT library supposed to appear on that list?

    LibraryThing has indicated that they have fixed our configuration so that our books should now be selectable. Can you confirm that?

    Robert Sebek
    Webmaster, Virginia Tech Libraries

    Virginia Tech now shows up on the list.

    Thanks for looking into this.

  • October 31, 2011: DVD suggestions (library suggestion box)

    1. Get some Kevin Hart movies and comedy shows DVDs.
    Kevin Hart material and comedy shows in general are more appropriate for a public library collection than ours.  Given our reduced DVD budget, we will not be purchasing comedy shows or popular comedies without a specific reason that they will augment our collection.

    2. You need more African-American (black) character/director  movies
    We'd welcome specific suggestions for high quality current and/or African-American actor/director films.

    3. More up to date movies
    Given our limited DVD budget, we do not purchase the majority of current films which are available via RedBox, Netflix and the public library.

    Jennifer Nardine
    Department Liaison: Music, Theater and Film, Foreign Languages

  • October 14, 2011: Printing suggestion (library comment box)

    Wireless printing, please.

    Thank you so much for your inquiry.  Please know that wireless printing is indeed on its way.  The Newman Library just got upgraded with wiring and 'wireless' technology this past summer.  Our Photocopy unit has just ordered machines that are compatible with this new technology.  We are literally waiting on the machines to get here to begin testing.  We are hopeful to have this option available this coming spring.  We will decentralize the Photocopy machines so that there is printing availability on both 2nd and 4th floors for our users convenience.  We appreciate your request and hope this action satisfies your needs.

    Charla Lancaster
    Director of Assessment and Library Access Services

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