The MSU Libraries' implementation of SearchPlus is covered in an article on Library Journal's technology site, The Digital Shift.
SearchPlus is a multidisciplinary research tool which offers a single entry point for most of the library's licensed online resources and the library catalog. Read more about SearchPlus here, or start searching now!
The MSU Libraries have launched SearchPlus, a new research tool powered by ProQuest's Summon® software. See the full press release.
SearchPlus allows users to search most of the library's online databases and the library catalog at the same time, for a multidisciplinary set of results which can then be filtered by date, language, subject, and content type -- such as books, articles in scholarly journals, newspaper articles, dissertations, and more.
This single entry point into the library's resources is especially valuable for undergraduate students, who often find it challenging to determine which of the library's many databases is best suited to a particular topic. Advanced researchers exploring cross-disciplinary approaches will also benefit from the range of resources accessible through SearchPlus.
The Libraries' implementation of SearchPlus is also a valuable new resource for library users across the state, because searches can be conducted and citations displayed without authentication. That means non-MSU users can locate complete citations for books and articles they need, and then request interlibrary loan through their local libraries. (Because of license restrictions, only MSU-affiliated users can log in and connect to full-text resources, such as ebooks and online journals.)
"SearchPlus brings serendipity back into the research process," says Clifford H. Haka, director of the MSU Libraries. "Users will discover resources in formats and disciplines they might not have found previously, when using traditional subject-specific indexes.”
Try SearchPlus at the MSU Libraries' website!
The MSU Libraries' Radicalism Collection was featured in an article posted on the American Libraries website.
It's called "Extremism @ the Library" and profiles collections of extremist literature at MSU, Duke, and Brandeis. MSU's collection is by far the oldest: it was started in the 1950s, about 30 and 60 years, respectively, before Brandeis and Duke began collecting on the same topic. MSU's collection is unique, in that we collect material from both ends of the political spectrum.
At right: cover image from our collection of The Masses, mentioned in the article. See more digitized covers here!
The MSU Libraries have just opened a REAL classroom. No, that doesn’t mean our other classrooms are imaginary. :)
REAL stands for Rooms for Active and Engaged Learning. REAL spaces use innovative classroom design to facilitate engaged and active learning. They’re an initiative of MSU’s University Classroom Committee, and the library’s new room is only the 6th REAL space on campus.
Why put a REAL space in the library? Teaching is an essential part of the library’s mission! MSU librarians teach more than 600 information literacy sessions every year. Hands-on information literacy training fosters student learning by supporting analytical thinking, integrated reasoning, and effective communication.
The design of the REAL space allows student interaction to happen naturally – instead of working around the barriers of straight rows of desks – and the technology hardwired into the room supports collaboration and sharing that traditional classrooms can’t provide.
“The technology in the REAL space opens up a whole world of creative possibilities for instruction,” says Sara Miller, head of the library’s Information Literacy unit. “We’re thrilled to have this new resource to enhance the student experience!”
MSU faculty, would your students benefit from information literacy training? Visit the Information Literacy team's website to request one!
Below: The MSU Main Library's new REAL space, ready for students.
The MSU Libraries have established a new collection of children's literature, now available in the Main Library on 1-East, near the Browsing Collection.
The collection is especially targeted to the needs of education students, but everyone is welcome to use it!
The focus of the collection is diversity-related children's literature. The library received a $20,000 grant from MSU’s Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives to start the collection of diversity-related children’s literature to support students in teacher education.
“Teaching about diversity and tolerance are becoming more important in the elementary school curriculum,” explains education librarian Jill Morningstar, “and children’s literature, rather than textbooks, is especially important in this topic area.”
The East Lansing Public Library has been a valuable partner in the MSU library’s service to education students, and our InterLibrary Services department has filled hundreds of requests for children’s books by borrowing from public libraries around the state. But, having an on-site collection in this genre will be more convenient for students, and will also allow us to be more responsive to faculty purchase requests.
Several faculty members and graduate TAs are already using the new collection greatly in assignments for students to evaluate diversity, multicultural, and international literature.
Below: Education librarian Jill Morningstar with our children's book collection.
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