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Introducing Berg Fashion Library!

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Hi all,

I want to let everyone know about a very cool new online resource that we just started subscribing to: The Berg Fashion Library! Berg has a lot of full-text books, dictionaries, and a 10-volume fashion encyclopedia, and a lot of images as well. Users can browse by geographic region, time period, material, and more. Start recommending it to patrons as a resource, and have fun playing around with it too! There is a link on the main page, the online resources page, and on the fashion subject guides.

Questions or comments? Send them my way!


A Course Study Guide By Any Other Name …

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

… is probably a LUNA Media Group!

Have you enjoyed a semantic tussle recently with a patron looking for some type of study guide in LUNA? I am here to demystify and help you locate these elusive guides:

Back in the early days of LUNA (a.k.a. Luna Insight), Course Study Guides were created to support a small cluster of classes: PH 235, PH 601, LA 120, LA 121, and LA 127. These are password-protected, static image presentations that live on their own special page on our website under “Reference Help” and are not in LUNA, the Web-based image database … yet.

The Course Study Guides can be found here:

This is the login information (also available on the Library staff wiki under, yup, “Course Study Guides”):

PH 235, PH 601, LA 120, and LA 121:

username: student

password: picasso

LA 127:

username: student

password: worldart

Moving on, if a student is looking for a “course study guide” that involves either fashion history, photography history, or master drawings, they are most likely referring to the LUNA Media Groups that were created to support these topics.

There are Search Guides also available under “Reference Help” to help direct patrons to these specific Media Groups. Please see the following links to view each Search Guide, which includes the names of corresponding Media Groups:

Finally, please note that there are links to both the Course Study Guides and the Search Guides on the Digital Images page.

I hope this helps, but as always please let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you,


Website Updates

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

The updates have been made to the website - the new search box on the home page and the updated images throughout the rest of the website. If you find a page that doesn’t look like it has been updated, please hit the refresh button in your browser. If it still doesn’t look like it has been updated, please let me know - I may have missed a page as I was moving them over.

Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Changes to Library Website

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

We are going to be making some changes to the homepage of the website this summer.

I am planning on rolling out these changes on Monday, July 16. You can preview these changes here.

New Homepage:

You should see that the image at the top has changed, and the Search Box is now in the middle. There are two additional search boxes for searching ProQuest and EBSCO as well.

The main menu items have been extended, so now all of the main pages for each section should be in the menus.

You can see the changes on an internal page here (with the new image):

All of the internal pages will look like this (with the new image and the red search box). The main menu items will also be updated like they are on the homepage, but I have not added them to this example page.

If you have any questions or suggestion, please let me know!


Changes to EBSCO

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

I met with our EBSCO Sales Rep yesterday and she gave me a few suggestions for changing some of our EBSCO settings.

If you go into EBSCO now, all you will see is a search box, on the Basic Search screen. Before the Search Options were displayed below the search box. If you would like to see the Search Options, click the Search Options link below the Search Box. I think this looks cleaner and will be less confusing to our students - it make the interface simpler and more like Google.

Also, now when you do a search the Full Text box is automatically checked, so all of your results should be Full Text results. To uncheck this, click the Search Options link and uncheck the Full Text checkbox.

On the results page, the Subject List on the Left Panel is now opened, so that you can see your Subject options for modifying the search.

I’ve also added some links to Video Tutorials for using EBSCO on both the Online Resources page and the Library Tutorials page. You can find additional video tutorials on EBSCO here: If you find any other tutorials that you think we should link to, let me know and I will add a link to the Library Tutorials page.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Problems with Library Website

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

The elmo server is not accessible from off campus. If any students contact you with problems with the website, you can let them know we are working on getting it fixed. I have contacted IT but I have not heard as to when it will be working again. The server is accessible on campus, so we can get to these pages here in the library.

Let me know if you have any questions.


This has been fixed - the whole website should be accessible off campus. If anyone says they are having trouble accessing pages on the website from on or off campus, please let me know.


Meebo Chat is down

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

We have been having some problems with the meebo chat - when someone is logged on, the widget that we have on the website sometimes says that the librarian is offline.  I’ve been doing some testing to try to figure out what the problem is, but it is not consistent.  I’m hoping that the Meebo service is having some problems, and that this will be fixed in the future.  For now, I have posted a message at the top of the Meebo Chat page ( that says “Meebo Chat is temporarily unavailable - we hope to have it back up and working soon!”  I will continue to test, and if it begins to work consistently, I will take the message down.  Otherwise I will look into alternatives or we will take the page down.  I will post more, when I know more.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Online Student Orientation (web video)

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

If anyone would like to become more familiar with the online class environment, you can watch this online orientation video/tutorial. It will show you what the students experience in their online classes, and you will see all the various options online students have when they need help. (Let me know if you need help getting access to the orientation.)

Online Student Orientation

Assistance for online students includes the Help Desk, the How-to Library, Academic Advisers, and the Academy Resource Center (ARC).

ARC consists of the following services:
- Online Writing Lab (OWL)
- Online Academic Support
- Online ESL Support

You can check out the ARC website for further information about their department and the services they offer:

Any question, just ask!

Fashion Design History Collection Database

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

In case any patrons inquire regarding the whereabouts of this database: The Fashion Design History Collection has been one of our recommended digital image resources for a few years now. However, the institution that created it, Parsons’ New School, has taken it down and it is not likely to return anytime soon according to the very nice staff member there who responded to my email.

Holly is in the process of removing all references/links to it on our website, but if you happen to see any later on please let her know.

Please let me know if you have any questions, thank you.


New Online Articles Page and New Online Resource - Music Library

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Hi Everyone,

The Online Articles and Reference page has been updated.  There’s a new layout (it now looks more like the new Digital Images page) and I’ve also added a link to the new Music Library we have acquired.  The Music Library is hosted by CyberCampus, so students, faculty and staff will have to log into this resource using their Academy of Art username and password.  You should all have usernames and passwords (it’s the same as logging into Peoplesoft).  Please let me know if you have any questions or if you can’t log in.

This may be a little confusing because students don’t use their Academy username and password for any of the other online resources - so if you have a student who is having trouble logging in, just make sure you know which resource they are trying to use.

If you have any questions, please let me know.