Holy Spirit Library revolutionized

By defaultuser
April 25, 2002

A little more than a month ago, the Library introduced remote access to its online databases. The Cabrini community has enthusiastically welcomed this new service. Holy Spirit librarians, however, are not resting on their recent success.

Reference Librarian Rosemarie DeMaio is pleased to report that all of the currently received periodicals are now housed on the main floor of the Library. “This new location makes this heavily used collection easily accessible to our students. It also makes it convenient for Library staff to help our students use the current periodicals.” Two student workers were instrumental in shifting this extensive collection: Vince Crognale and Mike Carpenter.

A survey conducted in January by the Library’s Assessment Team to gauge student satisfaction with the Library’s services and facilities yielded helpful feedback. While the results indicated an overall level of satisfaction with the Library, students suggested a number of areas in which improvements were desirable.

While some of the suggestions will take time to plan and implement, others are getting immediate attention.For example, the wish for more full-text online resources has received top priority. Three new full-text databases have been added to the library’s database page, (http://www.cabrini.edu/library/db.asp), in the last month: CQ Researcher, ProQuest Newspapers and the Historical Backfile of the New York Times. And there are plans to add more.

CQ Researcher issues forty-four in-depth reports each year covering a wide range of “hot” topics. Topics covered by recent reports included schools vouchers, weapons of mass destruction, policing the border and preventing teen drug use. The site posts its reports going back to 1991.

ProQuest Newspapers contains the full-text of current articles from the New York Times (including the NYT Book Review and Magazine), Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor, making this a convenient and authoritative source for current events. The Historical Backfile of the New York Times provides primary source coverage for historic events dating back to 1851.

The Library staff is pleased that the addition of these new databases extends the access Cabrinians have to significant informational and research materials, from anywhere, at any time of the day or night.

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