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Emily Couvillon joins the Doherty Library staff

The newest member of the Doherty Library staff is Emily Couvillon, Public Services Librarian. Her responsibilities include helping students with their research and library questions and teaching library instruction classes.

Emily was born and raised in Marksville, Louisiana, and she received her BA in English from Tulane University in New Orleans. She recently moved to Houston after obtaining her MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin. She is passionate about connecting people with information, and she is excited to have the opportunity to assist the students and faculty of UST with their academic pursuits.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys distance running and is eager to try some of the trails in Houston’s parks. After living in cities with an abundance of live music like New Orleans and Austin, Emily is happy to be in yet another city with a thriving music scene. She is highly anticipating the upcoming season of the Houston Grand Opera.

Emily is looking forward being a part of the UST community. Please feel free to stop by the reference desk with any questions you may have!

Getting Organized and Creative in The Cloud

by Joe Goetz

As a librarian, and more generally as an overwhelmed, forgetful person, I have a fascination with personal organization systems. It just seems like what I want or need to remember has practically nothing to do with what I actually do remember, with all kinds of chaotic results. I also like being able to compartmentalize, and not think about grocery lists or other such daily matters until I need to. Finally, I like to work by building up from small pieces, which requires keeping track of lots of information over time.

Fortunately, I’m not alone. Smart people out there have created some terrific tools for outsourcing normal brain functions, especially in the area of remembering things and keeping track of bits of info. I’ll discuss three I’m especially fond of: Evernote, Zotero and Wunderlist.

Evernote is a cloud-based application for storing and organizing all kinds of notes– textual, visual and audio. It’s especially powerful if you have a smartphone. You can take a picture of a poster, say, and Evernote will store the image and recognize any text in the image for you. You can sort this image-with-text into a folder, and tag it with keywords to help you find it later. In addition to the phone app, there are desktop and web versions that all sync automatically. Even without a camera, Evernote is a great way to organize notes, store internet bookmarks, and generally keep track of your readings and thoughts. It’s versatile and fast, and I use it for many aspects of work, housekeeping and casual reading. Plus, it’s free in its basic version, which is all most casual users will need.

Zotero is similar to Evernote in some important ways, in that you can also make notes, sort them into folders and tag them with keywords. But Zotero has the added ability to extract citation information from online resources like library catalogs, databases, and websites such as Amazon.com. For me, this makes it my tool of choice for serious research. Zotero also automatically saves images of webpages when you cite them, and allows you to highlight and annotate them later. Zotero is a browser add-on, and opens at the bottom of your Safari, Chrome or Firefox browser window. This allows you to read what’s in your browser, such as a pdf, as you make notes and build your bibliographies– it’s very convenient and handy. The main downsides of Zotero, for me, are that it lacks an iPhone app and that it syncs across computers rather slowly. But even though it shares some functionality with Evernote, I wouldn’t do without it. If you do all your research on one laptop (or have an Android phone), it’s outstanding.
Finally, I’ve just come across a new tool this week that, at last, seems to answer my deep and abiding need for a really user-friendly to-do list. It’s called Wunderlist. Like the other two apps I’m discussing, it syncs across your devices and has a downloadable version. But having tried many different list-making tools over the past several years, this is the only one that really lets you visualize your tasks as a whole, or divided by topic or due date, quickly and easily. Nothing gets buried; there are no complications; everything you need is right in front of you. It’s only been a few days and I’m already totally dependent on it for getting things done.
Like most people, I suspect, some of my best thoughts come at random times throughout the day, and most of my large projects are built up from lots of small pieces (like those random thoughts) that can easily get buried and forgotten. If I’m doing a serious research project, the problem is multiplied. That’s why I encourage students and researchers to find and follow a simple, well-organized system for keeping track of information. These applications could give you the structure you need to remember, take stock, de-scatter and discover the information you come across every day.

RefWorks has New Look

RefWorks, our online system for storing citation information, creating bibliographies, and writing papers with intext citations, has a new look.  More colorful and more intuitive, RefWorks 2.0 is easier on the eyes and easier to use.  Check it out here:

https://www.refworks.com/refworks2/?r=authentication::init&groupcode=RWUStThomasTX

If you don’t have an account yet, you can also sign up for one. 

If you prefer the interface of RefWorks Classic, you can switch your account back by clicking at the top right hand corner of your page.

Popular Fiction & Non-fiction Books at Doherty

 

Popular Fiction & Non-fiction Books

More books have been added to the Doherty Library popular fiction & non-fiction book collection located in our main lobby.  See the attached files for a list of all titles that are available at Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction at Doherty Library March 2011, Popular Fiction and Non Fiction at Doherty Library February 2011, Popular Fiction and non-fiction December 2010, and Popular fiction and non-fiction at Doherty Library November 2010 titles only.  You can check out these books for four weeks.    
 
As you enter the library, the books are located to your left in the main lobby on display shelves.  These books will be available through this summer.

Reading?? In a library??!?

Yes.

Doherty Library loves technology.  We have research computers and a computer lab.  We have over 130 online databases, over 40,000 online journals, and over 30,000 online books.  But . . . .

We still love to read.  Books.  That we can hold.  And we know that our patrons do too.  But, let’s face it, we’re all so busy.  Who has time to go to the public library after spending hours (and hours) of study time at Doherty?  Or if  you teach, who has the energy, after being in class, grading papers, going to meetings, and researching for the next journal article, to stop off at the public library before heading home to homework help, dinner, housework and laundry?  Or staff, you’ve been at work for at least nine hours helping students and faculty, you face a lengthy commute home, you’re tired, you’re hungry.  Do you really want to try to get to the public library — if you can find one open?

Well Doherty Library has the solution!  We have instituted a new, small, popular fiction and non-fiction collection.  As you enter the library, the books are located to your left in the main lobby on display shelves.

Sponsored by the Friends of Doherty Library, these titles are available for circulation to students, faculty, staff, the Friends of Doherty Library and UST alumni.   You can check out these books for four weeks with renewals possible.  Every month, new titles will be added until we have 100 books in this circulating collection.  Doherty librarians and staff  have made a pledge of honor we will not check out the books until the community has had a chance to read them (but we can only contain ourselves for so long so stop by soon).

And there’s more!

There’s a quiet, little corner for reading the new books (or newspapers, magazines, or anything else you want).  We have created a “reading nook” in the silent reading room where you can relax, drink coffee (or tea),  and read to your heart’s content.  We hope you’ll take some time out of your busy schedules to stop in, sit a spell and rejuvenate yourself with a fun book.

Faculty Publications Recognition Event at Doherty Sept. 22

The Doherty Library will host the first UST Faculty Publications Recognition Event to be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM., at the main lobby of Doherty Library. Faculty, staff and students are invited to an informal reception to celebrate the past year’s publications and creative works produced by the University of St. Thomas faculty.

Publications from the School of Arts and Sciences, the Cameron School of Business and the School of Education will be featured. Dr. Dominic Aquila, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Michele Simms, the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, will speak briefly on our publication successes this year. Refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Friends of the Doherty Library. For more information, contact James Piccininni at jpicci@stthom.edu