There is a 60 day trial for eHRAF Archaelogy and World Cultures. They can be accessed from the A-Z Databases page on the library’s website and are displayed under the “New/Trial Databases” column.

The library has acquired two new databases, Simmons OneView and Hitwise. Simmons OneView provides marketers with access to media analysis and reports about consumers. OneView allows for 5 concurrent users. Hitwise measures the effectiveness of digital campaigns and internet advertising. Hitwise allows for 20 concurrent users but is username/password protected.

Please contact Alice Eng if you have comments, questions, or need login information.

 

Refworks WorkshopHaving trouble organizing your research?  Need to keep track of your citations?  Use RefWorks!

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library will present an introductory RefWorks workshop for all UNF students, faculty and staff. RefWorks is an online research management tool that saves researchers’ time by allowing them to collect, store and generate citations in a variety of formats. Librarians will guide participants through creating a RefWorks account, finding and exporting citations, editing the information, and making a bibliography. There is no need to register ahead of time, so attendees can simply pick the time that works best for them.

Days and times for the workshop are as follows:

  • Monday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 31 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. ONLINE
  • Thursday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m.

In person workshops will take place in Classroom 2102A on the Library’s second floor. Light refreshments will be served.

Many years ago, no one in the library seems to remember when, the library acquired a satellite dish. Collective memory suggests that it was part of a continuing education program for library faculty (think webinars before the web). This century, however, it has simply been a forgotten part of the building rusting quietly on the roof until Dr. Brian Kopp, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, noticed it and recognized its potential.

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Dr. Brian Kopp, Assistant Professor of Engineering University of North Florida

Dr. Kopp would like to decode weather data from EUMETSAT pointing our satellite just 5° off the western horizon. This will be a challenge for the equipment on the roof of the library but it would be impossible anywhere else on campus. The structure on top of the four story library provides the necessary height and the positioning grants us the line of sight required to target the elusive Eutelsat 5 West A satellite. According to Dr. Kopp, Eutelsat 5 West A is “a commercial geostationary satellite at longitude west 5 degrees over Africa. We would receive a C-band signal carrying the EUMETCast meteorological data products from the EUMETSAT program which is Europe’s version of NOAA.” Although the positioning is technically sufficient, some are skeptical that we will be able to receive data reliably due to the low angle of the dish. This could be exacerbated by rain or other inclement weather.

While the library is focusing on Europe, Dr. Kopp is also pursuing a smaller dish on building 3 that he would like to point at NOAA’s geostationary GOES east spacecraft. This would provide examples of different kinds of satellite signals. Students will also have an opportunity to study several smaller satellites donated by Dr. Kopp.

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From left: Steve Lyon, Michael Kucsak, David King, Brian Kopp and Walt Schuller.

According to Dr. Kopp, “UNF is uniquely located on the US east coast and also at the north end of the space coast. We can “see” satellites flying over all of the US but also over South America and even western Europe and Africa. Installing satellite communication reception stations on the UNF library and elsewhere on campus will create unique teaching and outreach opportunities (for the library, engineering departments and environmental sciences departments). These installations will also help establish UNF as an industry space communications hub. It is hoped this will help advance research opportunities to work with NASA and NOAA partners as well as other space industry partners such as SpaceX.”

Upon completion of the installation, Dr. Kopp intends to use the data as a demonstration tool for his EEL4514 Communications Systems class and EEL4514L lab. He is also looking forward to selected topic courses in communication systems where students and researcher will analyze signals and test equipment.

As a partner, the Library hopes to provide more than just a platform for the satellite dish. The project requires computers in order to receive and utilize the data. They will decode and stream weather data across the network. In the short term, the Library may be able to use some surplus computers in storage but the longer term vision may include a large screen multi-touch display in the public area. Such a system could integrate Dr. Kopp’s satellite data with the Library’s vast resources on an open, collaborative tool allowing multiple students to simultaneously search, retrieve and manipulate live data and scholarly resources. We will have more on that in future posts. Until then, we are looking forward to seeing what students do with the data and knowledge of this partnership.

 

The UNF library now has access to Philpapers!

Philpapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. Using advanced trawling techniques and large scale crowdsourcing, we monitor all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics. Philpapers also host the largest open access archive in philosophy and has over 90,000 registered users.

Access Philpapers and the other databases on the library’s website.

ClubhouseResearch_flierBeginning Monday, March 9, First Year Outreach Librarian Cat Silvers will be available in the Osprey Clubhouse every Monday for Fall & Spring from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for student research. This is an exciting new partnership between the library and Housing and Residence Life to bring academics into student common areas. Students will have the opportunity to bring their research questions to Cat while studying in the common room, doing their laundry, or grabbing a snack at the Pita Pit. This new service demonstrates the library’s ongoing engagement in student success and retention.

For more information contact Cat Silvers at cat.silvers@unf.edu.

It’s been a long road but after months of work the UNF Library has finally completed the migration from the old LibGuides system to the new LibGuides version 2!

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LibGuides 2 is a fully responsive platform on all mobile devices and features a far richer feature set than the original LibGuides.  Built upon one of the most popular web development platforms, bootstrap, LibGuides 2 should continue to be easy for faculty and staff to maintain and yet flexible enough to allow for extensive customization and the elasticity to adapt to any future needs.  More importantly, we think students, faculty, and all users will find the new system more visually attractive, more informative, and easier to use.

Over the coming months expect to see further improvements in the form of new features, further customizations, and the gradual migration of information from other library systems added into LibGuides.  If you’re interested in more information about some of the custom work we’ve done, you can contact us and we’ll be happy to share!

Blind Date with a Book
Blind Date with a Book

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library invites students, faculty and staff to go on a “Blind Date with a Book” for Valentine’s Day. Popular reading titles have been selected from the Library’s collection and decoratively wrapped and labeled with basic genre information to provide the best blind date experience.

Share photos and experiences from “Blind Date with a Book” via Facebook and Twitter using #TommyGBlindDate.