Friday, November 8, 2013

SGA Turkey Bowl at the Commons on Nov. 14th!

The SGA will be hosting their annual Turkey Bowl at the Library Commons on November 14th, from 2-4pm. Sign up to bowl or come by to watch. Pizza will be provided by SGA.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NEW Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Office

Office Now Open!
We are pleased to announce that the Library will now have an Inter-library Loan & Document Delivery office, located in the Library Commons. Although the library has always offered these services, this change will allow for a higher level of service and efficiency, operating as a separate small department in the Library. This office will handle all requests for articles, as well as assisting faculty with finding articles for research. Suzette Murphy, our new part-time Library Associate, will be staffing the office. She worked in the library a few years ago, and has returned to the College. Please welcome her back to campus if you see her.

What is the Purpose of Inter-Library Loan?
In an effort to provide expanded access to information, the Library provides inter-library loan for all students, staff and faculty. The purpose of the inter-library loan service is to locate and obtain research articles or other materials from other libraries to "lend" to Our Lady of the Lake College students and faculty. 

Inter-Library Loan & Document Delivery Office Info.
Library Commons - First hallway, first door on the left after the stairs
Hours : Monday - Friday, 8am - 12pm
Phone: (225) 490-1634

If you are unaware of the valuable inter-library loan services that the library offers, need to get a form to make a request or just want to know more, check here for more details: LIBRARY SERVICES

Interlibrary Loan Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, August 30, 2013

Resource Spotlight - New & Notable

The College Library has been working to provide more quality electronic resources to our campus community. These resources can be accessed through the College Portal, from anywhere, so our students, faculty and staff can get access to quality resources on campus or off campus. Below are some recent additions and upgrades to the electronic resources collection. 

AgeLine focuses exclusively on the population aged 50+ and issues of aging. AgeLine is the premier source for the literature of social gerontology and includes aging-related content from the health sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy. AgeLine indexes over 200 journals, books, book chapters, and reports. Publication coverage is from 1978 to the present, with selected coverage from 1966-1977.More info.

AMED provides an alternative medicine database for physicians, therapists, medical researchers and clinicians looking to learn more about alternative treatments. AMEDcontains basic bibliographic records for relevant articles from over 500 journals, with the scope of coverage being mainly European. AMED is produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library.More info.

MEDLINE has been upgraded to MEDLINE Complete
MEDLINE Complete provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. MEDLINE Complete uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 5,400 current biomedical journals. MEDLINE Complete is also the world's most comprehensive source of full text for medical journals, providing full text for over 1,800 journals indexed in MEDLINE. Of those, more than 1,700 have cover-to-cover indexing in MEDLINE, and of those, over 900 are not found with full text in any version ofAcademic Search,Health Source or Biomedical Reference Collection. This wide-ranging file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the MEDLINE index - with no embargo. With coverage dating back to 1857 and full-text back to 1865, MEDLINE Complete is the definitive research tool for medical literature.More info.

CINAHL has been upgraded to CINAHL Complete
CINAHL®Complete is the world’s most comprehensive source of full-text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 1,300 journals indexed inCINAHL. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index, with no embargo. CINAHL®Complete is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing & allied health literature.More info.

Some not-so-new, but definitely notable electronic resources are listed below. Knowing that these resources are available is half the battle. Check out the descriptions to see if these can help you in your academic courses and programs.

Nursing Reference Center  
Nursing Reference Center (NRC) provides a user-friendly point-of-care resource intended for staff nurses, nurse administrators, nursing students, nurse faculty, and hospital librarians. It delivers the best available and most recent clinical evidence and knowledge on conditions and diseases via a nursing-specific graphical interface.This resources has an app available for mobile devices.
More info.

Nursing Education in Video
Nursing Education in Video is a unique online collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS.
More info.

Learning Express Library
With today's global economy and emphasis on 21st century skills, LearningExpress Library™ helps patrons of all ages prepare for success in life by meeting a broad range of educational and career-oriented needs, including:
  • Preparing for professional certification, licensing, and aptitude tests in a range of occupations: health care, civil service/government, law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, military, real estate, and more
  • Improving workplace skills such as interviewing techniques, business writing, and computer skills
  • Achieving higher scores on college entrance exams; ACT and SAT
  • Improving performance on college Advanced Placement (AP) exams
  • Preparing for the GED®test
  • Preparing for graduate school admissions tests; GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT
  • Improving proficiency levels in reading, writing, and math for elementary through post-secondary school levels
More info.

EBSCO eBook Collection
The Library now has over 28,000 eBooks, searchable through our eBook collection. If you find a title you like, you can "check it out" by downloading a copy or simply read it online. 
EBSCO has an app available for mobile devices.

To access the Library's electronic resources.
  • Log in to Portal.
  • Click the "Connect to Library Databases" icon (blue cylinder) from the Launch Pad, then select the resources you need from the list.
  • OR
  • Click the "College LIbrary" icon (books) from the Launch Pad, then click the tab labeled "Library Resources- Research." Then select the resources you need from the list. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Congratulations Study Room VIP Winner

Congratulations to Matt Williams!!!

Our Study Room VIP Raffle winner and his approved VIPs will enjoy a private study room for Finals Week. Thanks again to everyone who participated in this contest. And, good luck on all your finals this week!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

National Library Week

The College Library will celebrate National Library Week April 15th - 19th. The schedule and event information is below.

  • Study Room VIP Raffle Begins at 8:00 AM, $1 tickets
  • 8:30 AM, Library Commons - Donuts & Coffee. FREE EVENT
  • National Library Workers Day - Please stop by and let our staff know that you appreciate them.
  • 11:00 - 2:00, Library Commons -Hot Dogs & Snowballs. The Library will provide 350 hot dogs and unlimited snowballs from All Star Catering! FREE EVENT
  • 11:00, Library Commons - Trivial Pursuit Challenge. To register your 2-man team: REGISTER YOUR TEAM. Winning team will receive 2 $50 Amazon gift cards.
  • Study Room VIP Raffle ends at 11:00 AM , winner announced at noon!
All Week
  • Fine-free returns! 
  • SALE in the college supply vending machine.
  • NEW fiction books, as well as some new non-fiction, on display in the Main Library lobby.

Study Room VIP Raffle
Want to have your own reserved study room during finals week? Enter the Study Room VIP Raffle! Tickets are $1/each, no limit on entries. The winner will win their very own, reserved study room with 5 VIP passes for you and your friends, for May 6th - 10th. All proceeds from the raffle will be used to purchase coffee cream & sugar. To purchase a ticket, visit the Library Commons desk starting Monday, April 15th at 8:00 AM until Friday, April 19th at 11:00 AM. Winner announced Friday at noon.

What is the Trivial Pursuit ChallengeThe College Library will be hosting a Trivial Pursuit Challenge. Teams of 2 will answer a series of questions, recording their answers on an answer sheet. Answer sheets will be collected, scores tallied, and the winning team will be announced.

When: Thursday, April 18th, 11:00 AM
Where: College Library Commons
Prizes will be awarded to the winning team...runners up may receive a consolation prize. Grand prize will be 2 $50 gift cards.

*NO CELL PHONES, IPADS, or other ELECTRONIC DEVICES will be allowed. If this contraband is used for any reason during the competition, your team will be disqualified.

Teams must have 2 members.
Please include contact information for each team member.
There must be a minimum of 4 teams registered by the deadline, Tuesday, April 16th at 4:00, for the contest to move forward.
If the minimum number of teams is not met, all entrants will be emailed.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Could the Supreme Court outlaw your library's right to lend?...not this time.

The Supreme Court has been examining the first sale doctrine in regard to Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The ruling is detailed here. Let's hope the first sale doctrine is always upheld, as it was this time. Your libraries' right to lend depends on it.

To learn more:
District Dispatch Article
Supreme Court of the United States Blog - Kirtsgeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Or, watch this video for a summary of what the case is about:

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Useful Information from the College Library

What is EBSCO A-Z?

It's a powerful tool for searching our online, full-text journal

You can use it to:

  • Browse or search for full-text electronic journals by title.
  • Search for a specific title to see whether we have electronic full-text access.

If we do have access, there will be a list of 1 or more links to the database(s) that carries
it. Click the database title, and it will take you to that journal in the database. You can then search the entire resource or navigate to a specific article.


Something to Keep in Mind...
Many journals are not available online for a period of time after publication date (6 months, 12 months, etc...). This is called an embargo, and the embargo period will be listed, if applicable. You can also check the list of print journals (found under Library Resources on the library’s
website or Portal) to see whether the Library has a title on the shelves. If there is an article that isn't in our
online or print collection, don't worry. We can obtain most articles through our interlibrary
loan service.
To request an article(s) through iterlibrary loan, just bring your request to the library or email it to For Interlibrary Loan information, including FAQs and more details on submitting a request, check our Library Services page.

Want to Use A-Z?
To get to EBSCO A-Z, first log in to the College Portal. Click the "Connect to Library Databases" icon in the Launch Pad (it looks like a blue cylinder). This will take you to the "Library Resources" page. From here, just click on "EBSCO A-Z" and begin your search.

A Great Free Resource
When searching for articles, check out This site has links to quality medical journals that provide free articles (most on this site are free after one year).