Thursday, September 21, 2017

Banned Books Week 2017

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September 24 - 30 is Banned Books Week, a time in which we can celebrate our freedom to read! This year Banned Books Week focuses on the First Amendment and our right to read. Events planned include a lunch time Read-Out and a photo opportunity in the Armacost Library with your favorite banned book.

Banned Books Week events are sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, and Armacost Library.

Banned Books Read Out
When: Monday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Outside the Irvine Commons
Members of the community will read from their favorite banned or challenged book. Stop and listen for a spell, or join in the freedom to read. Banned and challenged books will be available for perusal.

Banned Books Photo Op
When: All week
Where: Library entrance, 2nd floor
The Armacost Library will provide a backdrop for you to take a picture with your favorite banned books. Books will be provided. 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Bulldogs, Welcome back!

Welcome back everyone!

Well, let's face it, summer is over and classes have begun. Time to get cracking! If you find yourself distracted and in need of a quiet space, come on by and find a nook in Armacost Library to study.

We have a new search system this Fall, called Primo. You can learn some useful tips and tricks about Primo in a previous blog post: "Top Ten Things To Know About Primo."

While you're here, you might find yourself in need of some research help. Feel free to contact your subject librarian, via email, phone, or instant chat, for library or research-related questions. You can also make a research appointment with your librarian, or drop by during office hours just to say hello!

You might also be interested in our library hours, which are posted for the entire semester online here: Notice that the hours in red are the hours in which the Library building is open, and the hours in blue are when a librarian is around to help you.

If you're a newbie, remember that your student ID card is also your Library card. You can check out up to 25 physical items with it, including books, DVDs, LPs, and music scores. If you've forgotten all the things you've checked out, you can view a list of your loans in your Armacost Library account. You can also renew your books in your account.

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Last, if you're browsing the stacks for items you might get lost. Here's a map!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Top Ten Things to Know About Primo: ILS Update #6

Armacost Library's new search system, Primo, is now available. Did you know you could...?

1. Search Primo from the tabbed search box on the library website. You'll find articles, books, media, scores and more, all in one place!

2. When searching within Primo, you can search the entire library collection, or just course reserves.

3. If you see "Available Online" in your search results, you can get it electronically.  Open the full record and choose your desired provider from the View Online links.

4. Be sure to log in with your MyRedlands username/password to see the most accurate results*

5. Too many search results? Use the facets on the left side of the result screen to find just what you need. (For example narrow the search by Resource Type if you want only books)

6. Do you need to look up a citation fast? Use the Look Up an Item field (especially if your citation has a DOI)

7. Mark the "Expand this Search Beyond Armacost Library" check box to see items not held by Armacost Library.

8. Need to place an ILL request? The request link you need will appear automatically for items not held by Armacost Library.

9. When you get a courtesy notice email from the library, log in to your library card to renew your books online.

10. Have more questions? Ask your librarian.

Bonus: Faculty preparing for the start of the semester may be interested in attending one of our drop in Primo workshops:
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017: 3 - 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, September 5: 4 - 4:30 pm

Workshops will be in the Critical Information Literacy Laboratory on the 3rd floor of Armacost Library. See you there!

Sanjeet Mann
Arts & Systems Librarian
Armacost Library

* We're still clearing up one lingering authentication-related problem from our migration. If you see this screen when you try to log in to Primo, contact the library for assistance. Be prepared to provide your University ID number.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Back to School" at Armacost Library: ILS Update #5

Early August is typically a time to savor the last few weeks of summer. The rhythms of the school year are already in sight, but still far enough away that we can safely focus our attention on other things.

This summer has been different for all of us at Armacost Library. Our integrated library system (ILS) migration project proceeded at a brisk pace all summer long, reaching a milestone on June 29 when we went live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo.

Going live was only an inflection point in our steep learning curve. During July and August, we've focused on setting up the parts of our system that changed the most from the previous environment, cleaning up lingering data discrepancies, and thinking through how these new technical capabilities are changing the way that we work and what we are able to offer to students and faculty.

Alma electronic resource infrastructure

Our choice of Ex Libris Alma and Primo represents a commitment to innovation. This is not simply lavishing money on new technological "toys" or expending a burst of time and energy on a one-time project. Innovation asks us to cultivate new attitudes, intensive collaboration, and continual learning.

John Larson explains how Alma processes fine payments

In that spirit, Armacost Library employees invited John Larson of Ex Libris to campus for a two day onsite training workshop earlier this week. We met in the library instruction classroom, a space where our librarians have introduced countless students to the wonders of research. This time, we were the students, learning about what Alma and Primo can enable us to accomplish together, under the guidance of an expert trainer.

Access Services staff Debbie Alban, Behnoush Nahavandi, Gerry Collins,
Sandi Richey and Eugenia Livngston take notes during the workshop

We came away from the two days with many individual questions answered, but also an awareness of where we need to continue to learn about the capabilities and potential of our new systems. My hope is that this deep learning will pay off, not only in the short term by getting our systems up and running faster, but also through our library's ongoing effort to support you, our students, faculty and staff, in your own academic journeys.

Snacks brought by our director, Shana Higgins, sustained us during the workshop

Here's to the last weeks of summer.

Sanjeet Mann
Arts & Systems Librarian
Interim Assistant Director
Armacost Library

Thursday, June 29, 2017

It's Alive!!

The Armacost Library's new Alma integrated library system (ILS) is up and running!  Yay!  Big congratulations to Sanjeet Mann, Emily Croft and the entire Armacost Library team!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

What you need to do to get ready for our new system: ILS Update #4


 What's happening June 30, 2017?

  • Armacost library’s new discovery service, Primo, will go live!
  • Our staff will also be busy behind the scenes settling into two more new systems.

What do you need to do now to get ready?

  • Back up saved searches and saved items in your library account. They cannot be transferred into the new system. Use these instructions or Ask Your Librarian if you need help.
  • Delete any browser bookmarks pointing to the old library search interface ( or to specific books, journals or databases before June 30. Links to specific items will be different in our new system.

How will I log in?

  • You’ll use your campus email address and password. If you’ve already logged in to MyRedlands, Moodle or another campus service, you’re automatically good to go!

How will I run a search?

  • You’ll continue to use the familiar tabbed search boxes on the library home page to find Books & More, Course Reserves, and Journals & Magazines. Searching in these boxes will automatically connect you into the new system.
  • Be sure to log in immediately after running a search. The new system needs to know you’re with the University of Redlands in order to show your options for getting full text.

Anything else I should know about the transition?

  • If you placed a hold on an item in Millennium just before the migration date, you might need to re-request that item after go live.
  • If you’re a faculty member looking to submit a course reserve request, keep using the request form for now. We’re working on improving the request process, so stay tuned!

Where can I get more information?

Visit, or Ask Your Librarian!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Annual Book Sale

The Armacost Library annual book sale will be held on Thursday, June 15th, from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. You will find us at the Armacost Library's North Patio, Garden Level.

For complete details, please refer to the flyer below: