Western Libraries - Winter 2015

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In this Winter 2015 issue of "3 Things" Bob Thomas reports on a monthly notification service that will keep you informed of new additions to our collections. Rebecca Marrall writes about the integration of Summit Borrowing into OneSearch and the enhanced functionality that comes with it, and Kim Marsicek talks to faculty about submitting post-print copies of their articles to Western CEDAR. Please spend a bit of time with our 18th issue!

 Something New!

Get the Word on New Arrivals

By Bob Thomas

Integrated Systems & Catalog Librarian

Bob Thomas

Every month, hundreds of new titles are added to the Western Libraries’ collections. There are new books, CDs, scores, videos, maps, lots of online content, and more. Most are purchased because a faculty member or student has requested them. But how can you keep track of what new resources have been added?

Announcing the New Titles Lists! You can now review the Libraries’ lists of new resources. The lists are created once a month, so reviewing them doesn’t take much time.

Examples of some recent new titles

And the lists are sorted by Library of Congress call number, so all the resources in a given discipline are easily findable in each list. Don’t know what the Library of Congress call number is for the topics you’re interested in? Check here!

We know you’re busy, so sign up to have an email reminder sent to you whenever a new set of lists becomes available. The New Titles web page is at http://www.library.wwu.edu/newtitles.

Sign up for updates

We are currently creating six lists each month – one each for newly acquired Books, Videos, CDs, Scores, Maps and Electronic Resources. Good luck with your teaching and research, and we welcome your feedback!

To send feedback about the New Titles list, please email lesley.lowery@wwu.edu.

 This Issue's Great Tip

New Streamlined Summit Request Process

By Rebecca Marrall

Chair of the OneSearch Management Team

Rebexxa Marrall

During the current academic year, Western Libraries has continued the transition from the Libraries’ old catalog system to a fully implemented shared catalog – OneSearch. OneSearch searches library holdings at Western Washington University and the holdings of 36 neighboring academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. Students, staff, and faculty affiliated with any of these institutions may borrow a wide variety of materials from within the new interface.

How does the full integration of Summit holdings and Summit Requesting into OneSearch impact our users? Primarily, Western Libraries patrons will experience a streamlined request process. In the past, patrons were required to log into another system in order to submit a Summit request. As of January 20th, patrons are able to complete the Summit request process from within OneSearch. Here is what the new request process looks like:

Step One: Find the relevant item in OneSearch and select "Request Using Summit Borrowing." Please note that you will need to login to OneSearch in order to see the request link and make the first request.

Summit request

Step Two: Submit the Request (and enter volume information, if necessary), and then click "Request." That’s it!


Another added enhancement is the ability for patrons to track the status of their Summit requests, which are now listed in their "My Account" under the "Requests" tab.

Your account

If you would like more information about integration of the Summit request process into OneSearch, please go here: http://libguides.wwu.edu/onesearch. And, also consider attending one of our "New OneSearch Interface Focus Group Sessions." These sessions are a great opportunity to both see the new interface and put your OneSearch questions directly to the OneSearch Management Team. All upcoming sessions are held in Haggard Hall 233. Dates & times are:

  • Fri, Feb 13, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
  • Tue, Feb 17, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
  • Thu, Feb 19, 11:00 am to Noon

Send your OneSearch questions or concerns to the OneSearch Management Team at rebecca.marrall@wwu.edu.

 Did You Know?

What is a Post-Print and Why Should I Care?

By Kim Marsicek, Western CEDAR Manager

Kim Marsicek

This fall WWU launched its new institutional repository (IR), Western CEDAR. Check it out http://cedar.wwu.edu. CEDAR’s goal is to capture, archive, and disseminate the scholarly and creative output of the Western Washington University community. A common contribution to IRs is an article published by faculty in a peer reviewed journal. Because articles posted in CEDAR are search engine optimized for maximum exposure they will receive increased readership beyond the discipline-specific journal in which they were first published.

It makes sense that all WWU faculty publications should be posted in CEDAR but of course there’s a rub. Some publishers do allow PDFs of their version of an article to be posted in IRs but most do not, as documented in SHERPA/RoMEO, an active archive of publisher policies. Amazingly, most of them do allow the author’s final refereed manuscript to be posted. This version is called the post-print and it contains all of the revisions made during the peer-review process. The post-print is normally a Word document and does not contain any layout or copy editing done by the publisher.

So, save your post-prints and forward them to westerncedar@wwu.edu and your Scholarly Communication team, Jenny Oleen, librarian, and Kim Marsicek, manager, will verify their copyright status and get them into CEDAR.


Of course, there is much more to Western CEDAR than faculty publications. It is also the home of Western’s electronic master thesis collection and has the ability to publish and host journals, conferences, events, data sets, and more. We are looking forward to the publication of our first journal and first book this spring. We have also published the output from the 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference and will be hosting multiple conferences this coming summer.

If you have any interest in learning more about Western CEDAR and its varied abilities and possibilities contact your library liaison, Jenny or Kim. We would love to hear from you.

Library Liaisons - http://libguides.wwu.edu/librariandept

Jenny Oleen, Scholarly Communication Librarian - jenny.oleen@wwu.edu or (360) 650-2613

Kim Marsicek, Western CEDAR Manager - kim.marsicek@wwu.edu or (360) 650-7776

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