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vol. 6 no. 3, Spring 1999




Horizon : Gateway to LIU Libraries
The Library celebrated the successful implementation of the first phase of its new integrated client-server system, Horizon, in the fall of 1998. With many attractive and user-friendly features, Horizon provides powerful access to LIUCAT, the Library's online union catalog. Approaching half a million files and growing nearly every day, LIUCAT serves as the gateway to the diverse library collections of all LIU campuses. University-wide access to LIUCAT benefits all patrons by making library materials available across the spectrum of the University from the pharmacy materials at Brooklyn, to the library and information science collection at C.W. Post, to the theater collection at Southampton. Library cooperation is paramount, and library patrons are encouraged to request, through inter-library loan, items from other LIU campuses.

One of the most advantageous features of the Horizon system is the ability for library users to search LIUCAT through the World Wide Web by clicking on LIUCAT from the Library's home page. No longer is it necessary for library users to enter the library building to conveniently and effectively search the catalog. Web surfers may search the library catalog through several indexes including:

For the patron in the library building, the Horizon system offers access to the collection through the same indexes although in a somewhat different screen layout. In addition, a library user may browse titles by Library of Congress classification number. To combine terms among various indexes using Boolean operators, a user may click on the "Multi-Index" button in the "Advanced" searching category and enter search terms selecting the appropriate indexes and operators. In "Advanced" searching, a searcher may also restrict a search to locate only materials housed at a particular campus.

Another superior feature of Horizon is the inclusion of cross references for subject and author indexes, which lead the searcher in a one step process not only to the correct search term, but to the corresponding title records as well. For instance, a search in the subject list for blue jeans, leads to a "See" reference for the correct Library of Congress subject term, Jeans (Clothing). By clicking on the "Show Titles" button a searcher is linked to a title in the C.W. Post circulating collection. In addition, Horizon also displays "See also" references, which provide alternative terms to expand a search.

Seekers of serendipity will appreciate the "New Additions" drop down menu of Horizon. It presents users with the opportunity to look for new records added to LIUCAT. Searchers can display lists of up to 650 new titles, authors, subjects, and series. Keep in mind, however, that Horizon keeps track of new additions to LIUCAT. So, if a record for a book from 1939 was recently entered into the system, it will show up on the New Additions list. A way around this problem may be achieved by clicking the Sort button and arranging the list by date in descending sort to display the most currently published titles first.

The reliability of the Horizon system is certainly something over which everyone can rejoice. To turn a phrase made famous by James Earl Jones for Bell Atlantic, "A library system is only as good as the network it's on." Since Horizon came online, down time has been practically nil, something any frustrated user who ever came to the library in years gone by only to be told, "Sorry, the system is down," can appreciate!

Ever evolving, the Horizon system presents the Library with challenges, opportunities and promise for the future second to none. Anticipated enhancements include the loading of records of periodical titles owned University-wide. In time, patrons will be able to discern whether the Library subscribes to a particular journal, and eventually, even determine whether the Library has received a particular issue. But that is another story waiting to be told.

Mellissa Hinton, Cataloging Department



Services Update
Databases, formerly available only within the Library, are now accessible through the World Wide Web from all computers connected to the University network. Visit http://library.liu.edu to access the databases, as well as to look up books in LIUCAT, the University's online catalog. The databases cover all disciplines, providing citations, abstracts, and in many cases, full-text articles that can be printed, e-mailed or downloaded.

To insure that your Interlibrary Loan (ILL) experience is successful, please remember to submit your requests as early as possible. Making sure all information entered on the ILL form is legible will also help to expedite your request.



What's New?
If you are interested in acquiring or improving your computer software skills in the privacy of your own office or home, visit the Instructional Media Center (IMC) to borrow an interactive Seminar-On-A-Disc. CD-ROMs are available for Windows 95 and 98, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, as well as for Microsoft Office 97 at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Also available at the IMC are training videos for graphic applications, including Photoshop 4.0.

Access to The Chronicle of Higher Educadon is now available through Lexis-Nexis Universe.

Have you been wondering why some of the titles listed under the heading "Campus-wide Databases" on the Reference Department homepage are blinking? They are new databases that we are testing on a trial basis. Try them out and let us know what you think of them.

Through the generosity of the Palmer Bequest, the Periodicals Department has acquired a number of new art, music, and literature jounals. Among the new titles are:

Art:

AIGA Journal of Graphic Design
Art Criticism
Ceramics: Art & Principles

Music:

Jazz Educators Journal
Journal of Music Teacher Education
Journal of Musicological Research

Literature:

Eighteenth-Century Fiction
French Cultural Studies
Studies in Scottish Literature

Visit the Reference Department to check out the many new additions that have been made to the reference collection. The Encydopedia of Conflict Resolution, The Encyclopedia of Cancer and The Human Resources Glossary: The Complete Desk Reference for HR Executives, Managers, and Practitioners are just a few of the latest arrivals.



Web Sightings
Use My Virtual Reference Desk to further expand library service beyond the boundaries of the Library's walls.



Around Campus
Currently on display in the Library is the exhibition "E-Books: Printed Page to Screen." The exhibition explores how technological developments, such as the World Wide Web, have made books accessible to a wider audience. Topics presented include the art of digital bookmaking, major book digitization projects, and the effect technology is having on libraries and publishers. The exhibition will be on view through May 28, 1999.



People in the News
Professor Melvin Sylvester, head of the Periodicals Department, will be teaching Sociology 66, "The African American Experience," during the Fall 1999 semester.




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Donald L. Ungarelli

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Dona McDermott

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Manju Prasad-Rao

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Elizabeth Mezick

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