Bill Baker: Profiles of Milne Library Staff

If you are in the library in the evening, you may have seen Bill Baker in the Information Delivery Service (IDS) Office.  Bill has held this position for over ten years here at Milne Library and his areas of responsibility include supervising borrowing, lending and document delivery.

Bill states that it makes him happy when he can “go the extra mile” by sending an email or making a phone call to get materials for a patron.

Ask Bill to see the picture of his son with General Petraeus!

Donna Ayers: Profiles of Milne Library Staff

Donna Ayers is a Keyboard Specialist II and the IDS Lending Manager.  Donna has worked in Milne Library for six years and began in the Acquisitions and Government Documents departments.  She has been in Information Delivery Services for four years and her duties include managing IDS lending operations and working with our IDS Manager to train and supervise student workers.  Donna also selects locations, provides backup assistance with borrowing requests and provides backup for the IDS Manager.

Donna states that she enjoys helping people and working with the students here at Milne.  She can be found in room 108 on the library’s lower level.

New features added to the IDS book & media request form!

The next time you place an IDS request for a book or media item, you’ll notice a new, cleaner layout and some helpful new features, including:

  • “Find My Item” widget — starting with a blank request form? Supply title and author keywords (or just an ISBN) and this widget will give you a list of relevant titles. Clicking on a title will automatically fill in the rest of the request form, as well as display Amazon.com reviews, full text availability, Milne Library holdings (if available), and book seller prices. Of course, whether or not you use this new widget, you can still request the item through IDS.
  • “Get It” faster — the right hand side of the page is devoted to your delivery options, with the fastest at the top of the list. Now it’s easier to determine your best delivery options, whether it be online full text, a copy here in Milne, from a book seller, or from other libraries. When using the “Find My Item” widget, it’s easy to browse titles to see which one has the quickest availability.
  • Calendar date picker — now it’s easier to specify your “Not wanted after” date with our new calendar date picker. Need it by next Friday? Easy: just click on the calendar icon and pick that date.
Check out our quick 5-click tour of the new request form.

Ed Rivenburgh Awarded National Recognition for IDS Project Work

Former Milne Library Director Ed Rivenburgh is the winner of the 2011 Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award, a recognition of his vision and efforts in creating an improved system of resource sharing among libraries in New York State.  The IDS (Information Delivery Services) Project, whose aim is to increase efficiencies in interlibrary loan, has become a model for libraries throughout the state and nation.

Since his retirement from SUNY Geneseo in December, Ed has been able to devote even more of his time, talent and energy to his position as IDS Project Director.  He will receive the award at a ceremony this June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans. Read the full story here.

Video Highlights Recent Library Improvements

As anyone who has visited Milne Library (or this blog) during the past month already knows, the folks here were very busy this summer making improvements to everything from the Writing  Learning Center to IDS  to the new Service Desk.  For a neat little overview, click here to watch a student-produced video highlighting these changes.

Can I access my course texts for free?

image of a stack of textbooksWelcome back students!  We hope that you had a great summer and are looking forward to a very productive year.  We are so happy you’re back on campus.

With each new semester come new options for accessing your required course readings.  This academic year does not prove to be any different.

To find out if Milne Library can access your required readings for free (or low cost), see Milne Library’s guide to textbooks.

Milne Library welcomes our new Associate Director!

Cyril Oberlander, former Director of Interlibrary Services at the University of Virginia and Head of Interlibrary Loan at Portland State University, has joined the staff of Milne Library as Associate Library Director. He started his new position on Monday, January 7th.

Cyril’s library background is interlibrary loan services at academic institutions and he brings to Milne a wealth of experience and expertise in this area. Cyril has published and presented extensively on library interlibrary loan issues and Milne is excited and privileged to have him join our staff. Next time you are in the library, stop by the Administrative Office and say hello!

The 2007 IDS Conference

Over 80 participants are in Milne Library today for the first day of the annual IDS Conference. The IDS Conference is a gathering of ILL librarians, staff and administrators of over 20 different libraries in New York State, who meet yearly to discuss the IDS Project, an information delivery services project designed to create more effective ways to share library resources. Each of the libraries in the project agrees to a set of performance standards, such as borrowing or loaning journal articles with certain turnaround times, in order work together cooperatively towards a common goal. For more details about the conference or The IDS Project, please contact the Project Director, Ed Rivenburgh, at [email protected].

Milne Library says goodbye to Mary McGrath

Milne Library is saying farewell on Friday, July 6th to one of our outstanding employees – Mary McGrath, IDS Lending Manager. Mary worked in Milne Library for 35 years and was an integral part of the IDS team, helping students and faculty with requests and always ready with a friendly smile for anyone who dropped by the IDS office. Mary also worked in the business library when it was housed in Fraser. She will be missed, but will enjoy her retirement. Everyone at Milne wishes Mary the best!