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January 2015

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New Printing Procedures

Student computer printing will be no longer be unlimited after July 6th. The number of prints per student will be limited to the following classifications:

  • Undergraduate: 250 pages ($12.50) each Fall and Spring semester
  • Graduate: 750 pages ($25.00) each Fall and Spring semester
  • Doctoral: 1000 pages ($50.00) each Fall and Spring semester
  • All students: 100 pages ($5.00) total for the summer

Once students use the total of their free prints, they will need to add money to their Express Dollars account. This can be done online, on the phone, or at the Cashier’s Window in the Student Union. Express Dollar accounts require a $5 minimum to open an account. Express Dollars carry over from semester to semester.

The charges after a student has exhausted their free prints are:

  • Five cents per front side
  • Three cents for the back side
  • This means that double-sided print jobs will be cheaper by two cents a sheet.

The advantage of the new printing system is that it:

  • Reduces waste
  • Saves time
  • Prints from wireless devices (feature coming soon!)

The decision to end unlimited printing came after a study conducted jointly by the Library and ITS during the Spring semester of 2015 with support of the Provost.

Farmer and Dry receive CISSP Certifications

F. Tracy Farmer and Eric Dry, A-State Library, have both received their Certified Information Security System Professionals certification from ISC(International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium Inc).  “The vendor-neutral CISSP certification is the ideal credential for those with proven deep technical and managerial competence, skills, experience, and credibility to design, engineer, implement and manage their overall information security program to protect organizations from growing sophisticated attacks.” From (


Robin Payne  

Robin Payne Retires

The Library would like to congratulate Robin Payne, Bibliographic Coordinator and Reference Librarian, on his retirement from the Dean B. Ellis Library after 29 years of service. Robin was a major contributor to library instruction, teaching sessions of the Introduction to Academic Research class as well as coordinating and teaching bibliographic instruction classes for individual classes across campus. When Robin wasn't teaching, he could often be found staffing the service desk or weeding in the stacks. His love of teaching bibliographic instruction and research methods, and of all things related to information science was only exceeded by his quiet patience with A-State’s library patrons. Robin will be greatly missed, but we wish him the best of luck!

Longevity Awards

Library staff members Christie Ollis and Eugene Whittlake received longevity awards for their service to Arkansas State University. Christie for 25 years and Eugene for 35 years of service.

Librarian Laura Downing was recognized for 20 years of service.

Christie Ollis      Eugene Wittlake
Christie Ollis   Eugene Wittlak

New Databases

ProQuest Central

ProQuest, the company, is a world leader in serving the information needs of millions of researchers of all ages, of all abilities, in libraries and institutions around the world.

ProQuest, the product, is a database search application designed to connect people and information to provide millions of documents from thousands of sources, covering research and subject areas.


UKPress Online

UKPress Online is a gateway to THREE million pages of the 19th-21st Centuries’ newspapers, from 1835 to today, all as published on the day they were published and all searchable by name, word, phrase and date.history as it happened.

It is a resource for historians, publishers and the public – anyone who wants to explore history as seen by the reporters and commentators who were there - history as it happened. Every page is available in thumbnail, small preview, full-size view and ready-to-print PDF with live text and page-by-page browsing of editions possible.


PBS Video Collection

The PBS Video Collection assembles hundreds of the greatest documentary films and series from the history of the Public Broadcasting Service into one convenient online interface.

A core of 245 titles, selected for their high quality and relevance to academic curricula, covers many educational disciplines, including history, science and technology, diversity studies, business, and current events. This collection provides access to the films and series users already know and trust, including Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.


Sage Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods is an online tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects.

It links over 175,000 pages of book, journal and reference content with advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more. 

Comments? Complaints? Praise?

To submit feedback or ask questions about topics covered in this newsletter, contact:

Mark Berky, Newsletter Editor, at or Jeff Bailey, Library Director, at