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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 each Fall and Spring semester
  • Graduate: 750 pages each Fall and Spring semester
  • Doctoral: 1000 pages each Fall and Spring semester
  • All students: 100 pages 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:

  • Prints from anywhere
  • Prints from wireless devices
  • Reduces waste
  • Saves time

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 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.

After losing both classroom spaces on the first floor, it has become apparent that the only easily accessible space for committing to a future library training room is Rm. 201, currently housing the Microforms Collection.

All other areas large enough for a classroom would require the construction of additional walls and re-configuration of heat and air. While 201 is not ideal, the library does not have finances to support other locations.

·        The reference collection has been shifted to leave the back sections of the long rows emptied and the last shelves on each row have been removed to make all the rows even with the columns.

·        The microform cabinets will be moved to the back porch. Part of making them fit includes putting the ERIC fiche in storage. If it is determined that there is not enough space to store ERIC, it will be weeded.       

           The space between the back porch and shortened reference shelves will include tables, chairs, and microfilm readers; the exact     layout will be determined later. 

            Reference and Documents offices will switch – however, the exact configuration hasn’t been decided.

·        Work orders for the move have already been sent. Hopefully the move will start in July, but a schedule has not been confirmed.
The tables from 118 will be used in the “new” training room. The smart board and teacher podium from 205 will be installed in there as well. Chairs will be ordered (since we’re using 118’s chairs in the reference area now).


New Databases

American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955

American Doctoral Dissertations is a free database containing nearly 100,000 citations that were included in the print index Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities. This is the only searchable index of dissertations published between 1933 and 1955. This database does not include the actual dissertations.

Mergent Archives

Large collection of over 180,000 business and corporate related documents. Contents include full collection of Moody's Manuals starting in 1909, up to 3 years of Ford Equity Research Reports, more than 85 years of company Annual Reports, and over ten years of Mergent's biennial Industry Reports. Find information on over 4,500 U.S. and Canadian companies.

PBS Video Collection

Collection of over 400 of the best documentary films and series from the Public Broadcasting Service.  Films can be embedded, linked and shared and include full transcripts. Viewers can also create an account to save playlists and create clips from full length videos. Viewers can also translate transcripts and other texts to over 80 difference languages.

ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection

A collection of databases that cover the social sciences, including IBSS, PAIS, and Sociology Abstracts. Topics include politics, sociology, social services, anthropology, criminology, and education. Includes full-text from over 1,000 journals as well as books, dissertations, and working papers.

Comments? Complaints? Praise?

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April Sheppard, Newsletter Editor, at or Jeff Bailey, Library Director, at