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Polk's Electronic Reserves Retires

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Jun 08, 2015 11:30 AM

Last summer, Polk Library began a trial period of posting electronic readings directly to faculty Desire2Learn (D2L) course pages.  That trial demonstrated that most faculty prefer the flexibility of being able to manage their own digital readings.  Out of the current faculty and instructional ac... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on June 08, 2015

Reversal of Georgia State E-Reserves Case

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Oct 20, 2014 09:26 AM

Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier ruling in the so called "Georgia State case," an important lawsuit regarding the legality--under copy-right law--of certain electronic reserves.   As instructors are taking a larger role in preparing their own reserves using D2L, it i... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on October 20, 2014

Chronicle: Chafing at Higher E-Book Prices

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Jul 02, 2014 08:35 AM

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a recent article about a major change in pricing structures of ebooks; another chapter in the contentious relationship between  libraries and academic publishers.  Polk Library uses a subscription arrangement with Ebrary, not the "demand driven" approach desc... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on June 26, 2014

Book of the States Archive Available Digitally Online

by Watkins, Michael P — last modified Apr 28, 2014 10:20 AM

The Council of State Governments has made The Book of the States digital archive available on their web site. The archive has this publication available from 1935 until 2012. read more...

Posted by:
Watkins, Michael P on April 28, 2014

What a Life! New Biographies at Polk

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Mar 21, 2014 09:41 AM

Get up close and personal to a few of pop culture’s groundbreaking icons with Polk Library’s newest biographies. Jump into the lives of funny-man Richard Pryor, American author William Burroughs and singer Harry Nilsson and learn how they helped to shape American culture throughout ... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on March 21, 2014

Polk's STEP student to dish on sexual revolution

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Feb 27, 2014 11:10 AM

Birth control advocate, Bill Baird Baird publicly displays birth control devices considered "indecent articles"  by Wisconsin law in Albee Hall, 1971 UWO is happy to welcome back Samantha Smith, a former Polk Library STEP student, who is speaking on March 6 th as part of Women’s Histor... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on February 28, 2014

New Collections Get Graphic

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Feb 07, 2014 03:50 PM

Polk Library is getting graphic with the acquisition of Russ Kick’s The Graphic Canon, a three-volume collection of classic literature as told through comics and illustrations. Each volume contains vivid and original portrayals of stories ranging fr... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on February 07, 2014

Classical Music on New Database

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Feb 05, 2014 04:30 PM

Music students can lose themselves in a symphony with the help of Polk Library’s newest trial research database. Naxos Music Library provides a collection of music samples, audio books and synopsis for genres ranging from classical and jazz to pop and rock. The database allows users t... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on February 05, 2014

Polk Adds Accessible Work Station

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Jan 23, 2014 10:28 AM

For years, Polk Library offered assistance to the visually impaired with the help of its Kurzweil Reading Machine, a device that could convert print materials to speech. However, the machine eventually experienced the same fate as so many other devices as technology continues to push... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on January 23, 2014

"TRAC" Terrorists with New Database

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Jan 21, 2014 10:25 AM

Polk Library is happy to announce the start of a long-term trial of a new research database sure to be a hit with those studying political science, sociology, criminal justice, international studies, history and philosophy. The database, Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium, or TRAC, provides... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on January 21, 2014

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