Fall 2018: I am experimenting with using YouCanBookMe for appointments. It has some limitations regarding start time and duration, but if you are ok choosing a time that starts on the half hour and is for 1 hour long (which is my recommended default for most student appointments), please give it a try. Otherwise, use my Public Calendar link above and send me an email.
I do not have general open office hours. I generally make appointments from 9:30am - 5pm Mon-Fri, but for students who cannot get to campus during those hours, I will make evening appointments.
I use BlackBoard Collaborate as a tool for helping patrons who aren't in the Library. You can access my "room" at this link. It doesn't do any good to go there without telling me first so I can "meet" you in it, but then we can share audio, video, files, and even our live screens, for doing research or solving technical issues.
Skype: I am also Skype user: melbelvw which does allow screen sharing as well as audio and video so if you need help and use Skype and can't come in person, contact me about our doing a Skype appointment.
Teamviewer: For users who need me to actually control their computer remotely, not just see it, I like to use the free (for non-profit and personal use) software Teamviewer. Students can run it on a one-time basis to get help, without actually installing it directly on their computers.
Projects I am working on include:
- Analyzing our journal holdings by Library of Congress classification. No single list of journals by LC class currently exists, so I am attempting to make one and hope to share it with other libraries. I am currently working with a UPEI computer science class to develop a "crowdsourcing" web platform for widespread use and participation in assigning those values.
- Developing a library dashboard for Robertson Library using Google Data Studio
- Improved video tutorials for my subject areas, particularly psychology.
- Completing the migration of our journal holdings from CUFTS to EBSCO's holdings management system.
- A study of the overlap between the journal holdings of the library and the journals that our faculty actually publish in. Eventually I want to expand this to an analysis of the journals that our faculty cite as well, as a local replication of a study I read about recently done at another institution (citation escapes me at the moment).
- Revision of our library website content to eliminate redundant content and improve the "all" search results for the website portion.
- Every year, I undergo detailed analysis of the usage on our journal holdings, licensed databases, and ebook collections to make recommendations for our collections budget - this is a kind of "forever project"
- Finalizing the writeup on my "Validating a Myth" research project regarding pattern of first checkouts on print books in our collection from the early-mid 1990s. I hope to turn this into a longitudinal project as the years pass and I can observe changes in print book and ebook usage over the next decade.