Melissa Belvadi

User Experience & Collections Librarian

Room Number: 
RL 286
Telephone Number: 
902-566-0581
Associated Library Unit: 

Master of Library Science, UCLA 1993 [specialization: information systems design]; B.A. Psychology, UC Santa Cruz 1990

Office Hours: 

I do not have general open office hours. I generally make appointments from 10am - 4pm Mon-Fri, but for students who cannot get to campus during those hours, I will make evening appointments.

Collaborate:

I use BlackBoard Collaborate (what is this?) as a tool for helping patrons who aren't in the Library. 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.

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:

  • Textbook Project: Trying to make as many course-required textbooks free through a library copy (print or ebook) as we possibly can given budget limitations.
  • Providing a friendly way for library staff and patrons to browse a list of our recently acquired books, print and ebook
  • Analyzing long term usage trends on our print books and ebooks by subject
  • 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.
  • Improved video tutorials for my subject areas, particularly psychology.
  • Every year, I undergo detailed analysis of the usage on our journal holdings, licensed databases, and print book and ebook collections to make recommendations for our collections budget - this is a kind of "forever project"
  • Weeding the print book collection as appropriate to make room for newer books and other uses of the third floor space.