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September 2, 2015 Copyright Corner
University Libraries would like to announce the 2015 Annual Merit Compensation Process Guidelines. Key elements include: The process is utilized to inspire achievement and to reinforce performance and accountability. There are no across-the-board increases. A merit pool of 2% is available and distributed according to our “Criteria and Process for Salary Increases General Criteria,” which follows and is consistent with prior processes. The aggregate merit percent increases for faculty, unclassified, and classified staff must remain separate and not have more than a .50% difference. A 1%...
September 2, 2015 Copyright Corner
OSU Emergency Management has been conducting tests of the Columbus campus Buckeye Alert emergency notification system.  In the event of an actual emergency, messages will provide instructions on what actions should be taken: “Shelter In Place” – Remain inside, close windows and doors.  Typically used in severe weather emergencies. “Secure In Place” – Take cover. Hide. Lock doors. Close windows and blinds. Stay away from windows. “Avoid the area” – An incident may be affecting a part of campus that we need all faculty, staff and...
September 2, 2015 Copyright Corner
We would like to remind subject librarians that quizzes are available through Carmen for all net.TUTOR tutorials. Feel free to incorporate the tutorials as part of your course-related instruction as a means of covering basic skills that you might not have time to address in class. Quizzes can be assigned to ensure students have interacted with and learned the material. Basic quizzes include: ·         Recall questions ·         Application questions ·         All basic quizzes are computer graded Advanced quizzes include: ·         Options for additional recall/application questions...
September 2, 2015 Copyright Corner
A reminder that there are students trying to get their thesis bound, and might be asking around at the many different libraries.  University Libraries can offer this service through the Bindery Preparation Division. There are two types of bindery service.  We have Thesis-On-Demand which is done completely through the HF Group (our bindery vendor) and they would need to call them at 888-485-5415 to get a quote.  This is where they send them the PDF of their thesis and they print, bind, and mail it back to them. The other method is where they print their thesis in its entirety and drop it off...
September 2, 2015 Copyright Corner
Follow the grid map to unearth the treasure of the elusive Excel formulas.        Friday, September 4, Thompson Library, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  How does it all add up?  Where’s the bold?  How can you sort it all out?  There has to be more than just random numbers!!  Join Leisl Ashbaugh in this hands-on workshop to learn the basics of Excel formulas and formatting.  Together you will work on making Excel your friend and helpmate in your journey through the land of Microsoft Office. We hope to continue to offer these workshops with more specific focuses and improve them based on your feedback. For...
September 2, 2015 Copyright Corner
  This is how to set up RSpec and Guard in your Rails application for getting started in writing automated tests. In your Gemfile, add the following: group :development, :test do gem 'rspec-rails', '2.14.1' gem 'spring-commands-rspec' gem 'guard-rspec' gem 'rb-fsevent' gem 'fabrication', '2.11.3' gem 'sqlite3' end group :test do gem 'capybara', '2.4.1' gem 'faker' gem 'shoulda-matchers' gem 'selenium-webdriver', '2.43' gem 'capybara-webkit' gem 'database_cleaner' end Then,  run `bundle install` to install all your new gems. Once these gems are successfully installed, run the following...
September 2, 2015 Copyright Corner
When I tell people I work at the Reference desk in the library, they always ask me “where in the library is the reference desk?” and “what does reference do?”. Where we are: Well the reference desk is on the first floor of Thompson Library across from the elevators. However, most people do not know we have other locations: Younkin Success Center  and Smith-Steeb Dormitory. You can find a reference student most weeknights, 7-9pm. What we do: Directional Questions: we can point you in any direction for anything, from bathrooms to printers to building on campus. Basic...
September 2, 2015 Copyright Corner
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of posts dedicated to helping Libraries’ faculty and staff use blogs as an effective publishing tool. The first, a post by Beth Snapp on the IT blog,  Carousels, Drop-Down Menus, and Forms: Little Known Features of OSUL Blogs, is about the mechanics of working with WordPress. The second, Beyond the Nuts and Bolts: Blogs as Publishing, presents strategies for developing and maintaining an effective blog. In this installment, blogger extraordinaire Caitlin McGurk shares tips for writing in the blog environment.     Caitlin...
September 2, 2015 Copyright Corner
A finding aid is a guide to an archival collection. One could think of it like the table of contents for a book. It contains all of the content needed by a researcher to know what they will find in the collection. The elements, or sections, of a finding aid at the Medical Heritage Center include Access, Citation, Processing Notes, Property Rights, Provenance, Series Listing, Related Collections (if applicable), Historical Sketch, Scope and Content Note, Series Descriptions, and Container Listing. Access lists any restrictions, such as copyright, on the collection. Citation is the preferred...
September 2, 2015 Historical Reflections Blog
A finding aid is a guide to an archival collection. One could think of it like the table of contents for a book. It contains all of the content needed by a researcher to know what they will find in the collection. The elements, or sections, of a finding aid at the Medical Heritage Center include Access, Citation, Processing Notes, Property Rights, Provenance, Series Listing, Related Collections (if applicable), Historical Sketch, Scope and Content Note, Series Descriptions, and Container Listing. Access lists any restrictions, such as copyright, on the collection. Citation is the preferred...

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