Archive for the ‘New Library Resources’ Category

100 years old! Congrats to the Fiat Lux

Monday, October 21st, 2013

The Fiat Lux newspaper is 100 years old today! What an accomplishment and tradition to celebrate. A student newspaper is an essential feature of any university or college. It profiles campus life in a way not accomplished in any other form and helps preserve the University’s history through its reporting.

The University Archives celebrates this achievement and encourages the campus to continue its support of the paper. Check out the entire 100-year run of past issues in the campus digital repository, part of the “Campus Publications” collection.

Summon: A new way to search the libraries

Monday, November 26th, 2012

The libraries are excited to announce the upcoming launch of Summon!

Summon is a powerful yet simple tool for searching the libraries’ print and electronic collections. Search Herrick and Scholes at the same time, including books, journal articles, reference sources, movies, music, archival material, and more.

Summon works like other web search engines: put your search terms in and refine from there. Narrow your search (limit to books, for example) or expand your search (add in results from other libraries).

We will officially launch Summon at the start of the spring semester, but we couldn’t wait to share the good news! While we put some finishing touches on it, we invite you to try it out and share your feedback.

Learn more about Summon

Search Summon


Mobile library resources

Monday, November 5th, 2012

We are excited to announce a new guide to mobile library resources.

The guide provides access to books, databases, reference materials, and downloadable apps that can be used on most mobile devices.

We welcome your feedback!

Mobile resources

New PCs!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

We recently replaced the library’s thin client computers with PCs. We hope that you’ll notice an improvement in service!

We know that many of you had difficulty using the library’s computers during the fall semester, and we do apologize.

It’s our hope that the new PCs are a step in the right direction. Our goal is to provide the resources you need to complete your academic work.

As always, we value your input. Don’t hesitate to share your feedback with us.

Try our new library browser plugin

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Herrick has a new tool to help you find library resources.

LibX is an extension for Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer that allows you to:

  • Search the Herrick catalog, JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, or Google Scholar from a toolbar on your browser.
  • Highlight any word or phrase from a website and drag it to the Scholar button to search Google Scholar.
  • Check the Herrick catalog for books you find on various websites (such as by clicking on the Herrick logo that appears next to the book.

LibX is currently installed on all of the computers in the Herrick dual-boot computer lab (Room 120). You can also download LibX to your own computer. Choose either the Firefox or Internet Explorer version.

Once you have installed LibX, it will appear as a toolbar at the top of Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Kurzweil workstation available in the library

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

A Kurzweil workstation, including Kurzweil 3000 software and a compatible scanner, is available on the first floor of Herrick Library. Kurzweil 3000 is an advanced scanning and reading solution for people who are visually impaired or have reading or learning difficulties, and includes the following features:

* Variable magnification.
* High quality synthetic speech (headphones can be checked out at the library’s front desk).
* Can accommodate scanned or electronic text documents in a range of formats.
* Integrated dictionary for unfamiliar words or terms (including spelling and pronunciation features).
* A “Read the Web” feature, allowing access to millions of Internet pages.

Herrick is pleased to offer this service in cooperation with the Special Academic Services office as part of Alfred University’s ongoing commitment to removing barriers to access for individuals with disabilities.

Persons with questions regarding the Kurzweil workstations, or other services for students with disabilities, are invited to contact the office of Special Academic Services at 607-871-2148.

Funding for the Kurzweil workstation was generously provided by The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.

Postcard collection available online

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

The Alfred University Archives, located at Herrick Memorial Library, has recently scanned its postcard collection and made it available online.

The best way to view the collection is to choose the “Browse” option on the initial page.

Herrick Library is a member of the South Central Regional Library Council which is making it possible for libraries in the region to digitize archival material and make it publicly available. The content on the site will expand as more libraries add their own collections, allowing researchers and educators to search for images and information that will help highlight and educate people about our area’s rich heritage. As time allows, the University Archives will continue to scan material and add it to the site.

Additional information on the University’s history can be found at the Archives homepage.

24-Hour Study Room Becomes “The Last Resort”

Friday, August 29th, 2008

The Last ResortThere’s a new look to Herrick Library’s 24-hour study room. Knowing that students may be working in the eleventh hour to complete a paper or other assignment, the library’s 24-hour study room has become “The Last Resort.”

We think that you will find “The Last Resort” more comfortable, with a couple of easy chairs, an area rug, a table, and some tropical plants. In keeping with the “resort” theme, two of the walls were painted and now include posters of resorts from around the world.

Herrick Library would like to thank Herrick staff member Dave Snyder for taking the initiative to make the 24-hour study space a more inviting place for our students.

Note that the access code for Herrick’s all-night study room is changing on Monday, September 1st, please contact John Dougherty by e-mail ( for the new code.

Subscription to International Affairs Database

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

The library recently subscribed to the Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) database.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) covers theory and research in international affairs. Its focus is from 1991 onwards and includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

CIAO also provides teaching materials including case studies, course packs, and background readings for history and political science classes.

New Research by Subject Page

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

We would like your feedback on a new library resource.

Soon, we will be implementing a new Research by Subject portal. Please visit it and send your comments to Ellen Bahr at (or use the comment form, below).

Some features of the new page:

  • View resources by subject
  • View resources by type
  • Search resources by keyword
  • Get a list of multidisciplinary databases

This change will not be taking place until after this semester; the current Research by Subject page on the Herrick website will remain available until that time.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us!