Friday, October 24, 2014

Need answers fast? Try our chat service

Got a research question? Log on and chat up a Librarian.


  Do you ever feel the need to talk with a Reference Librarian when you’re off campus? Or maybe you’ve scored your favorite study spot on the third floor of the Library and you really don’t want to pack up all your gear and trot down to the Reference Desk.
Now there’s no reason to stress anymore thanks to our online live chat service called LibChat.  It is available on our Ask A Librarian page.
Real time conversation leads the student to additional resources available through Kinlaw Library databases.


Kinlaw Library uses this service so that students and faculty can “talk” with one of the many experienced Reference Librarians whenever the Reference desk is open. Users simply access the chat window on the Library’s website and type their question into the chat box to start the session. A Librarian will respond with the needed answer or advice.

What kind of help is available through chat? The short answer is, just about anything. Reference Librarians can help select a database to find articles for class papers, check availability of materials or suggest strategies for focusing a broad research topic. The Librarians can even offer basic information about hours and Library policies.

Our chat service is available from 1 pm to 9 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1pm to 5 pm, Friday; and 2pm to 10 pm on Saturday.  If you check our Answers page, you can leave a question and we will get back to you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Library Student Employees Make a Difference


Asbury University - Kinlaw Library student assistants are very important members of the Kinlaw Library staff. The tasks they perform are critical to the efficient and successful operation of the library. Whether at a service desk, on the phone, or performing other tasks or projects, student employees are very important and appreciated. Meet our talented library student assistants and learn about the exciting projects they are working on. Enjoy!

Young Hwan Kim


What is your job title?
 Circulation Desk Student Assistant
In what section or unit of Kinlaw Library do you work?
Circulation Desk
What is your student job in a nutshell?
I participate in organizing the library and help other students to access and use everything Kinlaw provides.
What are you working on right now?
Organizing the book sections assigned to me.
How long have you been at Kinlaw Library?
This is my first semester.
Have you held any other jobs with Asbury University?
No.
Do you have a favorite accomplishment at Kinlaw Library?
Selling the Asbury coffee mug.
What is your major, and intended date of completion?
I am a biology major and I expect to graduate in the spring of 2018.
What career/s are you interested in?
Be involved in medical research on the brain.
What are your passions or interests outside of work and school?
Talking with my friends and sharing my worldview.
What is the last book you read, or the last book you loved?
The Kneeling Christian

Monday, October 20, 2014

Celebrate Open Access Week


Did you know that information can be expensive?  

That may not occur to you during a Google search, or even when you use a library database to find a scholarly article, but if you try to get to one of those articles after you’ve left Asbury, you will discover that you have to pay $30 or more just to download one article from a journal publisher.  Some scholars are not happy about that situation, and have turned to Open Access publishing as another way to share their research.  If a journal or book is published online as Open Access, it means that any reader in the world can get to it online and read it without having to pay a penny.  The hope is that by taking down the cost barriers, more and more people will be inspired to use the ideas in Open Access books and articles to spark their own ingenuity!  If you’d like to see a great example of that in action, check out this video about a teenager who developed a critical cancer detection tool through researching Open Access journal articles –

So, now that you know, be sure to celebrate Open Access Week this week (October 20-26)!  For more information, you might want to start here -- Our handy information page on Open Access

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Google does not have it all! Gasp!


But the Library does!

You’ve got a cell phone. You’ve got a computer. You’ve got the internet. You think you’re connected?
 Unless you’re connected to the Kinlaw Library, you may not know what you’re missing. One of the biggest myths around is that everything is on the Internet and that you can find it for free. The fact is you’ll find little information on the Web before 1980 and little serious research available for free. Some information is actually easier to find in print than online. The Kinlaw Library offers vast collections of books and other reference materials, historical and rare documents, photographs and other primary source material. The library also has an extensive collection of online journals to meet the specialized needs of student and faculty researchers. Some of these materials may be available on the Internet, but at a steep price.  Instead those materials can be found on the library’s website - for FREE.  If we don't have something you need, we can get it for you - for FREE.  Our library offers the best of both worlds: extensive print works and some of the finest electronic resources available. We provide online collections free of charge to our students in the same way we provide books, videos and other resources - you just have to log in!  Using the library has never been faster, easier or more comfortable.

Most importantly, there are librarians to help students find what they need, whether it’s in a book, journal, government document or database. The library may be the only place on campus where you’re not expected to know the answer. Librarians are the ultimate search engines. Our job is to help you find the answers. To help students sharpen their research skills, the library offers regular library instruction sessions. Students may also request an individual research consultation to receive independent library instruction or in depth research assistance. The Kinlaw Library encourages all students to find out more by stopping by the library or checking out our website.
In addition to Web access, the library has more than 250 seats for studying and researching,  40 computer work stations, wireless technology throughout the building, power and data access at all study stations as well as art exhibits and a coffee lounge. 

Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.     –Patrick Ness

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Break - Library reduced hours

The Library has some different hours during Fall Break.
Go out and look at the leaves!   


Thu Oct 16 - 8am - 10pm
Fri  Oct 17  - 8am - 5pm
Sat Oct 18  -  noon - 5pm


Monday, October 13, 2014

Our copiers will save you money!

Did you know that you can send scanned documents to your email?   Directly from our new copiers!

It is pretty cool.   Ask someone at the Circulation Desk how it works.  Give it a try.

And you can also scan any document to your thumb drive for free!   Our copiers will scan in color or B&W.  

You can also print a document from your thumb drive. 




<-- Our color copier.






And our B&W copier.   ---->

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Study Tips - Good ideas from fellow students

Got this Studying Thing figured out?   Share your best study tip.

We have a little contest going on.  Share your tip at the Library or on the Facebook page for a chance to win a "Study Survival Kit!"    Come see the study tips at the Library and put up one of your own.  Best one wins the prize.   Contest ends on October 13, 2014.

Post them here:   Kinlaw Library Facebook Page  

And also here:



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Are you stumped on a project? Don't know where to start or how to proceed?


Ask us!   We want to help.  

We can show you how to get started.  We can point you in the right direction.  We can show you different kinds of materials you might use.  (Did you know we had films and images?)  We can help you find the right words to put in that database search box.  And we can get all those materials right into your hand - even if we don't immediately have a copy.

Here are all the ways you can get in touch with us:

How can you reach us??

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cooler Fall weather makes you want hot chocolate

And we have some at the Library!   As well as fresh coffee all day.  Try a mocha.  Make it just like you would like it.  And we have treats to go with it.  


Use your Eagle Bucks if you want.  No problem.  Come warm up at the Library.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Midterm stressing you out? Relax at the Library


And sit in one of our comfy chairs.


We have coffee.   Plus donuts, and muffins, and pop tarts, and granola bars.   Use your Eagle Bucks.


  Did I mention that we have coffee?   At the Hiccup Too coffee cart, you can mix it how you like!  We also have hot chocolate and hot tea.  As the weather gets cooler, come warm up at the Library.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Yes we have Full Text

Did you know that we have full text from over 50,000 journal titles?

Yes we do.   And they are all available through our databases.   When you are searching for articles, you should see one of several options:  

1) If you see a PDF icon, there is the article directly.  Click on that icon and there you go.  You can email it, print it, or download the pdf.   We have so many of these, you may never come across the other options.   But keep reading just in case.

2) You might see a link that says "Click to see if this is Full Text in another database".  In that case, click the link and you will jump to another database.  

3)  You might see a link that says "Click to get to full text of article" which might lead you out to a publishers web site where we might have direct access.  

If you don't see any of that, then you will probably need to fill out an InterLibrary Loan form.  The forms are located on our web page.    We can obtain any article that you need for free!

And if none of that is working for you, please ask for help. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

So many ebooks - there is one for everybody!




Did you know that we have over 148,000 ebooks in our collection?   And the number is increasing all the time.


They cover every subject.   They are always available.   They are of different kinds (study aids, reference, textbooks, fiction, self-help, scholarly, etc).   They are full text searchable (find exactly what you want).

Here is a short tutorial for you to watch.   



See one of the books:  The Red Badge of Courage.