A new microform scanner is now available in the library thanks to contributions from Arts & Archives, Reformation Research, the Library, and a generous grant (see below). The new scanner is located in the Catalog Room of the library and allows digital scanning of microfilm, microfiche, and microcards. Digital scans can then be saved as readable PDF files onto flash drives or uploaded to other services.
This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
We have added the Chicago Manual of Style, the Digital Karl Barth Library and will soon be adding our first collection from JSTOR. Also. be sure to check out our new Databases A-Z for a comprehensive list of available databases.
The library paused book purchasing in January 2013 in order to contribute to the cash flow and budget situation. We built up a good number of book orders over the spring and early summer which will flood the “New Book” shelves in the coming weeks. The library plans to resume regular purchasing materials throughout the new fiscal year.
In addition to some limited eBook selections among regular purchasing, we have initiated a shared purchase with MTLA for 56 titles from Palgrave Macmillan. We are also licensed an interesting package of 3000+ Humanities eBooks from the American Council of Learned Societies. These two platforms have few restrictions or limitations - faculty can even assign them as textbooks with unlimited digital access to the class.
This is a fully-funded building project to make the library and the floors of Gulllixson physically accessible prior to the decommissioning of an existing library elevator (December 2014) and the ATS accreditation visit (March 2015). Two architectural firms presented initial drawings in late July and the winning firm, ESG is beginning a process to develop construction documents and fully estimate costs. We will have some opportunities over the early Fall to engage the broader community in the planning. Final plans will likely go to the board in February for approval before the loudest part of the construction begins in May.