Month: May 2015

Homer Babbidge is CLOSED Saturday, May 30

The Homer Babbidge Library will be closed on Saturday, May 30 for work on a propane tank unless there is rain in the forecast. During the course of this work, which is expected to run from 7am-7pm, there will be no access to the entire building, including the loading dock and the sidewalk between Babbidge and Oak Hall. We will resume normal summer hours on Sunday, May 31st at noon. Please keep posted in the event the work is cancelled due to rain.

HOMER Services Unavailable July 9-14

July 8, 2015

The new search feature will launch next Monday, July 13! We are excited for this new system that will unify searching to make it easier and quicker to find the resources you need. As of tomorrow, access to some of the services through the HOMER catalog, including requesting from other UConn campuses, viewing your library account, and self-service renewals will be unavailable. The HOMER catalog will still be available to locate materials.  Normal services should resume by Tuesday July 14.

Please call your local circulation desk or Babbidge Circulation at 860-486-2518 during this period if you need information about your library account or to renew materials.

This will not affect your ability to request or view the status of interlibrary loan requests or the course reserves system.

Thank you for your patience while we make improvements!





May 8, 2015

New Search Feature for Library Materials Coming Soon

The Libraries is pleased to announce that our new and improved resource search tool will go live on July 13th.  The tool will combine separate systems into one convenient search box, enabling users to access our catalog, electronic materials such as ejournals and ebooks, and Connecticut Digital Archive materials all in one place. The new system will not only better integrate our resources, but provide results that are returned quickly, in an easy to read format, and in real time. New features include a virtual browsing option that shows you the items next to yours on the shelf as well as information on multiple versions of the same material available.  Over the next year, the system will also integrate the resources found at UConn’s School of Law and Health.

The changes will be made early in the summer to allow faculty and graduate students time to get acquainted with the new look and feel. We will be providing workshops on how to use the tool, including tips on how to update links in HuskyCT and syllabi later this summer and fall.

We are looking forward to this system upgrade that will benefit our user, as well as provide significant cost savings to UConn. For more information please contact Holly Phillips

Stress Busters @ Homer Babbidge

Take a break from finals this week and give your brain a break! We will transform the Class of ’47 into the Blue Zone where activities will include yoga, Pilates and chair massages. Sunday 2-5pm Monday-Thursday 5-7pm And the dogs are back! The original, and often imitated Paws to Relax program brings your favorite furry friends to Level 1 every day starting Monday – Friday, 1-4pm. And new this year is our ‘You Scream for Ice Cream! Event’ happening outside the HBL North Entrance Wednesday, May 6th at 2:30. Let off a little steam with a scream and some ice cream. Best wishes for a successful close to your semester from the UConn Library!

New E-Resource – Independent Voices

Independent Voices is a new e-resource that strengthens the Library’s existing Alternative Press Collections. Independent Voices is a digital collection made up of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals from the latter half of the 20th century, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals and the New Left, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines.