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When we first introduced OneSearch three years ago, OLS also released a video providing an overview of the tool. Now that we’re about to roll out a brand new interface, we’ve created a brand new video!
Please feel free to share this video with colleagues, students, and anyone else who may be new to OneSearch—or to the new UI!
Following a comment from a campus, we were able to improve functionality in OneSearch by increasing patron account checks for renewability.* What does this mean for you? Items on loan that are not renewable (because they are on hold for another patron) now say so in your patron account!
Prior to this fix, all active loans displayed as “Renewable,” even if they were currently on hold for other patrons (and, thus, not eligible for renewal). This is a minor improvement but one whose effects will be felt immediately by those who borrow library items and rely on OneSearch to provide accurate renewal statuses in order to renew them.
* Interested in the technical details? They are outlined in this Ex Libris Knowledge Center article: Primo-Aleph API: Items that are not renewable are displayed as status “renewable”.
During the month of May, CUNY Academic Works grew by 238 new items and 48,708 new downloads!
The five most downloaded works in May include:
Please note that, with one exception, May’s top downloads were all authored by CUNY students! This is no surprise. Students’ unpublished dissertations and theses have a higher per item download count over any other type of content. As of this date, nine schools collect dissertations and theses in CUNY Academic Works: Baruch College, City College of New York, College of Staten Island, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY School of Public Health, CUNY Graduate Center, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Queens College. Some of these schools started collections as part of a longstanding requirement (with an opt-out option), and others started their collections because a student requested it. Watch this space for more information about students works in CUNY Academic Works. In the meantime, you may be interested in reading Roxanne Shirazi’s recent post on the GC Library’s blog, Dissertations and Theses Year-in-Review, 2016-17.
If you haven’t already heard, OneSearch is getting a facelift! In the fall semester, OneSearch will have a brand new user interface following a CUNY-wide rollout in late August.
The librarians serving on the OLS Public Services Committee have been working on the new UI over the last few months and we are eager to share our work with you! If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at your college’s instance of the new OneSearch interface:
Take this opportunity to get familiar with the new design. Notice how the interface is cleaner and the searching experience calmer. Content is displayed only when you need it. We really think you’re going to love this new design!
If you find anything amiss, please get in touch with your librarywho will, in turn, inform the local Public Services Committee representative. The summer months will be dedicated to refining the new design before it goes live on Friday, August 25, 2017.
During the month of April, CUNY Academic Works grew by 218 new items and 48,090 new downloads!
The five most downloaded works in April include:
When CUNY researchers share their work with a wider public, this includes journalists interested in fact-based reporting. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that April’s top two downloads have the additional distinction of being cited in the news!
A doctoral candidate in the Graduate Center’s Economics Program, Jessica Lynn Peck, found that NYC has seen a 25 to 35 percent decrease in alcohol-related crashes since 2011. Both the Miami Herald and The Economist cited her working paper, “New York City Drunk Driving After Uber,” bringing scores of new readers to it (including some from Uber and even the U.S. Department of Transportation!).
A 2011 master’s thesis from former City College student and current CUNY Graduate Center student Barbara L. Bailin examines the influence of anti-semitism on United States immigration policies and was recently cited by Ingrid Anderson (Boston University) in a piece for The Conversation. An independent (and open access!) source of news and perspectives from the academic and research community, the story was then picked up by other outlets such as Salon, Alternet, Business Insider, and Observer. These are wonderful examples of how publicly accessible research can be translated into publicly accessible language.