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Greenwood Library Serials Review – Your Input Is Needed

During the 2015 Spring semester, the Library needs your engagement and advice as we undertake a serials review. Serials subscriptions typically increase in price from 8% – 12% annually, however we sometimes see increases as high as 100%. This serials review ensures that we are acquiring the best resources for your teaching and scholarship needs within the confines of our budget.

What is a Serials Review?

The purpose of this review is to retain the most critical resources for the Longwood community. It is also an opportunity to refine our subscriptions to better reflect current curricular needs. Our goal is to ensure we continue to support your areas of scholarship as well as add key new journals in important areas of research. Because the Greenwood Library collection is a living and growing collection, in order to stay relevant and current, we need to unsubscribe to some titles that were selected many years ago and are no longer relevant to your curricula or titles that have not lived up to expectations. We are not targeting a specific dollar amount of savings; rather, conducting a Serials Review periodically is considered a best practice among collections librarians and allows us to investigate new titles.

What can you do to help?

Members of the faculty can take a variety of actions that will contribute to the success of the serials review.  These include:

  • participating in a review of titles in your subject area(s) that relate directly to your teaching and research, and of titles of interdisciplinary interest;
  • being flexible about accessing titles in different formats or about the need to acquire copies of some articles via interlibrary loan;
  • considering personal practices regarding publication in scholarly journals and service on editorial boards, including becoming informed about journal pricing and inflation, and publisher policies regarding authors’ retention of copyright;.
  • supporting efforts by professional associations and other bodies to establish alternative, less costly means of distributing scholarly information;
  • learning more about issues related to scholarly communication within your discipline.

When will any cancellations go into effect?

Most of the cancellations will take effect in FY 2016-2017. This means that, in most instances, the Library’s subscriptions and standing orders for titles slated for cancellation will end with the 2015 volume.

How can I get access to a title I need if it has been cancelled?

Copies of journal articles may be obtained through the Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) service that is offered to Longwood faculty, staff, and students. In most cases, articles are posted as PDFs on a server within the ILLiad system.  Requests may be submitted online via the Interlibrary Loan link on the Library’s Homepage or from the FindIt! Buttons found in online databases.

What is on the Spreadsheet?

There are master alphabetical lists at the start of the spreadsheet for journals, and standing orders. The tabs after these include titles by departmental fund codes. You will notice that some of the prices are zeroed out. There are a few reasons for the “zero” amounts. Some are memberships or part of a bundle of titles and the total cost is listed elsewhere; some are part of our VIVA (The Virtual Library of Virginia) collection, which cannot be dropped.

Serials List for ReviewDownload excel spreadsheet (This file will download.)


How will the Library conduct the serials review?

Your input is needed by April 30, 2015.  Please take a moment to review the titles in your areas of expertise and make a note of any we should retain, as well as those you feel we could drop, we would truly appreciate your help.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Tammy Hines, Head of Collections and Information Services, or Blaze Pappas, Collections Manager.


A New Year, and New Books

In order to bring you new and fun recreational reads, the Greenwood Library participates in a book leasing program through McNaughton. These titles are shelved on the small bookcases in the middle of the Atrium and are designated with green labels. You can browse the entire collection here and if you’re interested in what’s new, look out below!

First Frost by Sarah Addison AllenThe World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. MartinThe Laughing Monsters by Denis JohnsonBad Country by C. B. McKenzieThe Job by Janet EvanovichThe Escape by David BaldacciDie Again by Tess GerritsenDescent by Tim JohnstonTom Clancy: Full Force and Effect by Mark GreaneyBlue Labyrinth by Douglas J. Preston and Lincoln ChildSmall Victories by Anne LamottHope to Die by James Patterson


Student Research Made Quicker and Easier

The Library understands you may want the fastest and most direct way to find and access the resources you need for your coursework.   With the start of Spring semester 2015, we have introduced a new feature in the Library’s OneSearch portal. In the upper left of the results page when searching in OneSearch, you’ll notice the header Refine Results, and beneath that, Current Search.  Under Current Search, now you will find the default limiter, “In Print and Online at Longwood.”  This automatically directs the search service to retrieve only the records for material which is directly available for your use, whether physically or electronically – ignoring all listings in databases for materials which are not either owned by the Library or available through Library resources.

Limiter in OneSearch for items at Longwood

This limiter can also be removed if you wish to search more broadly;  clicking the white-on-blue “X” to the right of “In Print and Online at Longwood” disables the limiter, enabling the retrieval of citations and abstracts for un-owned materials, for which you may place Interlibrary Loan Requests (by clicking on the “Request through interlibrary loan” link in blue text beneath each result’s brief record).  Closing your search page and restarting another search will re-enable the “In Print and Online at Longwood” limiter if you again wish to limit your search results.

New DVDs for December

We’ve reached the end of the semester and it’s time for a break. New DVDs are just what you need, and we’ve got them for you.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Expendables 3

The Giver

The Hundred-Foot Journey

If I Stay

A Madea Christmas

The Maze Runner

The November Man

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Guardians of the Galaxy





























Into the Storm coming soon


*Guardians of the Galaxy image from Wikipedia.

New Recreational Reading!

In order to bring you new and fun recreational reads, the Greenwood Library participates in a book leasing program through McNaughton. These titles are shelved on the small bookcases in the middle of the Atrium and are designated with green labels. You can browse the entire collection here and if you’re interested in what’s new, look out below!

Saint Brigid's Bones by Philip FreemanThe Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny NordbergRevival by Stephen KingLove Letters by Debbie MacomberGray Mountain by John GrishamHavana Storm by Clive Cussler and Dirk CusslerFlesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell
Pegasus by Danielle Steel
Burn by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
A Deadly Wandering by Matt RichtelDeadline by John Sandford
Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Once Upon a Fort Finals Fairy Tale

Fort Finals postcard Fall 2014As you suit-of-armor up and prepare to battle Final Exams, the Library wants to support you with study breaks!  Fort Finals begins Sunday, November 30th and ends Thursday, December 11. Healthy and sweet snacks start at 8pm each evening, and some of the activities will include:

  • Coloring pages
  • Button making Sunday and Wednesday night
  • Send a postcard to family and friends — we mail it for you!
  • Take a photo with friends in our enchanted forest photobooth
  • Write-a-line Finals Fairytale


Fort Finals

Fort Finals Tent

Be sure to thank campus police for helping us stay open later hours. As always, many big thank yous to our daily sponsors:

  • 11/30-Dining Services
  • 12/1-Alumni Office
  • 12/2-Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences
  • 12/3- SGA
  • 12/4- President’s Office
  • 12/7-First Year Experience
  • 12/8-Panhellenic Council
  • 12/9-Graduate Studies
  • 12/10-Enrollment Management
  • 12/11-Greenwood Library