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New Website is now live

We have incorporated your feedback and we are pretty happy with the results! We have designed this site to be easier to navigate, so please let us know if you are having trouble finding what you need.

A few quick tips:

search collections

 

 

 

The main search is in the same place. The box there will search OneSearch for books, articles, DVDs and more. The new buttons will open some of our most used tools in new windows.

 

 

 

 

hours and contact

 

 

 

 

 

Hours and our contact information are displayed prominently on the top of the right hand column. You can easily see what time we close and how to contact us.

 

 

 

collections borrowing

 

 

All of the links that were previously on the bottom half of the page are now found in the top navigation. We’ve reorganized everything so that all the information you need is no more than two clicks away.

 

 

 

 

We hope you like the new page — please let us know what you think!

Your Feedback Needed: Library Web Redesign

One of the things we often hear from you is that our website is a bit outdated. We agree!

We’ve been working hard to put together a redesign, and now we need your feedback. So click around and let us know what you think! It’s still a work in progress, so pieces, like the guides, haven’t been fully updated yet.

We will incorporate your ideas this summer. While the website may undergo design changes between now and when we go live, we’re especially interested in if you can find the content you need.

Beta Website

Quick facts:

  • URL of beta website: http://longwood.beta.libguides.com/home/
  • Estimated date it will go live? Sometime the first week of August, before the Fall semester begins.
  • Does it work on tablets and phones? It is responsive, meaning it is meant to work on all screen sizes.
  • How can I give feedback? Fill out our feedback form for anonymous feedback. If you’d like a reply, please email your feedback to libweb@longwood.edu.

How to Print

The Library’s computer printers use LancerCa$h. All users will need a current LancerCard or Guest Card for printing. Guest cards can be purchased for one dollar at a LancerCa$h add-value station, one of which is in the Library between the copiers. Printing costs 9 cents per page for black and white, and one dollar per page for color.

To print, you will log on to any of the desktop computers in the Library and open the file you wish to print, then follow the steps below.

  1.  Go to the File menu and choose “Print”.
  2.  Select Printer 1 or 2 for black & white or Color for color printing.
  3.  Click Print.
  4.  For Students: When prompted, put in a job description in the first line and your LancerNet ID in the second line. Your LancerNet ID is what you use to sign into canvas and MyLongwood. 
    For Guests: When prompted, put in a job description in the first line and the last 5 digits from the back of the guest card in the second line.
  5.  Go to the printer station located against the glass wall in the Learning Commons.
  6.  Swipe your LancerCard.
  7.  Select your print job and click Print.
  8.  Retrieve your black and white print job from Printer 1 or 2 located beside the computers. Retrieve your color print job from the color printer which is located to the left, past the copiers and the double doors.

Greenwood Blog support moving to the DEC

It has been several years since Greenwood Library piloted the first instance of wordpress at Longwood. Since that time, the Digital Education Collaborative (DEC) was formed to support instructional technology, and we believe that Longwood Blogs is a natural fit under their mission.

As of today, August 11, the DEC will be the primary point of contact and support for the Longwood Blogs WordPress platform. Both the DEC and Greenwood Library will be working collaboratively to ensure that this transition is conducted as smoothly as possible for both faculty and students. The Library will still provide library instruction sessions as well as research support; for more information, questions, or concerns, please contact us.

The Library and DEC are excited to partner to provide better service to our students, faculty, and staff!

partnership

New Chat and Text

Welcome back from Spring Break! We hope you had a nice time off — while you were away, we’ve been busy!

We’re in the process of adopting some new technologies on our end, and this includes a new chat service. Most users will be unaffected, but we wanted to let you know of some of the changes:

  • It looks a little different! 
    Put your name in (if you want) and type your question. Someone will answer your question as soon as possible. If it is after hours and nobody is staffing The Desk, you will be able to search our Knowledge Base to see if anybody has ever asked your question before.
    You’ll also see “Ask Us” buttons in our guides and on our website; this will also launch the chat.

You’ll be able to rate your chat experience and email yourself a transcript when you are finished.
  • There’s a new text number: (434) 406-4957 
    You can text us any questions — when we’re available for chat, we will respond.
  • We no longer support outside chat clients
    So if you’re using AIM, GTalk, Yahoo or any other client, we apologize for the inconvenience. You are always welcome to email us at refdesk@longwood.edu if you do not like using our chat widget.

 

This new service has a lot of features on our end that will help us provide you with the best service possible. We welcome your feedback!

How to: Use the new book scanner

So, as you may have noticed, we have a new book scanner in the atrium! It’s on a table by the self-checkout machines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s pretty fancy, but don’t let that scare you. It’s very easy to use! All you need is a USB drive.

Okay. I’ve got my USB drive. Now what?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay great! So now, you’re going to put the USB drive into one of the slots on the right-hand side of the scanner.

You mean like this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great! Yes, that’s it. Now, get the book or magazine that you want to scan.

Here it is. I have to read chapter 3, and I want to read it on my laptop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay. Place the book on the cradle. It moves to allow for books of different widths. You can leave the save options on the screen alone, since you want to scan multiple pages as a PDF.

So I place the book here, and I select the ‘next’ arrow on the screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep! Now, when you scan, you’ll probably need to hold the pages down so they don’t flip up. Try to hold it more in the corner of the page so your fingers don’t get in the way. Before you do that though, you’ll have to name your file. Touch where it says “file Name” and give your scan a name. I suggest the author or the first part of the title of the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect. Now minimize the keyboard by the little keyboard icon in the bottom left corner, and select the next arrow. You’ll see a screen that has a green plus sign. Once your book is in place, go ahead and click the plus sign.

Okay, just touch this plus sign. Got it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh wow, that’s pretty quiet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah it is. Now that you’ve scanned your first page, all you have to do is turn the page and press the green plus sign again. Do this until you’ve scanned every page that you need. Don’t forget to scan the title page so you can write your citation!

You can edit your scans right on the screen. Select the circle on the page corner and drag it to crop out any black or blank areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there’s a page you don’t want, select the thumbnail of the unwanted page on the top bar. It shows that page on the screen. There is a ‘delete’ option on the bottom right corner. It will only delete the page you’ve selected.

Oh, now I’ve only got the first page of the chapter! Great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep! Keep scanning, and when you’re all done, just click ‘Save’ on the bottom right. Once its saved, you can remove your USB drive and you’re all done.

If you get stuck, don’t hesitate to ask us for help. It’s new for us too, but we’ll help you as best as we can. Happy scanning!