Today is the last day for requesting books online through GIL Express. The GIL Express service will be unavailable during the USG Winter Break from December 12, 2012 to January 2, 2013.
As of 11:30 a.m.: GIL Express requests can now be viewed in your My Library Account.
Online requests for GIL Express books may be placed using the GIL-Find Universal Catalog. The request option in the Classic GIL Universal Catalog is not yet working.
Please be aware that GIL Express requests are not displaying in your My Library Account. We are working to fix this problem.
We continue having problems with some searches in GIL Classic, so please use GIL-Find to search the Libraries’ catalog.
GIL Express online requests are not working.
The online form for Repository requests is not working; to retrieve items from the Repository contact Access Services at 706-542-3256.
In more positive news, the EndNote download function is again working and access to the My Library Account is fully restored.
As of this afternoon (May 22):
- The My Account is working in GIL Classic but not GIL-Find. (GIL-Find will let you log in and shows you the password screen, but it won’t let you see or renew your books online).
- GIL Classic works using the Exact Search. Indexing problems are causing the Keyword Search to bring back very iffy results, so please use GIL-Find for searching the catalog.
- Course Reserves is working.
- GIL Express is supposed to be back tomorrow at 7am. Fingers crossed.
We are experiencing several problems with the GIL catalog. The following services are currently unavailable:
- GIL Classic
- GIL Express requests
- Course Reserves
- My Library Account, including online renewals
GIL-Find is available for searching the Libraries’ catalog.
Please contact us with any questions. We hope to have a fix soon, and we thank you for your patience.
Due to a planned software upgrade to the University System of Georgia’s library servers, the ability to place GIL Express requests will be temporarily suspended next week. The service will be unavailable from midnight on May 13, 2012 until 7:00 a.m. on May 19, 2012.
The UGA Libraries will be hosting several workshops this fall – all interested persons are welcome to attend. These events are also eligible for “Blue cards” from the Franklin College Cultural & Academic Events Program. Workshops last no longer than an hour.
Tuesday October 18, 7 p.m.
Science Library, Instruction Lab
Google provides a varied suite of resources which can support scholarly research. Learn how to use these resources effectively and some tricks to turn even the commercial web version of Google into a reliable source for accurate information. This class will introduce Google’s Book Search and Scholar tools as well as covering some advanced searching techniques in the general search interface. Learn how to use these powerful (and free!) tools to quickly and efficiently get the information you need.
Tuesday, October 18, 7 p.m.
Main Library, Lab A
Whether you’re new to the campus or just new to the library, this session will introduce you to the basics of how to find an article online, how to find an article in print, and how to find books. Unravel the mysteries of Library of Congress call numbers and library floor maps in a hands-on activity. (Pssst, we may even have some small prizes.)
Wednesday, October 19, 7 p.m.
Main Library, Lab A
Learn how to manage your “Works Cited” page with web-based software that allows you to store references, insert them in your paper, and generate a bibliography in the style of your choice. All online and all free for the UGA community.
History of Information
Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m.
Miller Learning Center, Room 370
How did we get from cave paintings to the Internet? What are the implications of how we find, store and retrieve information? This session will discuss major innovations in our information infrastructure throughout history and explore the implications these structures have on modern (and future) societies.
Monday, October 31, 5 p.m.
Miller Learning Center, Room 369
What’s scary about the research process? Not much after this Halloween session. Learn your way around GIL and GALILEO to find articles and books available through the UGA Libraries. What’s the difference between GIL and GALILEO? What’s your PIN? How do you use a call number? These mysteries and more solved in 45 minutes or less.
The committee that has developed the new GIL-Find interface for the GIL catalog has now created a video tutorial to get you started using GIL-Find. The same tutorial is available in two sizes; choose whichever better suits your screen size and eyesight!
You may also find the series of posts about GIL-Find in this blog useful as you explore GIL-Find:
- Have You Tried GIL-Find?
- GIL-Find Features: Narrowing a Search
- GIL-Find Features: Text Yourself
- GIL-Find Features: Enhanced Full Records
And remember, the Classic GIL interface remains available for those who prefer it!
A patron contacted us this week wondering if we had issues of the magazines Ebony and Jet, for the period 1972-1974, for browsing.
We have digital access to Ebony and Jet from 1992 to the present through GALILEO databases. (To find out where, enter the magazine title in the Electric Journal Locator.) Not early enough for our needs, so next we checked GIL, the online catalog, for print or microfilm holdings. A “journal title” exact search revealed that we have both: we have print subscriptions to the current issues of Jet and Ebony (current issues can be found in the Current Periodicals area on the first floor of the Main Library) as well as microform available of all the issues back to the magazines’ foundings (1945 for Ebony, 1951 for Jet.) The microfilm issues are located in the Basement of the main library, where machines for reading the film and print selected pages are available (click to enlarge image).
On a hunch, the librarian then checked Google Book Search for these magazines. Google Books has been digitizing back issues of many (mostly popular) magazines lately, although there hasn’t been a whole lot of publicity for this project. As it turns out, Jet and Ebony for 1972-1974 are fully available in digital image format from Google Books. The contemporary cultural and political articles – as well as exciting fashions of the early 1970s featured in the ads – are available for perusal from any web browser. Other magazines available through Google Books include Life, Popular Mechanics, and even Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Years available will vary, but this is a wonderful resource for those looking for 20th century popular culture, and well worth a quick search or an extended browse.
The new new GILFind catalog (in beta) has enhanced full records, including in many cases tables of contents, cover images, reviews from Amazon, links to a preview on Google books, and recommendations for similar books! (The Classic GIL catalog, which will continue to be available, pioneered the availability of many tables of contents.)
Clicking “Full Display” in Classic GIL allows you to see the table of contents for many recently-published books – a useful too when you’re trying to decide if the book covers your topic. (Click to enlarge the image.)
In GILFind, the Full record has the table of contents, but also a cover image (if available), a link to a preview of the book in Google Books (if available), and links to search the GIL Universal Catalog, Worldcat.org, and Amazon for the book. You can contribute to the record by “tagging” it with keywords or leaving a comment for other users to see. GILFind also suggests related books that you may be interested in, using the subject headings available in the record. (Click the image to enlarge).
Give GILFind a try – we think you’ll like its special features!
The new GILFind catalog (in beta) allows you to cast your search net wide as you start and then narrow your search by choosing ‘facets’ in the results interface. (The Classic GIL catalog remains available for those who prefer it; see also the blog post introducing GILFind.)
A keyword search for “elephant” in all fields brings up 1084 results. If I’m interested in scientific books about elephants geared towards children, I can limit my search using several of the ‘facets’ in the left-hand column. First I’ll choose the call number Q, for Science books about elephants.
I’ve narrowed down to 130 results already. I can narrow further by choosing the Location as Aderhold Curriculum Materials Library – the campus library that collects children’s books.
I now have 28 books, all on the science of elephants (therefore not including, say, Babar) and all children’s or related to curricula. Each individual facet can be removed at any time, re-broadening the search without making me start all over again.