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What is 360 Search?

31 August 2007

This fall the library introduced a new tool that is called 360 Search (see ) This is software that enables the federated search or “metasearch’ capability that Jennie Burroughs wrote  about earlier this month (see Federated Searching in Info Issues).  The library’s goal in the implementation of this tool is to provide students and researchers […]

InfoIssues: Federated Searching

22 August 2007

Issue of the Month: September 2007Federated Searching Jennie Burroughs, Assistant Professor Government Documents Librarian ( In August, the Mansfield Library launched a new service: 360 Search. You can access this service if you click on the “Databases: Search by Subject” or “Databases: A-Z” links on the library home page. 360 Search is an example of […]

InfoIssues: Folksonomies

6 March 2007

Issue of the Month: March 2007 Folksonomies and Libraries Kate Zoellner, Assistant Professor School of Education Librarian & Assessment Coordinator ( What do, Flickr, Furl, librarything, StumbleUpon, and tabblo have in common? Besides funky names, these are all online services that allow people to save and tag, or assign keywords to, online information. This […]

InfoIssues: Facebook and MySpace

1 February 2007

Issue of the Month: February 2007 Facebook, MySpace, Social Networks and the Library Samantha Hines, Assistant Professor Social Science Librarian and Distance Education Coordinator ( Most people are at least familiar with the term Facebook if you spend any time in higher education environments. Started in 2004 at Harvard, it was a way for students […]

InfoIssues: Widgets

19 December 2006

Issue of the Month: December 2006-January 2007 On Helpful Widgets and Online Library Research Steve McCann, Assistant Professor Digital Projects Librarian ( As online library researchers we have a constant need for small amounts of information to supplement our research task. We may either run across a word and need a quick definition, or stumble […]

InfoIssues: Approval Plans

6 November 2006

Issue of the Month: November 2006 Approval Plans: A Valuable Selection Tool for Books Barry Brown, Associate Professor Head, Access & Collection Services ( What is the best way to order books so that students and faculty are most likely to find them in the library collection at the moment they need them? How can […]

InfoIssues: Assessment

2 October 2006

Issue of the Month: October 2006 Assessment in Libraries Kate Zoellner, Assistant Professor Education Librarian and Assessment Coordinator Like other academic departments within institutions of higher education, libraries are facing pressure from accrediting associations and funding sources, among others, to demonstrate results and effectively allocate resources. Assessment methods used in academic libraries continue to evolve […]

InfoIssues: Library Leadership

7 September 2006

Issue of the Month: September 2006 Issues in Leadership in Times of Transition – Bonnie Allen, Dean of Libraries ( Libraries everywhere are in transition, but to what? Are libraries ultimately to be virtual collections of digitized books and articles that have been contextualized by content specialists, formerly known as librarians? Is librarianship to be […]