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Spotlight on Global Plants

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:03 -- Kelly Bradish

Interests in science, nature and botany come together in JSTOR's Global Plants database!

Global Plants is a community-contributed database with more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images and other foundational materials. Features include:

  • extensive flora and other reference materials, collectors’ correspondence and diaries, and tens of thousands of paintings, photographs, drawings, and other images
  • objects from the collections of hundreds of herbaria around the world
  • tools to view, tag, save and share objects

The content available on Global Plants has been contributed by the Global Plants Initiative (GPI). GPI is an international undertaking by leading herbaria to digitize and make available plant type specimens and other holdings used by botanists and others working in botany and other fields. More details on GPI are available in this video:

The Global Plants Initiative: An Overview from JSTOR on Vimeo.

What's your favorite poem?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:44 -- Kelly Bradish

It's National Poetry Month! We're celebrating in a variety of ways, including our display in the downstairs hallway.

On Facebook & Twitter, we'll be sharing links to favorite poems and much more. Today we're featuring a link to our National Poetry Month LibGuide, which has links to books and ebooks, West Virginia poetry and much more.


What's your favorite poem? Tell us in a comment below, on Facebook or Twitter!

New version of LearningExpress Library available!

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 18:27 -- Kelly Bradish

The newest version of LearningExpress Library, version 3.0, is live and ready for you to use!

You can access it from the website or by clicking here.

In addition to simpler navigation and additional content, the new LearningExpress Library includes video overviews of different site features. These user guides allow you to take a virtual tour of the new interface whenever you'd like!

LearningExpress Library provides study guides, eBooks and practice tests for major standardized exams like the GRE, Praxis, ASVAB and many others.

The current version (2.0) will remain on the site until May 1, 2014, when it will be retired. Both platforms will be available until then. It's important that you retrieve any materials you may have created on the old platform before May 1.

Additionally, LearningExpress Library 3.0 will not recognize usernames and passwords created for LearningExpress Library 2.0. All current users will be required to register to access the new platform. For best results, use a campus internet connection/computer to register. After that, you can access the site and log in from anywhere.

Please let us know if you have any questions!


Thanks to our READ photo participants!

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:59 -- Kelly Bradish

Thanks to everyone who took part in our spring READ photo shoot!

We'll have plenty of images to share with you online in mid-April, and participants will get a printed copy of their photo(s) at that time as well.

Until then, here's a behind-the-scenes peek!



EBSCO maintenance March 28

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:31 -- Kelly Bradish

EBSCO has notified us of the following maintenance downtime planned for Friday, March 28, 2014:

EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while we perform network upgrades. The service window is scheduled to begin at 9 PM EDT.

You may experience intermittent access to EBSCOhost products and services for the duration of the service window, which is scheduled to end at 11 PM EDT.  We appreciate your patience.

Other databases and our Summon search tool will be available and can be accessed from the Library homepage.

Library website maintenance Saturday

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:12 -- Kelly Bradish

The Library website will be offline for a few hours starting at approximately 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. Please plan accordingly!

This downtime is necessary for maintenance updates. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for understanding.


Thanks for donating to The Nest!

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:25 -- Kelly Bradish

Thank you to everyone who has donated to The Nest campus food bank! Your generosity is appreciated.

In particular, the Times West Virginian and the Fairmont State athletic department recently organized collection events benefiting The Nest.

Please join us in thanking them, along with all who contributed, for their efforts!

Read more about The Nest here.


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