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Your creativity + ARTstor = Great work!

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:41 -- Kelly Bradish

Take a moment to see how ARTstor can help you enhance a presentation or jazz up a project!

ARTstor is a digital library offering collections of images in a wide range of subject areas, including these and more:




Classical Studies


Asian Studies



history of medicine

world history

Some recent updates made by ARTstor:

  • image groups of up to 150 images can now be exported as PowerPoint presentations
  • the image download/export limit for a 120-day period has been increased to 2,000
  • batches of up to 150 JPG files from image groups can now be exported in a zip file, as shown here:

The campus community can access ARTstor; as with other Library databases, if you're on an off-campus computer, you'll be asked for your UCA and password.

Before you get started, check out these instructions about how to download and work with images, including exporting to PowerPoint. Tips on searching for images are available here as well.

Please let us know if you have any questions! Visit our Ask Us page and call, text, email or chat with a librarian, or stop by the reference desk.

Ask Us: Get help via chat, text, more

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:10 -- Kelly Bradish

Ask Us ChatDon't forget that help from a librarian is just a few clicks away, even if you're not on campus! Our live chat ("Ask a Librarian") has several helpful features.

You can find frequently asked questions, our live chat window, and library contact information on the Ask Us page.

Now, when you start a chat, you can submit your question and then enter your name or remain anonymous. You'll see a note announcing when the librarian has joined, along with his or her name.

Also, when you Ask Us for help, you can email yourself a copy of the chat. Click on the envelope icon in the chat window to enter your email address and send.

Finally, when the chat is complete and the librarian has ended the session, you will have the opportunity to rate the help you received. We hope you will use this feature so that we can continue to improve our services!

You can also reach us by phone, text, email and in person, so please let us know if you have any questions. As always, we're happy to assist you.

Library closing at 4 PM Tuesday

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:35 -- Kelly Bradish

Attention: The Ruth Ann Musick Library will be closing at 4 PM today, Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Times WV features The Nest

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 10:56 -- Kelly Bradish

Thanks to all who have contributed to The Nest food bank, which was featured today in the Times West Virginian!

The newspaper is collecting food in its annual Gift of Love food drive to support the Nest and other local food banks.

The Nest campus food bank assists students at Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College. 

The Nest is open Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Students who need extra help with food supplies will be able to use The Nest by showing their student I.D. and filling out a form that will be kept confidential.

Click the image to the right to view the article.

If you're interested in contributing to The Nest by donating nonperishable food items or funds, a "shopping list" of suggested items and other tips are available here.

To find out more information about The Nest, contact Thelma Hutchins at 304-367-4122 or via e-mail at

Library closed Monday, Jan. 20

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 16:41 -- Kelly Bradish

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Library will close at midnight on Sunday, Jan. 19 and reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

There are also no classes on Monday.

More info is available here about Dr. King and the MLK Day of Service event on campus.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 15:42 -- Kelly Bradish

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2014, Fairmont State University is organizing a Box of Sunshine Drive. This drive benefits clients of the Soup Opera in Fairmont. Here's how you can help.

For more on the life and legacy of Dr. King, visit our pinboard of books and DVDs from our collection, websites and more.



Tech Tuesday: Get eBooks for your tablet, smartphone, eReader

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:13 -- Kelly Bradish

We've seen a few shiny new tablets and eReaders received or purchased during the holidays. Make the most out of your device, and use it to borrow eBooks from the WVDELI!

We are happy to walk you through the steps of downloading eBooks. Please contact Kelly to set up a time to bring in your eReader, tablet or smartphone to review the process.

OverDrive, which powers the WVDELI, has some fantastic instructions available on their website as well. Get started with custom tutorials for your device.

Borrow an eReader

Students, faculty and staff can check out an eReader for two weeks. We encourage the campus community to participate and explore eReader technology! If you're thinking about buying an eReader (gift cards burning a hole in your pocket?), this is an opportunity to try before you buy!

Interested? You'll need to request an appointment for a brief setup session. Please complete this short online form. You'll then be contacted to arrange a meeting time.

Read from your browser

Many titles in the WVDELI can also be read in your computer's web browser - no special software or apps required! Find out more about OverDrive Read.


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