2013 Tour Notes – Porter Library - University of Waterloo

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2013

Tour Notes



Porter Library

*** If, throughout the tour, patrons have questions about anything related to the use of the
library website, feel free to stop at a computer terminal and demonstrate/explain (provided
the group is small enough)





Welcome group to the
Dana Porter Library



Introduce yourself



The aim of the tour:

o

a brief overview of the physical building and services offered

onsite

o

Give out handout (
blue

map).
Handout contains m
ost basic information about the
library (hours, fines for
o
verdue material, loan periods, et
c.)



Suggest that participants

ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS




so that they get the tour that is
best suited to their needs


Library Locations

1.

T
his
l
ibrary (Dana Porter) contains
information pertaining to
the
Arts, H
umanities,
S
ocial
S
ciences

and Environmental Sciences
.
It also houses

the GeoSpatial Centre,
the
Government Publications

collection
, and Special Collections (Archives)


2.

The Davis
Centre
Library contains
resources pertaining to Engineering, M
ath
, and
Sciences
.
It is
located in the Davis Centre (
the
green glass building

located on the east
side of campus
)


UW also offers
two

specialized
branch
libraries
:




Musagetes (mews
-
a
-
get
-
ees) Architecture Library



located in Cambridge at the UW
School of Architecture



Witer

Learning Resource Centre



located on campus
in the Optometry building


On campus, t
he UW Affiliated Colleges


Renison

(
Lusi Wong Library
)
,
Conrad Grebel

(
Milton Good Library
)
,

and

St. Jerome

s

also have libr
aries that are available to you

2


Important
Information



Your

WatCard

is also your
Library Card
. This is what you will use to

o

borrow mat
erial from any of the libraries

o

Connect from home (barcode)

o

Print and photocopy



TUG allow
s

you to access material from
University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier

o

PRIMO

catalogue searches

all of the

TUG libraries
, as well as a number of the
electronic materials (ie: journals, databases, etc.)

o

B
ooks can be sent from Laurier and Guelph and can be delivered to a UW Library
location of your choice within 1

to 3 business days

(
links to
journal articles
are sent
online)



ILL allow
s

you to access material from

libraries across the province, country, or the world

o

Use RACER (
Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting
) to get
materials that are not in PRIMO



Many of the library’s
resources and services are available on the library homepage

o

USE CONNECT FROM HOME

o

Account (renew, check due date, etc.)
,
Ask a Librarian
, study room booking



MAIN FLOOR

Reference

Desk



Staff at

the
Reference

Desk
are here to answer questions about
research, resources,
and library services



can help you to start your research for a paper, show you how to access journal articles,
use a variety of research databases, search our online catalogue (
PRIMO
), and access
web
resources



can also refer you to your subject
-
area’s liaison librarian
to receive

mo
re in
-
depth
research assistance



Hours of operation:

Fall/Winter


Mon
-
Thurs 9
-
7, Fri. 9
-
5, Sun 1
-
5


Spring


Mon
-
Fri 9
-
5

3




Other ways to ask questions: “Ask a librarian” servi
ce, chat and email reference. Or make
an app
ointment with liaison librarian


Circulation Desk



Staff at the
Circulation Desk

can assist you with
signing out
books, journa
ls, and other
library material



can also

assist with
self
-
charge items,

renew your book loans, pay fines for overdue
books,
add funds to watcard,
retrieve books that you have ordered from other libraries,
get items from ctrl access
and borrow
course rese
rves/required readings


Brochure Rack



Where to find print copies of
subject guides, campus and building maps, and general info



Workshops offered every term

introductory seminars


check out link on the library
homepage for full schedule and registration


P
ublic
W
orkstation
s



The
public computers

are available on a
first
-
come, first
-
serve basis

o

Study rooms (throughout the library) can be booked online

o

have access to MS Office, email, the Internet, and more



From the Library’s web pages, you can search for
journal articles
,
access web
resources
, and
research guides

tha
t have

been set
-
up on special subject

pages.


Media.Doc



available for your
document

and stationary needs, including:

o

Printing & Photocopying

o

Poster & Banner Printing

o

Passport & Visa Photos

o

Thesis Printing & Binding



4


Browsers



h
ere you ca
n get coffee,
juice, and snacks



Accept Watcard and c
ash



Open 8:00 am
-

5:00 pm Mon


Fri


Printer Station
s

& Photocopiers



All workstations are attached to these printers. Cost is 9¢

a page b&w, 45¢ a page colour.
Students can print wirelessly from
their laptops



Explain
process for printing



P
hotocopying is also available on the 3
rd

floor and 5
th

floor

($0.10+tax per side)


New Books



new books spend their first week here before being transferred to the stacks



are available for borrowing


Adaptive Technology Centre



contains

voice output, voice recognition, and magnificat
ion software to assist students
(registered with
AccessAbility Services
)

with their studies



each of the seven workstations and 2 study rooms has an electronically adjustable table
and ergonomic chair


Reference Collection



Material is n
on
-
circulating
, but exceptions can be made



Contains
resources such
dictionaries, bibliographies, indexes, encyclopaedias,
handbooks, almanacs
, dictionaries in various languages and other reference materials



Quick Reference

materials are kept at the back of the Reference Desk



5


1
ST

FLOOR


Current Newspapers



Most recent
issues

available for reading


Micro Collection and Scanners



Micro collection contains microfilm and fiche from a variety of sources (ie: newspapers)



Scanners
can capture and save screen selections as PDF, TIFF, and JPEG files

onto
your USB key, CD, or DVD. Or you can print to the library

printers (standard fees apply)



NEW:
ScanPro 2000

--

a micro scanner with automated scanning and optical character
recognitio
n (OCR)


Doris Lewis

(Special Collections



holds early editions and rare books, collections of archives and manuscripts, and other
material that requires special care and handling because of its early publication date,
association interest, physical conditi
on, aest
hetic value, or unusual format



50,000 volumes, the rare book collections have particular subject strengths in the
following areas: women's studies, local history, the history of mathematics
,
architecture,
dance and ballet, fi
ne printing, and urban
planning



University of Waterloo Archives is also part of Special Collections


6
TH

FLOOR


Book Stacks

& Study Space



Typical arrangement of the book stacks (floors 6
-
10)
:

o

Ranges organized by LC, beginning in North
-
East corner



Individual carrels are available

around the perimeter for quiet study, and tables are
available in each of the corners for group study

6


James & Elise Devitt Study Room



Allows for computers to be connected to the TV screens to facilitate effective group work



5
TH

FLOOR


Gov
ernment P
ub
lication
s



Library has full depository status for both Ontario and Canadian federal government
publications, and extensive collections from all other Canadian provinces and territories



also includes many
foreign government publications, esp.
: Great Britain,

US, and UN



Some of the m
aterial
do
es

not circulate
(indicated by a blue sticker)


Computers with GIS



each of the 15 computers are equipped with
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

software

***Photocopiers are available on this floor



3
RD

FLOOR


Geospatial Centre



houses a collection of printed cartographic resources including sheet maps, aerial
photographs, and atlases



also offers Geospatial data services include reference, instruction, and access to
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote

sensing data


Flexlab



used for library instruction session
s, especially the Workshops advertised on the website

7



Journals



contains the library’s collection of print serials



some of the material is also available electronically


Peter and Betty Sims

Reading Room



contains the most recent issue of numerous serials


***Photocopiers are available on this floor

***Vending machines are available on this floor