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Library update information for CCOM Faculty: 2022-23

Greetings College of Communications faculty!  John Hickok here, your COMM/HCOM/CTVA Librarian Liaison.  For the 2022-2023 academic year, I will be on a year-long research sabbatical, so covering for me--for CCOM-specific library queries--is my colleague Eric Karkhoff.   Below are Library details for Fall semester 2022:
The library's hours and holiday closures are always posted on the Library Homepage.  The usual semester hours are: Mon-Thu: 7am-12midnight. Fri: 7am-5pm. Sat & Sun: 9am-5pm.
In-person: books are available for browsing in-person on the shelves, and checked-out at the Circulation Desk: 1st floor, southside.  
Self-pickup using outside lockers: if going to the Circulation Desk in-person is not convenient for you, books can also be requested online, and picked up from lockers outside the library's south side glass doors, facing the Quad/McCarthy Hall (similar to the Amazon lockers at the TSU).  Here's how it works: (1) Search for the book you want using OneSearch on the library’s homepage; (2) Click the book’s title, then click the “Sign in for more options” link; (3) Follow the instructions to send your book to a locker.  If you have any problems or questions, contact or 657-278-2721.  Instant check-out with MeeScan:  MeeScan is an app that you can download onto your smart phone from new kiosks in the library.  The app allows you to scan a book’s barcode to check it out instantly, without having to go to the circulation desk.  A demo video of using MeeScan is here (from another library, but the procedure is the same).
To return books—including overdue books—simply bring them to the Circulation Desk, 1st floor southside.  Or, use any of the library’s 3 outdoor return bins: (a) by the south-side sliding glass doors, facing the Quad/McCarthy Hall; (b) by the west doors, facing the Bookstore; (c) in the big silver bin, in the Lot I faculty parking lot (between EC and ECS) next to the disabled parking stalls (see campus map). 
Interlibrary Loan continues this year, as usual.  This includes both e-materials (PDFs of articles) and physical books—whether from other CSU campuses (CSU+) or outside universities.  Pickup of physical books is still at the Circulation Desk.  You can always check your Interlibrary Loan order status by clicking "My Library" at the Library Homepage.
Placing print books on Library Reserve is available.  To do so, go to this page and fill out the form.  You can also check the Library's catalog, OneSearchto see if your print book is available as a library e-book; if so, you can create a link to the e-book for your students—simply go to the OneSearch e-book record and click “permalink” at the top to create a link (see steps
 If no e-book version is available, the library can digitize limited portions of your print book (within practical and copyright constraints) into e-reserves.  To request this, contact the library at or 657-278-2721, and specify which library book it is.  Or, if it is your own print copy, bring it to the Circulation Desk, 1st floor south side.  You can also scan portions of your print book yourself, and place them on your class Canvas page.
A hot topic is the availability of e-textbooks. Some of you, in preparing your Fall curriculum, have already chosen e-textbooks through your publisher. Some of you may be choosing free Open Access textbooks (OA textbooks are listed
here). The library can check and see if your textbook is purchasable and affordable as a multi-user library e-book.  For example, at this page is a list of several Comm textbooks we have purchased as library e-books for Spring 2022.  However, please understand this is not always possible.  Many publishers refuse to make e-textbooks available to libraries, and instead only allow individual student purchases to maintain their profits (this industry practice is well-stated by another library, here).
Streaming: the library has a large collection of streaming videos related to COMM (documentaries, feature films, etc.)  These are all cataloged in our OneSearch catalog.  For example, if you wanted to view the advertising documentary Killing Us Softly, typing it in OneSearch brings it up with a link to view via streaming. Our streaming videos come from several vendors: Kanopy, Avon, Swank, PBS, etc.  (See FAQs on Kanopy and Swank, below).  Understandably, our streaming collection won’t include every title you may need.  So if there are specific titles you need that are not in OneSearch, you can contact the Library's purchasing Librarian Keri Prelitz (, and we can try to purchase. However, keep in mind institutional streaming subscriptions are much more expensive than for an individual person (like a $2.99 Amazon rental), so our being able to get your title(s) is not guaranteed.

DVDs: for those of you who wish to show actual DVDs to your classes—either your own, or owned by the library—the library is partnering with CSUF’s Online Education & Training (OET) to digitize DVDs into streaming format to view via a secure ShareStream link, which you can post in Canvas for your students.  To do this, contact the library at or 657-278-2721, and specify what library DVD it is, and also inform OET by submitting this form.  If it is your own DVD, bring it to the Circulation Desk for drop-off.
Due to my sabbatical leave this academic year, if you have suggestions for books/e-books/videos for the library to purchase, you may send them to my colleague Eric Karkhoff.
Due to my sabbatical leave this academic year, I will not be available for in-person instruction.  So, you have two choices: (1) I can pre-record your library session, in August, before I being my leave.  You can then upload this to Canvas for your students to watch asynchronously.  (2) You can request in-person instruction, as usual (on the 
Library Instruction Scheduler form), but it will be a different librarian covering for me (either Eric Karkhoff or another librarian).
Immediate assistance.  Immediate Librarian assistance is available in-person at the Library's Reference Desk, 1st floor north side (Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm).  Or online Librarian assistance, via chat, is available 24/7!  Simply click the Get Help icon at the top of the library’s homepage.  During the workweek daytimes (M-F, 10a-5p) CSUF Library faculty monitor the online chat window. Afterhours and weekends, we contract with a professional librarian chat service to monitor the window (professional librarians familiar with our library e-resources).
Scheduling an appointment.  For any of your students who need longer, more detailed assistance, they can schedule a 1-on-1 research appointment (via email, phone, Zoom, or in-person) with either Eric Karkhoff or another available Librarian.  Students can request this using the online Research Consultation formNote: these individual consultations are not a substitute for whole-class library instruction; please do no send your entire classes to use this form for general library instruction.  Rather, schedule an instruction session for a librarian to come to your class (either Eric Karkhoff or another librarian). 

Recent changes to CCOM-related databases include:  
Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive: new!  This archival resource contains primary sources for the film and entertainment industries, from Vaudeville until today.  Includes visual material: photos, covers, advertisements, etc.

Rolling Stone magazine archive.  This databases provides full coverage of the magazine, from its November 9, 1967 start until today.  It includes PDFs of the full pages, with all graphics and photos.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: new!  We have subscribed to new municipal historical newspapers, giving coverage from the 1800s to 1900s, such as the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Tribune, Baltimore Sun, etc. 
SRDS: cancelled.  SRDS, the media directory database, was not being used enough to warrant the subscription price, and was cancelled.  I created a workaround--an alternate guide of online media directories--here

Newsbank database: in addition to ProQuest Newsbank is a competing newspaper database vendor to ProQuest.  We have a subscription to Newsbank's California Custom News database (full text of all California newspapers, showing the actual PDF scans of newspaper pages, not just the text); and Newsbank's Access World (US and World newspapers).  We're still keeping our ProQuest news databases, since the LA Times is exclusively there.
OC Register: moved to Newsbank.  For years the OC Register was in the ProQuest US Newsstand database.  It has now switched over to the Newsbank's California Custom News database.
Statisa: subscription better than free web version.  The Library's subscription to the Statista database is far better than the public Website version (excerpts/teasers only). 

AP-Newsroom.  Our "AP-Images" (EBSCO) database is upgrading to a new interface, called "AP-Newsroom", directly from the AP website.  But we're keeping the AP-Images (EBSCO) version, for a while, during the transition.

Simmons Insights-MRI.  The previous "MRI+" database (for consumer demographics) has been completely retooled to a new version called Simmons Insights-MRI.  The new version is different (and rather complicated) to use, so training videos are here
The Library’s OneSearch catalog provides e-books from many vendors: ProQuest, EBSCO, O'Reilly and more.  One of them—O'Reilly—has confusing instructions on how to access their e-books.  So, in case you come across an O'Reilly e-book, here’s how you access it: 1. In OneSearch, when you click on the title of an O'Reilly e-book, you will get a message from O'Reilly stating you must log-in, and gives you a pulldown menu of “Select your institution.” 2. On the pulldown menu, CSUF won’t be listed.  Instead, choose the top choice: “Not listed? Click here.” 3. It will then ask for your email; enter your CSUF email. 4. O'Reilly will then authenticate you, and from that point forward, you will no longer see these messages…you will go directly into the e-books. (These 4 steps are illustrated with screenshots in the PDF at the bottom on this guide).
Library guides (with tips, instructions, resources) have been created for your specific departments.  You can see them here: COMM, HCOM, CTVA.

FAQ's on Kanopy streaming video


Where do you access CSUF's Kanopy video collection?

Our Kanopy video collection (and videos from our other streaming vendors) is integrated into the library's catalog, OneSearch, instead of listed at the A-Z databases page.  This is because databases are typically assumed to be for articles, whereas our OneSearch catalog contains books and media.  
How do you search for Kanopy titles in OneSearch?
First, go to the library's homepage.  You'll see OneSearch in the middle of the screen.  You can search the single, default search box you see there, but I recommend the ADVANCED SEARCH, which you see to the right.  In the Advanced Search you can do the following: (1) set the circle, at the top, to: CSUF Books & Media.  (2) on the first line, type the title of your film. (3) to the right, use the pulldown arrows to make it: "Title" "Starts with".  (4) Then hit the green search button.  That's it!   If we have your title in our Kanopy collection (those we have subscriptions to), then the catalog record of your film will display with the link directly to Kanopy to begin viewing.   For example, if you wanted to see Chuck Workman's 2013 documentary What is Cinema?, simply follow the steps above, and you will see the catalog record show up for it, with the link to Kanopy to begin watching.
Once you find your Kanopy video record in the library catalog, how do you copy the URL link to it? (the "permalink")
Once you are at the OneSearch library catalog record for your video, you will see a little button at the top called "permalink".  If you click it, it copies the URL to the OneSearch library catalog record for your video.  You can then share this  URL with your students (email or Titanium/Canvas).  Note: this URL is not the URL of the actual Kanopy site with the video ready to play.  Rather, it is to the library catalog record, showing the link to Kanopy.  In other words, this URL is the launching point to Kanopy.  For example, clicking "permalink" for What is Cinema? generates the URL:
Why bother with the library catalog's launching-point URL?  Why not just provide the URL directly to the Kanopy film?
Admittedly, it is possible to paste the direct Kanopy URL of your film.  At the library's catalog record, when you click on the link to Kanopy, it then takes you to the direct Kanopy URL.  For example, the direct Kanopy URL for What is Cinema? is here:   The advantage of using the library URL is that is keeps users in the OneSearch catalog where they can conveniently search for other/similar videos if they wish.
Is there a way to search CSUF's Kanopy collection directly, without going through OneSearch?
Yes.  The direct link to it is:  This raises the question "why not just provide this, instead of going through the library's OneSearch catalog?"  The answer is: OneSearch contains streaming videos from multiple streaming vendors, not just Kanopy.  So there is a broader selection of  titles by searching OneSearch than Kanopy alone.  The other vendors include Alexander Street, AVON, Films on Demand, Swank, etc.  And the library's in-house DVDs--which can be digitized--are included in OneSearch searches as well.  
Why are there sometimes messages that a request form must be submitted to watch a Kanopy video?
In the collection of videos Kanopy provides us, they give us two varieties: videos for which we have an active license and play immediately; and videos for which we need to purchase an active license to view (it's analogous to basic cable and pay-per-view cable).  If that happens to you, and it is a known title you know you need for your curriculum, just fill out the request form and we can inquire with Kanopy about purchasing it.  Due to cost, student requests to activate licenses to view are unlikely to be fulfilled unless they are required viewing for a class.
Once we have a video in our Kanopy subscription, that video will always be there, right? 
No.  Videos we subscribe to (have an active license for) are not there forever.  Our licenses for videos range between 1 to 3 years.  So a video may indeed drop-off the play list, even if you were accessing it the previous semester.  If this happens, simply contact me (John) or our Collecton Development Librarian, Keri Prelitz, so that we can re-subscribe to it.

FAQ's on Swank films


Do we have a Swank "subscription package" of films?
Yes and no.  Some other universities (UCLA, USC, CSUN, etc.) may have a large subscription package of 500 or more films.  But our subscription is more a la carte, where we can pick a limited number of titles to add into our OneSearch catalog each semester.
Can specific films be requested to add to our Swank titles?
Yes and no.  If you have a particular film you need to show in your class, or have your students view, you can request it by emailing the Library's Acquisitions Librarian, Keri Prelitz, and Cc. me.  We will see if it is available from any of our streaming vendors, not just Swank (so it could come from Kanopy or AVON or Films on Demand or Swank or even digitized if we already have it on DVD in the library).   Please note that our Swank subscription only gives us a limited number of titles per semester, and for Fall 2021 the maximum is already nearly reached.  So if you submit a long list of dozens of titles, late into the semester, we may not be able to obtain them.
Where can you search for the Swank films we have?
Like our Kanopy and other streaming titles, all our Swank-subscription films are in our OneSearch catalog.  On the Swank website, they list their full inventory of over 25,000 films, but once again, we do not have access to all those; we have to request our limited choices a la carte.


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