The Elton S. Karrmann Library has a new director, Zora Sampson. Zora comes to UWP from UW-Barron County, where she was the Director of the Library and Information and Instructional Technology.
Zora is enthusiastic about moving to Platteville. "I am enjoying the job and the area very much”, she notes, “I think it’s beautiful here in Platteville."
Zora earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to serving UW-Barron County, Zora has also worked in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in Madison.
Zora is very involved in librarianship on the local, state and national levels. She is an active supporter of the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Black Caucus and also ALA’s affiliate, the American Indian Library Association (AILA). She serves on the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services. She has been a field reviewer for Native American Enhancement Grants for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additionally, Zora has served on many campus steering committees in her previous positions.
At the Karrmann Library, Zora will direct the day-to-day operations of the library and work to promote services and resources that best serve the needs of the library staff and its patrons, the university community. "I hope to be involved in many student groups. Everything works better when we work together," Zora states.
Zora believes that the library and its Reference Desk is a vital place on any campus. "We want to make sure that students feel at home in this library, that the library is the students’ academic home, and that they’ll find the support they need here."
She summarizes her attitude as the new library director by smiling and saying, "The library is beautiful, decorated with students. I love working with young people, and I think I’m going to enjoy this job very much."
Welcome, Zora Sampson!
Over the summer the Library Catalog (to books and AV items) was updated and now sports a new look and features. Accessible to anyone with a connection to the Web, the Library Catalog is linked to the Library’s Web homepage.
As before, the Library Catalog is searchable with Basic or Advanced strategies and allows one to search other UW System libraries for titles (which can then be requested through Universal Borrowing or UB). Users can customize search sessions, view their account information, request to be notified when a checked-out item is returned, and e-mail or print records.
New is the "Find e-Journals" button which connects researchers to a list of journals with full text online articles—and helps determine in which library subscription databases one can find and read those articles.
The Karrmann Library offers a subscription service to IngentaConnect that alerts users and delivers journal article information right to one’s e-mail account!
"E-mail alerting" is a discovery or notification tool that can be customized to one’s interests, so that users can receive notice of new journal articles published on a certain topic or by a particular author.
Links within an e-mail alert also allow access to the full text article, when available.
How to sign up for Ingenta Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts:
Please note many individual databases also offer TOC Alert services apart from IngentaConnect. Visit database web pages to check for these additional services, or ask at the library’s Reference Desk for further assistance. Call 608-3342-1668 or Click "Ask a Librarian" from the library homepage.
Kay Young, Editor