Library Today: Welcome, May Chang, new associate director for virtual services

From UST Libraries

In another step in the transition toward the academic library of the future, the UST libraries announce the hiring of a new member of the libraries’ management team: May Chang, who will serve as associate director for virtual services, beginning July 1. This is a redesigned position that will provide leadership and project management in the development and maintenance of the libraries’ digital environment, including planning and developing the libraries’ Web site and integrated applications, and the growing digital collections and services that the libraries offer.

Chang comes to UST from North Carolina State University where the libraries are recognized national leaders in the provision of electronic services. The NC State libraries’ book catalog is one of the most effectively enhanced online catalogs in the nation.

Chang has taught, presented and published on various aspects of library Web strategies and will work closely with our colleagues in Web and Media Services to ensure that the UST libraries continue to provide excellent online services to our students and faculty.

Database trial – Westlaw Campus Research

Campus Research is a service for news-, business- and law-related information designed especially to meet the needs of both librarians and students. Access thousands of newspapers, newswires, business, trade and professional journals as well as legal resources, including both primary law and analysis. This trial is available via the UST Libraries database trial Web page. Please send comments and questions to Andrea Hudson.

Political Risk Yearbook database

In the age of Google the UST libraries would like to introduce or remind patrons about the variety of resources that can be found in the libraries’ online database collection. The database for this week is Political Risk Yearbook.

Political Risk Yearbook features reports on 106 counties, giving detailed summaries of the political and economic risks of doing business in a country. The database includes country profile and background information, key economic forecasts, vital political and business information, and other data that allows users to make judgments about corporate security and investment. The country reports and analysis in Political Risk Yearbook are unique and offer more detailed information than can be found in journal articles or many sites on the free Web that provide country profiles. This database is helpful for anyone doing research in business, economics or political science.

For more information on accessing and using this or any other UST library resource, please call either the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center reference desk, (651) 962-5001, or the Charles J. Keffer Library reference desk, (651) 962-4664.