Tuesday, August 27, 2013

John David Harding: Writing and Research Instructor

An additional Writing and Research Instructor has joined the Saint Leo Pride!

John David Harding received his BA in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in 2008 and then went on to complete his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) at LSU in 2011. In addition to his studies, John David taught creative writing and composition at LSU, where he was also a graduate assistant for classes in Shakespeare and Contemporary Fiction. For two summers, he assisted with courses at a summer program for high school students at Northwestern University in Chicago. When he was a junior in college, he began his teaching career as a writing tutor at the LSU Writing Center.

Coming from a small town, Phenix City, Alabama, John David likes to read and write, play easy video games, and visit the amazing state parks of Florida.

John David is absolutely committed to serving our distance learning community! You can make an appointment for writing help by emailing john.harding@saintleo.edu or calling (352)-588-7576. His hours (EDT) are Tues 11:00-8:00; Wed 8:00-5:00; Thurs 11:00-8:00; Fri 8:00-5:00; Sat 10:00-7:00.

Please join the library staff and Saint Leo Community in welcoming John David to the Pride!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Changes to Library Services: WorldCat

Hello, Saint Leo Pride. it has been a while since the last blog post, and there are some exciting new changes coming to the services that the library will be providing our patrons. Beginning August, our catalog database will be switching to WorldCat, and we will be implementing LibAnswers, a new way to ask and retrieve answers for reference and library questions.

WorldCat is a global system with user-friendly features that will be replacing our existing catalog. Much like our current search box, Worldcat can be accessed through the library website. The result format will look different (as seen below), but you will still be able to limit your search by different criteria, such as book, eBook, language, and many others. A great feature that WorldCat provides is that if we do not possess a book in our collection if it is available at any surrounding libraries.

This new system allows for easier use of access, retrieving materials, and has a more aesthetically pleasing display. Further details to be announced as the time draws near!