Welcome Back!

The staff and student employees of Forsyth Library welcome you to a new semester at Fort Hays State. We also want to welcome Dr. Cynthia Garrety, our new staff member, who is the Learning Commons Coordinator. Cynthia, who comes to us from the great state of Iowa, is a marvelous addition to our staff. She has lots of new ideas, so stop by and find out what the Learning Commons can do for you.

Cynthia Garrety, new Director of The Learning Commons

Cynthia Garrety, new Director of The Learning Commons

There have been some changes made over the summer which I would like to bring to your attention. The first change involves the subject guides that can be found on the library’s website. Several members of Forsyth Library’s staff have been working on updating the guides using a program called LibGuides. The link to access our published guides is http://fhsuguides.fhsu.edu/. I have enjoyed putting together the subject guides using this resource, as I think it adds a lot more variety to each guide.

The library has a new program (EZProxy) that will greatly benefit patrons who access our resources from off-campus. When you click on a resource that requires authentication, it will first take you to the FHSU secure authorization page which will allow you to enter your TigerTracks ID and password. As long as you are logged in from that point, you will be able to access the library’s online resources without having to re-authenticate for each different resource.

The Reference Desk has modified the hours that a librarian will be available to help with your research questions. The new hours are as follows:

  • M – Th  9:00 am-5:00 pm; 6:00-10:00 pm
  • Friday  9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sat.     10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sun.    1:00 pm-10:00 pm

The Special Collections Room (Room 122 on the main floor) is now a closed room, meaning that it is locked all the time. The room will be staffed from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The staff who work in evenings and weekends will not have access to this room during those times, so please keep that in mind when you do need to use something from the Special Collections area. If you need to do research in the room, to look at a book from the Western Collection or Military History collection, or want to have a class tour, please call or email Patty Nicholas ahead of time to make an appointment. Call 628-5901 or email pnichola@fhsu.edu.

Mark your calendars for an event at the library on September 23. “Library Legends: Dead Man’s Hand”  is a fun-filled evening that starts out with a free BBQ meal for the first 100 students and continues when clues are given to solve a mystery within the library. Watch for more information about this library mystery evening in a later blog post.

If there are any questions or comments about the library, please let us know. It is nice to have the faculty and students back on campus for another semester. Good luck to all!


Remembering Jordan Boor

While the academic year at Forsyth Library has yet again begun with optimism and enthusiasm, our usual excitement is dimmed a little this year at the news of the passing of one of our students. Jordan Boor worked last year in the Learning Commons, and was one of the friendly faces visitors to Forsyth Library would see immediately as they walked through the front doors. Anyone who came to the Learning Commons for help on Jordan’s shift would remember him as knowledgeable and eager to help. Jordan had a special gift for trouble-shooting and for technology – his steadfast refusal to give up on a problem astounded and delighted the students and staff who came to him for help.

On the other side of the desk, Jordan’s fellow student workers and the professional staff at Forsyth were treated to a co-worker with a bright smile, a funny story, and a technology tip at the ready.  Throughout the year I spent as his supervisor, I was continually impressed by his innovative approach to his work and his dedication to helping people. Jordan was an integral part of making the Learning Commons a friendly place to visit and a positive voice for technology on campus. His last shift before summer break sums up his attitude and work ethic: hearing about a staff software problem just before we began our end-of-year party, he voluntarily – and without an ounce of negativity – ran across campus and solved the issue before returning to our festivities.

As a newcomer to Kansas who had never worked at a university before, I had a few questions about what I would find in Hays and at FHSU. Although many people helped me see the beauty in the state, the city and the campus, Jordan had an infectious enthusiasm for each that made me appreciate their special charm even more. Among the lessons Jordan taught me were:

  • always keep a coat in the truck, you never know when the weather’s going to change
  • the restart rule applies to all technology, not just computers
  • order the sauerkraut pizza from Lomato’s – you won’t be sorry

Jordan will be missed – and remembered with warm hearts – across campus, in the library, and, especially, in the Learning Commons.


Hathi Trust Digital Library

Hathi Trust is a digital repository library.  The repository contains items currently covered under copyright law and items that are in the public domain.  While items still covered by copyright law are not fully available to everyone, items determined to be in the public domain are freely available for anyone to view and sometimes to print.  Some titles will allow a full PDF download.  If you do this, keep in mind you may be downloading a very large file.  In a recent Charleston Advisor interview, John P. Wilkin, executive director of Hathi Trust, estimated that between the years of 1923-1963 about 60 percent of works they have reviewed are in the public domain.  He also states that many items in the collection and published after 1923 are in the public domain because they are U. S. government publications.

Some publications are available for sale through print on demand agreements made by partners within Hathi Trust.  There is a “find in a library” feature that uses the OCLC Worldcat database to help you discover which libraries have copies of the book available to lend.  This resource may not be your first stop in the research process, but it may be worth a look.