Now in Media Services: Unrestrictable Home Use Titles!

We have begun to acquire second and third copies of some of our more popular films. These are high demand titles that tend to be used in class every semester which prevents them from being checked out as home use titles to patrons. As a result, we have decided to create a new category for … Continue reading “Now in Media Services: Unrestrictable Home Use Titles!”

We have begun to acquire second and third copies of some of our more popular films. These are high demand titles that tend to be used in class every semester which prevents them from being checked out as home use titles to patrons. As a result, we have decided to create a new category for these titles called Unrestrictable Home Use. This means we have a dedicated non-Home Use copy of the item that faculty will always have access to and an Unrestrictable Home Use version that you, the patron (i.e.; AU students and staff) will always be able to access. In other words, regardless of whether a title is getting used for a class these Unrestrictable Home Use titles can always go out for home use.

Here’s a list of our first set of Unrestrictable Home Use items:

Devil’s Backbone – HU DVD 441
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – HU DVD 501
Fight Club – HU DVD 939
Blade Runner – HU DVD 1064
American History X – HU DVD 1132
Hotel Rwanda – HU DVD 1205
Schindler’s List – HU DVD 2419
All About My Mother – HU DVD 2446
Talk to Her – HU DVD 2447
The Godfather – HU DVD 2541
The Godfather II – HU DVD 2542
The Godfather III – HU DVD 2543
The Godfather Supplements – HU DVD 2544
Volver – HU DVD 2656
Last King of Scotland – HU DVD 2699
Pan’s Labyrinth – HU DVD 2770
A Clockwork Orange – HU DVD 3274
Hurt Locker – HU DVD 6762

Food for Fines Has Begun!!

That’s right, Food for Fines is officially on for the next month. Have you got Media Services fines for Home Use Collection DVDs that were returned a bit late? Act now! This is the perfect opportunity to take care of your fines as you help others this holiday season. For the past fifteen years, the … Continue reading “Food for Fines Has Begun!!”


That’s right, Food for Fines is officially on for the next month. Have you got Media Services fines for Home Use Collection DVDs that were returned a bit late? Act now! This is the perfect opportunity to take care of your fines as you help others this holiday season.

For the past fifteen years, the AU Library has partnered with the AU community to provide food for those in need, while giving people a break on their library fines. This year the tradition continues with the Capital Area Food Bank’s Kids Cafe.

Learn more about acceptable boxed and canned food items here.

AU Library Has Unveiled a New Unified Search – SearchBox!

Have you ever wanted to search the library’s web resources all at once? Find both books and articles with just one search engine? Your dream is very near reality because AU Library has added SearchBox. With SearchBox, library researchers can search simultaneously the ALADIN Catalog and approximately ninety percent (yes, 90%!) of the library’s electronic … Continue reading “AU Library Has Unveiled a New Unified Search – SearchBox!”


Have you ever wanted to search the library’s web resources all at once? Find both books and articles with just one search engine? Your dream is very near reality because AU Library has added SearchBox. With SearchBox, library researchers can search simultaneously the ALADIN Catalog and approximately ninety percent (yes, 90%!) of the library’s electronic resources, including journal, magazine, and newspaper articles in databases. “SearchBox is the most revolutionary and amazing new development since the library went online two decades ago,” says one longtime AU librarian.

For students and faculty, research will be much faster and easier because they can conduct Google-style searches of the library’s vast array of electronic resources. These resources are not available through a regular public Google search because the resources are privately paid for by the library through subscription fees. SearchBox also covers the consortium-wide holdings of the ALADIN Catalog and the digital repository, American University Research Commons. The only resources that the SearchBox engine cannot currently search are some statistical and financial databases. Those databases can still be searched individually. In fact, all databases can still be searched individually, which is particularly important to researchers who want to execute more sophisticated or complex searches that take advantage of specific database features.

SearchBox is supported with material from 6,800 publishers, 94,000 journal titles, and 550 million indexed items—numbers that increase daily. It has many powerful features that will help researchers. For instance, researchers can limit search results to full text or to peer-reviewed/scholarly journals or both. The default for displaying search results is relevancy ranking, but the results can also be displayed in ascending or descending order by date of publication. Other limits include subject, content type, and language. Individual items can be saved and displayed in selected citation formats. Results can also be exported to citation management software such as EndNote. Unlike the ALADIN Catalog or most current databases, SearchBox can also correct for spelling. For instance, if a researcher mistakenly types “Humon rights,” SearchBox will query, “Did you mean human rights?”

Using SearchBox is easy and highly intuitive, but as always, researchers may wish to contact a reference librarian if questions arise.

Home Use Loan Period (and Faculty Loan Period) Have Been Extended to 3 Days!!!

That’s right, the Home Use Loan period has now been extended to three days! Now you’ve got a little more time to watch your favorite films and TV shows. Don’t worry, you’re still able to bring DVDs back the very next day if you’re burning through them and are ready for a fresh title or … Continue reading “Home Use Loan Period (and Faculty Loan Period) Have Been Extended to 3 Days!!!”

That’s right, the Home Use Loan period has now been extended to three days! Now you’ve got a little more time to watch your favorite films and TV shows. Don’t worry, you’re still able to bring DVDs back the very next day if you’re burning through them and are ready for a fresh title or a new episode. We hope this change in service will improve your borrowing experience at Media Services!

The default loan period for AU faculty members is now three days for any video.

Tech Fair 2010

Are you new to AU or do you need a refresher on computer and library resources? Stop by the first floor of Bender Library between August 14th and 27th to ask technology questions, request assistance, attend walk-in class, or have your laptop configured to use AU’s wired and wireless networks. Hours for Tech Fair 2010 … Continue reading “Tech Fair 2010”


Are you new to AU or do you need a refresher on computer and library resources? Stop by the first floor of Bender Library between August 14th and 27th to ask technology questions, request assistance, attend walk-in class, or have your laptop configured to use AU’s wired and wireless networks. Hours for Tech Fair 2010 are Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call x3847 or e-mail libevents@american.edu for more information.

Return Your Library Items at the Media Services Desk

To make things easier for our users, the three main desks – Circulation, Media Services, and Music Library – will now accept items from the other two desks. This means if you already plan to come come down to Media Services to check out a Home Use title and you have a music CD to … Continue reading “Return Your Library Items at the Media Services Desk”

To make things easier for our users, the three main desks – Circulation, Media Services, and Music Library – will now accept items from the other two desks. This means if you already plan to come come down to Media Services to check out a Home Use title and you have a music CD to return to Katzen, you can feel free to drop it off here at our desk and we’ll be sure to get it over to the Music Library that day. This does not apply to Copy Center and Reserves items. Those items must be returned to their respective desks as usual, since they are time sensitive. But just think of all the time you’ll save by choosing one desk to visit as opposed to three!