Our thanks go to the 156 members of the Greater Hartford Campus community who participated in our Spring online satisfaction survey.  To quickly summarize:

1.  Responses came mostly from master’s degree students and undergrads.  The School of Social Work provided the largest group of respondents at 43% followed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with 24%.

2.  Most of our surveyed users (41%) visit once per week when compared to monthly (21%) or other frequencies.

3.  Speaking overall, 95% were satisfied, very satisfied or extremely statisfied  with the largest group, 50%, being very satisfied.

4.  97% were satisfied, very satisfied or extremely satisfied with the library’s in-house services with the largest group, 46%, being very satisfied.

5.  94% were satisfied, very satisfied or extremely satisfied with the library’s collections with the largest group, 51%, being very satisfied.

6.  93% of respondents were satisfied, very satisfied or extremely satisfied with the library’s staff assistance with the largest group, 40%, being extremely satisfied.

7.  88% were satisfied, very satisfied or extremely satisfied with the library’s hours with the largest group, 46%, being very satisfied.

8.  84% were satisfied, very satisfied or extremely satisfied with the library’s equipment with the largest group, 40%, being very satisfied.

9.  81% were satisfied, very satisfied or extremely satisfied with the library’s interiors with the largest group, 42%, being very satisfied.

In addition to completing the quantitative portions of the survey, roughly half of the respondents accepted an invitation to provide comments.  The largest number of comments (30) were  praise for the staff.  Other significant numbers of comments, in descending order, expressed concerns about the physical condition of the library (20), the library’s hours (10), and its equipment (8).  General praise appeared in 9 comments.

The spring online survey was the first of its type to be conducted by the Greater Hartford Campus Trecker Library for its clientele.  The  University Libraries will be conducting another of its series of  Libraries-wide user surveys in 2010.  One reason for this survey, which was done prior to the arrival of a significant number of new furnishings, was to establish a baseline to see if facility satisfaction will improve in the 2010 survey.  The importance of the surveys cannot be understated because results have been used to support improvements ranging from the furnishings just mentioned to better public computers and photocopiers.

— Bill Uricchio, Library Director

Cambridge Histories Online

A wonderful set of print resources are now available online! 


Cambridge Histories Online ( includes: American and world history; economic history and the history of science; together with historical treatments of literature; linguistics; music & theatre studies; philosophy; religion; anthropology and political thought.


Full-text of 60 works of narrative synthesis by major scholars published in over 250 volumes by Cambridge since 1960. see a full title list




We have just received word of an upgrade to, the federal government’s internet based research resource.  Information about it follows:


Access to Science Information Expands with 5.0 Launch


200 Million Pages of U.S. Government Science Resources Now Available on the Internet


The latest version of <> 5.0-was launched Sept. 15th, allowing users to search additional collections of valuable science resources; more easily target their searches; and readily find links to information on a variety of science topics. is a free, integrated single-search gateway to reliable science and technology information from 17 organizations within

13 federal science agencies. 5.0 improves upon the previous version, 4.0, by offering seven new databases and portals which allow researchers access to over 200 million pages of scientific information. New information available includes thousands of patents resulting from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research and development(DOepatents <> ); documents and bibliographic citations of DOE accomplishments (DOE R&D Accomplishments Database <> ); millions of electronic scientific documents from around the world known as e-prints (Eprint Network <> ); and comprehensive and peer-reviewed toxicology data for thousands of chemicals (HSDB Hazardous Substances Databank <>

) as well as more than 3 million references to worldwide literature on the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms (TOXLINE Toxicology Bibliographic Information <> ).  New information also includes a digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature (PubMed Central <> ) and cancer-related information of all kinds for all audiences ( <> ), including support and treatment resources for patients, comprehensive descriptions of research programs and clinical trials for healthcare professionals and the general public, and funding opportunities for researchers.


Another key feature of 5.0 is a “clustering” tool which helps target searches by grouping results by subtopics or dates. This technology was recently developed through a DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program award.


In addition to quadrupling the amount of searchable content and enhancing the search technology, 5.0 now provides links to related EurekAlert! Science News <>  and Wikipedia, and provides the capability to easily download research results into personal files or citation software. is hosted by DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), within DOE’s Office of Science.  In addition to DOE, is supported by contributing members of the Alliance, including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, and the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Printing Office, the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Archives and Records Administration.


Tim Byrne

Information International Associates, Inc.

DOE/Office of Scientific and Technical Information P.O. Box 62 Oak Ridge,TN 37831

Phone: 865-241-2358



          William Uricchio, Library Director

FINDING “BEST BOOKS”, etc. : An Important New Web Service for Faculty, Students and Librarians

Finding “best books”, and more, to support the campus curriculum is not always an easy task for librarians or faculty members. Campuses the size of Greater Hartford have a great tool in a web site called Resources for College Libraries (RCL) which is described as having a “… core list [which] features 65,000 titles in 58 curriculum-specific subjects…selected… by more than 300 subject specialists and bibliographers.” One of those specialists was Trecker’s Social Sciences Librarian, Janice Mathews, who worked on the Urban Studies section.

RCL, a combined effort by the R. R. Bowker company, a prominent library publisher, and the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, “is the long-awaited successor to Books for College Libraries” which has for years been a basic selection tool used by librarians to build academic library collections.

The new web version has expanded features for faculty looking for the most prominent materials in their field and librarians working to assure that local collections have the most important resources.

A new service, for undergraduate students looking for solid advice on how to conduct a research project, “…lists books, websites, and other electronic resources which professors and librarians have identified as the best or most useful…”

William Uricchio — Library Director

Learning Commons Survey iPod Winner Announced

Business graduate student Nicholas Macsata, who hails from Broad Brook, is the winner of the Greater Hartford/Hartford Campus iPod Nano. The Nano was one of five units offered by the Regional Campus Libraries in a drawing for students who answered an online survey about desired features of the Learning Commons. As he received his prize at a location near his place of employment, Mr. Macsata commented that “surveys do work” and, while they don’t always result in Nanos, in his case that statement is certainly no exaggeration. Congratulations to Mr. Macsata and many thanks to all of the students who took time to answer our survey.

William Uricchio — Library Director

Finding & Requesting New Books


Like many users of the Libraries, you may have had trouble finding new books. Trecker, as with the other UConn libraries, has new book shelves but, of course, they only show the new books that are currently in the library. Two new services have been developed to help you discover all of our new books:

HOMER NEW BOOKS. The University Libraries online catalog, HOMER, now has a tab which allows you to find, library by library and for the whole system, new additions to the online catalog. This list may be directly accessed at:

It is also accessible from the Blog sidebar at left.

One caveat about this list: Trecker’s books appear in the online catalog before they actually arrive at Trecker. Please check at our front desk if you are looking for a new book that is not where it should be.

TRECKER LIBRARY RECOMMENDED NEW BOOKS. The Homer New Books List is a great advance but it only provides location and basic bibliographic information. Trecker staff have created an annotated list of recommended new books which you may find of particular interest. This list is created after the books arrive so there should be no location confusion. Also, each entry is accompanied by brief information from major review media or from publishers about the book’s content and importance. Trecker’s recommended books can be found at

It is also accessible from the Blog sidebar at left.


Funding for book purchases has been tightening as UConn faculty and students have become increasingly focused on internet based resources. While we have not lost sight of the value of books for research and knowledge, we are moving away from purchasing books with the hope that someone may find them of interest and instead we are moving toward basing our collections more on curricular needs. As a member of the UConn community, you have significant power relative to recommending library purchases and as a result we not only welcome your suggestions for additions to the library’s collections but have taken steps to make this process easier. Two approaches have proven to work well:

E-Mail. You should feel free to e-mail one of the Library Liaisons with your request(s). It will be helpful if you can include information about how you intend to use the book for your instruction or research needs.

Trecker Liaisons are:

*Jan Lambert – Social Work
*Marsha Lee – Humanities
*Janice Mathews – Social Sciences
*Bill Uricchio – History, Sciences

Online Purchase Request Form . This is an easy way for you to suggest that the library purchase a resource. By indicating the “Hartford Campus” and choosing an appropriate subject area, your request will be forwarded to the proper liaison for handling. It will be especially helpful if in the “notes field” you indicate: “Need for my ____ research” or something similar. This form is mounted on the University Libraries website and can be used at any time:

William Uricchio — Library Director

Trecker Staffing Update

With the recent retirement of a key member of Trecker’s staff, this is a good time to provide up-to-date information about public services contacts, some of which recently changed.

Circulation, Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan & Reserves Services. Trecker’s Coordinator of Circulation Services, Claudia Lopes, has been joined by Administrative and Public Services Assistant Steve Bustamante, who joined the Treckeer Staff on a part-time basis in January. Steve will be working with Claudia to perform a number of duties related to curricular support. Please contact them if you would like materials placed on course reserve, assistance with Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan or for other activities related to our “front desk” operations.

Library Liaison program. Trecker’s librarians have service relationships with specific academic programs. Among the services offered are the teaching of library and research skills, participation in the First Year Experience program, building collections in support of campus academic offerings, and providing various levels of support for curricular needs. Please feel free to contact one of the following to discuss your particular situation:
*Jan Lambert – Social Work
*Marsha Lee – Humanities (New)
*Janice Mathews – Social Sciences
*Bill Uricchio – History, Sciences (New)

William Uricchio – Library Director


Help Us Identify Materials To Be Digitized

Do you know of pre-1923 monographs held by any of the UConn Libraries (excepting the Health Center and Law School) that you would like to see digitized and made available on the web? If so, read on:

As reported in the latest issue of University of Connecticut Libraries, the Libraries are at the beginning stages of a two year commitment to scan and provide online access to some three thousand pre-1923 monographs from our local collections. This initiative is part of an international effort that aims to bring scholarly publications free of copyright restrictions into the online environment.

To learn more about this project please see
At this time, we are particularly interested in making accessible, materials that would facilitate the research and educational programs of the University.

To this end, if there are specific pre-1923 single volume monographs held by the University of Connecticut Libraries that have not already been digitized here or elsewhere and which you would find valuable to have online, please contact one of the Trecker liaisons (list at end) who will recommend them for the Libraries’ digitizing workflow.
These digital copies will become part of the Internet Archive, which is a non-profit initiative dedicated to providing permanent access to digital surrogates of works in the public domain important to researchers, historians, and scholars.

Below are listed seven books from our collections that have already been added to the Internet Archive. To view the digitized version, just click on the title. Note that these may be viewed in a variety of ways, depending on your need (see especially the DjVu and Flip Book viewers). Note also that each digitized text is keyword searchable.

History of the Ninth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, “The Irish Regiment,” in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865.

Knightly soldier: a biography of Major Henry Ward Camp, Tenth Conn. vols.

Illustrated popular biography of Connecticut

Address delivered to the people of Goshen, Connecticut at their first centennial celebration, September 28, 1838

North Haven in the nineteenth century: a memorial

History of Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut

Diary of Christopher Columbus Baldwin, librarian of the American Antiquarian Society 1829-1835

Once the quality of the digital version has been checked, a record for the online version will be added to HOMER, the University Libraries catalog.

For this initial go round, please consider recommending up to five titles meeting the following criteria:

*Held by the University of Connecticut Libraries

*Single volume monograph

*Pre-1923 imprint

*Not yet available in digital form

Trecker Library Liaisons:
Jan Lambert for Social Work
Marsha Lee for Humanities
Janice Mathews
for Social Sciences
Bill Uricchio for History and Sciences


William Uricchio — Library Director (with special thanks to Dr. Scott Kennedy, University Libraries Area Director for Research and Information Services for much of the text)

Be Our Guest

The Library serves many clienteles and, while the UConn community is our primary user group, we are also open to the general public. Visitors will find a welcoming atmosphere with internet connected terminals and over 80,000 books which can be consulted without charge. An annual Community Borrowers Card can be purchased for $50 ($35 for Alumni Association members) which allows the general public to borrow books from any of the University of Connecticut Libraries (including libraries in Groton, Stamford, Storrs, Torrington, Waterbury, and West Hartford — but not the Health Center or School of Law). Certain other services, such as inter-library lending, are not available to the public.

It is also important to know that UConn, like many academic institutions, has been taking steps to increase its network security. Visitors wishing to use our internet connected terminals are now required to register at a special “Guest Registration Kiosk.” More information is available at this link:

When visiting the Trecker Library be sure to use our campus visitor’s parking lot near the corner of Asylum Avenue and Trout Brook Drive. We are short walk away in the large building facing Asylum Avenue.

So, please Be Our Guest!

William Uricchio – Library Director

Self Check Arrives!

Self Check service, which allows library users to charge out library materials without taking them to the circulation desk, arrived at the Trecker Library in October.  All five regional campus libraries now have Self Check (workstation shown below) in a version slightly different than the one in use at the main campus in Storrs.

Self Check Workstation

A Husky One Card (the UConn ID) is needed for the process to work.

Self Check is one of many initiatives designed to take the “middleman” out of your library experience.  Other efforts include technical advances in the way materials are requested for interlibrary lending (which once required a trip to the library and can now be done on the internet) and the increasing digitization of our journals and other collections.

William Uricchio – Library Director