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Mobius…books from beyond!

Mobius (mow-bee-us)…it’s an odd word isn’t it? It’s an odd word, but one that could be incredibly useful to you when you’re working on research projects. Mobius is the statewide consortium (of which Avila is a part) that works with libraries to offer discounted database and periodical subscriptions as well as creates an enormous lending network for all members. So what does this mean for you? Well, it means that we can provide you with more and better options for locating articles and WE CAN GET YOU BOOKS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE!

The Mobius consortium membership includes the majority of colleges and universities in Missouri as well as many public and special libraries. Each library is assigned a “cluster” based on geographic location and tends to work more closely with their cluster libraries. Avila is a part of the Kansas City cluster, so we work closely with (and can get materials pretty quickly from) universities, colleges, and some public libraries in the area (UMKC, Rockhurst, KC Public Library, etc.).

If you happen to need a book that we do not have access to at Avila, Mobius is going to be  your way to (hopefully) get a copy of that book. To get these books, your first task is to make sure Avila doesn’t already have a copy of it by searching here. If your search comes up blank, your next step should be to check the KC cluster options, which is here. Still nothing? Now you will have to check the full Mobius catalog, here.

In all of your basic searching options, you can search by title, author, subject, or journal/magazine. As always, if you search by author you need to put the last name first. If your search leads you to the full Mobius catalog, you will have more options for the basic search. In any of the searches, you are welcome to opt for the “Advanced Search”, which will help you narrow search results that are broad.

When requesting books, you will need to have your “user ID”. At Avila your user ID is your last name, first initial, middle initial, and your zip code (ex: A person named James A. Grant living in this area would be: grantja64145). If you have any problems requesting materials, you will need to contact the library or stop by the circulation desk.

When you request a book, it will be sent to your “home” library (at Avila, it will be the campus library), but you can also have them sent to other libraries within your cluster if they are more convenient for you. This ability makes mobius a fabulous and relatively quick way for students, faculty, community members, etc. to find information that is not currently available at their local/preferred library.

If you need help requesting materials, or with any step of the process, please feel free to ask any of your friendly neighborhood librarians. Also, you are welcome to ask me any questions in the blog comments or through our Facebook and Twitter (@HooleyBundschu) accounts.


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Getting Organized…Like a Boss

As the semester starts up, I’m sure many of you are prepping for your new classes. For those of you who are new to the game or maybe had a “rough” Fall semester, sometimes being (and staying) organized will help you succeed. Here are some tips from around the web on how to get and stay organized in college!

  • Remember that no one is there to remind you to do your homework, study, pay bills, wake you up, etc. You are responsible for your own success.

  • Create a time management system that works for you.

  • Get a planner, a good one (not one of those puny 4” monthly planner booklets). Write down all important dates & times (work schedule, class times, due dates, tests, etc.). If its a really big planner, schedule your day by the hour and be sure to add in time for sleep, studying, free time, eating, and basic functions (showering, bathroom, etc.). But…be sure to remain flexible in case of emergencies or special events.

  • Color code your life. For some people, myself included, having different tasks written or high-lit in a specific color helps to keep me organized/on task. Think about different colors for different tasks or maybe go with the stoplight motif.

  • Keep your classes separate: Get folders or binders for each class (go even further and use corresponding colors from your scheduling for the folder color) and keep all notes, handouts, etc. in that folder. Try to keep things in chronological order.

  • Put things away in specific spots when you are finished with them (like keys, phone, etc.) so you always know where they are.

  • Carry a backpack/large bag and keep specific items in them at all times. Have spare pens, paper, blue books, flashdrive, etc. on hand and easy to find always in this bag.

  • Invest in a big desk calendar–write down all important dates & times.

  • Use a whiteboard & dry erase markers. Write down all upcoming important dates & times or course work that is due (color code if that helps you) and erase as they are completed or passed.

  • Take a trip to the dollar store for desk organization items. Keeping your workspace organized will help you stay on task.

  • Go through “something” once a week. Clean out a drawer, empty your purse, etc. Sometimes you’ll find missing things or realize you’ve missed an assignment! If nothing else, this will help you keep your space organized for longer if you are a messy person (like me).

  • Plan in advance. Yes, that paper isn’t due until May, but it might be a good plan to have it written down somewhere so it stays in your mind.

  • Take a stapler to class (or a hole punch). This will allow you to keep materials together from each days class. Three hole punch will let you toss it in a folder or binder immediately.

  • Create routines. Having a morning routine could help non-morning people stay on task in their haze.

  • Sticky notes! Have to read a specific chapter, put a sticky note in at the beginning of the required reading with the date it must be finished. You could color code this too (red for NOW – green for “ you have time”).

Organizing is different for everyone, and not every technique works for every person. These are just some basic ideas to keep you on track during the semester. Perhaps having a clear picture of your semester written down will help you avoid the end of semester crunch/crash. Good luck in this new semester! If you need any help staying on track, you are welcome to visit the library. We can sometimes be very helpful! 🙂

Where I found this nifty information.



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