February 29, 2016

Questions? Ask the IRC

It's baaaaack! Chat is returning to the Instructional Resource Center as Questions? Ask the IRC.  In addition to locating quick answers about the IRC using our searchable IRC FAQs page, you will now be able to ask questions live. Ask the IRC chat is staffed by the curriculum librarian and Instructional Resource Center student workers.

Chat hours for Spring 2016
Monday - Thursday: 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 2 pm to 6 pm


Why chat? Sometimes you have questions while working online in your dorm, somewhere on campus, or even off campus. Chat provides opportunity to connect with the IRC quickly and easily while remaining at your current location.

What Questions? Ask the IRC can help with basic questions, such as general information about the IRC, collections, juvenile books, equipment, and hours.


Where can I chat?  Ask the IRC chat widgets are available on the IRC main page, as well as on the IRC Services and Pricing and IRC Chat policy pages.  You will also find chat widgets on the IRC FAQs page and several IRC Course LibGuides.

How does it work? Easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. Visit one of the pages with a chat widget, click to open chat box, or -

2. Wait. The chat widget will open in 30 seconds. Choose to chat now or click no thanks to close the box.

3. Enter your name, type in a question, and start chat.

But wait ... there's more!

Chat will also work on your mobile device

Take time to visit the IRC Chat policy page. It details information about question types, acceptable use of the chat service, and availability of chat transcripts sent via email.

February 25, 2016

IRC Hours Update: Friday 2/26

The Instructional Resource Center will be closed Friday, February 26th. Regular hours will resume on Sunday, February 28th. A complete listing of IRC hours updates is available on the IRC web site.

February 24, 2016

Juvenile Books: New Book Shelves

Looking for one (or more) of the new children's books recently posted to the IRC blog?

All new titles added to the juvenile collection, both fiction and non-fiction, are initially shelved in the new book area on the second floor.

Can't find that new book?
Ask in the Instructional Resource Center for help locating a new book, or any other IRC and juvenile collection item.

Juvenile Books: Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment

February 23, 2016

Juvenile Books: YA Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment

#IRCFAQs Tuesdays

Are you following the @IRCaulibrary #IRCFAQs ? These weekly tweets feature popular FAQs from the Instructional Resource Center and AU Library LibAnswers searchable FAQs knowledge base. 




Interested in learning more about AU Library & IRC FAQs?  Check out the AU Library News Blog post: AU Library FAQs. If you have questions not answers on our FAQs page, be sure to submit your suggestions for Qs using the link at the bottom of each page:  AU Library Qs form - IRC Qs form. Stay up-to-date with the IRC on Twitter and Pinterest.

*Post originally published 1/12/16.

February 22, 2016

Juvenile Books: Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment

Juvenile Books: YA Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment

February 19, 2016

IRC News: Updated Computers


Just in time for midterms, the Instructional Resource Center and library second floor have eight updated computers available for use. We have replaced three PCs inside the IRC (near the bulletin boards), three PCs on the study room side of the second floor (pictured above), and two PCs on the restroom side of the second floor. Access to scanners for these systems remains the same.

Remember, IRC and library second floor computers print to our print quota printer / copy machine and have access to the IRC color printer.

February 18, 2016

Juvenile Books: Nonfiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.
These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment

IRC Pinterest: Materials Kits

Visit the IRC Pinterest board, Materials Kits to view recent additions to this circulating collection. Our materials kit collection features puppets, flannel board stories, dry erase boards, and games for math, science, language arts, social studies, music, and other subject areas.


Follow IRC's board IRC Materials Kits on Pinterest.


Materials kits are part of the IRC circulating collection, located on the second floor of AU Library. Check availability by clicking the catalog link after each call number.

February 17, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment

Juvenile Books: Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment

Juvenile Books: Graphic Novels

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment

February 16, 2016

Alex Awards: Main Recreational Reading

The following Alex Award winning books have been added to the library's main collection and recreational reading collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display in the reference area on the main floor of the library or in their regular location.
"The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing." - About the Alex Awards, YALSA 
These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment
Alex Award winners are also featured on the IRC's Alex Award Winners Pinterest board.

Follow IRC's board Alex Award Winners on Pinterest.

February 15, 2016

IRC Pinterest: President's Day

Visit the IRC on Pinterest for a selection of President's Day resources. Featured titles, both fiction and non-fiction, are part of the main juvenile collection and located on the second floor of AU Library. Check title availability by clicking on the catalog link in the pin description provided for each book.

Follow IRC's board Presidents Day on Pinterest.

Need help locating one of these titles? Stop in the IRC, we can help.

February 11, 2016

IRC Hours Update: Friday 2/12

The Instructional Resource Center will be closed Friday, February 12th. Regular hours will resume on Sunday, February 14th. A complete listing of IRC hours updates is available on the IRC web site.

February 10, 2016

Juvenile Books: Big Books

The following big books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. Big books are located on the second floor adjacent to the juvenile collection. Big books are presented in large hanging bags, both book and bag circulate.

February 9, 2016

IRC Circulating: Kits

The following materials kits have been added to the Instructional Resource Center circulating collection. Materials Kits are located inside of the IRC, on right side/east wall, and shelved numerically. For ease of use, shelving in the IRC are labeled.

February 8, 2016

IRC Pinterest: Valentine's Day

Visit the IRC on Pinterest for a selection of Valentine's Day themed picture books. Featured titles are part of the main juvenile collection and located on the second floor of AU Library. Check title availability by clicking on the catalog link in the pin description provided for each book.

Follow IRC's board Valentines Day on Pinterest.

February 5, 2016

Juvenile Books: Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in the regular location within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books: YA Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in the regular location within the juvenile collection.

February 4, 2016

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in the regular location within the juvenile collection.

February 3, 2016

Juvenile Books: Graphic Novels

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in the regular location within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books: Nonfiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in the regular location within the juvenile collection.

February 1, 2016

IRC Pinterest: Winter!

Visit the IRC on Pinterest for a selection of Winter themed picture books. Featured titles are part of the main juvenile collection and located on the second floor of AU Library. Check title availability by clicking on the catalog link in the pin description provided for each book.

Follow IRC's board Winter Picture Books on Pinterest.