Databases Up and Running

July 8, 2009
After some testing, it looks like our databases are back up and running.  Yaaay!   We thank you for your patience as IT fixed the server problems.

In the future, if you are experiencing trouble with the databases or other library resources, please use our troubleshooting checklist on the Resnick Library’s Vancko Hall page, and contact us right away with any issues.


Angela Rhodes
Systems & Instruction Librarian

Databases Slow or Unresponsive

Starting around the 4th of July, the library’s databases were slow or unresponsive. We have contacted the IT department, and it will be fixed as soon as they are able.

As of this morning, Tuesday July 7th, a test run saw little to no improvement in the performance. However, in most cases, the page will load after some time (5-10 mins), or in the event of getting a blank page, refreshing the page and waiting for the new page to load again. Once you’re into the databases, they will run at normal speed, it’s getting past the authentication page (ez proxy) that is the unresponsive part.

For those that need to do work in the databases, this may be the best solution until the problem is resolved. We will post again when the problem is fixed. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience.

Angela M. Rhodes
Systems & Instruction Librarian

Great Reads for Summer

Selected new titles from the Resnick Library are highlighted below. Most can be found on the New Book shelves during the summer, but just ask a staff member if you need help.

1. Thomas Jefferson: Architect: The Interactive Portfolio is a beautiful book combining images, narrative, and removable memorabilia celebrating the design of our third president’s most notable structures: the University of Virginia, his Monticello home, the Poplar Forest retreat, and the Virginia State Capitol.
2. Satchel : the life and times of an American legend. Recently reviewed on NPR, this is the story of Leroy Satchel Paige’s career, from the Negro Leagues to the Major Leagues.
3. Digging : the Afro-American soul of American Classical Music. Poet and playwright Amiri Baraka explores the cultural development of jazz music with respect to African American artists and how the music evolves into other forms, as well as how these artists influenced others along the way.
4. The Color Idea Book, from Taunton Press, is a great source of inspiration for expressing your ideas through color in your home.
5. The Joy of Keeping Chickens : the ultimate guide to raising poultry for fun or profit. The title says it all….
6. Building a reputation — Stay organized — Hire good people. Sound like good advice? This is from businessman Paul Teutul’s book The Ride of a Lifetime : Doing Business the Orange County Choppers Way.
7. Planet Google : One Company’s Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know. The strategy behind Google’s rise to Internet stardom told by New York Times columnist Randall Stross. According to Publisher’s Weekly, the “unfolding narrative of Google’s journey reads like a suspense novel.”
8. Local Breads is the result of Daniel Leader’s journey across Europe in search of the best sourdough and whole-grain recipes from the best artisan bakers. Beautiful color photographs add to this gem of a book.
9. Simply Organic is an updated edition of Jesse Ziff Cool’s “Your Organic Kitchen” with recipes organized by season.
10. And finally, for those rainy days :), how about some new and old movies? Resnick Library has over 700 films. Stop by and ask about our video collection.