TREXLER LIBRARY SCUTTLEBUTT ARCHIVE: FALL 2008

 

August 29   |   September 12   |   September 26

October 17   |   October 31   |   November 14


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-weekly Update from the Library
8/29/08

MDID Art Images Database

A new online repository for high-resolution art images is now available campus-wide to all faculty, staff, and students. The repository, called MDID, can store images, and display them in high resolution for teaching and research, including use in Powerpoint presentations at conferences.

Currently Muhlenberg's MDID database contains several thousand carefully chosen images of world art and architecture, purchased outright from the image vendor Scholars Resource.

To access the database and its contents from anywhere on campus visit http://mdid.muhlenberg.edu and choose Guest Login, then Browse. You can browse the existing collection by title, artist, etc. Click on the thumbnail to view the larger image.

How can I view an image in the highest resolution possible in MDID?

To go beyond the viewing capabilities of your Internet browser, MDID offers a free-to-install viewer that allows superb resolution of the digital image, plus magnification of detail and comparison of images side by side. For information about the viewer, call x3602 or reply to this email.

What if the artist or work I'm interested in does not already appear in the database?

Images can be purchased using a portion of a department's library funds. To find out what is available for purchase from our current vendor, or to discuss alternative sources for image purchases, call x3602 or reply to this email.

E-reserves

Last spring, Trexler Library began offering a new service called E-Reserves. The service enables professors to post reserve items online so that students can access them from anywhere. Library staff take care of any copyright concerns related to the items posted to e-reserves, paying permission fee with funds authorized by the Provost's Office. At this time there are already 525 items in the system, three times the amount there were at this point last semester. We're excited to be offering this service and are thrilled to see the faculty taking full advantage it.

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Calendar of Events

9/1: Homecoming/Parents' Weekend Display (Trexler Library Level A Terrace). On display through October.

9/2: Local Candidates Display (Trexler Library Level A). On display through Election Day.

9/5: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

9/9: Zotero Workshop for students (Trexler Library Computer Lab B-01, 4:30PM-5:30PM).

9/12: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

9/14: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Discussion on "Satan in Goray" by Isaac Bashevis Singer (Trexler Library Current Periodicals Section, 3:30PM-4:30PM). Discussion led by Hartley Lachter.

9/14: Poll Workers Sign Up Table (Front of Trexler Library, 7:00PM-10:00PM).

9/15: Faculty/Author Reception for J. Pooley (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 4:30PM-6:00PM).

9/16: Poll Workers Sign Up Table (Front of Trexler Library, 7:00PM-10:00PM).

9/18: AAUW Book Group (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 12:30PM-2:00PM).

9/18: Writing & Information Consultation Center open house and ribbon cutting (Trexler Library Level A, 4:30PM-5:30PM).

9/19: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

***Reply to this email with any questions about these events.**


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-weekly Update from the Library
9/12/08

The New Writing and Information Consultation Center

The grand opening (and ribbon-cutting) of the new Writing and Information Consultation Center will take place on September 18 at 4:30 p.m. on level A of the library. Please join us to celebrate, tour the space, and enjoy some refreshment.

The WICC is a one-stop shop for all your students' writing and research needs. We look forward to this new collaborative venture between Trexler Library and the Writing Center.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Infomaniac sez...

Do you use Google Docs? If you do, you'll be pleased to know that you can now find word definitions and synonyms while working directly in Google Docs. Highlight the word in your document and click on the Tools menu. You can choose to look up the word in Merriam-Webster's dictionary and thesaurus, and also Encyclopædia Britannica.

Calendar of Events

9/12: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM).

9/14: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Discussion of I.B. Singer's "Satan in Goray," led by Hartley Lachter. (Trexler Library Current Periodicals Section, 3:30PM-4:30PM).

9/14: Poll Workers Sign Up Table (Front of Trexler Library, 7:00PM-10:00PM).

9/15: Faculty/Author Reception for Jeff Pooley (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 4:30PM-6:00PM).

9/16: Poll Workers Sign Up Table (Front of Trexler Library, 7:00PM-10:00PM).

9/18: AAUW Book Group (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 12:30PM-2:00PM).

9/18: Writing & Information Consultation Center open house and ribbon cutting (Trexler Library Level A, 4:30PM-5:30PM).

9/19: Amze Emmons' Students' Art Display installed (Trexler Library Information Commons).

9/19: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM).

9/21: Poll Workers Sign Up Table (Front of Trexler Library, 7:00PM-10:00PM).

9/22: Notables Book Group. We will be discussing "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM).

9/24: Poll Workers Sign Up Table (Front of Trexler Library, 7:00PM-10:00PM).

9/25: Google Docs Workshop for students, faculty, and staff (Trexler Library, 4:00PM-5:00PM).

9/26: Homecoming Weekend

9/26: Google Docs Workshop for students, faculty, and staff (Trexler Library, 10:00AM-11:00AM).

9/26: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM).

***Reply to this email with any questions about these events.***


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update from the Library
9/26/08

Applying Fair Use in the College and University Setting

You won't want to miss the live audio conference on copyright and fair use running in Seegers 113 from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, 2008. Attorney and professor Laura (Lolly) Gasaway from the University of North Carolina will discuss best practices for using copyrighted materials in the classroom in light of recent legal and technological developments. For a complete description, click on the following link: https://www.higheredhero.com/audio/main.asp?G=2&E=1572&I=1.

Seating is limited. Email Terry Collings, collings@muhlenberg.edu to sign up now. The conference is being facilitated locally by Terry Collings (OIT) and Kelly Cannon (Library).

Classic Board Games Now Available on Library Terraces

Is the stress of the semester already getting to you? Come into the library to relieve some of that stress by playing some board games. Grab a couple of colleagues and indulge in a game of Apples to Apples. Challenge your department head to an intellectual game of Chess or Scrabble. All of the games are located on the library terraces and include: Boggle, Scrabble, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Apples to Apples, Chess, Backgammon, and Uno. There are more to come...

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

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Calendar of Events

9/28: Amze Emmons' student art is now on display (Trexler Library Information Commons, rotating display through the semester).

9/28: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM).

9/28: Poll Workers Sign Up Table (Front of Trexler Library, 7:00PM-10:00PM).

9/29: Poll Workers Sign Up Table (Front of Trexler Library, 7:00PM-10:00PM).

10/1: "National Coming Out Day" display (Trexler Library Level A, on display through October).

10/3: Zotero Workshop for faculty and staff (Trexler Library Computer Lab B-01, 10:00AM-11:00AM).

10/3: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

10/6: Faculty/Author Reception for Larry Hass (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 4:00PM-5:30PM).

10/12: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Discussion on "The Dybbuk and Other Writings" by S. Ansky. Discussion led by Hartley Lachter (Trexler Library Current Periodicals Section, 3:30PM-5:30PM).

***Reply to this email with any questions about these events.***


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update from the Library
10/17/08

Trexler Library 20th Anniversary
20 years ago, the college library's services and collections moved several hundred yards from Haas Hall to a new edifice constructed on the south side of Chew St. This new space featured good light, beautiful cherry wood furnishings, and an exterior that attractively coexisted alongside both modern and traditional buildings across campus. The building has weathered well, and though some members of the staff have changed, the library remains committed to providing quality service, programming, and resources in support of the College's mission as a liberal arts institution. Please join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Trexler Library Oct. 20-25 (see calendar of events below).
Calendar of Events

10/19: Commencement of week-long celebration (Oct. 19-25) of the 20th Anniversary of Trexler Library, beginning Sunday evening with:

 

10/19:   Free Film on the Lawn: "Say Anything" dir. Cameron Crowe (Location: lawn between Trexler Library and Center for the Arts, 7:00PM-9:30PM).

 

10/20:  Notables Book Group, Discussing "The Piano Player" by Kurt Vonnegut (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM).

 

10/21:  Banned Books Reading (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 11:00AM). 

 

10/23: Brownbag lunch and music on the terraces with Roland Kushner from 12:30-1:30.

 

10/23:  "Angel Food & Devil Dogs" Reading by Liz Bradbury (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 7:00PM-9:00PM).

 

10/24: ***Trexler Library 20th Anniversary Celebration***

            3:00PM: 

--Book Passing (Haas Hall to Trexler Library)

--"The Girls Next Door" Singing Performance (Library Front Awning)

3:30PM:

--Birthday Reception (Level A and B Level Terrace)

--Chamber Players (B Level Terrace)

4:00PM:

--Information Commons Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Speakers: President Peyton R. Helm & Senator Patrick Browne & David Kerr (AT&T)

4:30PM:

--YouTube Contest Winners and Showing of Contest Videos (Information Commons)

5:00PM:

--Papyri Website Revealed (Information Commons)

*Tours of library leaving at 3:15 and 5:15 from the Entry Floor Medallion
*Ongoing Memory Recordings led by MCTV

10/25:  Family Open House Welcome at the Red Doors (Library Front Awning, 10:00AM-1:00PM)

 

10/28:  Social Entrepreneurship Documentaries and Panel Discussion (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 7:00PM-10:00PM)

 

***Reply to this email with any questions about these events.***

Infomaniac Tip of the Week
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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update from the Library
10/31/08

Citing Sources

Did you know that the library databases produced by Ebscohost now offer assistance in properly citing sources? When using any of the Ebscohost databases (Academic Search Premier, ATLA Religion, Philosopher's Index, Business Source Elite, etc.), click on any title in  your list of search results, then move your cursor over the icons on the upper right of the screen. One of them will say "Cite this Article." Click on this icon, and Ebscohost will as if my magic produce a correct citation in any of a number of styles including MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian. Hurray! You won't be reaching for the Tylenol!

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Calendar of Events

11/9:  Jewish Literature Discussion Group.  Discussion of "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka. Discussion led by H. Lachter. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM-5:00PM.)

 

11/13:  Faculty Author Reception: E. Bonekemper's "Grant and Lee : Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian."   (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 12:30PM-2:00PM.)

 

11/13:  Coffee & Copyright: A faculty/staff discussion of teaching and research in light of current copyright law. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 4:00PM-5:00PM.) 

 

11/14: Coffee & Copyright (2nd run): A faculty/staff discussion of teaching and research in light of current copyright law. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 10:00AM-11:00PM.)

 

11/17: Notables Book Discussion Group: discussion of Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth." (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00Noon-1:00PM.)

 

11/20: AAUW Reading Group. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:30PM-2:00PM.)

 

11/20: "Tools to Stay Current: RSS Feeds, Table of Contents Alerts, and more..." A workshop for students, staff, and faculty, led by J. Jarson. (Information Commons, 4:30PM-5:30PM.)

 

***Reply to this email with any questions about these events.***


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update from the Library
11/14/08

The Beauty of MDID

Recently the Art Department, OIT, and Trexler Library worked together to acquire, install, and populate an image database called MDID. This database is the brainchild of software developers at James Madison University.

The database already contains several thousand images of fine art/architecture licensed to Muhlenberg College from Scholars Resource for unrestricted use on campus and in conference presentations off campus. The images can be pulled easily into Powerpoint or can be shown using a plug-in MDID viewer made for high-resolution.

To access the database from anywhere on campus, visit http://mdid.muhlenberg.edu . Just click on "Guest Login," sign off on the user agreement, and then choose Browse. No password is required to view the licensed collection of fine art images, called "Saskia."

More information about the contents--viewing, downloading, and adding to the collection--will be presented at a brief information session held in Trexler Library's Information Commons on Nov. 25 at 4:00 p.m.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

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Film treasures from important European film archives can be viewed online at Europa Film Treasures http://www.europafilmtreasures.eu/. Videos from early cinema are made available by streaming and cannot be downloaded. All genres and time periods are represented. The site will be regularly expanded by new contributions: films, documents, interviews, programs; and in a few weeks, all the information and film selection will be available in five languages. A beautiful example is "Butterflys" (http://www.europafilmtreasures.eu/fiche_technique.htm?ID=249 scroll down and click "See the Film"), a lovingly restored 1907 Italian short dance film.

Calendar of Events

11/17: Notables Book Discussion Group: discussion of Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth." (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00Noon-1:00PM).

11/20: AAUW Reading Group. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:30PM-2:00PM).

11/20: "Tools to Stay Current: RSS Feeds, Table of Contents Alerts, and more..." A workshop for students, staff, and faculty, led by J. Jarson. (Information Commons, 4:30PM-5:30PM).

11/24: "The Adirondacks (Historical Postcards)" Reading by Scherelene Schatz (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 12:15PM-1:15PM).

11/25: MDID Saskia Training (Trexler Library Computer Lab B01, 4:00PM-5:00PM).

Thanksgiving Break Hours:

Wed. 11/26: 8:00AM-5:00PM

Thursday 11/27-Saturday 11/29: Closed

Sunday 11/30: 6:00PM-1:00AM

12/7: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Discussion of "The Puttermesser Papers" by Cynthia Ozick, led by H. Lachter (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM-5:00PM.)

***Reply to this email with any questions about these events.***