TREXLER LIBRARY SCUTTLEBUTT ARCHIVE: SPRING 2008

 

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March 14   |   March 28   |   April 10   |   April 18   |   May 9

 


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Weekly Update from the Library
1/24/08

Recent Developments

Painting of the Information Commons

The new Information Commons on Level A of the library is in the midst of construction this week. Painting began on Monday and will continue all week. A Wet Paint sign has been posted in the area and we're asking people to use the other labs on Level B until the work is completed.

Student Art Work in the Library

This semester, the Art Dept. will begin exhibiting student art work along both recessed walls in the Information Commons, and in the Muhlenberg Room.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Library reserves misses you!

Starting this January, course reserves are available through library web pages. You can still have hard copy of reserve items held at the library, but whenever possible, we can deliver reserves in electronic format. What are the benefits?
-Students don't have to be in the library to access electronic reserves.
-You can link to reserve materials from Blackboard.
-The library manages copyright compliance.
You can use this form http://www.muhlenberg.edu/library/forms/reserve_request.html to have material placed on reserve, or call the library (484) 664-3500 for assistance.

Calendar of Events

1/25: Library Liaisons Meeting (Hoffman House, 9:00AM-10:00AM). Topics include: Choice Reviews Online, Bowker's Book Analysis System, and other relevant collection development tools.

1/25: Weekly Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM). Call x3602 to sign up. Cushions provided.

1/28: Library Committee Meeting (Trexler Library Fulford Rm., 4:30PM-5:30PM)

1/30: Phi Beta Kappa Luncheon (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 11:30AM-1:30PM) There will be thirteen attendees at the luncheon including keynote speaker Saskia Sassen, Jeff Pooley and nine of his students, and librarians Kelly Cannon and Jen Jarson.


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Weekly Update from the Library
2/1/08

Recent Developments

Good news for JSTOR users. . .

You may not realize that JSTOR is an archival database - coverage often starts with the first issue but does not extend to the current issue. However, you have access to the current issue of many of these titles either through another online database or an individual print subscription held by Trexler Library. In order to give you seamless online access to these titles (or as close as possible), we are working toward switching the print subscriptions to online access. This year we are switching 30 titles over to online-only access. The following titles available in JSTOR will also have the current issues available online in 2008:

  • African Affairs
  • American Journal of Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
  • China Quarterly
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • Ecological Applications
  • Ecological Monographs
  • Ecology
  • Economic Journal
  • English Historical Review
  • Evolution
  • Family Relations
  • Historical Journal
  • International Affairs
  • Journal of Asian Studies
  • Journal of Economic History
  • Journal of Finance
  • Journal of Latin American Studies
  • Journal of Marriage and Family
  • Journal of Modern African Studies
  • Journal of Politics
  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion
  • Mind
  • Modern Asian Studies
  • Modern Language Journal
  • Musical Quarterly
  • Past & Present
  • Philosophical Quarterly
  • Philosophy & Phenomenological Research
  • Philosophy & Public Affairs
  • Russian Review

To check availability of any online edition of a title, please search the Trexler Library catalog.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Infomaniac says ...

The next time you forget to bring a storage device with you to the library, you can still work on large documents and save big files. The Circulation Desk at Trexler Library sells 1GB flash drives for $19.

Library Calendar of Events

2/11: Faculty/Author Reception for C. Borick (Trexler Library Fulford Rm., 4:00PM-6:00PM)

2/14: Zotero Workshop for Faculty and Staff (Trexler Library Computer Lab B01, 4:00PM-5:00PM)

2/15: Zotero Workshop for Faculty and Staff (Trexler Library Computer Lab B01, 9:00AM-10:00AM)

2/15: Copyright FAQ Coffee Hour (Trexler Library Current Periodicals Reading Room, 10:00AM-11:00AM)

2/15: Weekly Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM).


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Weekly Update from the Library
2/8/08

Recent Developments

Grant Awarded for Book Discussion Series

After running a successful book discussion group in the fall led by Jim Bloom, Trexler Library received a second grant to continue a book discussion series on themes in 20th century Jewish literature, awarded by Nextbook and the American Library Association. Hartley Lachter will lead the fall 2008 discussions, and Sharon Albert will lead the spring 2009 discussions. Watch for an email announcement in July about signing up for one or both discussion series.

More Laptop Computers Added to the Collection

Thanks to Wendy Cole and Academic Support for donating 5 new laptop computers to the library's circulating collection, available to anyone in the Muhlenberg community to check out and use on the premises. This brings the total number of circulating laptops to 9.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

The Beauty of a "Creative Commons" License

Consider using a Creative Commons License in place of a traditional copyright notice when publishing on the web. How is a Creative Commons License different from copyright? A) It allows for nonprofit use of your work without the user needing to ask your permission. This is good because it gets your work out there. B) It mandates that the user always credit you as the author. This is good because it gets your name out there.

For more information on Creative Commons Licensing, visit the Creative Commons website, or reply to this email.

Calendar of Events

2/8: Weekly Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM).

2/11: Faculty/Author Reception for C. Borick (Trexler Library Fulford Rm., 4:00PM-6:00PM)

2/14: Zotero Workshop for Faculty and Staff (Trexler Library Computer Lab B01, 4:00PM-5:00PM)

2/15: Zotero Workshop for Faculty and Staff (Trexler Library Computer Lab B01, 9:00AM-10:00AM)

2/15: Copyright FAQ Coffee Hour (Trexler Library Current Periodicals Reading Room, 10:00AM-11:00AM).

2/15: Weekly Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM).

2/18: Faculty/Author Reception for M.Huber (Trexler Library Fulford Rm., 4:00PM-6:00PM)

2/21: Brown Bag Lunch: Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group presentation on "How to Get Published." (Trexler Library Current Periodicals Reading Room, 12:15PM-1:15PM). Hear from local, published writers about how to get your popular work published. All welcome to attend. Reply to this email for details.

2/22: Weekly Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM).


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Update from the Library
2/22/08

Recent Developments

Online Access to American Chemical Society (ACS) Core Journals

We are happy to make available 26 more ACS journals in 2008. The American Chemical Society publishes many core journals for the field of chemistry. Unfortunately, we have been limited in how many subscriptions we could afford from this one publisher because the average cost is over $2,300 per title. This year we have converted our ACS print subscriptions to a package of online journals. As a result, for a slight increase in cost, we now have access to the following 35 journals:

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Nano
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Biotechnology Progress
  • Chemical & Engineering News
  • Chemical Research In Toxicology
  • Chemical Reviews
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Crystal Growth & Design
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry
  • Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data
  • Journal of Chemical Information & Modeling
  • Journal of Chemical Theory & Computation
  • Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Journal of Natural Products
  • Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry Parts A, B & C
  • Journal of Proteome Research
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Langmuir
  • Macromolecules
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Nano Letters
  • Organic Letters
  • Organic Process Research & Development
  • Organometallics

Moving Subscriptions from Print to Online Access

In the past few years we have been building our access to online resources which are heavily used by students and faculty. You may recall that we have purchased access to several of the JSTOR Collections. The collections we've selected cut across the disciplines. You may not realize that JSTOR is an archival database - coverage often starts with the first issue but does not extend to the current issue. However, you have access to the current issue of many of these titles either through an online database or an individual print subscription held by Trexler Library. In order to give you seamless access to these titles (or as close as possible), we are working toward switching the print subscriptions to online access. This year we are switching 30 titles over to online-only access. The following titles available in JSTOR will also have the current issues available online in 2008:

  • African Affairs
  • American Journal of Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
  • China Quarterly
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • Ecological Applications
  • Ecological Monographs
  • Ecology
  • Economic Journal
  • English Historical Review
  • Evolution
  • Family Relations
  • Historical Journal
  • International Affairs
  • Journal of Asian Studies
  • Journal of Economic History
  • Journal of Finance
  • Journal of Latin American Studies
  • Journal of Marriage and Family
  • Journal of Modern African Studies
  • Journal of Politics
  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion
  • Mind
  • Modern Asian Studies
  • Modern Language Journal
  • Musical Quarterly
  • Past & Present
  • Philosophical Quarterly
  • Philosophy & Phenomenological Research
  • Philosophy & Public Affairs
  • Russian Review

Because of year-end changes in publishers, pricing, and inclusion in database collections, you will find other titles have either become available online or have been removed from a database. To check availability of any title, please search the Trexler Library catalog. To see a list of E-journals by subject, from the library home page, go to Find ? Show more ? E-journals A-Z. Select a subject from the drop-down box in the middle of the screen.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Infomaniac says ...

The recent buzz in Trexler concerns Open Access to scholarly communications at Harvard. Last week, Arts and Sciences faculty at Harvard University voted unanimously to make all scholarly articles freely available to the public through an online repository. The proposed system requires faculty to submit articles to the Provost's office, and would allow faculty to retain copyright to their work. Harvard University Library will create an Office for Scholarly Communication to host the repository. Faculty would also have the option of filing a waiver, allowing their work to be published in an academic journal. The goal is to provide access to scholarly research to the widest possible audience.

Library Calendar of Events

2/22: Weekly Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

2/28: Planning session for new library "Best Seller" reading group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM)

2/29: Weekly Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

2/29: Spring Break Hours Begin

Friday 2/29: 8:00AM-5:00PM

Saturday 3/1-Sunday 3/2: Closed

Monday 3/3-Friday 3/7: 9:00AM-5:00PM

Saturday 3/8: Closed

Sunday 3/9: 6:00PM-1:00AM

3/10: Regular Hours Resume


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Biweekly Update from the Library
3/14/08

Recent Developments

Gale Going Electronic

We're beginning the migration from print to electronic format for our Gale literary criticism series (the mega-series in the reference room in Trexler). We'll start with the set Contemporary Literary Criticism this year, and then move through the other sets, one set migrated per year.

Here are all the sets to be migrated over:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
  • Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism
  • Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800
  • Classical and Medieval Literary Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Drama Criticism

This series has long been a rich source of excerpted and full-text reprints of literary criticism from journals and books. The electronic format will mean the entire text of the criticism can be searched--from a single interface that will be available through the library's online catalog, and also from the library's Articles A to Z page. It should be a great supplement to the MLA database.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Open Access (OA) is the idea that peer-reviewed research is made freely available on the internet immediately after publication. Many open access journals are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

How can we support the Open Access (OA) publishing movement at Muhlenberg?

  • As students, faculty and staff, we can read and cite OA articles in our research; there are more than 2,800 peer-reviewed journals that provide free access to the full text of their articles.
  • We can share our research in these publications and encourage colleagues to do the same. More than half of peer reviewed journals permit authors to make their articles freely available after publication.
  • Most of us belong to professional organizations and serve on committees. We can ask these organizations to support OA publishing; this includes student government, learned societies, and faculty committees.
  • We can contact our elected representatives in Washington and let them know we support open access to research, especially to publicly funded research.
  • Lastly, visit Trexler Library and learn more about OA by talking to a librarian.

Calendar of Events

3/17: Book Club Meeting (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM).

3/17: Faculty Author Reception for D. Wilson (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 4:00PM-6:00PM)

3/20: Easter Break Hours

Thursday, March 20 ~ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, March 21 - Sunday, March 23 ~ closed
Monday, March 24 ~ 6:00 PM - 1:00 AM

3/28: Campus Copyright Policy Meeting (Trexler Library Curriculum Lab, 10:00AM-11:00AM)

3:28: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Biweekly Update from the Library
3/28/08

Recent Developments

"Notables" Book Club

Faculty, staff, and community have signed up--15 members to date--to read and discuss award-winning and other notable fiction and nonfiction titles published recently. Join us in the Rare Books Room for any books that interest you. Call x3602 if you have questions.

April 21, 12 noon: Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie
May 19, 12 noon: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
June 23, 12 noon: The Cleft by Doris Lessing
July 28, 12 noon: Freakonomics by Steven Levitt
August 25, 12 noon: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Dates and books TBA:

September: Culture and History genre
October: Sci Fi genre
November: Inspirational genre
December: Historical fiction genre
January: Autobiography genre
February: Domestic genre
March: Western genre
April: Mystery genre

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Infomaniac sez...

Have you tried Google Docs http://docs.google.com ? It's a great tool for working collaboratively on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. With Google Docs, you can upload your materials online and access them later from any computer. You can invite others to work on your documents, track changes, and roll back to any version. There's also a shared calendar. Everything is stored online and can be emailed as attachments.

Calendar of Events

3/29: 50th Anniversary of Co-Education at Muhlenberg Weekend: "Meet the Current and Emeriti Faculty" (Fulford Room, Trexler Library, 2:00-4:00 PM)

4/1: "Forgive a Fine Day." Bring in one canned good for each overdue item to have your fines erased. (Trexler Library, 8:00AM-12:00AM

4/4: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

4/6: Poetry Reading Group led by Alec Marsh (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM- 5:00PM)

4/11: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

4/13: Poetry Reading Group led by Alec Marsh (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM-5:00PM)


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Biweekly Update from the Library
4/10/08

Recent Developments

NITLE

At the annual NITLE conference in San Francisco last week, Joyce Hommel and Jen Jarson presented a well-attended poster session titled "Developing an Integrated Approach for Information and Technology Success."

Their attendance at the conference also provided an opportunity to explore the possible ways that the college might benefit from resumed membership in NITLE, an organization specifically geared toward the needs of liberal arts colleges.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Infomaniac says. . .

Try Zillow.com when researching real estate values.

Zillow will help you find property values (est.) when comparing home prices in your own neighborhood or most anywhere in the country. At the website, just type in a residential address and then move the cursor over the satellite image to reveal prices.

Calendar of Events

4/11: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

4/13: Poetry Reading Group led by Prof. Alec Marsh (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 3:30PM-5:00PM). In this 2nd and final session of this year's Poetry Reading Group, we will be puzzling over some translations of poetry that appear in the April "translation" issue of Poetry. Please join us!

4/18: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM). The meditation consists of 40 mins. of seated meditation and 5 min. walking meditation. Cushions provided.

4/21: "Notables" Book Group Meeting: "Shalimar the Clown" (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM). Promises to be a lively discussion about this recent Rushdie novel.

4/25: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

4/28: Library Committee Meeting (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 4:30PM-6:00PM)


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Biweekly Update from the Library
4/18/08

Recent Developments

Come see the student art on display in Trexler Library!

Some samples:

Section of Amze Emmons' Print Making I class display in the Information Commons

"Brain Pain" by Lukas Silverman
Part of Scott Sherks' Sculpture II/III class display in the Muhlenberg Room

What Can I Place on Course Reserves?

The library's Course Reserves accommodates these items:

  • Hard copies of books
  • DVDs and other AV
  • Digitized articles and digitized book chapters via the library's new Electronic Reserves system.
  • Streaming of audio and video clips.

Chris Brady (cbrady@muhlenberg.edu), Reserves Assistant, can assist you with all your Course Reserves needs. Send citations or full text of items intended for reserve to Chris. Requests may require 3 working days for processing.

In the next Scuttlebutt: "The Differences Between Blackboard and Electronic Reserves."

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

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30 Boxes calendar is simple to use. The tool has a rudimentary understanding of scheduling grammar, so appointments can be created in a single entry box by typing something like, "lunch, noon Friday with Jack." It's also an aggregation service for time-based updates from your social sites and for those of your friends. It has its own e-mail that you can use to set up alerts to yourself and others, send Web links, and track responses to your e-mails.

Calendar of Events

4/25: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

4/28: Library Committee Meeting (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 4:30PM-6:00PM)

5/2: Annual Book Sale (Trexler Library Front Steps, 9:00AM-5:00PM)

5/2: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

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

5/15: Google Docs Workshop, led by Kelly Cannon (Trexler Library B01 Classroom, 4:00PM-5:00PM).

5/16: Google Docs Workshop, led by Kelly Cannon (Trexler Library B01 Classroom, 9:00AM-10:00AM).

Note: To register for either Google Docs Workshop, RSVP to jarson@muhlenberg.edu by Friday, May 9. Seating is limited.

INTERSESSION LIBRARY HOURS: Saturday, May 10 - Tuesday, May 20
Saturday, May 10 - Sunday May 11: CLOSED
Monday, May 12 - Friday, May 16: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 17 - Sunday, May: 19 CLOSED
Monday, May 19 - Tuesday, May 20: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Biweekly Update from the Library
5/9/08

Word on the Street

How has the library's new electronic reserve system helped you?

Steve Coutinho
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

"Student access to texts was made easy, wherever and whenever they wanted it."

The system became transparent, perfectly natural: "part of the furniture," we were "not even aware" of it as something out of the ordinary.

"Everything went so smoothly, we never had to worry about what was going on behind the scenes."

Read more:

When Coutinho was planning his seminar for spring 2008, Language, Culture and Philosophical Difference, he was concerned about the difficulty of access to appropriate readings. The relevant readings were scattered throughout various academic press books that together would make excellent reading material, but he wasn't sure how best to make the readings available to his students. Not all books were currently in print, and the total cost of obtaining all books would have been prohibitively expensive.

In conversation with library staff, Coutinho learned that Chris Brady, Reserves Assistant, would do all the legwork in compiling the texts, requesting permission from copyright holders as needed, and digitizing and posting the articles. As Coutinho said afterward, "Everything went so smoothly, we never had to worry about what was going on behind the scenes."

Coutinho's case shows how the e-reserve system helps the college remain copyright compliant while efficiently and conveniently providing the necessary reading materials to students. After Brady contacted one academic press, they gave permission for Coutinho to use as much reading as he needed to for his course, without paying copyright fees. In another case, fees were paid, budgeted expressly for that purpose by the Provost's Office.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Infomaniac sez...

Check out the 12th Annual Webby Award winners (http://webbyawards.com/webbys/). Webby Winners are chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and represent the best of the Web. A few of this year's winners:

Calendar of Events

5/9: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)
Open to the public. Call x3602 to confirm.

5/15: Google Docs Workshop, led by Kelly Cannon (Trexler Library Information Commons, 4:00PM-5:00PM).
Note: Seating is still available for this session. RSVP to jarson@muhlenberg.edu by Monday, May 12.

5/16: Google Docs Workshop, led by Kelly Cannon (Trexler Library Information Commons, 9:00AM-10:00AM).
Note: This session is filled.

5/19: "Notables" Book Discussion Group: "Devil in the White City" (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM).
Open to the public. RSVP to kcannon@muhlenberg.edu.

6/6: Campus Copyright Policy Meeting (Trexler Library Curriculum Lab, 10:00AM-12:00PM)

6/23: "Notables" Book Discussion Group: "The Cleft" (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM).
Open to the public. RSVP to kcannon@muhlenberg.edu.

INTERSESSION LIBRARY HOURS:
Saturday, May 10 - Sunday May 11: CLOSED
Monday, May 12 - Friday, May 16: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 17 - Sunday, May: 19 CLOSED
Monday, May 19 - Tuesday, May 20: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.