TREXLER LIBRARY SCUTTLEBUTT ARCHIVE: SUMMER 2008

 

June 20   |   July 17


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Summer Update from the Library
6/20/08

Word on the Street

Did you know that Trexler Library houses two leased collections, one for leisure reading, the other for leisure listening?

The New York Times Bestseller Collection contains bestselling books leased for a few months from the vendor, that are later returned, to be replaced by newer bestsellers. The aim of this collection is to make available to you books that may never make it into the permanent library collection, but are great for light reading--books by authors like Peter Carey, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Crichton, Jonathan Kellerman, and Alice Sebold. Browse these titles by visiting the book shelf across from the Information Services desk, or go online to: http://library.muhlenberg.edu/search/ftlist^bib38 . Remember, the purpose of this collection is leisure reading, purely for enjoyment! Grab a book and head to the shore!

But before you get in the car, browse our other leased collection, this one for pleasure listening--our Audiobound Collection. The leased audio books aim for popular entertainment, a chance to listen to some recent bestsellers from the comfort of your CD player. However, unlike the New York Times Bestseller book collection, some of the audiobound books are purchased for our permanent audio collection, meaning that you will find classic titles mixed in with popular ones. Audiobound titles can be browsed by visiting the AV Alcove on level A of the library.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Infomaniac says. . .

Try out SearchMe (http://beta.searchme.com/Initial.html), one of Time Magazine's fifty best websites of 2008.

Time Magazine says of this site:
"View Internet search results through a new lens at SearchMe, an engine that displays results not in the usual text-list format (that's so Google), but as a slick image gallery of actual Web pages you can flip through and filter results by topic. A query on Montana, for example, lets you narrow results into categories like real estate, lodgings, weather and fishing. SearchMe isn't the only visual search engine - rivals include the meta-search site kartOO and newcomer Viewzi (which was still in private beta as of June 2008) - but its clean, intuitive interface sets it apart."

See all fifty of TIME's selections at http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/0,28757,1809858,00.html.

Calendar of Events

6/23: Notables Book Discussion Group: "The Cleft" (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM)

7/3: Holiday hours: Library closes at 5:00 PM

7/4-7/6: Library closed

7/15: Online sign-up begins for Fall 2008 Jewish Literature Book Discussion Group led by Prof. Hartley Lachter. Watch the Trexler Library home page and your email for details. Family and friends are welcome to join this once-a-month discussion of five novels around the theme "Demons Golems & Dybbuks," to be located in the Periodicals Reading Rm. in the library.

7/28: Notables Book Discussion Group: "Freakonomics" (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM)

8/4: Beanies and M-Books Display (Trexler Library Main Concourse). On display through September.

8/11: Faculty Workshop: "Developing Effective Library Assignments" (Trexler Library, Room TBA, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM)

8/11: Faculty Workshop: "Integrating Technology Into Your Courses" (Trexler Library, Room TBA, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM)

8/12: Faculty/Staff Workshop: "Using the MDID Images Database" (Trexler Library B01, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM)

8/25: Notables Book Discussion Group: "No Country For Old Men" (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM)

8/27: New Faculty Reception (Trexler Library Level A Information Commons, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM)

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


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Summer Update from the Library
7/17/08

Word on the Street

Mega-Literary Criticism Resource Goes Online

About 30 years ago, Gale Publishing (arguably the largest publisher of reference books) started churning out volumes of reprinted literary criticism from books and journals. Originally, the articles were only excerpts. That soon changed, with articles and chapters appearing in their entirety. Volumes now number into the hundreds for each of the following series (most of which Trexler Library owns in print):

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

Now Gale has moved this rich resource for literary criticism online! As funds permit, this online collection will be made available title by title to Muhlenberg College faculty, staff, and students remotely with college ID.

We have access already to two of the titles. To try them out, search in the online catalog (http://www.muhlenberg.edu/library/) for either:

Tips on searching the database:

Browsing by author is the most effective way to see all reprints about an author's oeuvre in the database.

Browsing by work only picks up significant mention of major works, missing out on a great deal of critical mention of other works. To more effectively search for a specific literary work, search as follows:

Advanced search:

Golden bowl (full text)

James (named author)

Then click on any result and scroll down to a clickable list of the "relevant pages." Email questions and comments to kcannon@muhlenberg.edu.

Infomaniac Tip of the Week

Infomaniac sez...

Check out the Election Video Search gadget from Google.

http://www.google.com/ig/directory?root=/ig&dpos=top&url=www.google.com/ig/modules/elections_video_search.xml

This new gadget uses speech recognition technology to search videos from YouTube's Politicians channels. This technology transcribes speech to text, allowing you to search spoken content. You will know exactly when words are spoken in the video and can jump to the most relevant parts.

Calendar of Events

7/28: Notables Book Discussion Group: "Freakonomics" (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM)

8/4: Beanies and M-Books Display (Trexler Library Main Concourse). On display through September.

8/11: Faculty Workshop: "Developing Effective Library Assignments" (Trexler Library, Room TBA, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM)

8/11: Faculty Workshop: "Integrating Technology Into Your Courses" (Trexler Library, Room TBA, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM)

8/25: Notables Book Discussion Group: "No Country For Old Men" (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM)

8/27: New Faculty Reception (Trexler Library Level A Information Commons, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM)