TREXLER LIBRARY SCUTTLEBUTT ARCHIVE: FALL 2009

 

September 4   |   September 18   |   October 2   |   October 16

October 30   |   November 12   |   December 4


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
9/4/09

Search Multiple Library Databases at Once

A newly acquired "metasearch" tool called Search Central, located on the Trexler Library home page, allows searching of nearly all of the library research databases at once! It's easy. It's thorough. It's scholarly. Encourage your students to use this quick search for quality information.

The results are sorted by database, for easy identification of what's what. You'll see JSTOR, Project Muse, WorldCat--all your favorite databases included in the results, and all clearly marked.

Infomaniac Tip

Are you one of the many millions of people using Google every day? Try some of the following tips to make your Google searching reveal the results you need.

  • Search within a Specific Website
    Limit your searching to a particular website with site:URL. For example, to find information on swine flu from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, search: "swine flu" site:cdc.gov.
  • Find Word Definitions
    For quick definitions of unknown words and phrase, search define:word. For example, for definitions of the word schadenfreude, enter define:schadenfreude.
  • Find Linking Webpages
    In scholarly research, we often use a publication's documentation trail (e.g., bibliographies for cited references lists, times cited features to find more recent publications referencing the older item). Google gives us an option to also track a webpage's documentation trail in order to find related information or to see how a webpage's content is being discussed elsewhere. To find linking webpages, enter link:URL. For example, to find webpages linking to The Atlantic July/August 2008 article "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," enter link:http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google.

For more information on Google search tips, try:

Calendar of Events

9/4: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

9/18: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

9/24: Bestselling author Radclyffe will read from her new book: "Secrets in the Stone." Co-sponsored by the LGBT Campus Coordinator and Trexler Library. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Level A main concourse, 7:00PM-9:00PM.)

9/30: Faculty and Staff Favorite Book Series: 1st discussion in series will be led by Dean of Students Karen Green. - "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith. This discussion will also include slides from Chrysan Cronin's recent trip to Botswana, the setting of the McCall Smith books. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 4:30PM-5:30PM.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
9/18/09

Praise for Theatre in Video Online Collection

Theatre and Dance Professor Charlie Richter reports that he frequently assigns material from the new Theatre in Video database to his students, with very positive feedback and results. Students can access 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video.

To get to this database, visit this URL (from home or campus):
http://0-muhlenberg.ativ.alexanderstreet.com.library.muhlenberg.edu/
or follow the path: Trexler Library online catalog > title search: Theatre in Video.

Expanding E-Book Collection

You may have noticed that Trexler Library's online catalog contains a growing number of e-books aimed at academic audiences. Here are just a few samples across varied disciplines:

Netlibrary Management and Leadership Collection

Featuring many titles from Jossey-Bass, McGraw-Hill, and Palgrave Macmillan, among other.

Gale E-Reference Books

  • Encyclopedia of Buddhism , 2v, 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Food and Culture , 3v, 2003
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture , 2nd ed., 6v, 2008
  • Encyclopedia of Management , 6th ed., 2009
  • Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology , 5th ed., 2v, 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Religion , 2nd ed., 15v, 2005

Credo Reference titles, including:

  • Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development
  • Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology

Annual Reviews Online, including

  • Annual Review of Biochemistry
  • Annual Review of Biophysics
  • Annual Review of Physical Chemistry

Infomaniac Tip

Do you use Facebook? With more than 300 million active users, Facebook's user base is rivaling the population of the United States. Chances are your students log in every day, but young to middle age professionals are among the fastest growing user groups. Users in the 45-59 age groups also show growth.

With Facebook user numbers growing every day, more people are putting more personal information on the web for the world to see. Many don't stop to consider, though, who could be reading their posts and viewing their photos: friends and family, perhaps, but also colleagues, (current and potential) employers, and maybe even some with more injurious intentions. Whether you're just getting started with Facebook or are a seasoned user, consider the following tips to stay safe and private on Facebook.

Calendar of Events

9/18: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

9/24: Bestselling author Radclyffe will read from her new book: "Secrets in the Stone." Co-sponsored by the LGBT Campus Coordinator and Trexler Library. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Level A main concourse, 7:00PM-9:00PM.)

9/30: Faculty and Staff Favorite Book Series: 1st discussion in series will be led by Dean of Students Karen Green. - "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith. This discussion will also include slides from Chrysan Cronin's recent trip to Botswana, the setting of the McCall Smith books. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 4:30PM-5:30PM.)

10/2: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

10/12: Banned Books Reading. Sue Jansen's Media and Communication class will discuss a variety of books that have been censored. (Trexler Library Preriodicals Reading Room, 3:00PM-4:15PM.)

10/13: Faculty and Staff Favorite Book Series: 2nd discussion in series will be led by Kate Richmond. - "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 4:30PM-5:30PM.)

10/13: Banned Books Reading. Sue Jansen's Media and Communication class will discuss a variety of books that have been censored. (Trexler Library Preriodicals Reading Room, 3:00PM-4:15PM.)

10/14: Banned Books Reading. Cathy Kim's classes will discuss a variety of children's and young adults books that have been censored. (Trexler Library Preriodicals Reading Room, 1:30PM-4:30PM.)

10/15: Los Desaparecidos display in honor of Peter Sanders' work on the subject. Sanders comes to campus to Miller Forum on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. to speak. (Location of display: Trexler Library A Display Case, on display through 11/15.)

10/16: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
10/2/09

Why Use Trexler's Electronic Reserves?

Bill Abruzzi has this to say about using the library's electronic e-reserves for his anthropology courses:

"I like the Electronic Reserves system VERY MUCH!! It makes the readings much more available to students and, as a result, more of them do the readings. I usually contact the library at the end of each semester to see how many students have checked out the various assigned readings on reserve. It is unusual to find that more than 15-20% of students have checked out any of the articles on reserve. Last semester, when I began using the electronic reserves, that figure increased to about 50% (still less than ideal, but much more than previously). While not every student who accesses an article on line reads it, certainly the number has increased."

As Bill says, the library's e-reserves system provides a count of students accessing specific documents. Plus e-reserves takes the worry out of scanning, posting, and being copyright compliant. For more information on e-reserves, contact Chris Brady at cbrady@muhlenberg.edu.

Infomaniac Tip

Newest Tools from Google

Google has long dominated the market for internet searching. In recent years, tools like Google Docs have helped the company become a giant in the world of collaborative online applications, too. With the announcement of new applications like Google Sidewiki and Google Wave, Google's reach into collaborative tools continues to grow.

What is Google Sidewiki?

Launched just last week, Google Sidewiki is "a browser sidebar that lets you contribute and read information alongside any web page." Sidewiki entries are ranked for relevancy. Entries are linked to the poster's Google account. While not technically a wiki, in that entries aren't collaboratively created, the Sidewiki allows users to share helpful information about websites and areas of interest and expertise. A feature of the Google Toolbar, Sidewiki is currently available for the Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. Download the Sidewiki from http://www.google.com/sidewiki/.

Read more:

What is Google Wave?

Google Wave is "an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration." Wave combines elements of instant messaging, email, wikis, photo sharing, and more in order to integrate online communications into one platform. Google Wave is currently in limited preview at http://wave.google.com.

Read more:

Calendar of Events

10/12: Banned Books Reading. Sue Jansen's Media and Communication class will discuss censorship of books for political reasons. (Trexler Library Preriodicals Reading Room, 3:00PM-4:15PM.)

10/13: Faculty and Staff Favorite Book Series: 2nd discussion in series, led by Kate Richmond. - "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 4:30PM-5:30PM.)

10/13: Banned Books Reading. Sue Jansen's Media and Communication class will discuss censorship of books for political reasons. (Trexler Library Preriodicals Reading Room, 3:00PM-4:15PM.)

10/14: Banned Books Reading. Cathy Kim's classes will discuss censorship of children's and young adults books. (Trexler Library Preriodicals Reading Room, 1:30PM-4:30PM.)

10/15: Los Desaparecidos display in honor of Peter Sanders' work on the subject. Sanders comes to campus to Miller Forum on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. to speak. (Location of display: Trexler Library A Display Case, on display through 11/15.)

10/16: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

10/21: Banned Books Reading. Cathy Ouellette's class will discuss censorship of books in Latin America. (Trexler Library Preriodicals Reading Room, 1:30PM-2:45PM.)

10/23: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
10/16/09

Building Trexler's E-Book Collection

You may have noticed yesterday's article in the New York Times discussing libraries' acquisition of electronic books. Trexler staff very much want to see growth in the e-book portion of our collection. We are currently working with NetLibrary, a company with a long history in e-books. Besides e-reference books, to date we have acquired a few books for the main collection, mostly in the area of management studies. This semester, we are running a pilot with one academic department to further explore the process of e-book acquisition. After the pilot, we will probably be asking other departments to join in. Stay tuned!

Infomaniac Tip

Check out the Forum Network!

The Forum Network (http://forum-network.org/) is an online library of thousands of free lecture videos by scholars, scientists, policy makers, artists, and more. A collaboration of PBS and NPR, the Forum Network features lecture videos on a wide range of topics, including: art & architecture; business & economics; culture & identity; health & science; history; literature & philosophy; media & technology; people & places; politics & public affairs; and more. Search the site for lectures on your topic, or browse by topic, region, period, speaker, or series. Check out, for example, lectures curated around the following topics: Why Do We Dream Series; Ken Burns: The War Series; Latin Music USA Series; Health Care Reform Series; Lunch with Laureates Series; and much more.

Calendar of Events

10/16: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

10/21: Banned Books Reading. Cathy Ouellette's class will discuss censorship of books in Latin America. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 1:30PM-2:45PM.)

10/23: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

10/28: Banned Books Reading. Eduardo Olid's class will discuss censorship of Medieval Spanish books (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 1:30PM-2:45PM.)

10/29: Faculty and Staff Favorite Book Series: Discussion led by Erika Iyengar. - "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM.)

10/30: Celebrate a Harry Potter Halloween at Trexler Library! Bring friends and family for a free showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 7pm. Games, face painting, palm reading, and a Harry Potter lecture by Dr. Jeff Rudski begin at 6pm. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be provided. Wear your costume! (Trexler Library Level A, 6:00PM-10:00PM.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
10/30/09

Upcoming Faculty and Staff Favorite Books Discussions

Mark your calendars for these upcoming discussions of recent, award-winning bestsellers, held on level A of Trexler Library in the Periodicals Reading Room. Refreshments served!

  • November 20, 12 noon, Lois McMaster Bujold's Paladin of Souls, discussion led by Barri Gold.
  • January 25, 4:30 p.m., Alexander McCall Smith's Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 2), discussion led by Karen Green and Chrys Cronin.
  • February 18, 12 noon, Thrity Umrigar's The Space Between Us, discussion led by Lisa Perfetti.
  • March 23, 4:30 p.m, Title TBA, discussion led by Robin Riley-Casey.
  • April 19, 12 noon, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, discussion led by Jason Feiertag.

Jen Jarson a Panelist at PaLA Conference

Jen Jarson, Information Literacy & Assessment Librarian, participated in a panel discussion at the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Annual Conference on October 20, 2009. Jen, along with co-panelists Rebecca Metzger (Lafayette College) and Erin Dorney (Millersville University), presented in the "Emerging Leaders Showcase: Pennsylvania Librarians Leading the Profession." As members of the 2009 American Library Association's Emerging Leaders cohort, Jen and co-panelists discussed their experiences in the Emerging Leaders program, as well as their perspectives on leadership development and how Pennsylvania can cultivate "emerging leaders." Learn more about the 2009 PaLA Annual Conference.

Infomaniac Tip
by Jen Jarson, Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian

Map Your World
Online mapping tools like Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, and Mapquest have long made it easier to get from place to place. With additional features like satellite and street-level views, online maps are more usable and interesting than ever before. Check out even more tools to map your world...

Map the Globe

Map Your Mind

Map Literature

Map U.S. Politics and History

Map Your Music and Movies

  • Liveplasma maps music and movies. Look for your favorite bands, movies, directors, or actors to "obtain a map that details other potential interests."

Map Your Real Estate

  • Zillow maps help you explore homes for sale and real estate values.

Map Your Exercise

  • MapMyRun and MapMyHike help you map your running and hiking plans, find existing routes and trails, log your training, and more.

Calendar of Events

11/5: Allen High School Science Research Day. (Trexler Library Information Commons & B01, 9:00AM-3:00PM)

11/6: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

11/13: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

11/19: Banned Books Reading: SorChing Low's class. The class will discuss the 20th century censoring by the government of Japanese histories detailing World War II atrocities. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 11:00AM-12:15PM & 3:00PM-4:15PM)

11/20: Faculty and Staff Favorites Books: Barri Gold discusses "Paladin of Souls." Open to the public. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM)

11/20: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

12/2: "Copyright and Decaf": An afternoon version of the "Coffee and Copyright" workshops where we'll discuss the latest developments in copyright as they relate to teaching and research in academe. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 4:30-5:30PM). Open to faculty, staff, and students.

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
11/12/09

What is a Graphic Novel?
by Penny Lochner, Head of Collection Resource Management

Graphic novels are books written primarily with pictures instead of words.
"Isn't that a comic book", you might ask?
"Yes, but longer."
You might now be thinking, "I don't read comics. Thanks, but no. "

You will be surprised to find that what the comics medium has to offer goes way beyond Superman. In addition to science fiction epics that have become popular movies, such as The Watchmen and V for Vendetta, you will find novels that delve into history, day-to-day life, autobiographical stories--the same topics found in prose novels.

Then, why bother? Well, telling a story with pictures, far from being a gross over-simplification of events, gives the reader a completely different challenge. In the words of Marjane Sartrapi, author of Persepolis, "There are so many things that you can say through images that you cannot say with writing. The comics is the only media in the whole world that you can use the image plus the writing .When you are reading comics, between one frame to the other, what is happening you have to imagine yourself."

To search for graphic novels in the Trexler Library Catalog, use:

SUBJECT: graphic novels

Infomaniac Tip
by Jen Jarson, Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian

The Internet Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond

Top 5 Web Trends of 2009

ReadWriteWeb, a popular blog featuring analysis of all things web, recently ran a series on the five biggest, most cutting edge Web trends to come out of 2009. What made the list?

  1. Structured Data
  2. The Real-Time Web
  3. Personalization
  4. Mobile Web & Augmented Reality
  5. Internet of Things

See http://www.readwriteweb.com/bestof.php for more.

What Will the Web Look Like in 5 Years?

Google CEO Eric Schmidt was recently interviewed about what the web will look like in five years. Check out the highlights at http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_web_in_five_years.php.

Calendar of Events

11/19: Banned Books Reading: SorChing Low's class. The class will discuss the 20th century censoring by the government of Japanese histories detailing World War II atrocities. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 11:00AM-12:15PM & 3:00PM-4:15PM)

11/20: Faculty and Staff Favorites Books: Barri Gold discusses "Paladin of Souls." Open to the public. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM)

11/20: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

11/24-11/29: Thanksgiving Break Hours

11/24 (Tues): Open 8:00AM-5:00PM

11/25 (Wed): Open 9:00AM-5:00PM (subject to change)

11/26 (Thurs) - 11/28 (Sat): Closed

11/29 (Sun): 6:00PM-1:00AM

12/2: "Copyright and Coffee": Over coffee, we'll discuss the latest developments in copyright as they relate to teaching and research in academe. Open to faculty, staff, and students. Reply to this email to sign up. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room, 4:30-5:30PM)

12/4: Trexler Library Winter Break Party. Open to all library student workers and writing tutors. (Trexler Library Level A, 3:00-4:15PM)

12/6: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
12/4/09

An Audio Excerpt

As part of the Faculty and Staff Favorites series running this fall, Dean Karen Green discussed the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith on Sept. 30. This discussion, held in Trexler Library and attended by a sizable number of students, faculty and community, also featured slides from Professor Chrysan Cronin's recent trip to Botswana. Here is an audio excerpt from the event for your listening pleasure!

Infomaniac Tip
by Jen Jarson, Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian

US Government Data Mashups

The Sunlight Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, "focuses on the digitization of government data and the creation of tools and Web sites to make that data easily accessible for all citizens." In addition to policy, advocacy, and investigative work, the Sunlight Foundation promotes open source technology development in service of its goal of transparency in government. Toward that end, the foundation has recently sponsored a few data mashup contests. The contests required developers to build applications that provide access to government data in easy-to-use and innovative ways. Check out a few of the recent finalists:

  • DataMasher allows you connect any two available data sets. Browse already created data mashups or create your own.
  • ThisWeKnow helps you find government data by city or zip code.

See more winners, finalists, and entrants: 2007 Mashup Contest winner and finalists and 2009 Apps for America winners (plus all 2009 entrants).

Read more about the Sunlight Foundation at http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/about/.

More Online Reference Books Added to Credo

These are the newest titles in our ever-expanding Credo Reference library database.

Calendar of Events

12/4: Trexler Library Winter Break Team-Building Event. Open to all library student workers and writing tutors. (Trexler Library Level A, 3:00-4:15 PM.)

12/4: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

12/11: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

Finals Week Hours: Saturday, 12/12 - Friday, 12/18
(Note: Library staff unavailable between 3:00AM - 8:00AM)

Saturday, December 12 ~ 10:00AM - 12:00AM

Sunday, December 13 ~ 11:00AM - (no close)

Monday, December 14 ~ Open 24 Hours

Tuesday, December 15 ~ Open 24 Hours

Wednesday, December 16 ~ Open 24 Hours

Thursday, December 17 ~ Open until 2:00AM

Friday, December 18 ~ 8:00AM - 5:00PM

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