TREXLER LIBRARY SCUTTLEBUTT ARCHIVE: SPRING 2009

 

January 9   |   January 23   |   February 20   |   March 6

March 20   |   April 3   |   April 20   |   May 1


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-weekly Update from the Library
1/9/09

Faculty/Staff Access to Research Libraries

Did you know that Muhlenberg College's membership in the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI) allows faculty and staff to visit and borrow directly from several larger research libraries in PA and NJ? To take advantage of this direct borrowing program, visit our own library's Circulation Desk and fill out a form to present at the participating research library.

Here are the larger libraries (in addition to many smaller ones) that you can visit and borrow directly from:

  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Drexel
  • Lehigh
  • Penn State
  • Pittsburgh
  • Rutgers
  • Temple
  • Villanova

For more information call x3500.

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Infomaniac sez...

Do you use the social bookmarking site Del.icio.us? Bulk tag editing for group tagging/un-tagging and sharing/un-sharing is now available. http://blog.delicious.com/blog/2008/12/tag-the-season-in-bulk.html

Calendar of Events

1/9: Displays: Women's Studies and Film Studies Programs (Trexler Library Muhlenberg Room Book Shelves)

1/12: Display: Presidential Inauguration 2009 (Trexler Library Glass Cases, Level A)

1/16: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

1/18: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Discussion of "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM-4:30PM.) Discussion led by Hartley Lachter.

1/19: Notables Book Discussion Group: discussion of Joan Didion's "Year of Magical Thinking." (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM.)

1/23: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

1/26: Display: Social Justice in the Lehigh Valley (Trexler Library Muhlenberg Room Book Shelves)

1/30: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-weekly Update from the Library
1/23/09

New Library Books Purchased in Fall of 2008

Several faculty and staff have asked to see a list of new library books. Here is a list of books purchased in Fall 2008, across all disciplines, arranged by Dewey call number. There are some great titles here. Thanks to all departments that helped us in selecting these materials.

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Having trouble keeping up with keeping up?

Blog and news reading got you down? With so much information online, it can be hard to stay current. Rather than individually checking each blog or news site for new content, try using a feed reader to help manage your favorite sites.

A feed reader (or feed aggregator) allows you to get updates about new content in a single spot for easy access. Without having to go to each individual site, you can quickly check for new content. Once you add feeds of syndicated web content (e.g., blogs, news headlines, podcasts, etc.) to your reader, it will automatically check those sites to which you have subscribed and will pull in new content whenever it's available. Read new content in the reader or link directly to the original site.

Popular web-based readers include: Google Reader (http://www.google.com/reader), Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/), and Netvibes (http://www.netvibes.com/). Check the above sites for brief tours of how they work.

Calendar of Events

1/23: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

1/30: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

2/2: Display: African American Workers in the Lehigh Valley (Trexler Library Level A Concourse)

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

2/8: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Discussion of "Journey to the End of the Millenium" by A.B Yehoshua. Discussion led by S. Albert (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM-5:00PM).

2/13: 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
2/20/09

Faculty Center for Teaching Collection

These useful titles have just arrived in the Faculty Center for Teaching collection, located on level A of Trexler Library in the Muhlenberg Room. Enjoy!

The course syllabus : A learning-centered approach / O'Brien, Judith Grunert
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2008.
Location: FCT - Muhl Room 378.199 G891c 2008

Effective grading : A tool for learning and assessment / Walvoord, Barbara E. Fassler
San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1998.
Location: FCT - Muhl Room 378.12 E68g

Faculty advising examined : Enhancing the potential of college faculty as advisors / edited by Kramer, Gary L.
Bolton, Mass. : Anker Pub. Co., 2003.
Location: FCT - Muhl Room 378.194 F143a

Teaching first-year college students / Erickson, Bette LaSere
San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, 2006.
Location: FCT - Muhl Room 378.12 E68t

Unfinished agendas : New and continuing gender challenges in higher education / edited by Glazer-Raymo, Judith
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
Location: FCT - Muhl Room 378.19822 U56a

Using student teams in the classroom : A faculty guide / Federman Stein, Ruth, & Sandra Hurd
Bolton, Mass. : Anker Pub. Co., 2000.
Location: FCT - Muhl Room 378.1795 F293u

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Having trouble scheduling a meeting? Need an easy way to coordinate RSVPs to an event? Doodle can help!

Doodle is a free, online coordination tool. While mostly used to schedule an event or meeting, the flexible polling tool allows you to gather responses on just about anything. No software download required.

Visit http://www.doodle.com/ to learn more and to get started.

Calendar of Events

2/20: Parkland High School AP English Library Research Day (Trexler Library Information Commons, 9:00AM-2:00PM)

2/20: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

2/23: Notables Book Discussion Group: discussion of Louise Erdrich's "The Painted Drum." (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00Noon-1:00PM.)

2/23: Faculty Author Reception: Bob Croskey's "The Legacy of Tolstoy: Alexandra Tolstoy and the Soviet Regime in the 1920's" (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 4:30PM-6:00PM)

2/27: Meditation Group (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

3/8: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Discussion of "The Red Cavalry" by isaac Babel. Discussion led by Sharon Albert (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM-5:00PM).

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-weekly Update from the Library
3/6/09

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a dynamic academic reference book collection online. Trexler Library subscribed to this service about a year ago, and the usage of the collection by students, faculty, and staff continues to climb.

Here's a complete list of titles.

Here just a few of the latest additions to Credo:

Point your students to Credo, a great starting place for research.

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Are you frustrated by not having the software you need everywhere you go? When working from computers in your office, at home, in the classroom, at the library, and/or at a conference, it may be frustrating to not have the tools you need readily available. Using portable software can help get you the applications you need on the go.

Portable software (aka portable applications) are applications that can be saved to a thumb drive or other portable storage device. The applications are then available on any computer hooked up to that drive, without having to download or install anything on the local computer. Even personal settings can be maintained. Note that some portable applications may be more streamlined versions of the parent software, with fewer advanced features.

Portable software is available for internet browsers, bookmark managers, email and instant messaging clients, media players, open source office software, and more. Many popular portable applications are available at http://portableapps.com/apps. Search online for more lists of available portable software (e.g., search "portable software") or search for the portable version of your favorite software (e.g., search "portable firefox").

Calendar of Events

3/8: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Discussion of "The Red Cavalry" by Isaac Babel. Discussion led by Sharon Albert. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM-5:00PM.)

3/12: Psychologist Peter Langman reads from and discusses his book "Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters" (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). Refreshments served. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Current Periodicals Room, 3:00PM-4:15PM.)

3/13: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

3/13-3/14: Library Lock-In. Campus sorority event including library scavenger hunt. (Trexler Library 10:00PM-1:00AM.)

3/16: Notables Book Discussion Group: Ruth Rendell's "Lake of Darkness." Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00Noon-1:00PM.)

3/20: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (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
3/20/09

Visiting the Library--From Wherever You Are

You may choose to visit the library on-site--we are always glad to see you!--but we also welcome your visits to us remotely.

A remote visit to the library means access to, among other things:

We welcome your visits to the library--however you get to us.

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The Deep Web: What Is It and How Can I Search It?

The Deep Web, sometimes called the invisible web, refers to online content that standard search engines cannot index. Much of this "hidden" information is in online databases and dynamically generated sites and, therefore, not reachable by traditional web crawling or searching means. Content may also be unlinked or private, preventing search engines from finding it.

The hidden nature of the Deep Web does not, however, mean that content is unobtainable. Deep Web content is accessible by means beyond basic search engines. Using searchable databases of "invisible" content is often the best strategy. These may include your favorite library subscription databases (e.g., Academic Search Premier, JSTOR, ScienceDirect), freely available databases online populated (and sometimes annotated) by staff/volunteers (e.g., Intute http://www.intute.ac.uk/ or Librarians' Internet Index http://lii.org/), or collaboratively created databases (e.g., Delicious http://delicious.com/ or Digg http://digg.com/). You can also use your standard search engine to locate databases on your topic. That is to say, rather than just searching Google for information on specific native plants, search for native plants database and then search on your query in the database(s) you find.

For more tips on tools to find Deep Web content, try http://www.online-college-blog.com/index.php/features/100-useful-tips-and-tools-to-research-the-deep-web/.

For more information on the Deep Web, see:

Calendar of Events

3/24-25: What's Your Paper Footprint? Display and information on paper use in Trexler Library as part of EnAcT's "Watts Your Bergtricity?" (Trexler Library, Level A Gallery.)

3/25: Showing of The Office episode "Survivor Man" as part of EnAcT's "Watts Your Bergtricity?" Coffee and cookies served. BYOM (bring your own mug). (Trexler Library Level A Gallery, 8:00PM.)

3/26: Allen High School AP English Library Research Day. (Trexler Library Information Commons, 9:00AM-2:00PM.)

3/26: Faculty Author Reception for Amra Brooks. (Trexler Library, Fulford Room 4:30PM-5:30PM.)

3/27: Allen High School Library Research Day (Trexler Library Information Commons, 9:00AM-2:00PM.)

3/27: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM).

3/30: Faculty Author Reception for Francesca Coppa, James Peck, Larry Hass, Karen Dearborn, Mary Lawlor, and Susan Schwartz. (Trexler Library, Fulford Room 4:30PM-5:30PM.)

4/3: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

4/5: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Open to the public. Discussion of "Neighbors" by Jan Gross, led by Sharon Albert. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM-5:00PM.)

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


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-weekly Update from the Library
4/3/09

Chronicle of Higher Education Online--Now Available!

You can now read the Chronicle of Higher Education(!) from any PC on campus, via a library subscription to the full content of this highly regarded news source about academe. Simply visit http://chronicle.com or sign up for the daily email alerts.

Off-campus access to the Chronicle is on the way. Watch for more info. in the next Scuttlebutt.

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Do you know about the Internet Archive?

What is it?
Founded in 1996, the Internet Archive (IA) is a non-profit organization "with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format." The IA receives institutional support from Alexa Internet, HP, National Science Foundation, Library of Congress, and others. Visit the Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/ .

What can I use it for?
-Finding archived versions of web pages
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine allows you to browse archived versions of web pages, from 1996 to just a few months ago. Curious what Muhlenberg's homepage looked like in 1997? Or 2003? See http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.muhlenberg.edu for archived versions.
Search the Wayback Machine for archived versions of your favorite web page.

-Accessing digital items and collections
The Internet Archive also features libraries of texts, audio (plus live music recordings), and moving images (movies, films, and videos). For example, see the Digital Yiddish Library collection, listen to Old Time Radio shows, or watch a film on Dating Do's and Don'ts from 1949.
Browse or search for items on your favorite topic.

Calendar of Events

4/3: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

4/5: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Discussion of "Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland" by Jan Gross, led by Sharon Albert. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM-5:00PM.)

4/7: "Zen and Difficult Emotions." Lecture and Meditation. Co-hosted by SorChing Low and Trexler Library. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 4:30PM-6:30PM.)

4/17: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

4/20: Notables Book Discussion Group: "Rabbit, Run" by John Updike. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM.)

4/20: Faculty Author Reception: Tom Cartelli. (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 4:30PM-5:30PM.)

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


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-weekly Update from the Library
4/20/09

Trexler Library Book Sale

Trexler Library's annual Book Sale is just around the corner: Friday May 1. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., location: front of the library. Thousands of books from across the genres. A great way to get books for summer reading, for oh so very cheap. (All proceeds go to building the library collection.) Invite your friends and family!

Accessing the Chronicle of Higher Ed. from Home

In order to take advantage of our new online subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Ed. while away from campus, bookmark this link: http://0-chronicle.com.library.muhlenberg.edu/ . You'll be prompted for your name and college ID (no dashes), and then. . . you're in!

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What is Twitter?

Twitter is a micro-blogging social networking service. Twitter works much the same way as a blog, in that users write posts that display in reverse chronological order on the Twitter user's site or are available to readers (called followers) by feeds. Updates (called tweets) are limited, however, to 140 characters. This makes Twitter more appropriate for quick updates, rather than in-depth writing. Some use Twitter to communicate daily activities to family and friends (or fans, in the case of famous Twitterers). Others use Twitter as an advertising tool to point followers to other web content. Conference attendees share news and comments about conference events, marking posts with a common tag to follow each other's tweets. There are numerous applications for Twitter.

How do I use Twitter?

Twitter is a free service. Users create accounts at http://twitter.com. The user can add new tweets from the Twitter site, via text messaging, or with other applications. A user's posted tweets display on his or her Twitter profile (http://twitter.com/username), but followers can also have new tweets delivered to them (e.g., via feed readers).

How are people using Twitter?

Barack Obama famously used Twitter during his campaign. Although not regularly updated now, you can still see Obama on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BarackObama. John McCain is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SenJohnMcCain. CNN uses Twitter for breaking news headlines at http://twitter.com/cnnbrk. Lance Armstrong frequently communicates with fans at http://twitter.com/lancearmstrong. Attendees and presenters at the 2008 Modern Language Association Conference tagged their tweets with #MLA08 for easy tracking. See a sampling at http://hashtags.org/tag/MLA08. (In fact, there was even a panel discussion about Twitter at MLA: http://www.hastac.org/node/1876.)

Find out more...

Calendar of Events

4/20: Notables Book Discussion Group: "Rabbit, Run" by John Updike. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM.)

4/20: Faculty Author Reception: Tom Cartelli. (Trexler Library Fulford Room, 4:30PM-5:30PM.)

4/24: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

4/26: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Discussion of "The Assistant" by Bernard Malamud. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM-5:00PM.)

5/1: Trexler Library Book Sale. $1 for hardbacks. .50¢ for paperbacks. $3 per bag special after 3:00PM. (Trexler Library Front Pavilion, 9:00AM-5:00PM.)

5/1: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-weekly Update from the Library
5/1/09

Enormous Sheet Music Collection of Popular American Songs Now Catalogued

In the early nineties, Mr. Abram Samuels gave to the college some 28,000 pieces of sheet music of popular American songs, mostly from the 1920s-50s. This sheet music collection has become a staple for auditions by Muhlenberg students trying out for theatre performances.

The collection is finally searchable in its entirety, by song title or by author, through the library online catalog. For a list of the entire collection, enter the keywords "abram samuels."

The sheet music is housed securely in our Special Collection. To examine/photocopy any item from the collection, inquire at the Information Services desk, or call x3600.

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Looking for easy-to-understand explanations of technological tools? Try Common Craft!

Common Craft (http://www.commoncraft.com/) offers concise, creative videos in "plain English" on a wide variety of technology-related topics. Check out their videos on web 2.0 tools, for example: podcasting, social bookmarking, RSS, social media, and more. Browse or search for more videos at http://www.commoncraft.com/show.

Calendar of Events

5/1: Trexler Library Book Sale. $3 per bag special after 3:00PM. (Trexler Library Front Pavilion, 9:00AM-5:00PM.)

5/8: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

5/15: Meditation Group. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 5:00PM-6:00PM.)

5/17: Jewish Literature Discussion Group. Discussion of "Mona in the Promised Land" by Gish Jen. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Area, 3:30PM-5:00PM.)

5/18: Notables Book Discussion Group: The Witch of Portobello by Paul Coelho. Open to the public. (Trexler Library Rare Books Room, 12:00PM-1:00PM.)

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