TREXLER LIBRARY SCUTTLEBUTT ARCHIVE: FALL 2010

 

September 10   |   September 24   |   October 7   |   October 22

November 5   |   November 19   |   December 3

 


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
9/10/10

Chronicle's 2010 Almanac of Higher Education Now Available Online

The Chronicle's higher education 2010-2011 almanac is now available via library subscription to all college affiliates.

NOTE: To receive the Chronicle via email, create a free account, which includes the option to receive email alerts. (Premium content sent to you in email alerts can only be viewed while on campus.)

Databases Change Look and Feel

Two of our biggest database vendors have significantly altered the look and feel of their databases: Ebscohost (Academic Search Premier, PsycInfo, etc.) and JSTOR. Other databases have been moved to an entirely new platform (RILM, Sociological Abstracts, etc.). If you have any questions about the changes, call x3600 or email refdesk@muhlenberg.edu

E-books Abound via the Library's Online Catalog

The move toward electronic access to scholarly books via library subscription or purchase--reference books, monographs, etc.-- is steadily on the rise at Trexler Library. Here are two examples of many: Dictionary of Literary Biography and Cambridge World History of Food. All such e-titles can be found by searching the library's online catalog. E-books are identified with the phrase "electronic resource."

Infomaniac Tip

Looking for free e-books? Check out the "20 Best Websites to Download Free E-books" (Part I and Part II-- that's 40+ total websites). Books are available on a wide variety of topics/genres, including: popular fiction, classic literature, computer programming, medical books, and much more.

Interested in learning more about e-readers? Take a look at 7 Things You Should Know About E-Readers from EDUCAUSE.

Calendar of Events

9/10 Meditation. Open to the public. (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Trexler Library Rare Books Room.)

9/15 Psychology Club student-led book discussion. For all students. First Person Plural: My Life As a Multiple by Cameron West. (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., library level A, Current Periodicals Area.)

9/16 Library Terrace Beautification and Bulb Swap. Help beautify the library terraces. Bring 3 of your bulbs to the bulb swap, and take home 2 from someone else. We'll plant the remainder to help make the terraces look beautiful. Can't make the bulb swap? We will be happy to accept your donations at the Circulation Desk. (1:00-4:00 p.m., library outdoor terraces.)

9/16 Smithsonian Poster Exhibition and Reception: "Earth from Space: Remote Sensing." Remarks by Merritt Jacob. Open to the public. (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., level A library concourse.)

9/17 Meditation. Open to the public. (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Trexler Library Rare Books Room.)

9/24 Meditation. Open to the public. (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Trexler Library Rare Books Room.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
9/24/10

Social Science Datasets Now Available

As a member of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), we join with about 700 academic institutions and research organizations in the acquisition, preservation, and distribution of social science data. ICPSR provides training in the use of research data and offers access to a data archive of more than 500,000 digital files. Search "ICPSR" in the Trexler Library catalog.

You can download a dataset, import it into a statistical program available at Muhlenberg, and analyze the data for your own research purposes. Disciplines represented include political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, terrorism, health and medical care, early education, education, racial and ethnic minorities, psychology, law, substance abuse and mental health, and more. These data can be used for secondary research, instructional activities, or to write articles, papers or theses.

All Muhlenberg College staff, students, and faculty have access to the extensive ICPSR data holdings from any campus computer. Access is direct and quick by going to the ICPSR Web site at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu. When downloading data, first-time users will be asked to create an ICPSR MyData account; thereafter, you will need your email address and password to download data. To search for data or access an online tutorial, start here: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/access/index.jsp. For assistance with locating, accessing, and analyzing ICPSR data, contact Jennifer Jarson, Social Sciences Reference Librarian.

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Classroom Technology Through Time

This interactive timeline from the New York Times illustrates classroom technology over time, from 1650 to the present. Check out the evolution from the horn-book to the iPad, with the ferule, magic lantern, pencil, stereoscope, reading accelerator, and more along the way. What's next?

Calendar of Events

10/1 Meditation. Open to the public. (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Trexler Library Rare Books Room.)

10/5 Faculty Author Reception: Prof. Judy Ridner. (4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., library level A, Fulford Room.)

10/11 Faculty Author Reception: Prof. Barri Gold. (4:30-5:30 p.m., library level A, Fulford Room.)

10/20 Student-Led Book Discussion: Go Ask Alice. Open to the Public. (4:30-5:30 p.m., library level A, Periodicals Reading Room.)

10/21 FORGIVE A FINE DAY

10/22 Meditation. Open to the public. (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Trexler Library Rare Books Room.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
10/7/10

Chronicle Online Makes Available Doctoral Program Rankings

For a limited time only, the Chronicle of Higher Education is making available to Muhlenberg College as a subscriber the recently released National Research Council 2010 Doctoral Program Rankings. These newly published rankings have come under considerable fire. Here is but one example of numerous complaints.

Banned Books Week at Trexler Library

Banned Books Week will be honored at Trexler Library with a week of discussions where six classes will visit Trexler Library to read from books thematically related to their courses. For example, students in Mass Media and Propaganda will discuss the history of and read from samples from books censored for political reasons. Meanwhile Sex, Gender and Religion students will meet to discuss books banned for religious reasons.

The American Library Association provides a wealth of information in support of Banned Books Week.

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The C-SPAN Video Library (http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/) "records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives." Search or browse by program, topic, congress, congressional member, bill, and more. Check out featured, recent, and most popular programs at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/browse.

Calendar of Events

10/11 Trexler Library's Graphic Novel Contest begins.

10/11 Faculty Author Reception: Prof. Barri Gold. (4:30-5:30 p.m., library level A, Fulford Room.)

10/20 Student-Led Book Discussion: Go Ask Alice. Open to the Public. (4:30-5:30 p.m., library level A, Periodicals Reading Room.)

10/21 FORGIVE A FINE DAY

10/22 Meditation. Open to the public. (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Trexler Library Rare Books Room.)

10/25 - 10/29 Banned books week at Trexler Library. Six discussions held over the course of the week around various censorship themes. (Periodicals Reading Room.)

10/29 Meditation. Open to the public. (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Trexler Library Rare Books Room.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
10/22/10

Credo Reference Growing by Leaps and Bounds

Trexler Library's Credo Reference online collection now numbers 500 well-regarded titles. Here are the titles added in the last month:

  • American Environmental Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present, Grey House Publishing
  • From Suffrage to the Senate: American's Political Women, Grey House Publishing
  • Political Corruption in America: An Encyclopedia of Scandals, Power & Greed, Grey House Publishing
  • The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy, Princeton University Press
  • The Religious Right: A Reference Handbook, Grey House Publishing
  • Speakers of the House of Representatives, 1789-2009, Grey House Publishing

Talking about Malcolm Gladwell

On Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m., Chaplain Peter Bredlau will lead a discussion in the library (Periodicals Reading Room) on Malcolm Gladwell's bestsellers: Blink, The Tipping Point, Outliers. This event is open to the public. If you've read any one or several of these titles, now is the chance to talk them through with other people interested in these provocative works and their author.

Publishers Weekly says of Gladwell's book Blink: "Best-selling author Gladwell (The Tipping Point) has a dazzling ability to find commonality in disparate fields of study. As he displays again in this entertaining and illuminating look at how we make snap judgments-about people's intentions, the authenticity of a work of art, even military strategy-he can parse for general readers the intricacies of fascinating but little-known fields like professional food tasting (why does Coke taste different from Pepsi?). Gladwell's conclusion, after studying how people make instant decisions in a wide range of fields from psychology to police work, is that we can make better instant judgments by training our mind and senses to focus on the most relevant facts-and that less input (as long as it's the right input) is better than more."

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The Living Room Candidate (http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/), from the Museum of the Moving Image, presents over 300 commercials from every presidential election since 1952. From the site:

"In a media-saturated environment in which news, opinions, and entertainment surround us all day on our television sets, computers, and cell phones, the television commercial remains the one area where presidential candidates have complete control over their images. Television commercials use all the tools of fiction filmmaking, including script, visuals, editing, and performance, to distill a candidate's major campaign themes into a few powerful images. Ads elicit emotional reactions, inspiring support for a candidate or raising doubts about his opponent. While commercials reflect the styles and techniques of the times in which they were made, the fundamental strategies and messages have tended to remain the same over the years."

Browse commercials by election year, type of commercial (e.g., biographical, children, commander in chief, fear), issue (e.g., change, civil rights, taxes, war).

Calendar of Events

10/22 Meditation. Open to the public. (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Trexler Library Rare Books Room.)

10/25 - 10/29 Banned Books Week at Trexler Library. Open to all Muhlenberg affiiliates. Six discussions held over the course of the week around various censorship themes. (Periodicals Reading Room.)

10/26 Fall Reflections. A conversation with Sarah Carlson, Brett Fadem, and Peter Bredlau on the need for reflection. Open to the public. (6:30-7:30 p.m. Fulford Room.)

10/29 Graphic Story Contest. Final day to submit entries.

10/29 Meditation. Open to the public. (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Trexler Library Rare Books Room.)

11/1 Author Reception: Roland Kushner. (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Fulford Room.)

11/3 Coffee and Copyright: "I Own My Own Work, Don't I? Strategies for Retaining Copyright." Open to the public. (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Periodicals Reading Room.)

11/5 Novemberfest. Games and refreshments. Open to the public. (6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Level A Trexler Library.)

11/10 Peter Bredlau leads discussion on 3 books by Malcolm Gladwell. Open to the public. Read any one or several of these titles and join in the conversation: Blink, The Tipping Point, Outliers. (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Periodicals Reading Room.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
11/5/10

2010 Parent's Book Fund Allocations

Each year, faculty can apply for a portion of the Parent's Book Fund, an endowed fund for library collection development. This year several faculty members applied, and funds were awarded, as follows, to:

Sharon Albert, for materials related to the study of Islam. These materials will support the expansion of course offerings in religion studies, but with an eye as well for Islam as it is taught in gender studies, African American studies, history, political science, and sociology.

Amy Corbin, for materials on the intersection of film and other visual cultures (including painting and photography). These materials will support a number of film studies courses where other visual cultures are key, but the interdisciplinary nature of the topic will be of interest as well for areas such as anthropology, art, and gender studies.

Kim Gallon, for African American studies, as offerings in this area are being expanded on campus. For example, materials will support a new course titled "Black Feminism" to be taught in spring of 2011. Other disciplines to benefit from these materials include American studies, women's studies, media and communication, psychology, and political science.

Paul McEwan and Andrew Oster, to build a recorded music collection. The collection will address broadly popular music in America, and specifically will support Andrew's course titled "The History of Pop, Rock, and Soul Music in the United States," and Paul's "Media & Society" course, both to be taught in the spring.

Infomaniac Tip

Zotero is a freely available citation software (works only with Firefox web browser) that stores information from websites, articles, and books that you visit, generating citations in a number of different formats.

Even if you're already using Zotero to store and cite your research, you might not know that Zotero will generate an entire works cited page with a single click.

1. Download Zotero onto your computer, and restart Firefox.
2. Collect a number of citations from websites or databases, as instructed in the documentation available at the Trexler Library website.
3. In Zotero, click on the Action button, choose Preferences, then Export, then select the "Default Output Format" you want (MLA, Chicago, etc.).
4. In any Zotero folder you have open at the moment, highlight multiple citations at once.
5. Drag and drop the citations into an open MS Word document. Zotero will format and alphabetize them for you to create a works cited list.

Calendar of Events

11/5 Novemberfest. Games and refreshments. Open to the public. (6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Level A Trexler Library.)

11/10 Peter Bredlau leads discussion on 3 books by Malcolm Gladwell. Open to the public. Read any one or several of these titles and join in the conversation: Blink, The Tipping Point, Outliers. (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Periodicals Reading Room.)

11/11 FCT Program: Incorporating Information Literacy into Your Courses (4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Seegers 111)

11/11 Meditation (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Rare Books Room)

11/18 Library Liaisons Meeting (4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Seegers 112)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
11/19/10

Graphic Short Story Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of Trexler Library's Graphic Short Story Contest!

Our first place winner, Jeffrey Robb, wowed us with a funny story that takes you into the mind of a 5th grade boy. View his story here.

In second place, Matt Kelly, transports us to a space station where limited resources define a person's significance. View his story here.

Thank you to all entrants for sharing their stories with us.

Library Catalog and Databases Unavailable Dec. 20th

A system upgrade has been scheduled for the library catalog on Dec. 20th. During the upgrade, the catalog and most library databases including WorldCat and Academic Search Premier, plus interlibrary loan, will be unavailable for a 24-hour period (beginning the morning of Dec. 20th).

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The 21st Century Classroom

Slate recently invited readers to submit their ideas for how to re-envision learning spaces for the future, in the form of better designed fifth-grade classrooms. From over 350 submissions, two top five lists have now been announced. Check out the winners (hi- and low-tech, indoor and outdoor, and more...), as selected by Slate readers and Slate judges: http://www.slate.com/id/2274063/.

Calendar of Events

11/23 Thanksgiving Recess Hours 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

11/24 Thanksgiving Recess Hours 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

11/25-11/27 Library closed

11/28 Library reopens at 6:00 P.M.

12/16 2nd run of: Coffee and Copyright: "I Own My Own Work, Don't I? Strategies for Retaining Copyright." Open to the public. (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Periodicals Reading Room.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
12/3/10

Books in Print: Great for Planning Course Readings

All Muhlenberg faculty and staff have access via library subscription to Books in Print, a database that can be a great help in planning readings for courses.

Books in Print verifies if a book is a) in print, b) in stock, and c) available as hardcover, soft cover, or e-book.

Questions about Books in Print? Email refdesk@muhlenberg.edu

Are You a Frequent User of U.S. Government Documents?

If you use government documents extensively for research, teaching, or personal reasons, the U.S. Government Printing Office solicits your participation in a survey of user perceptions of the value of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), with particular emphasis on access, collections, and services. The survey can be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HSLCRRB.

Library Catalog and Databases Unavailable Dec. 21st

A library system upgrade has been scheduled for the library catalog on Dec. 21st (this is a change from the previously announced date of Dec. 20th). During the upgrade, the catalog and most library databases including WorldCat and Academic Search Premier, plus interlibrary loan, will be unavailable for a 24-hour period (beginning the morning of Dec. 20th).

Infomaniac Tip

Hate PowerPoint? Check out five web-based alternatives! Prezi, SlideRocket, 280 Slides, Google Docs, and Zoho Show have many features in common with PowerPoint, but each has its own set of bells and whistles (or lack thereof for those who appreciate simplicity). The common benefit is that they're all saved online, rather than on your personal computer or thumb drive, allowing you to access them from anywhere anytime.

Calendar of Events

12/9 -- Meditation. Open to the public. (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Trexler Library Fulford Room.)

12/11-12/17 -- Finals Week Library Schedule:

Saturday, December 11 ~ Friday, December 17
Saturday, December 11 ~ 10:00AM - 12:00AM
Sunday, December 12 ~ 11:00AM - (no close)
Monday, December 13 ~ Open 24 Hours
Tuesday, December 14 ~ Open 24 Hours
Wednesday, December 15 ~ Open 24 Hours
Thursday, December 16 ~ Open until 2:00AM
Friday, December 17 ~ 8:00AM - 5:00PM

12/16 -- Information Session: "How to Retain Copyright on Your Publications." Open to the Public. (3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Trexler Library Periodicals Reading Room.)

12/16 -- Meditation. Open to the public. (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Trexler Library Fulford Room.)

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