TREXLER LIBRARY SCUTTLEBUTT ARCHIVE: FALL 2011

 

September 2   |   September 21   |   September 30   |   October 14

October 28   |   November 11   |   December 2


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
9/2/11

Update: Library Director Search

We have a new Director of Trexler Library! Tina Hertel will start her tenure as director on Sept. 26. Tina brings with her skills and experience from her time in library administration at Lehigh University, where she worked closely with both library and IT staff in a merged library-IT environment.

Please give Tina a warm Muhlenberg welcome as you have occasion to meet and chat with her.

The Earth Moves, and So Doth the Collection

There is more movement afoot than earthquakes these days. Nearly the entire reference and periodicals collections are being integrated into a single main collection (AV and government documents remain separate) beginning on A level and moving through C level. The purpose of this is to enhance discovery: all materials of like subject matter will reside together, regardless of format. The integration follows the model of many other institutions of higher learning that have so combined their collections.

We are in the middle of the move. Please let the library staff know if you have any questions or concerns. And thank you for your patience!

Infomaniac Tip

Looking for a novel approach to sports reporting?

Bleacher Report has been called a "sports-themed variant of the Huffington Post." It is citizen journalism at its best, allowing thousands of fan-contributors to have their say, resulting in, as one web critic describes it, a pleasing "penchant for wacky lists and sideshows."

Reaching 20 Million unique readers each month, Bleacher Report is one of the largest destinations on the web, and one of the five largest properties in the sports category. The site launched in 2008 as a centralized platform for writers to contribute original articles about their favorite sports teams and topics. The company's wide scale allows it to cover hundreds of teams, athletes, and events each day - far surpassing the capabilities of traditional publishers Furthermore, Bleacher Report has also separated itself by embracing a unique voice that combines real-time coverage of breaking news with an entertaining perspective.

URL: http://bleacherreport.com/

Calendar

9/22 - Faculty Author Reception: Phil Secor, former Dean the College and Political Science faculty member, has recently completed an updated history of Muhlenberg College. Come join us in a celebration of this work. (Trexler Library, Fulford Room, 12:30-2:00.)

9/26-9/30 - Banned Books Week, honored at Trexler Library by a display of banned books and readings of banned books by students during the course of the week. (Trexler Library, level A.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
9/21/11

Reception for Tina Hertel on Oct. 5

The Dean of the College for Academic Life will host a reception to welcome the new Director of Trexler Library, Tina Hertel, to Muhlenberg College on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 4-5 p.m. in the Event Space in Seegers Union. Refreshments served.

(As you may have seen in earlier announcements, Tina Hertel will start her tenure as library director next week. Tina brings with her skills and experience from her time in library administration at Lehigh University.)

Access to the Chronicle of Higher Education

All Muhlenberg faculty, staff, and students can access the "premium content" of the Chronicle of Higher Education via this URL: http://0-chronicle.com.library.muhlenberg.edu/ .
Premium content includes the most recent Almanac, packed with data about all aspects of higher ed., is now available.

In addition, twice-daily e-mailed newsletters linking to featured articles from the Chronicle can be requested by creating a free account.

Infomaniac Tip

Clean and Sweet

DuckDuckGo is a simple yet effective search engine reminiscent of Google in the early days--all the results without the commercial fluff. It's okay, go ahead, wax nostalgic! Access: http://duckduckgo.com/ .

Calendar

9/22 - Faculty Author Reception: Phil Secor, former Dean the College and Political Science faculty member, has recently completed an updated history of Muhlenberg College. Come join us in a celebration of this work (Trexler Library, Fulford Room, 12:30-2:00).

9/26-9/30 - Banned Books Week, honored at Trexler Library by a display of banned books and readings of banned books by students during the course of the week (Trexler Library, level A).

10/5 - Reception to welcome Tina Hertel, new Library Director (Event Space, Seegers Union, 4:00-5:00).

10/13 - Faculty Author Reception: in honor of authors Sue Jansen, Jeff Pooley, Lora Taub-Pervizpour, for their recently published work: Media and Social Justice (Palgrave Macmillan) (Trexler Library, Fulford Room, 12:30-2:00).

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
9/30/11

 

Morning Call to Charge for Website Access

Scuttlebutt has heard through the grapevine that the Allentown Morning Call will begin charging for access to their website. As a consequence, Trexler Library staff are looking into the possibility of a campus-wide subscription to the Call website. However, institutional access may not be offered by the publisher at this time.

For the time being, Trexler Library offers several alternative points of access to the Morning Call:

1. Hard copy, available at the Information Services Desk on level A of the library.

2. Access through LexisNexis. Text, but no images. Searching capability, but no browsing. Includes today's issue, 6 mo. archive.
Bookmark: http://0-www.lexisnexis.com.library.muhlenberg.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/?verb=sr&csi=146814

3. Access through Proquest. Text, but no images. Includes browsing capability, but starts with yesterday's issue, with 20 yr. archive.
Bookmark: http://0-proquest.umi.com.library.muhlenberg.edu/login?COPT=REJTPTQzYyZTTUQ9NCZTRkQ9MiZJTlQ9MCZWRVI9Mg==&clientId=45221

To browse, in Proquest, click on Publications tab, then Morning Call, then choose the date you want to browse.

Institutions Adopt Open Access Policy

Just last year, one of our benchmarks, Lafayette College, joined a handful of other institutions of higher learning in adopting a policy of open access for faculty publishing. In essence, such an open access policy encourages faculty to explore placing their research in journals that support free public access to their articles. Typically this means some type of negotiation at the time of signing on with a publisher, allowing the author to retain the right to post his/her research to a personal website or institutional repository.

Today, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported on the most recent addition, Princeton University, to the list of institutions adopting a policy of open access publishing. The report gives a nice overview of what such a policy means.

Interested in learning more about open access policies? Contact Kelly Cannon, Scholarly Communication Librarian, at kcannon@muhlenberg.edu

Infomaniac Tip

Art Images for College Teaching (AICT)

Art Images for College Teaching (best viewed in Internet Explorer) is a "free use educational resource containing hundreds of photographs of architecture, sculpture, and paintings. The photographs were all taken, and are owned by, the webmaster, art historian Allan T. Kohl from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

Kohl authorizes without fees or penalty the use of any of the images for educational, non-commercial purposes.

Access: http://arthist.umn.edu/aict/html/index.html

Calendar

10/5 - Reception to welcome Tina Hertel, new Library Director. (Event Space, Seegers Union, 4:00-5:00.)

10/13 - Faculty Author Reception: in honor of authors Sue Jansen, Jeff Pooley, Lora Taub-Pervizpour, for their recently published work: Media and Social Justice (Palgrave Macmillan). (Trexler Library, Fulford Room, 12:30-2:00.)

10/28 - 2nd Semi-Annual Trexler Trivia Night. Teams sign-up begins Oct. 21. More info. forthcoming. (Trexler Library, level A concourse, two rounds 6-6:45 p.m., 7-7:45 p.m.)

10/31 - Mourning Art Display and Reception. A tradition of the Victorian era, mourning art was created out of human hair to memorialize the dead. The opening reception for this fascinating exhibit will feature an informational presentation by Pamela Moschini and Erika Sutherland. (Exhibit level A, reception Fulford Rm., 7:00-9:00 p.m.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
10/14/11

Access to Scholarly E-Texts from Springer

Trexler Library has recently made a significant addition to its e-book collection: more then 20,000 books published 2005-2010 by Springer, vendor of scholarly texts in the sciences and a handful of other disciplines. Here is an Excel list of all titles in the collection. Any and all can be searched by title or author in the library online catalog, linking out to the full text.

Reader's Guide Retrospective, 1890-1982

Some Scuttlebutt readers recall the days of yore when we slogged through the olive green volumes of the Reader's Guide in search of periodical articles. While magazines from the last thirty years are now archived and readily accessible through online subscription aggregrators like Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) and LexisNexis Academic, accessing those pre-1980 periodicals for historical purposes has been nearly impossible without (yes, it's true) going to the olive green volumes of the Reader's Guide.

But this has all changed--for the better. Muhlenberg College affiliates can now access all the Reader's Guide indexing online through Readers Guide Retrospective (1890-1982). The "Get It" link for each record connects the user to the library's holdings record, or to the request form for interlibrary loan.

Infomaniac Tip

The King of Calorie Counting

CalorieKing is truly the king of calorie counts. If you have ever wondered about the nutritional content of what you're eating, or if you're wont to count calories, carbs, or fat grams, CalorieKing does it all.

Calendar

10/28 - 2nd Semi-Annual Trexler Trivia Night. Teams sign-up begins Oct. 21. More info. forthcoming. (Trexler Library, level A concourse, two rounds 6-6:45 p.m., 7-7:45 p.m.)

10/31 - Mourning Art Display and Reception. A tradition of the Victorian era, mourning art was created out of human hair to memorialize the dead. The opening reception for this fascinating exhibit will feature an informational presentation by Pamela Moschini and Erika Sutherland. (Exhibit level A, reception Fulford Rm., 7:00-9:00 p.m.)

11/4-12/15 - Traveling exhibition: "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965." Multi-panel exhibit funded by a competitive grant from the American Library Association and Nextbook. Pictures and text detailing the contributions of Jewish songwriters to Broadway theatre and American popular music in the early to mid-20th century. (Level A Concourse.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
10/28/11

Trivia Night is TONIGHT!

Trexler Library is hosting its 2nd Trivia Night for students and their families, staff, and faculty TONIGHT, Friday Oct. 28. Team sign-up is until 10 minutes before show time (6 p.m.). We are running two rounds this year (6-6:45, 7-7:45), and teams (4-6 members) can sign up for either or both rounds. Of course signing up for both rounds greatly improves your chance to win any of many prizes donated by local businesses (Brew Works, etc.). To sign up, call x3500 or come in to the library main (circulation) desk anytime until 5:50 p.m. Again, 4-6 members are required for each team. Mixed teams are encouraged (faculty-student, student-family, staff-faculty, etc.).

Not to Be Missed: Mourning Art Exhibit and Talk, Oct. 31, 7:00 p.m.

The library is fortunate to be the location for a Center for Ethics event like no other. If you have not heard of mourning art before, or even if you have, now is the time to see pieces from arguably one of the best collections of mourning art, owned and curated by our own Pamela Moschini, Director of the Office of Disability Services. In particular, the pieces of hair art, created by women of leisure in the Victorian Era, are magnificently intricate and lovely in their own way. Scuttlebutt was amazed at first sight, and believes you will be too.

Importantly, on October 31 at 7 p.m., an opening talk about the collection will be given by Pamela, and additional comments on Victorian mourning art will be shared by Erika Sutherland. Location: level A concourse and Muhlenberg Room, Trexler Library. The mourning art collection will remain on display through mid-November. Open to the public.

Access to Morning Call in Light of Changes

Scuttlebutt has heard through the grapevine that the Allentown Morning Call will begin charging for access to their website. As a consequence, Trexler Library staff are looking into the possibility of a campus-wide subscription to the Call website. However, institutional access may not be offered by the publisher at this time.

For the time being, Trexler Library offers several alternative points of access to the Morning Call:

1. Hard copy, available at the Information Services Desk on level A of the library.

2. Access through LexisNexis. Text, but no images. Searching capability, but no browsing. Includes today's issue, 6 mo. archive.
Bookmark: http://0-www.lexisnexis.com.library.muhlenberg.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/?verb=sr&csi=146814

3. Access through Proquest. Text, but no images. Includes browsing capability, but starts with yesterday's issue, with 20 yr. archive.
Bookmark: http://0-proquest.umi.com.library.muhlenberg.edu/login?COPT=REJTPTQzYyZTTUQ9NCZTRkQ9MiZJTlQ9MCZWRVI9Mg==&clientId=45221

To browse, in Proquest, click on Publications tab, then Morning Call, then choose the date you want to browse.

Infomaniac Tip

Efficient ways to schedule appointments and meetings

Avoid the flurry of email exchanges and confusion of sign-up sheets with these online scheduling tools:

One-on-one appointments:

Mysignup.com "Think of your sign up sheet registration as a auditorium of empty chairs. You can assign a "label" to each row and each column and allow pick a 'chair' in the room that matches their choice. Your users pick a position (or "chair"), then they answer up to 6 questions you create to provide you additional information. (And its all FREE)."

Group meetings :

Doodle "Doodle eliminates the chaos of scheduling and saves you a lot of time and energy when you're trying to find a time to bring a number of people together. The service is used for business and personal scheduling by more than 10 million people per month. Instead of using just one option, Doodle enables you to propose several dates and times and the participants can indicate their availability online. You'll find the perfect time to meet in a quick and easy way no matter how many people and calendars are involved."

Calendar

10/28 - 2nd Semi-Annual Trexler Trivia Night. Teams sign-up begins Oct. 21. (Trexler Library, level A concourse, two rounds 6-6:45 p.m., 7-7:45 p.m.)

10/31 - Mourning Art Display and Reception. A tradition of the Victorian era, mourning art was created out of human hair to memorialize the dead. The opening reception for this fascinating exhibit, owned by Pamela Moschini, will feature an informational presentation by Pamela Moschini and Erika Sutherland. (Exhibit level A, reception Fulford Rm., 7:00-9:00 p.m.)

11/4-12/15 - Traveling exhibition: "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965." Multi-panel exhibit funded by a competitive grant from the American Library Association and Nextbook. Pictures and text detailing the contributions of Jewish songwriters to Broadway theatre and American popular music in the early to mid-20th century. (Level A Concourse.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
11/11/11

Ebscohost Expands Its Territory

Some Scuttlebutt readers will be very familiar with research databases like Omnifile (WilsonWeb), Humanities Full Text, or Art Full Text.  These databases are produced by H.W. Wilson, the same company that published those lovely olive-green print indexes so many years ago titled The Reader's Guide. (H.W. Wilson has been stationed in Bronx, NY for as long as Scuttlebutt can remember.)

In recent month, the H.W. Wilson databases have all been acquired by Ebscohost, the maker of Academic Search Premier, Business Source Elite, and the like. This means major changes afoot for how the Wilson databases will look and feel--probably making them a lot like Academic Search Premier (which from Scuttlebutt's view can only be a good thing).  The changeover to the new interfaces will take place over the late fall and early winter months.

Infomaniac Tip

Let's Get This Party Started

"A great soundtrack can set the tone for a party and go a long way toward getting the night started. Whether you are looking for upbeat music for a casual gathering or setting the tone for a holiday cocktail party, putting together the right playlist is as integral as the food and decor."

Visit Apartment Therapy to discover the 5 best web services (all inexpensive) for creating flawless playlists for any festive occasion, or just for your own personal enjoyment.

Calendar

11/11 - 12/15 - Traveling exhibition: "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965." Multi-panel exhibit funded by a competitive grant from the American Library Association and Nextbook. Pictures and text detailing the contributions of Jewish songwriters to Broadway theatre and American popular music in the early to mid-20th century. (Level A Concourse.)

11/17 - Introductory lecture: "Tin Pan Alley on Chew: Muhlenberg and the Music of Jewish Songwriters." Karen Hiles introduces the above exhibit on Jewish Songwriters. She links the exhibit to the extensive Broadway sheet music collection housed in Trexler Library's Special Collections, donated by the late Abe Samuels. The collection is one of the most extensive of its kind, some 31,000 pieces, and is frequently used by Muhlenberg Theatre students. This is a Common Hour event. (Level A Concourse, 12:30-1:00 p.m.)

12/1 - Musical revue: Also in conjunction with the above exhibit, Theatre students under the direction of Charlie Richter will perform some of the great songs (featured in the exhibit) of Broadway, accompanied by a professional pianist. This is a Common Hour event. (Level A Concourse, 12:30-1:45.)

12/2 - Lecture: Chip Gruen discusses the history and composition of the papyri collection housed in Trexler Library's Special Collections.  (Seegers 111-112, 12:00-1:00 p.m.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Bi-Weekly Update
12/2/11

Course Reserves: Leave the Driving to Us

Library staff are well-equipped to support your course reserves needs. In the new year, we will work directly with Moodle or Blackboard, bypassing the old e-reserves platform (Docutek) to provide immediate access by your students to the documents they need, no additional password required.

At any point in the semester, just provide the Reserves Office with a citation to an article, or book. We will scan any document within copyright allowance, and seek out and, as funding permits, pay for permission (Provost-provided funding) for that which exceeds fair use.

We can also make clips of audio and film for purposes of streaming.

For more information, contact Reserves Asst. Jonathan Macasevich.

Copyright Policy and Primer

About 2-3 years ago, the campus Copyright Committee appointed by the Provost penned a copyright policy and primer, vetted by the College attorney. The policy details the College's official stance on copyright. The primer gives some additional guidelines, including common copyright scenarios encountered by employees and students.

If you have questions about copyright pertaining to your teaching and research, don't hesitate to contact Kelly Cannon, Outreach and Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Also, a "Coffee and Copyright" informational session will be held during Common Hour next week (see Calendar below), providing a review of the basics of copyright in teaching and research. You are most welcome to attend!

Infomaniac Tip

Online Advent Calendar

Infomaniac knows well enough the pleasure that an Advent calendar can add to an already festive season. Is it any wonder that some Advent calendars have now moved online? Check out The Economist Daily Chart Advent Calendar, containing under its several windows "a collection of the 24 most popular maps, charts, data visualisations and interactive features" published by The Economist over the past year. Infomaniac couldn't be more pleased.

Calendar

12/6 - Library Liaison Meeting (Seegers 111, 12:30-1:45 p.m.).

12/8 - Coffee and Copyright: an informal discussion about copyright basics. Open to Muhlenberg faculty, staff, and students (Level A, Periodicals Reading Room, 12:30-1:30 p.m.).

12/11-12/16 - Finals Cribs: Students construct makeshift quarters in the library to study and sleep during finals weeks (Level A and Terraces).

12/11-12/13 - Reference services available in Seegers (near Java Joe's, 7-10 p.m.).

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