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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Monthly Update

What's New?

The Trexler Library website's New Materials page is a great place to discover what's new at the library. This page, frequently updated, lists all the newest books, DVDs, audiobooks, and databases available at the library.

Complete Cambridge Histories Online

The Cambridge Histories, long respected as some of the most authoritative introductions to history, are now available online to Muhlenberg affiliates through library subscription. To access, search the Trexler Library Catalog for Cambridge Histories Online, or visit .

Maximize Your Copy Rights

Duke University copyright attorney and librarian Kevin Smith spoke at Muhlenberg College in early May to an audience of about 40 faculty and librarians from around Eastern PA. One of his key messages was that we in higher education have a friend in fair use. Fair use, a tiny exception in the U.S. copyright code, allows educators to utilize copyrighted works without seeking permission, so long as the use is based (in good faith) on these 4 criteria:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Kevin conceded that the criteria are vague. That is the beauty and the curse of this flexible exception to the law.

For more information about fair use criteria or copyright generally, consult the Muhlenberg College Copyright Policy and Primer, or call x3602.

Infomaniac Tip

Touring History

Historic Italy, UNESCO World Heritage, and More
Google Maps Street View "lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery." Visit notable historical sites, such as the Colosseum and the Appian Way. Explore, too, UNESCO World Heritage sites, cultural sites, world landmarks, sites of natural beauty like Hawaii Beaches and Whistler Blackcomb Ski Slopes, and more. Get started at (Bonus: Want to see how Google gets photos of out of the way places? Check out the Street View Trike).

Visualizing Early Washington DC
"UMBC's Imaging Research Center is working to re-create Washington DC in its early years 1790-1820. [...] In 1791, Pierre-Charles L'Enfant arrived in Georgetown Maryland with orders from President George Washington to lay out the new Federal City. What did he actually see as he rode the land on horseback?" Take a look at

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Monthly Update

Moving the Reference and Periodicals Collections

Over the past year, we have begun a major redevelopment of our Reference Collection. Unused titles have been removed and others are now available online (here are a few prime examples). You may have noticed the print collection has shrunk significantly. Likewise, the print Periodicals Collection continues to shrink as we transfer subscriptions to online versions (via JSTOR and Muse, etc.). Rather than maintaining the two smaller print collections separately, this summer we will be interfiling them into the Main Collection of books. This means, for example, history reference books, history books, and history periodicals will be shelved together in one place in the library, maximizing browsability. The new combined Main Collection will have the same footprint as the 3 separate collections, spanning the 3 floors of the library.

Although they will be interfiled with the circulating collection of books, Reference books and Periodicals will not circulate. Reference items will continue to be identified with "Ref." in front of the Call Number. Periodicals will be assigned a Call Number and will be identified with "Per." in front of the Call Number.

As we combine the three collections, we will be shifting their locations physically and updating the library catalog. Some Reference Collection items have already been shifted to the Main Collection The library catalog now shows their location as "Main Collection (Ref.)."

This project is scheduled for completion before Fall semester.

Questions? Please contact Penny Lochner, Head of Collection Resource Management,

Urgently Seeking Your Publications

Thanks to all faculty and staff who have taken a look at the new online database of citations of Muhlenberg Scholarly Publications. Our goal is to make this Google-searchable database as a complete a list of citations as possible. Please take a look if you haven't already done so to see if all your scholarly publications appearing during your tenure at the College are listed here. Simply reply to this email with anything that needs changing or is missing.

We are especially interested in publications that have come out over the last academic year. These will be added to the database, and also appear in this year's Source Book.

Infomaniac Tip

Exploring Liberal Arts and Online Learning

A recent article from The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on Bryn Mawr College's experimentation with online learning.

From the article:

"Bryn Mawr won a $250,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges this spring to explore how online courseware could fit into the close-knit liberal-arts experience. [...] The software gives individualized instruction in 12 subjects, using sophisticated tracking of skill development and offering instant feedback and help based on the student's mastery of concepts. The idea is to use this to teach basic statistics, say, instead of using a professor's lectures-and time-on the fundamentals. [...]
'We don't see this grant as replacing our most precious product, which is student-faculty interaction and student-student interaction,' said Kimberly Cassidy, Bryn Mawr's provost and a professor of psychology who is the principal investigator on the project. 'We want professors in these courses, which are first- and second-year classes, talking about more sophisticated ideas with the students,' Ms. Cassidy added."

Read the full article at Liberal-Arts Colleges Venture Into Unlikely Territory: Online Courses.

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Monthly Update

Updates to the Muhlenberg Scholarly Publications database

One summer project of library staff has been to update the Muhlenberg Scholarly Publications citation database. Our goal is to list all scholarly books and articles published during the tenure of a faculty or staff member at the College. Thanks to all faculty and staff who have submitted citations of their publications to us so far. It is from this database that we generate citation lists for the Source Book, etc.

To get to the database, visit the library home page and click on Special Collections, then Muhlenberg College Digital Commons, or go directly to:

At your convenience, please review your list of publications as it appears in the database. RSVP to this email with additional citations you may have, or suggestions for changes.

In the future, we are looking to add full text to establish a permanent archive of Muhlenberg scholarly output, but only as copyright holders (usually the publishers) allow. This is very much a work in progress.

A Scholarly Resource Dedicated to Theatre and Dance Research

For many years, students, faculty, and staff at Muhlenberg have "made do" with the Modern Language Association (MLA) or other interdisciplinary resource to research theatre and dance. Enter International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance Full Text. This resource is the definitive research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts.

This scholarly resource was initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research, and since 1984, the Theatre Research Data Center (TRDC) at Brooklyn College has amassed an annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text contains more than 490 full-text titles, including more than 170 full-text journals, and more than 360 full-text books & monographs.

Access: Visit the library home page, and choose Databases A to Z, or go directly to:

Infomaniac Tip

Doodle: The Great Web Scheduling Tool

Do you find yourself sending out scores of emails trying to get a few colleagues together for a meeting? Just when you think you have a date, someone notifies you of a conflict. And the emails start up again.

Doodle can help you avoid all of that. Create a free account, and away you go. Doodle allows you to propose a number of dates and times to your colleagues, and they check all the times they are available. You (and they) can quickly see what dates and times emerge as likely ones for a meeting.

To get to Doodle, visit

Here is an example of a Doodle you would ask your colleagues to fill out:

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