TREXLER LIBRARY SCUTTLEBUTT ARCHIVE: SPRING 2013

 

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March 14   |   March 28   |   April 12   |   April 26


Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update
1/18/13

Off-Campus Access to Library Databases

Trexler Library staff are making changes to the way you are verified as an authorized off-campus user of online library resources. These changes will result in improved service for you. During this transition, should you experience any technical difficulties, please contact the library's Front Desk at 484-664-3500 or email refdesk@muhlenberg.edu. Thank you for your patience.

Readings for Center for Ethics Events

Resource guides have been prepared by the Trexler Library staff in support of Muhlenberg College's Center for Ethics 2012-2013 programming on the theme of market values. Resources include articles from library databases, books from the library's main collection, and websites.

Angus Burgin (January 15)
Resources by and about Angus Burgin, and the subject of free markets since the Great Depression.

Benjamin Hale (February 19)
Resources by and about Benjamin Hale, and the subject of environmental ethics and the marketplace.

Branko Milanovic (February 26)
Resources by and about Branko Milanovic, and the effect of globalization on national and global inequality.

Sister Nora Nash (March 13)
Resources by and about Sister Nora Nash, and the subject of corporate social responsibility.

Lawrence Lessig (April 15)
Resources by and about Lawrence Lessig, and the subject of Congressional corruption.

Infomaniac

Free Storage in the Clouds

Have you dreamed of a storage bin for data files of all types, especially when you can share the key to that storage bin with anyone you (and you alone) choose?

Well, dream no more. Three companies offer abundant storage space for an array of file types, at no charge to you, the data meister.

Dropbox starts you off with 2GB of free storage but you get referral perks, that is 500 MB of extra space for every friend you refer Dropbox to. More than 35 referrals later, you'll be able to earn a maximum of 18GB, giving you a grand total of 20GB inclusive of your initial 2GB. For more storage, you can opt for the Pro Dropbox account for a fee.

Google Drive is readily available within your Gmail account. From there you start with 5GB worth of storage space. Additional space can be purchased with a wide variety of plans (ranging from 25GB to 16TB).

SkyDrive comes with 7GB of free storage. They have the cheapest upgrade plans among the 3 services which you can see in the picture below. They classify their upgrades as add-ons to your 7GB of space; unlike the previous two services. As they are also fairly new to the scene, there are no bigger storage plans to offer yet.

For a comparison of these products, visit hongkiat.com.

Calendar

February 20: Spring Trivia Night! MC Beth Schachter (7:00-9:00, Level A Concourse, Trexler Library).

February 27: "How Grant Won and Lee Lost the Civil War." Ed Bonekemper, former Muhlenberg College history faculty member, speaks on the subject of his most recent book. Open to the public (7:00-8:30, Periodicals Reading Room, Level A, Trexler Library).

SPRING SEMESTER LIBRARY HOURS: thru Friday, May 3

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Exceptions:

Spring Recess (Begins at the conclusion of classes on Friday, March 1. Classes resume at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 11.)

Friday, March 1 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 - Sunday, March 3 Closed
Monday, March 4 - Friday, March 8 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 Closed
Sunday, March 10 6:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Easter Recess (Begins at the conclusion of classes on Thursday, March 28. Classes resume at 8:00AM on Tuesday, April 2.)

Thursday, March 28 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 29- Sunday, March 31 Closed
Monday, April 1 6:00PM - 1:00AM


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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update
2/1/13

New Login and Password for Remote Access to Library Databases

Over winter break, a new system was put in place to improve remote access to library databases. This necessitates a change in the way you log in from off-campus (no login is required on campus). For example, if you click on Academic Search Premier or WorldCat or any other library subscription database remotely, you will be presented with this screen.

As prompted, use your first and last name without a space as the Login ID. Use your campus network password/muhlenberg email password as the password to get into the databases.

If you do not remember you network login/password, contact the OIT Faculty/Staff Support Desk at (484)664-3566, or e-mail the OIT Faculty/Staff Support Desk at support@muhlenberg.edu.

For other questions regarding access to library databases, please contact the library front desk: 484-664-3500 or refdesk@muhlenberg.edu.

Upcoming NITLE Webinar on MOOCs

Free to Muhlenberg faculty:

Title: Digital Pedagogy and MOOCification
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 4:00 - 5:30 pm EST
Location: Hosted online via NITLE's videoconferencing platform
Details: http://www.nitle.org/live/events/162-digital-pedagogy-and-moocification

What do MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have to offer liberal arts colleges? Even if we don't agree that the MOOC can be a viable educational form, can we outline useful pedagogical practices that MOOCs inspire? Seminar leaders Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris define MOOCification as "a pedagogical approach inspired by MOOCs that is unleashed in an otherwise closed or small-format course." This seminar will investigate the techniques that MOOCs point toward that can be used in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms, no matter the scale.

The last 30 minutes will include an interactive experiment that takes participants out into the web, in a sense, bringing the seminar into the MOOC space.

This seminar may be especially interesting to faculty, instructional technologists, librarians, and others interested in digital pedagogy, curious about MOOCs, and invested in collaborative learning.

Registration link: http://www.nitle.org/registrations/sa/022613.php

New Library Books Added in Fall 2012

Here is a list of new books added to the library in fall of 2012. Thanks to all faculty and staff who have helped to strengthen the collection by submitting materials requests. Thanks especially to departmental liaisons to the library who oversee these requests.

Infomaniac

American Memory

Infomaniac wonders if you've visited the Library of Congress' massive digital U.S. history archive of late. Perhaps of special interest to Lincoln moviegoers, American Memory now features the Alfred Whital Sternia Collection of Lincolniana. Over 11,000 items: newspapers, Lincoln's law papers, sheet music, broadsides, prints, cartoons, maps, drawings, letters, campaign tickets, and other ephemeral items.

But wait! That's just the tip of the iceberg. Don't forget to browse the many other collections housed in American Memory, arranged by topic, format, time period, and geography.

Calendar

February 20: Spring Trivia Night! MC Beth Schachter (7:00-9:00, Level A Concourse, Trexler Library).

February 27: "How Grant Won and Lee Lost the Civil War." Ed Bonekemper, former Muhlenberg College history faculty member, speaks on the subject of his most recent book. Open to the public (7:00-8:30, Periodicals Reading Room, Level A, Trexler Library).

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update
2/15/13

Trexler Library Spring Trivia Night

The exciting day is fast approaching! 19 teams of 3-6 members each (students mostly, but also combos of students and staff) have already signed up at the circulation desk in the library. The number of teams will be capped at 25. Hurry over to sign up if you haven't already! Faculty, staff, and students--all are welcome, in any combination, to form teams.

The popular event will commence at 7:00 p.m. and will run roughly 1.5-2 hours, Wednesday, Feb. 20. Tables will be set up through the main concourse on A level. Prof. Beth Schachter will MC. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams.

Scuttlebutt offers up these these preliminary questions to "Thaw Out Your Brain" (the catch-phrase of this spring's Trivia Night) in preparation for the event:

1. What did the 7 dwarves do for a job?
2. Where was El Greco born?
3. What year did Elvis Presley die?
4. Where are the Luxembourg Gardens?
5. How many equal sides (faces) does an icosahedron have?

Answers: 1. Mined for diamonds 2. Greece 3. 1977 4. France 5. Twenty

Library to Host NITLE Webinars

Trexler Library is a host site for the following webinars. All Muhlenberg faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

February 20th, 2013
2:00-3:00 PM
Location: Trexler Library Rm. B02
Constance Malpas and Brian Lavoie of OCLC Research: NITLE and/in the Systemwide Library
This online seminar considers the idea of the library as a nationwide, systemic resource from the perspective of two leading thinkers in the library world. It also continues our collective conversation about the future of the liberal arts college library. Faculty, librarians, instructional technologists, and others from the NITLE Network are invited to attend: attendance by institutional teams is strongly encouraged. Individuals are also welcome to participate.

February 22nd, 2013
2:00-3:00 PM
Location: Trexler Library Rm. B02
Focus on the Item: Teaching and Learning with Omeka
We encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians and others from the NITLE Network interested in building online collections and narrative exhibits with students to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.

February 26th, 2013
4:00-5:30 PM
Location: Trexler Library Rm. B02
Digital Pedagogy and MOOCification
We encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians and others from the NITLE Network who are interested in digital pedagogy, curious about MOOCs, and invested in collaborative learning to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.

February 27th, 2013
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Location: Trexler Library Rm. B02

Women's Studies, Gender Studies, and Digital Humanities
We encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians, and others from the NITLE Network interested in feminist theory, women's studies, gender studies, and/or digital humanities to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.

March 8th, 2013
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Trexler Library Rm. B02

Open Education and MOOCs
We encourage campus leaders, strategic thinkers, innovators and others from the NITLE Network interested in open education, MOOCs, and the future of liberal education to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.

Readings to Accompany Center for Ethics Events

Scuttlebutt directs you to a collection of readings, mostly online, but some in print in the library, in support of the excellent programming offered by the Center for Ethics this semester, to aid in class discussions, and just for personal interest and edification:

Angus Burgin (January 15)
Resources by and about Angus Burgin, and the subject of free markets since the Great Depression.

Benjamin Hale (February 19)
Resources by and about Benjamin Hale, and the subject of environmental ethics and the marketplace.

Branko Milanovic (February 26)
Resources by and about Branko Milanovic, and the effect of globalization on national and global inequality.

Sister Nora Nash (March 13)
Resources by and about Sister Nora Nash, and the subject of corporate social responsibility.

Lawrence Lessig (April 15)
Resources by and about Lawrence Lessig, and the subject of the Congressional corruption.

Infomaniac

Kuriositas

Infomaniac loves watching what curiosities of the web make it into Kuriositas, a website devoted to internet wonders.

Calendar

February 20: Spring Trivia Night. MC Beth Schachter (7:00-9:00, Level A Concourse, Trexler Library).

February 27: "How Grant Won and Lee Lost the Civil War." Ed Bonekemper, former Muhlenberg College history faculty member, speaks on the subject of his most recent book. Open to the public (7:00-8:30, Periodicals Reading Room, Level A, Trexler Library).

Spring Break Hours

Friday, March 1 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 - Sunday, March 3 Closed
Monday, March 4 - Friday, March 8 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 Closed
Sunday, March 10 6:00 PM - 1:00 AM

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update
March 1

A Follow-Up to Ed Bonekemper's Talk

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Ed Bonekemper, formerly of Muhlenberg College's History Department, spoke to an engaged audience of 20 people in Trexler Library. He addressed a thorny question for Civil War historians: Why did Grant win the war?

The answer to this question, according to Bonekemper, lies as much in the mistakes Lee made as in the strategies Grant employed. In sum, Lee was too "offensive" in his strategy for the undermanned Confederacy, suffered intolerable casualties (209,000), and allowed his obsession with the Commonwealth of Virginia to obscure the broader interests of the Confederacy.

Bonekemper's presentation Wednesday treated the above question at length, and was followed by an animated Q&A, offering further illustration that the U.S. Civil War is still very much in our consciousness as a nation.

Thanks to Ed and to all who attended.

Copyright FAQ

Can I exceed 10 percent of the total when digitizing from books and posting them to my Blackboard account?

The 10 percent rule is just a guideline, not written into law. However, the decision in the recent Georgia State University copyright case referred to this rule as if it were law, making it not unlikely that the rule will be referred to in future decisions.

But this need not stand in the way of your students' access to materials. Contact Jon Macasevich, reserves assistant at the library. He can work with the Copyright Clearance Center or directly with publishers to obtain permission for you to use the amount beyond the fair use guideline of 10 percent. Funds are available, within reason, to cover the cost of these permissions.

Was Aaron Swartz Right?

The Chronicle Review recently assessed the significance of the Aaron Swartz case in terms of scholarly publishing. Was Aaron Swartz right along? Scuttlebutt is intrigued especially by this part of the Chronicle Review analysis:

"Why do scholars still submit their articles to journals that are behind pay walls, and more important why do they serve as editors and referees for these journals (usually gratis)? They submit articles because there is still prestige attached to these journals and because online alternatives do not carry the same weight in tenure and promotion decisions. This is of course due to the general inertia of academic life. Academics need to do some soul searching: Is placing so much weight on tradition worth the cost to members of the profession and the public at large?

"We need to recognize that actions like Aaron Swartz's civil disobedience are legitimate. They are attempts to liberate knowledge that rightly belongs to all of us but that has been acquired by academic publishers through tens of thousands of contracts of adhesion and then bottled up and released for exorbitant fees in what functionally amounts to an extortion racket."

Strong words.

Publishing in open access journals certainly holds part of the answer to this problem. Also promising are mandates to release to the public articles based on publicly-funded research, like the mandate announced just last week by the Obama administration.

Library to Host NITLE Webinar on MOOCs

Trexler Library is a host site for the following webinar. All Muhlenberg faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

March 8th, 2013
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Trexler Library Rm. B02

Open Education and MOOCs
We encourage campus leaders, strategic thinkers, innovators and others from the NITLE Network interested in open education, MOOCs, and the future of liberal education to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.

Readings to Accompany Center for Ethics Events

Scuttlebutt directs you to a collection of readings, mostly online, but some in print in the library, in support of the excellent programming offered by the Center for Ethics this semester, to aid in class discussions, and just for personal interest and edification:

Sister Nora Nash (March 13)
Resources by and about Sister Nora Nash, and the subject of corporate social responsibility.

Lawrence Lessig (April 15)
Resources by and about Lawrence Lessig, and the subject of the Congressional corruption.

Infomaniac

Where can I go for authoritative information about living wills in the State of Pennsylvania? The
Pennsylvania Medical Society provides the information and forms you need to determine in advance the direction of your end-of-life care.

Calendar

Spring Break Hours

Friday, March 1 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 - Sunday, March 3 Closed
Monday, March 4 - Friday, March 8 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 Closed
Sunday, March 10 6:00 PM - 1:00 AM

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update
3/14/13

Starbucks Coffee (sans Barista)

Today, March 14, Trexler Library officially announced, in a reception from 2-4 p.m., the installation of a Starbucks coffeemaker in the library, sans barista. The coffeemaker automatically grinds the beans fresh for each cup. Cost: $1.75. The two types of coffee available are Sumatra (regular) and House Blend (Decaf), or a half-and-half blend of the two.

At this time the coffeemaker accepts only flex and dining dollars. Come by and enjoy a fresh brew.

Springer E-book Collection

Trexler Library is ever-expanding its collection of e-books. One of the largest suppliers of scholarly e-books, many of them in the sciences, is Springer. To get a glimpse of how extensive just this portion of the library's e-book collection is, run a title search in the library catalog on Springer Complete Collection 2011-12.

Host to Local High Schools

For several years now, Trexler Library has hosted AP English and AP history students from Allen High and Emmaus High. Some 20-40 students attend at a time, getting a feel for what it's like to conduct research at a college library.

This year, on March 14, March 15, and April 3, students once again are scheduled to visit the library, learning from librarians about the various databases and the library catalog. They will gather resources and then begin work on their papers during their time here.

Students who have visited Muhlenberg in the past report that this is one of the highlights of their high school experience, a chance to see what it's like to be a college student, before college even begins.

It should be noted that their experience would not be complete without a visit to the Dining Commons, where students enjoy the all-you-can eat experience right alongside Muhlenberg students.

Readings to Accompany Center for Ethics Events

Scuttlebutt directs you to a collection of readings, mostly online, but some in print in the library, in support of the excellent programming offered by the Center for Ethics this semester, to aid in class discussions, and just for personal interest and edification:

Sister Nora Nash (March 13)
Resources by and about Sister Nora Nash, and the subject of corporate social responsibility.

Lawrence Lessig (April 15)
Resources by and about Lawrence Lessig, and the subject of the Congressional corruption.

Infomaniac

College and University Rankings

Do you often find yourself befuddled by college and university rankings? Just how do they come with those numbers? Infomaniac recalls when Muhlenberg College soared one year in the USNWR ranking only to fall back the next year. Why?

Infomaniac can't answer just why, but can recommend a bigger-picture approach to rankings, available at the University of Illinois' College and University Rankings site. Not bound to one ranking, the site gives a smorgasboard of rankings, with an up-front statement of the methodology of each. See which you prefer.

Calendar

3/21 Faculty author reception: Sue Curry Jansen's Walter Lippman: A Critical Introduction to Media and Communication Theory. 12:30-1:45. Fulford Room, Trexler Library.

4/11 Faculty author reception: Elizabeth Nathanson's Television and Post-Feminist Housekeeping: No Time for Mother. 12:30-1:45. Fulford Room, Trexler Library.

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update
3/28/13

A Court Ruling in Favor of Libraries and Their Patrons

On March 19, the Supreme Court ruled that the first-sale doctrine still applies to non-U.S. books sold in the U.S. To followers of the copyright law, this news is nothing short of sensational.

Just what is the first-sale doctrine? It is the legal exception to copyright that affords certain privileges to the buyer of a book. The buyer may sell, rent, give away, or even destroy a book. That is the privilege of the buyer.

What had been proposed in the recent Supreme Court case was that this doctrine would no longer extend to foreign-published works. The Supreme Court ruled otherwise 6 to 3. For libraries, the ruling means that they can continue to collect foreign titles, knowing that these titles can be checked out by library patrons and interlibrary loaned to borrowers at other institutions. Without the doctrine of first sale, such time-honored practices of checkout and interlibrary loan, for foreign titles at least, would have had to end. Whew!

NITLE Webinars To Be Hosted at the Library

All Muhlenberg faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend the following webinars, hosted in the library, free of charge, as Muhlenberg is a member of NITLE:

Title: Andrew Asher and Lynda Duke on the Changing Role of Libraries
Date: April 3, 2 -3 pm
Location: Trexler Library Rm. B02. Presented online via NITLE's videoconferencing platform.
Description: Leaders of the ERIAL project outline recent ethnographic research on digital literacy and discovery services, highlighting its impact and describing the concrete effects of institutional changes that it informs.

Title: Myth of the MOOC
Date: April 5, 2-3 pm
Location: Trexler Library Rm. B02. Presented online via NITLE's videoconferencing platform.
Description: An opportunity to critically examine the MOOC phenomenon, consider the broader context of opportunities and anxieties in which the MOOC myth has been created, and think strategically about how to use emergent online learning platforms in the service of institutional mission.

Title: History Harvest
Date: Friday, April 12, 3 - 4 pm
Location: Trexler Library Rm. B02. Presented online via NITLE's videoconferencing platform.
Description: Two historians from the University of Nebraska discuss the development of a digital history project that engages students in building history, reflecting on historical change, and interpreting collected materials. This seminar will cover the development of the project, the lessons learned from teaching the History Harvest class over two semesters in 2011 and 2012, as well as the opportunities for other colleges to collaborate with the project in the 2013-2014 academic year.

An Authoritative and EASY Alternative to Wikipedia

Scuttlebutt is ever on the prowl for authoritative and easy-to-access alternatives to Wikipedia. Enter Credo Reference. Credo, available by library subscription, is a collection of several well-known reference books, great for finding introductory information on an array of topic. Currently there are 3,474,245 full text entries from 737 reference books.

The database is ever-expanding. Here are some of the titles added most recently, all part of Credo, and searchable from the same easy interface.

Infomaniac

Want the most current and authoritative data on countries around the world? Population, languages, religions, economy. Freely available to anyone. Your government dollars at work. See the CIA World Factbook. Just select a country or location, and go! Use it. Love it.

Calendar

Easter Recess (Begins at the conclusion of classes on Thursday, March 28. Classes resume at 8:00AM on Tuesday, April 2.)

Thursday, March 28 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 29- Sunday, March 31 Closed
Monday, April 1 6:00PM - 1:00AM

4/11 Faculty author reception: Elizabeth Nathanson's Television and Post-Feminist Housekeeping: No Time for Mother. 12:30-1:45. Fulford Room, Trexler Library.

5/3 Trexler Library Annual Book Sale. Thousands of titles: everything must go! A wealth of choices for your summer reading pleasure. 8:00-5:00. Front steps, Trexler Library. (PS We are still accepting donations of fiction for the book sale.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update
4/12/13

Open Access at Muhlenberg

On April 10, several faculty and staff met in the Hoffman House to discuss open access as it pertains to academic publishing. Thanks to Center for Ethics funding, wine and cheese made the conversation that much livelier. (The subject of open access dovetails nicely with marketplace ethics, the theme of this year's Center for Ethics programming.)

At the meeting, several important questions were addressed: Just what is open access? How have other institutions such as Harvard and our neighbor Lafayette encouraged open access to their faculty's pubications? Is there anything Muhlenberg could or should be doing?

The conversation covered common justifications for OA:

    • the increasing cost of academic journals, translating into huge profit margins for publishers like Elsevier
    • the ethical imperative to make scholarly publishing more widely available, especially research that has been funded by taxpayer dollars
    • the lack of exposure that academic authors get for their work through traditional subscription models.

and concerns about OA:

    • the cost of publication has the potential to fall back on the author or institution

What are your thoughts about open access?

ALA President vs. President of Authors Guild

The president of ALA, Maureen Sullivan, in a recent letter to the editor of the New York Times, responded to an earlier op-ed penned by the president of the Authors Guild, Scott Turow. Where Turow had argued that libraries' circulation of e-books to the public undermines author profits, Sullivan retorted just as passionately that library circulation actually increases profits of authors by promoting interest in their books.

Unfortunately neither side presented any data specific to e-books. Perhaps it's too early to know what effect public lending of e-books will have, or if publishers and libraries can negotiate a licensing model satisfying to all parties concerned.

NITLE Webinar

Upcoming NITLE webinar hosted in Trexler Library, rm. B02:

Digital Reading Practices for the Liberal Arts Classroom April 18, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
http://www.nitle.org/live/events/171-digital-reading-practices-for-the-liberal-arts

Infomaniac

National Digital Public Library of America

Some are saying that what was Google's loss is now the public's gain. If all goes as planned--as it sometimes does--then the Digital Public Library of America will open its virtual doors next week, on April 18.

Several discreet entities such as Library of Congress, HathiTrust, and the Internet Archive, along with several universities and public libraries will bring their resources under one virtual roof.

Calendar

5/3 Trexler Library Annual Book Sale. Thousands of titles: everything must go! A wealth of choices for your summer reading pleasure. 9:00-5:00. Front steps, Trexler Library. (PS We are still accepting donations of fiction for the sale.)

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

Bi-Weekly Update
4/26/13

Host to Local Elementary Schools

This year, Trexler Library staff participated in the College Connect program overseen by the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement. This program invites inner city elementary and middle school kids to visit a college and glimpse college life. What do colleges look like? What happens there? Could I be a college student one day?

College Connect this year brought five school groups, roughly 200 students, to campus at different points during the academic year, for a day. Most of the students came from Roosevelt Elementary and Cleveland Elementary Schools.

The library portion of the day is a favorite for the kids, because it includes a library scavenger hunt with prizes for all. Kids are asked to go to the library's online catalog and type in the name of their favorite animal. Then they are to write down a call number of their favorite animal and retrieve the book from the stacks. They win a bookmark and a pencil. It's simple, the kids love it, and it gets them into a library with hands-on experience with books.

Also included in the library portion of the day is a short critique of a website about the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. Students are asked if they think the information presented there is correct. Can you guess what 3rd graders might say?

Google Books Links to Trexler Library

Searching for a book just got much easier. Let's imagine that you need a book that discusses a particular poem by Emily Dickinson. Or one that addresses the demography of a specific town in Pennsylvania. You've had no luck because the search engines you've been using only look at the subject and the title of the book, and none mention your topic. Enter Google Books.

Google Books allows searching of entire contents of a book, even if copyright prevents the entire books from being seen. Lack of online access is no matter really, because Google Books now links to interlibrary loan and Muhlenberg College's library, when you are on campus.

Once you locate a title in Google Books that looks interesting, simply click on "Find in a Library" then "Search Trexler Library for this title." If not at Trexler, click on "Request Item" and and fill out the interlibrary loan request form. It's that easy!

NITLE Webinar

Upcoming NITLE webinar, free to Muhlenberg employees:

Title: Developing Digital Humanities Projects
Date: Thursday, May 2, 3-4 pm EDT
Location: Hosted online via NITLE's videoconferencing platform
Details: http://www.nitle.org/live/events/174-developing-digital-humanities-projects

The authors of DevDH.org will introduce participants to best practices for designing and organizing their first digital humanities project, including how to frame a project appropriately, identify and set attainable goals, build project teams, and find potential tools and resources. Early-career digital humanists are especially encouraged to attend.

Registration
Please register online by Tuesday, April 30. Participation in NITLE Shared Academics seminars is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.
Registration link: http://www.nitle.org/registrations/sa/050213.php

Infomaniac

World Digital Library

A bit of a hodge podge, the World Digital Library brings together in one place digital images, maps, and texts from library collections around the world. Each digital item is presented exquisitely and authoritatively, with ample documentation.

Here are some of the thousands of items in the collection:

Calendar

5/3 Trexler Library Annual Book Sale. Thousands of titles: everything must go! A wealth of choices for your summer reading pleasure. 9:00-5:00. Front steps, Trexler Library. (PS We are still accepting donations of fiction for the sale.)

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