Thursday, December 18, 2008
Please plan accordingly for delays. If you have questions or concerns about possible delays, please contact the library or email Sonja Timmerman.
Have general questions about ILL? Check out the updated ILL page on the library website.
Monday, December 15, 2008
If you're the adventurous type with lots of time on your hands, you can always upload or reactivate your readings yourself. If you do so, please be observant of copyright law. Visit this library page for more detailed information on e-reserves, Moodle, and copyright.
Curious about the name 'Moodle?' Moodle's creator Martin Dougiamas reports:
It's a verb in English but not very well known ... I had heard of the word even though it only appears in larger dictionaries.So now you know!
When coming up with a name for my system I remember sitting down one evening trying to come up with a word that:
- was an acronym (because I like hidden meanings)
- was a word you could say easily
- was not common on the internet (so searches could find it)
- had a domain name free
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Now GTS has set up another wireless option. If you're in the library, choose gaclibrary for your connection. We hope this will provide fast relief.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Literacy and the struggle against hunger are connected, closely interdependent. One cannot succeed without the other. Both of them require, indeed urge, us to act. So that in this third millennium, which has only just begun, no child on our shared planet, regardless of gender or language or religion, shall be abandoned to hunger or ignorance, or turned away from the feast. This child carries within him the future of our human race. In the words of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, a very long time ago, the kingdom belongs to a child.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
There's a wonderful exhibit (actually two wonderful exhibits) at the Hillstrom Museum of art, just down the hall from the Book Mark. One of them, Come On! American Posters from World War I, is close to our hearts for two reasons. One, the posters are from the College Archives. Two, the exhibit brochure, commentary, and general arrangement are the fruit of a Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grant undertaken by Laura Behling (English) and student Chelsea Kramer - and we're always excited about research done by our students and faculty.
Take the time to experience these posters and to read the informative commentary. As the exhibit brochure says,
though these posters may seem but a quaint reminder of a different time, for a United States that now finds itself engaged on the battlefields of Kabul and Kandahar, Basra and Baghdad, they can offer us perspective. They ask their audience to consider the rhetoric and practice of humanitarianism within war, and to examine the nature of sacrifice and democracy. They ask us to regard the relationship between art and politics, and to bear in mind the enormous expenses of battle - measured in money and life . . . On balance, these American posters from World War I give us liberty to contemplate our patriotism, our nationalism, and our humanity.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Your donations will be sold and the proceeds will benefit our sister school, Gulu High School in Uganda. Support Building Bridge's efforts - and help a school in Africa.
As a benefit, you'll have room on your shelves for more books .
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
*If you have problems linking directly, go to the library's homepage and click on "Trial Databases" at the bottom left of the page.*
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The recipient will have an opportunity to conduct independent research and help give direction to the Library's future endeavors regarding reading promotion. The scholarship is especially appropriate for anyone who loves to read and would like more experience conducting in-depth research.
Applications are available at the circulation desk in the Library. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Julie Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dan Mollner (email@example.com). The due date for submission is December 8.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
This office, near the electronic classroom, is now open for group study. It's equipped with a large-screen monitor, a Mac Mini, and two keyboards for collaborative work on projects. This space can be reserved. Contact Sylvia Straub (x7556) or ask any of the library staff.
We also have freed up the space where the interlibrary loan office once was. This is the future home of our open course reserves and of many conversations and the occasional nap.
In the back of the library, an office has been vacated to create a roomy student study area. And nearby, our student research display has been refreshed with abstracts from the May 2008 first annual Celebration of Creative Inquiry.
Have any suggestions for other changes? Let us know!
Friday, October 31, 2008
It meets Mondays from 2:30 to 4:30, but can also be taken by arrangement if that time doesn't work. For more information, contact Barbara Fister (x7552 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
What it does not do is resolve the underlying copyright issues, according to The New York Times.
Jeffrey Toobin predicted this outcome some time ago in The New Yorker. And in his analysis, it's not good news for the rest of us.
“If Google says to the publishers, ‘We’ll pay,’ that means that everyone else who wants to get into this business will have to say, ‘We’ll pay,’ ” [Lawrence] Lessig said. “The publishers will get more than the law entitles them to, because Google needs to get this case behind it. And the settlement will create a huge barrier for any new entrants in this field.”
In other words, a settlement could insulate Google from competitors, which would be especially troubling, because the company has already proved that when it comes to searches it is not infallible. “Google didn’t get video search right—YouTube did,” Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School, said. (Google solved that problem by buying YouTube last year for $1.6 billion.) “Google didn’t get blog search right—technorati.com did,” Wu went on. “So maybe Google won’t get book search right. But if they settle the case with the publishers and create huge barriers to newcomers in the market there won’t be any competition. That’s the greatest danger here.”
The full settlement agreement - which is pending judicial approval - is available here.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Are you a Halloween fanatic? Is it your favorite holiday? For some this is an obsession. The anticipation of truly scaring someone else, or themselves, is cause for exorbitant enthusiasm.
Our library has a past with a few ghost stories. http://weekly.blog.gustavus.edu/2008/05/09/ghostly-gustavus-a-look-at-the-ghastly-ghoulish-and-grisly-history-of-ghosts-at-gustavus-adolphus-college/
Although the article above claims that there hasn’t been a sighting since the tornado in 1998, a library student employee (class 2008) claims to have seen the ghost in the south stairwell of the library.
Think about this in the wee hours of the morning as you move from 3rd floor to second through the dimly lit stairwells.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Today the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) issued an alert about internal policies in the Department of Homeland Security regarding border crossing. Under previous policies, Customs and Border Patrol agents were authorized to seize any electronic and print materials if they had probable cause of illegal activity. Under current internal policies, agents have the authority to retain print and electronic materials indefinitely at the borders regardless of probable cause.
AAUP notes special concern for professors conducting research and traveling across borders, citing possible threats to those conducting research (or collaborating with colleagues) around the world. The policies are also alarming for libraries, information professionals, and anyone concerned with protecting privacy rights and defending civil liberties.
“Expanded Powers to Search Travelers at Border Detailed” Washington Post, 9/23/08
“Search and Replace” [editorial], Washington Post, 8/13/08
“US Border Agency Says It Can Seize Laptops” PC World, 8/3/08
“Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border: No Suspicion Required Under DHS Policies” Washington Post, 8/1/08
Monday, October 06, 2008
We've compiled a Website that lists authors and their works by country, with a bit of biographical information and links to reviews. We plan to add to it as more books become available - and in between, we have a companion blog to keep up with new reviews, interviews, and events.
Though why mysteries are so popular in countries with such low crime rates remains something of a mystery.
Friday, September 26, 2008
One of the books is John Pomfret's Chinese Lessons. Are you an upperclass student who didn't get in on the common reading this summer? Did you attend Pomfret's talk and think you'd like to read his book? Check it out - and invite your friends to join in.
The other book is a fascinating family memoir of China, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Wang. It chronicles the lives of three women from the era of concubines and foot binding through the Communist revolution and into the Cultural Revolution and beyond. It's a totally absorbing history of China in the 20th century seen through the eyes of the author, her mother, and her grandmother. We thought it would be a great book for discussion, and a good complement to our common reading this year.
We know that for many students, faculty and staff at Gustuvus it's hard to find time to read just for fun. But it's worth it - and we think you'd enjoy getting together with friends to talk about these books.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The move will provide a brief disruption in Interlibrary Loan services. Requests sent by patrons to borrow materials from other libraries will be delayed for a few days. Please continue to request items but know that we won't have a chance to process your requests until early next week. (The delay is due to wiring work that needs to be done in the new space.)
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. Stop by and see the new space!
Friday, September 19, 2008
First year students - don't miss out! To enter the drawing, take the online library research survey that was sent to you via e-mail. It only takes a few minutes to get a crack at your very own library carrel.
The results of the survey will give us valuable insights into student research skills and attitudes. It's part of a national study being undertaken by two higher education organizations, NITLE and HEDS. We'll use what we learn in our information literacy program.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The bad news is that all of this will take some construction. The library will be a slightly noisier, dustier place for a time, through August and probably into September. But we think that will be a small price to pay to open up some prime space to students who, after all, live in the library much of the academic year.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Our MnPALS consortium decided on these dates for the upgrade in order to avoid halting services during the semester. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this disruption may cause you. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Thanks to Jan for her imaginative and well-planned feast, to Ginny Bakke and her husband who helped out, and to Mike Haeuser who lent a hand and got into the spirit of things in costume.
Friday, May 09, 2008
The competition is open to Gustavus students from all disciplines who have written for a Gustavus course. Members of the faculty are asked to encourage their students to enter their work. Application forms are available at the Library Circulation Desk.
Previous prize winners include Adrienne Donath for "Silence in the Cloister: A Study of the Future of the Sisterhood in the American Church" and Daniel Pioske for American Protestantism and its Impact Upon the Desire of its Members to Seek Congressional Office."
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Fefu and her Friends runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm this weekend, and also on Sunday at 2 pm. If you think you don't have time to take it in - hey, that's why you're at a place like Gustavus! to have a rich and varied cultural experience. You'll be glad you went.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Join us at the reception for the exhibit on Monday, April 28, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the library's lower level.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Meanwhile, Michelle Twait has created a resource guide on China for the Global Insight project. Future Global Insight years will focus on Mexico, Food and Nutrition, and a Circumpolar Year (focusing on Scandinavia, Northern Canada, Greenland, and Russia).
Thursday, April 17, 2008
2:30 Suzanne Wilson, “Myths of Immigration”
2:50 Bob Douglas, “Old and New Immigrants in Minnesota”
3:10 Sujay Rao, Mexican Immigration in historical
3:30 Byron Nordstrom, “”How They Coped: Swedish Immigrants in Minnesota”
3:50 Deb Pitton, “Stories from the Border”
4:10 Richard Leitch, “An Analysis of Japanese Emigration”
4:30 Mayra Taylor and student panel, “Witnessing Immigration in Southern Minnesota”
4:50 Mary Solberg, “Immigration: a Personal Perspective”
5:10 Student experiences - OLAS members
Meanwhile, in the new books area, we have a sampling of new publications on the topic. So - drop by to hear interdisciplinary perspectives on the issue, and later you can curl up with a good book!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Thurs., May 22nd – 8am – 1am
Fri., May 23rd – 8am – 2am
Sat., May 24th – 8am – 10pm
Sun., May 25th – 8am – 2am
Mon., May 26th, 8am – 2am
Tues., May 27th – 8am – 4:45pm
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Esbj! by the late Robert Esbjornson (religion) and Dennis Johnson (college relations, retired.)
Covenantal Conversations: Christians in Dialogue with Jews and Judaism, edited by Darrell Jodock (religion)
Le Premier Regard (The First Gaze), by Laurent Déchery (French)
Controversies in Political Theology, by Thia Cooper (religion)
In the Wind, by Barbara Fister (library)
Renaissance Medals (The Collections of the National Gallery of Art, Systematic Catalogue) by Don Myers and others (Art/Art History)
Throughout the week of the 29th, many books by Gustavus authors from this and previous years will be available at a 20% discount. The library also will have a display of books by Gustavus faculty near the library entrance.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
The library's hardest working printers - Romeo and Juliet - are now taking reservations. From now on, when you print to these printers, you will need to go through a couple of simple steps to release the document to print.
This should help reduce the enormous amount of wasted and abandoned print jobs. As a measure of how hard these two printers work, each one on average prints in a week as many pages as the library's main floor photocopier has printed since it was installed last May.
Ethan Sommer of GTS has provided this background information on this change, which the library supports wholeheartedly.
Printing use at Gustavus has been growing at an astounding rate over the past few years. To give you a sense of scale, during the seven days before spring break 117,145 pages were printed in the public labs.
Gustavus Technology Services has been asked to try to reduce the amount of public lab printing, both because of the environmental impact and because it costs the college a lot of money which eventually has the effect of raising the cost of tuition.
The first step in our efforts is to install "Print Release Stations" on some of the busiest printers on campus. A few weeks ago we installed one in the Olin computer lab and starting today after chapel you will need to use one for the printers at the circulation desk in the library
(Romeo and Juliet.)
In order to use a print release station just follow these simple steps:
1. Print your document as you normally would.
2. Next to the printer there is a LCD computer monitor. Go there.
3. Use the mouse to select your document.
4. (optional) Use the mouse to select a printer.
5. Click "Print"
6. Enter your e-mail username and password.
7. Your document will print.
At this point you will not be charged for printing, however, if you are one of the top few users of printing on campus we may want to talk to you about how best to meet your printing needs.
Based on other college's experiences, we believe that by using print release stations we will decrease the number of abandoned print jobs. By tracking how much each user prints, we can get a better idea of how fairly tuition dollars are being used.
GTS will have staff in the library to help out for the next few days.
photo courtesy of dailydog
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
And no, you don't have to be a mad scientist to participate. Really. All kinds of work - research, creative projects, things an organization has been working on - are welcome.
photo courtesy of jm3
Friday, March 14, 2008
The college archives has placed an exhibit about the tornado of 1998 on the main floor, between the new books and the reference desk just in time for the 10-year anniversary. It's certainly an event to remember - and luckily, the archives is all about preserving our memories.
We do, however, wish we had more imagination when it came to naming catalogs.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
- a class assignment or project.
- off-campus projects or internships.
- student-faculty collaborative research or creative projects.
- independent student research or creative projects.
- the work of extra-curricular student organizations.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The Gustavus Library is many things - study space, laboratory, meeting place, and provider of countless sources of information. But right now it's also looking a little rumpled. Dirty caf dishes are left in study carrels. Reams of pages are printed and then abandoned or stuffed into trash cans. Library books are returned filled with pen and highlighter marks on almost every page.
Even one ruined book or dirty plate gives us cause for concern. Damaged books result in loss of shared property. Wasted paper has a profound impact on the environment. And, quite simply, no one likes to stumble across dirty, abandoned dishes. For this reason, the library is reviving our Love Your Library Leave No Trace campaign. The rules are simple: Return your dishes to the Marketplace. Take notes about library books - not in them. Be mindful of the amount of paper you print. Remind your friends to do the same. Essentially, leave the library how you found it.
The library belongs to all of us. Be comfortable and be respectful. Enjoy your library and help others do the same.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
The course meets Mondays from 2:30 to 4:20; if that doesn't fit with your other courses, it can also be taken by arrangement.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Ever find an author you love and want to read more by him or her? Ever put down a book and wish you could find more just like it? Ever wish you could easily find books that are perfect for you?
Now you can! The library is pleased to announce the debut of two new services to help you explore the world of fiction in amazing detail. They’re almost as much fun as reading itself!
This wonderful not-so-new resource is provided through Books in Print. Search for your favorite books to explore similar titles. Fiction Connection also lets you easily search by genre, time period, character type, and setting. Our favorite setting option so far is “Human Colony Planet.” Fiction Connection also has a fantastic visual search option. Check it out for yourself! Access Books in Print from the Databases drop-down menu on the library’s homepage. Click Fiction Connection in the far right column.
Once you find books, search the MnPALS catalog to see if we own them or request titles via ILL and have them shipped directly to our library.