Sunday, April 27, 2008

Periodicals Unlimited

Thanks to your suggestions from the library suggestion box, the library is extending the loan period for periodicals (journals and magazines) from 24 hours to *one week* and from 3 items to *unlimited* (or as many as you can stuff in your backpack). Effective immediately! Periodicals are located on the first floor of the library and can be checked out at the Circulation desk on the second floor. Happy reading!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Native Waters MAYDAY! Exhibit

In connection with this year's MAYDAY! Peace Conference on "Troubled Waters," the library is hosting an exhibit on the library's lower level - "Native Waters: Sharing the Source." Created by Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), the interactive exhibit is designed to help both children and adults explore the importance of water in their lives. Bring your kids or your little brothers / sisters! Thanks to Edi Thorstensson, Ginny Bakke and MAYDAY! committee members for bringing the traveling exhibit to campus and getting it set up.

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

Uncommon Reading

The book for next fall's Reading in Common program has been chosen, and it fits really well into the Global Insight focus on China for next year. John Pomfret's Chinese Lessons personalizes the country's recent history by focusing on five students who were classmates at Nanjing University in 1982.

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

Immigration Teach-In

Today, April 17th, there will be a teach-in on immigration in the Heritage Room, Jackson Student Union. Here's the run-down:

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

You Asked For It

. . . and here they are: extended hours during finals week. Here's when we'll be open.

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

Many thanks to the student employees who are willing to stay late so you can study!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Celebrate New Books

Every year, the Book Mark and the library host an author tea to celebrate Gustavus folks who have new books out. This year it will be held on April 29th at 3:30 in the Courtyard Cafe and added to the Gustavus bookshelf are . . .

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 D├ęchery (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

Print Green

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