Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Interlibrary Loan over the Holiday Break

Interlibrary loan requests submitted over the holiday break (December 21, 2010 - January 2, 2011) will not be processed until Monday, January, 3, 2011.

Please plan accordingly; you can contact the ILL department with questions or concerns. Enjoy your break!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gusties are in the House! (and Senate) - Display

Several Gustavus Adolphus alumni and a faculty member were very successful in the past election on November 2nd. Come see the new display brought to you by the College and Lutheran Church Archives, "Gusties in Minnesota Legislature." The display features five former students (Mindy Greiling, David Hann, Kory Kath, Ted Lillie, and Paul Torkelson) and one current professor (Terry Morrow). Learn what these Gusties were up to back in the day, and in their current positions as state senators and representatives! This fun display was created by Lacie Micek, archives student worker. It is located on the main floor of the library by the reference desk. Be there or be square!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Yes, the Weather Outside is Frightful

.... but it's nice and cozy inside the library. Still, due to the difficulty of getting around town and the towering snowdrift in front of the reference librarian's garage, holding her car hostage, face to face reference service will be limited today; after dark, please use the chat feature on the library's website if you have questions or would like advice about where to start with a research project ...

....or where to look next if you are feeling stuck.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Library Hours for Finals

For all bookworms and heavy studiers the library is extending hours for finals. The following are the hours the library will be open: Weds., Dec. 15- Fri., Dec. 17, 8am - 2am ; Sat., Dec. 18 - 8am - 10pm; Sun., Dec. 19, 8am - 2am; Mon., Dec. 20, 8am - 4:45pm. We are also open through Dec. 23, 8am - 4:45pm. Happy Holidays and good luck with finals!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

College Photographs

The College and Lutheran Church Archives has released a photo database documenting the college from the 1800s to the modern era. Currently, this resource contains 300 images from our main photograph collection. New content appears somewhat regularly. The archives retain thousands of images, and the primary limitation to adding additional photographs is time.
Researchers and those with avocational interests have a powerful research tool that allows for finding images from targeted decades or pictures concerning particular topics, groups, and individuals. Moreover, this resource makes historical inquiry fun and much more accessible for students, alumni, and staff.
Users can access the database via the archives page. You will want to click the link for photographs along the left column. Please visit the archives (located on the library's third floor) or call the archivist if you are unable to find an image in the database.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Monthly Book Drawing

As some of you have noticed, we are having a monthly book drawing in the library. Each month we put a new book out near the portrait of Count Folke Bernadotte just inside the front door. Put your name and e-mail address into the box nearby and at the end of the month you may be the lucky winner. So far we've given away a book by a Nobel speaker, the Reading in Common book, and a book by a distinguished Gustie grad.
Up next - a gentle mystery set in Botswana starring Mma Romatswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Quick facts: E-reserves

Are you busy planning syllabi for J-term and Spring semester? Here's some quick facts about e-reserves.
  • Moodle is the method of "delivering" e-reserves for each course. (Moodle does a lot more than that, though. If you're interested in the bells and whistles, request assistance from the Moodle gurus.)
  • It's okay to post small portions of a work. It's better to post small portions of a work you or the library owns.
  • Copyright guidelines are just that - guidelines, which means each case may be different. The four factors found in the Statement on Fair Use and E-reserves should be weighed for each individual e-reserve.
  • A posted e-reserve should never be the "meat and potatoes" of a work, regardless of the percentage of the whole it represents.
  • E-reserves used in previous semesters can easily be reactivated for future courses, either by sending me an email, or following these simple instructions.
  • Plays in their entirety are not okay to post.
For more information on reserves in general, visit the reserves page for faculty. Want to post the readings yourself? There's a quick tutorial available on that page, too. For discussions on specific copyright issues, visit with your library liaison. Or feel free to contact me with questions.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Library Hours- Thanksgiving Break

Happy Thanksgiving all! Our hours will be reduced during the break. Here are the library hours:

Tues., Nov. 23 and Weds., Nov 24 - 8am - 4:45pm
Thurs. Nov. 25 - Sun., Nov. 28 (until 6pm)- Closed
Open at 6pm - 1am on Sunday, Nov. 28.

Plan to do research at home over Thanksgiving? Test your library account before you leave campus

If you're planning to do research from home over Thanksgiving break, test your library account from on campus before you leave to make sure you'll be able to access our databases. To test your account, login to your borrowing record (use your 14-digit barcode from your Gustavus ID as your User ID, and use your last name as your password). Problems? Contact e-resources@gustavus.edu before the end of business Wednesday 11/24 to correct account problems before Thanksgiving break.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Archives Renovation: A Brave New World

The College and Lutheran Church Archives has been, for the most part, in its current location since the opening of the second Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library in late 1972. During that last thirty-eight years many items have been collected. Thousands of acid-free boxes serve as home to the unique documents, photographs, recordings, and numerous other miscellaneous materials created by and about the college and those who have called Gustavus home.

In an effort to improve the facility and gain additional storage space, Jeff Jenson and Michelle Twait applied for a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grant made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Their application was successful. By mixing the award with money from the library and an archives endowment, archivally appropriate shelving will be installed. As a result, the entire space was emptied. With the room being bare for the first time in nearly forty years, the space is undergoing a much needed cleaning and painting with the help of physical plant staff.

The archives will remain open during this tumultuous upheaval. This is being done because it is the primary mission of the College and Lutheran Church Archives to make materials "available for use and study." Information access will continue, but minor delays may occur.

To learn more about the College and Lutheran Church Archives please contact Jeff Jenson or visit the website.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stellar Students

Congratulations to Rose Follis, Tyna Johnson and Annie Kleinschmidt on being chosen as Star Students for fall semester!

Star Students are library student employees who have demonstrated superior performance in their departments. The library depends heavily on student workers and wishes to recognize those that go above and beyond the call of duty.

Thanks Rose, Tyna and Annie!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Armistice Day Blizzard at Gustavus

Today is the anniversary of the Armistice Day Blizzard of November 1940. The Monday started much like today with unseasonably warm temperatures that had climbed to the low 60s during the afternoon. However, the weather changed quickly and temperatures dropped by 40 degrees over the next several hours. A large and powerful winter storm rolled across the Midwest bringing strong winds, sleet, and snow.

In Minnesota, forty-nine people died as a result of the storm. Most of the dead were duck hunters. There were no deaths at Gustavus, but the storm hit campus hard. According to an account in the Gustavian Weekly, many faculty couldn't get down the bluffside to return to their homes, and students, lacking proper winter attire, were donning wild combinations of clothes in their efforts to keep warm. Let us hope that the rain forecast for this evening does not turn to snow.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Check it out

Our AV collection has moved out into the open stacks on the first floor. It's now easier to browse and you can check out any movie for 24 hours.

We've also moved the AV desk out near the stacks and opened up a new study space in its place.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Students: Earn a free 5 dollar print card!

Students: participate in a one-hour focus group on Dec. 1st and earn a free $5.00 print card good for the 2010-11 academic year. The focus groups are casual and, most importantly, your participation will help improve the library for current and future Gusties! 

For more information or to sign-up, please send an email to libstudy@gustavus.edu. Indicate the time of day that works best for you: early afternoon, late afternoon, or evening.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Another Spring Course: Information Fluency

As we have done for several years, the library will again offer NDL 301: Information Fluency. (You can get a sense of what the course is about by checking out last spring's blog and course pages.) As it says in the catalog,
This course will give students interested in going to graduate or professional school -- or who simply want to know more about research -- an immersion in the structure of the literature of their chosen field and exposure to research tools and collections. Students will keep a research log and develop an extensive literature review for a research question of their choice. Shorter projects will require students to analyze aspects of their discipline's traditions, to compare them to traditions in other fields, and to explore the social and ethical dimensions of research.
It meets Tuesdays in the library from 2:30 to 4:20. If that time doesn't work, it can be taken by arrangement. Contact Barbara Fister (fister @ gustavus dot edu) for more details.  Generally students have enjoyed this course because it's discussion-based, small, and fits nicely with other courses that require lots of research.

New Spring Course: NDL 201: Reading Workshop

We are offering a new course (.25 credits) in which students will read and discuss two or more books, including a contemporary work of fiction or non-fiction announced in advance and a book chosen by the student. The book being discussed this spring is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It has been praised in many quarters and raises important questions about science, race, and the progress of medicine. (It's also a corking good read.)

In addition to reading and discussing this book, students will publish reviews of the books they choose to read individually to a book-related social network, will reflect on their own reading histories and practices, and will explore the place of books and literacy in contemporary culture. The course will be taught by Barbara Fister and will meet Wednesday afternoons in SSC 202 from 2:30 to 3:50 for the first half of the semester.

Can't fit it in? Keep an eye out for future Reading Workshops. If it's a success, we hope to offer it regularly.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Curl Up With a Good IEX January Course

Library faculty are offering two courses this January. A new course jointly taught by Anna Hulseberg and Julie Gilbert is Fact and Fiction (NDL 109). "In this course students will explore the relationship between fact and fiction in the experience of the reader and the writer. We will commence with an investigation into the psychology of reading and apply this framework to interactions with course readings. We will read works of fiction, explore the related historical record, and further consider the ethical implications of the often blurry relationship between fiction and truth through fieldwork. The term will culminate in the investigation of an historical event and the production and presentation of a creative work related to that event."

Barbara Fister will teach Books & Culture (NDL 105): "To read the news, you would think books and readers are on the brink of extinction. The National Endowment for the Arts warns that reading is in precipitous decline and numerous 'experts' say people in their teens and twenties have no interest in anything that isn't high tech. Yet more books are being published than ever before and the number of people using public libraries is at an all-time high. This course will explore books in contemporary culture, the book industry from writers to readers, the intellectual history of reading, and the future of the book."

Stay tuned for news of our Spring course offerings . . .

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Peer Reference Tutors - and Longer Hours

We know that as busy as students are, they often can't really settle down to work on their papers until 9:00 pm or later And 10pm is when the librarians are yawning, hanging up the reference shingle, and heading to bed. (Okay, one of us is a night owl, but he's the exception to the rule.)

We're trying a new experiment. With the help of two talented student employees who volunteered to get some reference training and burn the midnight oil, we will be offering extended reference assistance from 10pm until midnight several evenings a week. Keep an eye out for our peer reference tutors who will be available to help out at the reference desk for a few extra hours, just when students need it the most.

photo courtesy of mortsan

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Do You Hear What I Hear?

At the entrance to the library are security gates. Every book we own and equipment now too, are secured so that unless we desensitize items, the alarm (or beeping) will sound as you leave the building. Our items, books, computers, DVD’s, CD’s, etc., are precious to us. We want everyone to be able to use our resources, but responsibly, by checking things out at the circulation desk appropriately.

Should an item in your backpack trigger the alarm, kindly come back to the front desk and we will assist in figuring out what made the alarm sound. The Book Mark and many other stores place sensitized/magnetic strips into their items as well. It often isn’t compatible with our system so we will desensitize your textbooks so they won’t sound the alarm again.

Our final word is please don’t be alarmed by the alarm!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Open Access Week

We're coming to the end of the now-annual celebration of the Open Access movement. The idea of open access is that knowledge is most useful when it can be shared and is not behind barriers. As anyone who has done research in our library knows, there are limits to our collection, both print and online. Sharing among libraries helps, but even so we often run into situations where we need to pay a copyright permission fee to get an article in a journal we don't have. These can run up to $50 per article, so it's no small matter.

Open Access is a response to those barriers. To quote Peter Suber, who knows more about it than anyone, "Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."

To support this movement, the library has recently begun adding open access books that fit our collection to our catalog. (If you encounter one of these, and think we should have a print copy available, let us know; we understand that reading long-form texts on paper has certain advantages). You will also find that journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are included in our software that matches database references to actual articles. And as a department, the library adopted its own open access mandate a couple of years ago - being the first department at a liberal arts college to adopt such a mandate. Since then at least three liberal arts college faculties have adopted college-wide mandates - Trinity, Rollins, and Oberlin colleges. What this means is that the faculty involved will make every effort to make their research available to all, either through publishing in open access venues or through making sure they retain rights as authors to self-archive their work online.

A reminder to Gustavus faculty: though we do not have an official institutional repository for open research, the campus web team has added a handy feature to profiles that makes it easy to upload your work and make it available to the world - as simply as attaching a file to an e-mail message. If you aren't sure if a particular publisher allows self-archiving, check the Sherpa/Romeo database of publisher policies.

For examples of open access projects, see -

images courtesy of Bob Fornal and the Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Library Hours - Fall Break 2010

Library hours for Reading Days:
Friday Oct. 22: 8:00am-4:45pm;
Saturday, Oct. 23: 10:00am - 5:00pm;
Sunday, Oct. 24: 12:00pm - 6:00pm;
Monday, Oct. 25: 8:00am - 4:45pm;
Tuesday, Oct. 26: 8:00am - 1:00am

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fun facts: Interlibrary loan

Although you may have been the grateful recipient of an obscure dissertation borrowed through ILL from a library across the nation, you probably don't think about the lending side of ILL. What kinds of materials are being requested by other libraries from the Gustavus collection?

Our Scandinavian crime fiction has been enormously popular. Here's an example.

The Redeemer by Jo Nesbø has been in the Gustavus collection since April 2009. To date, it has circulated 13 times. Seven of those circulations have been to libraries out of state. The Redeemer has traveled to Wyoming, Vermont, Texas, New York, Maryland and was sent twice to Oregon.

In addition, between May 2009 and September 2010, we had to say "no" to thirty-four requests for this title from out-of-state libraries because it was already checked out!

As always, our interlibrary loan privileges with other institutions are dependent on "good behavior." Help us return material in a timely manner so we don't jeopardize those privileges. Questions? See the ILL page of the library website.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Used Book and VHS Sale

Stop by the library this week for our used books and VHS sale. Everything is only 50 cents! With a clearance sale on Friday, everything you can fit in a bag for $2.00.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Libraries can be dangerous places.

The American Library Association (and freedom-lovers everywhere) are celebrating Banned Books Week September 25 - October 2, 2010.

Did you know The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee are all books that have been banned or challenged?

Exercise your freedom to read (and make up your own mind) by checking out these and other challenged books. Read more about Banned Books Week at the ALA site.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Constitution Day talk - 'Ground Zero Mosque'

Join us in the library's GLA Reading Room on Friday, September 17th at 2:30, when Associate Professor Alisa Rosenthal of the Political Science department will give a talk on the constitutional issues raised by the proposed Islamic Cultural Center in lower Manhattan.

Come and discuss an issue that offers a topical take on a document signed on Sept. 17th, 1787. Yes, Virginia, there will be refreshments.

Additional resources:

New York Times coverage
The U.S. Constitution (National Archives)
The U.S. Constitution: Analysis and Interpretation (Government Printing Office, via FindLaw) 
Research Guide for Constitutional Law (Gustavus library)

Monday, September 06, 2010

Archives Insider

As a new academic year begins, I thought I'd give an update and a bit of inside information.

Regular open hours will be on the following days.
Monday, 8:00-noon and 1:00-4:30
Tuesday, 8:00-noon and 1:00-4:30
Wednesday, 8-noon

Please contact archives staff if you are unable to visit during these hours. We are located directly above the main entrance of Folke Bernadotte Memorial library.

This past academic year was very busy. We helped approximately 280 users. Patrons included students working on classroom assignments, academics conducting professional research, and family history researchers seeking to uncover their roots. To see how students used the archives in Glen Kranking's J-Term "History Bytes" course, please see their course page.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

What's new? Library e-resources updates

As you get ready for fall term, visit the library's E-resources Informer site for updates on our e-resources collection. Some highlights from this fall's E-Resources Informer:

  • Not so trivial trivia: selected statistics on the databases and online journals used most frequently by the Gustavus community
  • Tips and tools: find out how the Assignment Calculator can help students stay on on track as they research and write an assignment
  • New e-resources: learn about Naxos Music Library and Sabin Americana
  • New looks: Don't be surprised if your favorite e-resource looks a bit different this fall. Many of our e-resources have new search interfaces: Annual Reviews, EBSCOhost databases (includes Academic Search Premier and others), Journals@OVID, JSTOR, LexisNexis Academic, and SAGE Premier

Want more details? Visit the E-resources Informer

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Possible Interlibrary Loan delays

The interlibrary loan office will be operating with minimal student staffing June 8 - June 13, 2010. You may experience some minor delays on requests submitted during this period.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Sonja as soon as possible. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Past and Present Gustavus Buildings - Display

A new addition is being added to the Gustavus campus! Literally! Construction of the "New Academic Building" is underway, and to keep with the theme, the College and Lutheran Church Archives have brought you a new display, "Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes: Buildings at Gustavus." The display chronicles how particular buildings at the college have changed, progressed, and even been demolished over time. Come see what the first gymnasium looked like! Learn what happened to Johnson Hall! This exciting new display was created by library and archives intern Maura Coonan. It is located on the main floor of the library by the reference desk. Come check it out!

To see more images of the the college's past, visit the archives.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Author Tea! Join us this Thursday, May 6th

The Book Mark and the library host an annual author tea for Gustavus authors who have published books within the past year. Join us this Thursday, May 6th, at 3:30 in the Courtyard Cafe to hear a bit about the books and enjoy refreshments.

Here is this year's bookshelf:

Sidonia Alenuma (Education) Race and Educational Reform in America
Mark Bjelland (Geography) Human Geography
Mary Everett (Spanish, retired) My White Orchid
Barbara Fister (Library) Through the Cracks
Paschal Kyoore (French) Folktales of the Dagara of West Africa
Roger McKnight (Scandinavian Studies) Watonwan County: Past, Present, and Future
Joyce Sutphen (English) First Words

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

... and More Sunshine

The 2010 State of the Media Report has just been released - a terrific review of what's going on with the news media and where things are headed.

There is also a freshly-issued Secrecy Report Card from Open the Government that sums up developments is government secrecy and transparency in 2009.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a blog post on the importance of Freedom of Information Act requests being carried out without undue over-redaction.

To give credit where it's due, the federal government does share lots of information - including a new website that includes copies of the decennial census of population and housing going back to 1790.

It's Sunshine Week

Sunshine week is March 14th-20th. In celebration Open the Government.org is presenting a web cast called "Building Transparency." Stream the live teleconference to your desktop on March 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

This teleconference is made available by Minitex and promoted by the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

We Need You!

Want to improve the library? We need students to participate in our library study. Your participation could win you 100 pages of free printing or pizza!

Your role may include any of the following:
  • Designer
  • Photographer
  • Web Consultant
When do we need you? And for how long? Sometime between now and the end of April for about an hour of your time.

Interested? Contact libstudy@gustavus.edu

Friday, February 26, 2010

Get Ready to Celebrate!

Are you a student who has done some cool research? Have a creative project you're proud of? Are you involved with a campus group that did something awesome? Why not share it at the annual Celebration of Creative Inquiry? It will be held on April 30th between 5-7 pm in the campus center.

To join in, round up a faculty sponsor and submit an abstract. The deadline is March 19th.

Have a project in mind, but you're not sure how to present it? No problem. There's help available on making posters, and there will be workshops

Still have questions? Check on this page or e-mail your questions to creativeinquiry@gustavus.edu.

And be sure to come on April 30th to see the amazing things students have accomplished. The refreshments are yummy, too.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Catalog Arrival

MnPALS Plus, our new catalog, is up and running! You can access it directly from the search box on the library's homepage. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the new interface. Please click here to send us comments and questions. (Fans of the old catalog, Classic MnPALS, can still access it from the library's homepage. Each catalog searches the same information - it's just the interface that's different.)

Monday, January 25, 2010

The catalogs they are a changin’…

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new library catalog. It's the same great data with a bold new look. MnPALS Plus, which was developed locally by our library consortium, boasts improved location information, sophisticated ways to refine searches and a number of other features that make it more user-friendly and in line with the next generation of library catalogs.

MnPALS Plus will become the library’s default catalog but fans of the old catalog (Classic MnPALS) will still be able to access it from the library’s homepage. The transition will be completed by the beginning of spring semester but you can preview MnPALS Plus now.

Tell us what you think of the new catalog!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Reducing Paper Waste: The Sequel

Those of you who receive Folkelore by e-mail may have been disappointed to hear about Chloe Radcliffe's video without knowing where to find it. It's embedded in our blog page, but it didn't travel along with the e-mail message. Our apologies.

Here's the direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBnsca0aZKA


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Reducing Paper Use: The Movie

Chloe Radcliffe created a video about the new printing policy that meters printing and begins to charge students five cents a page once they've used up a 600 (or 300 double-sided) page allocation. Though the policy has left some students unhappy, it has reduced waste. At the library, we have noticed it has cut printing by almost two-thirds, and there's far less wasted paper left by the printers.

In this video, Chloe offers some hints to students and faculty about ways to get the most out of their printing allocation - and ways to help the environment by printing less.