USGS: Estimating the Impact of Restoring Ecosystems

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently released a 100-page report that uses a series of case studies to analyze the potential economic impact of restoring ecosystems. As the authors note in their introduction, “It is important for restoration practitioners to be able to quantify the economic impacts of individual restoration projects in order to communicate the contribution of these activities to local and national stakeholders.” Despite this importance, according to the authors there are currently few studies that compare short and long term economic benefits by considering multiple projects.

This study examines 21 Department of Interior (DOI) projects, including projects that are part of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDA) program. The authors then identify and evaluate the economic impact of these projects using a variety of factors, including labor income generated by the project and “value added” in goods and services. Check out the full report here. [MMB]

This review originally published in The Internet Scout.

Need a place to work on creative projects? Imagine this!!

Welcome to the Imaginarium!!

We are Megan and Emily, second year students in the Childhood and Special Education program at SUNY Geneseo. We are your Imaginarium curators for the Spring 2017 semester and are always willing to help with your creative needs when it comes to projects! Here in the Imaginarium, there are lots of resources for your use. We have over 100 die cut stencils, three die-cut machines, a paper cutter and LOTS of space for project creations. The Imaginarium has limited resources this semester, but you’re welcome to use what we have to offer!

Everyone can use this space!

The Teacher Education Resource Center (TERC) space and the Imaginarium is available for everyone’s use. Located in Milne Library on the lower level, the TERC area and the Imaginarium have lots of resources to offer. TERC includes fiction and nonfiction books for all grade levels, puppets, videos, and other materials for teachers’ lessons. We encourage that students take advantage of these materials.

Our office hours are:

Monday 2:30-3:45
Wednesday 6:30-7:45

BOTH the TERC and Imaginarium are open during all library hours. If you have any question, concerns, or suggestions you can email the Imaginarium curators at [email protected] or [email protected].

Take the Kindness Pledge Today

In celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Week, please join us in taking a Kindness Pledge.

“I resolve to speak, think and act kindly towards others and to avoid speaking, thinking and acting unkindly. I pledge to participate in the movement to spread kindness to my campus community and beyond.”

Are you up for the challenge?

 

Alan Witt, Milne’s New Business Librarian

Milne Library is delighted to welcome our new Business Librarian, Alan Witt, who comes to us from Rivier University, New Hampshire. Alan has B.A.s in Archeology & Medieval Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, & an M.A. in History (Medieval Studies) & a Master’s in Library & Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

As you might expect from his educational background, Alan has a wide & eclectic group of interests & activities, including playing board games & gaming in general; acapella music ranging from medieval madrigals to modern pop, aikido (a martial art), baking breads & cookies, & reading, particularly fantasy & sci-fi (e.g., George RR Martin & Jim Butcher). And like many of Milne’s librarians, he is owned by a cat, Alaric.

Since arriving here in Geneseo in November Alan has been working with the faculty of the School of Business to expand the library’s business-related research classes & is looking forward to working with students on their business assignments. You can find Alan on the main floor of Milne Library in the Instruction Librarian “fishbowl,” or reach him at [email protected]. Welcome, Alan…we’re really glad you’re here!

Valentine’s Day Themed Story Time Celebration

On Friday, February 10, Milne Library will host a Valentine’s Day Themed Story Time Celebration for children and their caregivers. This event is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council* and students from the School of Education. Any age is welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).
Story Time (performed by members of the Young Children’s Council) will last from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (a change from past events), with stories, crafts, and snacks. The event will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center, located on the lower-level of Milne Library.  

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Megan Kopp – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

*The Young Children’s Council is sponsored by the Student Association

Winter Break Hours for Milne Library

winter-hoursMilne Library is open limited hours during the Winter Intersession. Be sure to double check specific dates, especially holidays and weekends, as we will be closed.

Have a safe and restful break. We hope to see you around for some of those famous Geneseo sunsets!

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Study Day and Finals – 24/5 Library Hours

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Hear Ye, Hear ye!!

We’ve extended our hours in order for you to keep working, but once finals are over, the Library will be closing by 10:00 PM.

Happy and Successful Studying!!

Extended Hours – Finals:

Tuesday, December 13th (Study day): 7:30 AM to 24 hours
Wednesday, December 14th: 24 hours
Thursday, December 15th: 24 hours
Friday, December 16th: Closing at 1am
Saturday, December 17th: 10:00am to 1:00am
Sunday, December 18th: 10:00am to 24 hours
Monday, December 19th: 24 hours
Tuesday, December 20th (Last day of finals): Closing at 10pm

 

GoConqr

goconqrPerhaps you’re looking for tools to help you study and prepare for exams? GoConqr (formerly known as Exam Time) is a learning and networking tool for students and educators. GoConqr allows users to make flashcards, mindmaps, quizzes, notes, and slides to review concepts. Users can then choose to keep these resources private for their own use (or for their class’s use), or opt to share these resources to the larger GoConqr community.

By sharing resources, other CoConqr users can search and use these resources for their own purposes. GoConqr is designed to help users prepare for standardized tests (such as the SAT, ACT, and GRE) or to study subject-specific facts and content. This web-based tool is also available as a free application for iOS and android devices. [MMB]

This review originally published in The Internet Scout.

You matter. You belong here.

minervayoubelongThe faculty and staff at Milne Library recognize embracing the College’s ideals of diversity, inclusion, and equity requires us to be engaged with everyone we serve, to hold space for their intellectual development, and to foster their growth as people. Milne Library must remain safe and accessible for all members of the community to pursue their education.

To that end, the library will not accommodate behavior which compromises SUNY Geneseo’s Student Code of Conduct, in particular:

Physical or verbal abuse resulting in intimidation, harassment, or coercion of another person or group of persons…or any other conduct which directly threatens or endangers the health and safety of any person.

While no event reported in the library precipitated this post, we wish to reiterate our commitment to passionate, curious, critical thinkers. You matter. You will always belong here.

Additional Resources

Silent Witness Reporting Form

Solidarity in Words, Solidarity in Action – Library and Information Technology Association.

Statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity, and Inclusion – American Library Association. See also ALA’s Library Bill of Rights.

University Police: 585-245-5222 or 585-245-5651.

To request a photo please contact Keith Walters at x5870, walters@geneseo.edu

History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers and the Holocaust

historyunfoldedIn the 1930s, what could the average American citizen learn about the Nazi persecution of Jewish individuals and other minorities from reading American newspapers? How did the U.S. press report on these atrocities? How did American domestic politics, social movements, and prejudices influence press coverage? The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has launched the History Unfolded project to facilitate exploration and conversation around these important questions.

The museum has invited researchers and students across the United States to collect and digitize U.S. newspaper articles to include in the museum’s growing online database. In Spring 2018, these archives will be incorporated into an exhibition about Americans and the Holocaust. Meanwhile, visitors to this website can learn how to participate in the project or browse through the articles currently in the database. There are a number of Teacher Resources here, including a detailed lesson plan and links to online newspaper databases that will help history instructors facilitate classroom research projects. [MMB]

You’ll also find useful tutorials on “How to Read Newspapers from the 1930’s and 1940’s” and “How to Use Microfilm.” While those of us of a certain (ahem) vintage may find it astonishing that these concepts need to be explained, the fact is that the newest generations among us haven’t had to get their information in these formats and their organization can be baffling for those uninitiated.

This review originally published in The Internet Scout.