RYSAG meets Indiana Jones

The recent release of the film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, has been timed perfectly with plans for this summer’s RYSAG (Rochester Young Scholars Academy at Geneseo) camp experience. Last July, young CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) candidates scoured the campus for clues relating to a fictitious art theft, culminating in a Grand Jury hearing where four key suspects were indicted and sent to jail to await further prosecution. This summer, the focus of the academic summer experience is on Archaeology.

Approximately 60 middle school students will arrive on campus July 14 and spend two weeks plotting, graphing, digging, analyzing, researching, interviewing, blogging, and visually documenting findings that we hope will unearth artifacts from a pre-colonial Seneca village.

Much like last year, Milne Library will serve as “Command Central” where Camp Director, Susan Norman (Xerox Center for Multicultural Education) establishes her home base in room 208, classes are taught in rooms 105 and 109 by Kim Hoffman (Library), Meredith Harrigan (Communication), and Joanna Kirk (Political Science), library staff pose as stakeholders in the dig and will be interviewed by students, and technology is used and becomes pervasive throughout the discovery process. Other key faculty players in D.I.G. (Discovering the Iroquois at Geneseo) include Kristi Krumrine (Anthropology) and Eric Helms (Chemistry). Many other administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members will play an essential role as RYSAG attempts to retell the story of the Seneca in Geneseo.

Summer Library Hours

The library will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, May 26
  • Saturday, June 28
  • Friday, July 4
  • Saturday, July 5

May 19 to July 6, 2008

Monday 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

July 7 to August 8, 2008

Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

August 9 to August 24, 2008

Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

During summer sessions and college vacations, reference librarians are on duty from 9:00 AM until close.

Electronic Reserves moving to myCourses

Attention Faculty:

At the end of the Spring 2008 semester, Milne Library will be phasing out ERes and using myCourses for all electronic reserves. ERes will continue to function until May 18, 2008. Beginning with Summer 2008 classes, all electronic reserves will be put into myCourses.

If you prefer to have the library staff manage your electronic reserves, we will be glad to continue to do so. Otherwise, you may put your materials into MyCourses yourself. (See our “How to” guide [PDF]). If you choose to have the library manage your reserve materials for you, they will appear in a folder titled “Electronic Reserves” under the Course Materials tab within each course.

Anything you have in ERes at the end of the Spring semester will be archived. The archived data will be recoverable by Milne Library staff if necessary. If you wish to have those materials transferred to myCourses, please contact Mary Fran Tiede at 245-5036 or via email.

If you have any questions, please contact Sonja Landes via email or phone (245-5537).

Wouldn’t it be nice if . . . .

While final exams and the spring semester wind down, please take some time – now and/or over the summer – to think about how Milne Library can improve upon its website. Are you finding what you need from our website? Are you pleased by the appearance of our website? Are there ways that we could “jazz it up”?

As we are all faced with many different websites each day, think about what you like best, especially from those sites providing access to library/information materials. Ask yourself this question:

Wouldn’t it be nice if . . . (the library website offered such and such).

We value your opinion and will consider your very helpful comments (please comment below) as we strive to improve upon Milne Library’s services.

Congratulations to our PowerPoint Contest Winners

Congratulations Dan McConvey, Dan Lilly, Dilek Canakci and Larkin Kimmerer.

Their group MS PowerPoint presentation on Chinese Peasants was chosen as this year’s winner of Milne Library’s 2008 Student PowerPoint Presentation Contest.

The group used many of the new features found in MS PowerPoint 2007 and incorporated many different graphical forms to display their information. Good use of animation and templates along with clever layouts and good image manipulation left viewers wondering what would appear next.

Congratulations! These students will share a $50 prize.

See the original announcement.

See the winning PowerPoint here:

Book Picks for Recent Graduates

Ah, graduation! Time for cap and gown and enjoying the last few weeks before reality sets in.
Before you forget all about reading or books, Milne Library wants to send you off with some suggestions for your post-undergrad leisure time. Our suggestions come from The Millions, a book, arts and culture blog featured on NPR and in The New York Times.

What books do The Millions editors suggest?:
1. Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
2. The Quick and the Dead by Joy Williams
3. Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy by Dave Hickey
4. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
5. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
6. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

What books do you suggest? Post your comment to the blog!