Blue and White Day is Friday, September 3

People across America will be sporting their favorite
college or university apparel throughout the day on Friday, September 3.
Spread the word and don’t forget to wear your Geneseo colors!

Silly Bands on Blue and White Day: the first teams to use their silly bands to correctly spell GENESEO and present it to Chip Matthews at 10am and 2pm in College Union room 321, will be awarded with Geneseo gear for each member of the team. Each team must consist of 3 students and 1 staff or faculty member and all must be present their silly bands.

Seuss Spruce: Some of the silly band packages also contain a card with the Seuss Spruce on it.  Those who present their Seuss Spruce along with their Emergency/Stand Up cards to Chip Matthews  in the College Union room 321 during Blue and White Day will be awarded Geneseo gear as well.

The main focus of the emergency card/silly band package is to promote safety and responsibility on our campus, a project generously funded with revenue generated from the Corner Pocket.

Welcome back–Library Changes Update

Welcome back students, faculty and staff!  We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for the fall.

We were very busy here at Milne Library this summer and we wanted to make you aware of some changes that may affect your return this semester. The Reference Desk and the Circulation Desk have been merged into a Single Service Desk and we have created a new consultation area for student and faculty research questions.

Our goal is to integrate our multiple service desks into a single service point staffed by student workers and library support staff who will handle all unscheduled library queries ranging from check-in and check-out questions, to IDS and Tech help questions, to on-the-spot reference questions. Students and staff have been trained to handle any basic questions from our patrons. All questions that they may find themselves unable to answer will be referred to the appropriate department.

The Reference Desk has been transformed and expanded into an enclosed research area adjacent to the main service desk. This area has all of the appropriate technology and other materials conducive to a complete reference interview. Scheduled research consultations, already a popular service with students and faculty, will be heavily promoted and are expected to continue to thrive and expand in this new model. For at least the first year, a reference librarian will remain on duty in this new research area available for walk-in reference questions.

Can I access my course texts for free?

image of a stack of textbooksWelcome back students!  We hope that you had a great summer and are looking forward to a very productive year.  We are so happy you’re back on campus.

With each new semester come new options for accessing your required course readings.  This academic year does not prove to be any different.

To find out if Milne Library can access your required readings for free (or low cost), see Milne Library’s guide to textbooks.

Netbooks, iPads and a Kindle at the Milne Circulation Desk

Our new Asus Eee Netbooks

The Milne Library service desk now has 45 Asus Eee Netbooks available for 4 hour checkout.  The new netbooks are running Windows 7, and include basic software such as web browsers and Microsoft Office.  With a battery life of over 4 hours, you can get work done in between classes, browse the web, or take one to class with you to take notes.

In addition, the service desk will also be circulating 3 Apple iPads for 4 hour checkout.  The iPads are connected to the Geneseo wireless network, allowing users to browse the web and get the latest news with ease.  Milne Library will be evaluating how students use the iPads and taking suggestions for additional apps.

Finally, we will be circulating a Kindle eBook device to students for a 4 hour loan period.  Students can register the device to their own Amazon Kindle account to read books, blogs, newspapers and magazines, or read the books that have already been downloaded to the device.

Let us know how you are using these new items, or what other tools would be useful to you!

New DVDs in Milne

The Big Lebowski - now available in Milne on DVD

Where can a person read the current issue of Nature, find a copy of Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson — and borrow The Big Lebowksi on DVD? Milne Library has long offered a variety of films on VHS and DVD, but recently enhanced the collection, purchasing over 300 DVD copies of feature and educational films for our users’ viewing pleasure and study.  All the recent Academy Award winners are here, plus other popular films such as Frost/Nixon, Julie & Julia, Inglorious Basterds, and Milk.  You’ll also find titles that may not have made it to the Geneseo Cinemas but are worth seeing — The Last Station, Waltz with Bashir, and King Corn, to list just a small fraction of what’s available for a four-week loan.

Milne Library is undergoing an extensive audiovisual reformatting project, making the switch  from VHS to DVD formats for many of our popular items.  Like all the materials in Milne, the films are “discoverable” through the Beta catalog and GLOCAT.  Just ask a librarian for help!