Milne Library Power Restored

Great news to report! The main power is on and all seems back to normal.

A big thanks to all the facilities people who got Milne and the rest of the buildings working again; and thanks to the service desk students who did a great job walking around with flashlights to monitor the floors during lack of power and closing the floors.

Milne’s new subject specialist for Education

Milne Library is pleased to announce that Michelle Costello will serve as the subject specialist for the School of Education (SOE).  Michelle has been a reference and instruction librarian at Milne for about three years.  She holds a masters degree in Library Science from Syracuse University and an undergraduate degree in elementary education and psychology from St John Fisher College.

Michelle will serve as the library liaison to the School of Education for collection development and library instruction.  She will also serve as the subject specialist for SOE students seeking research help.  Students who wish to schedule a research consultation with Michelle can do so using our consultation request form and she’ll contact you to schedule a meeting.

Update: Milne Library Open Today, Friday January 28th

Update: Thanks to the hard work of many people, Milne Library has power and will be open as usual today, Friday, January 28th


Original Post: 1/27/2011

Due to the unexpected power outage, the library will be closed at 5 pm today. We expect to open as usual tomorrow, but will post updates as we have more information.

Alternative study space is available in Fraser Hall. Computer and printers are available in the Integrated Science Center, College Union, and South Hall (see map below).

For information about your AOP Tutoring sessions held in the library, contact the AOP office located at in Blake C 104 at 245-5725.

The Writing Learning Centers will open for the Spring 2010 semester on Sunday, January 30.

Writing CenterThe Writing Learning Center has two centers to serve students on campus:

  • Walk in hours in Milne Library Room 210 Monday to Thursday 8 pm to 11 pm and Sunday from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Help by appointment in Welles 217 Monday – Friday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  To make an appointment, students should email the Writing Learning Center or call 245-5273.

To make an appointment in Welles 217, students should email the Writing Learning Center or call 245-5273.

Peer tutors are not available for proofreading or writing your assignments. However, they can provide advice on writing assignments in any academic course and at any stage of the writing process. The goal
is to assist students with finding their own solutions.

For more information please visit The Writing Learning Center webpage or Milne Library resources for Writing Help

Geneseo Professor wins Barricelli Prize

Gene Stelzig, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo

Eugene Stelzig, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo, has been awarded the 2010 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Book Prize for the year’s most distinguished contribution to Romanticism studies.  Nominations are made by publishers and an international committee of scholars makes the decision. He will receive a commemorative plaque at the annual meeting of  The International Conference on Romanticism (ICR) in Montreal next October.

Henry Crabb Robinson in Germany

Henry Crabb Robinson in Germany: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Life Writing is a critical and biographical study which demonstrates that Robinson is an important nineteenth-century life writer.

In addition to nearly forty articles on romantic and modern literature and autobiography, Professor Stelzig has published books on Wordsworth (1975), Hermann Hesse (1988), and Rousseau and Goethe (2000), and has edited a collection of articles on Romantic Autobiography in England (2009). He has also published poetry (including Fool’s Gold: Selected Poems of a Decade, 2008) and translations of German poetry as well as several autobiographical essays.

We bid adieu to three excellent librarians

Barbara Clarke, Donna Howe, Paul MacLean and Diane Johnson

When you stepped into Milne Library this semester, did you notice something missing?  Three of our librarians are retiring, having logged their last days at Milne before the year’s end.  They represent, collectively, 100 years of exeperience at SUNY Geneseo — Barbara Clarke, the Head of Milne’s Teacher Education Resource Center, retiring after 35 years here; Paul MacLean, Head of Information Technology Services, 31 years; and Diane Johnson, Head of Serials, 34 years.  Donna Howe, Secretary to the Library Director, also retired last semester but has returned to Milne on a part-time basis until May.

Be assured that, while Barbara, Paul and Diane and all their excellent work will be missed, the folks at Milne are endeavoring to transition as smoothly as possible and will continue to provide the same high level of service our users expect and appreciate.

To read more about these librarians’ careers and retirement plans, see the front-page article of the Fall 2010 Milne Library Infobits .

A few numbers about Milne Library in 2010

A quick numerical snapshot of Milne Library in 2010.  (All numbers are approximate).

  • 180,000 – Number of times folks logged in to library computers.
  • 1,562,000 – Pages printed to library printers.
  • 1,800 – Items purchased for the collection
  • 3,000 – Items donated to Milne Library
    Image courtesy of flickr user Koen Vereeken
    • 360 of these items added to our collection
    • 2640 items donated to Better World Books
  • 35,357 – Books and other items borrowed from other libraries through IDS in 2010, averaging 5-9 days to arrive.
  • 8,776 – Articles and book chapters delivered through IDS arriving in 2-3 days on average
  • 2,483 – Reference questions
  • 377,701 – Pageviews of the library homepage
  • 37,932 – Number of journals, newspapers and magazines we have (at least partial) electronic access to
  • 114 – Journals, newspapers and magazines we currently receive in print only
  • 308,538 – Full text article downloads from our electronic resources
  • 424 – Library instruction classes and workshops with 6,877 attendees

What’s up with Ghana and Geneseo?

Ghana Exhibit informationWhen: Wednesday, January 26th, 2:30pm

Where: Milne 105

What: Dr. Jennifer Rogalsky, Geography, will discuss her recent Fulbright experience in Ghana with a talk titled “Fulbright Research & Teaching Experience in Kumasi, Ghana: Urban, Gender, and African Geographies.” the first of the Teaching and Learning Center’s Faculty Colloquium Series for the semester, this series is jointly sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the TLC.

While the official opening will be in February, when you’re in the Library, be sure to check out an early peek (it’s still a work in progress!) of the Milne Gallery’s latest exhibit,”Grassroots Diplomacy: A Dance of Collaboration, Engagement & Learning.” Highlighting the wide variety of community and Geneseo faculty and student partnerships with Ghana, it includes photos and information on Dr. Rogalsky’s work.

All are welcome.  The  intention of the talks are for faculty and staff members
in all departments to have a chance to engage colleagues across campus and to learn about each others research.

Snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP to [email protected]

Milne Library. Should there be an app for that?


Smart phone sales are expected to surpass computer sales this year.  By 2014, more people will use smart phones to access the internet than those using computers.   What’s feeding this trend? Developers are working tirelessly to  create millions of useful apps for smart phones.  This leaves many service providers wondering which apps will be most useful to our customers— and libraries are no exception!

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Google eBooks: How will this impact libraries?

Google Books Discussion led by Interim Library Director, Cyril Oberlander
Google Books Discussion led by Interim Library Director, Cyril Oberlander

In early December, Google launched Google eBooks, a service for buying and reading digital books directly in the browser.

Google has announced plans to scan all known existing books (130 million of them) by the end of the decade and his is going to impact libraries and the services they provide, so several of Milne’s librarians took time out to share lunch and catch up on the latest developments in a presentation by Milne’s Interim Director, Cyril Oberlander.

Have you tried out their new service? Are eBooks the way you want to read and do research?