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and more, but most of all, we want to hear from you! What are your thoughts about our library and its services? Have you had a good or bad experience? Share your thoughts on the posts with us so that we can improve all that we do.

Currently, Milne has a meager 301 followers and we want more. How long will it take to get to 500? Can we make it to 1,000? Give us a hand and like our page… and then invite your friends!
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Oh, and if you’re so inclined… don’t forget to nominate Milne Library as Library of the Year!

CSA databases are moving to the ProQuest interface, including PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts and more

Users who have become familiar with the CSA interface for the following databases will expect some changes over the next month or so:

  • ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts)
  • ERIC
  • PAIS
  • PILOTS
  • Physical Education Index
  • PsycARTICLES
  • PsycINFO
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

CSA purchased the ProQuest family of databases in 2007 and is finally moving all their interfaces to the new ProQuest platform so all databases  have similar layouts, help menus and navigation.  At the end of March 2011, CSA will be discontinuing the search interface through its CSA Illumina website and only using the ProQuest platform.  We want to inform you of the upcoming changes with enough time to  give all users experience testing the search capabilities of this new platform.  All “old interface” links to the listed databases will be available through the end of March.   If students or faculty encounter problems with the new search interface, please inform library staff immediately and we will troubleshoot any problems.

The new interface for PsycInfo and other databases listed above

For more information about the new search interface, go to the ProQuest website.

Or, please contact Kate Pitcher, Head of Technical Services and Collection Development at [email protected] or by phone at 245-5064 for further details.

Scopus and ScienceDirect will be down on Saturday, February 26

The databases Scopus and ScienceDirect will be down for a planned outage all day on Saturday, February 26 (8am to 8pm).  This also means that most access to journals from the publisher Elsevier will not be available.

The company that produces Scopus announced a planned outage for February 26

Students who have upcoming research projects can browse our subject guides to find alternative databases for their topics.  For alternative access to journals, use our journal finder to locate individual titles.  Research help is available at the service desk any time the library is open, and a reference librarian will be on duty from 12noon to 5pm on the day of the outage (2/26).

Additional information about the scheduled outage is available from the company here.

Vote for Milne Library as Library of the Year

You can nominate Milne Library for Library of the Year!  Visit the Rochester Regional Library Council web page to fill out the online nomination form before the March 26 deadline.

You will need to know our director’s name and contact information.
Cyril Oberlander, Interim Library Director
Milne Library, Rm 214A
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
(585) 245-5528

Winners will be announced during National Library Week April 11-17.

Ed Rivenburgh retires as Milne Library Director

Ed Rivenburgh

After more than 15 years as the Director of Milne Library, Ed Rivenburgh has retired from that position, leaving it in the capable hands of Associate Director Cyril Oberlander, who has been appointed Interim Library Director by Provost Carol Long.  Ed will continue to work part-time, however, as the IDS Project Director from his office in Millne 221.

“Under Ed’s leadership Milne Library has become one of the most successful and innovative small campus libraries in the country,” noted Provost Long in her announcement to the campus this week.  Cyril, she said, “is a remarkably insightful, energetic, innovative and creative library administrator, and we are extraordinarily fortunate to be able to benefit from his talents.”

Cyril Oberlander

The staff at Milne congratulate Ed on his stellar career, his well-earned retirement, and his new role as IDS Director.  And we look forward to working with Cyril as he leads the Library toward an exciting future!

Milne display memorializes architect Edgar Tafel

Edgar Tafel (2nd from right) with Wright and other Taliesin Fellows

Edgar Tafel, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentices and an original member of Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship, died on January 18, 2011 at the age of 98.  Tafel is perhaps best known in the Geneseo community as the architect both of  the College’s 1964 Facilities Master Plan, the blueprint from which the campus’ 1960s-era construction boom flowed, and of several buildings constructed here from 1967-71 — most notably, Brodie Fine Arts Building.  At Geneseo’s 2001 Commencement ceremony, Tafel received an honary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York in recognition of his excellent work for SUNY.

To commemorate Tafel’s passing as well his contributions to the architectural landscape of SUNY Geneseo, Milne Library has assembled some relevant materials from the College Archives and elsewhere and placed them on display in a table case in the lobby.  The mini-exhibit will run until February 23.