Need help with your research project?

Librarians are always available to help with your research and technology needs.

Working with a group?  We can accommodate. Sciences? Got it.  Business Stats? Yep.  Need help with web sites, podcasting, powerpoint or excel? For sure!  Music Media? You know it!   And that’s only a taste of the subject coverage available.

Want to contact a librarian right away?  Simply fill out a Consultation Request form telling us a bit about your project or research needs, and a librarian will contact you to set up an appointment.

If you still have questions, don’t forget that the reference desk or IM a Librarian reference chat is always a great place to start.

Make a Paper Crane, Help Japanese Victims

The Japanese Culture Club and friends are raising money to help victims of the  earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Stop by the Milne Library this Tuesday through Friday (March 29 – April 1) between 4:30 – 8 p.m., donate $1, and learn how to make a paper crane.  The JCC has teamed up with an organization that will donate $2 for every crane made. It’s a great way to help people who have been affected by these tragic events.

It’s a Girl!

Congratulations to Sciences and Technology Librarian, Bonnie Swoger, and her husband Dean on the new arrival of their second daughter, Emma Rose.

Emma was born this morning, March 22, 2011 at 3:09 am, weighing 8 lbs 15 oz and measuring 20.25 inches. The Swoger family is doing well – resting up and enjoying every minute with their beautiful baby girl.

Humanities II at Walden Pond

Want to spend a few weeks this summer walking in Thoreau’s footsteps, studying and discussing great ideas like he did?  Want to get those HUMN credits under your belt before the fall semester starts?  Then apply for Humanities 221 at Walden Pond, a 4-week course taking place in Concord, MA (minutes from Boston) June 19 – July 16, 2011.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 23.

To learn a little more about this unique course offering, stop by Milne Library and check out the display in the lobby.  Just look for the poster of Mr. Thoreau.  Or contact the course instructors, Profs. Ed Gillin and Mary Gillin, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  But hurry!  There’ll be plenty of time to smell the roses in Concord, for as Thoreau himself wrote, “Nature will bear the closest inspection.”

Fraser Study Center has a new look

Fraser Study Center was transformed by Milne during the break.

Fraser Study Center

Besides creating a large open main reading room, we added 6 new study bays near the windows with a variety of individual study carrels and group study areas.  Hope you like the changes; next week, we are looking to add much needed power outlets to the study areas.

What does Fraser have to do with the library?

In addition to Milne, the library maintains Fraser Study Center, located on the top floor of Fraser Hall. The Fraser Study Center houses a variety of study environments for students, as well as the library’s Government Documents collection and a closed storage area for periodicals. Retrieval from Fraser Study Center is available through Milne Library’s Information Delivery Services’ online request form.

Fraser Hall is named after Bertha Paine Fraser, who was one of the first two women appointed to Geneseo Normal School’s Board of Visitors. Fraser was the College’s main library from 1956 to 1966, and housed the School of Library and Information Science from 1965 to 1983. Fraser Hall also housed the Business Library until the late 1990s, when the collection moved to Milne.

Best wishes,




Warning! Animals loose in the library!

Largely unknown to most library users, is the fact that Milne owns a large collection of puppets. These wonderful creatures have been sitting on the shelves waiting to be used and shared with others. As a way to make them more visible, Milne has purchased a puppet tree to prominently display our animal friends. Please stop by the Teacher Education Resource Center (TERC) on the lower level of the library to “check out” a great resource!

For several years Dr. Peck, a literacy professor in the school of education has been engaged in researching the use of puppetry in the literacy classroom. She has worked as an artist in residence in area elementary schools supporting shadow puppet, table top puppet, hand puppet and mask productions. She also serves as the North East Regional Director of the Puppeteers of America.

Peck’s research looks at the affordances of using puppetry as a multimodal pedagogical tool, arguing that ways we can support students’ connections to text, engagement and ownership of texts, and re-authoring of texts through multimodal retelling. Her 2006 Reading Teacher article, Reading in the Shadows looks at the use of shadow puppetry in a second grade inquiry into national symbols. Currently she is studying the use of table top puppetry as reader response.

Peck is thrilled about the new acquisitions in the library and reminds students that the key to using puppets is to bring the puppets to life realistically using breath and movement, using exaggeration, and keeping each puppet true to its character so that children know what to expect. For more on using puppets feel free to email [email protected]

Spring Break Library Hours

Milne library will have reduced hours over spring break.

Friday, March 11 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March 13 CLOSED
Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, March 19 CLOSED
Sunday, March 20 6:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Science Librarian Bonnie Swoger on Maternity Leave


Bonnie Swoger

From now until about mid-June, Milne Library and the Geneseo campus community will have to excuse Bonnie Swoger while she leaves to have a baby and to attend to all that comes with the momentous event.  It’s not like Bonnie hasn’t done this before — this is her second child — but she would like everyone to know that there are people and resources that can help out in her absence.

For book purchases, journal subscriptions and databases questions relating to the sciences, folks can contact Kate Pitcher ([email protected] or 245-5064); questions concerning IDS, or Information Delivery Services, can be directed to Tim Bowersox ([email protected] or 245-5589); and Kim Hoffman ([email protected] or 245-5046) is the librarian to contact with questions or requests for science-related library instruction.

Of course, Library Guides  are also available for the sciences Bonnie covers — Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics and Computer Science.  Students and others needing research assistance can always request a research consultation or simply stop by the service desk and ask to speak to a reference librarian.

The entire staff at Milne Library wishes Bonnie and her growing family a happy, healthy and restful (?) time!

Librarians Hoffman and Costello Earn Prestigious ACRL Award

Kim and Michelle at LILAC
Kim Davies Hoffman, left, and Michelle Costello

The Association of College and Research Libraries has selected Milne Instruction Librarians Kimberly Davies Hoffman and Michelle Costello to receive its 2011 Instruction Section (IS) Innovation award for their work in developing the Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC). The award is given each year in recognition of a project demonstrating “creative, innovative or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming.”

The LILAC project, which ran from January through May 2010, was a regional effort that provided intensive training, observational experiences, reflection through writing, and teaching practice to K-12, community and college/university librarians.

Hoffman and Costello will receive a certificate and $3000 prize at the the American Library Association’s annual conference this summer in New Orleans.



Get Milne Library and SUNY Geneseo info on your mobile device

The new SUNY Geneseo mobile website

SUNY Geneseo recently announced a new mobile website.  Now you have easy access to a wide variety of campus information from your mobile device:

  • Building Hours
  • Campus phone book
  • News and Events
  • Campus maps

And don’t forget the Milne Library mobile site, with easy access to library hours, staff contact information, and mobile versions of some of your favorite research databases!