Tools for organizing your research projects

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If you’re like most students at this point in the semester, you are probably juggling multiple research papers or projects.   Keeping track of your research from all those various places you have to look (book catalogs, journal databases, and websites) can sometimes be challenging.

There are a number of free citation management tools on the market that can help you get organized. These tools will help you save and organize all of your research in one place, much like iTunes does for your music files.  Some of them will even insert citations and bibliographies into your paper for you.  Check out this library guide to explore some of the more popular tools available.

The New York Times website goes behind a pay wall

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On March 28th, the New York Times implemented a new subscription plan for consumers of its online newspaper. Readers who enjoy visiting the Times’ website will now have limits imposed on their free access to content of the site. Visitors will be able to read 20 free articles from the Times’ website per month, but on the 21st attempt, they will directed to a page asking the user to subscribe to one of three digital subscription options for the website, mobile app or tablet app. Subscriptions start at $15 for four-week access to content on the New York Times website.

Students, faculty and staff still have full access to the New York Times current content through several Milne Library databases:
• From 1980-present in:   Lexis Nexis Academic and ProQuest National Newspapers
• From 1985-present in:   Academic OneFile, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Gale General One File, InfoTrac Newsstand, and Newspaper Source Plus
• From 6 months ago-present we have a print newspaper subscription; today’s copy resides in Books’n’Bytes café

For those students and faculty who use the New York Times Article Archive, the articles previously available from pre-1923 and post-1986 on the New York Times website will be subject to the 20 article per month limit.  Milne Library owns the microfilm of the entire run of the New York Times back to 1857 for those interested in articles pre-1923.

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At this time, there is no site license available for an institution-wide subscription to the digital content of the New York Times website, but the publisher indicated they are working on a licensing model for institutions such as colleges and libraries, to be introduced in the near future.

Readers who use search engines such as Google or Yahoo and are directed to content on the New York Times website will be limited to reading 5 free articles per day, but if you are in Facebook, on Twitter or visiting other social media sites such as blogs, you will be able to view and read articles for free. These will not count toward the monthly limit.

For more information, visit the New York Times’ blog, “The Learning Network” and read their post about the new digital subscription plans: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/a-note-to-our-readers-about-digital-subscriptions/.

Celebrate a New Faculty and Student Publication

Milne Library invites the Campus community to a reception to celebrate Professor Emilye Crosby’s new book, Civil Rights History From the Ground Up.

Thursday, April 21
 Milne Library, Room 105
 4-6 pm

This edited collection grew out of a March 2006 Geneseo Conversations in the Disciplines Conference on Civil Rights Movement Historiography which brought together nearly 200 people – students, activists, teachers from K-12 to university professors and scholarly specialists.

For more than a decade, Geneseo students have been actively engaged in studying Civil Rights Movement history. They were central to the conference, have met with movement activists and historians, and are quoted in the book. Join alumni and current students in this ongoing conversation about the significance of movement history to today’s society.

View the official invitation here.

Ed Rivenburgh Awarded National Recognition for IDS Project Work

Former Milne Library Director Ed Rivenburgh is the winner of the 2011 Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award, a recognition of his vision and efforts in creating an improved system of resource sharing among libraries in New York State.  The IDS (Information Delivery Services) Project, whose aim is to increase efficiencies in interlibrary loan, has become a model for libraries throughout the state and nation.

Since his retirement from SUNY Geneseo in December, Ed has been able to devote even more of his time, talent and energy to his position as IDS Project Director.  He will receive the award at a ceremony this June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans. Read the full story here.

Fostering Student Interactivity Through Collaborative Technologies faculty workshop to be held in Milne on Apr. 15, 2011

On Friday, April 15 (9-10:30 am, Milne 104), several of Milne’s librarians will address supplementary technologies that can assist with student interactivity when using myCourses, either solely through an online summer course or in conjunction with traditional classroom learning.

Join us in Milne 104 as we share past experiences working with the following:

  • Google Docs – collaborative work space for simultaneous users
  • Wikis – collaborative work spaces highlighting pbworks and Geneseo’s wiki
  • Diigo – social bookmarking that supports collaborative research
  • Poll Everywhere – used for assessments through mobile text, Twitter and web interfaces
  • Libguides – research gateways customized by librarians for specific topics, course assignments and library services
  • Camtasia – virtual tutorials built through voice-over screenshots

County Bells Toll to Mark 150th Anniversary of Civil War

On Tuesday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m., churches, schools and individuals in every corner of Livingston County will be ringing bells for two minutes to mark the solemn anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The campus bell in Sturges tower will join in the commemoration. All are encouraged to to stop, listen and reflect as the bells sound throughout the county.

Image design by George Lucas

No one could have predicted the horror and desolation the Civil War would bring.  More than 3000 soldiers left Livingston County to serve the Union, placing a tremendous burden upon the shoulders of the men, women and children on the home front. Livingston County citizens worked tirelessly throughout the four year ordeal to support relief efforts while laboring to keep farms and local industries alive.

Over the next four years, the County Historian’s Office will honor the memory of county residents who endured the many sacrifices demanded by the Civil War.   A series of special events and projects is being planned to raise awareness of the significance of this era and its impact on the home front.

Free Puppetry Workshop, April 25, 2011

Introductory Workshop on Puppets and Puppetry: Explore alternative ways to communicate

Milne Library is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for SUNY Geneseo faculty, staff and students. Dr. Sharon Peck, Education Professor & resident puppet scholar, and Michelle Costello, Education Librarian will host an introductory workshop on puppets and puppetry. This workshop will be an introduction to the Medium of Puppetry; as puppets can be an effective channel for all types of communication and entertainment. Puppets push the envelope of what and how all kinds of messages, even controversial issues can be addressed. In addition, this workshop will assess campus interest in hosting workshops on puppetry, and service learning projects based on puppetry.

All Geneseo faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

The workshop will be held on April 25th at 5pm in Milne Library, room 105. Free snacks will be provided to all attendees.

A Better Way to Collaborate on Projects

You may have already noticed, but in case you haven’t … a new, big, shiny collaboration station has been added (on a trial basis) to the glassed-in study area on the Library’s main floor. Designed by Steelcase Furniture, which specializes in business and educational solutions, the MediaScape station can accomodate up to six different laptop computers simultaneously, and it’s easy to switch among them to display on the large flat-screen monitor. 

With so many papers and projects coming due this month, students working in groups should find this new workspace a timely addition.  Hurry in and give the MediaScape a whirl — we’re trying to gauge student interest in it before mid-April, when the trial ends.