Are Textbook Costs Too High? Tell Us What You Think!

Photo credit: Driscoll, M., (Sept. 21, 2011). Textbook costs. Education Insider.

The staff at Milne Library would like to learn more about how the cost of textbooks is affecting SUNY Geneseo students.

Currently, there’s a grassroots movement to raise awareness for textbook affordability and seeks alternatives textbook publishing opportunities in the face of rising textbooks costs.



Many libraries, faculty and textbook providers (including those on the SUNY Geneseo Campus) are having discussions about the needs of our students regarding textbook affordability.

Let your voice be heard by filling out the brief survey below. We’ll use this feedback to inform future services and library initiatives that could improve students’ access to textbooks and course materials.

Carlo Filice, Author Reading @Milne

Carlo Filice, Author, Professor and Chair of Philosophy at SUNY Geneseo.

Please join us for a special Author’s Reading Event @Milne Library. Dr. Carlo Filice, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, will read selections from his recent publication, The Purpose of Life. Read it ahead of time, or come and learn what it’s all about. Come and engage in a conversation; he will answer your questions, too!

Thursday, April 5th
6:00 PM
Milne Library, Room 105

Want to know a little more about it? Here’s what the publisher has to say:

“Suppose that this world is not an accident, but an expression of a divine super-mind. What might motivate a divine super-mind to express itself? This book boldly contends that divine motives are guided by values that exist objectively. We exist to realize and enhance such values. This text defends a cosmic vision that has been prominent in the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years–a vision often embraced within the New Age movement. However, its defense here is strictly philosophical. Filice argues that even as characters in an imaginative divine game we still carry independent value, that a world governed by such values should be a fair world, and that earthly moral goals cannot be our only ambition. ‘The Purpose of Life’ maintains that any divine being(s) involved must be in perpetual process, that humans must not be the only embodied subjects that matter, and that each of us is destined to live many lives. Easy-to-read, the book’s 73 mini-chapters are specificaly tailored to fit the stop-and-go rhythm of daily life”

For more information, contact Tracy Paradis, [email protected].

Cyril Oberlander Wins National Award

Cyril Oberlander wins the Boucher Award

Cyril Oberlander, interim director of SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library, is the winner of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) 2012 Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Librarian Award. It’s the first time individuals from the same institution have won the award in succeeding years. Ed Rivenburgh, Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project Director at Milne, received the award last year.

The national award, administered by RUSA’s Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS), recognizes an individual for outstanding professional achievement, leadership and significant contributions to the fields of interlibrary loan and document delivery and is generously supported by OCLC, the world’s largest library cooperative.

The selection committee praised Oberlander for the excellence and scope of his work with the Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project, a resource sharing cooperative within New York State. Members are from public and private academic libraries, New York Public Library and the New York State Library. They also noted his leadership and mentor role as the Internal Project Consultant for the IDS Project team and the GIST team responsible for the Getting it Systems Toolkit (GIST). This innovative approach to ILL(Inter-Library Loan) practice–an important contribution to ILL services for the entire ILL community–is a set of customizable tools and workflows that enhance interlibrary loan, just-in-time acquisitions services, purchase requesting and cooperative collection development efforts.

In addition, the committee recognized Oberlander’s prior work at the University of Virginia and Portland State University, where he created a wireless scanning book truck/mobile library workstation, and as the co-creator of LibStatCAT, a library statistical collection analysis tool, and STATCAT, an interlibrary loan statistical database.

Oberlander received his MLS degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His most recent publications include a chapter on the future of ILL in “Interlibrary Loan Practices Handbook, 3rd edition,” (American Library Association, 2011), and “Point-of-Need Collection Development: The Getting It System Toolkit (GIST) and a New System for Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan Integrated Workflow and Collection Development,” co-authored with Kate Pitcher, Tim Bowersox and Mark Sullivan (all from Milne Library), “Collection Management,” vol 35. (3) 2010, p.222-236, which was republished in “Patron-driven acquisitions: current successes and future directions,” (Routledge, 2011).

The award, a citation, and $2,000 cash prize, will be presented in June at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need.

Milne’s Center for Academic Excellence: New Name, Same Services

What once was Milne Library’s Writing & Learning Center – consisting of AOP tutoring services, the satellite center for the English Department’s Writing Learning Center, ELL tutoring and speech buddies program and the Geneseo Testing Center – has officially been renamed to better represent the many helpful services offered in the center.

Welcome to the Milne Center for Academic Excellence!

Center for Academic Excellence

Beginning in January 2012, the English Department’s Writing Learning Center shifted all operations to Milne’s location, supplementing its evening and weekend drop-in hours with regularly scheduled appointments Monday-Friday from 1-5 pm, which had traditionally taken place in Welles Hall.

The Center for Academic Excellence received a new facelift over the winter break as well – new carpeting, a glass panel in the front window, and potentially glass doors to separate the two rooms within the center – all in an effort to make the space comfortable and conducive to studying and testing.

Information regarding the services offered in the center can be found at a newly designed and comprehensive website.

Spring Storytime Celebration: March 23rd.

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On Friday, March 23th, Milne Library will host a Spring Storytime Celebration for children and their caregivers! This event is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. Any age is welcome, though these seasonal stories are geared toward the under-10 age group.

Story Time will be performed by members of the Young Children’s Council and Milne Library’s Mark Sullivan.

The event will last from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, with refreshments provided. The event will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center, located on the lower-level of Milne Library.

For more information send an email to Michelle Costello – [email protected]  or Lauren Pearsall – [email protected].

One box For Everything You Need: GLOCAT+

Milne Library is pleased to announce the beta launch of our new and improved library catalog, GLOCAT+.  One search box for everything you need.

GLOCAT+ can be found in the library's "QuickSearch" box under "In Milne."

This new service will be available on the library’s web page for students and faculty to test-drive upon their return from spring break.

One of the biggest differences between the classic version and the new catalog is that with GLOCAT+, you’ll be able to search for books, media, and journal articles all with one search.  Additionally, the new catalog will search for and display results from content on library subject guides.  These changes are based on feedback and usability testing completed this February.  It is our hope that these new tab labels will better assist users in choosing the proper search scope for their needs.

IDS Search will remain the default search for our QuickSearch box, though it’s tab will now be called “Beyond Milne.”  The classic version of GLOCAT can still be found through a link on the the library’s main page under “Find Books and Media” or under “Popular Resources.”  The “Journals” tab will remain as the third tab and can be used for finding out what journals Milne has access to and whether our access is available from an online database or in print.

We hope you’ll try out GLOCAT+ and let us know what you think!  To provide feedback, simply click on the feedback link provided in the catalog.