Ruby Workshop: Mobile Apps for Research and Education

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Explore (mostly) free smartphone apps that will help you research scholarly articles, organize your notes, access important documents on your phone and much more. We will explore apps for multiple platforms, as well as offer an opportunity for participants to share their favorite apps.

Wednesday, March 6, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | Milne 121

Searching for picture books by reading level

CLCDSliderWhile you may not be able to search by reading level in Milne Library’s GLOCat+, we have access to a great resource where you can–the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLDC.)

This database allows you to search, not only by reading level–by age range, grade level or specific reading metrics like the Lexile Range–but by genre, interest level, and more.

FirstLet’s say you want to find picture books for 3rd or 4th graders about what where our trash goes or how we can reduce our trash. Put in your search terms, and then to the right specify an age range or a grade level. If you know exactly what reading level you need, look down to the bottom for the Reading Metrics.

The other helpful thing about the CLCD is that most of the entries provide reviews to the books so you can get an idea of whether it might be helpful to you. Many records also provide the book cover to give you an idea of the style of illustrations.

Once you find a book you think you’d like to use, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and look for the WorldCat Record link. This will bring you to another database that will let you see whether Milne owns the book, or if not, where you can request it through IDS.


In WorldCat you can use the “Search the catalog link” to see where the book might be in Milne Library, or click the “Get It” link to request the item through IDS.


Other helpful features of the CLCD include being able to search award winners or reading lists, more specific subject searches, and the ability to search the reviews. Want an example of an unsuccessful book? Or a book that got rave reviews?

For more resources about searching for children’s literature or reading levels, check out the Lesson Planning LibGuide!

~  Written by Allison Brown, Evening and Weekend Manager ([email protected])

Ruby Workshop: Your Rights as a User and Creator of Digital Content

Fair use?

Can you be sued for using an image you found online? Is writing fan fiction legal? When you get inspired by something you read online and create something new from it, do you own it? After discussing scenarios, attendees will appreciate the fine line between fair use and copyright infringement, and will recognize the difference between student and professional behavior.

Thursday, February 21, 3:30 – 4:30 pm | Milne 104

*Required Ruby Workshop

Go loco for local history!

Here’s a resource you probably didn’t know about, but really should — even if you’re just curious about Geneseo and its regional environs: the Local History Subject Guide.  It will lead you to all kinds of cool sources dealing with many aspects of the Genesee Valley region, including Livingston, Monroe, Wyoming, Genesee, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben and Allegany counties.

Geneseo Main St., looking toward Park St.
Geneseo Main St., looking toward Park St.

The Guide is a must-see first stop for students seeking a local take on their research topics, from American history to demographics, Native American studies, geology, business, education — you name it.  Milne Library’s own Genesee Valley Historical Collection, located on the lower level, is home to a wide variety of local historical materials, but the Guide also points to other collections, both online and physical, that are worth knowing about.  This is especially important since so much of the local history record is unique — i.e., original source materials held by single agencies.  Increased digitization of unique materials, however, is removing barriers to access, and libraries, historical societies, and museums are able to more easily share their treasures with everyone.  A great example, and one in which Milne Library has added some of its unique collections, is the New York Heritage digital repository.

So whether you’re a student on a research mission, a local history buff, genealogist, author, or simply someone a little interested in the area you’re calling home these days, check out Milne’s Local History guide and see where it leads you.

What’s Your Story?

How would you tell this tale?                                                                                 Reemsten, K. (Artist). (2011). Pink Study [Painting], Retrieved February 5, 2013, from:
How would you tell this tale?

Join us for a series of 8 workshops to hone your storytelling skills. Everyone has a story to tell, but storytellers have a way that brings people together and helps us learn more about who we are. Good storytelling can also be a way to persuade your audience to listen to your point of view; think about a job interview, a courtroom, or classroom and you will understand what we mean!

The Geneseo Storytelling Institute will provide instruction and practice on the art of storytelling through eight hands-on workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to showcase their craft by performing in storytelling events for the Geneseo and Rochester communities and potentially at GREAT Day.

“Our stories give shape to our inchoate, disparate, fleeting impressions of everyday life. They bring together the past and the future into the present to provide us with structures for working towards our goals…. We are primed to use stories.” (Perry, 2012).

If you’re not convinced yet of the importance of this skill, check out this recent article, “The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains” and see if you still feel the same after!

The Institute is open to all Geneseo students, and will be led by Dr. Sharon Peck (School of Education), Mark Sullivan (Milne Library) and Michelle Costello (Milne Library).

The first workshop will be held on February 14th from 2:30-4:00 pm, in Milne 208. For more information and to RSVP please email Michelle Costello – [email protected] by February 8th.

Thanks, Michelle

Perry, P. (2013). How to stay sane. New York: Picador.
Reemsten, K. (Artist). (2011). Pink Study [Painting], Retrieved February 5, 2013, from:

Valentine’s Story Time

Valentine Storytime @Milne
Valentine Storytime @Milne

Milne Library is hosting a:

Valentine’s Day Story Time Celebration
for children and their caregivers!

When:           Friday, February 15th*
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where:         Teacher Education Resource Center
located on the lower-level of Milne Library

Join us for refreshments, songs and crafts!

This event is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. Any age is welcome, although these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

Here is a flyer, please distribute and/or display!

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Deven Coulter – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

*This event is rescheduled from the original date of February 8th, due to weather conditions.

THATCamp Western New York

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THATCamp Western New York 2013 will take place February 18-19, 2013 on the campus of the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Join us for a two-day unconference of workshops and discussions on all forms of social reading, from open annotation (e.g., Candide 2.0The Open Utopia) to peer-to-peer review (e.g., Planned ObsolescenceComplex TV).

Code for America fellow Eddie Tejeda, the creator of and the lead developer of Regulation Room, will be among the participants.

Registration is $20, and  includes breakfast and lunch both days, a Monday (2/18) evening reception, and a t-shirt.

Who should come to THATCamp Western New York?

THATCamp Western New York is for people interested in social reading as a tool for scholarship, pedagogy, or public engagement. Anyone is welcome to attend and propose a session.

What is THATCamp?

THATCamp is an unconference — an inexpensive, collaborative gathering in which participants create the agenda. It stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp,” and explores the interactions between technology and humanities teaching and research. Learn more at

THATCamp Western New York 2013 is generously funded by an Innovative Instruction Technology Grant from the State University of New York.

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Ruby Workshop: Creating e-Portfolios for the Job Market

An e-portfolio is a means of showcasing your accomplishments in digital format. It demonstrates your skills and competencies and is a reflection of who you are. Come and learn how to create your own free e-portfolio and add various forms of digital content, such as documents, videos, presentations and photos.

Wednesday, February 13,
2:30 – 3:30 pm | Milne 104

*Required Ruby Workshop

Award Winning Books @Milne

YALSABestofBest.SliderThe YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Youth Media Awards were announced last week, and represent a fantastic group of books! Give your brain a break from articles and textbooks and pick up one of these great reads! The Alex Award honors a book written for adults, but that has wide appeal for teens and younger adult readers. Two of the winners this year are available here in the library:

Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
“The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.” (see Milne Librarian Kate Pitcher’s recent review here…)

The Round House by Louis Erdrich
“One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.”

YALSA Award for excellence in nonfiction honored the book Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. This book is available through IDS.  Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson was a honored book and is available here in Milne Library.

William C. Morris YA Debut Award is exciting as it honors an author who has published their first novel. This award always brings out new and noteworthy voices and are definitely worth a read.

This year the winner was:
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
“In her New York Times bestselling debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, ‘Some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy.’”

The Michael L. Printz Award acknowledges books that “exemplify literary excellence”. This year’s winner, available through IDS was In Darkness by Nick Lake, a gripping novel about a young Haitian boy in the midst of the devastating earthquake. Last year featured John Corey Whaley’s Where Things Come Back that tells the story of an Arkansas teen navigating life in a small town during his brother’s disappearance and the reappearance of an extinct woodpecker.

Check out YALSA’s full list of awards and winners for more great recommendations!

~  Written by Allison Brown, Evening and Weekend Manager ([email protected])