Geneseo Authors Reading series: SUNY Geneseo student, Phil Freivald

Freivald.SliderPlease join us for the first author event in our 2013-14 Geneseo Authors Reading series, featuring SUNY Geneseo student, Phil Freivald

Milne Library is proud to host Philip and Patrick Freivald, who will speak about their most recent novel, talk about the writing process and answer audience questions.

Wednesday, December 4th
@ 6:00pm
Milne Library’s main floor
(just outside the Digital Media Lab)
Refreshments will be provided.

Your Baby is Really Ugly: Writing a Novel for Publication
Anyone can write a novel.  Think of a story, put the words on paper, and voila: you’re done.  Writing a novel for publication and sale has many more aspects, and you’re probably doing all of them wrong.  Come hear authors Patrick and Philip Freivald discuss the difference between good work, great work, and publishable work, and why you need people who will tell you that your darling little baby, the love of your life, is hideous.

Getting Published in Today’s Environment
So you’ve written a novel, and it’s good.  In fact, it’s great.  It’s so great that you think people will give you money to read it.  You may well be right, but how do you know?  Authors Patrick and Philip Freivald share their story of getting published in the ever-shifting world of literature.

Biographies:

Patrick Freivald is a high school teacher of Physics, Robotics, and American Sign Language, a beekeeper, a FIRST robotics coach, and an author.  He lives in Western New York with his wife, various dogs, cats, and birds, and a few million stinging insects.  His high-school zombie story Twice Shy and the sequel Special Dead are available online where books are sold.

Philip Freivald is a risk management analyst for a major payroll company, the lead-singer in a 90s rock band, and an author.  He lives near Rochester, NY and is currently a SUNY Geneseo sophomore studying business administration.

Their collaborative book, Blood List, was released on November 15th.  It is a story of a serial killer who is trying to save his father’s life.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Break Library Hours

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Happy Turkey Day. Courtesy Flickr User CraftyGoat.

We here at Milne Library wish you a safe and happy journey home for the Thanksgiving holiday. If your plans include a little studying or research, the library will have reduced hours over the Thanksgiving Break, so plan accordingly:

Wednesday, November 27 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday – Saturday, November 28-30 CLOSED
Sunday, December 1 Noon – 1:00 AM

What are we reading? Staff recommended reads for November

NovSliderAre you looking for a good book to read?  Hundreds of thousands of books are published each year, so how does one choose? Read on for several Milne Library staff  book recommendations for the month of November.

Business & Data Librarian Justina Elmore recommends a popular novel by Dan Brown:

Inferno-coverI’ve just finished reading Dan Brown’s latest book Inferno.  Brown is best known for his novel The Da Vinci Code (2003) and his works are guilty-pleasure reading for me. It isn’t high literature, but he’s a great storyteller and you can tell he’s spent a good deal of time in a library. In this latest novel, symbolist Robert Langdon unwittingly finds himself at the center of controversy (again) and in a globe-trotting race to save the world from a bio-terrorist attack.  A task that can only be accomplished by decoding Dante’s Inferno. Dante scholars should probably avoid the agony of reading this one, but it’s a quick and entertaining read for the rest of us willing to suspend reality for a few hours.

Librarian Kate Pitcher recommends a new fantasy novel, The Bone Season, by British writer Samantha Shannon:

bone seasonThe Bone Season is the first of a projected seven book series and is generating  a lot of buzz. Paige Mahoney is a “dreamwalker”, a type of clairvoyant in London, circa 2059.  Paige’s special abilities allow her to walk in and out of others’ minds and take information without their knowledge. Paige works for  a crime syndicate in the shadowy underbelly of London, but her life is dramatically changed overnight when she is kidnapped and taken to the lost city of Oxford.  Paige is kept imprisoned by a race of beings from another world, called the Rephaim, and is assigned a keeper, called Warden.  In order to find her escape, she realizes she must get close to Warden; an uneasy and altogether dangerous subterfuge. Gripping and entertaining, The Bone Season, marks an impressive debut  in what will be an original and thrilling series of science fiction.

For fans of contemporary fiction, Business Manager Ryann Fair recommends two titles this month:

light oceansI’m currently reading The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. If you’re looking for a gripping, emotional, and morally challenging read then I would give this first time novelist a try!

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah is hands down one of my all-time favorites! This novel is beautifully written and will draw you in. It’ll take you on one heck of an emotional roller coaster; making you laugh and (if your like me) cry as you discover the chilling and courageous story of Anya Whitman and her family.

Why use Primary Sources?

A Primary source is material created at the time of an historical event and provides a true account of that event or time period. They are a great way to expose students to multiple perspectives on past and present events and issues.

Identifying and finding primary sources can be a challenge, however, which may dissuade students from using them in their research. The video below, designed by librarians Sue Ann Brainard and Michelle Costello, introduces the plight of the Little Rock Nine and their integration struggles through the use of primary sources, such as images, oral histories, government documents and music.

Sue Ann Brainard – [email protected]

Michelle Costello – [email protected]

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Thanksgiving Story Time

storytimeThanksMilne Library will host a story-time event for children and their caregivers in celebration of Thanksgiving! This event is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. Any age is welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

Friday, November 22nd
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Story-time, performed by members of the Young Children’s Council, will also have refreshments, songs, and crafts. The event will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center, located on the lower-level of Milne Library.

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

Fair Use? Your Rights as a User and Creator of Digital Content

Fair Use?
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, November 21st
2:30 – 3:30 pm | Milne 104

Come to the Center for Academic Excellence Open House

CAEOpenHouseAre you a student looking for writing help?  The Center for Academic Excellence (C.A.E.) houses tutors from the Writing Learning Center for six days per week.  Are you having problems finding scholarly articles for a tricky research subject?  The C.A.E. has a reference librarian on-call until closing every day of week.  Are you an adviser or mentor trying to help someone locate educational assistance outside of the classroom?  The C.A.E. acts as a clearinghouse for numerous campus support services and can point you in the right direction.

The C.A.E. already offers something for pretty much everyone here at SUNY Geneseo, but we are not finished expanding yet.  Growing and improving the university’s educational support services network is seen as vital part of SUNY Geneseo’s long-term plans and goals, and we are doing our best to make this plan a reality.  Starting this spring semester, the C.A.E. will be teaming up with departments all over campus to develop a series of workshops to help students with various challenges—from writing an annotated bibliography, to preparing and presenting at GREAT Day,  We are also beginning to develop some online instructional materials for students so we can continue to serve you from the comfort of your own home or dorm.

Are you interested in learning more about the C.A.E. and what it has to offer you?  Visit our webpage at go.geneseo.edu/cae, where you can view a full list of our services, our hours of operation, and comprehensive lists of all the other programs operating around campus.  You could also show up to our first annual C.A.E. Open House this Thursday, November 14th, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the main floor of the Milne Library.  We have invited representatives from all the different campus learning centers to come answer questions and advertise their services.  There will be free food and drink for attendees, and who knows; you might just find a service or program that benefits you.

Here’s hoping we see you there!

Practical applications for Google Earth

GoogleEarthIntroduced in 2005, Google Earth is a three-dimensional virtual globe overlaid with dynamic data layers that let you explore land, oceans, moon and stars. There’s even a tour guide option that will give you historical information about significant places and events.

TrafficDataViewerGovernments and businesses are using it to make decision for location based projects by analyzing geospatial information layered by topographic, demographic, traffic data, and the like.  For example, the New York State Department of Transportation has developed a Traffic Data Viewer that uses data from the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Database (a google earth application) to display published traffic data graphically. County administrators can use this resource to plan repaving efforts or an entrepreneur could use local traffic patterns to determine the best location to open up their new start-up.

everest-googleearthEducators are using it extensively in many different disciplines and ways, such as understanding global development, selecting and visualizing field study sites, studying land-use law and to depict the locations of many of the disputes, visualizing historical events and issues like the Trans-Atlantic slave trade routes, the underground railroad, the abolishment of slavery in Great Britain, mapping field trip routes, analyzing communication systems and so much more.

Plus, the Google Earth community is a great place to find data and can be used to explore historic grave sites, find overlays and place-marks related to Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding in New Orleans, study locations of large airliner accidents, shipwrecks, World War I & II, and more.

Feel free to leave us a comment because we want to know… How have you been using Google Earth?

Open (Yes, free!) Educational Resources for Teacher Candidates

You’ve just graduated from college. What are you going to do now? If you are like other graduating seniors, you may be overwhelmed and frustrated knowing that you no longer have access to the myriad paid resources offered by your campus library. How will you continue your research, plan for your lessons, or find professional development opportunities? In this workshop, an education librarian and practicing teacher will share some of the strategies and resources gleaned during their personal experiences with teaching and learning. Students will walk away with a plethora of resources and specific examples of how to use them.

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

Using iMovie to Create Winning Video

GOLD.iMovieLearn how to use iMovie to spice up your video for YouTube, PowerPoint, DVD, and more! This class will teach you the basics of video ingestion, how to trim your footage, add transitions, and effects as well as how to share your video with the world.

Thursday, November 14th
2:30 – 3:30 pm | Brodie 239