Join Us to Celebrate!

GandyTicketCome celebrate the publication of Gandy Dancer, Volume 2, Issue 1 with a brunch buffet and readings by contributors.  Print copies, cool T-shirts, and mugs will be available for $10-12.

Thursday, December 12th
10 am-noon

Harding Lounge (Welles 111)

Gandy Dancer is the SUNY-wide online literary journal edited by students in English 288/Editing and Production Workshop.  Our new issue includes work from Binghamton, Geneseo, Old Westbury, Oneonta, New Paltz, Potsdam and Stony Brook.

For more information, check us out at or contact Rachel Hall, faculty advisor at [email protected]

Gandy Dancer Ball

Birth of an Online Literary Journal


Study here, study there….

studyMilne is hopping these days, what with finals and the semester’s end looming prior to Winter Break. Hopefully you’re able to find the space you need for studying, but just in case you’re unable, there are some other options for a quiet place to study.

Try the InterFaith Center: 11 Franklin St (just past Lauderdale Health Center). They have quiet Study Space & space for groups to meet. There’s free wi-fi and snacks are available (donation appreciated.) FREE COFFEE, ice water, hot water for tea, cocoa or Ramen noodles. Questions?  Contact [email protected]

Here are their hours:

Tues Dec 10    8pm – 8am
Wed Dec 11     8pm – 8am
Thurs Dec 12    8pm – 8am


Sun Dec 15     5pm – 8am
Mon Dec 16     8pm – 8am
ENDS  – Tues Dec 17 @ 8am

cramjamOf course, there’s also tonight’s first Cram Jam event where the MacVittie College Union is open ALL. NIGHT. LONG. Cram Jam will help you study for finals by having free coffee & food, quite study rooms, & access to computer labs with printers! Looking for a way to relax & get your mind in the game before finals? Cram Jam will have free massages from 10pm-2am, board game rooms, & the Corner Pocket will be open all night long!

8th Edition of Turabian

turabianHold the presses! Students writing papers using Turabian citation style (and the faculty grading such papers) should be aware that there are changes in the conventions recommended by the new edition of the Turabian manual.

The devil is in the details. The 8th edition of A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (commonly knows as Turabian) was published in March 2013. Some of the changes involve how you cite web pages and articles you read online. For instance, the new edition flips the URL of a web page with the access date.

The older editions have you doing it like this:

“Breast Cancer Disparities.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (accessed December 6, 2013).

But the new 8th edition recommends this:

“Breast Cancer Disparities.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed December 6, 2013.

Small change, but one that could elicit points off if the student doesn’t know the new form (or might cause the professor who doesn’t know the new form to grade incorrectly).

Another change involves the use of DOIs (digital object identifiers) instead of URLs when citing a journal article read online, or a web page. DOI’s are more stable than URLs, and usually shorter. Another 8th edition recommendation: “If no suitably short and direct URL exists, you may substitute the name of the database for the URL.” So if you have a URL or DOI, you do not need the name of the database.

Talk about it with your professor! Keep in mind that there are many professors who deviate from the Turabian manual in the way they want you to cite an article that you read in PDF form. They feel that if you read a journal article as a PDF (either downloaded from the web or via IDS), you can cite it as though you read it in print, since it is an exact copy of what appeared in the journal. There are many optional recommendations in the Turabian manual (for instance, there is a chapter recommending an author-date style of citation reminiscent of the APA and MLA style manuals), so it is really important that students and professors talk about exactly which chapters of the Turabian manual should be followed!

Short cuts don’t always work. Many citation generators or online citation guides still have not updated to the new 8th edition changes, so be wary when using “Cite This!” in a database or citation manager. And don’t forget, you can always stop at the Reference desk to ask a librarian for assistance with your citations.  “A Review of Turabian 8th Edition Changes from Turabian 7th Edition”Turabian Quick Guide 

Scholarly Publishing Across the Disciplines: Interviews with Geneseo Faculty: Faculty value of scholarly collaboration, communications, and output

Scholarly Publishing Across the Disciplines: Interviews with Geneseo Faculty

Part IV: Faculty value of scholarly collaboration, communications, and output

SCPublished.SliderThe fourth part of Milne Library’s ongoing series about Geneseo research and publishing practices is now available (PDF). Faculty value of scholarly collaboration, communications and output documents faculty collaborations in research and publishing; faculty’s publishing motivations and influences; and the scholarly communication and output practices amongst the Geneseo faculty interviewed.

About the series:

The Milne Library Scholarly Communications team and librarian liaisons for the campus academic departments interviewed 87 faculty members in one-on-one conversations during the academic year 2010-11 and part of academic year 2011-12.  The results of these interviews were analyzed and documented in a series of reports which are on schedule for release from September 2013 – February 2014.

The interviews conducted with Geneseo faculty members were intended to be a survey of the current research and publishing practices on campus, giving us a glimpse of the issues affecting Geneseo faculty, including the changing scholarly publishing environment, digital and online scholarship, peer review, publishing with undergraduate researchers and open access.

The first three reports in the series document the issues and responses surrounding faculty and undergraduate students involved in research and publishing; the quickly changing environment surrounding digital scholarship and its value on campus and in the disciplines; and faculty participation in open access endeavors such as publishing in open access journals and self archiving of work. In particular, we look at ways in which the library may be able to meet the needs of new initiatives on campus.

To read the reports, please visit the Milne Library Scholarly Communication’s webpage at

We welcome your feedback about the reports.  Send any comments or questions to Kate Pitcher at [email protected] or by phone at 585-245-5064.


It’s cold in here. We agree. We’re working on it.

Our recent student survey has further illustrated what library staff have known for many weeks:  it’s cold in here.  Colder than usual, it seems.  I’ve tried working with gloves on, my colleague in the next cubicle routinely works with her coat on, and several library staff have been known to keep lap blankets at work.

As we joke about thermal underwear, rechargeable hand warmers and the relative warmth of fleece vs. wool we all ask: can’t they just turn up the heat?

Unfortunately, turning up the heat isn’t as easy as you’d think.

Unfortunately, cold temperatures outside mean cold temperatures inside.

The library was built in 1966 before almost all students and many library staff were born. Keeping 47-year old heating systems going is a challenge.   47 years of renovation have created rooms that are warmer than others, rooms cold enough to use as refrigerators, and the changing layout of our spaces has changed the airflow around the library.

So the folks that keep the heat running in the winter and the air conditioning going in the summer have gone back to basics, looking up the original blue prints of the building in an effort to figure out how to get more warm air to the parts of the library that need it.

We aren’t sure yet if we’ll be able to make any changes – replacing the entire system isn’t an option – but we’ll keep you up to date.  Hopefully the library won’t have to purchase staff uniforms:


Authors Reading Series: SUNY Geneseo professor, Steve Bein

Bein.SliderPlease join us for the second author event in our 2013-14 Geneseo Authors Reading series, featuring SUNY Geneseo professor, Steve Bein

Steve Bein, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy is not only a well-regarded philosophy instructor and scholar, but also the author of bestselling fantasy and science fiction. His most recent novels are Daughter of the Sword and Year of the Demon, the first two in the Fated Blades series featuring Tokyo female detective, Mariko Oshiro, and blending a police-procedural with historical fiction and fantasy. Here is what famed fantasy writer Diana Rowland has to say about Steve’s work:

“A sharp and superb urban fantasy, Daughter of the Sword is the perfect melding of skillful prose, fascinating characters, and compelling story. Steve Bein effortlessly combines history and legend with a modern procedural in a book that will have you staying up late to finish it.”

His short story ”The Most Important Thing in the World” will be published in the science fiction anthology, The Time Traveler’s Almanac in December 2013.

Milne Library is proud to host Steve Bein, who will read from his most recent novel, talk about his writing process and answer audience questions.
Join us on Monday, December 9th at 3:30pm on Milne Library’s main floor, just outside the Digital Media Lab.
Refreshments and beverages will be provided.

For more information about Steve and his work, please visit his website at  or read Milne Library’s interview with Steve at