USGS: Estimating the Impact of Restoring Ecosystems

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently released a 100-page report that uses a series of case studies to analyze the potential economic impact of restoring ecosystems. As the authors note in their introduction, “It is important for restoration practitioners to be able to quantify the economic impacts of individual restoration projects in order to communicate the contribution of these activities to local and national stakeholders.” Despite this importance, according to the authors there are currently few studies that compare short and long term economic benefits by considering multiple projects.

This study examines 21 Department of Interior (DOI) projects, including projects that are part of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDA) program. The authors then identify and evaluate the economic impact of these projects using a variety of factors, including labor income generated by the project and “value added” in goods and services. Check out the full report here. [MMB]

This review originally published in The Internet Scout.

Take the Kindness Pledge Today

In celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Week, please join us in taking a Kindness Pledge.

“I resolve to speak, think and act kindly towards others and to avoid speaking, thinking and acting unkindly. I pledge to participate in the movement to spread kindness to my campus community and beyond.”

Are you up for the challenge?

 

Alan Witt, Milne’s New Business Librarian

Milne Library is delighted to welcome our new Business Librarian, Alan Witt, who comes to us from Rivier University, New Hampshire. Alan has B.A.s in Archeology & Medieval Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, & an M.A. in History (Medieval Studies) & a Master’s in Library & Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

As you might expect from his educational background, Alan has a wide & eclectic group of interests & activities, including playing board games & gaming in general; acapella music ranging from medieval madrigals to modern pop, aikido (a martial art), baking breads & cookies, & reading, particularly fantasy & sci-fi (e.g., George RR Martin & Jim Butcher). And like many of Milne’s librarians, he is owned by a cat, Alaric.

Since arriving here in Geneseo in November Alan has been working with the faculty of the School of Business to expand the library’s business-related research classes & is looking forward to working with students on their business assignments. You can find Alan on the main floor of Milne Library in the Instruction Librarian “fishbowl,” or reach him at [email protected]. Welcome, Alan…we’re really glad you’re here!

Valentine’s Day Themed Story Time Celebration

On Friday, February 10, Milne Library will host a Valentine’s Day Themed Story Time 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 stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).
Story Time (performed by members of the Young Children’s Council) will last from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (a change from past events), with stories, crafts, and snacks. 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 Megan Kopp – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

*The Young Children’s Council is sponsored by the Student Association

Winter Break Hours for Milne Library

winter-hoursMilne Library is open limited hours during the Winter Intersession. Be sure to double check specific dates, especially holidays and weekends, as we will be closed.

Have a safe and restful break. We hope to see you around for some of those famous Geneseo sunsets!

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Study Day and Finals – 24/5 Library Hours

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Hear Ye, Hear ye!!

We’ve extended our hours in order for you to keep working, but once finals are over, the Library will be closing by 10:00 PM.

Happy and Successful Studying!!

Extended Hours – Finals:

Tuesday, December 13th (Study day): 7:30 AM to 24 hours
Wednesday, December 14th: 24 hours
Thursday, December 15th: 24 hours
Friday, December 16th: Closing at 1am
Saturday, December 17th: 10:00am to 1:00am
Sunday, December 18th: 10:00am to 24 hours
Monday, December 19th: 24 hours
Tuesday, December 20th (Last day of finals): Closing at 10pm

 

GoConqr

goconqrPerhaps you’re looking for tools to help you study and prepare for exams? GoConqr (formerly known as Exam Time) is a learning and networking tool for students and educators. GoConqr allows users to make flashcards, mindmaps, quizzes, notes, and slides to review concepts. Users can then choose to keep these resources private for their own use (or for their class’s use), or opt to share these resources to the larger GoConqr community.

By sharing resources, other CoConqr users can search and use these resources for their own purposes. GoConqr is designed to help users prepare for standardized tests (such as the SAT, ACT, and GRE) or to study subject-specific facts and content. This web-based tool is also available as a free application for iOS and android devices. [MMB]

This review originally published in The Internet Scout.

History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers and the Holocaust

historyunfoldedIn the 1930s, what could the average American citizen learn about the Nazi persecution of Jewish individuals and other minorities from reading American newspapers? How did the U.S. press report on these atrocities? How did American domestic politics, social movements, and prejudices influence press coverage? The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has launched the History Unfolded project to facilitate exploration and conversation around these important questions.

The museum has invited researchers and students across the United States to collect and digitize U.S. newspaper articles to include in the museum’s growing online database. In Spring 2018, these archives will be incorporated into an exhibition about Americans and the Holocaust. Meanwhile, visitors to this website can learn how to participate in the project or browse through the articles currently in the database. There are a number of Teacher Resources here, including a detailed lesson plan and links to online newspaper databases that will help history instructors facilitate classroom research projects. [MMB]

You’ll also find useful tutorials on “How to Read Newspapers from the 1930’s and 1940’s” and “How to Use Microfilm.” While those of us of a certain (ahem) vintage may find it astonishing that these concepts need to be explained, the fact is that the newest generations among us haven’t had to get their information in these formats and their organization can be baffling for those uninitiated.

This review originally published in The Internet Scout.

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Holiday

thanksgivingEveryone here at Milne Library wishes you a safe and happy journey home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Should your plans include a little studying or research in the building, please note that the library will have reduced hours over the Thanksgiving Break:

Tuesday, November 22 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday, November 23 8:00 AM – Noon 
Thursday, November 24 CLOSED – Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 25 CLOSED
Saturday, November 26 CLOSED
Sunday, November 27 2:00 PM – 1:00 AM

 

 

 

Savage Minds

savage-800x600Savage Minds is “a group blog dedicated to ‘doing anthropology in public’ – providing well-written, relevant discussions of sociocultural anthropology that everyone will find accessible.” Since its establishment in 2005 by a group of anthropology scholars and students, the blog has been recognized as one of the best science blogs by Nature and has been enthusiastically praised by American Anthropologist.

Frequently updated, recent posts include a consideration of how anthropological principles can be utilized to help businesses and organizations resist the “silo effect“(when information and expertise is not shared throughout the organization), and a reflection by a medical translator about how the field of anthropology informs her work. In addition, this blog includes Around the Web Digest features, which highlight online articles that may be of interest to anthropologists. While this blog is specifically aimed at anthropologists, much of this content may also be of interest to scholars in other fields, including bioethics, medicine, and sociology. [MMB]

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This review originally published in The Internet Scout.