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


Milne Hours for Finals

We’ve extended our hours for Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday of next week so that you can keep working, but once finals are over, the Library will be closing by 4:00 PM instead of our usual times.

Happy Studying!


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!

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.


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

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.


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


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

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, 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!