Spring Break Hours for Milne

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Milne Library hours for March 15 – March 23 are as follows:
CLOSED – Saturday, March 15 & Sunday, March 16
OPEN –  Monday, March 17 (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
OPEN –  Tuesday, March 18 (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
OPEN –  Wednesday, March 19 (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
OPEN –  Thursday, March 20 (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
OPEN – Friday, March 21 (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
CLOSED – Saturday, March 22
OPEN – Sunday, March 23 (12:00 PM – 1:00 AM)
Regular semester hours resume on Monday, March 24.
Please see our Library Hours webpage for more information about library hours.

Spring Break hours for Milne Library

Milne Library will close at 4pm on Friday, March 12th.

During Spring Break reference librarians are on duty from 10:00 AM until close. Additional Milne Library hours for Spring Break are:

Friday, March 12 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, March 13 to Sunday, March 14 CLOSED
Monday, March 15 to Friday, March 19 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, March 20 CLOSED
Sunday, March 21 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Learning about Mobile Library Services

Several Milne Librarians interested in using mobile technology for the Library took part in this year’s Handheld Librarian II Online Conference February 17th and 18th.

Topics ranged from trends and “social reference” (and how libraries fit into it) to “iPhone/Mobile Applications for Digital Library” to building a mobile site to mobile tagging, including QR codes and were included in topic tracks for Mobile Reference Service, E-readers, Mobile Apps, Marketing, Websites, and Content for Library Mobile Sites.

You can see what some other schools and organizations are doing with their mobile sites, including Duke University, Northwestern University, International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL), and London’s National Gallery.

Currently Milne offers very basic access through our Milne Library Mobile page. Have you used the mobile page? What was your experience like? If Milne were to offer extended mobile services, would you use them? If so, what would be the kinds of information and services you’d like to have access to through your cell phone? Tell us in the comments!

Spring Break Hours

Milne Library will close at 4pm on Friday, March 14th.

Additional Milne Library hours for Spring Break are as follows:

Friday, March 14 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16 CLOSED
Monday, March 17 – Friday, March 21 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, March 22 CLOSED
Sunday, March 23 6:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Milne Librarian Joins in Katrina Relief During Spring Break

Liz Argentieri, reference/instruction and special collections librarian, was one of nearly 50 SUNY Geneseo students and staff who traveled to Gulfport, MS, March 9-17, 2007 to help rebuild homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The work trip, billed as “alternative Spring Break,” was the latest of several trips organized by Livingston CARES, a college and community organization of volunteers dedicated to providing long-term recovery assistance to hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast communities, especially in Harrison County.

The group left by bus at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 9, and arrived in Gulfport at 3 p.m. the following day. The first order of business was to get settled with the host recovery center, the North Carolina Baptist Men’s Christian Association, which has been using a local armory to house, feed, and supply disaster response volunteers from all over the country. The Geneseo group was housed at a nearby Baptist church, but took meals (and showers!) at the armory.

The first full day in Harrison County, Sunday, was spent visiting sights along the coast in Gulfport and Biloxi and simply bearing witness to Katrina’s horrible aftermath. In the afternoon, the group tackled its first project: helping to restore a county-owned greenhouse that had been damaged by the hurricane and subsequently overrun with wild growth. It was cleared out in no time, ready for the next phase of its restoration, much to the delight of Harrison County Beautification Director, Cindy Simmons.

The volunteers were divided into smaller teams for the rest of week, each assigned to an individual home in Gulfport. Some of the tasks included removing and replacing drywall, installing floor tile, scraping and painting, hauling away debris from yards and homes, installing bathroom fixtures, and generally helping homeowners get their properties back to (or better than) their pre-Katrina condition. Although everyone was tired by the end of each long workday, most still found the energy in the evening to play soccer on the beach or walk to the Dairy Queen for a much-deserved break.

By 5:45 p.m. on Friday, March 16, the bus was pulling away from the NCBM recovery center for the last time and beginning the 22-hour return trip to Geneseo. The next Livingston CARES trip will take place May 13-19, 2007. For more information, including work trip reports, visit the Livingston CARES website.