How to Get Registered; Do It By Oct. 13th!

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No matter your opinion of the candidates or political orientation, voting is a civic responsibility and the outcome has a great impact on our society. The off-year election will be held on November 7, 2017. While this does not including big races for President nor Senate or House of Representatives (elections for these offices are only held during odd-numbered years if accommodating a special election—usually either due to incumbents resigning or dying while in office), there are several State, County, and Town elections for which to prepare. The following offices are on the ballot for Geneseo: Continue reading “How to Get Registered; Do It By Oct. 13th!”

How to Get Registered; Do It By Oct. 14th!

registeredRegister to Vote in the General Election by Oct. 14

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably have heard the political attacks going back and forth between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Yes, it’s that magical time that arrives every four years – the general election! The general election is held on November 8, 2016. In this election, United States Citizens vote for more than just the President of the United States, they also vote for senators, seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and more. Regardless of your opinion of the candidates or political orientation, voting is a civic responsibility and the outcome has a great impact on our society.

Who Can Vote?

If you are a legal U.S. citizen who will be 18 years of age by November 8, 2016, then you can register to vote.  However, you must be registered by October 14, 2016. You may print and mail in your voter registration or may register to vote online.

Residency Consideration

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Suffrage parade in New York, May 6, 1912. United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division. Public domain.

Students may establish voting residency in the place they consider their principal home, whether that be their current school address or at another address (such as a guardian’s address) they consider their primary residence (Brennan Center, 2016). If you have not declared Geneseo as your primary residence on your voter registration, then you need to apply for an absentee voting ballot.

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Image by Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon, United States. CC Attribution.

Absentee Voting

“Voters in New York must have an accepted reason to vote absentee, including the inability to vote in person due to physical disability or absence from the county in which one is registered (if a resident of New York City, then absence from the city), among others. Voters may submit their application for an absentee ballot by mail (postmarked) seven days before Election Day (2016: November 1) or in person by the end of the day before Election Day (2016: November 7). Completed ballots may be submitted in person by the close of polls on Election Day or by mail such that the ballot is postmarked by the day before the election (2016: November 7) and received within seven days of the election” (Brennan Center, 2016).

New York Board of Elections Absentee Ballot

Have Questions or Need Help?

Stop by the Milne Library Research Help Desk and a reference librarian will be happy to assist you.

References: 

Brennan Center for Justice. (2016). Student voting guide 2016. Retrieved from
http://www.brennancenter.org/how-vote-2016 

Written by Brandon West.

 

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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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Research Help @Milne

Librarian Sherry Rhodes, helping out a student in our new Research Consultation space in the Center for Academic Excellence

Are you taking advantage of one of Milne Library’s best kept secrets?  The Reference (or Research) Librarians at SUNY Geneseo frequently hear from their professorial partners, as well as campus tour guides, that we are a gem to be discovered and utilized heavily.  They compare (and praise) our level of service to that of past experiences they have had at other (many times, distinguished) universities.  But don’t take your professors’ word for it!   See just what your classmates and peers have to say.

Sparked by Fall 2011 observations of students in need of research help at the Service Desk and Reference Desk, Anna Wilson, a recently graduated Spanish major with a minor in Latin American Studies, interviewed and filmed fellow students regarding their awareness and experience with Milne Library’s Research Librarians.  In anticipation of her participant observation study, she wrote,”I predict that many of the students in the library are as in the dark about what goes on at the reference desk as I was until this (Fall 2011) semester.”

Does this statement represent your awareness about who the Reference Librarians are and what we can help you with?  If so, be sure to watch Anna’s video and then come see us when you are in need of research help!

Librarian Kim Hoffman works on searching with a student.

Reference Librarians are on duty for nearly all hours that the library is open with official desk duty in the Center for Academic Excellence from 10 am – 5 pm (Mon-Thurs), 10 am – 2 pm (Fri) and 10 am – 2 pm (Sat) and on-call reference assistance as early as 8 am and as late as 1 am.  Just ask for help at the Service Desk and a librarian will be around to help.

Additionally, our very popular Research Consultation service (as well as our Technology Consultation service) offers students the opportunity to make one-on-one appointments with a specialist when the time is convenient for you or you and your group.  Both services offer a dedicated time slot to focus solely on your research project needs, without having to compete with other students’ questions.

As the due dates for your research projects approach and the semester gets busier and busier, see what assistance (and time savings) a Reference Librarian can offer you!

Need Some Help? We’ve Got It!

Help is Available! Photo Credit: Flickr user gruntzooki

Librarians are always available to help with your research and technology needs.

Working with a group?  We can accommodate. Sciences? Got it.  Business Stats? Yep.  Need help with web sites, podcasting, powerpoint or excel? For sure!  Music Media? You know it!   And that’s only a taste of the subject coverage available.

Want to contact a librarian right away?  Simply fill out a Consultation Request form telling us a bit about your project or research needs, and a librarian will contact you to set up an appointment.

If you still have questions, don’t forget that the service desk or IM a Librarian reference chat is always a great place to start.

Video Highlights Recent Library Improvements

As anyone who has visited Milne Library (or this blog) during the past month already knows, the folks here were very busy this summer making improvements to everything from the Writing  Learning Center to IDS  to the new Service Desk.  For a neat little overview, click here to watch a student-produced video highlighting these changes.

Hey, Where Did the Reference Desk Go?

New Research Consultation Area

Yes, it’s true that the Reference Desk previously located directly behind the Minerva statue was removed during summer renovations.  But rest assured that the personnel and services provided at the former Reference Desk have not gone away.  In fact,  they have been relocated in an area specifically designed to provided better and more in-depth research assistance.

The new Research Consultations area is situated directly behind the revamped  Service Desk and features three computer work stations equipped with large monitors, a conference-sized table suitable for group consultations, and white boards useful for brainstorming ideas or documenting strategies.  Both students and faculty will find the new environment more relaxed and better suited for the give-and-take of the research interview process.  The new setting away from the busy traffic flow will mean fewer interruptions and distractions during consultation sessions.

We want to encourage EVERYONE to engage the reference librarians in the new Research Consultations area via any of several options.   At any time feel free to drop-in and ask a librarian for assistance.  Another popular means of contact is via chat using our IM a Librarian service from the library’s web page.   Also from our web site you can schedule an extended Research Consultation with a subject specialist.

Texting in the Library

One of the things that Milne’s librarians think about on a regular basis is communication with our users. It’s not uncommon to see folks walking through the Library talking on their phones or furiously texting at lightning speed and this got us to wondering, “Is this something that we ought to incorporate as an option for our users?”

And so we ask you, if Milne were to offer service through mobile phone technology, would you use it? Would you find it convenient to text a quick question to our staff? Tell us!

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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!

Resources on the 2008 Presidential campaign

With so much political news being generated and covered by the media, it is easy to get lost in the overwhelming amount of information. To help library users navigate through this information overload, Milne Library has selected a few handy resources which stand out and are recommended to our users.

To get the latest news reports on primary and caucus coverage, political candidate information, international response to the campaigns or speeches given by the candidates, the NewsBank Special Report: Presidential Campaign 2008 is your best source for coverage all in one place:

NewsBank’s Special Reports focus on topics of current interest. They include content from sources throughout the world to provide a global perspective, current and background information, statistics, maps, images, websites, and suggested search terms. New information is added daily to featured and current reports. Coverage of the possible candidates for the 2008 presidential election is the current focus of the Special Report. Coverage will expand to include the full scope of the campaign including primaries, conventions and debates…

Another useful compilation of political news coverage is The Times Topics: Presidential Election 2008, from The New York Times newspaper. Coverage includes all political articles, opinion, graphs, polls, and multimedia from the NYT recent and archived stories.

Interested in finding out how much your neighbor contributed to a candidate’s campaign? Both Gatehouse News Service: Decision 2008-Search for Contributions and The Huffington Post blog have searchable databases where users can find contribution information by contributor name, zip code, address or occupation.

It is said that the youth are participating in record numbers for this campaign and its only primary season! Visit Youth Radio, where interested young adults are writing, blogging and covering Election 2008, using their own words and voices. Youth Radio trains youth from all over the world to contribute radio segments, blog posts, podcasts, video and to their website, thus training the young people to become media professionals in their own right.