March 12, 2014 Leave a Comment
March 4, 2014 Leave a Comment
Some of our clocks may be incorrect for a while…
Some of the library’s clocks will reset automatically on Sunday. Unfortunately, not all of them are controlled by the master clock. We do have folks manually resetting them, but it may take some time to get to all of them. Thanks for your patience as we make the change!
What is daylight savings time anyway, and why do we do it?
Daylight-savings time is the advancing of the clock one hour ahead of the local standard time in order to increase the hours of daylight available at the end of the day.
The idea originated with none other than Benjamin Franklin in the 1700s. But it didn’t really catch on until WWI when England and Germany put it into practice as a wartime measure for making full use of daylight hours. By 1925, it became permanent in England.
The U.S. also took advantage of daylight savings for both World Wars, but it didn’t become a permanent fixture for most states until the oil crisis in the mid-1960′s.
Source: Summer Time. (2002). In Brewer’s Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable.
February 20, 2014 Leave a Comment
Participating in GREAT Day is a significant honor, but it can also be an intimidating experience. A lot of work goes into papers, posters, and presentations, and students want their work to stand out in a good way. But what is one supposed to do if he or she doesn’t know how to design a good poster or write a proper abstract?
The Center for Academic Excellence has the answer!
For the very first time, the C.A.E. is working with staff and faculty across campus to bring you a series of workshops designed for first-timers and GREAT Day veterans alike. We already have five workshops scheduled and ready to go, and we’re working on adding a few more to the mix in the coming weeks.
So if you really want your GREAT Day project to stand out for all the right reasons, take a look at what we’re offering and start signing up! Spaces are limited, so don’t delay!
Design Principles – February 25th, 5:15pm to 6:15pm, CU 319
Graphic design is hard. This workshop keys in on three fundamental elements of design (spacing, color, and text) to help you draft a memorable and effective GREAT Day poster. Taught by Kristen Fuest. Sign-Up: http://goo.gl/AkFqV2 (limit of 24)
Abstract Writing – March 3rd, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, Milne 105
Unsure of how to write a proper abstract for your GREAT Day project? This 90 minute workshop will help you through the process. After some brief instruction, you will have the opportunity to write your GREAT Day abstract with guided help from some of SUNY Geneseo’s best writing tutors. Taught by Gillian Paku and Writing Learning Center tutors. Sign-Up: http://goo.gl/eUly1z (limit of 24)
Creating a Poster Using InDesign – March 4th, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Milne 104
InDesign is a versatile design program you can find on pretty much every public computer on campus. However, many SUNY Geneseo students are unfamiliar with it. Come learn the ropes in this one-hour workshop and turn that amazing GREAT Day poster idea into a reality. Taught by Steve Dresbach. Sign-Up: http://goo.gl/pCpt13 (limit of 40)
Creating a Poster Using PowerPoint – March 4th, 5:45pm to 6:45pm, Milne 104
It’s not just for presentations! When it comes to creating GREAT Day posters, PowerPoint is a friendly and familiar alternative for students who don’t necessarily want to learn a brand new program. Taught by Steve Dresbach. Sign-Up: http://goo.gl/QlChlH (limit of 40)
Creating a PowerPoint Presentation – April 1st, 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Milne 104
Just about all of us have used PowerPoint before, but despite your relative familiarity with the program, there’s probably a lot of really neat features you never knew about. Learn how to make your GREAT Day presentation stand out with this sixty minute workshop. Taught by Steve Dresbach. Sign-Up: http://goo.gl/jYVXSG (limit of 40)
For more information on future workshops, visit www.geneseo.edu/library/cae-workshops
February 20, 2014 Leave a Comment
SUNY Geneseo will host the 4th Annual Transliteracy, Technology & Teaching Conference (3Ts) on Friday, March 14, 2014. Registration is now open and we encourage those who do/will teach or train others to consider attending.
You’ll join librarians, faculty, instructional designers and K-12 educators workshops where presenters highlight their dynamic teaching collaborations and/or model their instructional technique(s).
Registration costs: $20 for professionals and $10 for students.
For more information, descriptions of conference sessions and to register, visit http://threetees.weebly.com/.
February 12, 2014 Leave a Comment
Last fall, Milne Library staff distributed a survey on library tables asking students why and how they used Milne Library spaces. We also asked students for suggestions about how the spaces could be improved. We are grateful to those of you who took the time to fill out the survey and turn it in – your responses will help us plan future improvements to the library.
We received 456 responses, pretty evenly distributed among the three floors of the library.
Overall, students are hard at work in our library. Students spend their time doing homework, studying, writing and working on projects. Smaller numbers of students are visiting with friends, eating lunch or passing time on the internet (mostly in association with more serious endeavors).
Students choose seats based on their particular studying needs. While many students indicated that they need to concentrate (and selected spaces on the third floor as a result), others needed to be around people or needed space to spread out. In some cases, students selected space out of necessity – it was the only spot available. Some students suggested that the comfortable seating was great for naps, while others used the comfy chairs for intense reading.
One of the biggest complaints (in certain areas) was the lack of power outlets. As we renovate new areas, we will endeavor to add power. This isn’t cheep, however, and requires extensive prior planning. Our 50 year old building wasn’t equipped to handle modern power demands, so most additional power outlets require upgrades to our electrical network.
The survey responses provided us with several locations where additional power outlets would be appreciated the most.
Students also identified areas where outlets or study carrel lights weren’t working, and we are working hard to make the necessary repairs.
Suggestions and changes:
We got some great feedback on the type of tables students like. With a few dissenters, students really don’t like the new Y-shaped tables on the main floor. A few even tried to explain why:
We won’t be buying more of those.
Students also recommended filling spaces with a variety of table sizes, in order to avoid problems when one person takes up a table intended for six. We intend to remodel some spaces on the lower level of Milne this summer, and we are taking these suggestions into account when ordering tables.
In areas where students had access to whiteboards, they expressed how much they like them. As a result, we will be looking for places to add additional whiteboards (as money allows).
There were a few suggestions that we won’t be able to accommodate. We won’t be adding a fourth floor or getting a new building any time soon (unfortunately). We will not be adding a hot tub, an open bar, a bouncy castle or a taco bell. While turning the library into a TARDIS (bigger on the inside) would help with our not-enough-space issues, our technical staff (while extraordinary) have not quite figured out how to do this. Sorry.
February 7, 2014 Leave a Comment
Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Geneseo senior and Milne Library intern Margaret Craft.
I’m sure when you think of Google, you think of fuzzy dogs, craigs list, and the strange questions Google helpfully fills in for you, including
and the deepest most applicable question lingering at our core:
when can you eat squirrel?
which a truly desperate college student on Geneseo’s campus might start to wonder, as the meal plan dwindles and you keep losing staring contests. (Vegans: it’s okay. Keep reading, it gets better, maybe.)
Day after day, eventually you start to wonder what you couldn’t eat those little buggers on. Pizza? Other squirrels?
This might require some research. For all you know, studies at Geneseo may have found a significant portion of squirrels have secret identities and should therefore be protected, not baked.
What you, the savvy Geneseo student, would thus benefit from using is the mind-bogglingly awesome part of Google devoted to this need, sneakily hidden under products. Yes, indeed this grail of searching is none other than GOOGLE SCHOLAR, a versatile research tool that looks for your search terms in articles, patents, and book citations.
On the homepage it tries to be modest and say it only looks for articles, but it will search for books as well. Such results will appear with a [BOOK] designation at the beginning of the citation.
Once you’ve typed a search term in, such as “squirrel,” you’ll be shown a master list of all results.
You may note that the third result on the list concerns movement representations in squirrel monkeys, which, while adorable are not a viable food source on Geneseo’s campus and thus not your concern.
To get rid of squirrel monkey results, you can exclude the word “monkey” in the advanced search. Clicking on the arrow next to the search box pulls up the advanced search functions.
To get rid of squirrel monkey results, you can exclude the word “monkey”:
You can further narrow results down by using the exact phrase option:
and now the top result (no superhero squirrel research in sight, sadly) based on my choice to sort by relevancy is:
Bummer. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a not so fun thing where your brain degenerates through infection by proteins called prions. Apparently it is possible to contract the disease through eating the brains of squirrels that are infected with these prions. However, when I look at more recent results by asking Google to only look for results in the last 14 years, I get this article, which is directly available for free through the link for Springer at the right:
It concludes that it is unlikely that infectious prions will appear in red squirrels. Whew. But maybe we have gray squirrels…
Underneath the citation and excerpt, you can see how many times it has been cited, none in this case, and how many websites have the full text available (All 11 versions). The link for “Related articles” at the far left will show related materials that includes others more recent than this article, these may include other types of squirrels. There is also the option to cite the article directly or save it to “my library,” which is a personalized memory bank that will keep track of citations you’re interested in.
Now the varied danger of eating squirrel brains is corroborated by another article that talks about more than just red squirrels:
It has been cited by 11 other more recent articles, which could be useful for further research into the topic. Additionally, there is no link to a free version to the right of the citation, meaning none of the 8 versions showed are available for free download. Boo.
You could cry, but wait! There should be, if you are on Geneseo’s wifi network or using an on-campus computer, a “Get It” link to the right of all articles. It may also be listed under “More” under the citation as well. This will take you to the glorious IDS request page, which should get you the article within 48 hours! REJOICE PEOPLE.
And if you are not on-campus, there is an alternative. Click “Settings” on this menu:
What will appear is this:
Type, as I have, SUNY Geneseo and hit search. Check the box next to “Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo – Get it”.
Now hit “Save” and you will return to your search. Now when you look to the right of a citation, you should see the Get It next to it, or More below the citation itself.
*Just remember to research before you eat. You never know.
*Vegans: it’s okay. Keep reading, it gets better.
February 4, 2014 Leave a Comment
We are offering scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students to attend the upcoming 3Ts 2014: At the Core of Teaching, Technology and Transliteracy at no cost.
Conference attendees will engage in workshops where presenters highlight their dynamic teaching collaborations and/or model their instructional technique.
Workshops will include meaningful integration of technology and teaching used to support the growing number of literacies students need for learning and succeeding in today’s information-rich academic and professional worlds. It will give students the opportunity to network with educators in the field while attending workshops geared toward authentic uses of technology in the classroom.
To apply for a student scholarship:
Please complete the application form, which includes a brief essay (250-300 words) highlighting why attending the 3Ts conference will benefit your professional development and/or how the scholarship might help alleviate financial hardships.
Deadline for scholarship application is February 10, 2014
The 3Ts scholarship committee will announce awards by February 14, 2014
January 31, 2014 Leave a Comment
Milne Library is pleased to announce the launch of its new Scholarship & Publishing Services website! Stop by to learn more about our recently-released books, such as Bob Dylan’s Career as a Blakean Visionary & Romantic, or journals, like our undergraduate literary magazine Gandy Dancer. You can also explore digital editions of Walden – also launched today – filled with commentary from the world’s leading Thoreau scholars, such as Geneseo’s own Walter Harding.
Interested in publishing? Our website also includes advice on salient aspects of the publishing process such as identifying highly-ranked journals and publishers, the ins and outs of author contracts, managing data, and tips for broadening your readership.
January 23, 2014 Leave a Comment
It’s tax season again… Unfortunately, real life isn’t as simple as advancing past “go” and collecting our $200. Instead, we’ll be dusting off our calculators and filling out those forms.
Or check out these five great places to get tax forms or file online.
December 10, 2013 Leave a Comment
Thursday, December 12th
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.