Milne Library News and Events

Advice for new students from the “blogosphere”

At the beginning of the school year, the web is full of free advice for new college students. Some of it may be useful, some of it may be wrong, and some of it may just be funny. But there certainly is an awful lot out there:

Financial advice

Protect your personal information:
Keep your ATM, credit card and checking account numbers to yourself. A paper shredder is a good investment for disposing of financial records properly.

Social advice

I’m a freshman at college this year, and I’m worried about balancing parties and homework. I promised my parents that I’d try my hardest to make the Dean’s List, but I also want to have fun now that I’m at college. Any suggestions?

Academic advice

Note-taking is one of those skills that rarely gets taught. Teachers and professors assume either that taking good notes comes naturally or that someone else must have already taught students how to take notes. Then we sit around and complain that our students don’t know how to take notes.

Of course, since October Break is this weekend, you’ve probably been here long enough to have some advice of your own to give. Any thoughts about what you wish you knew when you first arrived at Geneseo?

Last Chance at $100

The Hubble Scavenger Hunt will end at 5 pm this Saturday, September 29. Make sure to turn in your completed gameboards at the Reference Desk. If you haven’t yet been involved, see a Reference Librarian ASAP to get started!

Take a tour of Heavens Above with Milne’s iPod shuffles

Touring the Heavens Above exhibit and curious about the photographs you are viewing? Check out an iPod shuffle and listen to a narrated audio tour as you travel through outer space (virtually, of course). Shuffles are available for a 2 hour loan at the Circulation Desk, with proper identification (Geneseo ID card or driver’s license).

The Heavens Above exhibit consists of thirty illuminated photographs taken from the Hubble Space Telescope. The exhibit is housed in Milne Library through December 17, 2007. For more information about the audio tour or the iPod shuffles, please contact Tracy Paradis at [email protected] or Kate Pitcher at [email protected]

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Kodak blogger visits Communication class in Milne

Milne Library was host today to Tom Hoehn, Eastman Kodak‘s Director of Marketing and Customer Experience, who presented a talk to faculty member Ginni Jurkowski’s Communication 274 class. Mr. Hoehn described Kodak’s use of new communication technologies, including blogs, wikis and video applications such as YouTube. Ms. Jurkowski’s communication class is Electronic Publishing and students are learning about the different facets of publishing for the web, including writing, editing, and using many of the new communication technologies. The class meets in the library every Friday.

Seeing in the Dark

Inspired by the stars? Ponder the Universe and learn more about our cosmos in two beautiful and thought-provoking programs on PBS (WXXI) tonight, September 19.

Seeing in the Dark

Author Timothy Ferris’ film is meant to introduce viewers to the wonders of the night sky, making casual stargazing or serious amateur astronomy a part of their lives. It includes images of deep space and comments from various stargazers, among them former NFL player Robert Smith, space photographer Rob Gendler.8:00 PM

Followed by:

Sidewalk Astronomer

A profile of the “pied piper of astronomy,” John Dobson, a 91-year-old former Vedanta monk who invented a telescope mount that made looking at the stars accessible to everyone; and who co-founded the Sidewalk Astronomers. 9:00 PM

Check it out!

Who couldn’t use $100????

The race for the $100 grand prize has been slow at best. Only 10 more days to complete the Hubble Scavenger Hunt and enter to win “big money!” Stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a gameboard and your first set of questions that will lead you on a discovery tour of Hubble and the universe it captures. The last day to turn in a completed gameboard is Friday, September 28. The grand prize will be handed out before Fall Break. Couldn’t you use a little extra money over break????

Read what others are saying about Heavens Above

The Loop is a brand-new, Rochester-based multimedia web project designed, produced and written by college students from all over the Finger Lakes/Rochester region. Blogs, articles, essays, photos and more are contributed by students at the area colleges. Alyx Vanderweel, Geneseo junior senior (and former Milne employee), wrote a recent article about the Heavens Above exhibit for The Loop. Read what others are saying about us!

Where in the world is Room 109?

Part of our renovations this summer include the addition of a new classroom, Room 109, on the lower level of the library. Equipped with laptop computers, a printer and the usual technology for instructors, the room will hold library instruction classes and other session of up to 30 people.

Room 109 is on the lower level, across from the elevator. See our updated library maps.

Other new additions over the summer include the office of Dual-Degree Programs and English for Speakers of Other Languages, and the new Center for Student Achievement.

Stay tuned for more information about the services these offices provide.