Milne Library News and Events

Did high school adequately prepare you for college?

On Friday, May 4, Kim Davies Hoffman attended the Spring Conference of the Western New York/Ontario (WNY/O) chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The title of the conference was “Blur and Blend: Connecting Our Communities” and consisted of four sessions focused on librarian efforts to reach out beyond the physical library.

One of the more interesting and interactive presentations was offered by a working group of Rochester-area librarians, each situated in very different library settings – BOCES, Wilson Magnet High School, Rochester City Schools, Brockport High School, Monroe Community College, Bryant & Stratton College, SUNY Brockport, and the University of Rochester. The panel of speakers introduced the document, “Core Library and Research Skills Grade 9-14+,” that their committee has developed over the past few years and discussed various collaborative projects that have lessened the communication gap between high school and college librarians. The main objective of the ongoing conversations is to identify reasonable expectations of an entering college freshman’s level of research aptitudes and attitudes and the efforts and skills needed at the high school level to adequately prepare graduating high school seniors. With high school and college librarians working together, we hope to create a more seamless and less anxiety-ridden transition of high school to college-level research.

Now that you are immersed in SUNY Geneseo’s expectations of college-level research, what information-seeking skills and attitudes do you wish your high school librarian had stressed more emphatically?

Writing Center Hours Update

The Writing Learning Center(s) will be closed for the semester effective Thursday, May 3rd.

The Centers will be open during the following times:

1:00 – 5:00 Welles, Room 217
8:00 – 11:00 Milne Library

1:00 – 5:00 Welles, Room 217
8:00 – 11:00 Milne Library

1:00 – 5:00 Welles, Room 217
8:00 – 11:00 Milne Library

What type of library space do you like to study in?

As finals approach, many of you will be spending additional time in the library finishing presentations and studying for exams. Where do you like to study in the library?

We may have the resources to build some additional casual study space in the near future, and we need your input on what types of chairs, sofas, tables and other items to include.

Do you use the TV rockers? Do you prefer the leather easy chairs? Do you need a place to plug in your laptop? A place to put your coffee? Click on the “comments” link below and let us know what kind of casual study space you would use.

Kim Davies Hoffman receives Chancellor’s Award

Kim Davies Hoffman, who began working as a reference and instruction librarian here at Milne Library in 1999, has been awarded the 2007 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship. In addition to impressive work in all areas of librarianship including one-on-one reference service, Davies Hoffman has done her best work in the area of library instruction. She has developed superb instruction methods, continually experimenting to respond to changing classroom environments, changing information technology, and changing student populations. Davies Hoffman has made a name for herself in the library world and has raised the reputation of Geneseo and our library, but more importantly, she skillfully guides SUNY Geneseo students so that they critically examine information sources and become aware of their own growth as critical thinkers.

Dr. Ellen Kintz, a professor in the Anthropology department with whom Davies Hoffman has collaborated extensively, nominated her.

Sue Ann Brainard, reference and instruction librarian, also nominated Ms. Hoffman for the award, and other librarians, faculty, and students wrote in support of her nomination.

Nominees for the award need to meet several criteria:

  • Skill in librarianship
  • Service to SUNY Geneseo
  • Service to the profession
  • Scholarship and professional growth

Kim’s contributions to the field include her work with professors to integrate library instruction into their courses, teaching and writing.

Congratulations to Kim for earning this prestigious award!

Kim Davies is now Kim Hoffman

Reference and Instruction Librarian Kim Davies got married on March 31st to Brian Hoffman at Belhurst Castle in Geneva, N.Y. Brian and Kim recently returned from their honeymoon in Las Vegas. Ms. Davies can now be referred to as Kim Davies Hoffman. Look for changes to her web page and her new email address soon. Congratulations to Kim and Brian!

Chemistry students learn about SciFinder Scholar

Taking advantage of our access to a new interface for Chemical Abstracts, 157 chemistry students were introduced to SciFinder Scholar during the week of March 26.

Students in CHEM 214, Qualitative Organic Analysis, were able to use the interface to research information for an upcoming lab assignment, and learned how to search for journal articles related to specific chemicals.

Working with Chemistry Professor Eric Helms, Louise Zipp and Bonnie Swoger led the effort with assistance from Jennifer Potter, Theresa Mastrodonato, Justina Elmore and Barbara Clarke.

SciFinder Scholar uses a unique software interface to access information from Chemical Abstracts and several other databases. Researchers can access information based on chemical name, molecular formula, role in a chemical reaction or by natural language searching.

Library staff members attend the ACRL conference

Keynote addresses from Michael Eric Dyson and John Waters highlighted the Association of College and Research Libraries national conference in Baltimore, MD this past week.

Director Ed Rivenburgh, librarians Tracy Paradis, Paul MacLean and Rich Dreifuss, and instructional support associate Bonnie Swoger recently returned from 3 days of presentations, posters, vendors and exhibits.

Another highlight was dinner with fellow librarians from public liberal arts colleges (COPLAC members). After a beautiful walk through historic Baltimore, we settled in with some micro-brews at the Brewer’s Art Restaurant to discuss library instruction, staff responsibilities, administrative support and Baltimore history with our counterparts from institutions similar to Geneseo.

Highlights of the presentations included gaming in library instruction, the future of reference, applications of social networking and a wide variety of technology applications. Library staff returned to work on Monday filled with future plans and ready to share what they learned.

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.

Habitat for Humanity 2005 Gulf Coast photo exhibit

Geneseo Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring an exhibit that shows dramatic photos of the heartache and devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the hope and renewal offered by volunteers in the Gulf Coast. “Operation Home Delivery: Habitat for Humanity Responds to the Gulf Coast Hurricanes” will be on display for viewing from March19 – April 6, 2007 in the Milne Gallery.

“As other issues capture our attention, it is easy to forget that people affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita are still struggling to recover,” said Geneseo student and chapter representative Catherine Urban. “This exhibit is a vivid and compelling reminder — not only of the terrible loss, but of the amazing resilience of those affected and the incredible work of Habitat for Humanity volunteers to rebuild.”

Immediately after Hurricane Katrina and then after Hurricane Rita, Habitat for Humanity’s Operation Home Delivery program began putting plans in place to help low-income families in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama affected by the storms build homes as part of the region’s long-term reconstruction. Nearly 15,000 volunteers from around the United States and Canada have been traveling to the Gulf Coast to help Habitat for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts. To date, nearly 400 homes have been built or are under construction in the Gulf Coast thanks to the efforts of Habitat volunteers.

The organization has raised more than $121 million to date for Gulf Coast reconstruction, much of it from local individuals and community groups. By mid-summer of 2007, the organization expects to have built 1,000 hurricane-recovery houses along the Gulf.

Need help with your research? Schedule a meeting now for after Spring Break!

As the semester and your schedules get busier and busier, don’t forget about all those pesky research projects that will be due anytime from the week after Spring Break to the end of the semester. Milne Library’s Reference Librarians are ready to help you with your research!

By scheduling a Student Research Consultation, a librarian will set up a one-on-one meeting with you, at a time that’s convenient for all involved, and will work closely with you on the specific needs for your research. Save time! Get better grades! By scheduling one meeting with a librarian, you could have most, if not all, of your research complete within 30 minutes.

Set up a meeting today and arrange a time to meet after Spring Break. You will be so happy you did!

Additionally, one-on-one meetings are available to work on technology projects. Sign up for a Student Technology Consultation and have a software specialist help you create a professional looking Powerpoint, Website, or InDesign poster presentation.