Milne Library News and Events

Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week is October 14 to 21, 2007.

This week is the tenth annual “Earth Science Week.” The goal of Earth Science Week is to increase public awareness of earth science in education and society. This year’s theme is “The Pulse of Earth Science.”

To celebrate, have a look at some great Earth Science resources available from Milne Library and on the Web:

Or you can catch up on some earth science related news:

And just for fun:

And the winner is . . .

Congratulations go to William Sankey, winner of the Hubble Scavenger Hunt! As it turns out, William was the first student to complete the gameboard after his tour through the library’s physical collections and online resources. We hope that William’s winnings came in handy over Fall Break and that he learned just a little bit more about the amazing Hubble Space Telescope.

Do you fileshare? Don’t get caught by the RIAA!!


Jaimmie Thomas has now been convicted of willfully infringing upon the copyright holder for 24 songs found on her hard drive. This result is no surprise to those following this story. Capitol Records can now lay claim to more than $222,000.00 from the young woman, the first of 20,000 defendants to be brought before the Courts.

The company may recoup some small portion of their lost sales in the short-term through intimidation of their customer base, but some believe that this may backfire on them in the long run. Considering the rate of change in technologies, companies are going to need to change their business model(s) in order to survive. But for now…

Don’t get caught! It could get pricey….

And there isn’t any reason to do it illegally when there are so many ways to have what you want: free and legally! For a start, check out this web guide from digital alchemy.

Ars Technica has a number of articles covering the development and resolution of this event.

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!