Thursday, December 15, 2005
Our web page and electronic resources will still be available during this time; but interlibrary loan requests that are submitted will not be processed until after the libraries reopen on Jan. 3.
We hope you have a happy and safe semester break.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
"After seven years and countless hours of work by Edward Komara, Crane librarian at SUNY Potsdam, the Routledge “Encyclopedia of the Blues,” the first-ever comprehensive work chronicling blues music, is now available to the public.
“It is the first multivolume reference work devoted to the blues, on a scale not previously attempted, at over 600,000 words and 75 illustrations, with an index,” said Komara who edited the two-volume set.
According to Komara, the purpose of the “Encyclopedia of the Blues” is to lay a historical, musical and cultural foundation for the future studies of blues music. Coverage of the work encompasses the whole history of the blues, from its antecedents in African and American types of music, through its late 19th-century beginnings among African Americans, the classic pre-World War II era and the influential postwar era, to the contemporary styles performed today for audiences of all races and classes.
The encyclopedia is a multidisciplinary project, combining the work of approximately 140 scholars of music, bibliography, and American history and culture. Many of the contributors came from various backgrounds in music performance, cultural scholarship, the recording industry, and print journalism.
Great work, Ed! Anyone interested in taking a look at this unique and really interesting encyclopedia (there's a great collection of nicknames in the history of blues...) will be able to look at a copy in the Crane Library, at call number ML102.B6 E53 2006. (Right now, it's on display with other faculty publications, in the wall cases between The Greenery and Raymond Hall, but we'll be adding it to the Libraries soon.)
And I'm certain Ed would be happy to talk to anyone about either the encylopedia or the blues! You can find him in the Crane Library...
Friday, December 02, 2005
You heard it -- 1 am. We'll only be closed for six hours a day during the next few weeks (from 1 to 7:45 am, when you should be sleeping!) Study until you can't see straight, if you need to -- we'll be open.
Be sure to buy your coffee early, though, because Minerva's is closed after 9 pm. And, don't forget, our reference librarians are at the desk on the first floor to help you out with your research until 10 pm (through December 8, when we go back to our normal hours).
For more information on open hours: College Libraries Hours
For more information on reference hours: Crumb Reference Hours
For more information on Minerva's hours: PACES Snack Bars
And for additional help - ask at the Reference Desks in Crumb or Crane Libraries.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
We're here to help. From now until finals week (with the exception of the week of Thanksgiving), there will be someone at the Reference Desk to help you with your research from 9:30 am until 10:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. (We're only here until 4 on Fridays, but who wants to work on Friday, anyway?) Reference librarians are also available on Sundays, from 1-9.
Please stop by. We can help you when you get stuck on your research, if you don't know where to start, or if you just need some reassurance that you're doing it right.
For more information:
Complete schedule for both Crumb and Crane libraries
Reference hours at Crumb Library
Thursday, November 10, 2005
One way is to do a search in BearCat, and if we have videos on the topic you searched, they'll show up in your search results. But if you're looking for just videos, we have a special catalog -- the Video Collection database -- that you can search. You can find it by clicking here, or by using the drop-down "Change Collection..." menu right above the search box on the main BearCat screen. The top of the screen turns pink to tell you you've changed catalogs, and now you can search for anything -- "special education", "detective films", "American history" -- and find just the videos. Once you find what you need, you can check them out at the circulation desk, and enjoy!
Friday, November 04, 2005
To find out who to ask about a particular library service, use the Services Directory, found at http://www.potsdam.edu/library/home/ServiceDirectory2.php . (There's also a link under "Contact Us By Phone" on the homepage.) In the Services Directory, you can click on many of the services we offer to get to an explanatory web page about that service. Ever wondered what a "Consultation" is? Click on it, and see!
To find a person who works in the libraries, or to find out which person does which jobs in the libraries, check the Staff Directory, found at http://www.potsdam.edu/library/home/Staff_Directory2.php. (Also available under "Contact Us By Phone".) If you want to know more about a staff member, click on their name to see more info. As an example of what you might find, here's my directory page.
Let us know what you think about these new directories -- do they help you find what you need?
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
Some of our users have pointed out that accessing CIAO and Earthscape (two databases from Columbia University -- one on politics, and one on environmental topics) from off campus is more complicated. To log in to CIAO and Earthscape from the dorm, from home, or from somewhere else off-campus, you have to take one extra step: Create a user account. This can be done in CIAO by clicking on the "Remote Users" link on the left-hand side, and in Earthscape by clicking on the "Work from Home" link under the compass-like-graphic.
However, you must create the user account from on campus so that the database knows which authorized user (SUNY Potsdam) you are affiliated with.
We're working on finding an easier way for our off-campus users to access these (very useful!) Columbia databases, but until then, if you have any questions please contact the reference desk by calling 267-2485, or by sending an instant message to AIM user PotsdamLibrary.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
British playwright Harold Pinter, a master of sparse dialogue and menacing silences who has been an outspoken critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, was the surprise winner of the Nobel literature prize on Thursday.[Full story available here.]
The 75-year-old Londoner, son of a Jewish dressmaker, is one of Britain's best-known dramatists for plays like "The Birthday Party" and "The Caretaker", whose mundane dialogue with sinister undercurrents gave rise to the adjective "Pinteresque".
An intimidating presence with bushy eyebrows and a rich voice, he was described by Swedish Academy head Horace Engdahl, who announced the prize, as "the towering figure" in English drama in the second half of the 20th century.
We have a collection of Pinter's works in the library; click here to see the list. Also, we have books about his life and work, here.
The Bregman Browsing Collection, in the lobby of Crumb Library, contains many award-winning literary and non-fiction works -- if you're interested in noteworthy new publications, be sure to check the browsing shelves by the couches.
Congratulations, Mr. Pinter!
Sunday, October 02, 2005
You can sign out a laptop at the Circulation Desk, using your SUNYCard. Since wireless access is available in many places in the library -- we'll give you a map of the best spots when you pick up the computer -- you can get online wherever you need to be, and you can save to Helios even if you're sitting on one of the couches on the second floor. For more information, check our Laptop Policies page.
And, if the Reference computers are full, and our laptops are checked out, don't forget that more computers are available in the Levitt Center in Merritt Hall.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
What is Banned Books Week? The American Library Association writes,
Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met." [http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/backgroundb/background.htm#wbbw]
Banned Books Week is about understanding censorship. The National Council of Teachers of English writes,
"We can safely make two statements about censorship: first, any work is potentially open to attack by someone, somewhere, sometime, for some reason; second, censorship is often arbitrary and irrational. " [http://www.ncte.org/about/over/positions/category/cens/107616.htm]Did you know that people have tried to prevent the teaching of these books?
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Fahrenheit 451
- The Lorax
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Moby Dick
- Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
- Little House on the Prairie
Banned Books Week celebrates the fact that while the charges against the books may be true -- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer does depict harmful racial stereotypes and attitudes about slavery -- the books still have literary value. They can help us understand our past, and they can be valuable in teaching about issues that still face us today, like race, class, violence, the environment, and censorship.
So, this week, celebrate the freedom to read -- read a banned book!
For more information on Banned Books Week, try the following links:
- American Library Association's Banned Books Week portal
- 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000
- ALA Resource Page for librarians facing book challenges
- National Council of Teachers of English article on preparing for Banned Books Week in the classroom
- NCTE "Students' Right To Read" statement
- ReadWriteThink classroom resources for BBW
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Thanks for supporting the library, and we hope you enjoy your purchases!
Monday, September 05, 2005
You can find the news here:
and book reviews here:
So, friend us, and enjoy! If there are any other ways we can make it easier for you to learn about what's going on at the Libraries, leave a comment, send us an email, or put a note in our suggestion box.
Friday, September 02, 2005
There is a lot of information available, all over the internet and traditional news media. Earlier this week, I posted a few online sources to check for evolving information. Here are a few more.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper is still publishing, but only online. You can find their reports on daily life in New Orleans at http://www.nola.com. The NOLA site also includes a web forum to talk with others about the disaster, and a "Missing Persons" board to help people find their loved ones.
MoveOn.org is hosting a guide for hurricane-related housing, where people can search for a temporary home or volunteer some space, at Hurricanehousing.org
Digitalglobe.com is providing the maps and images of New Orleans that you may be seeing on CNN tv reports.
There is also an extensive and growing list of resources being compiled by the Middletown Thrall Library, here in New York, available here: http://thrall.org/katrina.
And, as always, any of our reference librarians would be happy to help you find any information you need. Just stop by, send us an instant message (PotsdamLibrary), or an email. Finding information is what we do, and we're glad to help you.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Date: Tuesday September 6, 2005
Time: 4 PM
Book: Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey by Ariel Dorfman
Panelists: Liliana Trevizan – Modern Languages
Steve Marqusee – Arts & Sciences
Onnie Bock – Honors Student
Rebecca Nelson – Honors Student
Monday, August 29, 2005
- Wikipedia entry on Katrina, with current information as well as lots of hurricane history
- The National Hurricane Center, the government office in charge of monitoring tropical storms
- A list of live online news sites
- The Red Cross's site devoted to disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina
- A growing list of resources put together by a librarian at McNeese University in Louisiana.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Potsdam Reads can be found on the left hand side of the College Libraries homepage, and a feed of current reviews can be found in the same place on the Finding Books page.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Friday, August 12, 2005
We hope to use this blog to tell you about events in the library, about new books and databases, about research tips and tricks, about cool new stuff on the internet... and about whatever we think you might like to know. And our goal is to update several times each week, so check back.
Or, if you use a feed-reader like BlogLines, you can subscribe to this feed using the RSS feed link, permanently located in the sidebar on the left. You can also find the feed on the College Libraries web site, at the bottom of the front page.
However you choose to acquire our newsfeed, we hope you find what you were looking for!
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Special demonstrations are scheduled for the following times: "Blogging & instant messenger"- 11:15-12:00 ; "The NEW MeetingMaker"- 12:15-1:00 ; "Coming Soon: D Space, GoogleEarth, SUNY Universal Borrowing"- 1:15-2:00 ; "E-mail Services"- 2:15-3:00 ; "Classroom podium demonstration"- 1:00 (Kellas 102) ; "Technology facilities tour"- 2:00 (meet in Kellas 102).
Schedule of events.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
The Constitution and the Courts
As John Roberts' nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court proceeds through the Senate, readers may be looking for more information on Constitutional law and the American courts. Many relevant books are available through a sub-category of the Books for Understanding Civil Liberties list.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
We know it's hot in Crumb Library.
It may be hot in here, but would you rather it were snowing? I can live with a stuffy office if I get to leave work and wander in the sun... without snow.
In the meantime, Crane Library is well air-conditioned, and the Physical Plant is working hard to get the chillers working right in Crumb.