Friday, June 22, 2007

Library Website Change - Monday

The transition to the new library homepage is scheduled to occur on Monday June 25. The structure is significantly different from the current site. Many pages will be directly available from a pull-down menubar that is available on every page. Take some time to explore the site. Comments are welcome.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Featured Resource: CIAO

CIAO - Columbia International Affairs Online - is a continually updated collection of working paper, books, journal articles, policy briefs, etc. It is searchable and browseable. Most of the documents are in .pdf format. Politics, especially matters related to international relations, is the main focus.

To get an idea of the materials you can expect to find in CIAO, see this recent list of New @ CIAO titles.

Link to the CIAO homepage.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Library Website Redesign

The growing number and variety of electronic resources provided by the libraries, and the development of new web page technologies, have made necessary the revision of the libraries' web site. Changeover to the new site will happen this summer. We hope this will give you time to become acquainted with the new structure. Locations and paths to favorite resources will be different; but the drop-down menus available on all new pages will make more resources easily accessible.

Take a look at the new site (still in development) at this link: New Library Web Site
Once the site is complete, the current links from other campus pages, and your bookmarks to the library, should connect you to the new pages.

We will make additional announcements as the changeover date approaches.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Art Exhibits in Crumb Lobby

Opening TODAY! Two art exhibits in Crumb Lobby that you do not want to miss!

Mask Making Exhibit
by Emily Glass (graduating senior and Presidential Scholar)
A sculptural parade of masks and mice representing various dimensions of humanity.
On display until Friday, April 18th.


Purple Hearts
Photographic Portraits and Interviews with American Soldiers Wounded in Iraq
by Nina Berman
Sponsored by Students for Peaceful Alternatives

Monday, May 07, 2007

"Cite this item" service in WorldCat

New to the records obtained in a WorldCat search, is a link called "Cite this item" that offers the bibliographic citation format for five popular citation styles - APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian.

You'll find this link just below the "Request interlibrary loan" link on the WorldCat record.

Extended library hours

Until the end of the semester Crumb Library will be open until 1:00 am,
Sunday through Thursday.

Friday, April 06, 2007

New employment data tool from the U.S. Census

The Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) and Local Employment Dynamic (LED) data sources provided by the U.S. Census Bureau are new ways to get customized and current data on the U.S. workforce. The data includes Quarterly Workforce Indicators and Industry Focus , and a web-based mapping program called On the Map.

Not all states are participating in this program, New York being one that is not. But most states are, and the data available should prove very useful to economists, business planners, and others.

You'll find a link to these services on the "Statistics" page of both "Economics" and "Business" subject pages on the library web site.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Social Explorer: demographic data

Demographic data from the U.S. censuses is useful to many areas of study. Social Explorer makes using this data for analysis or map creation easier. A team at Queens Univ. of CUNY has produced this set of maps from census data, 1940-2000. A certain level of data is freely acessible, while additional data (especially at the census tract level) requires a subscription (see Data Availability). Even what is openly available provides in interesting window on the nation's history.

A link to this site is included on the library website at: Reference Sources / Statistics / Social Explorer.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Metropolitan Museum of Art and ARTstor

A project is underway to make available online images of works in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Initially, nearly 1,700 images representative of the broad range of the Metropolitan Museum's encyclopedic collection will be available through ARTstor. The College Libraries' subscription to ARTstor makes these images available to all of SUNY Potsdam through links on the library web site (see under "Other Collections" and the "Art" subject page).

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

OAIster - search the "deep web"

Google doesn't reach into all the resources available on the web. An especially rich vein is the large collection of digital resources in the Open Archives Initiative. OAIster is the union catalog of these resources, compiled by harvesting the descriptive records from the collections participating in this cooperative project - now numbering many hundreds. Nearly 11 million records are now in this catalog. The resources are of many types, including text, image, audio, video, and dataset.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Science web site for recent research

Essential Science Indicators: special topics is a site that features recent highly-cited scientific researchers - often with interviews, and always with citations to recent articles. A new topic is covered each month, and you can search the archives of "Special Topics." A useful feature is the list of most-cited paper on the topics covered. It also offers an RSS feed for current awareness.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Database trial - EconLit

Until Mar. 30, 2007 there is a SUNY-wide trial of the "EconLit with Full-text" database from Ebsco. A link is on the libraries' "Trials" web page - which includes the username and password to access this trial.

As usual, we welcome your views on the value of these new products. Please contact our Collection Development Librarian,
Jenica Rogers (phone: 267-3328 ; email: rogersjp), with your comments.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Primary source collections

Among the online resources available through the libraries are the Alexander Street Press collections known as "The Street." This is a group of 11 document files from diverse subject areas. You will find here primary sources for drama, poetry, and black studies; as well as letters and diaries from various historical periods. See Alexander Street Press under "Other Collections."

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Chronicle of Higher Education online

A site license for The Chronicle of Higher Education is now in place. Members of the campus community – faculty, staff, and students – can now get access to the on-line version of The Chronicle from campus computers, or from off campus with a campus computer account.

From on campus, you can go directly to The Chronicle site at without further authorization.

If you are off campus you need to go through the proxy server at or find the link on the Libraries’ web page; go to Finding Articles>For Newspaper Articles. You will be prompted to enter your campus computer account username/password.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Project Muse: online journal collection...

The large collection of online journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences known as Project Muse includes a diverse and exciting array of journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies. One can search the entire collection or browse through individual journals. Many fields of study at SUNY Potsdam will find materials of interest in this rich resource.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

New QUIET study room

Do you need silence to study? Is the second floor of the library too loud for you, even when everyone's being mostly quiet? Does the barely-audible music from everyone else's headphones distract you completely?

Then we have an new option for you when you study. We're proud to announce the creation of the Silent Study Room, on the second floor of Crumb Library. Room 204 (waaaay back in the corner by the art books) is now a room for Silent Study, with a couch, a few soft chairs, a few tables, and NO talking, NO headphones, and NO other ambient noise.

If silence is your thing, check it out. If not... have you tried the group study tables in the basement?

Let us know what you think of this idea (or anything else) in the Suggestion Box by the Circulation Desk!