Friday, January 28, 2005

Library Note Paper

Please help yourself to a sheet of our library note paper. The navigation bar along the left side of the page is a reminder of all the good stuff on the library site. If you'd like a paper copy or a high-quality image file, send an email to Tom Nichol.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Tax Time!

Need to fill out a 1040EZ? Don't know what to do with your 1099INT form? Work in North Dakota and need tax forms?

Don't worry!

Go to Tax Forms and view links to the IRS, Minnesota, North Dakota and other states. There is also information as to where you can go to get help with your tax questions!

Tax Haiku
The blank forms call--
"How will you spend your refund?"
They're optimistic.

- Tracy Charles, Duke University

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

What's your favorite library database?

Which is the coolest, most useful, most significant library database? Is it the catalog, MnPALS? Is it the über-catalog, WorldCat? What about a general-purpose article database like Academic Search Premier? Or do you fancy something more specialized, perhaps Ethnic NewsWatch or OED? What resource has made a difference for you?


Monday, January 24, 2005

Are you Internet Savvy?

A report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project says that "Internet searchers are confident, satisfied and trusting – but they are also unaware and na├»ve."

Internet users (44%) tend to settle quickly on a single search engine, rather than comparing results with other search systems. "But these same satisfied internet users are generally unsophisticated about why and how they use search engines. They are also strikingly unaware of how search engines operate and how they present their results."

To read more go to: Online Activities & Pursuits.

Yet another reason librarians are sexy: they help you decipher between the good, bad and ugly on the Internet!


Sunday, January 23, 2005

Drop it Like It's Hot? In the Library?

Just saw the article in the Record about the "party atmosphere" in Clemens. Noise levels have been going up since computers were added on the south side of the building, and in the last year or two cell phones have made their presence known as well. We've had a few complaints in our comment book, but not a huge outcry by any means.

So, what say you bloggers? Is the noise in the library and computing lab a problem? If so - any thoughts on what could/should be done?


Thursday, January 20, 2005

Library as a sexy place?

This one even took me by surprise - check out the article on the Princeton U Libraries: Libraries, the Princeton campus's unknown repository of sexiness. The article claims that the Princeton libraries are one of the sexiest places on earth! A quick quote: "Emerson, the greatest of all oped writers, and the most quotable of all the Victorian sages, says that 'A man's library is a kind of harem'."

Unfortunately, we don't have any librarians at CSB/SJU that regularly wear their hair in a bun. However, we are taking votes for the sexiest librarian - male or female. Any nominations?


LibData: open source software driving new library web pages

The librarians at Clemens and Alcuin have been busy learning how to use a new system to organize resources and create web pages based upon those resources. Using software developed at the University of Minnesota called LibData, which is built upon Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP, we're sharing a server with St. Cloud State University which offers services that we think will enhance our service delivery.

So far, we've had several web pages created using LibData:

The nice thing about this software is that it allows us to rapidly deploy courses for particular classes, or for particular topics, re-using the existing pool of resources. If you've had a chance to use any of these pages, please let us know what you think about them.


Monday, January 17, 2005

Tsumani Information

The University at Buffalo Libraries has created a web page on the
Tsunami Disaster that covers the events, images, contacts, relief
efforts, and science. It was created on December 27, and since then has been updated on a daily basis. It is available at: Tsunami Guide has also compiled links to resources and assistance to find out the whereabouts if Anericans in the region, offer humanitarian relief, access information about earthquakes and tsunamis, and read other news about the disaster. This information can be found at: Tsumani Guide


Thursday, January 13, 2005

Overdue fines will be charged starting this semester

(They had been lifted for the past year and a half due to our implementation of the new online library system.)

· When a book is due, an email is sent to remind you to renew or return it.
· On the 10th day overdue, a $10 fine is charged to your student account.
· On the 28th day overdue, a $10 processing fee and replacement cost is charged.
· Media materials begin incurring fines immediately at $1.00/day for 10 days.
· On the 10th day overdue, a $10 processing fee and replacement cost is also charged.

For complete Circulation Policies click on:


Tuesday, January 11, 2005

New Database: Communication and Mass Media Complete

We've just added a new database - Communication and Mass Media Complete. This database includes CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association (NCA)), and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Pennsylvania State University).


Instant Messenger Volume Increases -

You may have heard about our "Ask A Librarian" service. We've been offering this service for a little over a year, but until quite recently it was only available via MSN Messenger. Late last semester, we started using Trillian - a utility that allows us to use all the major instant messenging utilities (AIM, MSN, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ) at the same time.

Once we had this in place, our traffic has more than doubled - we now field over 20% of our reference questions via this service. If you haven't used our "Ask A Librarian" service, consider giving it a try! If you have used it, please let us know how it works for you by responding to this post.

More info on the service at our Online Chat page.


Jon Stewart book banned - then reinstated.

Just in case you didn't see this on the national news, a small library in Mississippi (Jackson-George Regional Library System) banned the book by Jon Stewart (yes, the one from the Daily Show), America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. The regional library board took this action last week, but quickly overturned their ruling today - just a couple of days after the story hit the national news. It seems that the graphic of Supreme Court justices' superimposed over naked bodies caused the stir.

It's always amazing to me as a librarian that people can get so worked up about a book that they think it wise to disallow others from seeing it.

See the story on - Library board puts Jon Stewart's book back on shelves. For more info on "banned books" see the American Library Association's page at BannedBooks Week