Friday, February 25, 2005

Have you hugged your librarian today?

The Johns Hopkins Gazette ran an article by William R. Brody. Mr. Brody writes about the advances of technology and how it will have an impact on how one retrieves information. But at the end of the article, the author states that "Massive information overload is placing librarians in an ever more important role as human search engines. They are trained and gifted at ferreting out and vetting the key resource material when you need it. Today's technology is spectacular — but it can't always trump a skilled human."

"Have you hugged your librarian today?"


Thursday, February 24, 2005

LibQUAL+ Survey Now Open

We'd like to think we're doing a good job at the library, providing outstanding services for the learning community at CSB/SJU. It means a lot more, however, when our users tell us that they think we're doing it right.

From now until March 23 we're conducting an ANONYMOUS web-based survey to give you the chance to tell us how we're doing. The LibQUAL+ survey is a tool designed to measure library service quality. It's based on the idea that the only thing that matters is what you, our users, think.

Take the survey and register to win a prize.

For more information, visit our LibQUAL+ site.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Reserve Request Form

The Reserve Request Form is now available online for printing. More information about reserves is available on the Reserves help page.


Thursday, February 17, 2005

Google Scholar links with SFX/Find It

The Google Scholar customization, a pilot project, is now live. There isn't a link for every item (if there's not enough metadata) but it does seem to be interfacing with SFX with a text link.

You can use the magic link on the Databases A-Z page to go to "our" Google Scholar if you are off-campus. On-campus users can go directly to Google Scholar.

Here's the magic link:


Wednesday, February 16, 2005

State of the Union Address by President George W. Bush

The February 2, 2005 State of the Union and other related materials are now available at the Whitehouse government website.


Report on Iraq's WMD Available

The Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq's WMD is now available. The document runs three volumes and more than 1000 pages. This report relays the findings of the Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction.


New Databases: Ancestry & HeritageQuest

We've just licensed two major family history databases: Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest.

These databases are a great starting point for family history research, and offer among other things access to the U.S. Census images through 1930. Additionally, databases include: military records; court, land and probate records; directories; passenger lists; tax lists; birth, marriage and death records; genealogical and local history serials, and more


Tuesday, February 15, 2005

New Database: Patrologiae Graecae

Welcome to the electronic version of Migne's Patrologiae Graecae. PG contains more than 160 volumes of Greek material (with Latin translations) relevant to the study of the history of the Christian Church from its beginnings through the Council of Florence in 1439.

J.-P. Migne, a priest from 1824-1833, moved to Paris and began the work of assembling an enormous body of early texts from 1833 till his death in 1873. His work consists of the The Patrologiae Cursus Completus, Series Graeca (Paris, 1857-1866, 161 volumes (a.k.a PG), and the Patrologiae Cursus Completus, Series Latina (Paris, 1844-1855), 221 volumes (a.k.a PL). (The latter is a collection of the writings of the "Latin fathers," from Tertullian in the third century to Innocent III [d. 1216]. The texts are written in Latin, which became the official language of the western church, displacing Greek by ca. 200 CE.)

PG is a collection of the writings of the church leaders who wrote in Greek, including both the Eastern "Fathers" and those Western Christians who wrote before the Latin takeover of the West in the third century. It includes, for example, the early writings collectively known as the Apostolic Fathers, such as the Epistles of Clement and The Shepherd of Hermas, the church historian Eusebius, the controversial theologian Origen, and the Cappadocian Fathers Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa. PG's coverage extends to 1439, the date of the Council of Florence.

RefWorks Survey Results - Fall Semester 2004

Read the results of the survey we did after using RefWorks for a semester.


Saturday, February 12, 2005

9/11 Report up for National Book Award

The 9/11 Commission Report was one of the finalists for the prestigious National Book Awards. You can view the article from CNN News. This is a rare appearance for a government document.

The "Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States," as it is formally known, is available online and at Alcuin Library in the Government Documents section of the library (Y 3.2:T 27/2/FINAL). The book, which has sold in excess of 1 million copies, was one of the five nonfiction finalists.


Thursday, February 10, 2005

Trivia Marathon Weekend @ Clemens Library!

Coming to our CSB/SJU Campus and brought to you in collaboration with W.O.W. (What’s on Weekends) Programming…..


WHAT: The trivia contest is put on by St. Cloud State’s Radio Station, KVSC. The contest boasts more than 70 teams from around the country. This year’s theme is TSI: Trivia Scene Investigation. Questions cover pop culture, sports, history, and science, but themed questions will require additional skills…

Do you know about the antics of gangsters in our nation’s and state's history? Do you recall who discovered the break-in at the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C.? Which one really solved crimes, Holmes or Watson? What does The Shadow know? And, where is Jimmy Hoffa???

WHO: The entire CSB/SJU Campus is welcome - including students, faculty, and staff.

WHERE: The Clemens Library will be our home base.

WHEN: The Trivia Weekend starts at 5 pm on Friday February 11th and continues for 50 hours non-stop until 7 pm Sunday February 13th. Come for the whole weekend or come for a few hours here or there.

WHY: Because trivia is best thing in the world!!!!! Give your educated mind a chance to flex!

Food will be provided throughout the weekend. Come and enjoy the trivia and stay for the food and fun.

For more information check out KVSC’s website: or email or call x3262


Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Library Blog via RSS feed

One nice feature of the blog we've set up is the RSS feed available at

Feel free to use this in any way you see fit. One thing I like to do, with FireFox, is to create a "live bookmark" to this site. To do this, follow these instructions:

(1) Get Firefox

Get Firefox!

(2) Go to Bookmarks --> Manage Bookmarks, and then File --> New
Live Bookmark and put in the URL of our feed.

(3) Enjoy!


Tuesday, February 08, 2005

RefWorks Citations from MnPALS

Here's a process for exporting citations directly from our MnPALS catalog to RefWorks.

Here's how:

  • Perform your search in MnPALS and select the titles you want to export by clicking the boxes on the left side of the screen.

  • After you have made your last selection, click Save/Mail near the top of the screen.

  • In the Record format box that appears on the next screen, select Opac format from the drop-down menu.

  • Click Go and then Save Selected.

  • Save the file you now have in front of you to your desktop or any other folder or drive you can locate easily by clicking File and then Save As from the menu at the top of the screen.

  • Now log in to your RefWorks account:

  • Select References / Import from the menu near the top of the screen.

  • Select Ex Libris Aleph in the Import Filter/Data Source box.

  • Select Minnesota State University Mankato (Opac Format) in the database box.

  • Select any folder on your own account.

  • Click the Import Data from the following Text File radio button.

  • Click Browse on the right side of the screen to locate the file you saved above.

  • Click Import at the bottom of the screen to complete the process.

This looks laborious, but you'll get good at it quickly. We want you to know, too, that we are working to get this process streamlined. Watch for additional postings on this topic.

Please let us know if you have any questions!


Monday, February 07, 2005

"Want books?"

Know of a book that should be included in the library collection? Request to have it ordered! Go to New Title Request Form and fill out the information. You can be notified when we receive the book in the library!


Friday, February 04, 2005

Library Quality - do we have it?

We'd like to think we're doing a good job at the library, providing outstanding services for the learning community at CSB/SJU. It means a lot more, however, when our users tell us that they think we're doing it right.

From February 21 - March 23 we're going to be opening up a web-based survey to give you the chance to tell us how we're doing. The LibQUAL+ survey is a tool designed to measure library service quality. It's based on the idea that the only thing that matters is what you, our users, think.

For more information, visit our LibQUAL+ site.