Thursday, March 31, 2005

How Much is That?!

From Refdesk:

"Have you ever wondered what the value of a dollar was in 1895? Or what the GDP was in 1929? Here is a place where you can ask questions of comparative value covering purchasing power, exchange rates, and other variables between the past and today."

From Miami University/Wake Forest University, How Much is That?. Site also includes abstracts, Ask the Professor (help with questions on economics), as well as an encyclopedia on economic terms.


Wednesday, March 30, 2005

What's your favorite book?

Let's see if we can get some conversation going here!

What is your favorite book and why? Did it make an impact in your life? Does it just put you in a happy mood when you read it over and over again?

My favorite book....this is a hard one! I think I probably have two: "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel. That book I can read over and over is pure romance. About forbidden love, and using recipes to connect with your lover. Yes, I guess I am just a hopeless romantic!

My other favorite is a classic: "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. I first read that book when I was in 7th grade, and it is something any generation can relate too. Feeling misunderstood, and just not feeling as if you fit in; feeling helpless at times.

So, what are yours?


Jon Hassler Exhibit at Alcuin Library

An exhibition of the work of Jon Hassler is currently on display at the Alcuin Library through April 15. We invite the CSB/SJU community to see the rich and varied writing life of Jon Hassler, well-known author and former teacher and writer-in-residence at St. John's University. Hassler's works have touched the lives of many people with their humor and richly drawn characters and spiritual and ethical themes. A companion exhibit will be on display at the Clemens Library from April 3-April 15.


Friday, March 18, 2005

Clemens Library Art Contest

The Clemens Library at CSB is now has on exhibition the selections of its annual art competition. Each year the library receives many wonderful submissions to this contest by a very talented group of CSB/SJU students – so many, in fact, that we are unable to exhibit them all Come see some of these interesting and provocative works now on display. The exhibit will continue from March 16 through April 4. A reception for the artists will be held on March 29 from 4:00 until 5:00 at the Clemens Library – all are welcome.


Wednesday, March 16, 2005

A Guide to British Pub Etiquette

For those CSB/SJU students who are representing the campus community when you go overseas, please read the A Guide to British Pub Etiquette.

This downloadable book contains information on how to choose your pub, pub talk, games that pub goers play as well as how to correctly "attract the attention of the bar staff without making any noise or resorting to the vulgarity of too-obvious gesticulation".

As stated in this handout, "The pub is a central part of British life and culture". So, go there, enjoy meeting some new people, have a few drinks but remember you are representing the CSB/SJU community- so be smart!


Are you an It Girl? It Boy?

Do you even know what that means?!

The Oxford English Dictionary has been updated with over 2900 new and revised words.

Make sure when you go to London to include a pac-a-mac. Have you ever wondered if you have helmet hair or guys do you know what a scrunchie is? Or are you too busy being in hog heaven?


Ellis Island Passenger Arrivals

For those that have enjoyed finding information about your ancestory through our databases (Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest) then I think you may also enjoy this (description from

"More than 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Information about each person was written down in ships' passenger lists, known as "manifests." Manifests were used to examine immigrants upon arrival in the United States. Now you can search these millions of records for information on individual Ellis Island passengers."


Tuesday, March 15, 2005

How Marshmallow Peeps are Born

Granted, this has nothing to do with Alcuin Library. Or even Clemens Library. But, I thought since this is the season that we start seeing Peeps creeping up all over the place, and for those that have always had a bit of a sweet tooth for these "creatures", check out this article from Creative Kids found on MSN How Marshmallow Peeps are born.

You can also go to the Peeps homepage: to find out more information (Did you know that there are "Peeps for All Seasons"?!).

But since this blog is library oriented....

Check out the research abilities of the Peeps while they use Staley Library at Millikin University.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Library of Congress Digital Library

The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division is a great resource that provides more than 1 million images. The Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) provides access to images that span the hemisphere and different decades. Here are two new additions to the collection:

George Grantham Bain Collection (thousands of additional images now online): The photographic files of one of America's earliest news picture agencies, this collection richly documents sports events, celebrities, theater, crime, strikes, disasters, and political activities, primarily ca.1900 to the mid-1920s. Catalog records and high resolution digital images have recently been added for 11,000 glass negatives, joining the 1,200 photographic prints already represented online. More negatives will go online in the coming months. For more information, see:

Middle East Photographs: More than 900 photographic prints have been digitized and cataloged in nine groups (LOTs). Dating from ca. 1860 to 1940, they show sites, buildings, and people in Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. About a third of the photographs were taken by Maison Bonfils, and other prominent photographers are represented, including Francis Frith, Abdullah frères, and Lehnert & Landrock. (Scroll down the division's "What's New" page <> to the collection announcement, and select the link to "Retrieve the group records" to launch a PPOC search for records that contain links to individual images.)


Research competition

Nominations are now being accepted for the
Fourth Annual Clemens and Alcuin Libraries Research Bibliography Awards

Faculty are invited to nominate excellent upper-division student research projects for the libraries' annual Research Bibliography Award Competition. Three $100.00 prizes are available, one each for the best bibliographic research to come out of upper-division courses in the Fine Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences during the 2004-2005 academic year.
Please see for more information, the application and nomination forms, and a list of previous winners.


Friday, March 04, 2005

NYPL's Free Database of 275,000 Images

New York Public Library just released a free, online, searchable database of 275,000 photographs and manuscripts called the NYPL Digital Gallery . The site took over five years to develop and was sponsored through a grant of seven million dollars from Atlantic Philanthropies.

From the NYPL Digital Gallery Web site's FAQ's: "The low-resolution images available on the website are suitable for immediate printing or downloading to provide good-quality reference copies for a wide range of educational, creative, and research purposes. High-resolution images are available for licensing for personal use and for professional reproduction through Photographic Services & Permissions. Once materials have been located, they can be viewed in three sizes and may be downloaded free of charge for personal use. Photographic prints of any images featured online may also be ordered, for a fee, from the Library's Photographic Services Department. The Library's Permissions Department arranges all use of NYPL images for publication, in film, on TV or the Internet."