Friday, April 29, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI

Unless you've been leaving in a cave, I'm sure you are well aware that we have new leadership in the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected by fellow cardinals to succeed John Paul II. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI.

If you would like to learn more about him go to Face of the Church to learn more about Pope Benedict XVI life, and also view a photo gallery of him.

Alcuin Library has books that were written by him on display as well.


Read In!

Clemens and Alcuin Library has decided to join the "Read-In" effort initiated by Annette Atkins (History faculty, CSB/SJU). From Annette, "If you’ve walked through the 3rd floor hallway in the Quad recently around 11 in the morning, you’ve seen various people sitting in chairs and reading. We’ve called it a “Read-In” because the word conjures up for us images of our own college days. It’s not a protest, though, it’s a celebration. Reading occupies an odd place in American culture, however. For many people, reading is how they relax or what they do on the beach perhaps. For faculty members – and for students – it is our work. When I’m reading, I am thrilled that my work continues to open new vistas of the world, of the past (I am an historian after all), of new possibilities. So, the idea of the Read In is to set aside a few minutes every day to do it together – and to invite you to do it with us. There’s a kind of collective strength – and magic, I think – that comes from lots of people reading together. "

At 11:00 - 11:10am, in both libraries, we'll have a Read-In open to all staff, faculty, and students who would like to join us for 10 minutes of reading, just for the sake of reading and taking some time to read.

Alcuin will meet under the Trees of Life across from the entrance; Clemens will be meeting in the Reference area by the N-PE section.


Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - the new diet

If you're looking for the food pyramid, you'll have a few choices. The new guidelines give you a custom plan based upon age, sex and physical activity.

Check out for your personal diet plan.


Monday, April 18, 2005

Family and Society Studies Worldwide debuts on EBSCO

A database that we used to get on NISC is now available again via EBSCOhost. Here's the publisher's description:

Family & Society Studies Worldwide produced by NISC, is a core resource providing the most comprehensive coverage of research, policy, and practice literature in the fields of Family Science, Human Ecology, Human Development, and Social Welfare. FSSW covers popular issues as well as meeting the requirements of professionals in all fields of social work, social science and family practice. Coverage spans from 1970 to the present indexing publications from a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, sociology, psychology, demography, health sciences, education, economics, law, history and social work. Source documents include professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, statistical documents, theses & dissertations and other sources. FSSW is an anthology of 4 database files providing access to over 719,600 records.


Friday, April 15, 2005

April 15th- Tax Day!

"If, in the midst of sorting receipts and studying the latest changes in the US income tax laws, you suddenly wonder 'What is the origin this annual ritual in the weeks leading up to April 15th?'." From Ellen Terrell, Library of Congress Business Reference Services, she has writen about the History of the U.S. Income Tax.

Are you in need of some laughter while you struggle to get your taxes completed before they are due? From Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index, a collection of tax-themed cartoons appearing in a variety of national newspapers and other publications. It can be found at Tax Cartoons.

Feel free to get last minute Tax Forms online.


Do Libraries Still Matter?

The new Carnegie Reporter journal, published by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, includes the story, "Do Libraries Still Matter?" The story, in its entirety, can be found on the Carnegie web site, at: .

Interesting facts from the article:

Did you know that "America’s roughly 16,500 library outlets outnumber McDonald’s"? In a 2002 poll conducted for the American Library Association, fully 62 percent of adults in this supposedly aliterate nation reported having library cards—about equal to the proportion that regularly used the Internet. In 1896, there were 971 public libraries in America with 1,000 or more volumes. In 1903, there were 2,283. As early as 1878, two-thirds of library workers were women, and by 1910 it was very nearly four out of five. Women were paid less than men, so they would get hired. Reference departments were created in the 1890s, around the same time libraries began to ease their traditionally restrictive policies toward children.

What are your thoughts? Do libraries still matter? Or are they something that will become extinct?


Free Online Genealogy Tutorial

There is a free online genealogy tutorial for beginners interested in using the Internet for family history research. It provides a demonstration of each Internet resource, and it allows users to practice with the resource in real time while following step-by-step instructions.

To begin researching your family go to


Monday, April 11, 2005

This just in!!

A student ask that we order the book: He’s Just Not That Into You which was inspired by an episode of Sex In The City. Well, it is in!

It is over at Clemens Library with the call number: HQ801 .B37 2004 .