Thursday, March 30, 2006

What to do this weekend?!

Watch a movie!

Check out these new releases at your library:

Dorian Blues
Cote D’Azur
Ab-Normal Beauty (Sei Mong Se Jun)
King Kong
Hoop Dreams
The Englishman Who Went up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
Picture Bride
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Exonerated
Six Feet Under: The Complete Fifth Season


Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Libraries Own -Sr. Stefanie Weisgram- Honored

Sr. Stefanie Weisgram, Collection Development Librarian, was honored with receiving the Gender Education Award in staff development. She has demonstrated that equality is important between men and women, has been a leader and role-model in discussing contemporary gender issues and has shown openness in finding solutions to problematic areas concerning gender and gender issues in our society.

In the statement for her nomination, it was written that "she has been the major contributor to our awareness of the study of gender on our two campuses. She has built a stellar collection of materials for our joint libraries."

Please stop by Alcuin Library and wish her "Congratulations!"


Monday, March 27, 2006

Spring Database Trials!

Spring Trials 2006

The following resources are now available for use by the CSB/SJU community on a trial basis:

Music Index,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=mah

From the publisher's description: "The The Music Index, by Harmonie Park Press, is the single most comprehensive annual subject-author guide to music literature. Published since 1949, The Music Index contains surveyed data from more than 725 international music periodicals from over 40 countries in 23 languages. Topics concerned with every aspect of the classical and popular world of music are thoroughly categorized and organized according to the framework of an internal Subject List, which includes both Subject and Geographic headings. Covering all styles and genres of music, The Music Index duly cites book reviews, obituaries, new periodicals, and news and articles about music, musicians, and the music industry. The thoroughness of indexing and subject heading research, along with comprehensive coverage of the music field, makes The Music Index an invaluable resource for both the novice scholar and the experienced academician. "


This resource is an aggregator of reference books by various publishers. The books are all searchable through a single interface, and there are connections among the articles in the various books.

The trial to xreferplus goes through April 14th.

America’s Newspapers

America’s Newspapers is a collection of the electronic versions of various newspapers, including the St. Cloud Times (since 1999).

The trial to America’s Newspapers runs through April 14th.

Archive of Americana

Archive of Americana is a collection of various specific full-text digital repositories and are available for purchase. This is a “family of historical collections contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries.”

* Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800): Based on Charles Evans' historic "American Bibliography" and containing all titles from the Evans microform editions, the collection has long served as a foundation set for the teaching and learning of early American history, literature, philosophy, religion, and more. Over 2.3 million page images are available online in Evans Digital, including material from almost 1000 'newly discovered' items that were recently added.
Note 1: The July 2005 issue of Journal of Ecclesiastical History carries a review of Evans Digital. Note 2: The June 2005 issue of American Quarterly carries a review of Evans Digital.

* Early American Imprints, Series II. Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819): A continuation of the "American Bibliography" covering every aspect of American life, Series II provides all titles from the Shaw-Shoemaker microform editions -- more than 36,000 books, pamphlets and broadsides plus several thousand supplements printed in America in the first 19 years of the 19th century. In addition the collection includes many state papers and early government materials which chronicle the political and geographic growth of the developing nation. (The latest release now makes more than 2.61 million pages available online, through 1813) . Updates are monthly with completion slated for early 2007.)
Note: Reference Reviews Vol. 19, Number 7, 2005 carries a review on pp. 10-11.

* Early American Newspapers, Series I (1690-1876): Efforts to assemble this renowned collection began with Clarence Brigham's authoritative "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820." The colonial and early national newspapers collected by American Antiquarian Society founder Isaiah Thomas form the core of this collection, which has been supplemented by newspapers later collected by the Society. Additional issues from numerous esteemed institutions and historical societies round out the digital edition of EAN. (The latest release now makes more than 335,000 issues representing some 1.47 million page images available online. Upon completion of Series I this month, more than 700 newspapers (excluding variant titles) will be represented. Additional Series are planned (see below).
Note 1: Reference Reviews Vol. 19 (8) November, 2005 carries a review on page 7.
Note 2: The Fall 2005 issue of Netconnect carries a review article titled "Old News" featuring several Web-based newspaper collections including Early American Newspapers.

* U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980) with American State Papers (1789-1838): The crown jewel of American government documents, the Serial Set is an immensely rich, largely untapped source of primary source material on all aspects of American life and history. It covers all of the reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as annual reports and documents from Executive Departments. Since no library has the complete Serial Set collection, the Senate Library, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives and Records Administration and various other repositories are providing materials to Readex for digitization, including maps and color illustrations. (Now online are all 38 volumes of the American State Papers plus the 15th - 50th Congress, covering 1817 to 1888. Additions, which are now based on digitization from print (based on an agreement with Dartmouth College Library), occur monthly. When complete, the Serial Set will contain in excess of 12 million page images.)

* American Broadsides (1820-1900) and Ephemera (1770-1900): The American Antiquarian Society's collection of single-sheet documents printed before 1877 is perhaps the most extensive in existence. It consists of broadsides, advertisements, invitations and notices, leaflets, trade cards (i.e., the predecessors of business cards), programs describing events of popular entertainment, ballad-sheets, menus, clipper ship posters, and illustrated Civil war propaganda pieces, and so on. Often issued locally in response to specific popular or newsworthy events or otherwise designed for short-lived purposes, many broadsides and ephemera were subsequently destroyed or put to other uses. Those that survive today provide unique perspectives on nearly every aspect of American history and culture. (Now online are more than 29,300 items, encompassing some 40 thousand pages.)

Also just announced:

* Early American Newspapers, Series II (1758-1920) and Early American Newspapers, Series III (1829-1922): While many of the more than 700 titles in Early American Newspapers, Series I were printed in the 18th century, the historical newspapers in Series II and Series III are diverse chronologically and geographically. The titles in Series II focus on the period between 1820 and 1860, when the number of American newspapers rose dramatically, transformed by an increasing emphasis on local society, industry, scientific and technological advances, crime, investigative journalism and stories of human interest. The titles in Series III focus on the period between 1861 and 1900, reflecting the further growth of newspapers in number and in size following the formation of the Associated Press, during and after the Civil War and throughout the period of westward expansion. Both new series offer newspapers from all 50 present states, including the Indian Territory and Hawaii before the time of American domination, and strengthen coverage in regions often underrepresented in library collections, such as the Old Southwest.

Based primarily on the holdings of the American Antiquarian Society, which houses a comprehensive collection of American newspapers through 1876, Series II and Series III also include titles from the acclaimed collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Library of Congress. Bibliographic control for Series II and III's post-1820 titles comes from Winifred Gregory's “American Newspapers 1821-1936: A Union List of Files Available in the United States and Canada.”

All three Early American Newspapers series will share the same America's Historical Newspapers interface, and together they will comprise hundreds of thousands of issues from more than 1,000 titles, totaling more than four million pages. (First release: April 2006)

The trial to Archive of Americana runs through April 16th.


100 Most Often Misspelled Words

Here are the 100 words most often misspelled('misspell' is one of them) as presented by Each word has a mnemonic pill with it and, if you swallow it, it will help you to remember how to spell the word. Master the orthography of the words on this page and reduce the time you spend searching dictionaries by 50%. (From


Thursday, March 23, 2006

New Movie Titles added in time for the Weekend!

Check out these new movie titles:

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones bonus material
Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train
Chicken Little
Paradise Now
The Dying Gaul
The Squid and the Whale


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

New Movie your library!!

Not so spring-like anymore? Weather got ya down? Well, stay in that dorm room with one of the libraries new releases:

Walk the Line
Good Night and Good Luck
A History of Violence
Gargoyles: The complete first season
North Country
Battlestar Galactica 2.0
Nine Lives
Just Like Heaven
Wallace & Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Airplane! "Don't call me Shirley" Edition
Scrubs: Complete first and second seasons
In Her Shoes
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

And so many more!!

Check them out at the CSBSJU Media Catalog


Monday, March 13, 2006

ILL error message

Exceeded limit on ILL requests:

If you see this error message when trying to make an Interlibrary Loan request, please contact library ILL or Circulation staff who can fix it for you quickly.


ILL hint

When making ILL requests from a library database with "FindIt" CSB students, faculty and staff should use the link for College of Saint Benedict, and SJU folks should use the St. John's University link. If you do not use your "home library link" you will not be able to track or renew your requests in Your Borrowing Record in MNPals.


EBSCO's Visual Search

If you haven't had a chance to play around with the new Visual Search feature of EBSCO, you might want to take the time to do so. It uses a proprietary search technology called "Grokker" and creates a visual approach to narrowing subjects.


And so it begins...March Madness!

March Madness

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

"Authentication" puzzling you? We have new Interlibrary Loan forms

Our Interlibrary Loan interface has changed recently. If you are linked to a form that asks you to enter a "User ID" and "Authentication," use your library barcode (not your Banner ID number!) as the User ID, and your last name as your "Authentication."

Requesting materials from other libraries in the MnPALS system can also be a little tricky. Please follow the instructions below.

In the Union Catalog (All MNPals Libraries) or any individual catalog you link to from within the Union Catalog, you must follow this sequence to make an ILL:

1. Select All MNPals Libraries.
2. Select the individual catalog (i.e. SCSU) if you want to limit your search thus.
3. Log on to Your Borrowing Record by clicking on the blue bar at the top of the screen.
4. Then perform your search. When you find something you want to request, go to its full record and
5. Click on ILL Request in the green/gold bar above the record.
6. Fill in the Until What Date (MM/DD/YYYY),
7. Agree to the copyright rules by checking the radio box, and
8. Click "Go."
9. The "Request Confirmation" screen is simply that; you don't have to click "OK." The request is already sent. (If you do click OK, the pop up window simply disappears.)

Interlibrary Loan requests can be monitored by checking Your borrowing Record.

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If a Library Is Bookless, What's In It?

From National Public Radio (NPR), "If a Library Is Bookless, What's In It?" is a 2006 radio program that looks at the role of public libraries in the 21st century, given the advances in information technology. The program focuses on these questions: "What is the library's role -- and who should pay for it?" Includes links to opinions about "bookless libraries" and public library services of the future.

(Copyright © 2005, Librarians' Internet Index, LII.)


Take THAT, Dr. Atkins

Take THAT, Dr. Atkins

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