Friday, December 22, 2006

Staff Picks: National Atlas of the United States

You've seen other atlases. They're typically big books of paper maps. The National Atlas of the United States has pages available on the Internet whenever you need them. This is a new portrayal of America in maps. We use new technologies, but we honor traditions of accuracy, reliability, and innovation. You've found the single best Federal source for national maps and geographic information on the Web. The people and places of the United States are here.



Reference Resources: American Rhetoric

American Rhetoric is an index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video(streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.



Internet Resources: is a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc. The religions of the world
are enumerated here.



Events: New Movies, Jan. 12, 2007

Even while you were home resting, the library never stopped working! Here is a list of movies that we got over break:

Sir! No Sir!
All the King’s Men
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
National Lampoon’s Animal House
Order in Chaos
G3 Live in Concert
Last Days on Earth
Walt Disney’s Legacy Collection vol. 1-4
Lust for Life
The Sopranos : The Complete Fifth Season
Brideshead Revisited
The Illusionist
Conversations with Other Women
An Everlasting Piece
America: Freedom to Fascism
Snakes on a Plane
Jet Li’s Fearless
Big Love
Step up
A Scanner Darkly
Monty Python’s Holy Grail
When the Levees Broke
Little Miss Sunshine
Mission: Impossible
Mission: Impossible 2

Friday, December 15, 2006

Events: New Movies, Dec. 15, 2006

Here is the list of the latest movies the library has received:

The L Word: The complete 3rd season
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
The Devil Wears Prada
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
World Trade Center

Make sure you return all movies you check-out before going home for the holidays! Avoid Fines!!!


Thursday, December 14, 2006

Staff Picks: Jet Setting Is For the Young

"As most jet setters know, life in the fast lane exacts a high price. Any departure from usual day/night routine can play havoc with biological clocks and lead to chronic jetlag. Now, a new study in mice suggests that jetlag--and analogous conditions suffered by shift workers and others--might be more than just a nuisance but a serious danger to health."

Read more of this article at


Staff Picks: Testing Boosts Memory

Just in time for final exams...

"Students who break into a cold sweat at the thought of a pop quiz might feel better once they learn about a side effect of test-taking: The practice appears to enhance memory, possibly even more than studying. What's more, according to a new study, testing also helps students remember material that wasn't on the exam in the first place."

Read more of this article at


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Reference Resources: Facial Expressions Are All in the Family

"In his 1872 book The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals, Charles Darwin related an interesting case described to him by his cousin, twin researcher Sir Francis Galton: A man had a habit of raising his right arm while asleep and letting his wrist fall heavily on the bridge of his nose. Years after the man's death, his son was found to do the same."

Read more of this article at ScienceNow.


Reference Resources: A Stimulating Slumber

"Each night as you sleep, your brain buzzes with electrical activity. Neuroscientists suspect that that this activity helps solidify memories formed during the day. Now, they've bolstered their case: for the first time, researchers have shown that electrically stimulating the brain during sleep can enhance memory performance the following day."

Read more of this article at ScienceNow.


Events: New Books on CD

Clemens Library has the following new books on CD for you to enjoy!

The list below contains the book title and the author:

Snow Blind ~ P.J. Tracy
The Things They Carried ~ Tim O’Brien
Gospel Birds and other stories ~ Garrison Keillor
The Shape Shifter ~ John Le Carre
When Madeline was Young ~ Jane Hamilton
The Road ~ Cormac McCarthy
The Painted Drum ~ Louise Erdrich
The Great Gatsby ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
Suite Francaise ~ Irene Nemirovsky
Thirteen Moons ~ Charles Frazier
Four Souls & Two Tracks ~ Louise Erdrich

Some of them can be found in the display "Clemens Reads" (across from the circulation desk). We also have a link that you can use to see if any of the titles listed below are available:
MnPals Books on CD.

Loan period is the same as books (28 days).


Friday, December 08, 2006

Events: New Movies, Dec 8, 2006

Here are your new movie titles for the week:

Saturday Night Live: The Complete First Season
No More to Say & Nothing to Weep For: An Elegy for Allen Ginsberg
The Governess
24: Season 5
Miami Vice
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
The Conformist

Reviews (if available) were provided by Feel free to provide your own review of these movies or any others that the library has!


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Events: Copiers that Scan (*FREE*) @ your Library

We would like to announce some changes to the public copiers in the Alcuin and Clemens libraries::

- color copies at 25 cents/page
- black and white copies at 10 cents/page
- free scanning!

We're especially excited about the last item! Faculty, students, staff, visitors, etc., can utilize the scan function of the new copier/scanner and send the file - pdf or tff- to their email account. The scanner is rated at 28 pages/minute, and is fairly easy to use. (Please feel free to ask any member of our library staff if you would like a quick overview). Our goals are to offer a no-cost option for "copying" and reduce paper consumption.

This same machine also produces color copies at 25 cents per page.

One "quirk" of the scanning system: the machine requires a quarter (25 cents) to activate the scanning option. Once the user has completed his/her scanning, depressing the coin return will "refund" the quarter. (A dollar bill can also be used…but the coin return will only refund 75 cents.) As you might expect, we will maintain a supply of quarters at the circulation desk!


Reference Resources: Pearl Harbor Day Interviews

Listen to recordings and read transcripts of interviews representing "approximately twelve hours of opinions recorded in the days and months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor from more than two hundred individuals in cities and towns across the United States." Searchable, and browsable by name, subject, title, or geographic location. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.

(Copyright © 2006, Librarians' Internet Index)


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Staff Picks: Gorillas May Have Played Role in AIDS

"The origin of HIV has been a mystery since 1984, when researchers first conclusively showed that it causes AIDS. Over the past 20 years, evidence has accumulated that points to Africa and a similar virus in chimpanzees. Many scientists suspect that the chimp virus jumped into humans who hunt and butcher these great apes. Now a group led by virologist Martine Peeters of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Montpellier, France, has found that gorillas may have played a supporting role in the origin of the AIDS epidemic."

To read more of this article go to


Reference Resources: Timeline of Art History

The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.



Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Internet Resources: Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of
the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO
Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access
provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides
a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.



Monday, December 04, 2006

Staff Picks: Money and Me, Me, Me

"It's often said that money changes people. Now a team of experimental psychologists has found that just thinking of money changes people. With money on their minds, experimental subjects became more focused on themselves--in both good ways and bad."

Read more of the article at


Staff Picks: Romance in America

From Pew Internet and American Life Project, this report concludes, "Most young singles in America do not describe themselves as actively looking for romantic partners. Even those who are seeking relationships are not dating frequently. About half (49%) had been on no more than one date in the previous three months." Read more from the report by clicking on the link above.

(Copyright © 2006, Librarians' Internet Index)


Friday, December 01, 2006

Events: New Movie Releases- Dec. 1, 2006

If given, I've linked our new DVD titles to the review from


Seinfeld: Season 7
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema
Inspector Lewis
The Groomsmen
Clerks II
Superman Returns
Take My Eyes (Te Doy Mis Ojos)
The Ant Bully
Been Rich All My Life
You, Me and Dupree
Wassup Rockers
Ice Age: The Meltdown
An Inconvenient Truth


Events: World Aids Day- December 1, 2006

The theme for World AIDS Day 2006 is accountability.

New reports by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that, as of 2006, the epidemic continues to spread in every region of the world. By now more than 65 million people have been infected with HIV and well over 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981, 2.9 million in 2006 alone. At this rate, the WHO predicts that in the next 25 years another 117 million people will die, making AIDS the third leading cause of death worldwide.

The theme of accountability was developed by the World AIDS Campaign support team based on their ongoing work around World AIDS Day, and based on the outcomes of the London HIV and AIDS Campaigning and Advocacy meeting in February 2005. A number of lessons have been learnt from previous work on World AIDS Day, and far more energy is being invested early in the year to make World AIDS Day 2006 a success. The most significant aspect of this World AIDS Day is the degree to which it has been based around the inputs of a wide range of civil society partners.(From UNAIDS.)

Alcuin Library has more information about AIDS/HIV as well as other sexually transmitted diseases in the display cases in the Government Document area on the Upper Level.

Other websites to find out more information: