Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Books on CD at Clemens Library

Have a long drive ahead of you? Sick of the radio? Why not try a Book on CD available at Clemens Library! Here are some of our recent additions to the collection:

The Big Over Easy
The God of Animals
Lostin a Good Book
Spook Country
Well of Lost Plots
The Yiddish Policemen's Union

See what else we have available at:

Staff Picks

Tired of working on your research paper?

Take a break and check out the latest offerings of fiction and non-fiction books available on each campus by looking at Alcuin and Clemens Reads! On the pictures you can move your mouse over the books to read about them and get a link to our catalog.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Librarian's Choice: Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm

Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm

Thank you to S. Stefanie for calling Dog Days to my attention! Dog Days is Jon Katz's chronicle of his life on Bedlam farm with four dogs, a flock of sheep, and a small menagerie of other animals including Mother, a barn cat, and Winston the rooster. Yes, Dog Days is a feel-good dog book, but it is much more than that. As Katz describes his daily life on on Bedlam Farm with his animals, the high points and the low, he reflects on the nature of both animals and humans. Katz's insights, while not surprising, are reaffirming and listening to the book is a centering experience. The audio version, read by Tom Stechschulte, is superb and is on order for the libraries.

- Tom Nichol

Friday, October 26, 2007

New Movie Titles - Oct. 26, 2007

For those not going to the big football game this weekend, check out the newest additions to our collection! My recommendation from this list would be to watch "Crazy Love". It is a great and interesting documentary, about a man who hires men to throw lye on the love of his life, and after 13 years in jail they end up getting married.

Alcuin Library:

The Great Outdoors
Hellsing Ultimate Vol. 1
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
The Jazz Singer
Rosario Tijeras
Rome: The Complete Second Season
Sopranos: Season Six Part II
The Refusal
Crazy Love
Queen of the Damned
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
The Treatment
Mr. Brooks

Clemens Library:

The Refusal


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Librarian's Choice: Team of Rivals

Team of Rivals

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s focus in this major biography of Abraham Lincoln is Lincoln’s consummate skill in bringing his opponents together in his cabinet for the common good and for the preservation of the Union. The book is also a finely crafted portrait of Lincoln in which Goodwin corrects popular misconceptions without ever being heavy-handed. Her great accomplishment is leaving the reader with the deep sense of Lincoln as a man who not only had the courage to stand by his decisions, but also the humility to change his mind when he had important new insights. Team of Rivals runs to more than 900 pages, but it is worth the time, every minute of it. Read it in paper or listen to it on CD.

- Tom Nichol

Monday, October 22, 2007

American Writers

This C-SPAN series examines the lives and works of selected American writers and explores their influence on Americans today. On the companion web site, you'll find detailed biographical and historical background for each featured author. We learned about the journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition, experienced the world of Harriet Beecher Stowe while she was writing Uncle Tom's Cabin, and explored the Declaration of Independence and other documents written by founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Jump in and take an in-depth look at 45 American writers who helped shape a nation.

(From Refdesk.)

(Internet Resources)

Essentials of Music

Whether you're a casual listener or a serious music student, here's the site for basic information about classical music. Created in cooperation with W.W. Norton & Company, it's built around Essential Classics, the series specially designed to introduce you to the best music of every period. All through the site you'll find almost 200 excerpts from Essential Classics. This W.W. Norton site offers overviews of the six main periods in music history, biographies of nearly 70 composers, and a glossary with 200 definitions with numerous musical examples in RealAudio.

(From Refdesk.)

(Internet Resources)

JSTOR now links to ARTStor!

Now, when you are searching for articles in JSTOR, you can link directly to images in ARTStor. This great new feature will promote cross-disciplinary study and enhance your article searches with cross-indexed visual material.

(Research Databases)

Friday, October 19, 2007

New Movie Titles - Oct. 19, 2007

Have a movie suggestion? Let us know by posting a comment below!

For Alcuin Library
Flesh & Blood
Tierney Geardon: The Mother Project
Show Business
The Harder They Come
A Mighty Heart
The Hoax
The Mothman Prophecies
Black Sheep

Clemens Library:
30 Days Season One
Connections 1
Do You Speak American?
Hercules (Disney version)
Surf’s UP
A Mighty Heart


Thursday, October 11, 2007

New Movie Titles- Oct. 12, 2007

Some of these titles are ready to view at Clemens Library (all should be by next week):

The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton
5 Girls
30 Days: Season 1
The Narrow Path
Foot Binding
John Tucker Must Die
Surf’s Up

For Alcuin viewing:

Nomad: The Warrior
Vanishing Point
Los Olvidados
30 Rock: Season 1
Horatio Hornblower
The Crazy Stranger
How I Met Your Mother: Season Two
The War
Facing the Giants
Man Push Cart
Evan Almighty
Reign Over Me
28 Weeks Later
12:08 East of Bucharest


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Thursday, October 04, 2007

New: Oxford Language Dictionaries

We're got a new subscription to the latest offering from Oxford University Press, the Oxford Language Dictionaries Online.

Here's the description from the publisher:

Welcome to Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (OLDO), a complete toolkit for language users, from learners to professionals, providing unparalleled language coverage and learning support via instant access to Oxford's top-of-the-range, unabridged bilingual dictionaries.

Initially offering millions of words, phrases, and translations, in French, German, Spanish and Italian, the site will expand to include many other languages such as Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Polish. Included are usage examples and illustrative phrases, grammar guidance, click-through verb tables and pronunciation charts, explanations of grammatical terms, and help with spelling and punctuation. Also included are hundreds of correspondence templates including sample letters, CVs and resumes to provide practical help with writing in each language. Contextualized language reference help includes notes on life and culture, guidance on grammar and idiomatic usage, and Words of the Day. Updates every six months ensure that the most current meanings and the latest new words are just a click away. Advanced search options allow users to search the full text of each dictionary, or restrict a search to specific parts of speech or language register. Extensive links to language learning and usage supplements provide a 'learn as you go' gateway to further language study. Citation information is available for all entries. Coming soon: revolutionary pronunciation software allowing users to hear how words sound.


Monday, October 01, 2007

News from the Library Director: It's really that simple

It’s Really That Simple

The highly regarded film actor, novelist, and director Ethan Hawke was recently interviewed by the New York Times Magazine. When asked about what kind of advice he gives his children, he responded “I tell them the more you read, the more intelligent you are. It’s really that simple.”

If you’d like to expand your reading beyond the requirements of your coursework, the Library offers something for everyone. Do you want an intriguing novel? How about Julian Barnes’ Arthur & George, a philosophical mystery featuring Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, and an Anglo-Indian civil servant. Or Allegra Goodman’s Intuition, about a cancer researcher swept up by politics and ambition. If you prefer non-fiction, Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes From a Catastrophe collects conversations with scientists on global climate change. Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between recounts his walk across Afghanistan in the winter of 2002. Short on time? How about some short stories by Edward P. Jones or Mary Gordon. Or drop by the Libraries’ magazine lounges and check out some of the fine writing in the Atlantic, National Geographic, or the New York Times Magazine. If you want to read, we’ve got something for you. It’s really that simple.

Kathy Parker
College of St. Benedict/St. John's University