Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows

Happy Halloween!

A history of Halloween, traced from its origins in the "ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in)" to modern trick-or-treat, jack-o'-lantern, costume, and party activities. Includes creepy video clips, ghost stories, information about pumpkins, White House hauntings, and recipes. From the History Channel.


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Friday, October 30, 2009

New Movie Titles - Oct. 30

Here are the newest titles for Alcuin Library:

Whatever Works
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Half Past Dead
Mary Reilly
In the Loop
Powder Blue
Death Note
Death Note II
Death Note 3: L Change the World
The Country Teacher
Forever Strong
The Paper Chase
Time Bandits
Goal!: The Dream Begins


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Government Document of the Month

Come to the Alcuin Library to view this item.

Theodore Roosevelt and the Dakota Badlands is the Government Document for October. Click here for item location.

Appreciation of the National Parks has been given more attention thanks to Ken Burns' film The National Parks: America's Best Idea. The CSB/SJU library owns the DVD set. Click here for the location information.


Scientific American

For those of you who read the Chronicle of Higher Education, you may have seen the story about librarians outraged at the steep price increase of Scientific American recently. Read it here if you missed it.

While we didn't sign that letter, we did experience the price increases they mention, and are currently still maintaining our subscription to this title. We get the print edition in Alcuin Library, and the online edition via Nature.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stream Ken Burn's Civil War doc - Today!

Did you know that you can stream Ken Burns, "Civil War" through the library's database, American History & Video? It's true! Also showing are newsreels from the early 1940's-1960's; documentaries on jazz, the Alaska Highway, Nixon, Apollo 8, the sixties and much, much more!

American History & Video includes:

Documentaries on historical events, historical people, and key turning points in American history. These documentaries often incorporate contemporaneous footage and photographs; feature interviews with citizens, newsmakers, and other witnesses to history.

, routinely shown before feature films in movie houses, were the only way for citizens to see American and foreign events and news during the pre-television era. With contemporaneous footage and coverage of a wide variety of stories—from war and politics, to fashion and sports, and more—newsreels remain a valuable window on American history, society, and culture.

And much more!

Great source for presentations and research papers!!


Friday, October 23, 2009

New Movie Titles - Oct. 23

Here are the new movie titles for the week!


The Proposal
Gran Torino
Every Little Step
American Violet
First Day of School
Women Behind the Camera
Adventures of Werner Holt


The New Rulers of the World
Bicentennial Man
Blood and Bone
Drag Me To Hell
Cradle 2 the Grave
Logan’s Run
Bones Seasons 1-3
Bones Season Four
Yellow Submarine
Mozart Die Zauberflote
Alexis Krasilovsky’s End of the Art World
In Whose Honor?
Life in Cold Blood


Monday, October 19, 2009

Global Economy in Crisis

The Council on Foreign Relations, "a nonpartisan and independent membership organization", collects publications about the 2008/2009 economic crisis in the U.S. and around the world. The site includes policy papers, statistics, expert briefs and commentary, blog posts, and audio, video, and transcripts of events. In addition to the U.S. economy, you can find pieces about Africa, China, India, Japan, Russia, Turkey, and other countries.


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Friday, October 16, 2009

New Movie Titles - Oct. 16

Here are the newest movies for Alcuin Library:

Wings of Defeat
How to be a Serial Killer
Local Color
An American Werewolf in London
The Grudge 2
Dan Estabrook (The Photographer’s Series)
Todd Hido: Night Studio
Michael Kenna: Half Light
Ken Burns The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup
The Life of Mammals
Anvil: The Story of Anvil
The Girlfriend Experience
The Messenger
Event Horizon
Cyborg 009:The Battle Begins
Cyborg 009:Good vs. Evil


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chemistry of Autumn Colors

Want to know why leaves turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red during the fall?

On this site from a University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry professor, he briefly describes the chemical process that occurs each fall when the leaves of plants in the Northern Hemisphere change colors.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Joel Cherrico Art Installation

All members of the CSB/SJU campus community are invited to an opening reception celebrating the art installation "Mindscape" by student Joel Cherrico, Friday October 16, 4pm, Clemens Library. Refreshments provided. Joel's work will be installed in Clemens Library from October 12 through November 13.


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). NBCAM educates women about the importance of early detection. More and more women are getting mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. As a result, breast cancer deaths are on the decline. Encourage the women in your life to get mammograms on a regular basis.

To learn more visit:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Foundation
National Cancer Institute


Monday, October 12, 2009

Need more info about the Flu?

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides links to information about influenza from a variety of federal government offices. Topics include general questions and answers, vaccine availability, prevention, treatment, pandemic flu, and planning for businesses, communities, schools, transportation, and hospitals. The "About the Flu" section includes information about H1N1 (Swine Flu) and H5N1 (Bird Flu).

Also, check out the library's database, Consumer Health Complete, which is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.


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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Free Coffee and Muffins at Alcuin

Wake up and smell the coffee! and then get it for free at Alcuin Library on Monday mornings between 8 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The library is providing free coffee or tea, and muffins. If you need a little extra motivation to get up and study for that test or work on that paper, then make it over to the Alcuin Library and get your java jolt and maybe a little sustenance, again, all for free.


Monday, October 05, 2009

AdViews: Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials

Now, more than 1,500 historic TV commercials from the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History in the Duke University Special Collections Library are available on iTunes U in a collection called “AdViews,” viewable at

The first 1,500 digitized television commercials, mostly from the 1950s and 1960s, are part of the Hartman Center’s D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B) advertising agency archive. It includes 12,000 commercials total, some produced as recently as the late 1980s. Duke Libraries plans to make the remaining commercials available by the end of 2009.

Read entire article about project at:


Friday, October 02, 2009

Library Hours - Free Days and Long Weekend

Library Hours - Free Days and Long Weekend
Wednesday, October 7th – Friday, October 9th: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday, October 10th: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, October 11th: 6:00pm – 12 Midnight

The BAC Music Library will be closed.


Reception for Faculty Book Authors October 6

All faculty, staff and students are invited to a reception honoring faculty who have published a book in 2008 or 2009. The Library is joining the Bookstore and Literary Arts Institute in celebrating the accomplishments of writers among us. Please come congratulate these authors October 6, 4:00 pm, Mary Commons CSB.

New Movie Titles - Oct. 2

Here they are for this past week:

Alcuin Library:

Second Skin
How I Met Your Mother: The Awesome Season 4
Away We Go
House M.D.: Season Five
Supernatural: The Complete Third Season
Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season

Clemens Library:

The Office Season Four
The Office Season Five
House Season Five
Monsters vs. Aliens
Afghanistan Unveiled
Filth & Wisdom


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