Friday, December 17, 2010

Winter Break -- Library Hours

The Libraries will have shortened hours over the Winter Break and be closed December 23rd – January 2nd. For a complete list of dates and times click:

The BAC Music Library will be CLOSED.

New Movie Titles - Dec. 17

Clemens Library:

The Ape So Human
The Empty ATM
Cowboys In Paradise
Shrek Forever After
Charlie Brown Christmas
Tough Guise
Dreamworlds 3

Alcuin Library:

The Other Guys
The Town
Exit Through the Gift Shop

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Federal Depository Library Program Survey

Alcuin Library is part of the Federal Depository Library Program. This means that the CSB/SJU community and members of the local community have access to government resources both in print and electronic format. Please contact Amy Springer if you have questions about accessing government information.

The Federal Depository Library Program has requested feedback from users.

Please help shape the future of the Federal Depository Library Program by completing this survey.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Avoid Library Fines!!

To avoid fines please return all library items before leaving for break! If you would like to take books home with you over break they need to be renewed.

Library books for undergraduate students not renewed are due by Thursday, December 16, 2010. Replacement costs will be billed for any books not returned.

Need help renewing?

Go to or check out the video tutorial on Renewing Books.

If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact the Circulation Offices at 363-5604 (CSB) or 363-2120 (SJU).


Friday, December 10, 2010

New Movie Titles - Dec. 10

Alcuin Library:

The Godfather
Wuthering Heights
Killing Us Softly 4
Remember Me
Shogun Assassin
Nature’s Most Amazing Events
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Haunting


Thursday, December 09, 2010

Social Explorer

The library has subscribed to "Social Explorer", a web site for accessing social data via maps and reports.

Here's the description from the publisher:

Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to modern and historical census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create fast, intuitive, and illustrative maps and reports to help visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history. An invaluable repository of information, the site currently includes data from the entire US Census from 1790 to 2000, all annual updates from the American Community Survey to 2008, original Census tract-level estimates for 2006 and 2007, the Religious Congregations and Membership Study from 1980 to 2000, and 2002 Carbon Emissions Data from the Vulcan Project. More than just a data source, Social Explorer offers a high level of functionality and control. Users can customize, save, print, and email maps and reports, and export them to a variety of programs and statistical packages for further analysis and use in reports and presentations. The site is updated continuously with new data and features. The 2010 US Census will be available shortly after its release in 2011. A full and complete reference of historical and modern census data, Social Explorer is an end-to-end solution that meets the needs of researchers and scholars without sacrificing ease of use for non-experts.


Social Explorer was first conceived in 1999 with the mission to build the most informative and easiest to use demographics website in the world. In order to present a clean and simple interface for all users to display and extract information, Social Explorer undertakes massive data operations—5 trillion CPU operations for one census alone. The site first launched in 2003 and became available via subscription in 2007. Social Explorer is now the busiest demographics site on the net today, with users from around the world creating over 2.5 million maps each year. In order to advance Social Explorer’s mission, Oxford University Press partnered with Social Explorer in 2010 to use its expertise selling and marketing online products to enable Social Explorer to expand and enhance the features, functionality, and data on this award-winning site, and reach a larger audience.

Social Explorer is led by Andrew A. Beveridge, a Professor of Sociology at Queens College and at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Since 1993, he has served as a consultant to the New York Times on issues of demographic and social change. In 2007, Beveridge received the Public Understanding of Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association for his efforts to bring social scientific perspectives to the public understand of contemporary issues. Together with a permanent staff, Beveridge and his team work to continually update the site with additional data and new features.

Key features include:
• Contains the entire US Census history from 1790 to 2000, the American Community Survey, and the Religious Congregations and Membership Study from 1980 to 2000 – the most complete census data available on religion in the US
• All annual updates from the American Community Survey to 2008
• Original Census tract-level estimates for 2006 and 2007
• 2002 Carbon Emissions Data from the Vulcan Project
• 39 billion data points, 200,000 variables, and 15,000 interactive maps
• Thematic and interactive maps make it easy to visually explore the entire US census history
• Create reports at the state, county, census tract, block group, and zip code level
• Reports automatically calculate aggregates, percentages, and medians, to save time and eliminate error
• Automatically create slideshows from maps
• “You Are Here” bar allows users to return to the previous step while creating reports
• Online tutorials guide you through the site
• Maps are interactive and easily navigable and incorporate a find tool to instantly locate addresses, cities, zip codes, and towns


Finals Week -- Library Hours

Monday, December 13 (Study Day) – Wednesday, December 15: 8:00am – 1:00am.

Thursday, December 16 – Friday, December 17: 8:00am – 4:30pm

Saturday, December 18 – Sunday, December 19: CLOSED

For Winter Break Hours:


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

ProQuest interface changes

ProQuest has released substantial changes to their user interface, improving and modernizing the look and functionality. The following databases have the new interface:

American Periodicals Series
Applied Social Sciences & Abstracts
Index Islamicus
PAIS International
Philosopher’s Index
ProQuest Historical Newspapers (NYT, Washington Post)
ProQuest NewsStand
ProQuest Nursing
ProQuest Religion
Sociological Abstracts

Please let us know what you think of the new interface -- enjoy!


Monday, December 06, 2010

Need last minute help?

If you need last minute research help, schedule an individual research appointment with a librarian! Librarians will help you evaluate sources, find scholarly sources, and can even take a look at your works cited page!

Sign up for an appointment today!


Friday, December 03, 2010

New Movie Titles - Dec. 3

Alcuin Library:

Magic Flute
Grown Ups
Tin Man (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition) (2007)
Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks)
Wuthering Heights
The Disappearance Of Alice Creed
Men Of A Certain Age: The Complete First Season
The Expendables
South Of The Border
The Pillars Of The Earth
I’m Still Here
The Extra Man
The Pacific
The Special Relationship
Knight And Day
Walt & El Grupo
Waking Sleeping Beauty
Rebel Music - The Bob Marley Story
Wuthering Heights

Clemens Library:

Jean-Michael Basquiat
Eat, Pray, Love
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Ramona and Beezus
The Sky Below
Life In Occupied Palestine
The Double Burden
Love, Ses, Aur Dhoka
The Lottery
Reefer Madness
Dancing Dreams
Three Colors : Blue
Three Colors: Red
Three Colors: White
Modern Times
The Story of Jacob and Joseph
The Power of One
Countdown To Zero
The Winning Season
My Best Girl
Cairo Time
Going The Distance

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Trial: Film & Television Literature Index

The library is running a 1-month trial to Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text.

** Try it now ** and let us know what you think about it.

Here's EBSCO's description of this database:


Film & Television Literature Index™ with Full Text is the definitive online tool for film and television research. It is a comprehensive bibliographic and full-text database covering the entire spectrum of television and film.

Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. The database provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 380 publications (and selected coverage of nearly 300), as well as full text for more than 100 journals and 100 books. In addition, Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to present and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive.



Government Resources on AIDS/HIV

Today is World AIDS Day.

Here are some government resources for finding out more on HIV/AIDS issues and prevention.

Government websites
*Testing, treatment, and prevention educational materials
*Immigration policy information
*Incarceration policy information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: HIV/AIDS
*Daily news
*Brochures and fact sheets

MedlinePlus: AIDS
*Videos and tutorials.
*Research information
*Latest news
*Treatment Information

Obama's presidential proclamation for World AIDS Day 2009
*Commitment to combating the disease on a national and global level
*Statistics and information on the PEPFAR program

Food & Drug Administration: HIV and AIDS Medicines to Help You
*Information on the various drug options
*Drug Risks and Side Effects

National HIV and STD testing Resources
*Search by zip code to find the nearest testing site
*FAQs about HIV testing

E-Government Documents
Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990

Methamphetamine Use and Risk for HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS among Youth

A glance at the HIV/AIDS epidemic