Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Meet the Librarians - Jim Parsons!

Meet Jim Parsons, the Associate Director for Public Services. He is the liaison librarian to the Chemistry, Nursing, and Nutrition departments. We asked him a few questions, and this is what he shared!

1) What was your favorite food when you were a child?
Hmmm – I was a macaroni and cheese guy when I was quite young, which is really quite boring. My mom’s oatmeal cookies were a staple through my teen years. Strange snack favorite was Miracle Whip on saltine crackers. Yum!

2) What is one of your favorite quotes?
“A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things.” --Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

3) What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Taking out the garbage, during the cold winter months.

4) What is your favorite form of exercise?
Bike riding – I get out as often as I can, weather permitting.

5) If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
Don’t know. Every age I’ve been so far has been a lot of fun!

6) If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
I suppose I’d have to tell my wife…

7) If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
I’ve always thought Gandalf was a pretty cool character.

8) What do you want to be when you grow up?
Not sure I will ever grow up. Do I have to?

9) What would you name the autobiography of your life?
“Unfinished” – although I bet that title is already spoken for.

10) What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Having grown up in the Detroit area in the 60’s and 70’s, I would include a lot of Motown.

11) At what age did you become an adult?
Not entirely sure that I have – is that a problem?

Contact Jim at when you need help with your research.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Useful Internet Sites for You

Access your files anywhere, anytime without having to use a USB drive, e-mail yourself attachments, or use networked file sharing. Sound good? It is! Dropbox is a terrific solution to accessing your files on multiple computers, your mobile phone, and online anytime. It’s as simple and straightforward to use as dragging and dropping them into your Dropbox.

According to Word Spy, this site is “devoted to lexpionage, the sleuthing of new words and phrases.” Terms that appear on the page have already begun to crop up in magazines, newspapers, websites and other recorders of current events. The words are a great insight into contemporary pre-occupations and offer useful jumping off points for discussions about current events, slang and how language evolves for our needs. Some recent entries, such as recession chic, carborexia and trashout, reflect how writers are discussing the nation’s economic troubles.

Friday, September 23, 2011

New Movie Titles - Sept. 23

Alcuin Library:

Everything Must Go
X-Men: First Class
Wrong Side of the Bus
Two and a Half Men: The Complete Eighth Season
The Office: Season Seven
Community: The Complete Second Season
Trittico. Gianni Schicchi
A looming crisis
A world of ideas
The Best of Global Lens: Brazil
Dear Uncle Adolf: The Germans and Their Fuhrer
The Kennedys

Clemens Library:
Glee 2nd season
Grey’s Anatomy 7th season

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Celebrate Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read! Each library has on display books that have been banned or challenged for one reason or another.

What's the difference? A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.

Check out the books on display at Clemens Library here.

To learn more visit the American Library Associations website.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Like us on Facebook!

Join the library's Facebook page and keep up to date on the latest news here at the library and around campus! Ask a question and connect with other folks that like the library's!


Database Spotlight: New York Times- Historical

Historical New York Times provides you archival access to easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time, from 1851 to 2007 (another year's text is added each year).

Read about:

Lizzie Borden
The Beatles
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Iraq War
And more!

You can limit your search results by date range and document type.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!


Friday, September 16, 2011

New Movie Titles - Sept. 16

Alcuin Library:

Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Pulling John
Plunder: The Crime Of Our Time
The Perfect Host
Forks Over Knives
The 5th Quarter
Sons of Anarchy (Season 3)
If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
House (Season 7)
In A Better World
King Lear

Clemens Library:

Queen to Play
Gossip Girl Season 4
New York I Love You
Le Japon, L’Empereur Et L’Armee
I’m Just Anneke: The Family Journey
White Teeth
Miss Representation

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cool Apps: Google Sky Map

Google Sky Map is an app built for both the iPhone and the Droid. With Google Sky Map you can discover and browse the night sky just by pointing your phone to space (even if you're inside!).

The four main features of this app are:

Search: Find planets, stars, and constellations guided by your phone.

Motion detection: Sky Map uses your phone’s GPS, accelerometer, and compass to create a window in the sky that moves with your hand.

Browse: Explore the brightest naked-eye stars, planets, sun and moon, constellation lines, horizon, cardinal points, and Messier Objects.

Navigate: Use automatic mode to let Sky Map adjust the map for you or switch to a manual mode that allows the map to be dragged with a finger.

Learn more here.

For those that don't have a smartphone, you can always use Google Sky.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

MN Women's Legislative Timeline

Can you name the first four women to serve in the Minnesota Legislature?
Or, who was the first African American woman to serve in the Minnesota
Legislature? Did you know that in 1977, Minnesota became the first state to
give financial support to battered women's shelters? Minnesota Legislative
Reference Library in conjunction with the Office on the Economic Status of
Women has just unveiled a Legislative History Timeline that identifies key
laws passed for women since suffrage in 1920. While it is not a comprehensive
list of women’s legislation it does highlight key milestones in areas such as
economics, social issues, and employment.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Browse DVD Titles Online

Want to browse new titles in the DVD collection from the comfort of your home? Do you prefer to look at DVD covers rather than titles in a list? Want to see the newest of the new?

Then check out the DVD Browser (located on the library's homepage, left column). You can get links to reviews as well as check to see the location and availability of the movie.

Happy Browsing!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Need a Monday Jolt?

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.


Thursday, September 08, 2011

Clemens & Alcuin Reads: Remember 9/11

Clemens and Alcuin Library has on display books to mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. The displays feature memoirs, photo books, conspiracies, terrorism and much more. To see the Alcuin Reads list of books click here; Clemens Reads list can be found here.

We would love to hear from you. Post a comment as to where you were when you heard about the events that were unfolding on that tragic day.

9/11 by the Numbers

The initial numbers are indelible: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. From there, they ripple out.
• Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819
• Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
• Number of NYPD officers: 23
• Number of Port Authority police officers: 37
• Number of WTC companies that lost people: 60
• Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402
• Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614
• Number of employees lost at Cantor Fitzgerald: 658
• Number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom: 22
• Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115
• Bodies found "intact": 289
• Body parts found: 19,858
• Number of families who got no remains: 1,717
• Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609
• Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051
• Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks: 20
• Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124
• Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99
• Point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average when the NYSE reopened: 684.81
• Days after 9/11 that the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan: 26
• Total number of hate crimes reported to the Council on American-Islamic Relations nationwide since 9/11: 1,714
(read more statistics at

Other sites of interest:


Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Web of Science & IE9

Seems that Internet Explorer 9 users are unable to see search results in Web of Science unless running in "compatibility view."

There is a quick fix for this, and it involves clicking on “Tools” and then checking “Compatibility View”.

Note that you also might not see the Tools menu, which appears to have been disabled by default on campus computers. To enable this, right-click on the very top of your IE browser window and make sure “Menu bar” is enabled.


Monday, September 05, 2011

Hey did you know...?

You can request books from the other library?

Find out how here.

Still need help? Ask a Librarian.


Text Reference Questions!

Text csbsju to 66746. You'll receive a text message back:

1.Reply to this text w/ your question or msg
2.Save 66746 in ur phone as "csbsju" in case you are asked for it later

Reply with your reference question.

Photo by Juli (CC)


Friday, September 02, 2011

New Movie Titles - Alcuin Only

Here are the new movie titles that Alcuin Library received this summer:

Barton Fink
24: Season Eight
The Way Of The Gun
The Age Of Stupid
The Rite
The Mechanic
The Green Hornet
Gulliver's Travel
I Am Number Four
True Blood: The Complete Third Season
Swamp People: Season 1
Bioneers : revolution from the heart of nature
Global corporate citizenship
Stonewall uprising
State of fear
The prairie chicken in Minnesota
True Grit
Cold Mountan
Human Planet
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
The Eagle
The Closer – The Complete Sixth Season
Of Gods and Men
Les Visiteurs (Poire') The Visitors
Delicatessen (Caro and Jeunet)
Hall Pass
The Adjustment Bureau
Barney's Version
The Company Men
Christopher & His Kind
Mission possible : cradle-to-cradle design
John Dominic Crossan with John Dart : an interview with John Dominic Crossan
Green fire
Albert Herring
This side of Eden
The shot : shooting drills & techniques / Steve Alford
Moving without the ball / Steve Alford
The great sopranos, 1950-1963
Nostalgia de la luz (Nostalgia for the light)
Panama Canal : gateway to the American century
Writ writer
Bag it
Steve Alford's ultimate guard development drills
42 advanced ball handling drills for the serious player
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
American: The Bill Hicks Story
Black Girl/Borom Sarret
Entourage Season 7
True Grit (1969)
Psych: The Complete Fifth Season
Doctor Who: Series Six, Part One
Winter in Wartime
Source Code
Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
The Lincoln Lawyer
Dive!: Living Off America's Waste
13 Assassins
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill A Mockingbird
The Perfect Game
The Music Never Stopped
Dexter: The Fifth Season
Win Win
The Beaver
The Bang Bang Club
Meet Monica Velour
The Conspirator
That's What I Am
The Grace Card
The Shining (1980-Special Edition)
A Screaming Man (Une Homme Qui Cre)

New Movie Titles - Clemens Only

Here are the new movies that Clemens Library received over the summer:

Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority
Ika Hands
Blue Valentine
Thin Ice
Ancestors in the Americas: Parts 1 & 2
Cape No. 7
The Emperor’s Naked Army
If You Are The One
Men Are Human, Women Are Buffalo
My Perestroika
Out At Work
Gender Me
Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity
In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
Freedom Riders
Gnomeo & Juliet
No Strings Attached
A Journey to Darfur
The “Purple” House Conversations
An African Answer
Lebanon, Pa.
Chinatown: Strangers in a Strange Land
The China Question
A History of Chinese American Achievement
Making Stuff
Queen of the Lot
Laramie Inside Out
Heart of the Sea
MIRAL – subtitled: Is This the Face of a Terrorist?
Life During Wartime
Desert Flower
Lord Teach Us to Pray
Soldiers of Peace
Jumping the Broom