Monday, January 30, 2012

Exhibits in the library

A new exhibit has gone up recently at the Clemens Library about the Phi Beta Kappa society. The exhibit includes photographs of CSB/SJU faculty who are members of the society. It also includes a series of prints about Phi Beta Kappa. Come take a look.

Also, the “Mask”Ulinity 101 exhibit is still up at the Alcuin Library but will be coming down in the next week. If you haven’t had a chance to see it, please do so.


Information Literacy Faculty Award

The Library is dedicated to helping the students of the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University to become lifelong learners. Alcuin and Clemens Library would like to recognize faculty members who have notably contributed to promoting information literacy within the current academic year with an annual Information Literacy Faculty Award. Any member of the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University faculty is eligible. Nominations will be accepted from self-nominators, other faculty members, librarians, and students.

The winner of the award will receive:
• Award recipient's name noted in a book, purchased on their behalf for inclusion in the Library collection
• An individual plaque of recognition
• $100 towards research expenses
• Award recipient announced at the Academic Affairs Awards and Recognition Ceremony
• Recognition on the Library’s blog and in the Library’s departmental newsletters

More information can be found here.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Need a Caffeine Fix?

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.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Movie Titles

Clemens Library:

I Don’t Know How She Does It
Higher Ground
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Alcuin Library:

The Guard
Justified Season Two
Higher Ground
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
I Don’t Know How She Does It
Shameless Season One
Boardwalk Empire Season One
Killer Elite

Database Spotlight: Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete (CHC) 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.

Content includes:
  • More than 2,350 Health Daily videos from NBC Digital Health Network
  • Hundreds of medical images and diagrams
  • More than 240 animations (with audio narration)
  • Plus much more!
Popular titles:
  • Mayo Clinic Family Health Book
  • Mayo Clinic Guide to Women's Cancers
  • Oxford Handbook of Child Nutrition
  • And many more!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Do you want a book? Movie?

Do you want the library to order a book or movie? Then suggest it to us for purchase! Fill out the book request form if you think a book or DVD needs to be added to our collection. You can also leave comments on the blog!

You use the collection so help us decide what goes into it!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wikipedia Blackout!

What is SOPA and PIPA? Learn more here.


Cool Tools: is a web based word processor for people to collaborate in real-time. When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone's screen. The result is a new and productive way to collaborate with text documents, useful for meeting notes, brainstorming, project planning, training, and more.

Once you've started your document it is assigned a unique url that you can share with anyone you want to collaborate with. gives each person his or her own text color so that you can keep track of who wrote what.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Download eBooks!

Did you know that you can download eBooks at Ebsco to your Nook or iPad? Learn how here. We also have a Kindle (only at Clemens Library) and iPads (one at each library) available for check out.


New Movie Titles

Clemens Library:

Japan’s Killer Quake
Tanner Hall
An Encounter with Simone Weil
Kung Fu Panda 2
It’s Elementary

Alcuin Library:

The Children of Huang Shi
Fright Night
The Music Lovers
The Clay Bird
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Family Guy Vol 9
Orgasm Inc
Women, war & peace
Natural environments
Vietnam in HD
21 up South Africa: Mandela's children
Inside the scriptorium. 1, Inks, paints and quills
Inside the scriptorium. 2, Writing & illuminating
The making of a medieval manuscript
Ductus. v 2.0: handwriting and bookmaking in the Middle Ages Electronic Resource
Power surge: are we finally on the brink of a clean energy revolution?
Steve Jobs: one last thing
First Grader
Mildred Pierce

Borrow a Nook!

The Libraries now have the Nookcolor available for checkout to current CSB/SJU students, faculty and staff for three weeks. Stop at either Circulation Desks to check out.

Available Book Titles on the Nook:
• A Room With a View, E.M. Forster
• A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
• A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
• Dispatches from a Public Librarian, Scott Douglas

• B&N Authors
• Evernote

If you want to request a title be added to the Nook for your use, fill out the Book Request Form and note that you would like it on the Nook.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Learning Goals for CSB/SJU Students

The librarians at CSB/SJU developed Learning Goals that we hope all students will have achieved when the graduate, and also take with them into their careers, graduate school or wherever life leads them. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Gewirtz at

Learning Goals for the Libraries

1. Know: Students will be able to determine the nature and extent of the information needed to analyze a given topic, produce an academic paper or other work, or create a performance. The student must be able to effectively address these questions:

What is it I want to know?
What kind of information do I need?
How much information do I need?

2. Access: Students will be able to access needed information effectively and efficiently, using resources and strategies appropriate to their need and discipline. The student must be able to effectively address these questions:

What is the best way to gather this information?
Am I using the best terms for this search?
Which search system or other resource will help me retrieve this information?

3. Evaluate: Students will be able to evaluate information and its sources critically and analytically, and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system. The student must be able to effectively address these questions:

Is this a credible source of information?
Is there another interpretation or point of view?
How does this new information change what I know?

4. Use: Students, as individuals or as members of a group, will be able to use information effectively to create a specific academic paper, performance, or other work. The student must be able to effectively address these questions:

Do I integrate new and prior information into my academic paper, performance, or other work?
Am I able to reflect on my research/development process to incorporate alternate strategies?
Do I present my academic paper, performance or other work in an appropriate manner?

5. Ethical/Legal: Students will be able to articulate the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally. The student must be able to effectively address these questions:

Do I follow established intellectual property laws and policies?
Are there university policies about information gathering, use or reproduction and dissemination?
Do I appropriately cite materials I use in my work, and follow a citation style appropriate for my discipline?

(Adapted from Lucy Scribner Library, Skidmore College

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Clemens Reads: Photography

Learn a new hobby this new year by taking up photography! Find books on how to take pictures in the outdoors, lighting techniques as well as read up on famous women photographers.