Thursday, March 29, 2012

ebooks ebooks ebooks

There is a lot of variety when it comes to ebooks, to say the least. Of course, much attention has been focused on sales of ebooks directly to individuals, but libraries are also involved in ebooks, and this will increase in the coming years. We've recently added a number of ebooks from a variety of sources. Here are a few of them. In each of the three cases below, we have an unlimited number of simultaneous users allowed for these books. This is not always the case with ebooks, which sometimes require restrictions due to the license.

Ghonim, Wael. Revolution 2.0.
http://site.ebrary.com/lib/csbsju/docDetail.action?docID=10525084
This type of ebook is a multi-user ebook from ebrary. If you log in you can download it to your local e-reading device, or you can read it online.

Niccolini, Giustina. The chronicle of Le Murate.
http://books1.scholarsportal.info/viewdoc.html?id=399653
We bought this ebook, and several others, from Iter, a not-for-profit publisher of middle-ages and renaissance materials. Some of there other books are listed here.

Law, Anna. The Immigration Battle in American Courts.
http://ebooks.cambridge.org/ebook.jsf?bid=CBO9780511750991
This is from Cambridge University Press, and we bought 104 of their e-books in a recent e-book sale.

--DW

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cool Tools: Podio


Podio makes it easy to work in real-time online with classmates to coordinate study groups, work on class projects, and organize research. You'll work more effectively, together.

6 reasons you'll love to use Podio:
  1. Task Manager - Hit 'T' anywhere in Podio to create a task. It's as easy as that to create your to-do list
  2. Simple Surveys - Easily create survey apps, turn them into powerful web forms and collect your research hassle-free
  3. Files - Share all your documents and files in one place, so you can comment and work on them - unlimited storage included
  4. Workspaces - Create as many workspaces as you need to work together with your study group, research fellows, or your entire class
  5. Social - Think of Facebook just for your professional study and work-related needs
  6. Mobile - Use our free mobile apps to easily create new study notes and stay on top of your essays & uni projects on the go


-sg

Monday, March 26, 2012

Information Literacy Award - Deadline, April 1

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.

-sg

Women's History Month - Learn More



Did you know...?

As expressed in her devastating criticisms of federal Indian policy and white-Indian relations in A Century of Dishonor and the novel Ramona, Helen Hunt Jackson was one of the most influential defenders of Native American rights in late 19th-century America. Read more,

A Century of Dishonor, Clemens Library E93 .J12 1973

Helen Hunt Jackson and her Indian reform legacy, Clemens Library PS2108 .M37 1990

Ramona , Alcuin Library PS2107 .R4 1912

At the tender age of 21, Maya Lin became one of the most controversial artists in the United States. Her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., came under attack for a variety of reasons, but it would eventually become the most-visited monument in the country. Learn more,

Boundaries, Clemens Library N6537.L54 A2 2000

Maya Lin: a strong clear vision
, Alcuin Library DVD 1541

Learn more at: Gale


-sg

Friday, March 23, 2012

New medieval ebooks from Iter

The ecosystem of ebooks will ultimately be one that reflects just as much if not more variety than that of the printed book world. We recently added four new ebooks about the middle ages from Iter, and these ebooks are on their own platform.

View the complete list of titles available from Iter

Four titles we have purchased:

Chronicle of Le Murate
Completed by Sister Giustina Niccolini in 1598, is one of a small number of surviving documents that presents a nun's own interpretation and synthesis of historical events. It recounts the roughly two hundred–year history of Florence's largest convent, which attracted boarders, nuns and patrons from Italy's elite families. The manuscript provides a rare view of life behind the enclosure walls and of nuns' interaction with the world outside.

Saints' Lives and Bible Stories for the Stage: A Bilingual Edition

This fresh translation of five plays securely authored by Antonia Pulci—one of the first published women writers in Renaissance Florence—reveals this gifted dramatist at her finest.

Dramatizing Dido, Circe, and Griselda
One of the most acclaimed French poets from the turn of the eighteenth century and one of the rare women of the time to achieve recognition at court, Louise-Geneviève Gillot de Sainctonge was France's first female librettist. This volume provides the most in-depth biography of her ever published, but also the first appearance of any of her work in English.

Two women of the Great Schism
The Great Schism (1378–1417) divided Western Christendom into two groups: those who recognized a pope in Rome and those who recognized one in Avignon. It was a crisis of authority that brought with it spiritual anxiety and political uproar. This volume brings to life the extraordinary spiritual and political engagement of two late medieval women who refused to be passive bystanders as rival papal factions tore Christendom apart.

--DW

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Read the Book - Watch the Movie

Read the Book:

(From Amazon)"In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed."

Available at Clemens Library PS3553.O4758 H86 2008 Young Adult



Watch the Movie:

The movie comes out a midnight tonight! Check your local theater for showtimes.


-sg

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Borrow a Kindle!


The Libraries now have a Kindle eBook reader available for checkout. So if you are wondering whether this would be a cool way to read your favorite novel, stop at the Clemens Circulation Desk to check it out.

Available titles on the Kindle eBook:
• Stiltsville: A Novel by Daniel, Susanna
• Because I Love Her by Richesin, Andrea N.
• At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bryson, Bill
• Pride and Prejudice by Austen, Jane
• The Art of War by Sunzi
• Dracula by Stoker, Bram
• Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Carroll, Lewis
• The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
• Every Word (a game)
• Kindle User's Guide

If you want to request a title be added to the Kindle, fill out our Book Request Form.


-sg

Monday, March 19, 2012

Women's History Month - Learn More


Did you know...?

Beginning on December 10, 1997, Julia "Butterfly" Hill lived in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree for 738 days. The platform upon which she sat was approximately six by eight feet and nearly 200 feet above the ground. Hill kept her vigil to save the tree and the Headwaters Forest that stretches 400 miles from southern Oregon to the Big Sur coast, south of Monterey Bay, California. Read more,

The legacy of Luna: the story of a tree, a woman, and the struggle to save the redwoods, Clemens Library SD129.H53 A3 2000

Alice Waters is the chef and owner of Chez Panisse, the extraordinarily successful Berkeley, California, restaurant often credited with revolutionizing American eating habits in the 1980's. Read more,

The art of simple food: notes, lessons, and recipes from a delicious revolution, Clemens Library TX714 .W37 2007

In the green kitchen: techniques to learn by heart , Clemens Library TX741 .W33 2010

Learn more at: Gale


-sg

Database Spotlight: Music Online



Music Online is an online music listening service, with recordings covering every time period, genre, cultural group, and geographic region. Includes scores, reference material, liner notes, and lyrics. Playlists are available.




-sg

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Visit the Writing Center!


Visit the Writing Center when you want help with: thesis statement, organization, evidence, grammar, sentence structure, citations and much more!There is no need to be nervous; the tutors are students just like you who understand the frustrations involved in writing and are willing to help you cope with them.


-sg

Cool Tools: ReadCube & Shelfster


Read Cube is a desktop application, for Windows and Mac, that is designed to help you organize your research. You can import PDFs that you find in a single step. All your articles are in one place - full-text searchable with your highlights and sticky notes. You can also stay on top of the latest research by getting relevant articles that are automatically recommended every day.

A tool similar to ReadCube is Shelfster. Shelfster is all about being able to write your article, paper or book with the information you've gathered and your sources of inspiration (ideas, text snipets, web pages, images, voice recordings) at your fingertips.



-sg

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Movie Titles

Clemens Library:

ANSWERS TO NOTHING
BLANK CITY
INSIGHT
LONDON BOULEVARD
MAKIKO’S NEW WORLD
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
RACE TO NOWHERE
THE MIGHTY MACS
THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER
THE SKY TURNS
WORLD ON A WIRE

Alcuin Library:

Hugo
Safe
Enemies of the People
I Melt with You
Luther Season 2
Melancholia
Two Spirits
Acting Together on the World Stage
Women in Japan: Memories of the Past, Dreams for the Future
Understanding Learning Disabilities: How Difficult Can this Be?


-sg

Trial: FBIS & JPRS

The library is running a trial through April 14 to two important resources:


• Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports (1941-1996)
http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=FBISX

[read the full product information]

The Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Report has been the United States' principal historical record of political open source intelligence for nearly 70 years. The original mission of the FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. Available in a single, complete online collection, FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1996 constitutes a one-of-a-kind archive of transcripts of foreign broadcasts and news that provides fascinating insight into the second half of the 20th century. Many of these materials are firsthand reports of events as they occurred.



• Joint Publication Research Service (JPRS) Reports (1957-1994)
http://infoweb.newsbank.com?db=JPRSX

[read the full product information]

JPRS was established in March 1957 as part of the United States Department of Commerce's Office of Technical Services, about six months before the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1. Acting as a unit within the Central Intelligence Agency, JPRS staffers prepared translations for the use of U.S. Government officials, various agencies, and the research and industrial communities. During the Cold War, the reports were primarily translations rather than analysis or commentary, with an emphasis on scientific and technical topics. Over time, however, that scope expanded to cover environmental concerns, world health issues, nuclear proliferation, and more.

--DW

Monday, March 12, 2012

Women's History Month - Learn More


Did you know...?

In 1926, American Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Read her biography,

Young woman and the sea: how Trudy Ederle conquered the English Channel and inspired the world, located at Clemens Library GV838.E34 S76 2009.


In 1953, Jerrie Cobb is the first woman in the U.S. to undergo astronaut testing. NASA, however, cancels the women's program in 1963. It is not until 1983 that an American woman gets sent into space. Read more about her and the space program:

The Mercury 13: the untold story of thirteen American women and the dream of space flight, Clemens Library TL789.85.A1 A28 2003

Right stuff, wrong sex: America's first women in space program , Clemens Library TL789.85.A1 W45 2004

Promised the moon: the untold story of the first women in the space race
, Clemens Library TL789.85.A1 N65 2003



Read more: Famous Firsts by American Women at Infoplease.com


-sg

Need help? Ask a Librarian!

Need help finding sources for your research project? Ask a Librarian for help!
Request an Individual Research Appointment TODAY!




-sg

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Information Literacy Award - Deadline, April 1

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.

-sg

Monday, March 05, 2012

Clemens Reads: Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. Find a book about an extraordinary women on the Clemens Read's shelf.

Did you know...?

In 1916, Jeannette Rankin, of Montana, is the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Want to learn more? Check out this book:

Jeannette Rankin, America's conscience Clemens Library HQ1413.R36 S65 2002



Learn more Famous First by American Women at
Infoplease.com

New Movie Titles

Clemens Library:

Danzon
Glee, the complete 2nd season
Puss In Boots
Hugo


Alcuin Library:

Mozart’s Sister
Project Nim
The Sunset Limited
A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
Weeds Season 7
The Way
The Son of No One
J. Edgar
The Sky Turns
Tower Heist
Scientists Under Attack: Genetic Engineering in the magnetic Field of Money
Extreme Alaska
The Sons of Tennessee Williams
Brighton Rock
Puss in Boots