Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Need last minute research help?

If you need last minute research help, schedule stop by either Alcuin or Clemens Library to speak to a librarian. Or schedule a 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!


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Monday, April 28, 2014

Explore @ your Libraries!




Featured ebook of the week

"Green Economy and Its Implementation in China"

An in-depth review and unique insight into Chinas green economy; A collection of essays and papers presented by over 30 internationally regarded experts from China, Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia in a series of conferences on Chinas ecological development issues at the China-Europe Forum hosted by the Ecological Development Union International (EDUI) in 2010; Covers issues such as government policies, the challenges of water resources, renewable energy in the context of the 11th and 12th Five-Year Plans, and the sustainable development of the green economy; Compares Chinas green economy with those of other countries.

(From amazon.com)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Annual Student Art Contest! Due April 28th!

The Clemens Library of the College of Saint Benedict will once again be the venue for an Art Contest and Show sponsored by the joint libraries. The Libraries are inviting any student at CSB/SJU to submit artwork. The show will be juried by members of the Art Department and the Library, and the selected works will be awarded cash prizes and displayed in the gallery space of the Clemens Library. If you entered last year, do not hesitate to enter again this year! Entries to the contest must be submitted by April 28, 2014 to David Malone (rm.A109) at Clemens Library (CSB) or to Kelly Kraemer in the Library Reference Office at the Alcuin Library (SJU). Students may submit up to three pieces unless it is a series which consists of more than 3 pieces. This contest is open to all CSB/SJU students, not just Art Majors!

Work in all two-dimensional and three-dimensional media will be accepted including but not necessarily limited to sculpture, painting, prints, drawings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, video, computer or artist’s books. Work created in classes is certainly eligible. All work should be suitably framed (in whatever way the artist thinks is appropriate to the piece) and ready for hanging.

The artwork should be accompanied by a typed statement relating the intentions, motivations, or themes of the artist. The statement should be approximately 100 words. The prizes include 1st place of $300, 2nd place of $200 and 3rd place of $100. The contest is sponsored by the Clemens Library of the College of Saint Benedict and the Alcuin Library of Saint John's University with the assistance of members of the CSB/SJU Art Faculty.

 For more information contact David Malone (dmalone@csbsju.edu).

All reasonable care and precaution will be taken in the handling, storing, and installing of the artworks submitted for this contest. Neither the Libraries nor the jury committee will be responsible for damage to works while in our possession. Submission to this contest shall imply agreement to all conditions of the contest.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

In a flamboyant age and a notoriously flamboyant profession - he was an active member of a theatre company for at least 20 years - Shakespeare was abnormally reticent. As a result, researchers have had painstakingly to piece together the story of his life from surviving scraps of evidence.

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Shakespeare wrote most of his greatest plays during the first decade (1599-1608) of his company's occupation of the Globe. They include the mature comedies, Much Ado About Nothing (which may shortly pre-date the move), As You Like It and Twelfth Night; the darker comedies, sometimes called ‘problem plays’, All's Well that Ends Well, Measure for Measure and Troilus and Cressida; a pot-boiler, The Merry Wives of Windsor, written in response to demands for more of Falstaff; and the major tragedies, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus and Timon of Athens. It was a period that saw the Lord Chamberlain's Men honoured by the new monarch with the title of King's Men and confirmed in their ascendancy at court. (From Credo Reference

Read Shakespeare:

Hamlet
Romeo and Juliet
Much Ado About Nothing
A Midsummer's Night Dream

Watch:

The Tragedy of Macbeth
A Midsummer's Night Dream
Henry V

Friday, April 18, 2014

Read the Book - Watch the Movie

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Read the Book:

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (Alcuin Library GV880 .L49 2003)

This book explains how Billy Beene, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, is using a new kind of thinking to build a successful and winning baseball team without spending enormous sums of money. The author examines the fallacy behind the major league baseball refrain that the team with the biggest wallet is supposed to win.

Watch the Movie:

Moneyball - Alcuin Library DVD  5876  and Clemens Library DVD GV880 .L49 2012


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Renew your books!

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Did you know you can renew your books online? Go to Your Borrowing Record (see steps below) to view and renew items you have checked out like your books, DVD's and items loaned from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)*. View a tutorial here.


Steps to Your Borrowing Record:

1) From the library home page, click on "Borrowing Record" (under the heading "How Do I...")
2) Username is your Banner # and your Password is your last name.


It's easy to do! Ask a Librarian if you need help.

* Materials borrowed from other libraries need to be renewed prior to the due date to ensure ample time for the borrowing institution to respond to the request. Not all renewal requests are extended, so you need to continue to check Your Borrowing Record to see if your request has been accepted.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Annual Student Art Contest!

The Clemens Library of the College of Saint Benedict will once again be the venue for an Art Contest and Show sponsored by the joint libraries. The Libraries are inviting any student at CSB/SJU to submit artwork. The show will be juried by members of the Art Department and the Library, and the selected works will be awarded cash prizes and displayed in the gallery space of the Clemens Library. If you entered last year, do not hesitate to enter again this year! Entries to the contest must be submitted by April 28, 2014 to David Malone (rm.A109) at Clemens Library (CSB) or to Kelly Kraemer in the Library Reference Office at the Alcuin Library (SJU). Students may submit up to three pieces unless it is a series which consists of more than 3 pieces. This contest is open to all CSB/SJU students, not just Art Majors!

Work in all two-dimensional and three-dimensional media will be accepted including but not necessarily limited to sculpture, painting, prints, drawings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, video, computer or artist’s books. Work created in classes is certainly eligible. All work should be suitably framed (in whatever way the artist thinks is appropriate to the piece) and ready for hanging.

The artwork should be accompanied by a typed statement relating the intentions, motivations, or themes of the artist. The statement should be approximately 100 words. The prizes include 1st place of $300, 2nd place of $200 and 3rd place of $100. The contest is sponsored by the Clemens Library of the College of Saint Benedict and the Alcuin Library of Saint John's University with the assistance of members of the CSB/SJU Art Faculty.

 For more information contact David Malone (dmalone@csbsju.edu).

All reasonable care and precaution will be taken in the handling, storing, and installing of the artworks submitted for this contest. Neither the Libraries nor the jury committee will be responsible for damage to works while in our possession. Submission to this contest shall imply agreement to all conditions of the contest.

Easter Break -- Library Hours



Easter Break -- Library Hours

Thursday, April 17: 8:00am-4:30pm
Friday, April 18 - Sunday, April 20: CLOSED
Monday, April 21: 8:00am-12 Midnight

The BAC Music Library will close at 4:00pm Thursday, April 17 and open for regular academic hours, Tuesday, April 22 at 9:00am.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Take a Selfie @ your Library!


Featured ebook of the week

"Everyday Pornography"

Public and academic debate about ‘porn culture’ is proliferating. Ironically, what is often lost in these debates is a sense of what is specific about pornography. By focusing on pornography’s mainstream – contemporary commercial products for a heterosexual male audience – Everyday Pornography offers the opportunity to reconsider what it is that makes pornography a specific form of industrial practice and genre of representation.

Everyday Pornography presents original work from scholars from a range of academic disciplines (Media Studies, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Women’s Studies, Political Science), introducing new methodologies and approaches whilst reflecting on the ongoing value of older approaches. Among the topics explored are:

  • the porn industry’s marketing practices (spam emails, reviews) and online organisation

  • commercial sex in Second Life

  • the pornographic narratives of phone sex and amateur videos

  • the content of best-selling porn videos

  • how the male consumer is addressed by pornography, represented within the mainstream, understood by academics and contained by legislation.
This collection places a particular emphasis on anti-pornography feminism, a movement which has been experiencing a revival since the mid-2000s. Drawing on the experiences of activists alongside academics, Everyday Pornography offers an opportunity to explore the intellectual and political challenges of anti-pornography feminism and consider its relevance for contemporary academic debate.

(From amazon.com)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Castle!

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Like the television series "Castle"? We have the DVDs available to check out at Alcuin Library! We also have a few of the books by Richard Castle!

Frozen Heat - Alcuin Library Browsing (PS3600.A1 F76 2012)
Naked Heat - Alcuin Library Browsing (PS3600.A1 N36 2010)
Heat Wave - Alcuin Library (PS3600.A1 H43 2009)



Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Database Spotlight: Grove Music Online

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Grove Music Online has been the leading online resource for music research since its inception in 2001, a comprehensive compendium of music scholarship offering the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition (2002), as well as numerous subsequent updates and emendations. Including more than 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies contributed by over 6,000 scholars from around the world, Grove Music Online is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Featured ebook of the week

"Educating Children with Autism"

Autism is a word most of us are familiar with. But do we really know what it means?

Children with autism are challenged by the most essential human behaviors. They have difficulty interacting with other people-often failing to see people as people rather than simply objects in their environment. They cannot easily communicate ideas and feelings, have great trouble imagining what others think or feel, and in some cases spend their lives speechless. They frequently find it hard to make friends or even bond with family members. Their behavior can seem bizarre.

Education is the primary form of treatment for this mysterious condition. This means that we place important responsibilities on schools, teachers and children's parents, as well as the other professionals who work with children with autism. With the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1975, we accepted responsibility for educating children who face special challenges like autism. While we have since amassed a substantial body of research, researchers have not adequately communicated with one another, and their findings have not been integrated into a proven curriculum.

Educating Children with Autism outlines an interdisciplinary approach to education for children with autism. The committee explores what makes education effective for the child with autism and identifies specific characteristics of programs that work. Recommendations are offered for choosing educational content and strategies, introducing interaction with other children, and other key areas.

This book examines some fundamental issues, including:

  • How children's specific diagnoses should affect educational assessment and planning
  • How we can support the families of children with autism
  • Features of effective instructional and comprehensive programs and strategies
  • How we can better prepare teachers, school staffs, professionals, and parents to educate children with autism
  • What policies at the federal, state, and local levels will best ensure appropriate education, examining strategies and resources needed to address the rights of children with autism to appropriate education.


Children with autism present educators with one of their most difficult challenges. Through a comprehensive examination of the scientific knowledge underlying educational practices, programs, and strategies, Educating Children with Autism presents valuable information for parents, administrators, advocates, researchers, and policy makers.
 
(From amazon.com)

Friday, April 04, 2014

Information Literacy Faculty Award - Nominations Neede!



The Library is dedicated to helping the students of the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University to become lifelong learners. We believe that helping students develop their information literacy skills during their college careers will benefit them in their graduate work, professional careers, and throughout their lives. Alcuin & 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.

The winner of the award will receive:
  • $100 towards research expenses
  • Award recipient announced at the Academic Affairs Awards and Recognition Ceremony
  • A book selected by the recipient to be included in the library collection. The award recipient’s name will be included on nameplate in the book.
  • A plaque of recognition
2013 Winner: Deborah Pembleton
2012 Winner: Ozzie Mayers

More information can be found here.  Nominations are due April 14, 2014.


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Visit the Writing Center!

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Visit the Writing Center on either campus to get help with paper. One-on-one sessions allow both the tutor and the student to work through procedures and strategies in order to help improve the student's writing abilities.  They offer resources in all stages of the writing process, from brain-storming to perfecting a final draft.  They do not proofread papers; rather, they believe in the value of teaching students how to brainstorm, how to organize their thoughts, how to clarify their assertions, how to recognize and fix their grammar mistakes, and so on.  They believe in teaching students skills they can use in all their writing.  Each session is intended to reach beyond a specific assignment.

Schedule an appointment today!