Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Heads Up!

If you've stopped by the library lately, you've probably noticed the heads sculptures around the building.They were designed and installed by Professor Mark Warwick's Introduction to Sculpture class, and will be showcased at the library through May of this year.



If you'd like to learn more about the exhibits on display at Musselman Library, keep an eye out for our "Coffee and Culture" event on Wednesday, January 7th from 10-11am. We're inviting everyone to come enjoy coffee and snacks with us while enjoying the various exhibits we have currently displayed. Also on exhibit will be Heads: Seeing Beyond the Veil, our World War I posters and maps, and 100 years of the Owl and Nightingale Players theatre organization on campus. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Are you stressing out?!

While Musselman Library is a great place to do research, write papers, create presentations, and study alone or with friends, it is also a place where you can unwind.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, swing by the ground floor of the library and take advantage of the Stress Relief Table.  Paper, crayons, markers, coloring pages, and more are provided for students to color, create, and most importantly of all, de-stress!  The Stress Relief Table will be available whenever the library is open through the end of Finals Week.



Speaking of finals…. On Monday, December 15 at 8pm in Room 018 (ground floor), take a break from your studying and join us at the library’s semi-annual Finals Study Break.  There will be games, arts & crafts (including the popular button making!), and, of course, free food!  Cupcakes will be available for decorating and eating.  Bring your friends and treat yourself to some snacks and relaxation!




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

When did everything become ‘epic’?

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Prof. Perry’s Anthropology 221 class is using the Question Board on the ground floor to share what they are learning about slang AND to collect data about local slang use. Stop by to read the top slang words at Gettysburg College, as identified by class members, and to be sure to vote for your top five slang words: FullSizeRender

You can even add your own slang words. If you know one that the class hasn’t already recorded, raise your hand and report! Added words are also open for voting.FullSizeRender

Friday, November 07, 2014

Database of the Month: Proquest Historical Newspapers



Proquest Historical Newspapers provides Gettysburg students and faculty with access to historical news publication ranging from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times to the Baltimore Afro-American and the Pittsburgh Courier. The database not only includes articles, but also editorials, cartoons, advertisements, birth announcements, obituaries, and more! Researchers can study anything from famous historical events to vintage advertisements through Proquest Historical Newspapers. It's easy to use, allowing researchers to limit the time frame, subject, and and type of document in the search results. Check out Proquest Historical Newspapers for primary sources, and learn about the past through the eyes of those who lived it!




Thursday, November 06, 2014

Remembering the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall


The German Studies Department has a series of events this week (Nov. 3-9) taking place across campus to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Visit the ground floor of Musselman Library  to see the "Berlin Wall" built by German Club members and German Studies faculty. You're invited to write on the wall and share your thoughts. Also feel free to check out one of the books on the the fall of the Berlin wall, graffiti, and life after the wall.

Make sure to join German Club on Sunday (Nov. 9) at 2 pm on the ground floor for a reenactment of the wall's fall on November 8, 1989, including the press statement read to announce the border opening to the actual dismantling of the wall.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Become a Fortenbaugh Intern!


Interested in working at the library? Apply for one of the Fortenbaugh Internships! You could work in the Music, Reference/Instruction, or Special Collections/Archives departments! 
Musselman Library is currently accepting applications for  Spring 2015 Fortenbaugh interns. Please see the internship description and application instructions for each position, linked above. The deadline for all application materials is Friday, November 14.
Musselman Library's Fortenbaugh Internships offer current Gettysburg College students the opportunity to work with a specific library department for 8 hours a week during a single semester. 
Do you want to know what our internships are really like? Read Blogging the Library, an online journal by our recent interns, or check out these videos about the Musselman Library internship experience.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cookies, Price Tags, and the Health Professions

Tonight a group of students attended “Open Access and the Health Professions” – an Open Access Week event geared towards students in the Pre-Health Professions Club on campus.  Students enjoyed open access cookies while learning the basics about the open access movement and why it is important to them.


Students then completed an exercise to apply what they had just learned and think critically about availability of information.  Dr. Amy Dailey capped off the night by sharing her experiences publishing in open access journals.

Students in attendance at tonight’s event are not the only ones thinking about issues surrounding access to information.  Check out this week’s Surge blog post on Open Access.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Open Access Week is almost here!

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Open Access Week happens around the world beginning October 20, and our program series is designed to raise awareness of open access. Join us for one or more events. Many will feature cookies baked with the open access cookie cutter, printed on Gettysburg’s own 3D printer.OA cookie cutter

  • Open Access Week Kickoff Event. Want to know what research funders, scholarly societies, and higher education administrators really think about OA? Attend the livestream forum, broadcast from the World Bank in Washington, D.C.. The focus will be on how OA affects early career researchers, and the forum will be facilitated by an early career researcher. Also, don’t miss the debut of open access cookies! Monday, 10/20, 3 pm, LIB 018
  • Open Access Journal Authors at Gettysburg College. If you're more interested in why Gettysburg College faculty choose to publish in OA journals, stick around after the forum (or come at 4:00) to speak with Amy Dailey, Ryan Kerney, Jing Li, and Richard Russell. We’ll still have open access cookies. Monday, 10/20, 4 pm, LIB 018
  • Did I Sign My Rights Away? Copyright for Authors. This session will explain copyright for authors in plain English. Hear successful strategies used by academic authors, review a typical publication contract, and learn about tools that can help you retain the rights you wish to keep while continuing to work with scholarly publishers. Wednesday, 10/22, 12:00, Specialty 19. RSVP required as space is limited.
  • Open Access and the Health Professions. This session is designed for students in the Pre-Health Professions Club, but all are welcome. Decorate and eat open access cookies, learn the real cost of articles and how OA impacts medical education and patient care, and chat with Prof. Amy Dailey about her publications in open journals. Wednesday, 10/22, 7 pm, LIB 018
  • Copy, Paste, Collage, Create: Student Work in an Open World. This special JCCTL “In the Classroom” discussion will focus on students as creators of content. How can we help them understand their rights and responsibilities as authors? Divonna Stebick, Jill Titus, and Jeff Williams will share some of their related teaching experiences and lead a discussion about how OA affects student work. And yes, there will be more open access cookies. Friday, 10/24, 3:30 pm, BREI 112

Friday, October 03, 2014

RefWorks Workshops: Make Bibliographies in Seconds!


Do you have a research project or paper coming up and don't want to spend all of your time making a bibliography? Do you have a hard time organizing and managing numerous citations while researching?

Come learn how to use RefWorks, a citation management tool that can instantly export full citation information from an online source, create your bibliography for you at the click of a button, and even insert in-text citations or footnotes automatically into your Word document. Sessions will run on October 16th and 20th at 7pm in Room 14 of Musselman Library. RSVP is not required but the sessions are first come first serve, only the first 30 people will be able to attend.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Scope Out Scopus... October's Database of the Month!


This month Musselman Library is featuring Scopus as our database of the month. It's an interdisciplinary database that's well known for its strength in the sciences and social sciences (with a growing collection in the arts and humanities!). This research tool features information from 1900 to present and compliments a variety of research areas. If you need to bulk up that annotated bibliography this is definitely a tool to check out!

If you're curious about what's inside Scopus check out this breakdown of the subjects from the database: 


Scopus has a variety of sources (journal articles, books, conference proceedings.. and much more!) and is a great way to get started with your research. If you have any questions about how to use the database please stop by the reference desk and ask a librarian for assistance. Happy searching! 





Monday, September 15, 2014

Iran: Beyond the Headlines Begins Tomorrow!


Join us in kicking off our Iran: Beyond the Headlines series with a lecture on "Iranian Cinema and Factional Censorship" tomorrow, Tuesday September 16 at 7pm in Joseph Theater! Professor Jim Udden in Film Studies will be speaking on the interaction between Iranian cinema and the political factions that comprise Iranian society. Despite censorship, Iranian films discuss love, divorce, infidelity, class inequality, social oppression, gender discrimination, and suicide. Come and learn about an Iranian art form most Americans have never seen!



Iran: Beyond the Headlines is a learning series that includes book discussions, film screenings, and lectures designed to help us move past today's headlines and explore the history, art, culture, and everyday life of Iranians. Series events are scheduled for September 2014 - April 2015. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information:

http://www.gettysburg.edu/library/news/special_events/iran/index.dot


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Other Wes Moore

New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore will be on campus this Wednesday, September 10 for a public lecture in the College Union Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. The members of the Class of 2018 were provided a copy of Moore's book, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, to read over the summer in preparation for Moore's visit.  The first year students will also be participating in small group discussions about the book led by Gettysburg College faculty and staff later next week.



If you are interested in reading The Other Wes Moore, Musselman Library has several copies available for checkout.  For more information about the book and the author, check out the official The Other Wes Moore website.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

CYC - That's what's happening at the library!

Calling all FY students!  The Charting Your Course (CYC) activity is in full swing at Musselman Library.  Stop by the library any time this week (Monday - Friday, 1:00-4:30pm) to get to know your friendly library staff and all of our favorite library locations.  And, yes.  We even have a button-making station.  

We can't wait to meet you @ your library!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to buy (or rent) textbooks

Think textbooks are expensive? You’re not crazy. Textbook prices have grown at 3 times the rate of inflation over the past decade. What’s a frugal college student to do?

Here’s a great article to start with:

College Textbooks Don't Need to Break the Bank: 10 Tips to Save You Money

Want to compare prices on the same book sold by different stores? Try campusbooks.com. Just enter your book title, author, or ISBN (ISBN is best!) and you’ll see the full range of options to buy or rent. It includes print books and ebooks.

The Gettysburg College Bookstore sells and rents textbooks, too. Check there to find out what books are required and recommended for your classes. Also check the professor’s syllabus to find out how much of a book you need to read.

When in doubt, ask your professor.

 

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