Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Open Access Week is almost here!


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:

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 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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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Stacks are closing soon

The good news: we are getting new carpet on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library! Say goodbye to the kelly green stuff that was installed in 1981. (Yes, it’s that old.)


The bad news: we will have to close the book stacks on the upper floors in order to install the carpet. Beginning Saturday, May 17, books with call numbers D-Z will not be available.

The good news: you can check out as many books as you want and keep them all summer long!

The bad news: you need to go get those books no later than Friday, May 16.

The good news: if you need dozens of books, we will store them for you! To explore this option, coordinate with Paulette Blount ASAP (

More good news: if you forget to retrieve something, we can get it for you via Interlibrary Loan later in the summer.

Really good news: the Browsing Room, DVD collection, books with call numbers A-C, and oversize books will not be affected by this project.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Finals Study Break!

Have you had a tough semester? Is the thought of finals stressing you out? Keep going … the end is in sight! If you need a break on your climb toward summer, Musselman library is here to help. 

Take an ice cream break! On Monday, May 5th the library will host its semiannual Finals Study Break in Library Room 018 from 8- 10pm. There will be a sundae-making station with lots of tasty toppings and Cinco de Mayo themed activities. Chill out with some ice cream, get funky applying glow-in-the-dark tattoos and find your inner child by coloring and playing with Legos. There’s always time for ice cream and fun! In case you haven’t notice… the Stress Relief table is back and fully- stocked with coloring sheets, bubble wrap and craft materials. The table is located on the ground floor is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week . Leave you creations on the table and we will hang them up in the Musselman Stress Relief gallery. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

You've Gotta Read This Release Party!

Are you ready for summer? Musselman Library is too! We're getting ready by hosting the You've Gotta Read This: Lunchtime Launch on Thursday, May 1st from 11-1pm on the library steps (rain location: right inside in the browsing periodicals). We'll have the first copies of the 2014 edition of You've Gotta Read This for you to pick up as well as some fun and refresments. Stop in on your lunch hour and enjoy!

This is the first year that many of the books will be available electronically through Musselman Library’s OverDrive collection. The event will be BYOD (Bring Your Own Device!) and we’ll have library volunteers at the ready to show you how to search and download books from OverDrive to your own personal device.

We hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College Turns Two!

We’re turning two! The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College is celebrating two years of featuring scholarly and creative works produced by faculty, students, and other members of the Gettysburg College community.

With 1,280 individual works and 53,000 downloads in just two years, some of our most popular works are:

As an open-access compliant institutional repository, we have become a permanent home to scholarly articles, conference presentations, book chapters, scores, sound recordings, and much more.  We even provide a place for permanent exhibits like Bali Soundscapes, which contains audio essays, written essays, and photographs. If it’s video you want, check out the recorded conference sessions from The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th, which was held on campus in March 2013.

We’re a place where the best Gettysburg College student work is featured, including select capstone projects, papers, and papers honored during Celebration. The Cupola is also the home to three Gettysburg College published undergraduate journals, The Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era, The Gettysburg HistoricalJournal, and The Mercury.

David Wemer ’14 even won the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize from the American Historical Association for the best article written by an undergraduate student and published in a history journal for his paper, “Europe’s Little Tiger? Reassessing Economic Transition in Slovakia under the Mečiar Government 1993–1998,” which was published in The Gettysburg Historical Journal. We couldn't be prouder that The Cupola has made David's paper accessible to readers from around the world!

These past two years have flown by, and we've grown a lot in that time. Here’s to a birthday wish of many more years of featuring the best works from Gettysburg College!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Drum roll, please...

The winners of Musselman Library's first ever Edible Book Festival are:

Most Appetizing:
 Stephanie Bowen's entry of pumpkin juice & pasties inspired by
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling.

Most Creative:
Robin Wagner's submission of little cookies decorated as women
in honor of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

There were eleven entries for the festival, ranging from children’s books (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss) to classics (Catch-22 by Joseph Heller) to current bestsellers (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green). Members of the campus community had an hour to view and vote for their favorite entries, and at 3 pm the tasting took place.  A special thanks to all of the contributors and congratulations to the winners!

The National Library Week events continue with an Easter egg hunt in the library on Wednesday, and "Snacks in the Stacks" (cookies & cake) on Friday, 11 am - 2 pm.

The Photo a Day Challenge continues for the whole month of April! Submit a photo using the #whereinmuss and be entered to win a prize!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

National Library Week!

This National Library Week, Musselman Library will be celebrating with a series of edible events and encouraging you to feed your appetite for knowledge!

On Monday April 14th, we kick off the week with an Edible Book Festival. What is an Edible Book Festival? It’s a great way to celebrate the love of books and food! The library staff will be creating "edible books," which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or simply be in the shape of a book.  Join us in Library Room 018 from 2- 4pm to taste some literary treats.

On Wednesday April 16th, be on the lookout for brightly colored eggs! Our first ever Easter egg hunt will take place all day throughout the library.  If you find an egg, bring it to the circulation desk to claim your candy.  To round out the week, Snacks in the Stacks will take place on Friday. Literary cake and cookies will be available on the main floor of the library.

Don’t forget that the Photo a Day Challenge is for the whole month of April! Submit a photo using the #whereinmuss and be entered to win a prize!

Happy National Library Week!
xoxo Musselman Library

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Photo A Day Challenge: Where in Muss?

Where in Musselman Library do you do great work? Soak up sun? Relax? During the month of April, Musselman Library is hosting a Photo a Day Challenge to showcase how our patrons use the library. The Photo a Day Challenge is open to all: students, staff, faculty and friends! In order to participate: take a picture responding to the day’s theme, post to social media using #WhereinMuss and be in entered to win a prize!

Photos will be entered to win only if tagged with #WhereinMuss and publicly visible. Winners will be notified via social media to claim prize. Photos submitted will be featured on the Photo a Day calendar on the ground floor of the library and on library social media pages. So keep it classy!

For daily photo prompts and check out submissions, visit the Photo a Day webpage: