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:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New exhibit: Slow to Heal

We have a new exhibit curated by Natalie Sherif ’14 in Special Collections!

Slow to Heal: The Evolution of Medicine from the Civil War Era to WWI


This exhibit explores the history of medicine from the Civil War through World War I through artifacts, letters, photographs and documents. The cases feature materials from Musselman Library’s Special Collections and College Archives, as well as items on loan from Dr. Ian Isherwood (Assistant Director of the Civil War Institute and proud alumnus of Gettysburg College), Angelo Scarlato, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

The exhibit runs March 17 – August 1, 2014

Special Collections Reading Room, 4th Floor – Musselman Library

Monday, March 17, 2014

New Student Job @ Musselman Library

The Reference & Instruction Department of Musselman Library invites Gettysburg College students to submit applications to become a Peer Research Mentor for the 2014-15 academic year! 
A Peer Research Mentor is a student who works alongside librarians to support students engaged in research, while also improving one’s own research skills. This position is open to four rising sophomores and two rising juniors in any major. While the appointment is for an academic year, there is potential for continuation. If you love information and helping people find exactly what they need, this could be the position for you!

Help fellow students and improve your research skills!
Application material must be submitted by Sunday, April 6, 2014. 
For more information and to apply visit the Peer Research Mentor webpage.
Have questions? Drop by Musselman Library or email Stephanie Bowen, Holley Intern, at

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Is It Spring Break Yet?

Next week spring break will finally be upon us. The library will be altering our hours starting this Friday, March 7th by closing at 5pm. This weekend we'll be open Saturday and Sunday noon-6pm and then next week we will be open 8:30-4:30pm Monday through Friday. We'll resume our normal 24/5 hours on March 16th.

While you're headed away from campus don't forget to check out a book from the collection, we've even got a special display on the main floor all about spring to get you in the mood. Or borrow something from our ebook collection, there's nothing better than lying on the beach with an e-reader or tablet in hand! Where ever you're headed or even if you're not leaving, Musselman Library hopes you have a relaxing week!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Be a Smith Intern!

Interested in special collections, archives, public history, or museum studies?
The Special Collections Department of Musselman Library invites current students (including seniors who will graduate in May) to submit applications for the Diane Werley Smith ’73 summer internship in Special Collections.
The Smith intern will be introduced to a variety of archival skills such as processing collections, cataloging rare books, reference assistance, book repair and conservation, digital projects, and the preparation of exhibits. Former interns have gone to careers in library science, and many are working at libraries and archives across the country. To learn more about the internship experience, check out the videos below. 

The Smith Summer Internship is a 10-12 week paid summer internship. For more information visit the Smith Intern webpage. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Will you be Musselman's valentine?

In celebration of Valentine’s Day the library is collecting valentines on the ground floor of the building and through the library’s website. Feel free to share the love and tell us what’s your favorite thing about Musselman library! All submissions will be entered to win a gift card to some other well-loved places around campus: The Majestic, Dining Services, and the book store. Winners will be selected at random and notified next week.
Visit the Ground floor to send Musselman a valentine.
The library is also embarking on a new initiative this month: match-making!  We are encouraging all of our users to take a chance and go on blind date this Valentine’s Day… with a book from the library! On the ground floor of the library there is a selection of books that have been wrapped up (to conceal their identity) and feature a brief description on the cover. We encourage you to choose one and potentially make a love connection… if not, no hard feelings. You can check out your “date” at the Circulation Desk, and prepare to fall in love.
No date is weekend? Check me out!
Happy Valentines Day!
Musselman Library

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Next Page – what to read next!


If you’re not reading Next Page yet, you’re in for a treat. Next Page is a new library column featuring guest readers from the Gettysburg College community. In it, readers share what they are reading now, what they are reading next, what title they recently recommended, and much more.


We’ve heard from a range of readers so far. The latest featured reader is Mauricio Novoa, ’14. Mauricio is finishing his senior year at Gettysburg and won the Silent Leader Award in November, 2013. You’ll find that his poetry interests range from Shel Silverstein to Marianne Moore! He’s also reading some pretty heavy social justice titles.

Here are just a few of our campus readers who have been profiled so far:


If you’re interested in what books inspire members of our community to take action, what titles they frequently give as gifts, or just what they’re reading in general, then add Next Page to your media diet.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Be our next Barbara Holley Intern!

Stephanie Bowen, current Holley Intern,
planned a finals study break complete
with cupcake decorating! 

Are you a graduating senior interested in a career in library and information studies?  If so, you're in luck!

Musselman Library is again searching for a motivated and responsible candidate for our full-time, one-year paid internship (with benefits!).  The internship is intended for a recent college graduate (or one who will graduate this spring) interested in pursuing a career in information science, librarianship, or archives and records management. This position allows the intern to work closely with many departments in the library (Special Collections, Reference, and User Services, just to name a few!), as well as organize student activities like finals break. Previous interns have gone on to complete graduate degrees in library and information studies and are now working as information professionals.  This is a great way to gain experience while considering librarianship as a profession!

The full job description and instructions for applying are available on the Library web site at

Application materials can be submitted through the HR on-line system:  This position will remain open through February 21, 2014.

Questions?  Contact: 
Meggan Smith, Reference & Instruction Librarian (717) 337-7009 or

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Join us to read and discuss Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Professor Kathy Cain, Psychology

Welcome back, everyone! If you're already dreading to go outside due to the cold or are feeling stressed by classes, take a break, de-stress, and join us in reading Alif the Unseen for fun on February 26 at 7 pm in Musselman Library. 

The book discussion is a fun, easy way to take a break and enjoy a new book with others.  Professor Kathy Cain, Associate Professor of Psychology, will guide our discussion.

You also get a free copy, courtesy of Friends of Musselman Library.

Sign-up online by Wednesday, February 19. 

Alif the Unseen
 “In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the “Hand of God,” as they call the head of state security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.” Book description courtesy of the publisher.

For more about the book, read G. Willow Wilson on writing Alif the Unseen.


Friday, December 06, 2013

Finals Study Break

Stressing over finals? 

Take a break at Musselman library! 
  •  Finals Study break
    • When:  Monday, December 9th from 8- 10pm 
    • Where: Room 18 on the Ground Floor  
    • What: crafts, coloring, games, drinks, snacks, and free cupcakes!
    • Why? Free food and fun!

  • Stress Relief table
    • When: December 2nd -13th,  24/7 
    • Where: Ground Floor
    • What: crafts, coloring, clay, comics... bubble wrap
    • Why? Because you deserve it!
Good luck on finals!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving and last week of classes

So that we can all enjoy a well-earned Thanksgiving break, Gettysburg College will be closed for a few days … and that means Musselman Library won’t be on our usual 24/5 schedule. Here are our Thanksgiving hours:

Tuesday, November 26th - Close at 5pm
Wednesday, November 27th – CLOSED
Thursday, November 28th – CLOSED
Friday, November 29nd – CLOSED
Saturday, November 30th – CLOSED
Sunday, December 1st - Open at 12pm,  resume 24-hour access


During the last week of classes, we will be open until Friday, 12/6, at 8 pm. When we reopen on Saturday morning (12/7) at 10 am, we will STAY OPEN CONTINUOUSLY until finals are over (remember, you can always check our hours online).

And because we love you so much, we are having a stress relief table this year! Look for it on the ground floor. You will find games, crafts, and other activities that will take your mind of academia for a few minutes. Think of it as a warmup for the Finals Study Break, which is on Monday, 12/9, 8-10 pm. We’ll tell you more about that when you return.

Have a wonderful break!