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.


Public domain image courtesy of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Programming_language_textbooks.jpg

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 (pblount@gettysburg.edu).

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: http://www.gettysburg.edu/library/news/special_events/photo_challenge.dot

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 sbowen@gettysburg.edu.

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.