Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Images of Italy

Come take in the breathtaking views of Italy in Musselman Library's Browsing Room! This semester's featured "Hidden Talents" exhibit includes striking photographs of a sojourn in Italy by Dan DeNicola, professor of philosophy.

When DeNicola first traveled to Italy in 2006, he found "a photographer's dream." In both his first trip to Tuscany and Umbria and his second to Venice, the Dolomites, the "Northern Arc," and Lake Como, he "loved the diverse landscapes with marvelous colors and wondrous light."

Colorful and vibrant, the exhibit includes images of water taxis and gondolas, richly painted homes and climbing wisteria, and gorgeous vistas. When asked why he selected these particular photographs, DeNicola explains that these pictures "invite the viewer to enter into the landscape, to become the subject, to stay awhile, to take an Italian sabbatical."

How can one refuse? Come take your sabbatical in the library's main floor browsing room. The exhibit will be on display through the summer.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Make a date with a librarian!

This time of year, research really begins to heat up. For anyone who is feeling discouraged or has been searching everywhere and can’t find the information needed for a project, a Research Appointment with a librarian can be very helpful.

Scheduling an appointment is easy – all you have to do is fill out a form on our website and submit your request (go to On the form, tell us about your project and what you have accomplished so far. We will contact you to schedule a meeting at a time that is convenient for you. Usually, we need at least 48 hours advanced noticed. Not that we like keeping you waiting, but we need time to prepare so we can provide you with the best possible service! Depending on the complexity of your research question and your experience, the meeting might last from 15-60 minutes.

Of course, if you’re also welcome to drop by the reference desk, e-mail us, or chat with a librarian using your instant messenger account. We even offer 24/7 help through AskHerePA, a service that allows you to get help from librarians in other parts of the country when we’re not available (yes, even at 2:00 a.m.!)

To learn more about Research Appointments and other ways that you can get help research help, click on the orange Ask a Librarian button on the library homepage.

Read Green - we're just getting started!

Read Green: A Gettysburg Environmental Series is in full swing! This semester, the Library is sponsoring a series of three book discussions (facilitated by local subject specialists), two film screenings (introduced by an environmental film expert), and one lecture by environmental activist author Bill McKibben.
Our February 3 discussion of Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was attended by 75 enthusiastic readers. People yearn to talk about food - the industrial food system, local alternatives, how to grow food, where to acquire it... Audrey Hess, coordinator of the Adams County Local Foods Network, and Elaine Lemmon, founder of Everblossom Farm, facilitated this discussion.

A few weeks later, an even larger crowd gathered to hear Salma Monani (Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies) introduce King Corn and watch the film. A lively discussion followed the show.

Tonight, we'll gather to discuss Elizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe, a book about climate change. Environmental Studies professors Rutherford (Rud) Platt and Sarah Principato will guide us through this material.

Other upcoming events include:
  • Film screening: The End of Suburbia. Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm, Joseph Theater
  • Book discussion: Deep Economy by Bill McKibben. Monday, April 6, 7:00 pm, Lyceum (Penn Hall 3rd floor)
  • Author visit: Bill McKibben. Thursday, April 16, 7:30 pm, CUB Ballroom.

This series has a lot of momentum, and it's not too late to join the fun. Grab a book and join us to talk about the environment, sustainability, and how it affects us here in Adams County, PA. See you there!