Storytelling in Milne on Nov. 29, 2011

On Tuesday, November 29th, Milne Library will host a Storytelling Event for children and their caregivers! This event is open to SUNY Geneseo faculty, staff and students as well as the Geneseo community.

Come listen to stories about chipmunks, Native Americans and the Oregon Trail performed by School of Education students — and be entertained by songs and read-alouds performed by members of the Young Children’s Council.

Storytelling will last from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, with refreshments provided. The event will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center, located on the lower-level of Milne Library.

Endangered Alphabets Exhibit

The  Departments of Anthropology and Languages & Literatures and Milne Library present:Endangered Alphabets Exhibit Opening
Endangered Alphabets Mandic Board

Endangered Alphabets Mandic Board

With artist and author, Tim Brookes**, Director of Professional Writing at Champlain College

Milne 105
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
2:30 PM

Wood Shavings - A Work In Progress

Wood Shavings - A Work In Progress

Writing has become so dominated by a small number of global cultures that the 6,000-7,000 languages of the world are written in fewer than 100 alphabets. Moreover, at least a third of the world’s remaining alphabets are endangered—no longer taught in schools, no longer used for commerce or government, understood only by a few elders, restricted to a few monasteries or used only in ceremonial documents, magic spells, or secret love letters.

The Endangered Alphabets Project, which consists of fourteen carvings and a book, is the first-ever attempt to bring attention to this issue. The text is the same for each, namely, Article One of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

All are invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Anthropology Student Group.

For more information about the display, see The Endangered Alphabets Project (

Tim Brookes, Artist & Author

Tim Brookes, Artist & Author

**Tim Brookes has this to say about himself:

“I was born in a small house in London, of parents who were poor, honest and liked going for very long walks. My education consisted of being forced to take written exams every five or six weeks, and eat school lunches of liver and onions-until I got to Oxford, where we had written exams every eight weeks and had lunches of pickled onions and
Guinness.This was quite enough to make me flee the country and seek gainful employment in Vermont, where I have lived for 24 years, writing a great deal and trying to grow good raspberries. Only one of my books has been translated into another language; it appeared in Dutch as “Geen plek om een koe kwijt te raken.” My favorite color is russet. If I had my life all over again, I would take more risks, like smuggling the liver out of the dining hall wrapped in my handkerchief.Read more about Tim on his blog,”

Top ten reasons to use Google Calendar

  1. It’s FREE!  Geneseo Apps are provided through CIT (see these 3 easy steps for setting up your account).
  2. You can import your class schedule into your Google Calendar right from myGeneseo.
  3. Keep track of multiple calendars in one place and customize the color for each (work schedule, class schedules, extracurricular activities, etc…).
  4. Share your calendar with classmates and friends.
  5. It’s in the cloud!  Google Calendar is available on any device with access to the internet.
  6. Get Google calendar on your phone (including Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry).
  7. Get event reminders.  You can set up pop-up or email reminders minutes, hours, days or weeks ahead of the event.
  8. Send invitations and track rsvp’s for any event.
  9. Google Calendar also has a wide database of public calendars that you can subscribe to for free (i.e. U.S. Holidays).
  10. With your Geneseo Apps account, you also have an account for nearly 50 other useful Google products.

Put Social Media to Work for You! GOLD Workshop

Creating a Professional Web Presence

Creating a Professional Web Presence

Social Networking for Professionals (Ruby Certificate Requirement)
Thursday, October 27, 2:30-3:30 pm
Milne Library Room 121

Ruby Certificate Workshop

Becoming an Uber-Researcher

Becoming an Uber-Efficient Researcher

Becoming an Uber-Efficient Researcher 

Thursday, October 22, 2:30-3:30 pm

Milne Library Room 104

Learn about easy-to-use research tools that help you organize, share and automatically cite your research sources.  Walk-ins are welcome! Bring your own laptop or check out a netbook at Milne’s Service Desk!

GOLD Leadership Workshop in Milne

Ruby Certificate: Fair Use

Thursday, October 6
2:30-3:30 pm

Milne Library
Room 121

Can you be sued for using an image you found online?  Is writing fan fiction legal?  When you get inspired by something you read online and create something new from it, do you own it?  After discussing scenarios, attendees will appreciate the fine line between fair use and copyright infringement, and will recognize the difference between student and professional behavior.

Walk-ins are welcome! This Workshop is a Ruby certificate requirement.

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo (Ruby Certificate)

Thursday, September 29, 2:30-3:30 pm
Milne Library Room 121

Diigo is a powerful research and collaboration tool that can help you save, organize, and share what you discover on the web. Don’t do research twice! Learn how to save, annotate, tag and share websites while creating your own personal archive.

Walk-ins are welcome! Bring your own laptop or check out a netbook at Milne’s Service Desk!

2011 Peace Poetry Contest

Peace. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Samantha Celera

On May 12th of this year, the winners of the 2011 Genesee Valley Peace Poetry Contest shared their poems at SUNY Geneseo’s Alice Austin Theater. Nearly 900 poems were submitted by children in public and private schools of the Genesee valley in grades K- 8.

Check out the original post with video on the Geneseo English Department News blog!

What’s up with Ghana and Geneseo?

Ghana Exhibit informationWhen: Wednesday, January 26th, 2:30pm

Where: Milne 105

What: Dr. Jennifer Rogalsky, Geography, will discuss her recent Fulbright experience in Ghana with a talk titled “Fulbright Research & Teaching Experience in Kumasi, Ghana: Urban, Gender, and African Geographies.” the first of the Teaching and Learning Center’s Faculty Colloquium Series for the semester, this series is jointly sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the TLC.

While the official opening will be in February, when you’re in the Library, be sure to check out an early peek (it’s still a work in progress!) of the Milne Gallery’s latest exhibit,”Grassroots Diplomacy: A Dance of Collaboration, Engagement & Learning.” Highlighting the wide variety of community and Geneseo faculty and student partnerships with Ghana, it includes photos and information on Dr. Rogalsky’s work.

All are welcome.  The  intention of the talks are for faculty and staff members
in all departments to have a chance to engage colleagues across campus and to learn about each others research.

Snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP to

Library and CIT Workshops for faculty: January 2011 Teaching and Research Academy

Faculty can use this form to register for any of the workshops listed below.

Introduction to myCourses

Thursday, January 6, 2011 (9-10:00 am) and REPEATED Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (9-10:00 am) — Location: South 328 — All myCourses workshops are taught by Laura Cook and Marie Shero (CIT)

This training offers a comprehensive introduction to the features and user interface of myCourses and is designed for beginners. This session will familiarize faculty with the following aspects of this online tool:

  • Initial Set-Up (Login, Course Lists, Themes, Navigation)
  • Basic Content Creation (User Tracking, Uploading Syllabus)
  • Management Tools (Edit Course Begin Date, Roster Management)
  • Data Management (Policy, LOR, Merging Classes)
  • Communication (eMail, Calendar, Announcements, Tokens, eRes)

Instructional Design and Best Practices using myCourses

Thursday, January 6, 2011 (10:15-11:30 am) and REPEATED Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (10:15-11:30 am) — South 328

This training is for intermediate users who are familiar with creating course materials within myCourses. This training includes:

  • Presentation & Organization (design your course for maximum effectiveness)
  • Dropbox & Assessment Best Practices
  • How to Create Effective Discussion Forums
  • Managing and Organizing Team Assignments

myCourses Gradebook

Thursday, January 6, 2011 (1:30 -2:30 pm) and REPEATED Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (1:30 – 2:30 pm) — Location: South 328

Are you interested in getting your gradebook(s) set up for Spring semester?  Bring your grading criteria and learn how easy it is to use the myCourses gradebook.  This tool cna be used for grading some or all of your assignments.  If you love Excel and have not wanted to change, we will show you how you can incorporate the best of both worlds.

Incorporating Grading Rubrics in myCourses

Thursday, January 6, 2011 (2:30 -3:00 pm) and REPEATED Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (2:30 – 3:00 pm) — Location: South 328

Did you know instructors can created and utilize grading rubrics within myCourses?  Join us for this hands on session to learn how easy it is to create and incorporate grading rubrics for point-and-click grading of dropbox submissions, essays, or short answer assessment questions.  Instructors can allow students to preview their criteria before beginning an assignment and/or after the submission!

Scholar Universe and Managing Your Online Identity

Monday, January 10, 2011 (3-4pm) — Location: Milne 104– Presentation by Anne Baldwin (The Office of Sponsored Research) and Bonnie Swoger (Milne Library)

Scholar Universe was recently purchased by the Research Foundation of SUNY to facilitate collaborations across the SUNY system and beyond. Each faculty member has an expertise profile within Scholar Universe which will be publicly accessible. Learn how to manage your Scholar Universe profile and about additional online tools for claiming your scholarly identity.

Organizing Digital Information with the Diigo Bookmarking tool

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 (3-4 pm) — Location:  Milne 208 — Presentation by Tracy Paradis (Milne Library)

Learn how to annotate and tag the web while creating your own personal archive. Diigo is a powerful collaborative research tool that integrates tags and folders, highlighting and clipping, sticky notes, and group-based collaboration, enabling the process of online knowledge management, learning, and teaching. Use it in your teaching to highlight critical features within text and images, write comments, and group materials into the units you want and do it all directly on the Web without the hassles of downloading, uploading, or printing.  Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, participants will need to bring their own laptop computer.

A Closer Look at Free Citation Management Tools

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (3-4pm) — Location: Milne 208 — Presentation by Justina Elmore and Bonnie Swoger (Milne Library)

Organizing the journal articles, documents, web pages and other information sources on your computer or on the web can be a daunting task. This workshop will introduce and compare the two most popular free citation tools available, Mendeley and Zotero. These tools will help you organize, analyze, cite and share your information resources. We will discuss the differences and similarities, and outline the pros and cons for each tool. Participants will have an opportunity to start using the tool that best meets their needs.  Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, participants will need to bring their own laptop computer.