Welcome back Kate Pitcher!

It seems like only yesterday that the staff at Milne Library was celebrating the birth of little Silas Goodrich, Collection Development Librarian Kate Pitcher’s second son. The entire family, including big brother Griffin, are thoroughly enjoying their growing clan and life is busy and wonderful.

We welcome Kate back from maternity leave and surround her with lots of support as she jumps right back into the swing of things by leading the library’s first Faculty Luncheon. As the librarian in charge of book budgets and the lofty task of diversifying and balancing Milne Library’s collections, Kate and her fellow library colleagues will host an informal lunch for faculty, comprised mostly of Department Chairs and Library Representatives, on Wednesday April 7 between 12-1:30. Topics to be discussed include scholarly publishing initiatives, material budgets and departmental allocations and a working document of collection development guidelines.

We are so happy to have Kate back in the library!

Need help with your GREAT Day project?

Librarians are always available to help with your research and technology needs.

Working with a group? We can accommodate. Sciences? Got it. Business Stats? Yep. Need help with web sites, podcasting, powerpoint or excel? For sure! Music Media? You know it! And that’s only a taste of the subject coverage available.

Want to contact a librarian right away? Simply fill out a Consultation Request form telling us a bit about your project or research needs, and a librarian will contact you to set up an appointment.

If you still have questions, don’t forget that the reference desk is always a great place to start.

GREAT Day InDesign Poster Creation Workshops


Are you creating a poster to show off your work for this year’s GREAT Day? Have the content but unsure of how to begin formatting it so that it looks good?

Adobe’s InDesign is a desktop publishing program that gives you the tools to be used for design and layout purposes. InDesign is a “GREAT” choice for making any document that needs some creative layout, from posters to newspapers. It offers all kinds of features to modify your text and images, which can work together in interesting ways to create a unique and professional design.

Laura Cook, Assistant Director and Manager for CIT Instructional Technologies, will provide two open training sessions on InDesign poster creation:

Open sessions will be held on:
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM in Milne 104 LL
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Milne 104 LL

Students do not need to sign up ahead of time.

Images courtesy of:Lee Bennett and pennydogaccessories via Creative Commons on Flickr.

“From Normal to Extraordinary” Exhibit Seeks Contributions

Milne Library will be hosting the exhibit, “From Normal to Extraordinary,” a retrospective on Geneseo’s proud tradition of educating educators, during the College’s Summer Reunion, to be held July 9-11, 2010,. The exhibit will feature artifacts, ephemera and photographs that span College’s 139-year history, from its beginnings as the Wadsworth Normal and Training School through the SUNY years.

Alumni and other interested persons are invited to loan exhibit items such as mementos, keepsakes or photographs that will help to tell Geneseo’s story, particularly as it relates to teacher and librarian education. Contact Liz Argentieri, Special Collections Librarian, at argente@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5194.

Celebrating Tom Greenfield’s New Encyclopedia

In case you were unable to attend the event on Thursday, February 18th, Milne Library hosted a reception to celebrate the publication of Dr. Tom Greenfield’s newly-published work, Broadway: An Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture. Published in December 2009 by ABC-CLIO, Inc., the two-volume set features contributions from several Geneseo faculty.


The crowd of nearly 50 attendees was comprised of students, faculty from several departments, President Dahl and Provost Long. Milne’s Director, Ed Rivenburgh, opened with the promise of this being the first of many future events focusing on and promoting faculty scholarship. He also mentioned the new digital projects being worked on, and that Associate Director Cyril Oberlander and Special Collections Librarian Liz Argentieri were at that very moment attending a Thoreau conference gathering ideas about digitizing SUNY Geneseo’s Walter Harding’s collection.

Sue Ann Brainard, Instruction Librarian and author of five entries to the encyclopedia then introduced Dr. Greenfield, who graciously and humorously thanked every one who worked on the project. He pointedly thanked Ms. Brainard and another librarian from the Performing Arts Library in New York City Public Library, for their enthusiasm, saying that, “whenever I asked either one of them a research question, they would get back to him with 6 more sources than I needed, and they kept working on a question even after I was done with it.”

In his appreciation, he relayed how “he was the envy of all his academic friends from other institutions, who were amazed that the library was doing this.” The reception was completed with the cutting of the cake, conversation and many congratulations.

The books are currently available for in-Library use and located in the Author’s Hall upstairs in Milne. Stop by the Reference desk and we’ll help you find it.

Congratulations, Tom and all the contributors!

Books & Bytes Grand Opening

Join us in Milne Library on September 28th, 29th & 30th to celebrate our sleek new cafe! It’s been a summer of hard work renovating to make it bigger, better and more beautiful.

Come try out a tasty pannini and chips or grab a healthy salad; there are lots of choices now as well as the standards like baked goods and of course, plenty of coffee. If that’s not enough to tempt you, there are prizes to be given out throughout all three days.

Monday kicks off with a Ceremonial Coffee Toast and you can still enter to win a SEMESTER of FREE COFFEE!

“Coffee Beans” image courtesy of Flickr user Refracted Moments (TM)

Congratulations to our 2009 PowerPoint Contest Winners

Congratulations Yolanda Gonzales and Stephanie Aquilina.

Their MS PowerPoint presentation on Building A Community Supported Market was chosen as this year’s winner of Milne Library’s 2009 Student PowerPoint Presentation Contest.

This presentation highlights their Summer 2008 WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) experience, Geneseo’s Community Supported Market, and the many reasons for foodsharing and eating locally.

Congratulations! These students will share a $50 prize.

Presentation about the citation database Scopus on Wednesday, 2/4

On Wednesday, February 4th at 1:30pm in Room 104, representatives will be here from Elsevier publishers to discuss their citation database Scopus.

Students are welcome to join us to learn about how Scopus can help you find scholarly research in the life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences.

Scopus can also help you expand your research by identifying which other papers cited a source you already found.

Questions about if Scopus may be useful for you? Try a sample search in the box on the right, watch a quick demo about Scopus, or ask a reference librarian via phone (x5595), email, or in person (at the reference desk in Milne).

Congratulations to our PowerPoint Contest Winners

Congratulations Dan McConvey, Dan Lilly, Dilek Canakci and Larkin Kimmerer.

Their group MS PowerPoint presentation on Chinese Peasants was chosen as this year’s winner of Milne Library’s 2008 Student PowerPoint Presentation Contest.

The group used many of the new features found in MS PowerPoint 2007 and incorporated many different graphical forms to display their information. Good use of animation and templates along with clever layouts and good image manipulation left viewers wondering what would appear next.

Congratulations! These students will share a $50 prize.

See the original announcement.

See the winning PowerPoint here:

Stop by and learn about our powerful new resource: Scopus

On Monday, April 14, representatives from Elsevier Publishers will be in the Milne Library Lobby from 10:00am to 12:00pm demonstrating the citation database Scopus, a recent addition to Milne Library’s research resources. Scopus covers a wide variety of articles related to the physical sciences, biomedical sciences, and social sciences.

In addition to keyword searching, this database allows users to track down the citation history of a known publication.

For example, if you found a really great article for the term paper you have due next week, you can use Scopus to locate other articles that cited your really great article.

Scopus also provides the ability to easily narrow your search by subject area, publication year, and keyword.

Stop by the library on Monday morning (April 14) to learn more about this powerful new resource.