December 2, 2011
Forget to bring supplies to the library with you? Need a blue book for tonight’s class?
Just ask at the Service Desk!
December 2, 2011
Forget to bring supplies to the library with you? Need a blue book for tonight’s class?
Just ask at the Service Desk!
November 29, 2011
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 service desk or IM a Librarian reference chat is always a great place to start.
November 4, 2011
Milne Library’s Book Swap
The Milne Library’s Book Swap area has been so successful that we are asking for your help. Have you noticed the bookcase in the front entry of Milne Library? Maybe it had some books on it…but quite often it is empty! Take a look around at home and see if you have some fiction that you have already read and are willing to pass it along for someone else to enjoy. It is very simple, the only guideline is that it must be fiction. No check-out; no fines…self service. Donate and/or borrow a book, read a bit and bring it back for someone else to read. You can leave donations on the bookcase or drop them off in the Better World Books™ box inside the doors.
Better World Books™
Milne Library accepts donations from the public to build our collection. Each gift is processed through GIST Gift Manager Milne’s own innovative open-source tool designed to manage and streamline library work-flow for processing gifts and evaluating materials. This data managing system determines if it should be added to Milne Library, put in the Book Swap or donated to Better World Books™. Accepting donations allows us greater flexibility, given our limited budget and it provides a positive impact on our overall ability to provide relevant materials to our patrons
October 7, 2011
Milne Library may own a textbook and it might be in the regular collection, or you may be able to get it through IDS, but how?
In many cases, a professor chooses to put class material on reserve at the Service Desk in Milne Library. The items would be available to checkout for a limited time so that the students have access to it without having to purchase it. Where do I find out?
The answers to both questions can be found right from on the Milne Library Homepage in just a few simple steps
Also, please feel free to come to the Service Desk in Milne Library and ask for assistance.
October 4, 2011
You may think that APA and MLA and all those other acronym-laden guides are tedious and exhausting. I mean, c’mon! Who cares that much about spaces and commas and italicization, right?
Your professors, for one. Other scholars in your discipline, for another. Oh, and if you ever decide to publish in a scholarly publication? The editors who will evaluate your manuscript, that’s who! Scholars are required to follow the style guides of organizations in their disciplines when they submit articles and books to academic journals and academic book publishers in those disciplines for consideration of publication. Are you a college student? Then you’re a scholar and you need to learn – and use – the rules.
There are an endless amount of websites maintained by librarians to assist in the confusing maze of citations (including our own Guide to Citing Sources) and they’re great for checking the fine details of your works cited page at the end of your writing project. Milne’s librarians are always willing and happy to assist you in this portion of your project.
Unfortunately, students often tend to think of the guides solely as a quick place to check on whether a citation is correct or perhaps to determine if the bibliography is formatted properly, and while they serve that purpose, I promise you, they’re so much more than that!
Try picking up the guide or style manual – especially if it’s one you’re not accustomed to using – before you begin to write your research paper. There are often suggestions for ways to organize and make transitions between your ideas. Peruse it again once you’ve written your first draft. Are you using the passive voice? That’s not a good idea and there are examples for using active verbs. And take a look again when you’ve finished your paper. You’ll find advice for how to write in a scholarly manner with suggestions for dealing with bias, and striking the proper tone. You might be surprised with all the things you’ve ignored or forgotten.
Perhaps you’ve always written well, but aren’t you always looking improve and be a stronger writer? People like to cherry-pick the bits of information that we need in order to save time, but when we do this, it is at the expense of the larger context. Do yourself a favor and spend some quality time getting to know the writing guide most often used for your discipline while you’re here at Geneseo.
There are copies of several manuals at Milne. The latest editions of the most heavily used guides are on 4 hour loan at the Service Desk so that students always have access to the information and there are additional copies that may be checked out, too.
Here’s a list of the most common styles:
September 12, 2011
The Teacher Education Resource Center (TERC), located on Milne Library’s Lower Level, offers students a large collection of curriculum resources for preK-12 instruction, including textbooks, videos, puppets, audio and manipulatives, as well as an extensive selection of fiction and non-fiction books for juvenile and young adult readers.
TERC Nook: A space to interact with the collection and work on projects. Located in the center of the TERC collection the nook is an area where students can utilize and manipulate material found in the collection. The area also contains a large table for group or project work. Additionally the space can be used for story-time or puppet shows.
Imaginarium: A place of Imagination. Located across from the Teacher Education Resource Center (TERC) is Milne’s newest creative space, the Imaginarium. This area contains a die-cut machine, die-cuts and materials for creating projects. It is open to all students and faculty and is available whenever the library is open. The room also contains a table for creating lesson plans or working on projects.
July 12, 2011
Astronauts are Sleeping by Natalie Standiford
While spinning through space, three astronauts dream of life on earth.
Stella to Earth by Simon Puttock
Before Stella’s father comes in to tell her a bedtime story, Stella takes a little trip in a spaceship.
Hare and Tortoise Race to the Moon by Oliver J. Corwin
Best friends Tortoise and Hare compete to see who will be first to reach the moon.
Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp
Harry sneaks out of bed one night with his best friend, Horsie. Bubbles fill Harry’s room and begin carrying items into space. Can Harry find Horsie?
I’ll Catch the Moon by Nina Crews
A child imagines going into outer space, catching the moon, and taking it on an around-the-world adventure.
Joey and Jet in Space by James Yang
When Jet runs away, he could be anywhere, maybe even outer space.
Moon Ball by Jane Yolen
Danny always strikes out, but in a dream he plays baseball with the moon and stars and finds it an eminently satisfying experience.
Space Boy by Leo Landry
Having decided not to go to bed because his home is too noisy, Nicholas flies his spaceship to the Moon, where he enjoys a snack, takes a moonwalk, and enjoys the quiet–until he realizes what he is missing at home.
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
Stranded on the moon after his extraordinary airplane takes him into outer space, a boy meets a marooned young Martian with a broken spacecraft, and the two new friends work together to return to their respective homes.
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m off to the Moon by Dan Yaccarino
A boy gets in a spaceship and takes a dangerous but exciting trip to the moon.
Doodle Dog in Space by Eric Seltzer
Doodle Dog, a talented artist, comes to the rescue of his less artistic friends.
Let Me Off This Spaceship! by Gery Greer
When Tod and Billy are kidnapped by creatures from outer space, they try to make as much trouble as they can on board ship so that the spaceship captain will take them back to Earth.
Space Cat by Doug Cushman
When Space Cat and Earl the robot encounter trouble with their space ship, they crash-land on an alien planet to search for more fuel.
Space Guys! by Martha Weston
A boy is visited by beings that look like robots that arrive in a flying saucer from outer space.
Jed and the Space Bandits by Jean Marzollo
Jed’s Junior Space Patrol helps Molly, a girl who can turn invisible, to rescue her parents from bandits.
Alien & Possum: Friends No Matter What by Tony Johnston
Possum and Alien become friends and find that they have both similarities and differences.
Astronaut Piggy Wiggy by Christyan Fox
A little pig imagines what it would be like to be a daring astronaut.
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Super-sized, eleven-year-old Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space.
George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt by Lucy Hawking
George is heartbroken when his neighbor Annie and her space-scientist father move to Florida, but when Annie sends him a secret message telling him she has been contacted by aliens with a terrible warning, he joins her in a galaxy-wide search for answers. Includes scientific essays on space travel.
One Small Step by Philip Kerr
In 1969 Houston, Texas, thirteen-year-old Scott learns to fly from his father, an Air Force flight instructor, but when NASA needs him for a secret space mission, Scott’s elation is tempered by concern that his mother, who has moved to Florida, will find out.
Chilling with the Great Ones by Dan Greenburg
When siblings Klatu, Lek, and Ploo from the planet Loogl return to the mysterious Area 51 to recover their wrecked spaceship, they meet the Great Ones–four legendary Looglings who crashed in Roswell fifty years earlier. Klatu, Lek, and Ploo head back to Groom Lake to fix their busted spaceship. But the spaceship is gone–it’s been taken to Area 51. There’s nothing for the aliens to do other than sneak in and search for it. Instead they find something they weren’t looking for–the Great Ones! The mythic missing Looglians Org, Murkel, Shemp, and Kurth crashed at Roswell New Mexico in 1947, and have been in the deep freeze ever since. Can our three wacky alien kids rescue them?
I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X by Bruce Coville
Rod and his bratty cousin Elspeth are snatched into another dimension by the monstrous alien Smorkus Flinders.
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov Invasion), 11 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster.
The War of the Worlds by Chris Sasaki
An abridged version of H. G. Wells’ classic science fiction tale in which, as life on Mars becomes impossible, Martians and their terrifying machines invade the Earth.
*Image: Outer Space Stencils by The Bunny Maker provided by the Flickr Creative Commons Image Search
May 25, 2011
Milne Library has recently acquired the following DVD’s during the month of May:
Did you know that there is an easy way for you find out what the latest materials acquired @Milne.Library are? Simply subscribe to our Milne Library New Books List RSS feed and view it in your favorite Reader.
Not sure what a Reader is and/or how to collect RSS feeds? Check out this video, RSS in Plain English to learn more and get started!
April 18, 2011
Former Milne Library Director Ed Rivenburgh is the winner of the 2011 Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award, a recognition of his vision and efforts in creating an improved system of resource sharing among libraries in New York State. The IDS (Information Delivery Services) Project, whose aim is to increase efficiencies in interlibrary loan, has become a model for libraries throughout the state and nation.
Since his retirement from SUNY Geneseo in December, Ed has been able to devote even more of his time, talent and energy to his position as IDS Project Director. He will receive the award at a ceremony this June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans. Read the full story here.
April 1, 2011
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