Need Some Help? We’ve Got It!

Help is Available! Photo Credit: Flickr user gruntzooki

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.

File Storage Options for the Busy Geneseo Student

In just a handful of decades, technology has come a long way in terms of computing storage. There were the punch cards in the 1960s, cassette tapes in the 1970s, floppy disks in the 1980s, CD-R and RW discs in  the 1990s, and the 2000s saw the advent of thumb drives and SD cards.

A number of these storage options are available for you right here on campus.  Storage devices for sale at the library include jump drives, CD-R & RW, and DVD-R.  In addition, Geneseo provides 50MB of  file space to students.  Most of the computers on campus have a direct link to file space on their desktops.  The Geneseo wiki has instructions on how to access your file space from off campus.

Your ipod can also be used just like a thumb drive, provided you haven’t packed it to it’s limit with music…  And don’t forget that you can store your files in the “cloud.”  For instance, Geneseo provides all students with a Google Apps account.  Using this account, you can upload up to 1 GB of word, pdf, and power point, and excel files to your google docs account.  Once you do so, you can access them from any computer with internet access.

There are a number of other online storage services for which you can take advantage, most of which offer 1 or 2 GB of free storage.  Dropbox is an online storage service that allows you to store/share up to 2GB of files.  You have to install a small program on your computer to run it, but it allows you to upload any type of file as long as it is under 350MB.  Similar services include ElephantDrive (2GB free), FilesAnywhere (1 GB free), and FlipDrive (1 GB free) to name a few.  (LiveMesh is a similar service that allows you to store up to 5GB for free, but only works for PC users running Vista or Windows 7).

For storing photos and videos, there are a number of options available.  Google’s Picasa Web Album is accessible through your Geneseo Google Apps account.  Picasa allows you to store (and share if you wish) up to 1 GB of video and photo files.   An alternative to Picasa is Flickr, which allows you to upload up to 300 MB of photos and 2 videos per month.

Do you have a favorite storage/sharing service not mentioned above?  Leave a comment below and let us know about it!

A Better Way to Collaborate on Projects

You may have already noticed, but in case you haven’t … a new, big, shiny collaboration station has been added (on a trial basis) to the glassed-in study area on the Library’s main floor. Designed by Steelcase Furniture, which specializes in business and educational solutions, the MediaScape station can accomodate up to six different laptop computers simultaneously, and it’s easy to switch among them to display on the large flat-screen monitor. 

With so many papers and projects coming due this month, students working in groups should find this new workspace a timely addition.  Hurry in and give the MediaScape a whirl — we’re trying to gauge student interest in it before mid-April, when the trial ends.

Netbooks, iPads and a Kindle at the Milne Circulation Desk

Our new Asus Eee Netbooks

The Milne Library service desk now has 45 Asus Eee Netbooks available for 4 hour checkout.  The new netbooks are running Windows 7, and include basic software such as web browsers and Microsoft Office.  With a battery life of over 4 hours, you can get work done in between classes, browse the web, or take one to class with you to take notes.

In addition, the service desk will also be circulating 3 Apple iPads for 4 hour checkout.  The iPads are connected to the Geneseo wireless network, allowing users to browse the web and get the latest news with ease.  Milne Library will be evaluating how students use the iPads and taking suggestions for additional apps.

Finally, we will be circulating a Kindle eBook device to students for a 4 hour loan period.  Students can register the device to their own Amazon Kindle account to read books, blogs, newspapers and magazines, or read the books that have already been downloaded to the device.

Let us know how you are using these new items, or what other tools would be useful to you!

Texting in the Library

One of the things that Milne’s librarians think about on a regular basis is communication with our users. It’s not uncommon to see folks walking through the Library talking on their phones or furiously texting at lightning speed and this got us to wondering, “Is this something that we ought to incorporate as an option for our users?”

And so we ask you, if Milne were to offer service through mobile phone technology, would you use it? Would you find it convenient to text a quick question to our staff? Tell us!

If Milne Library offered mobile services, would you use them?survey software

Have technical skills? Want a job?

Milne Library is currently hiring for the Tech Help and Classroom Technology Positions for Fall 2010. We are looking for motivated, hard-working, and very reliable students with technical experience and good social skills.

CTAs work in Milne Library classrooms assisting faculty and students with technology related questions. They will help instructors with presentations, and assist with library instruction sessions. They will also work at the Service Desk (Circulation Desk) with the Tech Help students. Both groups will provide technical assistance to library students, faculty, and patrons.
Duties include checking out laptops from circulation, assisting patrons with printing and networking, helping with our various program suites, answering general technical questions, maintaining the public lab facilities, and assisting with special projects.

Applications can be found on the Milne Jobs Website and turned into the Circulation Desk or with Steve Praino (praino@geneseo.edu) in the Tech Department.

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.

GOLD (Ruby Certificate) Workshops — Week of 3/22

The next three GOLD Workshops (Ruby Certificate) being offered by Milne Library staff begin with MS Access 2007 Level II: Design, Create and Use Queries, taught by Steve Dresbach on Monday, March 22 from 2-3 p.m. in South 328. This latest offering in Steve’s MS Office series will focus on the design and creation of queries (questions) that enable users to select specific information from tables created in MS Access, a database application for entering, storing, retrieving and print data related to a particular topic or purpose.

Next up is Researching Music, a workshop designed to explore the scores, recordings, databases, literature about music and much more that lie within Milne Library’s music collection. Do you know where to find them or how to use them? What is RILM or Naxos? Learn the “secrets” of advanced searching techniques, how music resources are organized, and how to easily locate and access them within Milne and beyond. The workshop will be held in Milne 208 on Tuesday, March 23, from 2-3 p.m.

In today’s world, the Internet is the information tool used most often, yet students frequently complain about not finding reliable, information-rich websites despite hours of searching. Librarian Sue Ann Brainard will show students how to find “hidden” web pages, and become skeptical investigators and sophisticated searchers, in her Quickly Finding Quality Information on the Web workshop, on Wednesday, March 24, from 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109. (This workshop was previously called C.S.I.: Critically Searching the Internet.)

GOLD (Ruby Certificate) Workshops in Milne — Week of 3/8

Milne Librarians are offering some excellent GOLD Workshops (Ruby Certificate) during the second week of March. First up is Starting Your Research Project: Using MultiSearch and Other Time Saving Strategies, with co-instructors Michelle Costello and Justina Elmore, on Monday (3/8) 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109. The workshop is intended to help students begin research for class assignments and to introduce them to some of Milne’s important resources and services, including a variety of useful catalogs and databases.

On Tuesday (3/9), from 2-3 p.m. in Milne 208, students interested in learning how to navigate the complex landscape of legal research can attend Tom Ottaviano’s Researching Law workshop. Law and legislation can potentially have a profound impact on much of what we study, yet finding this information is often confusing and difficult. Workshop attendees will learn where and how to find discussion about federal and state codes, information about court cases, and reviews of legislation.

Did you know there were laws governing how you can use the information you find on the internet? Join Sue Ann Brainard on Wednesday (3/10) for her workshop on Ethics and Laws of Information Use to learn how students are constantly making ethical decisions and taking legal risks when using the internet. In this workshop, which will be held from 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109, these issues will be explored using scenarios.

To register, go to http://gold.geneseo.edu/register/index.html.