Student-tested Tips for Surviving Finals

1.   Check out the Final Exam Schedule so that you know when your exams will be and plan ahead so that you give yourself plenty of time to study for each of them.
2.    Study in chunks.  Block off specific hours of your schedule to study for each test you have to take. A ten minute study break every few hours is also a good idea.
3.     Schedule in some exercise.  There’s no better way to relieve stress.  Don’t plan on studying non-stop the whole week.
4.    Take advantage of study groups.  A group can motivate you to get started and discussing difficult concepts with each other can aid in understanding.
5.    Take advantage of review sessions.  Most professors will touch on certain topics more heavily than others in review sessions and this might give you a better idea of what will be on the exam.
6.    Take advantage of your professor’s office hours.  If you’re unsure about anything, touch base with your professor or TA.
7.    Make sure you have the materials you’ll need for the test the night before.  Bring a back-up pen or pencil.
8.    Get a good night’s rest  and have a good breakfast before your test.  If you follow tip #1, you won’t have to stay up all night cramming.
9.    Don’t wait until your class is about to begin to get a bluebook.  If you need a blue book, you can pick it up at the Library Service Desk for 15 cents.
10.  Don’t psych yourself out.  You’ve studied, so don’t talk yourself into doing poorly.  Put yourself in confidence mode, visualize it all going right and think A+.

Forget Your Supplies?


Forget to bring supplies to the library with you? Need a blue book for tonight’s class?

The Milne Library Store offers a wide selection of products at a nominal cost; including blue books, highlighters, note cards, flash drives, and more

Just ask at the Service Desk!

Electronic Posters in Milne

Do you have an event to publicize?

Submit an electronic poster to be shown on the LCD monitor in the Milne Library Lobby for maximum visibility!  It is available for use by faculty, staff and recognized student organizations and is easy to accomplish.  Simply go to the Milne Library home page, click on Requests and Services and then select “E-flyer” to find design recommendations and the submission form.  Your electronic poster will rotate with up to 9 others and will stay up for 1 to 2 weeks.  Submissions are posted on a first come first serve basis.  If you have questions, please contact Coleen Hopkins.

33rd Annual NYSLAA Conference held at Milne

The 33rd Annual New York State Library Assistants’ Association (NYSLAA) Conference was held on campus June 8-10, 2011.  The 120 attendees came from all over New York State with representatives from Virginia and North Carolina.

The conference began with a walking tour of Geneseo’s Historic Downtown with stops at six locations where the host spoke and participants were served appetizers relating to the history of the particular site.  The group finished with dessert at the Big Tree Inn.

There were four sessions of eight workshops each over the course of the two-day conference.  A mix of topics were chosen to meet the needs of library assistants in all types of libraries, with many of them being presented by Milne Library Staff.

On Thursday night, conference attendees traveled to the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, NY, for a short tour and a wonderful dinner catered by the D & R Depot, LeRoy, NY.  Sky Sands, Comedian/Magician provided entertainment for the evening.

The conference wrapped up on Friday with a luncheon, Awards Ceremony and Keynote Address by Kim Weitkamp, Story Teller Extraordinaire.

Many compliments were heard from attendees, such as, delight at a new and unique group of workshops offered, an excellent assortment of choices for workshops, enjoyed the tour of Geneseo, and best conference they’d ever attended.

Conference co-chairs, Coleen Hopkins and Donna Hanna extend their thanks to everyone on campus for the warm welcome to all our NYSLAA Conference attendees and for all the support and help making this a memorable event.

Milne Hosts 33rd Annual NYSLAA Conference June 8-10, 2011

Milne Library staff extends a warm welcome to all of the 2011 New York State Library Assistant’s Association Conference Attendees!

If you need any assistance, please ask at the Service Desk, or IM a Librarian from the main page of the Library web site.  Or, consult our campus map for building locations.

A complete program of conference sessions and events can be found online at

Milne is hiring work-study students for Fall of 2011!

If you’re eligible for work-study, Milne library is looking for student workers for the fall.  Applications are available at the library’s Service Desk.  Please indicate on your application whether you are eligible for work-study. Please note that we are not currently hiring temporary service positions.  However, you can still submit your application at the library and it will be reviewed when such positions are available.

If you’re not sure if you qualify for work-study, please check with the Financial Aid Office.

Celebrate a New Faculty and Student Publication

Milne Library invites the Campus community to a reception to celebrate Professor Emilye Crosby’s new book, Civil Rights History From the Ground Up.

Thursday, April 21
 Milne Library, Room 105
 4-6 pm

This edited collection grew out of a March 2006 Geneseo Conversations in the Disciplines Conference on Civil Rights Movement Historiography which brought together nearly 200 people – students, activists, teachers from K-12 to university professors and scholarly specialists.

For more than a decade, Geneseo students have been actively engaged in studying Civil Rights Movement history. They were central to the conference, have met with movement activists and historians, and are quoted in the book. Join alumni and current students in this ongoing conversation about the significance of movement history to today’s society.

View the official invitation here.

Ed Rivenburgh Awarded National Recognition for IDS Project Work

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.

Fostering Student Interactivity Through Collaborative Technologies faculty workshop to be held in Milne on Apr. 15, 2011

On Friday, April 15 (9-10:30 am, Milne 104), several of Milne’s librarians will address supplementary technologies that can assist with student interactivity when using myCourses, either solely through an online summer course or in conjunction with traditional classroom learning.

Join us in Milne 104 as we share past experiences working with the following:

  • Google Docs – collaborative work space for simultaneous users
  • Wikis – collaborative work spaces highlighting pbworks and Geneseo’s wiki
  • Diigo – social bookmarking that supports collaborative research
  • Poll Everywhere – used for assessments through mobile text, Twitter and web interfaces
  • Libguides – research gateways customized by librarians for specific topics, course assignments and library services
  • Camtasia – virtual tutorials built through voice-over screenshots

Free Puppetry Workshop, April 25, 2011

Introductory Workshop on Puppets and Puppetry: Explore alternative ways to communicate

Milne Library is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for SUNY Geneseo faculty, staff and students. Dr. Sharon Peck, Education Professor & resident puppet scholar, and Michelle Costello, Education Librarian will host an introductory workshop on puppets and puppetry. This workshop will be an introduction to the Medium of Puppetry; as puppets can be an effective channel for all types of communication and entertainment. Puppets push the envelope of what and how all kinds of messages, even controversial issues can be addressed. In addition, this workshop will assess campus interest in hosting workshops on puppetry, and service learning projects based on puppetry.

All Geneseo faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

The workshop will be held on April 25th at 5pm in Milne Library, room 105. Free snacks will be provided to all attendees.