Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The books in our display give both sides of the immigration issue. You can look in our catalog for more books and electronic resources to help explain the immigration issues. Electronic resources can be accessed on campus or at home through passwords students can find in our library Moodle courses.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
P.S. If you're interested, Governor's students have a gaming club. They meet Friday evenings in the library electronic classroom.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
E-Books in our catalog and print books on our shelves
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Yesterday I attended a panel discussion on the future of libraries at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury. Presented by the Greater Boston Cooperative Library Association, panelists presented their visions of how expected changes in the world will transform both library spaces and offerings. While a few libraries have decided to purchase more electronic books and fewer paper books, the panelists stressed that the future library will contain books in various formats. One panelist noted that some students refuse to use Kindles when offered, preferring to wait for the paper book to return. Multiple learning styles will require us to cater to information in all its formats. One recurring theme in the presentation was that electronic sources are not yet as structured as print sources, making information more difficult to locate and less comprehensible. The ability to locate information in context, as part of a coherent and in-depth study was mentioned as a strength of paper formats. Library as space was also discussed with panelists assuring us that the library will continue to exist as a meeting, research and study space even as virtual spaces are created to house electronic materials.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
We are getting so close to the Thanksgiving break! I know that it is hard to see through the haze of exams but you are days away from freedom. Not only will you be free but you will also being eating lots of delicious food, spending time with friends and family, and catching up on all the sleep you are missing during exams.
Hopefully you will also use your time off to read something. Not a text book, not a magazine, not your friends’ Facebook statuses, but a book. Though everything you are reading for class is educational and enjoyable it is hard to see that when you are consumed with how many pages you have to read in one night. Reading isn’t supposed to be a chore, it is supposed to transport you to other worlds and make you fall in love with characters.
So, I hope that during the brief respite from class, while you are stuffing your faces with turkey and pie, you also take the time to read something that you like. It may be a trashy romance novel, a biography about your favorite football player or a Russian classic; whatever it is remember that reading is fun!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The latest batch of reviews linked to our "virtual collection" include for example Tinkers by Paul Harding, For the Win by Cory Doctorow, and Becoming Jane Eyre (pictured at right) by Sheila Kohler.
You can always find even more reviews through our LibraryThing profile.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Late last week we were treated to two visual feasts. This display celebrates women rockers, starting from the 1960s. Come on in and get a glimpse of how these sassy songwriters started a new wave of cool. (More rock music books can be found at the shelf location 780 and onwards.)
Monday, November 08, 2010
This month we have two displays dedicated to women. One is called “Women Who Rock,” while the second shows “How the Other Half Lives.” Books displayed on the “other half” cover women and women’s issues in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. The timeliness of our display was evidenced when we open this morning’s New York Times and learned from the front page that Afghan wives are turning more and more often to suicide to escape their “abuse and despondency.”
Alissa J. Rubin reports that burning is a commonly sought way to escape the horrors of these women’s lives. They have little chance to get help for their depression when even admitting to mental difficulties is considered shameful. Sadly, their mental traumas are often inflicted on them by spouses or other members of their families. If you’d like more information on the lives of Afghan women, check out one of the books in our display or read today’s New York Times.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Governor's is getting ready to host our yearly Special Olympics. More than 1,000 athletes, representing more than 100 teams from across the state, gather to compete in a series of round-robin soccer matches. As hosts, our students - all volunteers - are responsible for arranging the opening ceremonies, running "Olympic Town," organizing public relations activities, registering athletes, feeding participants and overseeing the competitions.
Set-up is taking place on Saturday, and the event itself on Sunday. It looks like the weather is going to cooperate, and everywhere on campus (including the library!) you can see cheerful students carrying their bright green Special Olympics t-shirts. The excitement is certainly building! We're sure this year's Olympics will be as wonderful as last year's - just look at this photo from 2009 - and smiles will certainly abound.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
"For me, it is a cause of some upset that more Anglophones don't enjoyThus begins Stephen Fry's exhortation on the joys offered by English. Fry is an acclaimed writer and actor (best known for his role as Jeeves, the "gentleman's personal gentleman"). He provides us with delightful insights into prevalent attitudes about proper or correct language. If this sounds boring, believe me, it is not! Here is another quote:
"The worst of this sorry bunch of semi-educated losers are those who seem to
glory in being irritated by nouns becoming verbs. How dense and deaf to language
development do you have to be? If you don't like nouns becoming verbs, then for
heaven's sake avoid Shakespeare who made a doing-word out of a thing-word every
chance he got."
Have a look yourself:
(The rest of the audio file is available at Fry's website.)
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
They offer courses in Architecture, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Management, Science, and others; also cross-disciplinary courses are offered. The Highlights for High School section offers hands-on learning tools like labs, video demonstrations, and competitions. They also provide exam prep materials, introductory MIT courses, and writing tools. It's a real treasure trove. Happy discovering!