Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas break hours

December 11:                               8:00 AM -11:45 AM; 2:15 PM - 4:50 PM
December 12 - December 14:       8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
December 15 & December 16:     CLOSED
December 17 - December 21:       8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
December 22 - January 1:             CLOSED

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Finals & Commencement hours

Our regular hours are in effect until Monday, December 3. Here is the breakdown for the week of finals going into Commencement. 


Sunday (Dec. 2):               1:00 - 10:50 PM
Monday & Tuesday:         8:00 AM - 12:50 AM (yes, like almost one in the morning)
Wednesday & Thursday:  8:00 AM - 10:50 PM
Friday:                               8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Saturday (Dec. 8):             9:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Sunday (Dec. 9):               CLOSED
Monday:                            8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  (note that we are closing earlier than usual for Commencement)


We will be having our usual coffee, cookies, and fun on Monday & Tuesday nights. Good luck with all of the last-minute stuff, everyone!

How college students find and use information

Interesting infographic from Project Information Literacy. The study used a small sample size, but it's still something to think about.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving week hours

Monday: 8:00 AM - 10:50 PM

Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Thursday-Sunday: CLOSED

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Extended weekend hours

Friday, Oct. 5:               8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Saturday, Oct. 6:           9:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Sunday, Oct. 7:             CLOSED
Monday, Oct. 8:            8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Tuesday, Oct. 9:            8:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gangnam Style in the Library!

This parody of the popular original "Gangnam Style" was created by a student video assistant at the University of Maryland library. 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Annual book sale!

Remember to drop by the library during Homecoming to check out our annual book sale!

Hours:

Friday 9:30 - 4:30
Saturday 9:30 - 4:30
Sunday 1:30 - 8:00
Monday 9:30 - 8:00

We're pricing at $1 per inch of stacked purchases again, so this is a great bargain! Reusable bags are encouraged.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

App-tastic Tuesday: OnLive Desktop

Some of us just like our PCs. And, no matter how convenient, slick, and intuitive your iPad is, there are times that you wish you had an actual computer tucked up your tablet sleeve.

With OnLive Desktop, a free productivity app, you can use your iPad to do many of the basic tasks that you could perform on a Windows computer. You sign into the app and have access your virtual desktop, complete with PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer with Flash, and 2GB free cloud storage.






Wednesday, September 5, 2012

App-tastic Tuesday: YouVersion (a day late)

I'm running a day behind this week; I'll blame Labor Day for having me all discombobulated!

Today's featured app is a free Bible app that should come in handy for students taking religion classes or anyone just looking for a robust personal devotions tool.


YouVersion allows you to choose from many different translations and paraphrases of the Bible while you have an active internet connection; certain versions can also be downloaded to your iPad/iPhone/Android for offline access (mostly older translations that are in the public domain). Most translations also have an audio version that you can listen to while connected to the web.

You can navigate to specific passages, look up topics or keywords, pick a daily reading plan, or save your own notes and bookmarks. Some churches are also beginning to post sermon outlines to YouVersion's "Live Events," allowing you to access, add your own notes, and then save or email to yourself. 

YouVersion offers lots of non-English versions, as well. 


And, as always, don't forget to download the Reeves Library app!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Forensic linguistics: Is there "anonymous" writing?

Here's something that should be of interest to writing, reading, and data-analytics folks: Forensic Linguistics.

"According to forensic linguists, the experts who investigate a text’s originator, if they have an individual’s known writings, they can detect with up to 95% accuracy that person’s authorship of any other document."

I had professors in college years ago who swore they could tell when someone had her boyfriend write her paper for her, etc., because the writing style was just so different from how the person usually wrote. This age-old gut instinct analysis is now getting some help from the IT world.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

App-tastic Tuesday: 270 to Win

In case you hadn't noticed, it's an election year. Political junkies and the apathetic alike will find something to enjoy about 270 to Win.



This fun little 99-cent app lets you view and manipulate election maps, both historical and projected. You can see which states voted red or blue, how long they've been voting that way, and how many electoral votes each one brings to the table.

There are state profiles showing history, voting tendencies, and how the state's electoral vote count has fluctuated over the years.

Of particular interest this year is the ability to start with a projection map and change states' decisions to see how each change would affect the presidential election's outcome. You can pick from a library of different projection maps and tweak to your heart's content.

Visit their website or find them in the App Store.

And, of course, don't forget to download the Reeves Library app!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

App-tastic Tuesday: Explain Everything

This app is one that actually costs something. I usually avoid those, but I was so impressed by Explain Everything that I coughed up the $2.99



Explain Everything allows you to create, narrate, and mark up screencasts and slideshows. To see a video that I created with this app, click here and watch the library intro video.

I love this app because the audio and markups are tied to the "slide" that you're viewing. If I mess up when I'm talking or circling a link (anyone who's sat through a class with me teaching knows that this happens pretty often!), I can easily toss out that slide and re-record just that part without having to worry about scrubbers and such.

It's not as robust as ScreenFlow or some other options, but I feel like it's a sweet spot at the intersection of a good end product and being easy to use.

Visit the Explain Everything website or find it in the App Store.
And don't forget to download the Reeves Library app!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Library Hours, August 19 - 26

Sunday, August 19             CLOSED

Monday, August 20 -
Thursday, August 23          8:00 AM - 8:50 PM

Friday, August 24               8:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Saturday, August 25           8:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Sunday, August 26             1:00 PM - 10:50 PM

Fall Hours

Regular library hours, August 20-December 31, 2012

Monday - Thursday            8:00 AM - 10:50 PM
Friday                                 8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Saturday                             9:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Sunday                               1:00 PM - 10:50 PM


EXCEPTION DATES

August 20 - 23                    8:00 AM - 8:50 PM


Labor Day Weekend
September 2 & 3                CLOSED

Extended Weekend
October 7                           CLOSED
October 8 & 9                    8:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Thanksgiving Break
November 20 & 21            8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
November 22 - 25             CLOSED

Finals
December 2                       1:00 PM - 10:50 PM
December 3 & 4                8:00 AM - 12:50 AM
December 5 & 6                8:00 AM - 10:50 PM
December 10                     8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Christmas Break
December 11 - 14              8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
December 15 & 16            CLOSED
December 17 - 21              8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
December 22 - Jan. 1         CLOSED

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sync: Free audiobooks this summer!

If you're a fan of audiobooks for roadtrips, workouts, or commuting, check out http://www.audiobooksync.com/. This website is going to be providing two free audiobooks every week this summer, starting today.

One of the two books each week will be a young adult title and the other will be a classic, "summer reading assignment" type book that share a common theme. This week's pair is The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

These titles are only available until June 21, when they'll be replaced by a new pair. Once you've downloaded the MP3s, however, you can wait and listen to them whenever you like (they don't expire).

Monday, May 14, 2012

Regular Summer Hours

Monday -- Thursday    8:00 AM - 5:50 PM
Friday                           8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Saturday                       9:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Sunday                         CLOSED

Exception Dates


May 26 - 28                 CLOSED
July 4                            CLOSED
July 27                          8:00 AM - Noon
August 13                     CLOSED

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

App-Tastic Tuesday: Peterson Birds of North America

This app is one of the ones that really utilizes the iPad's capabilities in intuitive and truly helpful ways. And it's on sale right now for 99 cents (down for the usual price of $14.99), so snap it up while you can!



Anyone who's frequently used the traditional book version of the Peterson guides knows that they are chock full of information and accurate, clear drawings. This app has all of the usual content about habitat, migration patterns, habits, etc., but it also includes recordings of birdsongs and integrates birdwatching checklists. You can even report sightings. 

The Peterson guides have been standbys in libraries and in the home collections of outdoor enthusiasts for decades. Grab this reference "book" while the price is low!

And don't forget to download our free app while you're at it. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Finals start swimmingly

A little stress relief for all of our students studying for finals!

(Apologies to anyone I accidentally hit with the clownfish.)




Friday, May 4, 2012

Hours for Finals Week

Saturday, May 5th:             9:00 AM -- 4:50 PM

Sunday, May 6th:              1:00 PM -- 10:50 PM

Monday, May 7th:            8:00 AM -- 12:50 AM

Tuesday, May 8th:            8:00 AM -- 12:50 AM

Wednesday, May 9th:       8:00 AM -- 10:50 PM

Thursday, May 10th:           8:00 AM -- 8:50 PM

Friday, May 11th:               8:00 AM -- 3:40 PM

Saturday, May 12th &
Sunday, May 13th:                               CLOSED


Good luck, everyone!


We'll begin our regular summer hours on Monday the 14th (8:00 AM -- 5:50 PM M-Th, 8:00 AM -- 4:50 Fridays, 9:00 -- 4:50 Saturdays, closed Sundays).

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Late Nights @ The Library!


We'll be open for an extra two hours again next Monday & Tuesday nights to help you get ready for your finals. Coffee, cookies, and a few fun stress-relievers will be provided. See you there!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

App-Tastic Tuesday: Gaze HD

Finals are next week. Are you stressing a bit?

This app won't get your projects done any faster, but it might help you relax for a few minutes.


Gaze is a free app that puts beautiful HD scenes on your iPad. There are four different Gaze apps, and each one comes in a free version. Beautiful Views (icon pictured) and Fires and More can also be upgraded to show additional scenes for a couple of bucks.

The waterfalls cascade, the waves crash, the fire crackles, or the cherry blossoms tumble, with or without sound, and you can set the app to stay on your favorite scene or to shuffle through them all.

When I'm not using my iPad, I set up a Gaze scene and prop it beside my computer monitor with a radio app playing in the background. On dreary days, it's like a window to somewhere pretty.

Visit their website or find them in the App Store.
And, of course, don't forget to download the Reeves Library app! 

Monday, April 30, 2012

We're on Twitter!

We don't plan to flood your stream with messages about what we had for breakfast, but follow @ReevesLib on Twitter for important library updates.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Brain Rules

If you're planning to read Brain Rules by John Medina in preparation for his presentation at the Fall Workshop, you're in luck. We have it in our e-book collection, Ebrary!

To view or download our copy, head over to the library's home page and click on "ebrary E-book Database" in the list of databases in the left column.

Once you log in, just type brain rules and hit the Search button.





To read the book online, just click on the book's title and you'll be able to page through on your computer or iPad.





To download a copy to view offline, click on the "Download" button underneath the book information on your results page. You'll have several different options appear in a dialog box.




For more information on your download options, click the eBrary "help" link in the upper right-hand corner. Select the section on "Document Downloading" for more options and details.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter break hours

Thursday, April 5: 8:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Good Friday (April 6) through
Easter Sunday (April 8): CLOSED

Monday, April 9: 8:00 AM - 5:50 PM

Rock the Drop!

In honor of Support Teen Literature Day, why not joint the guerrilla movement, "Rock the Drop"? More details here, but basically, get a book that would appeal to teens and leave it in a public place on April 12.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Recycle your tech packaging

If you ordered or purchased a computer, TV, or other large piece of technology recently, it probably came packaged in a box and protected by crumbly, white styrofoamy stuff that was molded to perfectly cradle your new toy. Instead of tossing that box and white stuff in the Dumpster, why not send it to RecycleTech, who will transform it into new CD/DVD cases, picture frames, or other plastic goodies?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Requesting books & articles through interlibrary loan

How do you get a book or article that's not in our collection? You did a search in WorldCat Discovery and found a great source, but it's not "Held by Seton Hill University." What then?

First, make sure that you're looking at a record for a print book (not an ebook) or article. Libraries usually aren't allowed to lend electronic materials to each other.

Click on the title of the item you want:



Look under "Availability/Holdings" for the "Request Item" button and click it (don't worry about the list of libraries that have it; that's our job).



On the next page, scroll down a bit to the contact information form and fill it in; then hit "Submit."



You will then be taken to a confirmation screen that informs you that "your request has been placed." You will receive an email from the library when the book arrives and is ready for you to pick up. This typically takes 1-2 weeks for books. Articles often come within a few days and are usually sent to you as email attachments.


If you are asking for something that may be rare (such as an older item, a limited edition, or something in a foreign language), you may want to look at the list of holding libraries just to make sure that several libraries own the item you need. If a book is only held by two or three libraries in the world, the odds of our being able to borrow a copy will be low and you may need to find a source that is more widely-held.

For a video demonstration, visit https://youtu.be/zvs_144F5Ok

Friday, February 17, 2012

Your library account

In order to place an interlibrary loan request, see a list of items you have out from the library, or renew items that you've borrowed, you will need to activate your library catalog account. For specific instructions on renewing an item once you're already logged in, see the bottom of this post. 

Once you have accessed your account for the first time, you can set your username and password to what whatever you wish.

First, go to the library's home page (setonhill.libguides.com/library) and click on the "Catalog" tab:





Once you are in the catalog, click on the "My Account" tab:



Select "Log In/Register":



The first time you access your account, you will need to enter your barcode number. This should be your student or employee number (found on your SHU ID card) plus 000001 (000002 if you are using a replacement card... or 000003... or 000004). The default password is 4321.


Once you are into your account, verify your contact information. Beneath it you will see a link to change your login information:



Once you expand this section, you have the option to create a username and change your password. We strongly suggest that you do so.



Please create a secure username and password combination that you will be able to remember. The library staff will not be able to look up your username or password for you (we are able to reset only).

If you have any trouble with this process, please contact the front library desk at 724-838-4291 for assistance.


RENEWING MATERIALS


Once you're logged in to your account, select the drop-down menu and choose "Items Out."



This will take you to a list of the materials you are currently borrowing. Place a checkmark next to the item you want to renew and click the "Renew Selected Items" button.




Unless someone else has requested the item or you've already used up your maximum number of renewals, you should see a confirmation screen. To see your new due date, click the "Back" button.




Monday, February 13, 2012

New Steelcase furniture!


Check out the new addition to the downstairs lounge area:




As well as interactive presentation/viewing screens and a semi-circle work area, this new trial furniture features electrical outlets and screen hookups (Macs will need VGA adapters). Just pull out a "puck," plug in, and collaborate away!



Monday, February 6, 2012

Just added


A few new titles that we've added to our collection. These new books will be added to our juvenile collection (some in picture books and some in chapter/YA books) and should be of interest to our Spanish students!


Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States, edited by Lori Marie Carlson


Cuentos que contaban nuestras abuelas by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada



Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal by J.K. Rowling



Crepusculo by Stephenie Meyer


We've also added Tales Our Abuelitas Told (the English version of Cuentos que...), Cool Salsa, La Llorona/The Weeping Woman by Joe Hayes, A sembrar sopa de verduras by Lois Ehlert, and Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English by Alma Flor Ada.

Monday, January 30, 2012

“But I Gave Credit”—Copyright infringement /= Plagiarism

In the world of the web, dealing with information and media ethically can be a tangled mess. The issue of copyright and what you are and aren’t allowed to do with other people’s stuff can be especially confusing.

Many people believe that, as long as they give credit to the person or people who created something, it’s okay for them to reproduce it. This is a widely-held belief, especially on college campuses, where we think that “academic fair use” gives us the right to copy stuff if we make it clear that we didn’t create it ourselves.

The thing is that giving credit to the creator of something puts you in the clear as far as plagiarism is concerned, but does nothing at all to protect you from committing copyright infringement.

Why?

Dictionary.com defines “plagiarism” as “the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work…” So by giving the author credit for creating the material, you’re in the clear as far as plagiarism goes. You’re not trying to pass it off as something that you did yourself.

But copyright is concerned about something else—according to dictionary.com again, “the exclusive right to make copies.” Whether or not the author’s name is included with the text or media. If you made a copy of something that wasn’t yours, you are potentially committing copyright infringement.

As educators and students, we do have some special permissions to use stuff for educational purposes, but it’s not a blank check. For instance, you can usually copy a small portion of a book, but you can’t copy nearly half of the chapters. For more information, check out this fun YouTube video from the Copyright Clearance Center.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Spring hours

It doesn't look much like spring out there today, but the spring semester is indeed upon us. Our hours for the coming semester:


REGULAR LIBRARY HOURS—JANUARY 19 – MAY 13, 2012

Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM - 10:50 PM

Friday 8:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Sunday 1:00 PM - 10:50 PM


EXCEPTIONS BETWEEN NOW AND SPRING BREAK

January 19 8:00 AM - 8:50 PM

February 5 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM




Monday, January 2, 2012

January Term hours

Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:50 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Sunday CLOSED

January 16 CLOSED
January 19 8:00 AM - 8:50 PM