Archive for November, 2009

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

New Oxford American Dictionary has announced its 2009 Word of the Year. This year’s winner is “Unfriend.”

Other recent past winners include hypermiling and carbon neutral.
Check out the full story from CNN

Tell us what you think about the selection.

Monday, November 16th, 2009

In day three of Using the Library at Home and we are going to talk a bit about online reference materials.

There are hundreds of electronic reference materials accessible using your Campus Computer Account. To access them use the drop down menu on our home page to select the subject guide which best reflects your research. Once the guide has loaded select the reference tab near the top of the page. On this tab you will find links to many online reference resources to help with your research.

Looking for general reference resources? The library has a page for that too. Just click this link.

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Today is Friday the 13th and it also happens to be day two in our series on accessing the library’s services from home. These tips will work for anyone not just those incapacitated by illness.

Today’s Tip: Getting Reference Assistance

Thanks to technology getting reference assistance from a librarian is easier than ever. There are currently three ways to get help from a librarian without stepping foot into the building.

1. By chat– Use our instant messaging chat windows found
on the Ask a Librarian page or on any of our Subject Guides.

If you find that the librarian chat isn’t available when you have a question be sure to use the Ask Us 24/7 service also located on the Ask a Librarian page. Regardless of the time or day you will be connected with a librarian who can help answer your reference question.

2. By Email– Use this form or by sending us an email directly at

3. By telephone– Give us a call; we are available to answer questions by phone during our Reference Desk hours. (315) 267-2485 in the Crumb Library and (315) 267-2451 in the Crane Library

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Today will begin a series of posts on how to take advantage of the library from the comfort of your own home. Doing so is especially important this year because of the threat swine flu and other communicable diseases pose to our campus community. So, if you are feeling under the weather stay home and rest because the library can come to you.

Today’s Tip: Renewing library materials

Using our Online Renewal is the easiest and fastest way to renew materials you’ve checked out from the library. To do this, go to the library homepage and click “BearCat Online Catalog.” Then click “My Account” in the grey menu bar and log in. After doing so, it is as simple as clicking “loans and renewals,” selecting the items you wish to renew, and clicking “Renew Selected.”

Just two minutes of effort will save you both the time and energy of coming to the library to renew your books. More importantly it may also help prevent the spread of illness on campus.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Kurt Vonnegut Jr, who died in April 2007 would have been 86 today. Vonnegut was the author of many great novels including Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle and Breakfast of Champions.

If you’ve never before read Vonnegut why not start today on his 86th birthday? Below is a list of a few of his books available here at the library.

Slaughterhouse-Five (PS3572.O5 S55 1988)
Cat’s Cradle (PS3572.O5 C3 1990)
Mother Night (PS3572.O5 M6 1966)
Breakfast of Champions (PS3572.O5 B7 1991)
Bluebeard: A Novel (PS3572.O5 B5 1987)
God Bless You Mr. Rosewater (PS3572.O5 G6 1991)
Welcome to the Monkeyhouse : A collection of short works (PS3572.O5 W4 1968)

Already a fan of Vonnegut? Let us know why, and which book is your favorite in the comments.