Welcome Class of 2018!

If you’re on campus for Orientation this week, make sure you stop by the Library!  (New to campus?  We are the colorful glass building at the center of the plaza mall with a yellow column and a red overhang).

You can cool off from the heat, use our computers, get a snack in the 2012 Michelle MacNaught Student Lounge, explore our books, DVDs, and graphic novels, tour our revamped Music Collection, and take a look at student artwork on display.

We know there’s a lot of information to digest at Orientation, so we won’t bombard you today.  You can get acquainted with the Purchase College Library at your own pace via social media.  If you’re reading this, you’ve already found our news blog,  “Behind the Stacks,” but you can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, and check out photos of the library on Instagram and Flickr.  Find us on the social media site of your choice!  If you’d like to leave us a message or share your thought, just use #SUNYPurchaseLib.

And of course, whether you’re on or off campus, you can always Ask a Librarian a question via phone, email, text, IM/chat, or in person.  We are here to help you get oriented!

poster showing the library is on twitter, facebook, tumblr, flickr, and instagram. our hashtag is #SUNYPurchaseLib

What is Net Neutrality?

The FCC has extended its deadline to comment on FCC.gov about net neutrality until Friday July 18th. Due to high traffic and large volumes of public comments, the FCC website crashed on Tuesday, causing them to extend the deadline.  That means you have until Friday to send your comments for or against Net Neutrality to the FCC. But what’s is Net Neutrality and why are people talking about it?

The American Library Association defines Net Neutrality as “the concept of online non-discrimination. It is the principle that consumers/citizens should be free to get access to – or to provide – the Internet content and services they wish, and that consumer access should not be regulated based on the nature or source of that content or service.”  Reuters explains Net Neutrality as “a principle that says Internet service providers should treat all traffic on their networks equally. That means companies like Comcast Corp or Verizon Communications Inc should not block or slow down access to any website or content on the Web – for instance, to benefit their own services over those of competitors.”   The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) uses the term “Open Internet” rather than Net Neutrality and FCC.gov provides a history of the debate and court challenges to their 2010 “Open Internet Order.”


Sounds pretty boring?  

Try this three-minute video from the New York Times or this entertaining explanation from comedian John Oliver.


So who is against Net Neutrality?  

Many telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers (i.e. Time Warner, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon) argue that they should be allowed to charge content providers (i.e. Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon, Hulu etc) a premium price in exchange for giving users faster or priority access to that content. Many reports describe this as creating a “fast lane”  and charging a “toll” for certain websites and online content providers who use a lot of bandwidth (like YouTube, Hulu, or Netflix and other video streaming or gaming sites).  According to this article from The Christian Science Monitor, these companies “insist it should be their prerogative to manage the data flowing on their privately-owned pipes, collecting reasonable, market-based fees from those who want to connect.”


Why are people upset about an Internet “fast lane”?

Net Neutrality and Open Internet supporters argue that broadband providers could discriminate against content providers. Comcast, for example, which is set to acquire Time Warner and become the largest Internet Service Provider in the United States, also owns NBC Universal, so Comcast may choose to prioritize NBC content over other networks and websites. Many have argued that creating “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” disadvantages smaller companies, businesses, or individuals who can’t afford the costs of negotiating with large telecom corporations; they argue this could reduce innovation in tech and entertainment. Opponents also worry that getting rid of Net Neutrality could lead to censorship because content that Internet Service Providers disagree with could be slowed down and rendered inaccessible.

Politicians and celebrities like Senator Al Franken have come out in support of keeping access to the Internet open for all content providers. Many large tech companies including Google, Amazon, Netflix and Facebook have sided with Net Neutrality as well.


 Why do Libraries care about Net Neutrality?

Many libraries worry that research, academic, or controversial content– especially free, noncommercial content– will be relegated to “slow lanes” and become harder to discover.  According to the American Library Association: “A world in which librarians and other noncommercial enterprises are of necessity limited to the Internet’s ‘slow lanes’ while high-definition movies can obtain preferential treatment seems to us to be overlooking a central priority for a democratic society – the necessity of enabling educators, librarians, and, in fact, all citizens to inform themselves and each other just as much as the major commercial and media interests can inform them.”


What can you do about it?

First, read up on the topic and decide where you stand.  Search for “net neutrality” on Opposing Viewpoints  to find news and scholarly articles on both sides of the issue.

Next, you can share your thoughts as a public comment on FCC.gov or email openinternet@fcc.gov by Friday July 18th.  The FCC is seeking feedback from the public before it proceeds with regulating or deregulating of the current “Open Internet.”


New Database Trials

The library currently has trial access to the following databases:

  • Anthropology Plus
    A compilation of the Anthropological Index Online and Anthropological Literature databases, this resource is an extensive index of bibliographic materials covering the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and related interdisciplinary research. [Trial ends August 27, 2014.]
  • Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index
    Coverage is international in scope and represents Western European and American fine arts and some decorative arts from the 4th-19th centuries. Languages include English, French, Italian, German, Russian, Spanish, Dutch and Scandinavian. Researchers benefit from the inclusive coverage within the articles including artists, works, collections (private and public), exhibitions, and reproductions. [Trial ends September 10, 2014.]
  • International Political Science Abstracts
    Produced since 1951 by the International Political Science Association, this database is the authoritative global standard in support of scholarly research in political science and proximate disciplines. [Trial ends August 27, 2014.]
  • Political Science Complete
    Provides extensive coverage of global political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse. Contains full text for hundreds of journals along with indexing and abstracting for thousands of publications. [Trial ends August 27, 2014.]
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
    In addition to nearly 900 full-text titles, SocINDEX with Full Text also contains informative abstracts for more than 1,500 “core” coverage journals dating as far back as 1895. It offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. [Trial ends August 27, 2014.]

Let us know if you have any feedback, or would like to request a trial for a new resource. Go here for all of the library’s subscription databases.

Library Closed July 4th – 6th

In observance of the Fourth of July, the Library will be closed Friday, July 4th through Sunday, July 6th.  We will reopen on Monday morning.  Have a safe and happy 4th!  For full hours, see our Hours page.

Kanopy – Streaming Video

New Resource!: Purchase College Library subscribes to streaming videos via the Kanopy platform. We will be adding more, as well as digitizing and uploading some of the films in our collection to be included on Kanopy. We have a trial, until the end of June,  that gives us access to all of Kanopy’s streaming videos. Check them out here!


Kanopy is a leading distributor of online videos to colleges. Kanopy provides colleges with a streaming platform and a broad catalog of over 26,000 streaming videos to choose from, representing more than 800 leading producers such as Media Education Foundation, Criterion Collection, First Run Features, HBO, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Medcom, Green Planet Films, BBC, Psychotherapy. net, Stanford Executive Briefings, and more. Learn more about some of the leading producers Kanopy represents.

Library Closed Monday, May 26th (Memorial Day)

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 26th in observance of Memorial Day. Please see the schedule below or visit our Hours page to see when the Library will be open over the summer.
When the Library is closed, please place any borrowed materials you need to return in the Book Drop in the Library foyer. The foyer and the book drop are always open.
Also note that Text Us will not be available when the Library is closed. Please use the Ask Us 24/7 chat service instead.

Summer Session I (May 19 – June 6):

Mondays – Thursdays**
8:00am – 4:45pm
8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays

 **Exceptions:  The Library is Closed May 26th (Memorial Day), and July 4th, July 5th, and August 11th (electric shutdown).

Summer Sessions II-IV (June 9 – August 1):

Mondays – Thursdays 8:00am – 10:00pm
Fridays 8:00am – 4:00pm
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Sundays Closed


End of Summer Hours (August 2 – August 24):

Mondays – Thursdays 8:30am – 4:45pm
Fridays 8:30am – 4:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays

Library Closed May 16th and May 19th. Summer Hours update!

The Library’s 24/5 “finals” hours will end on Tuesday May 13th at 11pm. Please see the schedule below or visit our Hours page to see when the Library will be open the rest of this week and over the summer. Note that the Library is closed for Commencement on Friday May 16th and will be closed on Monday May 19th for a staff development retreat.
When the Library is closed, please place any borrowed materials you need to return in the Book Drop in the Library foyer. The foyer and the book drop are always open.
Also note that Text Us will not be available when the Library is closed. Please use the Ask Us 24/7 chat service instead.

End of Spring Semester Library Hours:

Tuesday, May 13 (end of 24/5)
Close at 11pm
Wednesday, May 14
8:00am – 4:45pm
Thursday, May 15 8:00am – 4:45pm
Friday, May 16 (Commencement)
Saturday, May 17 Closed
Sunday, May 18


Summer Session I (May 19 – June 6):

Mondays – Thursdays**
8:30am – 4:45pm
8:30am – 4:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays

 **Exceptions:  The Library is Closed May 19th, May 26th (Memorial Day), and July 4th.

Summer Sessions II-IV (June 9 – August 1):

Mondays – Thursdays 8:00am – 10:00pm
Fridays 8:00am – 4:00pm
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Sundays Closed


Sr. Project/Capstone Submission Tips & Reminders

Congratulations Seniors and Graduating Masters Students! If you are submitting a Senior Thesis, Capstone, or Masters thesis this year, please keep in mind the following guidelines and deadlines.
The deadline for project submission, as set by the Office of the Registrar, is May 16 2014. 

Projects containing audio/video must be handed in to the Library Reference desk by Thursday, May 15 at 4:30pm, as the Library will be closed for Commencement on Friday, May 16. 

  • If you plan to participate in the 20th Annual Senior Project Procession on Tuesday, May 13 at 4pm, be sure to plan ahead and bring proof of your final senior project submission and both faculty reader approvals by:
  •    logging in to Moodle,
  •    navigating to your Student Project workspace
  •    printing the entire page directly from your browser (File > Print)

Note: Please do NOT print out your entire senior project, just the page in Moodle showing your name, submission, and faculty reader approvals.

  • Written projects must be submitted electronically as a PDF via your Moodle Student Project Space. For instructions on setting up your space, adding your 1st and 2nd readers (aka faculty sponsors/advisers), entering the title & project information, and submittingthe final project, please refer to the Student Projects Guide: http://purchase.libguides.com/studentprojects
  • For students whose projects include an audio component, please save your audio as MP3 file(s) to a CD. For students whose projects include a video component, please save your video as an MP4 file to a DVD.  Make sure your CD/DVD is clearly labeled with your:
  • first and last name
  • board of study
  • graduation semester and year

Once your first and second readers have signed off on your project in the Student Project space on Moodle, please hand in your CD/DVD to the Library Reference or Circulation Desk. You will be provided with a receipt confirming the submission of your CD/DVD to the Library. 

Please contact us at lib.reference@purchase.edu if you have any questions.


Faculty / Staff Workshop: Mobile Technology: Apps, Apps, & More Apps, FRIDAY May 9 @ 12:30

The Library and TLTC invite you to explore mobile technologies and apps in our next workshop.

Want to learn about different types of apps that will work with your mobile devices and  can potentially make your life easier? Then this workshop is for you.  There will be time for sharing and discussion and play.

mobile devices

Mobile Technology: Apps, Apps, & More Apps

PresenterJohn Sicat

Do you have a mobile device (Netbook/Chromebook, Smartphone, Tablet, Wearable Techs, etc.) but feel like you’re not using it to its utmost capacity? This workshop will help you turn your mobile device into your virtual assistant! Ideally, by the end of this workshop, you will understand the ins and outs of your mobile devices, get a feel for what add-ons you can purchase to turn your device into a well-oiled machine (and make you look like a tech genius!), and hopefully introduce you to new useful apps you can utilize immediately! This workshop will give you ample time to download some apps, address your questions regarding each of your devices, and turn you into a mobile expert. The workshop will be open for discussion so that others can share their favorite apps and hardware as well.

NEW Date/Time:  Friday, May 9, 12:30-2:00

Location: Library 1015C DMZ

To register, or see a full list of workshops from the Library and TLTC, visit: http://purchase.libguides.com/workshops

Advance registration is encouraged but walk-ins are always welcome.

Stop by the Music Collection Open House, May 5, 12-2pm

The Library’s Music Room was revamped this year, and we’re welcoming you to check it out, hang out, and chill out with CDs from the Library’s music collection, including CDs donated by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, during this Open House.

Music Collection Open House

What:  Music & Snacks

Where: Music Collection Room, 1st floor of the Library

When:  Monday, May 5th.  noon to 2pm

Why:  Get amped for finals with a power playlist & snacks!

Stop by the Music Room on the Library 1st Floor any time between noon and 2pm on Monday, May 5th!  Grab some salsa & chips, browse a display highlighting CDs from the Library’s collections, and enjoy playlists highlighting the most frequently checked out albums and Purchase alumni musicians. Listen to playlists here:



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