4/22 @ 6pm: Sin & Subversion: The Rise & Fall of Book Censorship in America

What do Alice Walker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison, Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence and J .K. Rowling have in common? Their books have been censored. From the 1870’s through the 1960’s literary censorship was a legal fact of life in the United States, publishers and booksellers were prosecuted and books were seized pursuant to court order.

Today community concerns rather than legal sanction drive discussions of what titles should or should not be available in local public libraries, leading to the removal of works deemed “inappropriate.” During the course of the lecture Carrie Marten and Leah Massar, Purchase College Librarians, will read excerpts from banned books. They will also join Dr. Howard in the panel discussion following the lecture. Audience members will also be invited to read excerpts from censored books. This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

What: Sin & Subversion: The Rise & Fall of Book Censorship in America
When: Tues., 4/22 @ 6:00 pm
Where: Red Room, Student Services Building

Free and open to the public.

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Faculty / Staff Workshop: Mobile Technology: Buying Guide to the Newest Tablets, Gadgets and Phones, Thursday, April 17 @12:30

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

Want to learn about different types of mobile devices? Not sure which device will work for you? Then this workshop is for you.  There will be time for sharing and discussion and play.

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Mobile Technology: Buying Guide to the Newest Tablets, Gadgets and Phones

PresenterJohn Sicat

Are you in the market for a new mobile device? 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 a variety of 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!

Come with your mobile devices if you want hands-on participation. Or just join us to listen and ask all your questions if you’re just thinking of getting one. The presenter will be bringing some sample devices (old and new) for you to try out.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 17, 12:30-1:30

Location: Library 1015B 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.

Book Art & Printing Expo in the Library. Reception 4/8/14, 4:30pm, 2nd Floor

Check out a new exhibition of artists books and printing from students of Prof. Leonard Seastone. Join us for a reception on Tuesday April 8th at 4:30pm in the Library 2nd Floor Reading Room.

Books and Printing from the Classes:

 “Letterpress Workshop” and “Book Structures”

An exhibition of the work of current and former students of Prof. Leonard Seastone

When: April 7 – April 28

Where: Library 2nd Floor Reading Room

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You are invited to attend the Opening Reception:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Thanks to: Patrick Callahan, Steven Lam, Warren Lehrer, Kirsten Nelson, Eileen Prager, Gabby Ibacache, Joseph Swatski, Holly Williams, Jack Napierala, Sean McNulty, Stefanie Wolfson and the University Police for helping make this exhibition possible.

Faculty / Staff Workshop: Excel: Formulas and Functions, Wednesday, April 2 @ 10:30am

Want to learn more advanced features and functions of Microsoft Excel? Need to use formulas, process data, and create spreadsheets for your job? Come to our hands-on session!

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Excel: Formulas and Functions

PresenterKeith Landa

This workshop will walk you through the steps to effectively use formulas and functions to process data and calculate results.  Common functions and categories of functions will be reviewed.  We will cover examples such as maintaining a budget or calculating grades. Prerequisite: a basic proficiency with Excel.

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 2, 10:30-11:45

Location: Library 1004C

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.

Got Midterms Questions? Ask Us, Text Us, Chat with Us

Midterm research getting you down?  Just ask your friendly neighborhood librarian!

During midterms, librarians are here to help answer all your questions about the research process and citation.  There’s lots of ways to ask us questions:

  • Ask us in person:  Reference Librarians are available Monday-Thursday 10am to 7pm and Friday 10am to 4pm. Just drop by and say hi! (Note, we are available “on call” during spring break).
  • Meet with us: Schedule an individual appointment  by emailing your  subject librarian or email lib.reference@purchase.edu and we’ll assign you the right librarian.
  • Text us:  Text your question to 914-873-1711 and a Purchase librarian or circulation supervisor will respond within 10 minutes during regular service hours.
  • Chat with us:  Use our Ask Us 24/7 IM service to chat with a librarian.  Librarians from Purchase College as well as other university libraries nationwide staff Ask Us 24/7.
  • Try our FAQs:  Browse our Library FAQs f0r helpful research tips and frequently asked questions about library services.

 

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Ask your friendly neighborhood Librarian

Spring Break Library Hours

The Library will have reduced hours next week for Spring Break, March 22 – March 30, 2014.  See the hours below and the Library Hours Page

Spring Break Hours (March 21 – 30):

Friday, March 21 8:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 22 Closed
Sunday, March 23 Closed
Monday, March 24 – Thursday, March 27 8:30am – 4:45pm
Friday, March 28 8:30am – 4:00pm
Saturday, March 29 Closed
Sunday, March 30 6:00pm – 2:00am

Note: Some services may be reduced. Text Us is not available when the library is closed. To speak with a librarian 24 hours a day, use our Ask Us 24/7 chat service.

Thank you!

The Library would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our 2014 Library Survey. We understand and appreciate that your time is valuable so thank you so much for taking a few minutes to give us your feedback on the services and resources that the Library offers. The Library takes your input very seriously. In that vein, we will be spending the next several week analyzing the qualitative and quantitative results of the survey (yes, we will read every comment!) in an effort to identify positive trends and opportunities for improvement. We will also hold an all staff retreat in late May to discuss how to improve what we do well and develop strategies for implementing changes where needed.

We will also be contacting all the prize winners this week so be sure to check your Purchase College email! As a reminder, see a list of all the prizes we are giving out here.

Thank you again to everyone for your feedback and input. And even though the 2014 Library Survey is now closed, we are always open to your comments and suggestions on our suggestion board in the 2012 Lounge and via our various social media pages, email, text, telephone, and/or in-person. For all the ways to reach the Library, please visit http://purchase.libguides.com/askus.

Thanks!

Faculty / Staff Workshop: Designing and Deploying Effective Online Surveys, Tuesday, March 18 @ 4:30pm

The Library and TLTC invite you to learn how to design and deploy effective online surveys.

To find out what people really think, just ask (on a survey!). Come to this hands-on workshop to learn more about Google Docs forms and SelectSurvey.net. Bring your ideas and questions.

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Designing and Deploying Effective Online Surveys

Presenter: Keith Landa

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 18, 4:30-5:45

Location: Library 1004D

Online surveys allow you to collect information from target populations, manage event sign-ups, solicit feedback from users, etc. This workshop will cover the development, deployment and analysis of surveys using two tools: Google Docs forms, and SelectSurvey.net. We use Google Docs forms extensively in our office, to put together simple surveys that are easy to set up and analyze. We’ll walk through the process of getting set up with Google Docs, if needed, and how to set up forms. The campus also has available a commercial survey tool, SelectSurvey.net, which is useful for creating more complex, multi-page surveys, with conditional display of survey questions, etc.

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.

Last chance to win! Library Survey ends Fri. March 14th!

Got 5-10 minutes to spare?  Enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite, gift certificates to local eateries, and Purchase gear by taking the  2014 Library Survey online!  The survey runs through tomorrow, Friday March 14, 2014, so now is your chance to tell us what you think.

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win a gift basket with Purchase gear

Seize the day! This is your opportunity to have your voice heard and tell us what you’d like YOUR library to be like.

Your suggestions on past surveys have led directly to improvements in the Library, such as:

  • increased Library hours
  • institution of Quiet Zones
  • addition of comfortable new seating
  • installation of vending machines
  • reorganization of our film collections
  • separated, browsable music collection

Just enter your email address after taking the survey for a chance to win one of many prizes. All survey responses are anonymous; your email address will not be connected to your responses and will only be used to notify prize-winners. Only current Purchase College students are eligible to win prizes; however, faculty and staff are encouraged to provide feedback as well.

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dinner for two at a local restaurant

Prizes include:

Take the Library Survey Here!

We are grateful for your feedback. A big thanks to those who have already participated!

Four Days Left to Win Prizes! Take the Library Survey Before Fri. 3/14/14!

Attention Purchase students!  You can still win a Kindle Paperwhite, gift certificates to local eateries, and Purchase swag by taking the  2014 Library Survey online, available through March 14, 2014.

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Time is running out!  Now is your chance to have your voice heard and tell us what you’d like YOUR library to be like.

 

 

 

Your suggestions on past surveys have led directly to improvements in the Library, such as:

  • increased Library hours
  • institution of Quiet Zones
  • addition of comfortable new seating
  • installation of vending machines
  • reorganization of our film collections
  • separated, browsable music collection

Just enter your email address after taking the survey for a chance to win one of many prizes. All survey responses are anonymous; your email address will not be connected to your responses and will only be used to notify prize-winners. Only current Purchase College students are eligible to win prizes; however, faculty and staff are encouraged to provide feedback as well.

Prizes include:

Take the Library Survey Here!

We are grateful for your feedback. A big thanks to those who have already participated!

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