Teaching & Learning Day 2014: Faculty & Staff Workshops on Tues. Aug. 19

Welcome back, Faculty & Staff! It’s great to see you back on campus, just in time for Teaching & Learning Day, a day of workshops from the Teaching, Learning, & Technology Center (TLTC) and the Library taking place Tuesday, August 19th.

Now is the perfect time to put the finishing touches on your classes, and the Library & TLTC are here to help.  Every semester, the TLTC and Library sponsor workshops taught by and to faculty & staff on topics related to pedagogy, instructional design, and technology in the classroom. This year’s workshops include topics such as: Moodle tools, myHeliotrope, academic integrity, universal design, collaborating with course librarians, teaching with tablets, using Zotero to manage citations, and more!

Join us for a welcome session at 9:15am following by workshops held in various classrooms in the Library throughout the day.

Click here to sign up for Teaching & Learning Day workshops.

Teaching & Learning Day Schedule. See full schedule here: https://drupalsites.purchase.edu/tltc/index.php?q=node/282

Remembering Robin Williams

Robin Williams, known for his comedic and dramatic acting talents, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014. An actor of great range, Williams played a doctor, a professor, a therapist, a drag club owner, a robot, a Shakespearean clown, a nanny, and a cartoon genie. In memory of this beloved actor and comedian, here are links to some of his most acclaimed films available in the Purchase College Library and their call numbers:


robin williams and matt damon in good will hunting

Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting

Library Closed TODAY AUGUST 11th

The Library is closed Monday, August 11th due to the Electrical Shutdown affecting several campus buildings.We will reopen Tuesday August 12th at 8:30 am.  See the Library Hours page for a full listing of library hours this week: http://purchase.libguides.com/hours.

Need to return items? You may return any items in the Drop Box in the foyer. The outer doors to the Library foyer are always open.

Shakespeare For the New Millennium

Tablet technology has taken a new twist on an old favorite. Mobile apps for Shakespeare Sonnets help lovers of literature experience The Bard in new ways.  Here are some of the top apps for interacting with the works of William Shakespeare:

1. The Sonnets:  This sleek iPad app shows a scan of the 1609 Quarto edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets along with commentary and annotations. It also features videos of famous actors and authors like Patrick Stewart, David Tennant, and Kim Cattrall reading sonnets!

2. The Shakespeare App (Free or Pr0): For Android and Apple, you can access the complete works of William Shakespeare on this app and use a build in glossary to define Elizabethan words. You can even shake your phone to get a quote of the day.

3. Folger Shakespeare Library (paid):  The Folger Shakespeare Institute in Washington D.C. has created a series of interactive audiobooks of Shakespeare’s most popular plays: Hamlet, Othello, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth. Read by actors from the Folger Theatre, this app also contains scholarly commentaries on the plays and illuminated manuscripts. A great tool for teachers!

4. Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre Programmes: If you love the London theatre, you can download digital copies of programmes from Royal Shakespeare Company productions, including behind-the-scenes articles and video interviews with the actors.



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

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