Monthly Archives: April 2012

Library Bookmark Contest Winner Announced!

Please join us in congratulating the winner of the 2012 Purchase College Library Bookmark contest: Emily Tomasik (senior, Film Conservatory)! Emily’s design was chosen for its visual excellence and for communicating the value of the library in a unique and appealing way.

For her winning design, Emily received a $100 gift certificate to Pick up one of our new bookmarks with Emily’s design at the reference desk, circulation desk, or at the next Library event.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest!


Looking for a book? Let us help you!

So you have searched the catalog for a book, the status says it is available, but you still can’t find the book on the shelf? We are here to help!

If you cannot find a book where it is supposed to be, please ask a librarian for help. You can text us at 914-873-1711, and we will come meet you in the stacks. Or stop by the reference desk and let us know you are having trouble finding a book. Librarians are experts at understanding call numbers and navigating the library.

You can also request that we search for the item for you by using our missing item form: The Library will search for the item and notify you of the result if you leave your contact information.

We are ready to help!

24/5 Hours Begin on May 1st (That’s in One Week!)

Beginning Tuesday May 1st, the Library will be open 24 hours a day, 5 days per week for finals period.

Once 24/5 hours start, we will be open continuously Sundays at noon through Fridays at midnight.  On Saturdays, we will be open from noon to midnight.  After May 1st, 24/5 hours will be in effect for the remainder of the semester, ending Tuesday, May 15th at 11:00pm.  For details, see our hours page.

Please note that not all services (i.e.: reference desk, Text Us, Special Collections, etc.) will be available during our extended late-night hours. However, you can look for answers in our online Library FAQs or get help from a real, live librarian around the clock with our Ask Us 24/7 Chat Service.

Image of flyer for the 24 hour, 5 days a week finals openning period

Click the image to be taken to the Library Hours Page

Art of the Book Exhibit Reception, 6pm FRIDAY @ the Library

The Purchase College Library and Karen Guancione’s Art of the Book class invites you to the Opening Reception of a new exhibit tonight, Friday April 20th at 6pm!

Whatever the Method: The Art of the Book

Purchase College Library, Mezzanine Level  (Second Floor Reading Room)

On view Friday, April 20 through Saturday May 12, 2012


Open during the BFA Exhibition on May 12th.

A new exhibit of book art featuring work from students in Karen Guancione’s Art of the Book class, Whatever the Method: The Art of the Book explores the expressive qualities of books in a wide range of media and includes larger experimental pieces, some of which extend far beyond the bound page.

Join us on our Facebook page.

Featuring work by:
Suzanne Bonanno, Serra Borawski, Lauren Clark, Lizz DeSimone, Olivia Fox, Chance Fraser, Hudson Hatfield, Anli Hu, Rachel Moses, Rachel Pikarsky, Charlotte Robins, Dylan Rossman, Sheri Ruiz, Emma Schreiner, Elena Wegmann, Natalia Woodward

Whatever the Method Book Art Poster 2012

Book Sale on JUNIOR DAY, Thurs. April 19th @ Library

The Library is holding a


Thursday, April 19th

10am to 4pm

In celebration of Junior Day, the Library invites you to stop by our Spring book sale.  The sale will take place between 10:00am and 4:00pm on the plaza in front of the Library. At $1.00 per book, you’ll find some great deals on leisure reading, used books, and more!

Juniors, this is also an excellent time for you to come say hello to a librarian and make an appointment for research help. We’ll have a sign-up sheet for juniors to make appointments with reference librarians to discuss and prepare for your senior project research.

Celebrate the Spring & Junior Day with a good book!

 sculpture of flowers made of book pages

Book Sculptures–Flowers by Clara Maffei. Retrieved from Flickr.

Test Drive an iPad, Nook, Kindle or Android. Wed. 4/18 @ Library

Curious about the iPad, Android Tab, Kindle Fire, Nook or other tablets and eReaders?  Interested in learning more about tablet technology, trying out new apps, or integrating mobile devices into your teaching?

On Wednesday, April 18th, the Library & TLTC are hosting a drop-in workshop from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm called Hands on the Table(t): Exploring Tablet Technology.

In this hands-on, “sandbox” or “petting zoo” workshop, staff from the TLTC and Library will share tips on effectively using tablets inside and outside the classroom and give you a chance to explore and test-drive various devices. Advanced registration is encouraged, but feel free to drop by anytime between 11:30am and 2:30pm and stay as long as you like.  We encourage you to bring your own device from home–as well as your questions–with you.

What: Hands on the Table(t): Exploring Tablet Technology

When: April 18, 2012, 11:30am to 2:30pm

Where: TLTC Conference Room (lower level of the Library)

Who: Library and TLTC staff will act as your guides & answer your questions.

Click on the workshop title to register or just drop by!

Note: This event is for Faculty & Staff.  All faculty and staff members who attend will receive a $10 lunch voucher to use at the Hub, courtesy of UUP.

holding a kindle firehands holding an iPadimage of two nooks

Meet Feedie Falco

The winning name for the Library’s new document scanner is… Feedie Falco!  At the start of the semester, we announced a contest to name the Library’s second self-service book scanning station.

Our original scanner, Scanley Tucci, now has a sister.  Like her brother, Feedie is also named after an alum of the Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts:  Edie Falco, star of the critically acclaimed dramas The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie.

Both Feedie and Scanley can be used to scan books, articles, images and other documents as PDF, JPEG, WORD, or TIFF files.  These scanners let you save your files to a USB flash drive, email them to your email, or send them to Google Docs.

What sets Feedie Falco apart, however, is that she has both a flatbed book scanner and a  document feeder (pictured on the left) that lets you scan individual sheets of paper efficiently.  The feeder is great for scanning notes, worksheets, bills, transcripts, doodles, flyers, etc.

Best of all, scanning is fast and FREE. 

Feedie is located in the Reference Computer Area across from the CD shelves. Scanley is located on the far end of the Reference Desk, closer to the Interlibary Loan Office and the DVD shelves.

closer view of the new scanner

She scans, she saves, she emails!

2nd Floor Reading Room Not Quiet on Fri., April 13

On Friday April 13, students will be installing an art exhibition in the second floor reading room. During this time, the reading room will not be a quiet zone. Other quiet zones are available in computer lab 1004D and in the basement study carrels. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to the new art!

Book of the Week: Top 10 Banned Books of 2011

This week, the American Library Association released its annual list of the top 10 most challenged books of 2011.  As we’ve discussed during Banned Books Week last Fall, “challenged” books are books that members of the public, parents, or school boards formally seek to remove from library shelves because they view the content as offensive or inappropriate.   Challenges occur most frequently in school and public libraries and typically involve materials for children and young adults.

This year’s 10 most censored books are wide-ranging and include: pop culture teen lit (Gossip Girl, TTYL series), educational  children’s nonfiction (My Mom’s Having a Baby), bestselling science fiction (Hunger Games), national prize-winners (Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian), and classics (Brave New World, To Kill a Mockingbird).

According to ALA, the most challenged books in the United States in 2011 were:

1)      ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2)      The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3)      The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

4)      My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

5)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6)      Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7)      Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8)      What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9)      Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10)    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Offensive language; racism

Have you read any of these banned books?  Do you think they should have been banned from schools or public libraries?  You can search the Library’s catalog to check these titles out from our collections or try Interlibrary Loan for the titles that we do not own.  (As an academic research library without a children’s or youth section, we tend not to collect children’s and young adult literature, but we do have some cross-over bestsellers like Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games in our Popular Reading Collection.)

If you’d like to suggest  materials for the Library’s collections, just email us.

Panel on Using Social Media Professionally: Wed. April 11th @ 4:30

The Library and TLTC are holding a panel for faculty and staff about Using Social Media Professionally on Wednesday, April 11th at 4:30 pm in Library Room 0012.

A panel of faculty and staff members at Purchase College who are using social networking tools (e.g., Twitter, blogs, Facebook, etc.) for professional and educational purposes will discuss how they got started and what impact these tools play in their professional and academic lives. If you are interested in learning about how to use these tools professionally, please come to this session! The presenters will be discussing different topics and tips than were presented in the Social Media workshop last December, so feel free to stop by to learn more. Featuring panelists Tara George, Garrett Marino, and Linda Solomon.

What: Using Social Media Professionally


  • Tara George, Associate Professor of Journalism
  • Garrett Marino, Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Linda Solomon, Adjunct Professor, Social Media Marketing

When April 11, 2011 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Where: Library Room 0012
Just click here to register. Registration is appreciated but walk-ins are always welcome! Faculty & Staff will receive a free $10 lunch voucher for the Hub, courtesy of UUP.

set of social media logos and icons