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Presentation Basics (How to Create PowerPoint Designs from Scratch)

Want to learn how to create professional and visually appealing presentations? Want to learn some design tips and tricks? Come to our hands-on PowerPoint session!

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Presentation Basics (How to Create PowerPoint Designs from Scratch)

WhenRescheduled for Thursday, October 29, 12:30 – 2:00

Where: Library Lab 1015B

Presenter: John Sicat

In this workshop, we’ll explore PowerPoint presentations and beyond. While we’ll mainly focus on how to create presentations, there will also be a focus in composing postcards, flyers, and logos for an appealing presentation. You will realize the full value of presentation software and you will know your options in terms of software that’s available out there.

You do not need to have any familiarity of the software. Please contact the presenter ahead of time if you wish to cover a certain facet of the software more so over the other. If you also have a presentation you’re not fully satisfied with that you’d like to be reviewed, you may forward it to the presenter ahead of the workshop.

To register, or see a full list of workshops, visit: http://purchase.libguides.com/workshops

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

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Reading & Talk by Lydia Davis

Thursday, September 24th @ 4:30 PM
in the Reading Room, 2nd Floor of the Library

Acclaimed writer Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections. Her collection Varieties of Disturbance was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a 2003 MacArthur Genius Fellowship, was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and translations in 1999, and won both an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit medal and the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.

Known for her idiosyncratic and extremely short stories, her books include The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009), a compilation of stories written over 30 years, and most recently, Can’t and Won’t (2014).

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[Hudson, New York, USA, 13.10.2014. Photo by: Johannes Worsøe Berg]

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED. BOOKS WILL BE SOLD (by the Campus Bookstore).

This event is sponsored by the Purchase College Library, The Creative Writing Program, Office of Community Engagement, and Office of Student Affairs.

See an exhibit of her works (novel, stories, translations) in the display kiosk on the Library’s main floor, near the Reference Desk.

Social Science Data for Analysis and Teaching Available via ICPSR!

Are you interested in determining the average age at which men versus women begin smoking? What if you need to know whether age at marriage differs between your region of the country and other regions, or about differences in political attitudes based on age, gender, education, race, or ethnicity? These and countless other questions can be answered by studies in the ICPSR data holdings. ICPSR data cover topics from sociology, political science, economics, demography, education, child care, health care, crime, minority populations, aging, terrorism, substance abuse, mental health, public policy, and international relations.

ICPSR is the world’s largest collection of digital social science data. These data can be used for secondary research, instructional activities, and to write articles, papers or theses.

All Purchase College staff, students, and faculty have access to the extensive ICPSR data holdings. ICPSR is linked from the Library’s Databases page.

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New Database Trials

The following databases are currently available for a limited time as we consider adding them to the collection.

Drama Online

Drama Online

Drama Online
Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. The constantly growing collection meets the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies, literature courses and drama schools. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover. Unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance. [Trial ends November 2.] 


Electronic Arts Intermix

Electronic Arts Intermix

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
The EAI collection spans the mid-1960s to the present, and is recognized as one of the most comprehensive video art collections in the world. The works in the collection range from seminal videos by pioneering figures — such as Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler and Joan Jonas — to new digital works by emerging artists, including Seth Price, Paper Rad, Cory Arcangel and Takeshi Murata. [Trial ends October 1.]


Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion
Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes across all disciplines of design — an indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. The database offers comprehensive information on each of the materials in the Materials Library. Offers unlimited access to images, detailed material descriptions, usage characteristics, and manufacturer and distributor contact information, all written and compiled by material specialists. Learn more about the Material ConneXion Database [Trial ends October 2.]


The New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books


The New York Review of Books

A semi-monthly magazine with articles on literature, culture, economics, science and current affairs. It is inspired by the idea that the discussion of important books is an indispensable literary activity. [Trial ends September 20.]

 


If you have feedback about these trials, or want a trial of another database, contact the Digital Services Librarian. Want more databases? See our alphabetical list, or consult a subject guide.

Browse Scholarly Journals on your Tablet

The library has a trial for BrowZine. BrowZine is a great new service that allows you to browse and read many of the library’s scholarly journals, all in a format optimized for your iPad and Android tablet or smart phone (a web version will be released soon).

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Get started in three easy steps:

  • From your iOS or Android device, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon), search for “BrowZine” and download it for free
  • Open BrowZine and select Purchase College Library from the list
  • Enter your credentials, these will be the same that you use to access library resources from off-campus

Start browsing and reading your scholarly journals!

Want more information? Read a review of BrowZine.

If you have any questions or feedback about BrowZine, or would like to request a trial of another resource, let us know.

Faculty / Staff Workshops: All About Mobile Electronics (Hands-On and Informal Discussion), Friday, May 1 @ 12:30

Join us for this informal discussion about all things mobile in this ever expanding tech-centric world. Bring your devices and your questions!

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All About Mobile Electronics (Hands-On and Informal Discussion)

When: Friday, May 1, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Where: Library DMZ Lab 1015C

PresenterJohn Sicat

Got that nagging question about your smartphone/tablet/laptop? Confused about the differences between Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows? Curious about upgrading and what to look for in a device? Have questions about wearable technology (Smart watches/bracelets, smart glasses, virtual reality goggles)? Join us for this informal discussion about all things mobile in this ever expanding tech-centric world. There will be a *very brief* presentation that will be followed by hands on and troubleshooting sessions/Q&A.

April is National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month 2015, we’ve put together a display of some of our finest poetry books and poetry collections. Visit the display kiosk near the reference desk on the first floor of the library, and check one (or two, or three) out. A little poetry is good for the soul.

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More Inspiration:

Academy of American Poets

Poems on Poems

Poetry Foundation

Poets & Writers

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Faculty / Staff Workshops: Presentation Philosophy (PowerPoint as a Tool, Not as the Presenter), Tuesday, April 14 @ 12:30

If you’d like to take your presentation skills to the next level or simply wish to get ideas on how to improve your existing presentation, this workshop is for you!

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Presentation Philosophy (PowerPoint as a Tool, Not as the Presenter)

When: Tuesday, April 14, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Where: Library Lab 1004D

PresenterJohn Sicat

This workshop is focused more on the science and art of presenting to an audience. If you’d like to take your presentation skills to the next level or simply wish to get ideas on how to improve your existing presentation, this workshop is for you! The presenter will cover a wide range of topics from presentation aesthetics to relaxation techniques to body language.

To register, or see a full list of workshops, visit: http://purchase.libguides.com/workshops

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

New Databases & Trials

The library has recently subscribed to the following two databases:

HAPI
The Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) provides complete bibliographic citations to the contents of scholarly journals published around the world on Latin America and the Caribbean since 1970. Coverage includes everything from political, economic, and social issues to the arts and humanities.

Statista
One of the first statistic portals in the world to integrate data on over 80.000 topics from over 18.000 sources onto a single professional platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, Statista provides direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets. It also includes infographics, reports & dossiers, and forecasts.

 


And we currently have the following databases on trial:

LibraryMusicSource
Drawn from the combined catalogs of CD Sheet Music, Orchestral Musicians CD ROM Library, and Digital Sheet Music editions, LibraryMusicSource includes masterworks for piano, organ, classical guitar, strings, winds, voice, chorus and study scores as well as all the parts to over 600 orchestra masterworks, and an “Accompaniment Studio” — you have a pianist at your command to play the piano accompaniment part at all times. This feature makes practicing more productive and rewarding. [Trial ends April 19, 2015.]

OpinionArchives
From the first page published to the current editions, the archive is full-text searchable with PDF displays of the articles. Titles include: The Nation, Commentary, The New Republic, Commonweal, American Spectator, National Review, The New Leader, Harper’s Magazine, New York Review of Books, The Progressive, The Weekly Standard, Washington Monthly, Orion, Dissent, & The New Yorker. [Trial ends May 3, 2015.]


If you have feedback about these trials, or want a trial of another database, contact the Digital Services Librarian. Want more databases? Go to our alphabetical list, or consult a subject guide.

Faculty / Staff Workshops: Presentation Basics (How to Create PowerPoint Designs from Scratch), Thursday, March 19 @ 12:30pm

Want to learn how to create professional and visually appealing presentations? Want to learn some design tips and tricks? Come to our hands-on PowerPoint session!

powerpoint

Presentation Basics (How to Create PowerPoint Designs from Scratch)

When: Thursday, March 19, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Where: Library Lab 1004D

Presenter: John Sicat

In this workshop, we’ll explore PowerPoint presentations and beyond. While we’ll mainly focus on how to create presentations, there will also be a focus in composing postcards, flyers, and logos for an appealing presentation. You will realize the full value of presentation software and you will know your options in terms of software that’s available out there.

You do not need to have any familiarity of the software. Please contact the presenter ahead of time if you wish to cover a certain facet of the software more so over the other. If you also have a presentation you’re not fully satisfied with that you’d like to be reviewed, you may forward it to the presenter ahead of the workshop.

To register, or see a full list of workshops, visit: http://purchase.libguides.com/workshops

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