New York Times Online Is Here!

In these uncertain times, we are often left wondering if the articles we read every day through social media are promoting real or fabricated news. Thankfully, some websites promise the facts alongside balanced, informed, and educated opinions on current events. Great, you are probably thinking, where can I find this place? Search no further! Say hello to the New York Times Online, a new collaboration between Marywood University and the New York Times, thanks to the Learning Commons’ own Michelle Sitko, Head of Continuing Digital Resources. You may have read articles from the New York Times before, but now you can access virtually everything NYTimes.com has to offer for free with your Marywood email. Read on to find out how!

On February 8, 2017, Sitko sent an email to the Marywood campus about New York Times Online. In the email she explained that all Marywood students, staff, and faculty could sign up at NYTimes.com/Passes with their Marywood email to receive free and complete access to the New York Times. Whereas before readers of the Times were required to pay after a certain amount of free online articles, anyone in the Marywood community is allowed to access the New York Times and its expansive archive online at no cost.

In addition to free articles and archives, New York

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courtesy of NYTimes.com

Times Online allows educators on campus to access the New York Times in Education site. To utilize this feature, navigate to NYTimesinEducation.com/Register and provide your Marywood email address. According to Sitko’s email, “this site includes faculty-developed, AASCU aligned learning outcomes, [and] general instruction strategies to promote student achievement.” Included in
the website is a number of activities for learning development and all are free to Marywood users.

Other notable features include the New York Times large and diverse collection of videos, TimesTopics, and mobile apps to integrate the New York Times into your busy life. To access the apps, go to NYTimes.com/Mobile.

But wait, there’s more! With this new and exciting partnership comes the introduction of virtual reality to your mobile device. With the New York Times and your iPhone or Android device, you can activate virtual reality to experience videos and stories in 360-degree immersive video format. Try it out today by visiting the Knowledge Bar in the Learning Commons!

If you have any questions about the New York Times Online, you can contact Michelle Sitko at sitko@marywood.edu or contact the Learning Commons Circulation Desk at (570) 961-4707.

The LC Presents: I Read a Latté!

Think of your favorite pairings: silver and gold, black and white, hats and scarves. When you think of one, the other follows! The same goes for books and coffee. What better beverage to transport yourself into another world than a steaming cup of coffee?

In the spirit of pairs and warm drinks, the Marywood University Learning Commons presents:

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Nothing pairs better than a cozy mystery and a nice cup of coffee. We invite you to buy a coffee, take a seat, and settle into a new book. You’ll find authors from all across the genre spectrum. Immerse yourself into the worlds of amateur detectives, action-packed adventures, nostalgic childhood memories, and magical lands. With famous authors like David Baldacci, Debbie Macomber, and James Patterson, you’ll experience a great story within minutes. You’ll never know what you’ll find, but with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other, you’re bound to enjoy the ride.


Visit the display on the first floor of the Learning Commons across from the computers. To check out a book, bring your selection to the Knowledge Bar.

LC Fall Film Series: “Politics in Film” Begins Sept 7 @ 7pm

This fall the library will host a series of film screenings for students and faculty throughout the semester. This year’s theme will focus on Politics in Film, with possible showings of full-length movies, documentaries and more on a variety of timely current cultural and political issues, courtesy of our Kanopy streaming database. (If you have not yet checked out this awesome resource–be sure to do so soon). And, if you have a suggestion for a film you’d like to see–let us know! 

We might even poll screening participants to vote on the next film. 


wed September 7th @ 7pm, 1st floor lc: group study area

First up is “The Immigration Paradox” (2013), a documentary directed by Lourdes Lee Vasquez, that takes “a critical and in depth look at one of the most divisive issues in human global history–immigration.”

You can read a full description here: https://immigrationtalk.org/2013/05/15/the-immigration-paradox-america-in-a-social-trap/

And…a film screening wouldn’t be complete without SNACKS. For our first feature we’re hosting a BYO Cereal Mashup.  Bring your favorite box of cereal to share or mix, we’ll have a couple on hand. We’ll also provide diary, almond and coconut milk, bowls and spoons. 

Cereal and movies...mmmm.

Cereal and movies…mmmm.

So, come out and support the film series, bring a friend, or encourage your class to attend. Guaranteed to be thought and discussion promoting.

See you there!

Fall Election Political Display

In the Marketplace: Politics on Display

by Maura O’Neill & Margaret Mary Makowski, Library Circulation

fall 2016 marketplace political resources display

Courtesy of library work study students Margaret Makowski (left) and Maura O’Neill (right).

The 2016 presidential campaign has been rife with controversy, as both candidates have been the subject and cause of intense vitriol from all ends of the political spectrum. Donald Trump, a businessman and ex-reality TV star turned strongly opinionated politician, and Hillary Clinton, a controversial yet historic woman candidate with a background in politics, have been clashing on nearly every key issue this election. When two candidates have opinions that are such polar opposites, it can be difficult for impartial voters to decide where they stand on certain issues and which candidate they support. To make this decision easier, we created a display of politically themed books, CDs, and DVDs that will give unsure voters the tools they need to make an informed decision this November.

HIGHLIGHTED BOOKS ARE LOCATED IN THE MARKETPLACE DISPLAY: CHECK OUR CATALOG LIST FOR WHAT’S AVAILABLE.

The first category will give readers a general background in American politics, with books such as Primary Politics by Elaine C. Kamarck that describe how the U.S election system actually works. Once you’ve got a decent background in politics, you can begin to understand some of our nation’s past presidents and elections by reading historical political books such as Franklin D. Roosevelt: The War Years 1939-1945 by Roger Daniels and The Stronghold by Thomas F. Schaller.

After reading about political history, you can move on to learning about some of the struggles for human rights that have been an integral part of our nation’s history. Books such as Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman, Forcing the Spring by Jo Becker, and After Roe by Mary Ziegler will give you insight into a wide array of human rights struggles.

Next, you can read books like Controlling the Message by Victoria A. Farrar-Myers and Justin S. Vaughn to learn how the media influences political elections, and you can read books like Prop Art by Gary Yanker to understand what messages political art is able to convey.

One of the biggest issues in recent U.S. politics has been health care reform; you can read books such as Health Care Policy and Practice by Cynthia Moniz and Stephen Gorin to get informed on this topic.

If you’re reading this blog as a student or faculty member, you are probably interested in the topic of education. Check out Degrees of Inequality by Suzanne Mettler about the political and economic factors that influence the education system.

Another one of the biggest issues this election has been immigration and racism. A Nation of Nations by Tom Gjelten and The Criminalization of Immigration by Samantha Hauptman explain immigration and its controversies, while race issues in America are explored in Who We Be by Jeff Chang. Intertwined with racial issues is the debate on America’s prison system and the mass incarceration of minorities in private prisons, which is explored in books like A Country Called Prison by Mary D. Looman and John D. Carl.

With the rise of terrorist groups like ISIS, religion has been an issue at the forefront of this election. You can read American Islam by Paul M. Barrett, Beyond Religious Freedom by Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, and other books to learn more about religious issues in America. The debate about religion has been catalyzed by increasing global violence. We chose books like What Changed When Everything Changed by Joseph Margulies and Citizen-Protectors by Jennifer Carlson to help readers explore violence, war, and gun control.

Another major issue in contemporary politics is our treatment of the environment, which is described in books such as Corporate America and Environmental Policy by Sheldon Kamieniecki.

Now that you’ve read up on politics, history, and the major issues the candidates are debating, you can finally begin to research the candidates themselves. Read up on both Trump and Hillary with The Art of the Deal by the Donald himself, A Woman in Charge by Carl Bernstein, and other books in the display.

Once you learn who the candidates are, you can follow their progress and opinions using some of the electronic resources listed below, which will give you up to date information on the 2016 presidential election.

http://www.isidewith.com/

http://www.politico.com/

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/

https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page

https://www.icivics.org/

http://www.politics1.com/

http://www.insidegov.com/

http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm

so, what essential election reading would you recommend? visit us on facebook and LET US KNOW!

TechKnows: How to Take Out a Book

Hello again! This is Riley from the Help Desk, located at the Knowledge Bar. It’s been some time since the last TechKnows post, but this academic year is full of new additions and fun surprises. I’m here to help you understand just how the Learning Commons has changed to accommodate you!

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I don’t look like a bookshelf, but I am your friend! xoxo

First on the docket: taking out a book using the new KOHA CATALOG.

  1. Take out your phone, turn on your tablet, power up your laptop, or sit at a computer. You can request books from any device that connects to the Internet! That’s right, including your home computer.
  2. Navigate to the Marywood University home page. This page is the gateway to so many applications and helpful tidbits of information. Know it well!
  3. Click on Library at the bottom of the page. Easy enough!
  4. Locate Library Catalog / My Account and click. You’ll be transported directly to the Koha catalog!
  5. Once you’re in the catalog, the *first thing* to do is Log in to your account or use the quick login fields and use your MarywoodYou Portal login.  That pesky barcode number is no longer needed!
  6. Search for the book you need using the search bar. Once you find the terrific tome(s) you were looking for, click Place hold (you can also put multiple books in your Cart and request them all at once).
  7. Items will be ready to pick up (depending on specified location) at the Knowledge Bar, Architecture Library, or Curriculum Lab! Just ask anyone at the respective locations and have your Marywood ID ready.

In just a few simple steps, an near infinite amount of books can be in your hands. You can take out movies the same way; just search and follow the instructions above. As for books that are in the Marketplace, you can find them on the shelves located next to the computers and take them to the main desk to check out.

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Really, I’m quite simple to use! Give me a try 🙂

Fun Fact: If you can’t find a book in the Koha catalog, use the PALCI/E-ZBorrow link while logged into the catalog. You will be automatically logged in, so you can immediately begin searching and request books through interlibrary loan!

As always, if you have any further questions, visit the friendly techs and clerks at the Knowledge Bar! We’re always happy to help.

This is Riley, signing off!


Do you have any suggestions for future TechKnows posts? Leave a comment below!

 

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10 Ways to Use the Learning Commons

The Learning Commons isn’t just a library; it’s a combination of space, information, and yes, food.


by Zach Johnson-Medland

  1. Study with friends (or not). Pick a room to study in, or if friends are too much of a distraction, build yourself a private starship chair fortress in a secluded corner complete with laptop stand, bean bag chair and any other movable furniture you can co-opt.

2. People-watch. Drinking coffee and watching people may sound creepy, but whatever…it’s fun!

3. Have an event, meet-up or get-together. Get some friends to host a coffeehouse, and check with the Student Activities so you can hang up signs.

4. Recover from a workout. After that hard jog around the creepy graveyard, grab a green smoothie to recover.

5. Pull an all-nighter. Usually the Learning Commons is open until around 2 am, and the service desk until 12 am, hours can be found here. You can stay up and study if you need too, but try to get some sleep!

6. Use the Seed Library! Tucked into the nook around the corner from the first-floor bathrooms, the Seed Library looks like some mysterious old cabinet from your grandparents, but really its filled with tons of donated seeds that are free and at your disposal! (Just take what you’ll plant). There’s something for everyone to grow, even in your windowsill.

7. Settle in with a book. It’s still a library at heart, despite the emphasis on digital technology, so grab that paper book from the New Books section, find a big blue chair, and flip through it.

8. Watch the automatic book retrieval system. While you’re waiting for your book you can run up and down the aisles watching the retrieval system do its work.

9. Browse the magazines. Or, while waiting, you could just go to the Magazines Section in the back of the Learning Commons first floor, and flip through all the magazines. It’s much easier, and less exhausting than chasing an automated robot.

10. Use a locker. Need to run out, but don’t want to lug your stuff with you? Ask a librarian how to use one of the lockers (its really easy) and charge your devices inside it–just remember to take your stuff out at the end of the day! And try to give commuters first dibs, they don’t have dorms to keep their stuff close by.

These ideas of what to do in the Learning Commons are just the tip of the iceberg–what are yours?


Zach is studying for a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in English. He’s been writing and drawing since he could hold a crayon. Zach constantly seeks to combine his aesthetic creativity with linguistic logicality through art, poems, and stories.

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2016 Barbara Hoffman English 160 Award Winners

If you’ve already read librarian Annette Fisher’s post on the late Barbara Hoffman, you’ll know why winning this award is such an honor. This year, we awarded four awards (with a third-place tie) to students demonstrating writing excellence combined with library research, echoing Barbara’s perennial spirit of curiosity, inquiry, and literary pizzazz.

1st Place: Michael Smith

Michael Smith ('19), 2016 Barbara Hoffman Award Winner

Michael Smith (’19), 2016 Barbara Hoffman Award Winner

Michael’s winning paper is titled: “A Different Game: How Popular News Sources Addressed Violence in Video Games After the Sandy Hook Shooting”

Congratulations to Michael and his advising English 160 Professor: Helen Bittel.

2nd Place: Kimberley Hagan

3rd Place: Hannah Docalovich and Althea Mae Fabi

3rd Place Winner: Hannah Docalovich

3rd Place Winner: Hannah Docalovich

The Barbara Hoffman English Award–Planets, Tea & Word Magic

by Annette Fisher, Information Literacy Librarian

Barbara Hoffman—I Knew You Well

For 13 years the Library and English Dept. have jointly awarded the Barbara Hoffman English 160 Writing Award to outstanding English 160 students who demonstrated the qualities of excellent writing dovetailed with excellent library research skills. As time goes on though, like the Swedish story of the King who won a great war and the people only knew the King’s name and nothing about the war itself, Barbara Hoffman will be entwined with the Award and people will wonder:

Who is this Barbara Hoffman? Bless her– I have just won $75. In her name.”

To begin, Barbara was a young woman of 26 when she joined the English faculty and she stayed for 39 years. She passed away in 2007, just a few days shy of her retirement. Quoting from her Presidential Scholarship Honoree citation: Barbara Hoffman was “an Assistant Professor of English, whose brilliant, imaginative, informed, ever-curious mind has inspired, encouraged, and spurred nearly two generations of students to discover and unleash the power of their own creativity.”

People majored in “Barbara Hoffman.” I did. It meant rearranging my schedule to fit in her Oriental Literature class, Poetry, or Creative Writing class. There was a lot of work, a lot of reading, and a lot of writing in the classes but the payoff was enormous—a whole new way of looking at the world. Take her “Planet Day.” Winners of the planet competition inspired the judges by taking creativity to the highest power. Extra points went to the planet that knew that gummy bears mixed with raisins and crushed graham crackers were the “best food ever.” Or, hip- hop interspersed with Gregorian Chant only assaulted human ears.

There were other lessons besides the powers of the planets’ senses; there was the sheer power of words. Pretty words like sizzling and sassy vs. their hard-core ‘b’ and ‘d’ alphabet brothers with hard sounds like brazen, dreary, and dungeon.  Words, just words. The whole political landscape is built on words. I often thought Barbara missed her calling—wordsmith to the presidential contenders or showing a political hack writer pundit how the game is really won.

Lucky for us, Barbara chose the trenches (as she called it), the slow, laborious process of teaching freshman how to write. In fact, her colleagues named the English 160 Award after her. Barbara shunned publicity and never came to the English Honor Society Teas where the winners were awarded, but knowing Barbara, I know she beamed inside knowing that writing, indeed the writing process, was recognized and would live on in this special Award.

Barbara’s credentials included: A.B. from D’Youville College, M.A. from the Catholic University of America, A.B.D. from Duquesne University, and a certificate from Jerusalem Biblical and Archaeological Institute of Israel. She was awarded the Sears Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award and was a Marywood CASE Professor of the Year in 2006. And for us old-timers, Barbara memory lives on at Hoffman’s Hollow, a.k.a. the ravine behind the science building where nature and literature joined forces to inspire the muse in each of us. And of course, when we sip tea, after all, the Tea Ceremony was a inspirational not-to-be-forgotten ritual in a Barbara class. Barbara studied the Tea Ceremony with a master in New York City and it showed.

Finally, Barbara loved books. Obviously. But you need to know that Barbara loved libraries with the smell of books, the card catalog made of wood, the big dictionary stands. So, what did she do when the library catalog went on-line? Why, she gave the card catalog a proper burial complete with a priest performing the last rites.

Barbara believed in the spirit of all creatures. Most of all, Barbara believed in each student. I am a better student because I was Barbara’s student. I value words and books and the spirit of students because Barbara, like the ever-wise teacher, inspired her students to claim the best in everything. And, this is why, winning the Barbara Hoffman English 160 Writing Award is so special; it is a manifestation of the best in the freshman student who values writing and library research.

Barbara would be beaming.

Barbara Hoffman

View this year’s 2016 Barbara Hoffman Award winners and first place essay.

For a taste of Barbara’s poetry, check out her (1979) Cliffs of Fall from the Marywood Library.


(Photo Image: Courtesy of Jim Frutchey, Marywood University Archives)

Rescued Books & Book Sale Treasures

by Annette Fisher, Information Literacy Librarian

Think for a moment:


What book(s) would I take with me if I only had five minutes to evacuate my surroundings or home?

Nicolas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie

Nicolas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie

On June 23, 1972, I made that decision when the Susquehanna River decided to make landfall in my house.  As the dirty water lapped the steps, all I could do was think and grab.  During those frantic moments of getting 9 people into an old red station wagon, I just knew I had to grab the latest book I took from the Wyoming Free Library, Nicholas and Alexandra, the massive tome by Robert K. Massie. I let my parents worry about grabbing the 18-month old and the 3-year old; I couldn’t get an overdue fine at the library—that would be mortifying!

After all, becoming a librarian was on my short list of college majors. Obeying the borrowing policy, I did return the Massie book one dry day. The librarian was surprised the book made its way home, something about the staff thinking the book went with the flood waters along with refrigerators and dryers.  So, I lost all my earthly possessions to the Agnes Flood but I would not surrender the Romanovs to Agnes.

 

The Prophet by Kahlil Gabrin

The Prophet by Kahlil Gabrin

44 years later I ask myself the same question.  Definitely not Nicholas and Alexandra (although I spied a copy at the book sale).  I don’t own that book and it would be bad karma.  My choice(s) now would be Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke and The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.  For sentimental reasons I would grab my children’s “Write and illustrate your Own Book” books –these treasures aren’t found on Amazon—they are upstairs in the bookcase near the ski boots.

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Now, let’s hear your 5 minutes to flee, disaster-scenario book picks…

And…did you find any treasures at the Learning Commons Book Sale?

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This Earth Day, Help Plant the Next Generation of Trees at Marywood!

by Amanda Avery, Librarian, Arboretum Committee Chairbest time to plant a tree proverb

It’s no secret that the building of the new Learning Commons required the sacrifice of a significant number of mature campus trees–trees that bore witness to many milestones in Marywood’s history.

Happily, through the efforts of the Sustainability Committee and the intrepid students of the Pugwash Environmental Club who raised nearly $4,000 and donations from community organizations and nurseries, 100 new trees will be added to campus, bringing new life to Marywood’s Arboretum and “putting the ‘wood’ back into Marywood.”

trees will be planted this Earth Day Weekend, April 22, 23, and 24. Anyone is welcome to come help plant!

  • Planting will happen each day from noon until 5pm.
  • Hate digging? Good news! Holes will be pre-dug by our wonderful grounds crew prior to planting. We will plant, backfill, water and fertilize.
  • We’ll plant about 35 trees/day.
  • President Sister Anne Munley will plant the first tree.

If you’d like to volunteer, just show up or contact:

Robin P. Ertl (Chair, Sustainability Committee; Faculty Advisor for Pugwash) | Phone: 570-961-4548 | Email: rertl@marywood.edu OR Zarlasht Abubakr (Student President of Pugwash, Marywood’s Environmental club) | Phone: 570-330-0162| Email: zabubakr@m.marywood.edu

Earth-Day-2016-Poster-Earth-Day-NetworkBesides the obvious aesthetic benefits of adding trees to campus, trees offer people the opportunity to “pay it forward” to the future, by increasing the capacity for CO2 sequestration, shade and cooling, as well as enhancing well-being, health and mental outlook, offering the community at large a natural respite, not to mention the multitudinous benefits to wildlife and ecological diversity. This project is a perfect demonstration in action of Marywood’s Core Values, as well as our contribution to Earth Day 2016’s “Trees for the Earth” challenge, which aims to get 7.8 billion trees planted before its 50th anniversary.

Many of the tree varieties to be planted are Northeastern natives, or support birds and other wildlife. They will also increase the diversity of trees in our Arboretum Collection.

Gallery of new tree varieties:

Thanks to One, Two, Tree Farm of Waymart, PA and Conifer Corners of Factoryville, PA!