Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Essay on Gabriel García Márquez from Salem Press





Salem Press would like to acknowledge the passing of the great literary giant Gabriel García Márquez by sending our teachers, professors and librarians this essay with our compliments, entitled Gabriel García Márquez: Cultural and Historical Contexts. It was originally published as part of 12 essays in the Critical Insights Series title on Mr. Garcia Márquez.
 
Gabriel García Márquez is and will remain a favorite author of many of the avid readers here at Salem Press. We celebrate his life and works.

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Have you read his work? Start with these:
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Minitex Trials




Academic bulb image logoEvery few years the state of Minnesota, through our library consortium Minitex, funds a collection of online databases for school, public, and academic libraries.  A trial period for the next funding package is currently in place with many vendors competing for inclusion.  One of the contenders, Credo Reference, can be sampled by SMU users through April. Credo is an exciting reference database providing access to thousands of excellent academic reference books online.  Take advantage of this trial period and sample it now.  Please send any comments you might have about Credo to wlibrary@smumn.edu and we will pass them on to the Minitex selection group. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Teen Fiction Book Review Blog


As part of her library internship Katie Sonnek has created a book review blog, The Reading Lamp, in which she describes and critiques literature for the young adult audience. This month you can find reviews of critically acclaimed fantasy writer Susan Cooper's Over Sea Under Stone, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm, The Lions of Little Rock by Kristine Levine, and several others.  Each month Sonnek will be busy reading and reviewing some of the best fiction written for teens, including the books that have received American Library awards this year.  Watch for a Katie's display of the 2013 teen award winners in the lower level of the library coming soon. Check our her critiques for advice on good books to read for yourselves, your students (if you are an education major), or your children (if you are a book loving parent). 

Monday, January 27, 2014

New Interns in the Library

The Fitzgerald Library is fortunate to be hosting two interns this semester, Katie Sonnek and Christine Volk.

Katie Sonnek is a junior majoring in Literature with a Writing Emphasis and minoring in Public Relations.  She is planning to seek a graduate degree in Library Science after graduation and a career in libraries.  One of her main activities while at the Fitz will be to develop a blog attached to the library website that provides reviews of young adult and children's fiction. That she is ideally suited for this is revealed in the bio she provided for this article:

Katie "has visited her local libraries almost daily since the time she learned to read and has fond memories of accruing enormous fines because she could never bear to part with the books once they were due to be returned. (This practice is not recommended.) When not reading, she can be found recommending books to unwary passers-by."

Christine Volk  is a junior with a major in History.  Her hometown is Champlin, MN.  Her activities include President of the History Club, Phonathon, Admissions Ambassador, Future Alumni Committee, and Student Activities Committee.

She will be working this semester in the Archives department the Library.  This internship is designed to expose students interested in history to all aspects of operations involving the archives department.  Christine will learn research and processing skills through hands on experience with historical material.  She will assist with processing and organizing materials for us.

Welcome  Katie and Christine!


Katie Sonnek
Christine Volk

Friday, January 24, 2014

Chicago Manual of Style Now Online

For writers who must contend with the complexities of the Chicago style, life just got easier; the online version of the 16th edition of the Chicago Style Manual is now available on the Fitzgerald Library website.  Along with its recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age, the manual includes a citation Quick Guide with a host of examples for how to cite in the Chicago style, as well as a Q & A section.  

You can find the Chicago Manual of Style Online on the library's database title list and on Research Guide pages for history and philosophy classes.  

Friday, January 17, 2014

Education Database Change

The  ProQuest Education Journals database has now been replaced by EBSCO's Education Source. This subscription database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,850 academic periodicals and includes full text for more than 1,800 journals, 550 books and monographs, education-related conference papers, citations for over 4 million articles including book reviews and over 100,000 controlled and cross-referenced names of educational tests. It spans all levels of education from early childhood to higher education and also includes educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing (publisher's description).SMU students can find easy access to it from the Databases and Indexes for Education page of the website.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Therapy Dog in the Library

Rocky the Reference Dog
The Fitzgerald staff tried something new during finals this year--a therapy dog.  Colleges and universities across the country are providing students with the unique stress relief that a dog can offer.  Students passing through the library on Saturday December 14th were able to pet and generally establish warm relationships with Rocky the Reference Dog, a five year old Golden Retriever.

 Both students and dog appeared to be enjoying the experience a great deal.

Next semester we hope to offer more such bonding experiences in the library.