Wednesday, January 30, 2008

AV Equipment - Requests & Delivery

The Library can make available audiovisual equipment for your classroom needs. Please contact the Librarian directly indicating the date and time of the class and your specific equipment needs - VHS, DVD, remote control, etc. Please note that all classrooms are equiped to accomodate DVDs, provided the software is installed in advance. However, If you will be playing a VHS tape, you will need to request a TV with a VHS player.

You can make your media reservations by calling x.280 or x281 Monday - Saturday. Or email the College Librarian at

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Faculty: Please Send Your Book Order Requests

Faculty: Please submit book orders by the last Tuesday of every month. Our vendor prefers to ship in bulk. We are particularly interested in collecting interdisciplinary titles as well as more titles in the health sciences. You can send all book requests to:

Keeping Score

Along with thousands of libraries across the nation, The College of Westchester Library keeps track of Library usage statistics, including the number of people that use the Library on a daily basis. Although gate counts are noted daily, they are rarely communicated to Library users.

You'll notice an attendance "score" for the previous day on the Library door every morning. The score acknowledges every person that uses our College library in a single day. Re-entrants are counted as well.

Our highest score of the year was 173 entrants (with 29 re-entrants ) on January 24, 2008. Our lowest score was 23 entrants on January 21, 2008, Martin Luther King's Monday.

We enjoy having you.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Library is Alive

January is usually a slow month in academic libraries, but not here at The CW Library. Students are using the Library for individual and group study. Math students have a strong presence in the Library, and use the large group table on a regular basis. Individual researchers are using the library for quiet study. It is nice to actually witness a balance of students working at the computer terminals and at the tables with notebooks spread "old school" style.

A recent class assignment has forced many students to read The New York Times Book Review for the first time, as they must find books that were reviewed by the NY Times in any year. The research involves uncovering a pot of gold related to finding books, learning about authors, and what can be found in the newspaper.

In one of my most recent research consultations, a student, "Mary," introduced me to a book by Barbara Kingsolver, called The Bean Trees. Barbara Kingsolver is her favorite author, and that particular title was one she admitted she won't forget. After a half hour of searching in the NYT online archive, we found a review of The Bean Trees that was published in 1988. Our second step was finding the book in The CW Library. Ironically, the copy we found was donated to the Library by Karen Smith. The student spoke so highly of the book that I'm planning to read it next. I'm allowed to check out books too, right?

Recent Research Questions

In the past two weeks, we've heard and delivered answers to the following questions:

How do I cite song lyrics in my research paper and bibliography?
How do I find a book that has been listed/reviewed in the New York Times?
How do I find scholarships?
How do I create a comparison chart illustration for my report?
Can you help me understand how I'm being asked to interpret the MLK speech?

Library Newspapers Have Longer Life

The Library shelf life of our newspapers in print increased from one day to two weeks. Therefore, all issues of The Journal News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today will be held through the 15th of each month, and then from the 16th through the last day of the month. We will recycle the papers after each respective time period. On the 1st and 16th, you can find free newspapers ready for recycling in the Library. Prior to recycling dates, papers should not be removed from the Library.

Current newspapers are at the Library front desk and the earlier editions will be archived on the reference shelf next to the Library photocopier. The only title that must be requested with an ID is the USA Today.