What's New? Fall Semester, 2012

VAST: Academic Video Online, from Alexander St. Press
From current documentaries to performances, interviews, newsreels and ethnographic films, there is so much you can do with this collection of 20,000 titles: You can stream directly to your desktop or classroom; create and share custom clips and playlists; embed links in your syllabus or Moodle; access with your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android); cite whole videos or just your individual custom clips using permanent URLs. (Access from the databases A-Z list)

Dictionary of Artists - Benezit
With nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and regularly updated, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists. Also contains thousands of auction records, museum holdings, artist’s signatures and stamps, and bibliographies. (Access via Oxford Art Online)

Oxford History of Western Music
The evolution of Western classical music by the prominent and provocative musicologist, Richard Taruskin. (Access by title from the catalog.)

Sage Knowledge
Lots of new online social sciences encyclopedia titles, e.g. Green Technology: An A-to-Z Guide; SAGE handbook of Criminological Theory; Sage Handbook of Social Marketing (Access from the databases A-Z list, or by title via the catalog)

Springer eBooks
Strong in math, statistics, social sciences, and humanities, e.g. Sports Marketing Agreements: Legal, Fiscal and Practical Aspects; Philosophical Faith and the Future of Humanity; Extending the Boundaries of Research on Second Language Learning and Teaching; Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork; Stopped Random Walks; Mathematical and Statistical Methods for Actuarial Sciences and Finance (Access from the databases A-Z list, or title via the library’s catalog). Bonus: Because the library provides access to one or more Springer eBook packages, you (or your students) can order a printed copy of these Springer books for just $24.95 per book (includes shipping and handling). It will be in black-and-white with a full-color, soft cover, and shipped to your home or work address in approximately 8-11 business days.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Lots of new business encyclopedias, e.g. Corporate Disasters: What Went Wrong and Why; Business Plans Handbook; Innovation Masters: History’s Best Examples of Business Transformation (Access from the databases A-Z list, or individual title via the library’s catalog.)

Marine Ecology Progress Series (Access via a Journal Title search in the catalog)
Boom: A Journal of California (Access via a Journal Title search in the catalog)

Popular Reading
Looking for a good read? Don’t forget our Popular Reading collection – a nice mix of current literary fiction, popular fiction and non-fiction, with a few mysteries and fantasy/SF titles thrown in for good measure. When you’re tired of reading what you’re “supposed” to and ready for a good escape! (Most recent titles on shelves in 2nd floor lobby area)

Fountaingrove Utopian Colony
We are proud to showcase a newly digitized collection of Fountaingrove photographs from the Gaye LeBaron Digital Collection. Fountaingrove, a utopian colony in Santa Rosa, was founded in 1875 by spiritual leader Thomas Lake Harris. Famous visitors to the colony included John Muir and Luther Burbank. One of Fountaingrove’s members, Kanaye Nagasawa, was the first Japanese winemaker in the United States.

ScholarWorks Journals
ScholarWorks, the Library’s repository of faculty, student, and staff research, is home to a new community of materials: campus journals. These journals include VOLT, the nationally recognized journal edited by SSU Professor Gillian Conoley; Burning Daylight, a new journal published by graduate students from the SSU English department; Ink Tank!, a student journal produced by the SSU Writing Center and the SSU Writers’ Consortium; and The McNair Research Journal, a student journal produced by the NoGAP Program, which works to prepare undergraduate students for graduate study. ScholarWorks also welcomes the addition of faculty research and graduate student theses to its repository.

DVD Central
You can now browse the entire DVD collection of feature films, documentaries, and more at DVD Central, on the second floor across from the Information/Check-Out desk (formerly the Circulation Desk). Feature films have the call number PN 1997 plus Title; TV series are PN 1992 plus Title. Documentaries are classified using LC subject.

DVD Loans – 7 Days for Everyone
We changed the loan rules on DVDs and VHS tapes. Previously, students had only a 3-day loan period. Now they get a 7-day loan period – so keep this in mind if you are hoping to use a film.

Changing Face of Library Assistance
The types of questions we are asked at the desks have changed radically over the past few years. Now, more often than not, students need help downloading JSTOR articles, determining the best format for creating a document and setting margins. In order to best meet student needs we have made some changes – check it out:

  • For quick, informational queries, questions about library accounts, all multimedia questions, and to check-out all materials we have the Information/Check-Out Desk on the second floor (formerly called the Circulation Desk). The Multimedia Desk has closed.
  • For more technology-related questions, we have Tech Help desks on the first and second floors.
  • For research help, librarians will be available for drop-in help Monday – Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, by appointments, or 24/7 for online chat help (which is staffed by librarians from all over the country).

Laptop Lending
We have MacBook laptops available for check-out from the Information/Check–Out Desk. Use them in the library, in your office, in class, wherever – just have them back in four hours. Remember, fines for not bringing them back are huge.

Chat 24/7
Now, you can get help anywhere, anytime with 24/7 chat. Click the 24/7 icon on the top of the Library’s homepage and get help from an SSU librarian or a librarian from the national consortium. http://library.sonoma.edu/chat.php

Reserves in Moodle
It is easy to have electronic course reserves right in your Moodle page. Next time you are in the Library stop in the Faculty Center and Tim Hensel or Martha Ezell will give you more information.

It Matters! Engage. Participate. Vote
It is election season again and that means time for It Matters! the campus program exploring issues in the upcoming election and the vast notion of voting, civic engagement, and what it means to live in a democratic society. Come to lectures, visit the art exhibit, bring your students to register to vote, and get involved because It Matters!

  • 9/13 It Matters: Voter Registration and Art Party (3:00pm – 6:00pm Library Art Gallery). Come meet the artists exhibited in Agents of Change: Art as Activism and Register to Vote with the Sonoma County Registrar.
  • 9/19 It Matters: Constitution Day (Noon, Schulz 3001)
  • 10/3 It Matters: Taxes and the Economy (Noon, Schulz 3001)
  • 10/10 It Matters: Gender Race, and Class in 2012 Election (Noon, Schulz 3001)
  • 10/17 It Matters: Deciphering the Ballot (Noon, Schulz 3001)
  • 11/7 It Matters: Post- Election Wrap-Up (Noon, Schulz 3001)

Music in the Library
First Friday of the month join us for live music – performed by SSU music students. Bring your lunch and enjoy these fabulous student musicians.

  • 10/5 Percussion Ensemble
  • 11/2 Chamber Singers
  • 12/7 Jazz Ensemble

New Librarian – Carrie McDade
Join us in welcoming Carrie McDade, a new Instruction and Outreach librarian. She comes from the University of Utah where she was a librarian in the Fine Arts & Architecture Library. Carrie earned her MLIS from SJSU and holds an MA and BA in Art History. She brings with her extensive public service and teaching experience. Outside the library, Carrie enjoys the amazing food and museums in the Bay Area. She looks forward to working with SSU students, faculty, and staff!