Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Research Assistance during Winter Session

The Library is available for your research needs during Winter Session.  Be sure to check out the summary of Library Services during Winter Session.  The best way to contact a Research Librarian for assistance is the Ask a Librarian service.  Please feel welcome to take full advantage of these services!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Library Launches New Talk Series


On Tuesday November 19th, the library launched our new informal talk series Lunchtime @ the Library.  Dr. Michael Shepard, Chair & Professor of Environmental, Geographical & Geological Sciences, presented a talk on the subject and occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 moon mission. As Dr. Shepard explained, though Apollo 12 has been eclipsed historically by the momentous Apollo 11 mission a mere four months prior -- there were some fascinating firsts and memorable moments.  The mission almost had to abort right after launching when two lightning strikes disabled critical electronics equipment. Fortunately the rocket was on autopilot, so the mission was able to continue without a hitch once communication and navigation instruments were back up and running again. This mission also had the exciting discovery of finding microbes on equipment that had
Conrad, Gordon & Bean: The Fantasy (1992)


been left on the moon for a few years, which spurred all sorts of tests and theories. 

One more interesting fact: the Apollo 12 crew included an astronaut who was also an artist. Alan Bean retired from NASA in 1981 to devote the rest of his life to creating art inspired by his trip to the moon.   

The presentation concluded with a Q&A discussion about future possibilities for moon exploration and colonization.
TO LEARN MORE:
NASA Apollo 12 (official website)

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel 50 Years Ago, The Apollo 12 Crew Had A Blast As They Landed On The Moon (aired November 20, 2019)

Alan Bean, first artist on another world

National Geographic: One Strange Rock 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Library recognizes historic events from 50 years ago: Apollo Missions Moon Landings of 1969 display


The Library’s current Apollo Missions 11 & 12 Moon Landings display celebrates how 1969 was the year NASA landed two successful missions to the moon: Apollo 11 (July 20, 1969) and Apollo 12 (November 19, 1969). 

 







Our display showcases some of the books in our collection on this subject, as well as the July 21, 1969 edition of The Morning Press (local Bloomsburg newspaper), two autographed photos of NASA Apollo astronauts, a moon puzzle, and retrospective magazine articles about the flight and science of Apollo 11.

The display is located in the Newspaper/New Books area on the first floor, just past the Circulation Desk.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Banned Books Week at Andruss Library

 

Andruss Library is celebrating our Right to Read ...



Check out our BANNED BOOKS WEEK info in the Newspaper/New Books area and share the banned books you have read. 

Want to learn more about banned books? Visit the American Library Association's Banned and Challenged Books webpage: 


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Welcome to new librarian Courtney Paddick

Please join the library in welcoming new librarian, Courtney Paddick. Courtney will be working as the library faculty liaison to the College of Education, Academic Enrichment, and Sociology/Social Work/Criminal Justice.



She comes to us with over eight years of experience, most recently as a librarian for the arts and humanities as Bucknell University.

Welcome aboard, Courtney!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

You Spoke: I Wish You Had All of My Textbooks

Welcome to the seventh and last in a series of posts about the LibQual survey results. Today we're talking about textbooks in the library.

One of the comments we received was "I wish you had all of my textbooks!"  It would be lovely if the library could purchase a copy of every textbook used on campus.  Unfortunately we can't do that.  If we did, we would have no money to buy all of the books and journal articles that students and faculty use for their research.

As a general rule, the library doesn't purchase textbooks. Exceptions are made on an individual basis.

So, what to do if you are looking for a textbook in the library?
  • Check to see if the professor put a copy on reserve. If you are a faculty member, make sure to put a copy on reserve (see here for the reserve form).
  • Check to see if we have a different textbook on the subject. Sometimes we'll have supplemental textbooks that will cover the same topics. This is great for anyone looking for the textbook just to learn more about a subject.
  • Check to see if there is an open educational resource (i.e. free online textbook) on the subject. Again, these are great if you are looking for help understanding the subject.      
 Purchasing textbooks is expensive, we know. Hopefully the tips above will help.


If you have questions about the LibQual survey results, please contact Katie Yelinek.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

You Spoke: Library Hours

Welcome to the sixth in a series of posts about the LibQual survey results. Today we're talking about library hours.

Several of you asked for additional hours when the library could be open.  Some of you wanted 24/7 during the week, others wanted longer hours over the weekends.  We're happy to see you like us and want the library open longer!

Unfortunately, we don't have the staff to keep the library open any more hours than we do right now.  But we want to remind you of additional times that you might not be aware of:

  •  The Schweiker Room and Gathering Place remain open after the rest of the library is closed on Sunday-Wednesday evenings from midnight to 2 am.  Wireless is available for those who bring their own devices.
  • For the last week of classes and finals week, the library offers extended hours on the weekends.  This semester this means the library will be open 10 am to midnight on April 28, 7:30 am to midnight on May 3, 9 am to 9 pm on May 4, and 10 am to midnight on May 5.

You can always find out our hours by clicking on the clock on the library's homepage.

http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/hours

If you have questions about the LibQual results, please contact Katie Yelinek