Thursday, August 28, 2014

New streaming music database -- Naxos Music Library

The Library now provides streaming access to Naxos Music Library, with more than 100,700 CDs containing more than 1,460,000 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added monthly, and Naxos can be searched by composer, work, genre and label; by keyword search; and more. Liner notes are available for many recordings. Genres include classical, pop & rock, jazz, folk, blues, and more. Happy listening!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome, new students & faculty!

Welcome to the BU Andruss Library. Everyone in the library hopes you will take advantage of the library's many resources and services to succeed here at BU. For a virtual tour of the Library, watch this video on YouTube:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Allentown School District Summer Partnership Program in the Library

Summer sessions in Andruss Library are usually quieter than fall and spring semesters, but this summer has been much livelier. Several programs for high school students and summer freshmen have made productive use of library space and resources, including a group of nineteen rising high school seniors in the Allentown School District Summer Partnership Program. ASD students working under the direction of Dr. Angela Hess came to the Library in mid-July to research and design posters about a human disease or disorder and to present and answer questions about their research in a poster session. 

Most researchers spend weeks preparing posters, and these students had only three days in the Library from July 14-16. The students fearlessly jumped in, using resources made available on a website designed by Health Sciences Librarian Linda Neyer. They spent their first day researching topics and planning their posters, and the next two days busily working on their design and layout, sitting on the floor and using every counter on the second floor. Everyone finished in time to present their posters on July 17th to one other and to judges Dr. Hess, Ms. Neyer, and the Program Assistants. Students' enthusiasm was contagious: two young women used their best Vanna White hand movements to attract viewers to their poster on autism. Competition was stiff, and all deserved an award. Not only did they select and distill the most important information for their posters, but also they used appealing graphics to convey their information. The judges were unanimous: first prize went to the students with the poster on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, who used real leaves stapled to a drawing of a vine to graphically illustrate the growth in understanding of PTSD. 

Following are some photos of the students in the library, busily working on their posters.

Andruss Library Closed Morning of August 12th

Due to the power shutdown in various areas during the university's equipment replacement process, the library will be closed Tuesday morning, August 12th.

The library building will reopen at 1:00 PM. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

University-affiliated patrons seeking internet access may use computers in Sutliff 105 and 106. Public patrons and others may use the Bloomsburg Public Library for computer access. It will open at 9:00 AM on Tuesday morning and has free Wi-Fi as well as stand-alone computers.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Orientation to Andruss Library

Welcome, new freshmen and transfer students! To help you get oriented to our library, we've created a 2+ minute video and 3 question quiz that are in your 2014 Orientation Seminar course.

Access the video and quiz in BOLT under 'Content' as shown below and complete by August 24th.

Any questions, Ask a Librarian or stop by the Circ Desk.

Everyone in the Library wishes you a great semester!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Reference Collection Moving to 2nd Floor

During this move, portions of the Reference Collection will be on both the 1st and 2nd floors.  If you cannot find a Reference book, please seek help on the 1st floor. Thank you for your patience.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spotlight on... Wayne Mohr

This is the last installment in a series of blog posts to help you get acquainted with some of the people who work in the library.  Today we introduce you to the Associate Vice-President of Technology and Library Services. 

What is your name?  Wayne Mohr

What is a typical day like for you?

My job wouldn’t be as challenging or enjoyable if I had anything resembling a typical day. Yesterday I spent the entire morning meeting with college deans, administrative directors and the Provost discussing non-technical academic issues or challenges that will affect the entire campus.  Then I spent most of the afternoon with engineers, architects and our construction managers reviewing engineering blue prints and drawings for the addition that will be built on the back of the library.  I spend an unusual amount of time each week on conference calls to coordinate purchases of goods or services for all 14 PASSHE institutions, or to collaborate with fellow PASSHE CIOs across the state on shared technology projects, or to score technical and cost proposals from technology vendors. I also spend quite a bit of time participating in webinars or face to face meetings with vendors to evaluate new products or services that could improve our technology related systems or services.  I set aside time each day to read white papers, survey results, studies, trade publications or books just to keep up with the relentlessly evolving technology landscape.  And, of course, there are always invoices to review and approve, budgets to manage, proposals to evaluate, reports to write and decisions to make.  There are few dull moments, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. 
What else should people know about you? 

My inspiration in life comes almost entirely from my wife of 40 years, Kathleen, my son Jake and my two daughters, Jocelyn and Jordan. If I’m not at work, you’ll find me on the ski slopes, the golf course or the gym.  I lived in Virginia, Connecticut, New York, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas and New Hampshire before arriving here in Pennsylvania.  I’ve been a bus driver, bartender, construction laborer, soldier, electrician’s apprentice, journalist, photographer, professor, television producer/director and chief information officer.  I seldom chose the road most traveled, and it’s made all the difference. 

How can people get in contact with you?