Wednesday, February 29, 2012


The library will be switching the photocopiers on the 3rd and 4th floors so that they no longer accept coins to make copies. Instead, these machines will operate using your university ID cards (Husky Gold).  Please note that until we can install the new machines, the photocopiers on the 3rd and 4th floors will be unavailable.

Once the new machines are installed, the photocopiers on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors will all operate using Husky Gold.  The photocopier on the 1st floor will still accept coins.  Thank you for your patience as we make this switch.

Trial for Europa World Online

The library is currently hosting a trial for the online version of the Europa Yearbook.  Please ask at the Research Center for the username and password to take a look. Send your comments, either positive or negative, about the online version to Michael Coffta. The trial ends March 16.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Spotlight on... Brianna Vento

This is the next 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 one of our student workers

What is your name?  Brianna Vento

What is your major?  Communication Studies

What do you do in the library?  I work in the Interlibrary Loan Department. I get books and journals from the library stacks. I proceed to package and ship the books, along with scanning some of them. I also open the mail, which usually consists of books being either returned or loaned to the university.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  I love how conveniently located my job is. Rather than traveling somewhere to work, the library is right on campus. If I have an hour break between my classes, it’s nice to just walk to the library. I also love having some time to myself. While scanning and getting books off the library stacks, I’m usually alone. Thus, it is nice to gather my thoughts, relax, and just have some time for myself. The money is always nice too!

What’s the best class you’ve taken at BU?  My favorite class so far at Bloomsburg University would be Conflict Management taught by Dr. La Valley.

What else do you want people to know about you?  I love sports! I consider myself to be very athletic, friendly, and fun!

Friday, February 17, 2012

100th Frequently Asked Question

Have a question regarding research or the Library?  Check out the Library's FAQ at the Library's web site to ask us anything! When you ask a question you will see previously prepared responses.  If your question has never been asked before, it will be sent to a research librarian for a thorough response.  Your question and answer will be anonymously entered into the FAQ to increase its value to students.

Today the Library recorded its 100th FAQ.  These FAQs are constantly updated as information, technology, services, etc. change.  This is a useful, growing resource for you to use!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Following the budget debates?

You've all heard some soundbites over both the Pennsylvania and federal budgets for 2012/2013.  If you want to take a look at the budgets yourselves, follow the links below.

Federal budget 2013 HTML or PDF (256 pages)

Pennsylvania budget 2012/2013  PDF (1054 pages)  or PDF budget in brief (22 pages)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Grant Funding Information

Did you know that one of the library's databases, Web of Science, lets you search for grant funding information?  On February 14, Katie Yelinek, one of the library's reference librarians, led a workshop on using Web of Science to search for grant funding information by topic, journal name, institution, and funding organization.  You can watch a recording of the workshop here (it's about 24 minutes long).   

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tax Forms

It's getting to be that time of the year again.  Here are links to pages with the most frequently requested Federal and PA tax forms.  Please note that the library doesn't carry paper tax forms or instructions.

Forms and Publications from the IRS (federal)

Personal Income Tax forms from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

Monday, February 6, 2012

Spotlight on... Andrea Schwartz

This is the second 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 someone you may already have worked with... without realize it.

What is your name?  Andrea Schwartz

What is your title?   Library Technician, Interlibrary Loan/Access Services

What kinds of things are you responsible for in the library?  I run the Interlibrary Loan unit (ILL) within the library.  That means, if our students/faculty need something we don’t have, I get it for them.  If there’s something in the Library you need (like a book chapter or article from microfilm), we will scan and supply that for you as well.  We also share out materials with libraries across the United States (and sometimes even farther afield).  Our office has two student workers and they do a lot of scanning and packing/unpacking of mail. 

You will also see me helping out at the Circulation Desk, especially on Saturdays. 

How did you come to work in the library?  I’m a library nerd--I’ve been volunteering and working in libraries since elementary school.  After receiving my Bachelor’s degree, I obtained my MS in Library & Information Science at the University of Illinois, where I met my husband.  When he ended up taking a job at Bloomsburg University, I eventually joined the library staff.  I worked for 8 years in the Cataloging Dept., and I’ve been in Interlibrary Loan for 4 ½ years.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  Several things:  helping people get the stuff they really need; hunting down something really hard to find; connecting with all the wonderful ILL librarians across the country; talking with my student workers.  Oh, and I LOVE the Library’s new microfilm/fiche scanner. 

What else do you want people to know about you?
1. I love to cook and bake
2. I love Zumba (see #1 above)
3. I love to read
4. I’m learning to play the piano

How can people get in contact with you?  Phone: 389-4218; email: or

Friday, February 3, 2012

GRE Preparation

Need to ace the GRE?  Want to reduce the stress of taking the GRE?  The University's GRE Preparation Program can help you.  The Library has collaborated with this program to make a web guide to:
  • Provide details of the GRE Preparation Program and the revised GRE exam
  • Explain how you may receive coaching, opportunities for practice tests, and more
  • Provide free online resources to help you with your preparation
For more info, go to

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hours: You Asked, You Received

Due to student requests for longer hours, Andruss Library will now be open until 7pm on Friday.  These longer hours will take effect on Friday, February 9.

So, beginning on Friday, February 9, the regular hours will be:

Monday-Thursday  7:30am-midnight
Friday                     7:30am-7:00pm
Saturday                 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday                   noon-midnight
with after hours offered in the Gathering Place on Sunday-Wednesday evenings from midnight to 2:00am