Thursday, April 26, 2012

Need help with copyright?

Take a look at the library's new Copyright Guide.  This guide features:

  • What is copyright?
  • Copyright FAQ
  • Copyright situations examples (answers YES or NO to what you can do with material in the classroom)
  • Links to more info
  • A "copyright in 5 minutes" video

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Interested in Recycling?

In celebration of Earth Day, Andruss Library has put together a Guide to Recycling.  Here, you will find listings of locations to recycle things like light bulbs, electronics, plastic, and more.  Do your part to keep Bloomsburg beautiful!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spotlight on... Tim Ashton

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?  Tim Ashton

What is your major?  Criminal Justice

What do you do in the library?  I’m responsible for assisting the Cataloging Librarian and Cataloging staff with various projects that come across their desks.  These tasks can range from ripping up old bound periodical issues to computer work with new books that the library orders. I also do a lot of computer and physical work for bindery books.  These are books that come in from the library circulation desk that are paper back and being used frequently.  To preserve the books we do computer work and send them off to get hard covers.  When they come back I stamp all the books with library stamps and pockets.  Then I make sure that the barcode links up to the record we have of the book in PILOT and send them down to the circulation desk to be re-shelved.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  There are a couple things I enjoy about this job.  One is that it is very flexible.  With class schedules and schoolwork sometimes you might have to meet professors or groups during a time when you’re scheduled to work.  Another thing that I enjoy is that it keeps me busy; we are always working on a project or helping the cataloging unit out so it makes the day go by faster and keeps me and my schedule in line.

What’s the best class you’ve taken at BU?  I think the best class I've taken here so far is Criminal Law with Dr. Neal Slone.  I find the cases and legal issues we learn about really interesting and complex.

What else do you want people to know about you?  I’m going to be graduating in May with a Criminal Justice degree and my next goal in life is to go to law school.  I’ve been active at school participating on the Men’s Club Lacrosse Team and the Human Rights Club.  I enjoy hanging out with my friends on weekends and am an avid dog lover. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

New Citation Linker!

If you have a citation to a specific article and want to know if the Library has it, then use Citation Linker . You can search by DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or other citation info, such as author, article title, journal name, volume, issue, pages, and so on. At minimum include a journal name, ISSN, DOI or PMID. If the Library subscribes to the journal and has the article, you'll be linked directly to the full-text.
Citation Linker is available from the Library Home Page > Articles/databases tab > Citation Linker, or via the Periodical Title List. Once there, you will see directions to "Enter appropriate citation information into the form below, press the 'Look Up' button to view full text options."
As always, if you have any questions please contact the Research Center (x4204) or your friendly Research Librarian!

Iceberg straight ahead! Suggested readings

100 years ago this week, the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic.  To mark that anniversary, here’s a listing of some of the Titanic books available in Andruss Library:

“Exploring the Titanic” by Robert D. Ballard  Juvenile Collection 363. 123091631 B189e
 Children’s book, which describes the Titanic’s first and last voyage as well as the discovery and exploration of the ship on the ocean’s floor. 

“Last Dinner on the Titanic”  by Jay Stevenson General Collection TX652 .A737 1997
Describes the dining and food served on the ship, along with tips on recreating a Titanic meal.

“Last Log of the Titanic” by David G. Brown Ebook read online (must be on campus or have BU ID to log in)
Provides excerpts of the ship’s log book, with discussion

 “Maiden Voyage” by Geoffrey Marcus  General Collection G530. T6 M 28 1969b
An early examination of the reasons why the Titanic sunk.  While some of the ideas in the book have since proven untrue, it is a good example of how new discoveries advance historical research.

“A Night to Remember” by Walter Lord  General Collection G530. T6 L6
 Popular recounting of the sinking of the Titanic.  Widely popular when it was first published in 1955 and continues to be regarded as a standard book about the Titanic.

“On Board the Titanic: What it was Like When the Great Liner Sank” by Shelley Tanaka  Juvenile Collection 910.91634 T161o
Part of the “I Was There” series, this children’s book shows what it might have been like to be on board the Titanic when it sank. 

“Titanic: An Anatomy of a Blockbuster” ed. By Kevin S. Sandler and Gaylyn Studlar 
General Collection PN1997. T54 T58 1999
A bit off topic, this book is the first critical look at the widely popular James Cameron movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

“Titanic: An Illustrated History” by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall  General Collection OVERSIZE G530. T6 L96 1992
Gorgeous, oversized book with lots of illustrations and images. 

“The Titanic: An Interactive History Adventure”  by Bob Temple   Juvenile Collection 910.91634 T384t
A “Choose Your Own Adventure”-type children’s book, which lets readers explore the sinking from the viewpoints of a first-class passenger, second-class passenger, or a crewmember. 

“Titanic and the Californian” by Peter Padfield   General Collection  G530. T6 P3 1966
Examines why the ship the Californian, which was nearby to the Titanic, did not come to its rescue.

“’Titanic’ Disaster: Hearings Before a Subcommittee”
  Government Documents Collection  Y 4.C 73/2:T 6
Text of the Congressional hearings held in the US Congress concerning the sinking of the Titanic

For help with finding these, or any other books in our library, visit the Research Center on the first floor or contact one of our Research Librarians.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Congratulations, Scholarship Winners

The Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association want to congratulate the winners of the 2012 Library Student Worker Textbook Scholarship.  They each will be receiving a $250 scholarship for next year.

Jessica York
Christian Tloczynzski
James Thomas
Brianna Vento
Ashton Keefer
Ario D’Amato
Amanda Bloom

We hope this small scholarship will be helpful to them.They are to be commended for the fine work they have been doing in the library. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spotlight on... Elizabeth Frederick

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 someone you might not have seen before.

What is your name?  Elizabeth Frederick

What is your title? Library Assistant 2

What kinds of things are you responsible for in the library? As a Library Assistant 2 in the Cataloging Department, I am responsible for getting books and materials “shelf ready”.  This means the book (or other material) is stamped, spine labeled, barcoded & security tagged so that it can be found & identified in the library. Cataloging is also responsible for making sure all library materials have a record in Pilot so that patrons may find these materials. In addition, I am responsible for taking care of items that are being with withdrawn from the library or being sent to the Bindery (sending new paperbacks to be processed into a hardback book or old books to be give new covers  for repair & preservation). I also do mending of books—repairing pages, covers, etc. I like to tell everyone that Cataloging handles nearly everything that enters and exits the library.

How did you come to work in the library? I have been employed in Andruss Library for over 23 years. Before that, I attended college here at Bloomsburg and worked for 3 years as a student assistant in the Reference Department at the library.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I do like the variety. In Cataloging there is never a dull moment; we are busy all the time!

What else do you want people to know about you? I am an animal lover.  Spay & neuter your pets! Adopt a rescue or shelter animal.  Give a home to a wonderful pet!

How can people get in contact with you?  Email: Phone: 389-4789.  Room:  AL 239

1940 Census Records Released

On Monday, April 2 at 9 AM, the 1940 Census records were released.  These records are of interest to historians, demographers, genealogists, and more.  To search the Census records or to find out more about them, visit:

For more about government information and the Census records available at Andruss Library, visit our Government Documents site or contact Katie Yelinek ( or x4228).