Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Why doesn't the library...?

If you've ever wondered this question (filling in your own end of the sentence), then let us know!

There are lots of ways to get in touch with us:
  • If you know of a book, databases, journal, video, or other resource that you think we should have, use our book request form to suggest that we purchase it.  We can't buy everything!  But we'll consider all suggestions. 
  • If you have another suggestion about our services, website, or building, use the "Did We Help?" forms at the bottom of many of our website pages, or use the suggestion box on our homepage.  These suggestions go to a real person, who does see them and responds as needed (or who gets in touch with someone who can respond).
  • You can always talk to a real person.  Check our staff directory or contact the Research Center or Circulation Desk for assistance. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

How do I cite this?

Need help citing something you found in a database?  Have other questions about using the library's resources?  We've been adding "help" links to many of the database descriptions for the databases that you use most heavily, as well as those that cause you the most questions.  See below for examples of these links.

Keep an eye out for these time-saving links while you're doing your research!  And, as always, if you have questions about using a particular database, contact the Research Center.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Research Help in Sutliff

Need help with your business research?  Can’t find the information you need to succeed with a project?  Michael Coffta, Business Librarian, will be available for research help and consultations for the following weekly hours and lab locations in Sutliff Hall.

SH 123: Mondays, 10-11am
SH 105: Thursdays, 10-11am

As always you may contact Michael at or @CashLibrarian

Monday, September 17, 2012

Spotlight on... Miranda Bailey

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 have seen if you're a night owl.

What is your name?  Miranda Bailey

What is your title? Evening Library Supervisor

What kinds of things are you responsible for in the library?  Putting material on Reserves for professors and assisting with interlibrary loan by ordering books for patrons. I also do the calendar and the electronic signage. 

How did you come to work in the library? I started out as a student worker, working as a  lab consultant, lab technician, then Building Consultant for the library.  I was about ready to graduate from Bloomsburg and there was a job opening for a Library Assistant 1 on night shift.  I got the job then less than two years later I became the evening supervisor.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Helping the students 

What else (if anything) do you want people to know about you? I’m a Storm Spotter for the National Weather Service.  I really enjoy music; I play the flute and the piccolo. I’m more of a computer geek than an avid reader.

How can people get in touch with you?  Email: Phone: 389-4222.  Room:  AL 119

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Where's an open computer in the library?

Andruss Library is debuting a new service.  Lab Stats is a website that will tell you how many open computers are available on each floor of the library.  Save time looking for computers! 

The website is updated in real time and can be used on your mobile device.  It shows available computers in both the Andruss Library and KUB Games Room:

Please note:  This will only show HP computers in the library.  Other open computers are not reflected in the total.  Stay tuned as we develop and improve this service!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Spotlight on... Robert Dunkelberger

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 our archivist and special collections librarian.

What is your name?  Robert Dunkelberger

What is your title? Bloomsburg University Archivist and Historian, Coordinator of Special Collections 

What is a typical day like for you?  My days vary greatly and never seem to go as planned.  I can be researching or assisting someone in researching historical materials from the Archives; acquiring new collections; organizing or identifying material; creating finding aids to go online; digitizing or planning the digitization of historical items; creating exhibits to display materials from the Archives or Special Collections; and reorganizing and rearranging the location of collections.  I do many of these tasks each day and this is just part of my work and never ending, since history is created every day.

What else should people know about you?  I love history and do a great deal of historical research in addition to my work as University Archivist.  I enjoy going to BU Husky football games, watching sports on television, and reading history books as well as science fiction and Cold War era spy stories.

How can people get in contact with you? Phone: 570-389-4210. Email: