Thursday, October 25, 2012

Faculty: Have you published a book?

We here at the library love to hear that a BU faculty member has published a book.  We aim to collect two copies of every book that a faculty member has published, and we've had a long-standing agreement with our book vendor to supply two copies of every known book with a faculty author.  Unfortunately, this system isn't perfect.  When you've published a book, first, congratulations!  Second, please let the library liaison for your department know.  Then we can be sure that copies of your book end up on our shelves.  Thanks!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

An Assignment that Prevents Plagiarism

An article on the Magna Teaching & Learning blog details an assignment developed by 2 accounting professors, McGown and Lightbody, that has significantly cut down on instances of plagiarism in their classes. Students must identify and correct 10 instances of plagiarism in a faculty-written essay after completing an online tutorial on plagiarism.

Most students learn the basics of how to cite and paraphrase in their first year composition courses and are expected to apply what they've learned to courses in their major. But each discipline has its own conventions, and students need additional, repeated instruction and practice within the discipline.

Read the blog post here.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Spotlight on... Jazmin Carrasco

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?  Jazmin Carrasco

What is your major? Accounting

What do you do in the library?  I work at the Archives office on the third floor where I help identify, organize, file, and preserve historical documents and photographs. I also select and scan photographs upon request and prepare Finding Aids that are then added to the University Archives website

What do you enjoy most about your job?  I really enjoy that I am able to learn something new about the university and about the Town of Bloomsburg on a daily basis. I also love being able to view really old and interesting photographs while I work. This proves that you really can learn something new every day!

What’s the best class you’ve taken at BU? My favorite class at BU so far was Managerial Accounting with Dr. Nancy Coulmas.

What else do you want people to know about you?  Besides working at the library, I am also a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau national sorority on campus and I volunteer at the BU Women's Resource Center. I truly love being involved on campus.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Congrats to Linda Neyer

The library wishes to congratulate Reference Librarian and Associate Professor Linda Neyer for receiving a Certificate of Merit Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association.  This award recognizes Professor Neyer’s work on behalf of libraries in Pennsylvania.  Professor Neyer has, among other things, served as chair of the College & Research Library Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association and spearheaded the creation of a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal for Pennsylvania libraries.  She also co-chairs the statewide PA Forward Information Literacy Planning Team, comprised of partners from the public and private sectors, which is dedicated to advancing information literacy in the Commonwealth for all citizens. Her efforts have contributed to greater cooperation among and visibility of academic libraries in Pennsylvania. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Spotlight on... Amanda Bloom

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?  Amanda Bloom

What is your major? Early Childhood/Special Education

What do you do in the library? I work at the circulation desk. I check books in and out, re-shelve books, and help students, professors, and PA residents to the best of my ability with any questions they might have.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I like that it is a work study job and I am able to help everyone at the university and am still able to do my homework and keep up on my studies.

What’s the best class you’ve taken at BU? The best classes that I have taken have to be all of my special education courses because that is where I plan to teach once I graduate.