Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saving your Work

You have worked hard on your research and writing projects.  Do not let a simple mistake lead to catastrophe.  Remember to consistently save your work with a specific file name to a specified drive.  For more info, check out the Library's Saving your Work page.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

4th Annual Business Plan Competition

Ready to write a winning business planPASSHE is sponsoring a Business Plan Competition for students' simulated business plans.

Prizes include:
  • $10,000 for 1st place
  • $5000 for 2nd place
  • $2500 for 3rd place
There is a research guide for this competition available through the Library's web site.

For more info, please contact Michael Coffta, Business Research Librarian, or Dr. Karl Kapp, Dept. of Instructional Technology.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Got feedback on any of the database trials currently being run?

Use this form to tell us what you think.

The Library currently has access to the following 5 databases, accessible on the Databases A-Z list > Trials page. The database vendors are providing free access to the databases so that our users can try them out. We welcome your feedback -- what you think of them and how you might use them in your courses?

The trials will be ending soon, so if you haven't tried them out yet, do so while you can.
As always, if questions Ask a Librarian.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DSM-5 now available online through Library

Andruss Library is proud to provide online access to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. A staple of academic libraries, the DSM-5 is described on the American Psychiatric Publishing website as follows:
The most comprehensive, current, and critical resource for clinical practice available to today's mental health clinicians and researchers of all orientations. DSM-5 is used by health professionals, social workers,and forensic and legal specialists to diagnose and classify mental disorders, and is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. The criteria are concise and explicit, intended to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical settings-inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinical, private practice, and primary care. 
Access the DSM-5 via the Databases A-Z page or Databases by Subject >> Psychology. The database also contains DSM-5™ Handbook of Differential Diagnosis and DSM-5™ Clinical Cases.

Any questions, ask a librarian.

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, and in Hartline, presenting 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? 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spotlight on... Regina Bobak

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 the director of the Instructional Media and Design Center (IMD), who has an office in the library. 

What is your name?  Dr. Regina Bobak

What is your title?   Instructional Technology Specialist

What is a typical day like for you?
A feature of my job that I enjoy is that I don’t have ‘typical’ days. Any of the following tasks may occur at any given time:
* Answer emails/phone calls (most likely a faculty member needing assistance)
* Research various technologies and methodologies
* Meet with faculty on various projects
* Manage the IMD Center (projects, budget, staff)
* Communicate information to faculty
* Plan for upcoming events
* Troubleshoot BOLT issues
* Create documentation and tutorials
* Test new versions of BOLT
* Teach faculty via webinars
* Evaluate software
* Committee meetings and work
I can have a list of tasks that I want to complete for the day and will push them to the side due to a higher priority request or issue. It’s all about prioritizing the work and maintaining a high level of customer service.

What else should people know about you?  I like to bake and the IMD Center student workers enjoy the results!

How can people get in contact with you?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Trial to Online DSM-5

The library is running a trial to the online version of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) released by the American Psychiatric Association in May 2013.  It contains the criteria for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. The library currently has access to the DSM-5 in paper only.  

To access the trial version, click here.  Or, from the library's homepage, go to Databases A-Z, then click on the tab for Trials.

Trial access to the DSM-5 will run through April 22.  Please provide feedback about this trial to Katie Yelinek (  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Friend of the Bloomsburg University Library Association Annual Book Sale

The 14th Annual Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association, will be held at the Andruss Library, Schweiker Room, on the following dates:
  • Saturday, March 29 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 30 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m 
  • Monday, March 31 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m
Friends of FOBULA may attend a Preview on Saturday, March 29 from 12-1pm. For information on how to become a Friend of the Library, visit this page. You can join at the door!

Items are still being accepted and can be donated at the Circulation Desk. The Friends are looking for all types of books, both fiction and nonfiction, in GOOD condition, that would appeal to a general audience, in addition to movies and music. Items that do not sell well and that are discouraged include old textbooks (before 2000), magazines, journals, encyclopedias and Reader's Digest condensed books. For more information, contact Bob Dunkelberger, email rdunkelb{at}bloomu{dot}edu, ph. 570-389-4210.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Spotlight on... Kayley Glynn

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? Kayley Glynn

What is your major? Digital Forensics

What do you do in the library?  I work in Government Documents, where I process and shelve documents.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I really enjoy going through the shipping lists (which tell me what documents we’re supposed to get with each box) and making sure we got the right books, and then labeling the books.

What’s the best class you’ve taken at BU? The best class I have taken at Bloomsburg is Intro to Digital Forensics.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Get books from NYU

Faculty, staff, and students can now access the 4.5 million volumes at NYU’s Bobst Library via E-ZBorrow.  With the addition of NYU, E-ZBorrow libraries now help support the research and information needs of 745,000 students, faculty & staff. 

Go to to search and request books we don’t own at Andruss Library from our 50+ lending partners across the mid-Atlantic region, including Penn, Rutgers, University of Pittsburgh, West Viriginia University, and now NYU.  Books generally arrive in a few days and can be kept for up to 12 weeks.

Questions?  Contact or 570-389-4218

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Headphone Sets Available

Need some serenity while studying at the library? Maybe listening to music helps you to concentrate better? The staff at Andruss library can offer some assistance to you in finding solace from distraction by offering quality headphones to enhance your study atmosphere. 

These headphones are currently available at the Circulation Desk, free of charge, so that you can “plug in” and listen to webinars, music, or maybe just serve as a barrier from nearby chatter. Using headphones can help eliminate the noise disturbance to others caused from playing video or music feeds without them.

The borrowing process is easy. Library patrons simply use their student ID to check a pair out and then use them (in-house only) for 2 hours at a time. Of course, if there is a late return on the headphones or they get misplaced, applicable fees will be applied.

If you are interested, try this free service next time you stop by Andruss Library. It might just be the remedy you need for quiet time during your visit.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Spotlight on... Katie Yelinek

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 librarians, who you probably have seen before.

What is your name? Katie Yelinek

What is your title? Reference Librarian/Coordinator of Government Documents

What is a typical day like for you? Never dull!  Every day is different, depending on what I’m working on.  A lot of my time is spent prepping for and teaching library instruction classes.  I’m the librarian for the departments of Anthropology, English, EGGS, Political Science, and Psychology.  It’s always fun to work with students and to see what topics they’ve chosen to focus on.  I get to do that, too, when I’m working at the Research Center or when students ask to meet with me one-on-one in my office.  Another thing I do is to oversee the Government Documents collections in the library—there’s such a huge wealth of information put out by the government that it’s amazing to see where our tax dollars are going.  Finally, I recently started the Popular Reading Collection in the library.  I love picking books to add to that collection.
What else should people know about you?    It might be a cliché, but I became a librarian because I have interests in a lot of different areas.  I enjoy working with my English students just as much as my EGGS students.  Being the Government Documents Librarian lets me work with topics from every government agency under the sun, which is rather neat.

How can people get in contact with you? email:  Phone:570-389-4228  Office: AL 241