Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer studying and reading what you want

As the semester is over and summer is here, I wanted to point out a few new resources that might be of use to you over the summer.  One is for test preparation tools and the other is for recommended leisure reading, as detailed below.


Learning Express*:  A wide variety of web-based test prep tools are available for Graduate School Admissions exams.  This includes the GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT in the College Center of this website.  You can find practice tests available for the Praxis exam for education in the Career Center of this website.  All practice exams will require you to create your own personal login in order to save your progress.

NoveList*:  On the light side of resources, this one allows you to browse genres, find read-alikes, see award lists, or create your own combination of searches to find a work of fiction that will hit the right mood for a summer break.  If Lane Library does not have the fiction book you are seeking, there is a good chance your local public library will.

These two resources can be found in our list of databases on the Lane Library website and can be easily accessed off-campus from wherever life may find you this summer.  If you have any questions on any library resource or how to gain access off-campus, please look over the basic information available and contact the librarians with any specific questions you may have.

Enjoy your summer!

*These resources are provided freely to residents of the state of Wisconsin through Badgerlink (Wisconsin's Online Library).  These resources are set up to recognize your IP address and allow Wisconsin residents access to these resources.  If you are outside of Wisconsin, you will need to access them through Lane Library's website and enter your network ID when prompted for off-campus access.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Digital Senior Showcase

The 8th annual Ripon College Senior Showcase happens tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts.  This year will include student research presentations, poster presentations, as well as an artistic performance.  Many of the presentations in the Senior Showcase tonight will be archived and available online at:  rcseniorshowcase.omeka.net  

While we are waiting for more of this year's content submissions, feel free to browse through last year's projects.  Started in 2015, this collection promotes the work from Ripon College students in a wide variety of disciplines and provides students with a permanent link to work they have done here.  

Past submissions include final papers, Powerpoint presentiations, and original images from a senior art portfolio.  Besides the direct link, this collection can also be found through the special collections on the Lane Library website.  

We will continue to update the online Senior Showcase as we receive submissions; if you have a favorite presentation after tonight that you want to learn more about, check back with the digital collection over the next week or two to see more. 

Best of luck to all of our Ripon College scholars tonight!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Keeping up with popular news

Did you know...

that Lane Library has over 80 print journals and many of them would be considered popular magazines?  In a world of having information available instantly online, some nostalgic still exists in the comfort that can be found in picking up one of the latest print journals.  Stop by the library today to browse through the latest popular editions, which can be found next to the circulation desk.  We even offer one-day checkout of the latest popular magazines.

Catching up on the latest news, pick up the latest Atlantic, New Yorker, orEconomist.


Looking for something outside of politics?  Browse through Jazz Times, Popular Photography, or Make.



Wanting to practice another language?  Pick up CambioL'Obs, or Der Spiegel.



Need inspiration for your literary side?  Poetry or Paris Review might be your choice.



Or simply need an escape from academics, we have Rolling Stone and National Geographic.


Can't find what you are looking for?  Head on over to the library website and the journal finder to see where you will locate 60,000+ academic and popular full-text journals available to you.


Need a little assistance along the way?  Please do stop by and ask one of your librarians!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hidden Lane Library

Did you know

...that Lane Library has over 200 cookbooks to teach you how to make food from many different regions and historical eras? We’ve collected a few here to illustrate the kinds of titles we have, but there’s so much more at the library!

We have some odd titles, like:


But mostly, we have cookbooks that let you eat your way through time and space -



We also have plenty of titles to teach you all about modern cooking from around the world, here are just a few:




American food is so much more than apple pie and hamburgers (although they are delicious). There is a huge variation of food across the country depending on what region you’re in; think of cheesesteaks, deep dish pizza, gumbo, clam chowder, fried cheese curds, chicken fried steak, and so on. Ask 10 southerners what region has the best BBQ and you’ll get 10 different answers - Memphis, Lexington, Kentucky, Kansas City, Chicago, Texas, and on and on. The Hatfields and McCoys have nothing on the fierce battle that rages on for the title of best American BBQ. Here are a few books to introduce you to some American historical and regional foods:



Encarnación's kitchen : Mexican recipes from nineteenth-century California : selections from Encarnación Pinedo's El cocinero español (E-book)

Book Jacket

TX715.M363 L48 2002 (Western Americana collection)


I hope you check out one of our many cookbooks - - and please bring some of your creations to your favorite librarians!

-Kate

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"It's a wonderful [Cataloger's] life."

Hello everyone,

It is I, Carl, your intrepid cataloger with my final blog post of the school year.  It has been a good school year, filled with the usual challenges and triumphs you would expect of any college librarian. 

Today, I wanted to take a few minutes to write about what at cataloger is and does.  There are still some people out there who believe that librarians sit around and read books all day.  Frankly, that notion couldn't be further from the truth.  The only books I've read from cover to cover on the job are when I'm trying to catalog 36 page children's books, with all of the pretty pictures and such.  [I'm a sucker for children's books, especially now that I have a baby daughter of my own.]  As a cataloger, I must admit that I've had to, at times, skim books to find out what they are about so I can properly describe them in the library catalog. 

In fact, that is my primary job at Lane Library these days.  In essence, I create bibliographies for a living, using special rules [RDA] that are used by libraries around the world.  I, and my student assistants, describe books and create access points so library users can find books on the shelves.  We describe approximately 2,000 books, videos, and other physical items every year.  This can be intensive work when I am assigning authoritative subject and author headings.  I often ask the student assistants when I'm training them; what is the difference between common or similar names, for example:  John A. Behnke vs. John A. Behnke, 1953-.  It turns out that the first John A. Behnke was a professor out East and wrote a book about euthanasia, while the second John A. Behnke was a music professor in Wisconsin and still is a composer.  It is my job to make sure that the proper name is listed in the proper record.  This sometimes requires a lot of research. 

There is much more that I could tell you about what I do, but that would make a very long post.  If you are really curious about my work or are interested in going into the library profession, feel free to come by the library and talk with me.  Of course, if you are interested in the library profession, talk with all of your Lane Librarians.  We love to talk about what we do.

Have a great Summer.

This is Carl Ziebell signing off.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Seeking the right image

Help is at your fingertips when you are looking for the right illustration to use in your research or presentation. Want to have a closer look at a painting or other image from your studies? Need an illustration that you can easily cite and have permission to use in your paper? Spend some time on ARTstor, and you will not be disappointed.

Images from ARTstor. Left: Joseph Byron, Self Portrait. 1909. Right: Desperate Man (Self Portrait). Gustave Courbet. 1843. 
The ARTstor Digital Library database  available through Lane Library contains over 1.8 million high resolution digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a variety of tools for study, research, and instruction. These images hail directly from some of the world's leading museums, photo archives, exhibitions, and scholars.

You can search by keyword or use the advanced search for additional filters and limits or you can also browse by collection, classification, or geography. While you need to create a log-in to use the advanced features of ARTstor, it is definitely worthwhile in order to save and organize images into groups and folders, or even to export entire image groups in batches through the "export to PowerPoint" feature.

Want to know more? Simply stop by a librarian's office to find out how to use it effectively for your research.  Or if you are looking for online help, ARTstor has a variety of documentation and videos on everything from searching to downloading images into a PowerPoint presentation.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

547 days to home...

Hello everyone,

It is Carl, your intrepid Lane Library cataloger, with another book and collection to talk about.  This time I read a brand new book from the Wisconsin's Own Library (WOL) collection.  This wonderful collection is located in the South Reading Room of Lane Library and focuses on authors from, and topics about Wisconsin.  There is no other library collection anything like WOL on the planet.  It will probably come as a shock to some that Lane Library doesn't own the WOL collection.  It is here on semi-permanent loan through the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Wisconsin.

The book I read is titled 547 days to home : the resurrection of a pastor and a small town church / by Daniel L. Bohlman.  I highly recommend this book.  It is the heartwarming story of a despondent pastor named Ed who has been successively fired from his previous churches.  He is given one last chance by his district bishop to fill out his last 547 days and then retire with a full church pension.  Grudgingly, Pastor Ed agrees to give it one last try.  The congregation he is sent to serve is on its last legs.  They have only a few members left and are not bringing in enough offerings to sustain their congregation much longer.  The congregants are set in their ways and don't like change.  On top of this, there is a local mega-church that is looking to force all of the other churches in the area to close.  Pastor Ed has a huge task ahead of him, should he choose to accept it.  He is faced with a choice to fill out his days at Guernsey Community Church and retire, or make a real difference in the lives of those around him.  How he accepts this challenge covers a range of emotions and lends life and humor to this heartwarming story.  Can this once star pastor save a dying small-town congregation?  Can the people of this congregation save him?  Read 547 day to home to find out.  I'm very happy I read it, and I suspect you will be too.  If you do read it, let me know what you think of it.

This is Carl Ziebell signing off.