Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Now and then: Ripon College Campus

Welcome back Ripon students!
As you walk around the campus, imagine all of the students who have walked and stood in the same places you have. Pictured left, two female students standing on steps adjacent to the library ca. 1935.  Pictured right, two female students standing on steps adjacent to the library, 2014.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Etiquette: Business or Otherwise.

Hello everyone, 

It is Carl, your intrepid Technical Services Librarian at the keyboard, and I'm writing to you again from the deep recesses of Lane Library where amazing things happen.  Many of you know that your Lane librarians serve as representatives (liaisons) to various academic departments on campus.  As part of what we do, we often look at resources related to our liaison departments.  Since I work with the business department, I recently had a business book cross my desk that most everyone might find interesting.  The book is titled:  The essentials of business etiquette : how to greet, eat, and tweet your way to success.  It is written by Barbara Pachter who is a public speaker and regularly does workshops on this topic.  Upon reading the first few pages, it was obvious to this reader that she is an expert on this subject.

Pachter includes five general topics in this book:  greeting people, maintaining your profession image, how to eat with grace, how to properly handle phones and social media, and how to improve your career.  Her writing style is easily accessible, down to earth, funny and informative.  This text is so full of excellent advice that I had a hard time putting it down.  Of special note, section four starting at page 185 is especially helpful for the job seeker.  Soon to be graduates, This Means You!  Remember not to sell yourself short.  Take chances when applying for positions.  Do your research on the company you are applying at and ask good questions if and when you get the interview. 

So, dear reader, will this book benefit someone who is not a business major or minor?  I ask, will you ever have to go out on an interview?  Are you going to have a career someday?  Ladies and gentlemen, don't let the word "business" in the title of this book fool you.  Everyone who has to interact and communicate with other people ought to read this book.  This is the text for you and is well worth your time.  I highly recommend it and intend to use as much of the advice as I can recall from my one reading of this book.

We'll "chat" again soon.  In the meantime, I hope you have fun reading and learning new things.

Your trusty librarian,

Carl Z.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

National School Library Month

Award winning books added to our collection this spring.
In celebrating National School Library Month, we would like to recognize Ripon College Education Department in helping to develop our future teachers.  Libraries are vital resources to educators, and these current education students will be the future leaders in engaging children in reading, both for learning and pleasure.  Our education department ensures that our library's juvenile collection stays up to date with the latest award winning books for the students.

It has been a busy month with new books, and we added a wide variety of new juvenile fiction.  This includes the Newbery winner, Flora and Ulysses and some of the Newbery honor books (Year of Billy Miller).  The Printz (In Darkness), Orbis Pictus (Splash of Red), and Corretta Scott King Award (P.S. Be Eleven) winners and a few select nominees have also been added.  You can search the catalog for past winners by searching for the award, such as "Newbery Honor Books."

To keep in touch with all of our new books, please look through the new books listed on the Lane Library Catalog home page.  This is updated daily when any new books are added to the collection.  It is a fantastic way to do some old-school browsing of new books.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Credo: New Reference Database at Lane Library

Lane Library is now offering Credo, a reference database of more than 600 full text reference works from over fifteen disciplines:
Art, Business, Food & Beverage, General Reference, Geography, History, Language, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science, Social Sciences, Technology

This is a great place to start your research, where you can get a quick overview of a topic rather than sorting through questionable results from Google or wondering if a Wikipedia entry had been recently altered by a prankster. Credo also offers mind maps, which assist in brainstorming related topics.
 (Below: Mind map for Hank Aaron)


After getting background information on a topic, Credo seamlessly connects you to academic databases and other information sources by placing links to the left of your search results. Clicking on one of these links will run the same keyword search in the selected source.


Credo is listed among the databases on the Lane Library homepage.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hero finally meets Villain in March Madness

The Championship Round has been decided!  Our hero is Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter series, and our villain is Moriarty from "The Adventure of the Final Problem" (Sherlock Holmes).  Now it is your turn to decide if good or evil will reign overall.  Vote below by Wednesday, April 2.

Wondering how Professor McGonagall became our final hero, or curious as to the road Moriarty had to take to get to the final?  Look at the complete bracket below.  The last round had very similar margins, with Moriarty and Professor McGonagall winning each of their battles by about 67%.  

Click on the picture below to see the names a little better, but you might want to get your glasses out one last time.

Voting on our Championship Round of Heroes and Villains will continue through Wednesday, April 2nd, and the ultimate winner will be announced on Thursday, April 3rd; stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.  As before, voting is open to everyone, but we again have only a few short days before a final winner will be announced.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Final Four in our Literary March Madness

Final four time is here!  Make your vote count and enter it by Monday, March 31st to decide which hero and villain will be duking it out in the finale.

Curious to see how we ended up with Professor McGonagall vs. James Bond and Moriarty vs. Count Olaf?  Look at the complete bracket below.  The last round was very close, with Moriarty making a late surge to beat Bellatrix Lestrange 52% to 48%.  The Shark also was our great underdog (with 42%), but he didn't have enough votes to pull it out against Count Olaf (58%).  

Click on the picture below to see the names a little better, but you might want to get your glasses out once again.

Voting on our Final Four Heroes and Villains will continue through Sunday, March 30th, and our final Hero and Villain battle will be announced on Monday, March 31st; stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.  Voting is open to everyone, but we only have a few short days before one Villain and one Hero will go against each other based on your choices!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Literary March Madness narrowed to 8

Four heroes and four villains are all that remain in our March Madness.  Voting is open for only a couple of days until Thursday, March 27th at for your favorite characters in the current round.  Once again, you as the voter have not failed to surprise us, and this round looks to be no different.  Choices may be tougher, but now you only have four match-ups in this round.

Surprisingly enough, all of the eight finalists have seen their characters up on the silver screen as well.  Whether you know these heroes and villains best through their books or films, make certain your vote counts and either give us your ballot online or via paper at the library.    The entire bracket is below, to see the paths of each of our heroes and villains up to this point.  

Voting on our Elite Eight Heroes and Villains will continue through Thursday, March 27th, and our next winners will be announced on Friday, March 28th; stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.  Enjoy and vote to make sure your favorites make it to the Final Four!