Tuesday, August 30, 2016

New kid on the block

Hi, everyone. My name is Karlyn Schumacher, and I’m the official new kid on the block at Lane Library for the semester.

Lane Library’s usual Access Services Librarian, Kate Moody, is in London for the semester. This means that I’m basically the new Kate Moody for this fall, so I’ll be managing course reserves, interlibrary loan, the circulation desk, and teaching a few library sessions. Feel free to stop by my office (the one directly across from the DVDs) to say hello or ask any questions you might have whenever you’re in the library!

I’m currently halfway through my master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (yes, you actually do need a master’s degree to be a librarian!), which means I’m usually trying to find ways to procrastinate and avoid doing my homework in typical student fashion. As a result, I love to read, hike and camp, play fetch with my cat Jane (she’s pretty much a dog-cat), go to new restaurants with friends, hang out on the Terrace with cheese curds, and, of course, binge-watch shows on Netflix. 

As much as I love living in Madison, I’m also excited to be in Ripon this semester. I went to Ripon as an undergrad and graduated in 2015, so it’s been nice being back in a place that I called home for four years. This is my first time working as a librarian in a professional setting, so I’m looking forward to seeing what my time at Lane Library has in store for me. I’m betting on the fact that there will be bumps along the way, but I think the experiences I’ll gain here will be more than worth it. 

If you’re ever in Lane Library and have questions about a research project, want to talk about the Harry Potter series, or need some candy, feel free to stop by my office!

Harry Potter + libraries = two of my favorite things!

Monday, August 1, 2016

New York Times: All Campus Pass now available

Lane Library is excited to announce the access to the New York Times Digital Editions to all students, faculty and staff via the Academic Campus Pass.  

This Academic Pass provides access both on-campus and off-campus to the digital content of the New York Times.  This includes all news, archives, and special educational content, with a few limitations (explained below).

Each user must activate an individual pass by creating a unique account with the New York Times using your Ripon.edu email account.  In order to activate this pass, go to NYTimes.com/pass and follow the instructions.  Once you have activated this pass, you can use this new account to login to the New York Times website from anywhere.  

Below are a few FAQ.  Please contact a librarian if you have additional questions.

  • Where do I register? You need to register through the Academic Pass at NYTimes.com/pass.
  • Can I access the NY Times from off-campus?  Yes, as long as you have previously activated your NYTimes.com Academic Pass using your Ripon.edu email as your username through the NYTimes.com/pass website.   
  • Can I access the NY Times from my mobile device?  Academic Passes provide access to NY Times mobile apps; visit nytimes.com/mobile to download.  Academic Pass holders can also access NYTimes.com on any device (computer, smartphone, or tablet) with a browser.  Academic Pass does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords, or the NY Times Crosswords Apps.   Also, Apps are not supported on all devices. 
  • How long does the pass last?  The pass is good for one year.  When you first register, NYTimes displays the date that your pass will expire and even offers to add a reminder to your calendar for you to renew within a year of your initial registration.
  • Can I access 
  • How far back does access in the archives of the Academic Pass go?  You will have access from the first edition in 1851 to today.
  • Are there any restrictions of archival access?  Yes, from 1923 to 1980, you may access only five articles per day.
  • How do I get to the archives? You have a few options.  You can use the regular search function, which returns results from current issues as well as archives.  You can search the archive independently through Article Archive: 1851-Present. Or you can browse the paper as it was printed through the NYTimesMachine.

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!


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.