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2010

March is Women's History Month

Posted March 5, 2010

March is Women’s History Month. According to the National Women’s History Project, the theme for 2010 is Writing Women Back into History. This organization, that successfully lobbied Congress in 1980 to have this month designated to honor women, states “it often seems that the history of women is written in invisible ink. Even when recognized in their own times, women are frequently left out of the history books.” We invite you to visit our display of pertinent women’s studies books. We have colorful books dedicated to significant contributions and aspects of women’s history. If you have a special interest regarding feminism, women in science, women’s health or any other topical concern, don’t hesitate to ask us for help locating materials in our stacks or online. For more research tips and suggestions, use our Women’s Studies libguide, accessible from the library homepage. We look forward to having you come view our display honoring you and all the women in your lives.

Music to Go

Posted February 25, 2010

Have you seen our great CD collection? You might be surprised by the large number of music CDs we have available for you to check out. In addition to many classical music CDs, we have oldies but goodies by rock veterans like Joni Mitchell, The Bee Gees, and Bruce Springsteen. We try to liven up the collection with more contemporary bands as well. We have brand new Lady Gaga, Swell Season, Beyonce and Third Eye Blind. As always, we welcome suggestions for new music CDs that you and your friends would like to add to the collection. Currently, the music CDs are shelved at the end of the reference collection on the first floor. While you’re here, don’t forget to browse all the fantastic DVDs we have available as well. D’Amour Library hopes you visit us for both your entertainment and research needs.

Wonderful Wordy New Website

Posted February 16, 2010

For some educational and addictive fun, visit the website Wordnik.com. In addition to definitions, Wordnik provides tabbed links to pronunciations, etymologies, and examples. More contemporary word information such as Twitter usage of a word and the statistical chance of using a word in a year are also provided. Flickr illustrative images round out the word definitions and true word buffs can follow Wordnik through Twitter and a blog. The statistics on word usage, favorite words and lookup instances are fascinating. You can create a Wordnik account and contribute your own tags, synonyms and pictures. Highly recommended by the American Library Association, Wordnik.com is well worth visiting.

February Displays

Posted February 8, 2010

This month we are featuring two significant February displays at D'Amour Library. In our display case, we are honoring National Heart Month, as well as Valentine’s Day, with books about the heart. Every year since its congressional approval in 1963, the President has issued a proclamation to help raise public awareness of heart disease. We have books and audiovisual materials on display about both heart health and hearts and love. As always, we encourage you to check out these materials at the circulation desk.

It’s Oscar season and we are displaying new and old award winners and nominees on the circulation desk. Also on display are some of the fine books that have been made into Oscar-worthy movies. Remember Rain Man? Gone with the Wind? See them and read them! We look forward to having you all come by and visit our library displays.

Search Now - Enhanced Search Interface for WILDPAC Now Available

Posted January 26, 2010

On Monday, January 25, the College libraries unveiled an enhanced search interface for WILDPAC, the online catalog (http://wildpac.wnec.edu). Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of the search box! Search Now offers keyword searching of the libraries’ holdings with the ability to easily refine or expand the results of the search. With a simple click on one of the “facets” found on the left-hand side of the results screen a user can limit the materials found by format, date, location, subject, availability, and/or language. The tag cloud on the right-hand side allows a user to refine the results by search terms. To expand a search, a user scrolls to the tag cloud at the bottom of the results screen. Users familiar with Google and Amazon will feel right at home with this new search. Watch for Techno-Smarts sessions on this new interface in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please visit us at the Reference Desk. We would be glad to give you a demonstration! 

In Memorium: Nancy Hoar

Posted January 20, 2010

Please come by D'Amour Library and view our small memorial display to Professor Nancy Hoar. Professor Hoar passed away over winter break and we will all miss her dearly. We have placed some of her many publications on display. The pictures of Nancy over her many years here at Western New England College will surely touch many hearts. No tribute to her would be complete without a Viking presence. Professor Hoar will be profoundly missed at the college and we hope this small memorial display serves as the library's modest tribute to her contributions and school spirit.

2009

Ebrary Launches the H1N1 (Influenza) Information Center

Posted December 8, 2009

Ebrary recently announced the creation of a website which serves as a clearinghouse for information on the H1N1 influenza virus. Accessible through the website is a growing collection of reports, papers, newsletters, posters, and other materials on the virus produced by government agencies and other sources. To view these resources go to http://h1n1.ebrary.com

Great Western New England Novel Now Ready to Read

Posted December 8, 2009

Well, the Great Western New England Novel, created in honor of National Novel Writing Month, is finished! See what your fellow Western New England College friends have been busy collaborating on here at D'Amour Library. Maybe reading will be just the spark you were looking for to help you jump start your own masterpiece. And a special thanks to everyone who participated in the Great Western New England Novel writing project.

Enjoy!!

The Western New England Novel

 

            It was a dark and stormy Massachusetts night. Each clap of thunder and every flash of lightning brought back memories of that last night with the zoo animals. It was such a horrible place. It was unbelievable how many animals were affected. From the penguins to the elephants, they all seemed to have had a great, yet long night! Except for the lions… it all started with a chair that didn’t look as pretty as the other chairs. Basically, the lion (who was really a man dressed up in an outfit to advertise for the zoo) sat on the ugly chair and broke it!! He cried. But the pretty girl sitting in the pretty chair knew just how to cheer him up! Movies and chocolate! The girl,whose name is Suzie, invited the man to come over to her house to watch her favorite movie,“The Devil Wears Prada.” The man had his eye on Suzie for quite some time. The man’s name was Donald. Anyway, Donald saw this movie date as the perfect opportunity to make his move. While on the couch, he “yawned” to put his arm around her… he poked her in the eye, and blood went everywhere. And so the man got Suzie’s eye patched up and then joined a voyage to a distant world. There he was dressed as a pirate and he was able to fulfill his greatest desire, which was to live with a family of bunnies. His real mission was to track down the Easter Bunny. Leaving eggs to children was such an atrocity!

Never mind the Easter Bunny; what about Santa Clause? He gives gifts to every child in the world only in one night; that’s amazing! But I digress, the man dressed as a pirate decided to lead a global campaign involving Easter Bunnies, children, and pure nonsense up until his wife of nine years told him to grow up and leave the house, to which he decided his true calling involved nothing about pirate costumes or bunnies, but a life as a dentist. But I digress once more. So this pirate decided to replace his left hand with a permanent tooth scraping device, which people commonly mistake for a “hook!” Imbeciles! And all that is hard to achieve, is worth fighting for, in the land of the leprechauns. Of course good times will eventually go bad when the pirate caught a rare form of rhino flu.

For those who do not know, rhino flu scientifically labeled H1N2 is an exceedingly rare style of flu. In order to catch it, one must first enter the Congo from the south, and involve yourself in the culture of the natives. Speaking Flemish is also suggested.  And after a time, you shall be exposed. Rhino flu gives those who contract it harder skin, the kind that one needs Brillo pads to clean.  

Upon contracting the flu, the pirate found Suzie. There is an issue of outright social ostracization when one comes across H1N2, which actually started in polar bears… the rhino aspect is an urban legend. Suzie was having a difficult time coping with her loss.

Then aliens can and gave us a cure for everything. After that they conquered everything turning us into mindless slaves. But we revolted against the aliens with bananas. Well, “revolted” is a bit strong. The problem with being ‘mindless slaves,’ is that we were unable to reason and carry out plans. So really, the Great Banana Revolt of ’09 was really more of an accident. It just so happens that the aliens were horribly allergic to bananas… who knew? Jim Palmer, a small quiet computer programmer from Utah who had done heavy research on the Ugglugs (the invasive aliens) knew, and had attempted to publish this information far before the revolt began. But no one had thought that our perfect planet would be invaded or taken over by a species that no one thought to have existed. The aliens feed on a strict diet of ignorance and misinformation, making America of planet earth the most irresistible target.

The mistake the aliens made was they missed one man when making their mindless slaves. Who, you may ask! Well none other than Jim Palmer. Since Jim saw this coming, he built up a large quantity of bananas in a secret warehouse where no alien would go. Then locked himself inside waiting for the right moment to strike. Four months later, while only surviving on a half banana a day, he felt it was time.

He stepped out in the sun armed with a banana in each hand and a bananas falling out of the warehouse behind and began furiously launching bananas at the aliens. They began to retreat back to their spaceship since they were developing large patches of hives. The aliens then fled off to outer space leaving the human population alone and freeing everyone from their slave like mindset. The moral to the story is that feeling superior to others can have extremely negative outcomes, like having unexpected aliens takeover the planet. We should all treat everyone equal and realize that not one person is better than another.

The Great Western New England Novel

Posted November 2, 2009

Always wanted to write a novel but haven't had the time? Come by D'Amour Library and make a writing contribution to The Great Western New England Novel! In honor of National Novel Writing Month, we will be creating our own great work of literature. Everyone has the opportunity to add their own sentence or two of inspired creative writing. At the end, we are anticipating a truly wonderful work of Western New England fiction collaboration. While you're visiting, pick up a novel from our display of well-known fiction at the circulation desk.

D'Amour Library Now Has a Kindle!

Posted October 21, 2009

D'Amour Library now has a Kindle ebook reader available for students and faculty to check out for one week. This provides a great opportunity to borrow the Kindle and see what all the excitement surrounding this product is about. Currently, we have a few bestsellers loaded on the device, but we are able to add suggested titles and future bestsellers. The Kindle's portability makes it useful for carrying many titles at once, handy for travel, study, and leisure. Kindle owners are very enthusiastic about its ease of use and convenience. There is a waiting list so come visit D'Amour soon and sign up for your chance to give the Kindle a "test drive!"

Forum Network Lectures

Posted October 15, 2009

Forum Network is a site produced by NPR and PBS airing exciting lectures by academics. Thousands of lectures are available on a vast array of topics. Lectures by prominent corporate and political figures are available as well. You can visit Forum Network through our local affiliate, WGBH, at http:// forum-network.org/station/wgbh. The lectures on the site provide both fantastic supplementary material for courses as well as educational entertainment.

Interesting Green Website

Posted October 5, 2009

Interested in minimizing your ecological footprint? Recommended by Choice, the American Library selection journal, Dailygreen.com provides information on hundreds of businesses and services relating to all aspects of sustainability. The website provides tips on making your life greener, as well as specific product information for everything from make-up to cars. Not only is this a useful website, it is also fun to just poke around in for great ideas and suggestions.

Late Night at D'Amour Library Fall Edition

Posted September 24, 2009

D’Amour Library, the Office of Information Technology, and Public Safety are pleased to announce Late Night at D’Amour Fall Edition. Beginning Monday, September 28, 2009 and continuing for the remainder of the semester, on a Monday through Friday basis, the BG26 computer lab on the ground floor of D’Amour will be open from 12:00 midnight until 7:45 AM for use by all current Western New England College students. This computer lab seats 38 and offers the full Microsoft Office suite, Internet access, and black and white printing. D’Amour Library will be closed during these early morning hours and no library services will be available. As always, the Library’s electronic resources will be accessible via the Web.

The safety of students using this study space is of paramount concern to the College. Security cameras have been positioned to monitor both the computer lab and the entrance to the building. Public Safety officers will conduct regular checks of this area through the night. Only registered students will have access to the building during the 12:00 midnight-7:45 AM period and access will be limited to the ground level. In order to use this room after D’Amour Library closes at 12:00 midnight you must have your college ID. For the late night time period, all students will be granted access rights to the employee entrance located on the parking lot side of the building (south end). Each student will have to enter and exit through this door and a record will be kept of all IDs read. Please note that a campus telephone is located just outside the room so Public Safety can be called should any emergency arise during these extended hours.

Website Spotlight

Posted August 28, 2009

Recommended by the American Library Association’s Choice selection magazine, HarvardBusiness.org presents a wide array of articles, videos, blogs, books, downloads and other business-related resources. Faculty and students interested in all aspects of business and management will want to bookmark this site and visit often, since it is constantly being changed and updated. If you enjoy audiocasts, rss feeds, and other newer technology, you will find it all here. Highly recommended for educators as well as casual business news watchers.

New Environmental Encyclopedia

Posted June 15, 2009

Several classes are being offered this fall concerning the environment, sustainability, and thinking green. We have a new encyclopedia here in the D’Amour reference section that may be of interest to faculty and students, Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. Published by Gale, this two-volume encyclopedia contains relevant information on the new field of environmental ethics. Researchers examining animal rights, green chemistry, ecosabatoge, and any other aspect pertinent to the environment may want to have a look at this encyclopedia. The call number is  Ref GE 42 .E533 2009.

New Databases at D'Amour Library

Posted June 10, 2009

D’Amour Library recently added three new databases to its ever-growing collection of online resources.

Early American Imprint, Series 1: Evans, 1639-1800 provides access to an extensive collection of primary source material for the study of early American history including advertisements, almanacs, bibles, broadsides, catalogs, charters and by-laws, contracts, cookbooks, elegies, eulogies, laws, maps, narratives, novels, operas, pamphlets, plays, poems, primers, sermons, songs, speeches, textbooks, tracts, travelogues, treaties, and more.

The 19th Century British Pamphlets collection includes the most significant British pamphlets from the 19th century held in research libraries within the United Kingdom. The pamphlets offer insight into the political, social, and economic issues facing 19th century Britain.

The Life Sciences collection from JSTOR provides full-text access to journals across 10 disciplines within the biological, health, and general sciences including aquatic sciences biological sciences, developmental and cell biology, and zoology.

Database Help

Posted April 2, 2009

We have a new feature on our homepage designed to help search databases most effectively.The link, Database Help, found under "Find Articles" on our homepage, provides database specific searching hints and strategies for our many databases.

Using our new LibGuides format, each tab is designed to provide information for maximizing search results by using features specific to each database. Learn about truncation, Boolean operators, and proximity indicators, as well as citation help, to design advanced search strategies. We hope pulling this information into one concise LibGuide provides useful search assistance.

Late Night at D’Amour Spring Edition

Posted February 17, 2009

D’Amour Library, the Office of Information Technology, Public Safety, and the Student Senate are pleased to announce Late Night at D’Amour Spring Edition. For the remainder of the semester, on a Monday through Friday basis, the BG26 computer lab on the ground floor of D’Amour will be open from 12:00 midnight until 7:45 AM for use by all current Western New England College students. This computer lab seats 38 and offers the full Microsoft Office suite, Internet access, and black and white printing. The log-in requirements are the same for the computers in BG26 as for the computers in the Library so students should be sure that their username and password are working before trying to use the lab. D’Amour Library will be closed during these early morning hours and no library services will be available. As always, the Library’s electronic resources will be accessible via the Web.

The safety of students using this study space is of paramount concern to the College. Security cameras have been positioned to monitor both the computer lab and the entrance to the building. Public Safety officers will conduct regular checks of this area through the night. Only registered students will have access to the building during the 12:00 midnight-7:45 AM period and access will be limited to the ground level. In order to use this room after D’Amour Library closes at 12:00 midnight you must have your college ID. For the late night time period, all students will be granted access rights to the employee entrance located on the parking lot side of the building (south end). Each student will have to enter and exit through this door and a record will be kept of all IDs read. Please note that a campus telephone is located just outside the room so Public Safety can be called should any emergency arise during these extended hours.

Subject Guide News

Posted February 10, 2009

If you are familiar with the “Subject Guides” feature on our webpage, you already know that these are wonderful introductions to research materials in many subjects and majors.  Now D’Amour Library is happy to introduce LibGuides. These provide a standard format for subject guides with links to our catalog, databases and websites.  Information and links on LibGuides will be kept current. Not all subject guides have been switched over to the LibGuides format yet, but look for these new guides to replace the old ones over time. If you have not used our subject guides before, please visit them on our homepage the next time you are looking for research help.

A Brighter Second Level

Posted January 20, 2009

Over winter break new lights were installed on the east side of the second level of D’Amour Library. What a difference the new, more energy-efficient lamps make to the stacks and study areas!

The new lights are the result of  the efforts of Facilities Management and especially of Eddie White, one of the College’s electricians. After you have enjoyed the new lighting, be sure to say thanks to the folks who made it possible for you to see the call numbers much more easily than before! 

New DVD Arrivals

Posted January 20, 2009

Wondering what new DVDs D’Amour Library has? To help you identify the new titles in this popular collection, the Library has added a “New Arrivals” shelf. Located the last section the DVD stacks, the shelf holds the most recently received titles. Remember, not all items will be newly released, just new to the Library’s collection.

This change is the result of a student suggestion. Many thanks for sharing your great idea with us!