Thursday, March 26, 2015


Our article databases and books are a rich source of information, but sometimes what a person needs is the relevant ".gov" site, that is, the appropriate government website. The U.S. government is a wonderful collection of statistics, reports and other sources of information. Think of the Census Bureau for population numbers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics for employment, the National Center for Education Statistics for educational figures... We do have a guide to these resources.

Monday, March 23, 2015

320, 561, 264 and counting

Have questions about how many people there are in the U.S.? What the breakdown is by race, ethnicity, age, region...? These and many other sorts of questions can be answered by visiting the Census Bureau site, where among other tools they have their population clock; in the time it took to post this, it went up to 320, 561, 274! (Shown here is a census taker interviewing a woman for the 1940 census.)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Antiques Roadshow

This coming Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, there will be a fun and exciting event at the college, a live antiques roadshow. Antiques experts headed up by Robert Meringolo and Walter Bazar will be on hand to verbally analyze and value heirlooms and collectibles. The team of experts have a rich background as appraisers and adviosrs for such major antique sources as Christies and Sothebys.

The event will be held 9am-6pm in the Seymour Union Ballroom on the campus of the College at Brockport. A $5 appraisal fee will be charged per appraisal. All proceeds will go to support the work of the Friends of Drake Library.

Update: the antiques roadshow this past weekend was a great success. Many people came, enjoyed learning more about their heirlooms and collectibles, and the Friends of the Library enjoyed a welcome boost to their funds. Thanks to all who attended and who volunteered!!!

Monday, March 09, 2015

Sack race anyone?

Just a random thing today, a photo from a set of slides recently discovered in the Rose Archives, showing some students here at Brockport ca1958 having a sack race on an early spring, or perhaps a late winter day. Might want to let the snow pack melt a bit first if you're considering this ;-)

Friday, March 06, 2015

"Sex in literature"

This is a slide from a library instructional tour done here in 1971. The library then was in what today is Rakov, the current library and Allen were not built until several years later. The slide is part of a section of the tour showing how to use the card catalog. (Click on the photo to see the image larger.)

Things sure have changed! One thing still constant though is that you are always welcome to ask one of us for help if you need.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What can you ask?

We often promote the idea that we are here to help, that there are lots of ways to ask us questions. Just to give an idea of what kinds of questions we get, here is a random sample. As you can see, it is quite a range, if you have a question concerning the library, library resources etc., just ask!

  • Do you have a book that is supposed to be on reserve?
  • Help with a social policy assignment?
  • I need books about improve theater...
  • Who is in charge of library journal subscriptions?
  • How do you work the microfilm printer?
  • Did anyone find a lost flash drive?
  • I need peer reviewed journal articles on title 8 and housing.
  • Do you have the text book for my class?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Articles from way back

Looking for articles from years ago? Perhaps articles from popular magazines and newspapers in the 1960s about the Cuban Missile crisis, or from the 1930s about the Great Depression, that sort of thing?

Some of this is online nowadays, for example we have the NY Times Historical database, which has all the NY Times 1850s to 2010. The NY Historic Newspapers site has lots of local papers online. But sometimes you have to go old school, look at an index like the Readers Guide, go downstairs and use the microfilm...

Our guide to Primary Sources should help with this, and be sure to ask for help if you need it.
Shown here is a slide from a Drake Library instructional slide show of 1971!