Monday, October 05, 2015

New National Archivist

David Ferriero, who was the head librarian at Duke University, is now the national archivist for the archives of this county. He is the first librarian to be given that role! You can read the press release here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A family tradition

People come to library work in many ways. Some got interested while working in libraries as a student, or because of a connection with a librarian they knew. Some of us have family who were librarians. In the case of college archivist and reference librarian Charlie Cowling, his one gr-grandmother Jessie Croom was the first librarian in Muskogee OK, back in the old Indian Territory days. His mother's stories of her encouraged him to become a librarian.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Calais Jungle Library

Here's an article in the Spectator, a British publication, about a library in an unusual setting, that of the "Calais Jungle." This is a set of refugee camps near Calais, France, a staging area for migrants as they attempt to enter the United Kingdom. The inhabitants are from Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea and other troubled areas. It is rather heartening, and touching, to see that in such difficult circumstances, the desire to learn, to read, to grow intellectually, is still present. Pictured here is a volunteer at the library.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Videos, movies, films...

Sometimes people need a movie for a class, as students or as faculty. We not only have a good collection of DVDs in the library, but have even greater access to videos online. If you have any questions, just ask one of us.

In case you're wondering, the image at left is of film making on the Brockport campus ca1970 from the Rose Archives.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Questions you can ask

Actually, you can ask any question you want, and if we can't help, we'll try to refer you to someone who can. Here are just a few random examples of recent questions:

How do I log on to the wifi with my laptop?

What time is the last RTS bus back to Rochester?

How does it work with the printing quota we get?

Do you have this book? (Note: we don't have all the textbooks for all the classes.)

Can you help me find a nursing article I need in CINAHL?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

No mouse, no pictures...

The roll out of the new library web page prompted this blogger to recall the days before we had a web page, before there even was a "world wide web." In the early '90s, before the development of the web as we know it happened, the Internet was text only. We had a small group of PCs, that ran various CD ROM databases, small things by today's standards, and the PCs were all keyboard command, no mouse. It was pioneering stuff, but we managed, as shown in this photo!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Friends of Drake Library Photo Event

The recent Friends event was a big success. We had over 50 people attending, including our new president and her husband. People enjoyed the photo displays and learning about the college's history, and they were able to identify a number of previously unidentified photos.