Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
In Germany the Easter Bunny (Osterhase) hides painted eggs and sometimes sweets or little presents in the garden or the living room on Easter sunday. Sometimes he even goes so far as to hide eggs in the woods for the kids to be found while taking a walk with their parents.So it's no wonder, Easter is quite a popular holiday among little children. But it's a funny habit, erh, I mean rabbit, in any way, isn't it?
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The Gargoyle: the mesmerizing story of one man’s descent into personal hell and his quest for salvation.
"On a dark road in the middle of the night, a car plunges into a ravine. The driver survives the crash, but his injuries confine him to a hospital burn unit. There the mysterious Marianne Engel, a sculptress of grotesques, enters his life. She insists they were lovers in medieval Germany, when he was a mercenary and she was a scribe in the monastery of Engelthal. As she spins the story of their past lives together, the man’s disbelief falters; soon, even the impossible can no longer be dismissed." KnopfDoubleday.com Vintage / Anchor
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Exhibits prepared by University Archivist Dave Obringer
Ray Harm : Wildlife Artist-
Mr. Harm’s pictures are appreciated for being from living animals and wildflowers, sketched on location, not copied photographs . Enjoy seventeen colorful prints depicting flowers, birds and other wildlife on display in the University Archive’s Gallery opened Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 – 4:30.
Documenting Early Edinboro:
Photographs and documents from the Harrison Albums donated by John and Shirley Harrison.
Bruce Gallery Posters:
A collection of posters relating to exhibitions installed at the Bruce Gallery over a period of years.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
March is Women’s History month and to celebrate, we’ve made the popular online collection, Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600-2000, Scholar's Edition, freely accessible for the entire month.
A mainstay of women’s history scholarship and teaching in universities worldwide, this online collection is edited by Professors Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin of SUNY Binghamton. This extensive collection of primary historic documents, books, images, scholarly essays, teaching tools, and book and Web site reviews documents the history of women’s activism in public life, and is one of the most heavily visited resources for women’s studies and for U.S. history on the Web. Organized around document projects written by leading scholars, the collection is a powerful research and classroom tool designed to help users develop the skills needed to analyze primary documents and conduct research. Document projects are organized around interpretive questions, each with 20-50 primary documents that address the question. Some examples are:
* How Did the Ladies Association of Philadelphia Shape New Forms of
Women's Activism During the American Revolution, 1780-1781?
* How Did White Women Aid Former Slaves During and After the Civil
* How Did Black and White Southern Women Campaign to End Lynching,
* How and Why Did the Guerrilla Girls Alter the Art Establishment in
New York City, 1985-1995?
* How Have Recent Social Movements Shaped Civil Rights Legislation
for Women? The 1994 Violence Against Women Act.
The Scholar's Edition also includes more than 40,000 pages of full-text sources, including:
* Proceedings of all women's rights conventions, 1848-1869
* Proceedings of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1898
* Selected publications of the League of Women Voters, 1920-2000
Also newly added to the /Scholar's Edition/ are:
* Notable American Women
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
National Parks - Photos and further reading about out national parks and the people who helped create them. – Library 2nd floor
Inspired by The national parks : America's best idea in which Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world's first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres. This book and video are on order.
The exhibit will focus on Poe’s life and works and will feature a selection of the library’s print and media holdings related to Poe. Information will also be provided on famous illustrators of Poe’s works. Professor Lora Whitney is coordinating the exhibit. For further information, view these links:
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
The libraries of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Edinboro included, still offer EZBorrow. The Baron-Forness Library participates in this service and it will continue. The Library also offers Inter-Library Loan and that service will continue. You will still be able to borrow books from other libraries and have them shipped to the University Library. You will still be able to pick those books up at the Baron-Forness Circulation Desk.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Working in his garden one day, Michael Pollan hit pay dirt in the form of an idea: do plants, he wondered, use humans as much as we use them? While the question is not entirely original, the way Pollan examines this complex coevolution by looking at the natural world from the perspective of plants is unique. The result is a fascinating and engaging look at the true nature of domestication. (Amazon.com review)
Monday, June 1, 2009
"Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace" by Ayelet Waldman.
"Living to Tell the Tale" the autobiography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"New Moon" and "Eclipse" by Stephanie Meyer
"Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series by Rick Riordan.
"Te Independence of Miss Mary Bennet"by Colleen McCullough.
"The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It." ed. by Lawrence S. Ritter
"The Hunger : A Story of Food, Desire, and Ambition" by John DeLucie
"The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet" by Colleen McCullough.
"The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown
"The Marriage Bureau for Rich People" by Farahad Zama
"The Strain" by Guillermo Del Toro
Saturday, May 9, 2009
With a power and truth that rock us — and through the medium of a woman who becomes vitally alive, important, and dear to us — Marge Piercy moves between a revelation of our present society and a startling twin projection of the possible future.
Monday, May 4, 2009
TUESDAY DEC. 8TH --University Book Club December Selection -- Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, translated from the original French (the book was a bestseller in France) is a tale centered on, of all things, the Cultural Revolution of China's Chairman Mao Zedong. Anyone who takes for granted the freedom from government that Western cultures enjoy would do well to read this book. But this wonderful novel (novella really) is not about politics,except in a cursory way; nor is it a treatise on the evils of China during the reign of Chairman Mao. It is, instead, a gentle, wise and humorous tale of two teenaged friends, young boys, and of a young teenaged girl, the seamstress of the title, whose striking beauty charms them both.
Atlas Shrugged, by Ann Rand
Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, by Diana Balmori
Emperor of Ocean Park, by Stephen L. Carter
Here If You Need Me, by Kate Braestrup
Journals: 1952-2000, by Arthur M. Schlensinger, Jr.
Little Bee, by Chris Cleave
Mama Lola: A Vodou Preistess in Brooklyn, by Karen MarCarthy Brown
The Age of Anxiety: Security and Politics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia, by Mark Galeotti
The Graveyard Book, by Niel Gaiman
The Reserve, by Russel Banks.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
The Red Tent retells the story of Dinah, which is found in the Biblical book of Genesis, Chapter 34. This episode, usually known as the "Rape of Dinah" has been a difficult passage for bible readers for centuries because of the murderous behavior of Jacob's sons. In Genesis, Dinah does not say a single word; what happens to her is recounted and characterized as rape by her brothers. In my retelling of the story, Dinah finds her voice. The Red Tent is told entirely from her perspective and the point of view of the women around her. (From the authors website)
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Saturday, May 2, 2009
Our third speaker is Professor John Stonis, Baron-Froness Librarian Emeritus . He is presenting Looking For Richard III in Edinboro.
Bring your lunch, refreshments will be served.
Any questions? Call Jack Widner, Reference Librarian, at 2175.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
"Banker to the Poor" by Muhammad Yunus
"Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex" by Mary Roach
"Chu Ju's House" by Glorian Whelan
"Dead and Gone" by Charlaine Harris
"Dead until Dark" by Charlene Harris
"Fried Chicken: An American Story" by John T. Edge
"Masterpieces in Miniature: The Detectives" by Agatha Christie
"New England White" by Stephen Carter
"Nixon & Kissinger: Partners in Power " by Robert Dalleck
"Outlander" Series by Diana Gabladon.
"Relic" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs
"Reliquary" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs
"Schulz and Peanuts" by David Michaelis
"Survival of the Sickest" by Dr. Sharon Moalem
"The Art of Detection" by Laurie R. King
"The Art of War" by Sun Tzu
"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz
"The Host" by Stephenie Meyer
"The Well-Designed Mixed Garden" by DiSabato-Aust.
"Three Bedrooms, One Corpse" by Charlaine Harris
"To Play the Fool" by Laurie R. King
"What’s a Ghoul to do?" by Victoria Laurie
"Slave Ship: A Human History" by Marcus Rediker
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
"For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally endured that fate: As children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their darkened house and their love concoctions and their crowd of black cats. All Gillian and Sally wanted to do was escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back to each other, and to the magic they couldn’t escape. A delicious novel about witches and real love, family life and everyday spells. A literary incantation."(from Alice Hofmans web pages)
In brief, chick lit is targeted toward the urban career woman between the ages of 20 and 30. The typical chick lit heroine often has troublesome issues or addictions to deal with, and has problems sustaining a satisfactory romantic relationship. Many of the novels reflect society’s obsession with consumerism. The hunt for the right scarf or pair of shoes is second in importance only to the hunt for Mr. Right. The archetype of the evil boss is also present in many chick lit novels --think The Devil Wears Prada. A large part of chick lit’s appeal comes from escapism. What young woman wouldn’t want to pursue a trendy career (broadcasting, fashion, publishing) in a major urban center New York, Dublin, London) that offers unlimited opportunities for shopping and socializing? The presenter, Professor Lora Whitney, researched chick lit during a sabbatical leave in 2006.
Bring your lunch, refreshments will be served.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell, has been widely acclaimed as an indispensable resource and a classic reference. For the 2001 Second Edition, every one of the first edition's 22,500 articles was reviewed and revised, with thousands of articles expanded. Previously neglected or under-represented areas were examined, explored, and explained. Movements and topics once deemed too controversial or too far from the mainstream were added along with extensive, authoritative contributions on non-Western music.
The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Second Edition, edited by Barry Kernfeld, is the largest, most comprehensive and accurate reference work on jazz ever published, putting the world of jazz at your fingertips. With articles on every aspect of the field, from jazz groups, composers and arrangers to instruments, terms, record labels and venues, it is the ideal companion for scholars and enthusiasts in this rapidly growing field.
The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie, is unsurpassed in its scope and quality, with contributions from over 1,300 of the world's leading critics and scholars. A remarkable 11,000 articles, all fully cross-referenced, create a work that has become established as the essential opera reference. Indeed, every aspect of this varied art form is covered: composers, conductors, directors, performers, librettists, literary sources, cities and countries, operatic historians, and opera genres and terminology.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Now, the Evans books will turn up in the results of a search in PILOT along with other library materials. To see examples of some of the titles available, perform a keyword search in PILOT for “British taxes” or for “Congress Philadelphia.” Records for the Evans books should appear at or near the top of the results. Because the Evans collection includes classic works from many fields, it should be especially useful to students taking courses in the history or literature of a discipline.
The books themselves are printed on opaque sheets and shelved in 132 boxes on the first floor of the library, next to the main stairwell. Each box holds several hundred books. Individual titles can be located by their “Evans number” which appears in the call number in PILOT and is printed on the sheet. The sheets require a microprint reader to view, which is located in the Microforms Room on the first floor. The equipment is not difficult to use, but if you have any problems locating or using the reader/printer, feel free to ask a member of the library faculty or staff.
Charles Evans, a librarian and one of the founders of the American Library Association, set out in 1901 to create a comprehensive bibliography of American works, listing not just citations but also holdings at major academic and research libraries. His “American Bibliography,” completed after Evans’s death by Clifford K. Shipton, with a supplement by Roger Bristol, was published in 15 volumes from 1903 to 1970. This bibliography was acquired by university libraries, including Edinboro’s, to provide access to early American published works. Researchers using these bibliographies usually had to travel to the institutions holding the original works listed in them, or hope that they could obtain copies through interlibrary loan.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Readex Microprint Corporation reproduced in microform each of the works listed in Evans’s bibliography. They obtained originals from the libraries listed as holding copies, as well as from formerly-private collections of materials now housed in academic institutions in order to film them. The reproductions were compiled into the “Early American Imprints, First Series (Evans)” collection, which was purchased by the Edinboro University library, thereby providing in-house access to these works.
Indexing of these microform collections was originally provided through printed lists, guides and other finding aids, all of which operated outside of the library’s card catalog. Librarians accepted this system because adding tens of thousands of works to the card catalog was impracticable. Even if an ambitious library had wanted to do so, catalog records of the quality normally used were unavailable for these works.
In 1980, the American Antiquarian Society inaugurated its North American Imprints Program (NAIP). Envisioned in its broadest terms, NAIP's goal is to provide detailed bibliographical descriptions of and sophisticated access to materials published in the United States and Canada through 1876. Initially, the Program focused on books, pamphlets, and broadsides (but not newspapers, periodicals, or engraved matter) printed before 1801, whether held by AAS or by another institution. Since these works correspond closely with those listed by Evans in his “American Bibliography,” NAIP staff, with U.S. Department of Education funding, have created a full catalog of the Readex Microprint Corporation’s “Early American Imprints, First Series (Evans).”
The microform collection was purchased in the 1960s and 1970s, before the library had an online catalog like PILOT. At the time, cataloging major sets required producing printed cards. Typically four to ten cards per title were needed to allow for filing under author, title, and subject, plus one for inventory. The cost of producing, filing and maintaining cards for major sets of microforms, some of which contain tens of thousands of titles, was beyond the library’s capabilities.
With the implementation of online catalogs in the 1980s and 1990s, coupled with the retrospective cataloging of works in the canon of early American publishing, it became possible for the library to purchase a complete set of records for Evans from the American Antiquarian Society, and store them economically in the library’s electronic catalog database. The library obtained funding to pay for the records last year from part of a $50,000 grant from the Library Services and Technology Act awarded through the State Library of Pennsylvania.