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    Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
    8:40 pm
    The Kean University Library has moved!!
    No, not the actual library! The Kean University Library blog has now moved to: http://keanlibrary.wordpress.com

    We've been experimenting with other types of blogging platforms, and have decided to move the Official Library Blog over to the Wordpress environment. You'll still see the same library news and events, as well as fun facts and historical trivia. The new blog, however, is much prettier, featuring a cleaner interface and many new features. There's even a Meebo chat widget that will allow you to chat with a live librarian.

    So go check it out! We look forward to your continued patronage! :)
    Monday, April 14th, 2008
    12:53 pm
    2008 National Library Week: April 13 - 19, 2008
    Events Sponsored by the Kean University Library

    All students, faculty, and staff are welcome. For additional information, please contact Chrisler Pitts at 908-737-4613 or cpitts@kean.edu.

    Workshop: ISI Web of Science

    When: Tuesday, April 15th, 3:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    Where: L-141
    Presenter: Tracy Matthews, Thompson Scientific

    Web of Science consists of three databases -- Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index -- all of which contain indexing, abstracting, and cited reference information gathered from thousands of journals in all areas of research.

    Attend this workshop to find out how to use Web of Science for cited reference searching. Faculty members, for instance, can use Web of Science to find out when articles they have written have been cited in other articles.

    The workshop will cover basic searching and navigation tips, how to create user profiles to manage searches and results, and how to work with EndNote Web, a bibliography and reference citation manager.


    Workshop: Social Networking Tools @ the Library

    When: Wednesday, April 16th, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Where: L-141
    Presenter: Craig Anderson, Librarian

    This workshop will focus on the use of popular social networking sites (such as MySpace, Facebook, Vox, and Twitter) in an academic setting.


    Workshop: Citing and Writing to Prevent Plagiarism

    When: Thursday, April 17th, 2:30 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.
    Where: L-141
    Presented by the Spreading the Word Team


    Workshop: Electronic Resources @ the Library

    When: Thursday, April 17th, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Where: L-141
    Presented by the Spreading the Word Team
    Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
    12:31 pm
    Associated Press and the Stories Behind the News Exhibit
    The Department of Communication is hosting an exhibit, Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else, in the Nancy Thompson Library on the 2nd and 3rd floors from March 7 to April 7.

    The exhibit contains photos and images from the news organization’s archives that also recount some of the leading events in our nation’s history. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on display during regular library hours:

    Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight
    Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Sunday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.


    The Department of Communication will also host several events related to the exhibit, including a talk by Kathleen Carroll, AP executive editor. Carroll, AP’s highest-ranking newsperson, directs the organization’s daily coverage and supervises its global news staff. She will discuss the news business and the challenges awaiting young journalists on March 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for Academic Success, Room 106.
    Monday, February 11th, 2008
    4:35 pm
    New Jersey Knowledge Initiative
    Some of you have recently expressed concern over a rumor that the Nancy Thompson Library might be losing the use of its many EBSCO databases.

    This rumor is not entirely true, although it sadly does have some basis in fact.

    What you are hearing about is a program called the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative. If you go to the Kean University Databases page, you'll notice that many of the databases that the Kean Library subscribes to have a small [NJKI] icon next to them. This icon includes many of the EBSCO databases to which we subscribe.

    Due to recent budget cuts, The NJ State Library System may lose funding for the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative. If the State loses the NJKI initiative, Kean University would lose many of our favorite online databases. These databases include: Business Source Premier, Business Source Corporate, CINAHL, MEDLINE, Biomedical Reference Collection Comprehensive and Nursing & Allied Health Comprehensive.

    We have recently learned that the NJ State Library would cover our costs for EBSCO's Academic Search Premiere, so we are not in jeopardy of losing that one. There is also currently a bill in the NJ General Assembly to restore funding to the NJ Knowledge Initiative. (A2107)

    Concerned students should feel free to contact the following NJ State offices to show their support of the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative:

    Governor Corzine: (609)292-6000
    Senator Richard Codey (609-292-5215)
    Assemblyman Joseph Roberts (609-984-8290)

    Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
    4:12 pm
    Graduate students: Borrow books from other New Jersey academic libraries
    The Library is now participating in the VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program for Graduate Students. The VALE Reciprocal Borrowing program is a cooperative onsite borrowing agreement among participating VALE member colleges and universities. Among the libraries participating in the Graduate Student Reciprocal Borrowing Program are the Rutgers University libraries at Newark and New Brunswick, the UMDNJ library at Newark, the NJIT library and the Seton Hall University library. For more information on the program, click on the following link:

    VALE Reciprocal Borrowing

    To participate in this program, graduate students need to obtain a signed "VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Application Form," available at the Kean University Library, before they can borrow at one of the participating libraries. For questions regarding the VALE Reciprocal Borrowing program, please contact Kimberly Fraone at (908)737-4616 or kfraone at kean dot edu. Please contact Ms. Fraone prior to requesting a “VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Application Form.”
    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
    4:57 pm
    Social Networking sites.
    As many of you know, the Kean University Library has been involved in several Web 2.0 social sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Second Life, but we're always trying to reach new people! Let us know how you connect to friends, family & acquaintances online, and give us some suggestions on how to better get in touch with you! :)

    Poll #1125738 Living in the Matrix
    Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 1

    Which of these social networking sites do you use?

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    MySpace
    0 (0.0%)
    Facebook
    0 (0.0%)
    Twitter
    0 (0.0%)
    Friendster
    0 (0.0%)
    Second Life
    0 (0.0%)
    Flickr
    0 (0.0%)
    Orkut
    0 (0.0%)
    Craigslist
    0 (0.0%)
    Meebo
    0 (0.0%)
    Classmates.com
    0 (0.0%)
    YouTube
    0 (0.0%)
    Habbo
    0 (0.0%)
    Xanga
    0 (0.0%)
    I don't use any social networks!
    0 (0.0%)
    Other ...
    0 (0.0%)

    Other? (list as many as you can fit) :)

    Do you have the Nancy Thompson Library listed as a "friend" on any of these services?

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    Yes.
    1 (100.0%)
    No, but I meant to add you ... :(
    0 (0.0%)
    No, but I have checked out your sites.
    0 (0.0%)
    No, I don't want you to be able to link back to MY page!
    0 (0.0%)
    No, I didn't realize that the library HAD any social networking sites!
    0 (0.0%)
    I'd like to, but you're not on any of the sites that I use. :(
    0 (0.0%)

    Which of the following online games do you play?

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    World of Warcraft
    1 (100.0%)
    EverQuest (I or II)
    0 (0.0%)
    City of Heroes
    0 (0.0%)
    Eve Online
    0 (0.0%)
    Star Wars Galaxies
    0 (0.0%)
    Dungeons & Dragons Online
    0 (0.0%)
    Lord of the Rings Online
    0 (0.0%)
    Legacy (I or II)
    0 (0.0%)
    Guild Wars
    0 (0.0%)
    Ultima Online
    0 (0.0%)
    Halo (1 or 2)
    0 (0.0%)
    Unreal Tournament
    0 (0.0%)
    I don't play online games!
    0 (0.0%)
    Other ...
    0 (0.0%)

    Other? (list all that apply)

    Do you have friends and acquaintances online whom you've never met in real life?

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    No, I only friend people that I know in real life.
    0 (0.0%)
    Yes, but I'm not very close to any of them.
    0 (0.0%)
    I have more online friends than real life ones!
    0 (0.0%)
    I belong to one or more social groups. We're like family!
    0 (0.0%)
    I have a girlfriend/boyfriend online that I've never met in person.
    0 (0.0%)
    I've been "married" online.
    0 (0.0%)
    I have a network of colleagues that I know through work/school online.
    0 (0.0%)
    I keep in touch with my extended family online.
    0 (0.0%)
    I have no friends. :(
    0 (0.0%)
    Other ...
    0 (0.0%)

    Other?

    Have you ever met someone online and then arranged to meet them in real life?

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    Yes! It was nice to finally meet them in person! :)
    0 (0.0%)
    Yes! ... and they were weird!
    0 (0.0%)
    There was a meet-up for a bunch of online friends
    0 (0.0%)
    ... and we're still very good friends!
    0 (0.0%)
    ... but after meeting, I started to back off from them.
    0 (0.0%)
    Meeting them in real life really strengthened our friendship
    0 (0.0%)
    I started dating someone I met online.
    0 (0.0%)
    I met my current boyfriend/girlfriend online.
    0 (0.0%)
    I met my current spouse online! :)
    0 (0.0%)
    I would never meet someone in person whom I met online!
    0 (0.0%)
    I was talking to them for a while before either of us realized that we knew each other online already!
    0 (0.0%)
    Other ...
    0 (0.0%)

    Other?

    Are there any social networking/community sites that you think the Nancy Thompson Library should check out?

    Thursday, January 10th, 2008
    1:08 pm
    SAGE Journals Online Now Available from the Library
    Now available from the Kean University Library, the SAGE Journals Online database provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed journals in the subject areas of Business, the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine. SAGE Journals Online includes coverage of Communication Studies, Criminology, Education, Health Sciences, Management and Organization Studies, Materials Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Urban Studies and Planning.

    Full-text articles are provided for more than 450 journals, including:

    Active Learning in Higher Education
    Adult Education Quarterly
    American Review of Public Administration
    Business Communication Quarterly
    Clinical Nursing Research
    Criminal Justice and Behavior
    Cross-Cultural Research
    Discourse & Society
    Educational and Psychological Measurement
    European Journal of Women's Studies
    Family Journal
    Global Business Review
    International Journal of Cross Cultural Management
    International Journal of Music Education
    Journal of Biomaterials Applications
    Journal of Environment & Development
    Journal of Transcultural Nursing
    Journal of Urban History
    Language and Literature
    Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
    Personality and Social Psychology Review
    Public Policy and Administration
    Social Science Computer Review
    Strategic Organization
    Youth & Society


    For a complete list of journals available through SAGE Journals Online, go to:
    http://library.kean.edu/brochure/SAGE_Journals_handout.pdf
    Friday, January 4th, 2008
    11:05 am
    On the shoulders of giants ...

    Today is the birthday of legendary mathematician Sir Isaac Newton. Newton was born in a small English manor house called Woolsthorpe Manor in the year of 1642. This date is also notable as the year of Galileo’s death.

    Isaac Newton spent much of his young life in the care of his grandparents, and entered the University of Cambridge in 1661 at age 19. While at Cambridge, Newton studied Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy. In the mid-1660s, Isaac Newton spent much time studying the composition of light, in which discovered that white light may be split into the colors of the visual spectrum. In 1704, Issac Newton published his groundbreaking work: Opticks, which dealt with the properties of light and color.

    Today, many people have heard the apocryphal story of Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree and subsequently discovering gravity after being stricken with a falling apple. Although this story probably never happened, Newton did begin to formulate his Law of Gravitation while observing the behavior of falling objects. (and there were apple trees at Woolsthorpe Manor)

    Isaac Newton’s actual discoveries about gravity involve what he termed the Universal Law of Graviation. These laws describe gravity as a constant force, which does not get stronger or weaker, but affects objects differently depending on their mass and distance from each other. Newton published these theories in his monumental work: Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687.

    The interesting thing about Newton’s theories of gravity is that he was forced to wait nearly 20 years to publish his Principia because the theories were incomplete. Newton intended to prove that gravity affected all things as measured from the center of the objects, rather than from the nearest surface, or some other point. The mathematical theories of the time were insufficient to describe this concept.

    To solve this problem, Newton simply invented Calculus.* (anyone out there who has struggled with Calculus can blame Newton)

    Newton’s scientific works form the basis of modern day physics, and are still used today to describe the behavior of matter on a large scale. In the early 20th century, Albert Einstein revolutionized the world of physics by greatly altering Newton’s theories of gravity to include the behavior of particles and electromagnetic fields.

    Sir Isaac Newton served as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, a position held today by Stephen Hawking.


    * Okay, so he didn’t totally invent Calculus all by himself. He had help, and was also working from theories of higher mathematics already in place.
    Friday, December 7th, 2007
    12:18 pm
    Remembering Pearl Harbor ...
    Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.


    Those were the words spoken by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941 to characterize the day in which the American Naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by Japanese forces, bringing the United States into the Second World War.

    World War II had already been brewing for a few years in Europe, but many Americans feared involvement in what they saw as a strictly “foreign” war. FDR had long desired to join our allies in Europe in their struggle against Nazi Germany and the Axis powers. Since Japan was an ally of Germany at the time, many agree that the events of Pearl Harbor gave Roosevelt the support that he needed to bring the country into this global conflict.

    Over 2,117 men and women lost their lives on that fateful December 7th. The United States fleet lost 18 ships, and over 162 aircraft. Today, Pearl Harbor is still remembered by the many brave men and women who witnessed the events of that day. At the Pearl Harbor Memorial site, only the wreck of the USS Arizona remains under the water's surface, to serve as a solemn reminder of the day's tragic events.
    Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
    12:58 pm
    Give thanks!!
    The Nancy Thompson Library will be closed tomorrow in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Additionally, the library will be closed this Friday, (11/23) and will re-open on Saturday, November 24th for regular hours.



    Thanksgiving in the United States is traditionally celebrated as a day to give thanks for all of the good things that we receive, whether it be food, friends, or a warm bed and place to live. Although many give thanks to God or other chosen deity, Thanksgiving in America is considered to be a secular holiday, since it is non-specific to any particular religion or belief.

    Many consider the first Thanksgiving celebration to date back to 1621, when Pilgrim Settlers in the Plymouth Colony gave thanks for the bountiful harvest they'd recieved at the end of a very harsh winter.

    Yet the first Official Thanksgiving holiday was not announced until October of 1789, when George Washington issued a proclamation declaring November 26th as the official day of Thanksgiving. Following the United States' Civil War, the holiday was moved to the last Thursday of November by Abraham Lincoln. The holiday was then later moved to the fourth Thursday of November by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    Today, Americans celebrate thanksgiving in a variety of ways, but most of them involve huge meals with friends and family. Many people in the tri-state area enjoy going to the legendary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. And of course, we mustn't forget the time-honored American Thanksgiving tradition of spending quality time with the out of town relatives. ;)
    Thursday, November 8th, 2007
    10:52 am
    Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: the Journey to New York City

    During the month of November, the Nancy Thompson Library is hosting the Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: the Journey to New York City traveling exhibition, a national touring exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The exhibition traces Frederick Douglass’ life under slavery and his daring escape to freedom in 1838. It highlights the role of literacy in enabling Douglass to resist bondage and, once free, to champion civil rights for all Americans.

    Based largely on materials drawn form the Gilder Lehrman Collection, the Frederick Douglass exhibition of interpretive and educational material uses images, broadsides and letters to explore the early life of Douglass. It explores the theme of slavery and abolition in nineteenth century America through the life of one of the most famous men in nineteenth century America. Among the highlights of the exhibit are: a broadside entitled Slave Market of America from the American Anti-Slavery Society, excerpts and quotes from Douglass’ autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: an American Slave, and a letter from Douglass to Hugh Auld, his former owner.

    Please call the University Librarian’s office at 7-4600 if you have any questions about the Douglass exhibition.
    Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
    6:37 pm
    Ghoulies, Ghosties and Long-Leggedy Beasties ...


    Tomorrow is the holiday that we celebrate as Halloween.

    This festival of frights, folklore and Frankensteins has a rich historical tradition, going back to the pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced “Sah-ween”). It was believed that during the feast of Samhain, the “veil” between the world of the living and the world of the dead was thinnest, and that the ghosts of the dead could communicate with their living descendants.

    As Irish immigrants came to the United States in the 19th Century, many brought their family customs and traditions with them. By the 20th Century, Halloween had been established as a thoroughly American Holiday. Many large cities in the United States host large Halloween celebrations on this evening, such as New York, Los Angeles, and of course New Orleans.

    Although Halloween was once considered to be a holiday primarily for children, today many adults like to get in on the fun. For those of you conducting ghost investigations of your own tomorrow night, the Nancy Thompson Library is not known to be haunted. However, we do have a number of ghost stories and horror novels in our Book Catalog.

    Just beware of any vampires that might be at the reference desk. :[
    Thursday, October 25th, 2007
    12:35 pm
    We few, we happy few ...

    Four Hundred and Ninety-Two years ago today was the famous Battle of Agincourt, which took place during the Hundred Years War in Europe.

    In 1415 a.d., King Henry V of England was searching for a way to inspire the love and respect of his subjects. Henry was still a fairly young king, and some people in England at the time lacked confidence in their new ruler. Henry believed that by successfully invading a foreign nation, he would cement his position as King.

    The Battle of Agincourt is one of the best documented and thoroughly researched battles of the Medieval Age. It resulted in a very decisive victory for the English. English archers were able to use the infamous Longbow to devastating effect by simply raining arrows down upon the French from the longbow's maximum range. By the time the French Infantry reached the English front lines, they'd already been decimated by the English longbowmen.

    Nearly 200 years AFTER the Battle of Agincourt, William Shakespeare included an account of the battle in one of his most famous plays: "The Life of King Henry the Fifth". (usually called simply "Henry V") On the evening of the great battle, King Henry V gives a very rousing speech to his assembled English forces, inspiring them to fight bravely. It is also known as the "St. Crispin's Day Speech", and is one of the greatest speeches ever written. (even though it was never given before an actual battle)

    Click here for the full text of the speechCollapse )


    This speech has become something of a model for the "rousing pre-battle speech" seen in many films and plays today. Similar speeches have been given in movies such as Braveheart, Return of the King, and King Arthur.
    Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
    3:21 pm
    CSI:NY in Second Life!
    This Wednesday, October 24th at 10pm EST, the hit CBS show CSI:NY will air an episode in which Detective Mac Taylor, played by Gary Sinese, enters the world of Second Life in search of a killer.



    The episode will be run in conjunction with an event taking place in the world of Second Life, in which users will be able to log into the virtual reality to search for clues that will help the CSI team solve the murder.


    For those of you with accounts in Second Life, (basic membership is free) you can Visit the Kean University Library in this virtual world, and even meet a Kean librarian online.

    Kean University Faculty who wish to learn how to use Second Life in the classroom should attend the CIE 21st Century Learners Series workshop: "Get a [Second] Life" presented by Craig Anderson and Mike Searson on November 7th, in Hennings Hall room 320, 3:30-5pm.

    See you in the Metaverse! :)
    Monday, October 8th, 2007
    9:40 am
    In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue ...


    The Nancy Thompson Library is closed today in observance of Columbus Day.

    The Genovese explorer Christopher Columbus is generally credited with discovering the New World way back in 1492. Columbus' voyage was sponsored by the King & Queen of Spain, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabel of Castile. Columbus' expidition was an attempt to circumnavigate the globe and discover an easier route to the East Indies. He sailed forth on August 3rd, 1492, with his three famous ships, the Niña, Pinta, & Santa Maria. The expedition reached land that October, finally setting foot in San Salvador in the Bahamas.

    Although there can be little doubt that Christopher Columbus brought "Western Civilization" as we know it to the Americas, the idea that he actually "discovered" America has been in much dispute. It is believed that that Viking explorer Leif Erikson made a journey to the New World as early as the late 900s AD! A recent theory also claims that the Americas were discovered by a Chinese Admiral in 1421.

    Many groups also reject the celebration of Christopher Columbus as a national hero. The descendants of many Native Americans point out that Columbus also brought slavery and oppression to the indigenous peoples of this continent. In many Latin American countries, this day is celebrated instead as Día de la Raza, in honor of the fact that although Columbus was Italian, the expedition to the Americas was funded by Spain, and therefore a Spanish endeavor.

    Whether you're celebrating Columbus Day, Native American Day, Día de la Raza, Día de las culturas, or even Día de la resistencia indigena, have a safe and relaxing day off. :)
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
    12:24 pm
    Read Banned Books!!


    The week of September 29th – October 6th this year has been dedicated as Banned Books Week by the American Library Association (ALA), as well as the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores.

    Banned Books Week was started in 1982 to celebrate the freedom to read materials which may express unpopular or controversial opinions. Each year, the American Library Association compiles a list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books, reflecting that year’s most controversial reading materials. Many times these books are requested to be dropped from school libraries. Books may be banned or challenged for many reasons. Frequently it is due to parental concerns that the books may be inappropriate for children. Sometimes a book may be challenged because it reflects unpopular political views or controversial themes.

    Google has assembled a page celebrating Banned Books Week, including many links to resources about the banned authors.

    University of Pennsylvania has also put together a page giving a brief history of Banned Books in the United States.

    The following is an interview with Judith Krug of the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom and Shawn Healey of the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum which discusses the types of books that have been recently challenged in many libraries:



    Many academic libraries (including Kean University library) will not censor a particular book or resource based on content alone. This means that you can find several of these controversial books in our library, including such works as Slaughterhouse Five, James Joyce’s Ulysses, A Catcher in the Rye, and even Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses.

    Don’t limit your reading of banned books to just this week! The list keeps growing every year, insuring that you’ll always have controversial literature to read. :)

    PS: If you're signed up with Second Life, you can visit the American Library Association's Banned Books Week area to find out more about banned books. You can even get an official t-shirt for your avatar! :)

    PPS: There is also a Facebook Group out there for all of you ... Facebookies? Facebookers? Facebookoholics?
    Thursday, September 27th, 2007
    3:23 pm
    Hi there!

    This is Craig Anderson, one of the many friendly and helpful librarians here at Kean. I read a discussion today on the message board regarding "Quiet in today's libraries". The original poster said that libraries don't need to have rules about talking and quietness because most people can just filter out noise. Many of the commenters, however, said that they need to have a quiet environment to concentrate on their studies.

    How do YOU feel about noise in the library? Bear in mind that your answers will probably not have much of an effect on the library noise policy, but we're curious to know. How much noise is TOO much? Should a library be as quiet as a cemetery, or as loud as a street fair? Can you filter out noise, or do you need a little peace and quiet? Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the "comments" section.

    Poll #1062255 Shhhhhh ... !!
    Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 1

    How quiet should a library be?

    View Answers
    Dead silence. The sound of a pin dropping breaks my concentration!
    0 (0.0%)
    Fairly quiet. Some little noises are okay, as long as they aren't too loud.
    1 (100.0%)
    A basic level of library chatter is okay with me. But voices should be within normal conversation range. Like a coffeeshop.
    0 (0.0%)
    People can get pretty noisy when they're working on a group project. That's okay with me as long as they're not shouting.
    0 (0.0%)
    I could study calculus while sitting in front of the speakers at a heavy metal concert. A little background noise helps me concentrate.
    0 (0.0%)
    I don't care one way or the other. Loudness, silence, it's all the same to me.
    0 (0.0%)
    Other (answer below)
    0 (0.0%)

    Other? (something not mentioned above)

    Have you ever been "shushed" in a library? (check all that apply)

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    Yes, by one of the librarians.
    0 (0.0%)
    Yes, by someone else who was studying.
    0 (0.0%)
    Yes, by my friends.
    0 (0.0%)
    Not really "shushed", but someone once told me to keep it down.
    0 (0.0%)
    No, never.
    1 (100.0%)
    Other.
    0 (0.0%)

    Other?

    Was it justified?

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    Yes! I was really being loud.
    0 (0.0%)
    I guess so, but I don't think I was being THAT loud.
    0 (0.0%)
    I barely even made a noise!
    0 (0.0%)
    I am always very quiet in the library.
    0 (0.0%)
    Actually, I am always very loud in the library.
    0 (0.0%)
    Other.
    0 (0.0%)

    Other?

    Just out of curiosity, what grade level/affiliation are you?

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    Freshman
    0 (0.0%)
    Sophomore
    1 (100.0%)
    Junior
    0 (0.0%)
    Senior
    0 (0.0%)
    Graduate
    0 (0.0%)
    Faculty
    0 (0.0%)
    Staff
    0 (0.0%)
    Administrator
    0 (0.0%)
    Board Member
    0 (0.0%)
    I don't go to Kean, I just like the library.
    0 (0.0%)

    How often do you get to the library?

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    I've never set foot in the building.
    0 (0.0%)
    I've been there once or twice.
    0 (0.0%)
    I go there a few times per semester.
    1 (100.0%)
    I'm there maybe every other week.
    0 (0.0%)
    At least once a week.
    0 (0.0%)
    Every few days, sometimes every other day.
    0 (0.0%)
    Every day.
    0 (0.0%)
    I work there.
    0 (0.0%)
    I practically LIVE there.
    0 (0.0%)
    Other.
    0 (0.0%)

    Other.



    Thank you for responding. Whether you prefer a loud study area or a quiet one, remember to always be respectful of your fellow library patrons. :)
    Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
    12:01 pm
    Ahoy, ye Mateys ... Arrrrr ...


    As previously mentioned, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Although never established as a federal holiday, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is perhaps the best known of the many "internet holidays" established and made famous on the web. The day was invented by Mark Summers and John Baur, and mentioned by Dave Barry in his syndicated column.

    Pirates have been with us for a long time, depending on the definition of "piracy". At its most basic definition: "Robbery on the High Seas", pirates can be considered to hearken back to the days of the early Aegean pirates, Japanese Wokou, or even the Vikings. But the more contemporary image of the pirate is that of a 17th - 18th Century brigand or Privateer.

    Some famous pirates of this period include:
    -- Edward Teach, known infamously as Blackbeard,
    -- New Orleans Pirate Jean Lafitte,
    -- Captain William Kidd,
    -- Captain Henry Morgan (yes, the rum guy) and the ill-fated
    -- Calico Jack Rackham who was probably better known for his association with women pirates Anne Bonney and Mary Read.

    A more romanticized concept of pirates entered the popular culture with the Gilbert and Sullivan opera: The Pirates of Penzance. Pirates became popular among children with the publication of Robert Louis Stephenson's novel: Treasure Island, and later with J.M. Barrie's play (and subsequent novel) Peter Pan.

    Pirates have had something of a revival recently with the release of movies based on Walt Disney World's Pirates of the Caribbean theme ride. Although much of those movies are obviously fantasy, there are a surprising number of historical accuracies in the films.

    Feel free to talk like a pirate in the library today, just be sure to do it quietly. :)
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
    5:30 pm
    ... with a side of Ceasar ...
    As many of you know, Kean University Library is a member of the Q and A NJ service that allows you to chat with a live librarian 24/7. On Sunday's Mtv Video Music Awards, (somewhere between Tommy Lee vs. Kid Rock and Britney Spears' "comeback" performance) the fine folks at Q&A NJ debuted their first official television commercial! Watch it here:

    7:10 am
    A day of remembrance
    Today is the 6th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks upon the United States.



    For those of us who were alive during this time, this date will not likely fade from our collective memories. It will always serve as a chilling reminder of what was lost that day.

    Kean University President Dawood Farahi asks that the university observe a moment of silence at 8:46am today in memory of those that lost their lives in this terrible tragedy.

    Although today is usually remembered as the day that the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City fell, it is important to remember the lives lost on American Airlines flight 77, as well as United Airlines flight 93.

    Don't forget to hug someone today.

    The following links will take you to free websites concerning the events of September 11th:

    http://911digitalarchive.org
    http://www.9-11commission.gov
    http://www.gpoaccess.gov/911/index.html
    http://www.time.com/time/photoessays/shattered
    http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/memorial
    http://september11.archive.org

    For anyone in the Kean University community that may be having issues with grief and loss today (or any day), the Kean University Counseling Center is located in Downs Hall room 127, and their phone number is: (908) 737-4850. They are open 9-5 Monday - Friday, and open until 8pm on Thursday.
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