Category Archives: Staff Picks

Includes librarian recommended reading for fun and research


Fire. Teeth. Scales. Wings. But also: intelligence, age, wisdom, greed, strategy. Who are some noteworthy dragons? Everyone knows Smaug, the clever, deadly creature who slept on top of a cavernful of treasure that he’d stolen. We also know the murderous … Continue reading

Hours of Good Listening with Streaming Media

Today music is everywhere — cars, elevators, shopping malls and more. With streaming media resources, the library can offer you a personal playlist that may be very different than what you would typically encounter. For example, search the Naxos Music Library’s comprehensive … Continue reading

Beer: The Blog Post

Beer. The mere mention provokes desire and conjures thirst. But is it thirst for the triple-hopped, top-fermented, and bottle conditioned adult beverage that you feel — or thirst for knowledge about it? The library is, naturally, the place to go … Continue reading

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

The library has access to a really interesting, unique and incredibly useful online resource. It goes by the curious acronym of PEP, but its actual title is more illuminating – Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing. Well, maybe a bit more illuminating. This … Continue reading

What’s the Dirt?

Guest blogger: Macie Hall, from the CER’s Innovative Instructor. Looking for a tool (preferably free and easy to use) for a scholarly project?  Maybe you need to clean up, model, or interpret data. Perhaps you are looking at ways to visualize information, or … Continue reading

Collecting GIS Data via Your Mobile Phone

Historically, when Geographic Information Systems (GIS) users collected field data outdoors, they often used paper forms or dragged along a laptop computer and GPS unit to record observations and measurements.  Once back on campus, the data were uploaded into a … Continue reading

Can We Discourage Violations of Academic Integrity?

Guest blogger: Macie Hall, from the CER’s Innovative Instructor. It’s been some time since The Innovative Instructor looked at issues of academic integrity [see Discouraging Cheating in the Classroom, November 13, 2012], but a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, In … Continue reading

The Value of Gaming in Higher Education

Guest blogger: Macie Hall, from the CER’s Innovative Instructor. A recent article in the Educause Review might be of interest to readers thinking about the value of gaming in the curriculum. [See also The Innovative Instructor May 13, 2014 post What is Gamification and Why Use … Continue reading

Hoop Dreams: Struggles and Redemption in Basketball Films

It may still be football season, but basketball is starting to heat up.  There aren’t quite as many movies out there about basketball as there are about football, but the Libraries does have a few to tide you over until … Continue reading

Holiday Treats!

Are you eagerly anticipating traditional holiday foods? Or, perhaps you are interested in baking some cakes and cookies? Celebrate the spirit of the season with some cool recipes from our library and other collections that are available online for free. … Continue reading