Book Display in Honor of Founder’s Week

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For this month’s display case and book selection, Sullivan Library is celebrating Founder’s Week by honoring Antonio de Montesinos for his efforts to support the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Antonio de Montesinos was a Dominican friar who was a missionary on Hispanola during Spain’s attempt to colonize the island in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. He is best known for a famous sermon he gave on December of 1511 where he condemned the colonists for enslaving the natives of Hispanola. Montesinos was eventually run out of Hispanola by the colonists for his unpopular opinion; however, he and his fellow Dominicans were ultimately successful in convincing the King of the inhumane nature of the colonists’ abuse and enslavement of the natives. This broke the ice for future laws to be created in order to protect native rights.

Indigenous people are people who inhabited a land prior to it being taken by colonizing societies. According to the United Nations, Indigenous people occupy 20% of the world’s land. However, when discussing Indigenous Peoples, it is crucial to understand that there are thousands of groups which are very diverse from one another. They live in nearly every country and every continent in the world. Continue reading

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Learn new skills at a Library workshop

Fall semester workshops have just been announced and they feature a variety of skills to boost your papers, projects and everyday life and work. Back by popular demand is a workshop about creating an academic poster, which many seniors will need to make this year in 400-level classes. New to the schedule is a class about the brand new version of RefWorks, a tool which helps you organize your references and quickly create a bibliography. Also slated is a course on evaluating websites (couldn’t we all benefit from how to identify “fake news” and other types of bad information?) See the schedule below for more details.

Is there something you want to learn? Let us know and we’ll consider adding it to our next workshop series.

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I’m new! Check me out.

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You might have noticed a new addition to the lobby: a bookcase underneath the digital sign. This is a display of new titles recently purchased by the Library. As new books arrive the selection will change so stop by to browse it any time you’re in the building.

Best part? Everything on this bookcase can be borrowed outside the library for three weeks.

Want to recommend a book to the library? Fill out this form and if we can buy it we’ll let you know (and then add it to the new book display).

 

Weekly Tips & Tricks – Using the Scannx

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It’s Thursday!  That means it’s time for another Weekly Tips & Tricks post!

This week we will introduce you to our fancy new scanner, the Scannx Book ScanCenter! The Scannx is located in the Periodicals Room. The machine makes scanning a much easier (and fun) process. Unlike traditional scanners, this machine provides the option of saving in a variety of file types (including making an MP3 file out of a scan of words). Additionally, you can save and send the scan four different ways – through a smartphone, email, Google Drive, or using USB. There are also helpful accessibility features!

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National Library Week 2017

170328_PAO_NLW17_LT-Insta-shareHappy National Library Week!  NLW runs from Sunday, April 9th through the 15th.  Today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people.  This year’s NLW theme is #LibrariesTransform and the Sullivan Library has embraced it by spreading the campaign around the library with “Because” statements.

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Contribute to our “Expert” wall near the circulation where you can fill out an “Expert in the library” badge.  Are you an expert in the library? What are librarians experts in?  Share your badge in person on our wall!

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Also share your message on social media!  Everyone who posts to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #expertinthelibrary between Saturday, April 8 at noon CT and Saturday, April 15 at noon CT will be entered in a random drawing for the chance to a $100 gift card.   Check out ilovelibraries.org for more details.

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Come celebrate and show your love for the library.  Hey, you can even pick up an awesome Libraries Are for Everyone pin!  Tell us in the comments (or in person!) how we have helped you.  #dcsullivanlibrary #LibrariesTransform #NationalLibraryWeek

Chat with a librarian 24/7!

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Working late into the night and stumble upon a research question that cannot wait until the morning?  Need some help from a librarian ASAP but are located off campus?  You are in luck because chat reference is always open at the Sullivan Library!  Chat online in real time with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!   No account is required and the chat is anonymous.

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