Monthly Archives: January 2014

Football, Football, Football.

WOOOOO!! GO SPORTS!

Are you all pumped for the SUPER BOWL on Sunday? I certainly hope so, as it should prove to be one heck of a game. Your friendly neighborhood blogging librarian is a BIG fan of football in general, and since my hopes and dreams for this season died the first week of the post season (Go Pack Go… & **Tomahawk Chop**), I’m being forced to pick a  team to root for, for football’s “biggest game”.

In an effort to help all of you local Chiefs fans (or fans of any other teams out there) pick a new team to temporarily root for, here is some handy dandy information about both teams:

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Home: Seattle, Washington

Coach: Pete Carroll

Notable Players:

  • Quarterback: Russell Wilson. 58.1% completion (25 of 43), QB ranking of 89.1%

  • Derrick Coleman: Running Back. First deaf offensive player in the NFL

  • Richard Sherman: Corner Back. Blasted San Francisco 49er’s Michael Crabtree during a post game interview. Legion of Boom (Seattle’s secondary)

Team Stats:

  • 13 wins – 3 loses

  • Averages

    • 26.1 pts/game (9th [in the league])

    • 339 yards/game (17th)

    • 202.2 passing yards/game (26th)

    • 136.8 rushing yards/game (4th)

DENVER BRONCOS

Home: Denver, Colorado

Coach: John Fox

Notable Players:

  • Quarterback: Peyton Manning. 72.2% completion (57 of 79), QB ranking of 107%

  • Matt Prater: Kicker. Holds NFL record for longest field goal (64 yards), set in December 2013.

  • Wes Welker: Wide Receiver. In the news for rough hit on Aqib Talib, leading to a grisly injury.

Team Stats:

  • 13 wins – 3 loses

  • Averages

    • 37.9 pts/game (1st)

    • 457.3 yards/game (1st)

    • 340.2 passing yards/game (1st)

    • 117.1 rushing yards/game (15th)

With that information in hand, choose wisely football fans! Join me (and millions of others) to watch the game on Sunday February, 2nd at 5:30 p.m. (central). If you don’t really enjoy the football, catch the half time show with Bruno Mars & the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Oh…and don’t forget the commercials! This year’s most anticipated commercials are: Doritos, Oikos (everyone wants to see this Full House reunion!), Bud Light, M&M’s, VW, Jaguar, and of course we all love to see the Budweiser clydesdales. Keep an eye out, and let me know what you think of them and any of the others on Facebook or Twitter!

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Mobius…books from beyond!

Mobius (mow-bee-us)…it’s an odd word isn’t it? It’s an odd word, but one that could be incredibly useful to you when you’re working on research projects. Mobius is the statewide consortium (of which Avila is a part) that works with libraries to offer discounted database and periodical subscriptions as well as creates an enormous lending network for all members. So what does this mean for you? Well, it means that we can provide you with more and better options for locating articles and WE CAN GET YOU BOOKS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE!

The Mobius consortium membership includes the majority of colleges and universities in Missouri as well as many public and special libraries. Each library is assigned a “cluster” based on geographic location and tends to work more closely with their cluster libraries. Avila is a part of the Kansas City cluster, so we work closely with (and can get materials pretty quickly from) universities, colleges, and some public libraries in the area (UMKC, Rockhurst, KC Public Library, etc.).

If you happen to need a book that we do not have access to at Avila, Mobius is going to be  your way to (hopefully) get a copy of that book. To get these books, your first task is to make sure Avila doesn’t already have a copy of it by searching here. If your search comes up blank, your next step should be to check the KC cluster options, which is here. Still nothing? Now you will have to check the full Mobius catalog, here.

In all of your basic searching options, you can search by title, author, subject, or journal/magazine. As always, if you search by author you need to put the last name first. If your search leads you to the full Mobius catalog, you will have more options for the basic search. In any of the searches, you are welcome to opt for the “Advanced Search”, which will help you narrow search results that are broad.

When requesting books, you will need to have your “user ID”. At Avila your user ID is your last name, first initial, middle initial, and your zip code (ex: A person named James A. Grant living in this area would be: grantja64145). If you have any problems requesting materials, you will need to contact the library or stop by the circulation desk.

When you request a book, it will be sent to your “home” library (at Avila, it will be the campus library), but you can also have them sent to other libraries within your cluster if they are more convenient for you. This ability makes mobius a fabulous and relatively quick way for students, faculty, community members, etc. to find information that is not currently available at their local/preferred library.

If you need help requesting materials, or with any step of the process, please feel free to ask any of your friendly neighborhood librarians. Also, you are welcome to ask me any questions in the blog comments or through our Facebook and Twitter (@HooleyBundschu) accounts.

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Brief Explanation of the Interlibrary-Loan Process

Do you have a big ‘ole research project due this semester? Already doing major research and found an article that will be useful to you, but we don’t have access to it? You’re in luck! Avila University’s Hooley-Bundschu Library participates in the OCLC community, and therefore can request books and articles from lending libraries across the nation.

If you wish to “request” a book or article which you’ve found, you’ll need to go here and perform a search for your book or article to ensure that at least one lending library in the U.S. has a copy available. Next, you will need to go here and fill out the request form. As you fill it out, be sure you have included your e-mail address, as this is how we will contact once the materials have arrived and how articles will be delivered (you will receive a PDF or similar document type).

If you have been searching in an Ebsco database and located a document which is not available in full text through any of our databases, click the link that looks like this:

Request this item through Interlibrary loan

Once there, fill out all relevant information and in the “Cost Not To Exceed” section, mark it as $0.00. Once again, it is essential that you provide your e-mail address, as this is how the majority of articles will be delivered. Your library card # is your student ID#. Once all information has been filled in, click submit and a generated request will be sent.

ILL is a great option for students working on large research projects, particularly those looking for obscure materials. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that your request will be accepted, nor can we give you a specific time frame for delivery. ILL (Interlibrary Loan) articles could be delivered next day or over a week later; ILL books usually arrive within about a week, but could take longer depending on the location and speed of the lending library.

If you need help requesting materials, or with any step of the process, please feel free to ask any of your friendly neighborhood librarians. Also, you are welcome to ask me any questions in the blog comments or through our Facebook and Twitter (@HooleyBundschu) accounts.

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Help! I Have to Work in a Group.

As you all are getting settled into the semester, I’m guessing some of you are doing some early prepping for a collaborative assignment. Perhaps? We’ve all gotten to “participate” in a group assignment at some point, and will likely have to again. So, with that idea in your head, how about some ideas on how to make collaboration a little easier…particularly if you are an online student, a commuter student, or just plain don’t like people.

  • Document Sharing

    • Dropbox–free (to a point). You can house a specific amount of documents (somewhere around 2G).

    • Flow: Offered by ProQuest, the free version is available to academic users only and allows 2G of storage space and up to 10 collaborators. There are institutional options, but they are cost based.

    • Evernote: Mostly free, but works better as a document storage, option. If you were creative you could definitely utilize this.

    • Google Drive: Free! Google gives each user a TON of space and you can share documents in specific ways (allowing only people with the link or adding editors).

  • Meeting Space

    • Skype: Free! You can set up sessions pretty easily and people can participate in anyway they are comfortable: talk, text, and video w/mic. There is an app for that so you could work from a tablet or phone

    • Google Hangouts: Free and getting very popular. Allows for talk, text, or video. People can participate via text from phones or text enable device. There is an app for this, so tablets and smartphones are good too.

    • Adobe Connect–Not Free…yet. Great for online classes as it allows for each person to take over the screen as desired. Can be talk, text or video. Allows for screen sharing and slide sharing.

    • Twitter Hashtags–Free. This option would get a little confusing, but you could actually tweet your collaborators using a specific #hashtag. Follow the hashtag on Twitter, TweetChat, TweetDeck, etc.

  • Artsy Projects: Need something pretty to show the class?

    • Glogs (free!): The best description is: a web based poster. You design a virtual poster board using the huge collection of options available. These can be printed out, if need be.

    • Google Sites (free!): You could make your own website. It’s incredibly user friendly, and can be reasonably customized.

So, those are a few options for collaboration. These are all options for those of you working outside of Canvas (or other course management system). I hope these will come in handy for you all! Good luck folks!

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Squirrel Appreciation Day

Do you know what today is? Do you even know how important it is? Folks, it is Squirrel Appreciation Day. This is a very serious occasion, which much be celebrated according to extremely strict traditions.

Yeah….no. But it really is Squirrel Appreciation Day so get out there and appreciate those little rodents for throwing acorns at your head all year. Squirrel Appreciation Day was created by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator, in 2001. In honor of this glorious day, here are the 10 most “interesting” facts about squirrels.

10) Squirrels have four front teeth that grow continuously, at a rate of about six inches a year.

9) A group of squirrels is called a “scurry” or “dray”

8) There are more than 300 different species of squirrel around the world.

7) The smallest squirrel is the “African Pygmy Squirrel”, clocking in at a whopping five inches from nose to tail. The largest is the “Indian Giant Squirrel”, which can reach lengths of three feet!

6) A squirrel’s brain is about the size of a walnut.

5) The lifespan of a squirrel can be up to 12 years…if they would just stop running in front of cars! Oh, and natural predators cause problems too.

4) Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA has a squirrel-y mascot: Gladys the Fighting Squirrel.

3) Squirrels can relocate their stored food because they have licked or rubbed on the spot it is hidden, thus “scenting” it for later location.

2) Squirrels communicate using a variety of shrill sounds. They also use their tail to convey certain information/emotion.

1) Squirrel’s could rule the world…for a little while at least. Twice they have stopped trading at NASDAQ when some squirrels chewed through power lines. One squirrel caused a lengthy blackout in Northern Virginia when it got in to substation equipment and caused a transformer to blow.

**Bonus**

Rocket J. Squirrel was created in 1959 by cartoonist Jay Ward and is one of the world’s most famous squirrels. If you don’t know who he is…try looking up his friend Bullwinkle Moose.

So,  a very happy Squirrel Appreciation Day to all. Go throw some extra sunflower seeds out for them and don’t give them too dirty of a look when they nail you in the head with the shells.

Want to know how I found out about squirrels…click here

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Getting Organized…Like a Boss

As the semester starts up, I’m sure many of you are prepping for your new classes. For those of you who are new to the game or maybe had a “rough” Fall semester, sometimes being (and staying) organized will help you succeed. Here are some tips from around the web on how to get and stay organized in college!

  • Remember that no one is there to remind you to do your homework, study, pay bills, wake you up, etc. You are responsible for your own success.

  • Create a time management system that works for you.

  • Get a planner, a good one (not one of those puny 4” monthly planner booklets). Write down all important dates & times (work schedule, class times, due dates, tests, etc.). If its a really big planner, schedule your day by the hour and be sure to add in time for sleep, studying, free time, eating, and basic functions (showering, bathroom, etc.). But…be sure to remain flexible in case of emergencies or special events.

  • Color code your life. For some people, myself included, having different tasks written or high-lit in a specific color helps to keep me organized/on task. Think about different colors for different tasks or maybe go with the stoplight motif.

  • Keep your classes separate: Get folders or binders for each class (go even further and use corresponding colors from your scheduling for the folder color) and keep all notes, handouts, etc. in that folder. Try to keep things in chronological order.

  • Put things away in specific spots when you are finished with them (like keys, phone, etc.) so you always know where they are.

  • Carry a backpack/large bag and keep specific items in them at all times. Have spare pens, paper, blue books, flashdrive, etc. on hand and easy to find always in this bag.

  • Invest in a big desk calendar–write down all important dates & times.

  • Use a whiteboard & dry erase markers. Write down all upcoming important dates & times or course work that is due (color code if that helps you) and erase as they are completed or passed.

  • Take a trip to the dollar store for desk organization items. Keeping your workspace organized will help you stay on task.

  • Go through “something” once a week. Clean out a drawer, empty your purse, etc. Sometimes you’ll find missing things or realize you’ve missed an assignment! If nothing else, this will help you keep your space organized for longer if you are a messy person (like me).

  • Plan in advance. Yes, that paper isn’t due until May, but it might be a good plan to have it written down somewhere so it stays in your mind.

  • Take a stapler to class (or a hole punch). This will allow you to keep materials together from each days class. Three hole punch will let you toss it in a folder or binder immediately.

  • Create routines. Having a morning routine could help non-morning people stay on task in their haze.

  • Sticky notes! Have to read a specific chapter, put a sticky note in at the beginning of the required reading with the date it must be finished. You could color code this too (red for NOW – green for “ you have time”).

Organizing is different for everyone, and not every technique works for every person. These are just some basic ideas to keep you on track during the semester. Perhaps having a clear picture of your semester written down will help you avoid the end of semester crunch/crash. Good luck in this new semester! If you need any help staying on track, you are welcome to visit the library. We can sometimes be very helpful! 🙂

Where I found this nifty information.

 

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Net Neutrality and Libraries

I had not planned on posting today, but yesterday an event took place that I felt I should cover here on Library Things. Yesterday morning, word began spreading about the “end of net neutrality”. In a landmark, and perhaps damning, decision a federal district court struck down ‘net neutrality’ or the nondiscrimination rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In the case of Verizon v. FCC, the courts decided in favor of Verizon citing that the FCC does not currently have the authority to enact such rules. The U.S. Court of Appeals has sent the rules back to the FCC, who may attempt to rewrite or rework the rules.

I choose to share this with you because it is a troubling decision for people of all walks, including students, educators, librarians, businesses, almost everyone. The nondiscrimination rules acted to allow a free flow of information and kept companies from “picking favorites” from their users or contributors or restricting the natural flow of the web. With the rules struck down, large net providers (like Verizon) could restrict certain users or sites, direct the “flow” of information to specific channels, create tiered & price based internet service (fast lane/slow lane style), or completely block sites or users at will. I have your attention now, don’t I?

Wondering why this is a big deal for libraries too? Well, one of the core foundations of modern librarianship it the free flow of information. A belief that information should be easily available to all persons is part of the foundation of nearly all libraries. A restriction on our internet or a provider blocking whatever they deem appropriate could stop the information flow we’ve been enjoying for a while now. A restricted or tiered internet could prohibit small start ups and tinkerer’s from getting off the ground and creating masterpieces; imagine what would have happened to Facebook in it’s early days if every net provider channeled users to Myspace only. Not awesome.

What everyone in the library, information, technology, and really…well…everyone waits for now, is to see what exactly happens. We have an idea of all of the bad things that could come of this but we will only know the true impacts when the companies embrace the ruling. At the moment, all we can do is be aware of the problem and look for opportunities where we can help make a change.

If you would like more information about Net Neutrality, Verizon v. FCC, or the possible impacts please check out the following links:

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/telecom/netneutrality

http://ht.ly/sCXjf

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2014/01/killing-net-neutrality-means-killing-economic-equality-access/

http://www.infodocket.com/2014/01/14/verizon-wins-net-neutrality-court-ruling-against-fcc-full-text-of-decisio/

http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blog/troubling-decision-nixes-net-neutrality-rules

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/01/net_neutrality_d_c_circuit_court_ruling_the_battle_s_been_lost_but_we_can.html

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MLK Jr. at a Glance

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday we will be honoring one of our nation’s most respected civil rights leaders, Martin Luther King Jr. King worked wonders in all parts of the country, bringing people together to fight, peacefully, for equality for everyone. He is known best for his leadership in the peaceful protests in the south (mostly Alabama) and the march on Washington D.C., which paved the way for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

While I’m sure we all enjoy the day off work or school in his honor, we should probably take a moment to remember the man, not the free time. So, here are some “fun” facts about Mr. King

  • MLK Jr. Day is always observed on the 3rd Monday of January, due to its nearness to his actual birthday on January 15th.

  • His birth name was actually Michael Luther King, but had it changed to Martin.

  • King was a brilliant student, graduating from high school and entering Morehouse College at 15, receiving his Bachelor’s degree at 19, attending Crozer Theological Seminary for 3 years, and eventually receiving a graduate fellowship at Boston University from which he received a doctorate in 1955 (age 25).

  • His wife’s name is Coretta and he had four children: Yolanda, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott, and Bernice.

  • The first protest King “led” was the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Which was set in motion by Rosa Park’s act of defiance.

  • Until his death, King led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference which he helped found.

  • King got his ideas for peaceful protest after observing and participating in “sit-ins” and the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi

  • He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 while standing on a hotel balcony in Memphis, TN. The shooter was James Earl Ray, who was caught and died in prison in 1998. King was there to participate in a labor strike for sanitation workers.

  • The “I Have a Dream” speech was given at the close of the March on Washington in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial.

  • King received the Nobel Peace Prize for his works with civil rights in 1964. He was 35, making him the youngest person to have received this award.

  • Letter from Birmingham Jail” is just one of King’s many published works. He has at least 5 books published as well as numerous articles.

Where I looked.

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What did you do?

Welcome back students!! I hope you all enjoyed your lovely break and had some good times with friends and family for the holidays. The break for your friendly neighborhood librarians is significantly shorter than break for most students, as we need be open to help Avila faculty, international students, and community members who pop in. That being said, we still get time and we love to use it! I’ve added some pictures, below, of some things that I did/experienced over my break…but what I really want, is to hear from you, dear reader! Hop over to our Facebook page and tell us what you did for your break. Feel free to post text, photos, videos…whatever is appropriate and Facebook will allow you to post! I’m looking forward to seeing what you did! 🙂  

Hooley-Bundschu, the last day before break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am from Jefferson City, MO…where they got more ice than snow during Winter Storm Falco (I think…). This is the lovely view of a “forested” area in town on Christmas Eve.

 

 

My family tends to go a little “overboard” for Christmas. We all love to give and our full-full family celebration usually results in an avalanche of gifts…as seen here. We managed this with a $10 limit (granted there are 15 people…)!

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There’s an App for that…

Apps, Applications, Tools, whatever you wish to call them…they’re everywhere. Facebook has apps within its own app! With the new year having arrived, let’s talk about some of the best and worst apps (free!) for your devices as of the end of 2013.

Social Media (Andriod/iOS):

1)  Twitter: This year saw the rise of 140 character posts, and it’s still growing!

2)  Facebook: FB app creators keep their app sleek and (generally) easy to use. It’s very similar to your desktop view, which is nice

3)  Vine: Twitter should be proud of its creation. Vine is another already well-loved and growing app as people move into the short video form of social networking.

4)  Honorable Mention: Instagram: We still love you Instagram, and love you more for adding your video feature!

Helpful Stuff:

1)  BillGaurd (iOS only—Android “coming soon”): App keeps track of your spending for you and will ‘highlight’ any charges that seem fraudulent or like a hidden fee. Bonus: It learns where you shop and will find you coupons!

2)  Agent (Android Only): Smart app to improve your phone’s capabilities. Battery save mode, Driving mode/text notifications, Sleeping mode, and it will remember where you parked!

3)  Newsblur (iOS & Android): Decent alternative to Google Reader.

4)  Run Keeper: Uses your phone’s GPS capabilities to track your jogging and cycling routes.

Games:

1)  QuizUp (iOS only): Quiz-y questions abound, with a growing library of 200,000+ questions and a multiplayer mode which feels real time. Good times had by all.

2)  Honorable Mention: Doodle Jump (everything!): Goofy little game will keep you entertained. Direct the “Doodler” up disappearing platforms avoiding pitfalls and dangers.

Research Help:

1)  Evernote (everything!): scan and keep your notes, store citations, etc!

2)  Pocket (iOS, Android—maybe): Formerly known as “Read It Later”, it stores articles and pages from websites to read later.

3)  Kindle (Android & iOS): Extremely useful if you already use a Kindle because you can read your Kindle books on your phone. Still very useful without the Kindle, because Amazon has a larger collection of books than iBooks (iPhone/iPad).

…And now for a collection of some of the worst apps discovered in 2013:

iPhone:

1)  Zit Picker: Pick zits and then post your score on Facebook. EW EW EW.

2)  Taxi Hold’em: Want to look like the most obnoxious tourist ever? Well, this app will help…all you do is open the app and the iPhone will flash “Taxi” in black and yellow.

3)  Wooo! Button: The app that says “Wooo” when you push a button. Very exciting.

4)  Tickle Me!: You touch the screen and it sounds like a baby is being tickled, forever.

Android:

1)  Beer Counter: keeps track of the number of beers you’ve had. Oh, you can Tweet your number too.

2)  G-massage: Uses the phone vibrations to give you a massage. “A relaxing application”.

3)  Hello My Name Is: Skip the name tag table and just use this app…and hang your phone around your neck?

4)  I Am Rich: An exact copy of a the iPhone app that cost $1000 and has since been banned by apple. The ruby icon reminds you and “others” that you were able to afford this. Oddly, it’s free. So….yep. Useful!

I certainly hope you enjoyed this lovely list! If you’re interested in any of these apps click here for links to the android or iTunes store.

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