Upcoming Programs in Trexler

The second installment of Trexler’s Financial Literacy Series will take place on September 18 at 4:00pm in the Air Products Room.  Paul Foster from Citizen’s Bank, Kutztown will present a program on Identity Theft.  Learn how it occurs, how to prevent it, and what to do if you become a victim.  Freshman get a CharacterU point for attending.

Then on October 9, Director of Financial Aid, Joyce Farmer will present a program titled, “What You Should Know about your Federal Direct Loans”  This program is hands on so registration is required.  To register:  http://desales.libcal.com/event.php?id=429107

 

IMG_3373Students discuss budgeting and debt management with Kevin Brosious during the library’s first Financial Literacy Program.  

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The-3-Click-Dilemma: are library databases nearing the tipping point of obsolescence?

The-3-Click-Dilemma: are library databases nearing the tipping point of obsolescence?

August 20, 2013, 5:56 pm, Chronicle of Higher Education

By Brian Mathews      
I had an interesting conversation with a faculty member last week that went something like this: “Brian, I want you to know that it’s getting harder for me to get students to use the library— especially the databases— anything beyond three clicks is just too many.”

 In some disciplines this would not really shock me, but it was a historian. This is someone who is passionate about the library. This is someone who advocates for primary resources and through research. This is someone—who from what I can tell—is a very sophisticated database user.

 If our super users are frustrated with database interfaces – what does that mean? Many of us spend a lot of time promoting library resources to students, but if faculty stop encouraging (or requiring) usage—what then?

 The assignment is actually straightforward. Explore historical events by comparing coverage from a U.S. newspaper with coverage from an international paper. How are the stories different? Is there bias? And so forth.

 My library offers these resources online, but maybe that is no longer enough? Besides the path of getting into the database—actually using the database is apparently too tedious… not only by students but the faculty as well.

 Now—I’m right there with you—library research is complex. Each tool has nuances. It’s a difficult process that requires experimentation and so on.

 That argument might have worked in 2003 but what about 2013? I’m trying to comprehend the instructor’s position. She wants her students to spend less time searching and more time reading. And this isn’t a matter of grooming proficient searchers, but rather, a comment on how much time it takes to track down sources. The conflict that she seems to be having is—is it worth it to focus so much on searching when there is a greater need on actually doing something with the items?

 So what’s the alternative? Instead of having them track down articles she could provide direct links to key events covered in class. This would be more like the Reserve Model rather than the Seek & Find Model. Save the time of the users, isn’t that a principal we believe in?

 I have two views here:

One is the Drucker mindset in which we aim to encourage direct use of library materials. In this view the intention of the organization is to create users. We provide access to scholarship so that it can be used, not just to collect it. If faculty (and students) are dissatisfied it is natural to seek alternatives. So in the classic sense, our job could be viewed as developing opportunities that create demand for information sources that we provide. We want everyone to be super searchers!

OR…

Taking a more zen- esque selflessness approach… maybe our job isn’t about promoting library resources, but about helping people to accomplish their tasks. In this case, the focus isn’t on search retrieval skills but on providing an environment that encourages critical thinking (and lateral thinking), reflection, and analysis of materials. (It’s the content, stupid?) If I choose to focus on my user, shouldn’t I help find a workaround?

 
Now don’t get me wrong—I love searching databases. I love exploring topics and stumbling upon new possibilities. I love the complexity. That’s probably why I was attracted to librarianship. But most people don’t have the patience for all that.

 In this case it isn’t an argument for “teach students to search better”—it’s a statement on how super-searchers feel that it akes too long to get the content and are now seeking new solutions. What’s the pain threshold? Where is the point that faculty actual alter their assignments because our interfaces are just too laborious? That seems to be the point that this professor has reached. The conversation has moved away from using tools to find information… and now seems to be more along the lines of finding (and building) tools that students can use to analyze, synthesize, and share information. It’s the changing role of librarians?

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Trexler Library Financial Literacy Program

“Good Debt vs. Bad Debt”

September 4, 2013

4:00pm in the Air Products Room of Trexler Library

Presented by Kevin Brosious, owner of Wealth Management Inc. and adjunct instructor at DeSales.

Do you know how to create and stick to a budget? It’s simple, but it’s not easy. What about the difference between good debt and bad debt? The choices you make now about debt can have a lasting impact on your finances. Attend this free presentation from the PICPA to learn about these topics and more!

To register for the event:  http://desales.libcal.com/event.php?id=376370

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Printing in the library and on campus…Questions? Ask Us!

If you have questions about the new login and printing please Ask Us! or text us at 610.898.3184.  We will be open Monday, August 26 at 7:30am.

 

The generic student login has been disabled on campus.  You must now login to any public computer using your MyDSU login.

Below is an explanation of the new printing monitoring service.  Please note, you will not be charged for printing, it is merely monitoring environmental impact.

From Informational Technology Group

New! Wireless printing and environmental impact monitoring

In order to become a greener campus, DeSales is launching Paper Cut software to all faculty, staff, and students starting in the Fall 2013 semester. Paper Cut shows you your printing habits and gives you the ability to print wirelessly to any public printer on campus. A link to Paper Cut will be provided on the MyDSU portal.Now you can print wirelessly to any public computer on campus and monitor your environmental impact!

Page allotments:

  • Faculty and Staff = 1,000 pages
  • Students = 500 pages.

As you print, pages will be deducted from your balance. (No worries, if you go to a zero balance, the software will still continue to print.)

The following link will show you how to use Paper Cut software and print wirelessly:

http://desales.edu/home/welcome/papercut-tutorial

 

 

 

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We are open!

 

 

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We will be open Wednesday, Aug. 21 and Thursday, Aug. 22 from 9:00am until 10:00pm and Friday, Aug. 23 from 9:00am until 4:00pm.  We are closed Saturday and Sunday.  Our regular fall semester hours begin on Monday, Aug. 26.

Want to know what is happening in the library?  Take a look at our Event Calendar.

 

Stop by and check out our new spaces.

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Renovations nearing completion

IMG_3259[1]Work is progressing on schedule.  New carpeting is fully installed.  Furniture has been delivered and the new study rooms are being erected.  We are excited to show off our new space.  We look forward to seeing everyone in a couple weeks.  Be sure to check out our events calendar to keep up with all the happenings.

Trexler Event Calendar

 

Check out more photos of the renovation

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Library Renovation

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Library renovations are moving along.  The furniture has been cleared out and the carpet has been removed.   Shelving removed to make way for new study rooms on the first floor!

Remember to visit the library staff in Dooling 176!

 

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Library Renovation Information – Hours and Location of Library Services

Important Reminder about Trexler Library – Please Pardon our Dust

Trexler Library will be CLOSED beginning May 20 for extensive interior renovations.  Librarians will be relocated to Dooling in the former MBA suite on the first floor and will have  following hours beginning Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

 

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 10:00pm

Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday and Sunday – CLOSED

Materials checked out from today will be due August 27.  Our collection will NOT be accessible after May 17.  If you need any materials for your summer courses or for summer reading, please stop in and see us before the 17th.

Our online resources, databases, ebooks and online journals will still be available via our website.  We recently added over 100,000 ebooks via the EBSCO Academic ebook collection.

Librarians will be available via phone, in person (in Dooling), text (610.898.3184),  online chat and email  for all your reference and instructional needs.

Our phone numbers remain the same:  

 Debbie Malone ext. 1253

Loretta Ulincy ext.  1346

Michele Mrazik ext.  1612

Lynne Kvinnesland ext. 1443

Gloria Biser ext. 1266 

Kathleen Arthur ext.1361

Phyllis Vogel  ext. 1257

Kim Sando  ext. 1258

Please visit us in Dooling this summer!!  

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Library Hours – Finals Week

Library Hours Finals Week
Saturday,  May 4 9:00am – Midnight
Sunday,  May 5 Noon – Midnight
Monday, May 6 – Thursday, May 9 7:30am – 2:00am
Friday, May 10 7:30am – 11:00pm
Saturday, May  11 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, May 12 CLOSED
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Trexler celebrates National Library Week

 

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National Library Week begins April 14 and runs through April 20.  Trexler Library will celebrate the week with the following activities:

Food for Fines Program

In celebration of National Library Week, Trexler Library will be helping local food banks by accepting non-perishable food in lieu of fines for overdue materials.  If you have fines on your record, we will forgive $2.00 for every non-perishable food item you donate.  Do something good for the community and reduce your fines at the same time.

Poetry Reading – Brown Bag Lunch Program

April is also National Poetry Month.  Join us April 17 from noon to 1:00pm in the Reference area of Trexler Library for a poetry reading featuring Dr. Stephen Myers and Ms. Ann Michael along with their students Nic Bianco, Kimberly Martel and Josh Martin.  Enjoy listening as they read for us some of their personal works.  Bring your lunch and enjoy some treats for dessert.

 

 

 

 

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