Archive for August, 2012

North Dakotans Take Note ….

We’ve added two new DVDs that may be of particular interest to North Dakotans:

Boom! Behind the Bakken

Students in The University of Montana’s Radio-Television Department produced this documentary about the oil boom in eastern Montana and western North Dakota in the spring of 2012.

“Thousands of workers and billions of dollars in oil money are pouring through towns like Sidney, Montana and Williston, North Dakota. Locals are trying to hang on, but the boom in population is transforming their communities. The students set out to document the effect of more people, more money and more crime on these towns.”–Container.

Visit the website for more info.

Welcome to Flood City

A two-disc set about the Mouse River and its floods from 1904-1911.

[Disc 1] “… provides viewers with a wonderful look back on the history of the Mouse River when the river was the center of entertainment in Minot and how the city’s parks grew around the river. It covers the floods of  1904, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1948, 1949, 1951, and 1969. It covers the decade of fighting to keep the river inside its banks through the 1970s. (446 photographs).”–Container.

[Disc 2] “…walks the viewer through the 2011 Mouse River flood. It begins with a look at the flood control dams, 1978 River Channel Improvement Project, the fight to save Minot, the devastating flood, the destruction, and the aftermath. The Burlington flood is covered in a special 16-minute segment.”–Container.

Check them out at the BSC Library!

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New Database Links

Check out these new additions to our Databases in the General Research and Images categories.

Kahn Academy (General Research)

  • With over 3,300 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.  Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. — Publisher’s description

CAMIO®  (Images)

  • OCLC’s Catalog of Art Museum Images Online – This is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms. CAMIO is licensed for use by students, faculty, and researchers at subscribing institutions [like ours!]. Works of art may be used for educational and research purposes during the term of the subscription, if they are properly credited. Images may not be published or otherwise distributed. — Publisher’s description

Enjoy a sampling of images from CAMIO® …

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Read Your Way to Good Health … by Listening

Walk, read, and improve your health at once.  How?  Audiobooks!  Download them to your devices from the Library’s EBSCOhost Audiobooks Collection, Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection, and OneClickDigital collections.  Find them on our Databases – EBooks and EAudiobooks page.

To read about one listener’s experience with audiobooks, check out this excerpt from an article in The Chronicle Review (July 30, 2012):

Walking to ‘Middlemarch,’ 50 Years Later by Sanford Pinsker, Emeritus Professor of Humanities, Franklin & Marshall College

“Flash forward 50 years and one coronary bypass. Now that I’m an emeritus professor, my days of teaching classes in American literature are over. Curiously enough, George Eliot’s novel has re-entered my life—this time as an audiobook I listened to while doing my five-day-a-week, 40-minute stints on a treadmill. It turns out that treadmill walking is as much an exercise in tolerating boredom as it is, well, exercise.

The deal I made myself was this: I would listen only to books I had first read unaided and unrequired in college and only while exercising. Middlemarch saved the day five days a week. As I trod my way to a healthier me, I followed Dorothea Brooke’s loveless marriage to the dry-as-dust Casaubon and then her subsequent life as a wealthy widow who not-so-secretly loves Will Ladislaw.

I’m not sure I would have discovered audiobooks on my own. While I’m not a card-carrying Luddite, I hardly live on the cutting edge. I’m the guy without a cellphone or an iPad. I am, however, a person who has birthdays, and on my 70th, my adult children presented me with an iPod shuffle and a year’s subscription to an audiobooks service. They can take credit for putting the right tools into my hands; I can take credit for picking the books I did and for listening to them on the treadmill.

My doctor tells me he is amazed at how well my regimen is working; I am even more amazed at how much about life in Middlemarch I remembered. The same beleaguered husband who can’t quite remember to bring home bread and milk (or was it butter and eggs?) can rattle on at length about the Rev. Edward Casaubon’s wildly ambitious (and fatally flawed) project, “The Key to All Mythologies.” That the study is never completed—how could it be?—resonated with me as a student. I suspected my college of housing at least one Casaubon, and encountered even more of these types in graduate school and then in faculty lounges. Apparently blowhards with big schemes came with the territory of book learning gone amuck.

Many people equate audiobooks with a chance to learn about Steve Jobs’s life or to dip into the latest John Grisham novel, but the format also includes the classics I revisit. At the moment, I’m in the early stages of Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, with a mere 43 hours of listening time left. I am happy to report that, this time, the off-putting, triple-decker Russian names are going down easier. In fact, I plan to put Tolstoy’s War and Peace in the on-deck circle, followed by Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past and Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain. What started with Middlemarch has taken on a life of its own.”

Library Hours Change

Starting Monday, August 6, the BSC Library will observe these hours:

Monday, August 6 – Saturday, August 18

  • Monday – Thursday — 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday — 7:30 a.m. — 4 p.m.
  • Saturday — Closed
  • Sunday — Closed

On Sunday, August 19, the Library will be open from Noon to 4 p.m. for Move-in Day.

Regular academic year hours will start on Monday, August 20. Fall Semester  2012 classes begin that day at  4 p.m.

 

What’s New at BSC Library?

Libraries are dynamic! There’s ALWAYS something new — new magazines, journals, and newspapers arrive daily; database econtent is updated continually as new information becomes available; and new resources like books (print and ebook) and DVDs are added to the shelves every week.                                                                  

For a snapshot of What’s New at our library:

 

 

  • Check out our LibGuides for research assistance, subject guides, and other useful information compiled by your friendly librarians

 

  • Stop by to peruse the current magazines and newspapers, New Book display shelves, Gannon Gallery art exhibits, and more.

 

There’s something (NEW) for everyone @ the BSC Library!