News

New database: Books & Authors

This year the Vermont Online Library added a new database, Books & Authors, now available to the CU community.  You can access it through our list of research databases (or through the link above).

Books & Authors helps you explore both fiction and non-fiction. It’s based on Gale’s award-winning What Do I Read Next? collection, but enhanced and updated. According to a review in Library Journal, “It combines the expert recommendations of nearly two dozen subject specialists with the community-building ethos of the Internet to guide readers to the next step beyond the authors, titles, and genres they already know and love.”

You can browse award-winners, expert picks and librarian’s favorites. Put in the title of a favorite book and get recommendations of books like it. Browse by genre, or search by subject, location, and historical period at once.

It is somewhat like GoodReads, but ad-free, and with proprietary content not available on the free internet.

Find your next read in Books & Authors, then check the CU library catalog to find our copy.  If we don’t own a copy, you can suggest we buy one and/or request it through interlibrary loan.

 

 

Mini-golf in the Library for Homecoming!

The library is hosting mini-golf again this year during Homecoming!

Come play:

Friday, Oct. 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

or

Saturday, Oct. 20, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Elections 2018

It’s an electrifying time of year, time to prepare to vote in local and statewide elections, and for Representatives and some Senators in Congress.

The Library’s mission includes providing our community with resources to be engaged citizens.

Check out our book display on voting and elections and the issues at the forefront of the 2018 General Election.

How to vote

For Vermonters already registered to vote: See the Vermont Secretary of State’s website for voters about where to vote and what will be on your ballot.

For students from any U.S. state who want to vote in Vermont, you can register to vote up to and including the day of the election, at the polling place.  More info and online registration here. If you live on campus, you can use your dorm address (below). The polling place for Castleton is the Fire Station at 273 Route 30 North.

For students from any U.S. state who want to vote absentee in your home state’s election, see Absentee voting from Ballotpedia.  Being a college student living in another state is considered an “excuse” for an absentee ballot. Pay attention to deadlines for requesting a ballot.

To see how badly your vote is needed in your state, you can check out Ballotpedia’s analysis of how contested certain seats are.

To learn more about the U.S. government and political parties and elections, you can get up to speed with this video series from Films on Demand: U.S. Government: How it Works (subscription material, log-in required for off-campus access).

For clarification of terms like liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, left, right, see this infographic.

Dorm addresses for voter registration

Adams Hall 139 University Drive
Audet House 104 University Drive
Babcock Hall 87 University Drive
Castleton Hall 112 University Drive
Ellis Hall 314 South Street
Haskell Hall 141 University Drive
Hoff Hall 338 South Street
Morrill Hall 220 University Drive
North House 100 University Drive
South House 108 University Drive
Wheeler Hall 240 University Drive

Haunts in the Library: Book Display and More

October is here and library staff  are feeling the Halloween spirit (or spirits!), especially Access Services Librarian Steph Traverse, who put together a book display featuring all things spooky.  Scary movies are on display in the DVD collection too.

Check out the spooky material Credo Reference has put together for you, and check out this clip from Films on Demand, What Happens to Our Brains When We Get Scared (subscription material, log-in required for off-campus access).

 

Back to School Book Exhibit

 

September means back to school for higher ed. and our K-12 neighbors.  For the month of September, the library displayed books on a wide variety of education-related topics, from online learning to teaching about race to teacher memoirs to sexual assault on campus to teenage brains to the value of a liberal arts education.  If you didn’t get a chance to check out the books on display in the library, you can browse the exhibit in the library catalog.

2017 – 2018 Annual Report Infographic

Our Annual Report Infographic for 2017-2018:

Annual Report Infographic Image

Vermont Newspaper Archive

Millions of pages from Vermont newspapers dating from the 1700s through 1922 have been digitized and are now available online for Vermont residents through the MyVermont.gov state portal. Learn more at http://www.vermontlibraries.org/millions-of-pages-of-vermont-newspapers-freely-searchable-online/

Screenshot from Vermont State Archives and Records Administration website

Great American Read

Which book will get your vote? Learn more about the PBS Great American Read: http://libguides.castleton.edu/great_american_read

Summer Hours

Red clock in grassSummer hours begin on Monday, May 14th:

Mondays – Thursdays 8 am to 4 pm
Fridays 10 am to 2 pm
Saturdays – Sundays Closed

See http://www.castleton.edu/library/contact-us/hours/ for exceptions.

For Faculty: Introducing more than 30 Info Lit Activities!

Over the past year, we have been busy designing various elements of our new approach to information literacy (see our Information Literacy & Library Instruction Guide for details), including developing and piloting 3 new scaffolded instruction sessions.  We will spend the summer refining the piloted sessions, and hope to be able to share lesson plans with faculty by Fall.

We are excited to offer faculty a key element of the Information Literacy Topic Instruction and Support component of our new program:

Information Literacy Activities

Thumbnail of Activities and Session Guide

Our new Integrative Model for Information Literacy guide provides more than 30 activities covering information literacy topics – activities have been curated or developed by Castleton librarians.  These activities are a supplement to our reference and instruction services and are meant to be incorporated into courses – they can be delivered by a librarian or by the instructor.  The guide and activities are organized around the 6 Threshold Concepts from the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the 13 topics we have mapped to the Framework.  We will add additional activities as they are developed.

We encourage faculty to contact one of our librarians about how our new approach can better support their courses and our students.