following list of books recently been added to RSC library collection on Animal Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics, Chemistry disciplines.
The Third day of the Festival of Innovation in Rashtrapati Bhavan concluded with presentation of Visitor’s Awards for the year 2016 by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday (March 14, 2016).
The President presented Visitor’s Award for the ‘Best University’ to Tezpur University and Visitor’s Awards for ‘Research’ as well as ‘Innovation’ to Prof. Rakesh Bhatnagar and the Molecular Parasitology Group of JNU respectively in the presence of Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Vice Chancellors of various universities and other dignitaries.
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I don’t know about you, but I get intimidated by the most trivial things in life. Making idle chat with the barista behind the register. The awkward silence exchanged within a crowded elevator. Finding my own way through the library.
Whether we share the same fears or not, I know a lot of other students feel that third woe. Navigating Columbia and Barnard’s extensive library system is intimidating. To resolve some of the most pressing challenges in utilizing the libraries for academic and research purposes, I asked for some input from Jenna Freedman, an amazing Barnard librarian with a specialty in Women’s Studies.
Now, I don’t have bibliophobia or anything like that, but I was at a loss when it came to the library. I wasn’t sure if there were certain books I could or could not touch, or if things were sorted by the Dewey Decimal system. (Fun fact: Melvin Dewey was Columbia’s chief librarian from 1883 to 1888.) I’ve been in New York for six months and I’ve gone to Butler once … during NSOP.
“I understand the intimidation factor,” Ms. Freedman sympathizes, “Barnard and Columbia offer a sometimes dizzying array of research resources.”The resource you’re not using, but should beIt may be obvious, but many students too often ignore the availability of the library staff. For Barnard students, Ms. Freedman advises, “My number one tip is to connect with your Personal Librarian. We developed the Personal Librarian program specifically to support students through the research process. We want students to feel like they’ve got a partner in the library!”
While Columbia does not have the exact equivalent to the Personal Librarian system, they still have a vast network oflibrarian subject specialists to assist with research questions.How to actually work with primary resourcesAlso known as primary sources, or maybe the shot to the heart of every research paper.
I’ve heard some people complain that, when writing a paper, they always walk out of the library with a tower of books, most of which will be forgotten during the process of their research. It’s in getting started where we too often run into trouble. “Our subject [BC; CC] and course guides [BC] are meant to help students figure out where to start, and to highlight the top resources.”
As for the overly-dramatic “shot to the heart” notion, Ms. Freedman advises, “Working with primary sources can often be difficult, but our archivists are incredibly helpful and inject joy into what can be a challenging experience. Also, keep in mind: navigating a challenging assignment is satisfying. That part might not be fun, but it’s how you learn.”Books beyond the bubbleOutside information. No, not “outside” as in random Google searches and Wikipedia pages with questionable edits. Literally outside our bubble of Morningside Heights.
“The BorrowDirect network is awesome. It’s basically a shortcut to interlibrary loan, allowing students to access materials (usually books) from some of the United States’s most powerful academic libraries (the Ivies and other institutions including MIT) in four working days instead of two weeks. You have the books for up to six weeks and can renew them once – so nearly a whole semester.”Far from dread isleThe on-campus libraries, the university’s finicky Wi-Fi, the whole world: they’re not all out to get you.
Considering this, it seems only natural that you should be able to find some enjoyment in the libraries. Ms. Freedman’s favorite section, for example, is Barnard’s new books collection. “There are about 1,000 circulating books in LeFrak so far, which represents all the titles we’ve acquired and processed since July 2015.”
And a diverse community will yield a diverse selection of titles.
“I love looking at the collection because in one glance you can get a sense of our weird and wonderful holdings. Nearly a ninth of it is women’s studies, there’s a whole shelf on dance, lots of art history books, and some of my personal favorites – about a shelf full of lesbian fiction, I borrowed two LGBTQ YA books just today.”
Another unique component of the Barnard Library is the Zine collection, which Ms. Freedman also manages. “A zine — short for fanzine or magazine — is what you might call a ‘punk rock’ self-publication. Zines are written with a peer audience in mind, and many of them are informed by the same principles of intersectional feminism that infuse much of Barnard’s curriculum.”
But don’t “self-publication” fool you. Zines are quick little pockets of power that you should really consider utilizing in your research. “They cover a huge range of subject areas, and the zines in our collection are written from points of view that are default queer, intentionally of color, and politically engaged in all sorts of ways.”Too many choicesWe have options and a lot of them. This is both a blessing and a curse: a curse in the beginning that becomes a blessing only as we discover the hidden nuggets and treasures.
So considering this, there’s only one thing I can advise: Talk to your librarians. They’ll tell you all of this and more.
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Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In an age marked by technology, libraries have learned to change and adapt.
"Any strong 21st century library needs to have a strong connection to the community, needs to understand what the community needs are so they can position themselves in a place to-- to fill those needs,” said Steven Bachman, executive director of Four County Library System. “The modern 21st century library is more than a building."
Modern libraries provide more than just books to the community. Many have tax forms available to the public, microfilms to look up articles and pictures from the past and also serve as a general meeting place.
"We need to be a community meeting place, gathering place, that offers a whole lot of different things to them outside of just books,” said Vestal Public Library Director Carol Boyce.
The shelves may be lined with books, but libraries also draw people in with technology.
According to the American Library Association, 97.5 percent of the nation’s libraries offer free internet service with which people can do research or look for a job online.
"Go over and look at the computers. They aren't teenagers, these are elderly people, but a lot of them can't afford a computer,” said Gordon Allen, vice president of the Vestal Public Library Board of Trustees.
Although society is becoming increasingly paperless, libraries also make sure children are exposed to books from an early age.
“It's just a completely different sensation than using a tablet or a computer. It's just a different level of learning,” said Kelsey Matoushek, the Vestal Public Library’s youth services librarian.
A study of test scores in 42 nations indicate having more books in the home can have a profound impact on academic achievement-- books which can be checked out for free at the library.
"Once they're into it as a child-- which is the future of the library-- they're not going to leave it,” Boyce said. “They'll keep coming back. They are the future."
Despite recent funding decreases for the Vestal Public Library, Allen believes the future of the library is positive,
"We think it's vibrant and the community center here for meeting, introducing people face to face, bring in speakers,” Allen said. “I think that we're surviving."
A Pew Research study show 69 percent of Americans feel libraries improve the quality of life in communities. About half of Americans also believe libraries provide services people cannot receive elsewhere.
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Type, Edit and Format with Your Voice in Docs—No Keyboard Needed!We launched Voice typing in Docs to help you capture ideas, compose a letter, or even write the next great novel—all without touching your keyboard. Starting today, you can also edit and format your documents with your voice. To get started, select "Voice typing" in the "Tools" menu when you’re using Docs in Chrome. Say what comes to mind—then start editing and formatting with commands like “copy,” “insert table,” and “highlight.” Check out the full list of commands in our Help Center or simply say “Voice commands help” when you’re voice typing.
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