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Take a Fun Summer Film Course Online

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
April 26th, 2012

Wanted: WVU students who love movies and like online courses

We have the class for you.

Film and Media Literacy (ULIB300 CRN52267)

The course is an eCampus course and does not meet in a classroom. Students watch films independently in the private viewing rooms in the Media Services Department of the Downtown Campus Library, online, or at home.

Here are some quotes from students that took the course:

“This was also one of my first web classes and I felt it was better than other web classes I have taken this semester.”

“I really enjoyed this course and would like to take more classes like this.”

“This was my favorite class throughout all of college.”

In this class, you will choose four of eight genres to study. The choices are: Blaxploitation, Slasher, Gangster, Westerns, Dark Comedy, the Films of Quentin Tarantino, Graphic Novel Adaptations, and World Cinema. You will then select two of the fours genres to focus further on and watch five more films that capture the development of those genres. Finally, you will research and choose a film from lists in your selected genres to critique for your final assignment. You will also study media literacy, film criticism and vocabulary, and film databases.

For more information and a complete film list visit the course web page at http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/instruction/film/.

Two Receive Library Scholars Award

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May 16th, 2011

Two Honors graduates have been named Robert F. Munn Undergraduate Library Scholars. Alexandra Day Coffman and Chelsea Richmond received the award at a ceremony in the Charles C. Wise Library during Commencement Weekend.

“Both of these young women wrote tremendous theses. Their work demonstrates and showcases the great research being done by undergraduates at West Virginia University,” said Keith Garbutt, Dean of the Honors College. “We are pleased these students are being recognized for their scholarship and hard work.”
The WVU Libraries and the Honors College established the Robert F. Munn Undergraduate Library Scholars Award in 2009 to honor Dr. Robert F. Munn, Dean of Library Services from 1957-1986.

The award goes to one or more graduating Honors students for outstanding humanities or social sciences research that is done in the WVU Libraries and results in an exceptional thesis. Writing a thesis is a graduation requirement for Honors students. Along with receiving a $1,000 award, the scholar’s name is added to a plaque in the Downtown Campus Library.

Coffman is the daughter of Bert and Suzanne Coffman of Grafton. Her experience with the West Virginia 4-H program led her to focus her research on the tradition and history of the organization. Her thesis, “The Life and Influence of William H. Kendrick: A Short Biography of ‘Teepi’ Kendrick,” discusses the impact Kendrick has had on the West Virginia 4-H program.

Coffman spent a lot of time digging into the archives of the Libraries’ West Virginia and Regional History Collection. She was excited to learn that her writing was being recognized and that a topic not often examined was selected as a winning thesis.

“My research was about William H Kendrick and his influence on the West Virginia 4-H program. It covered his entire life, but focused on when he became state 4-H leader and eventually founded the first state 4-H camp in the nation at Jackson’s Mill,” Coffman said.

Graduating in December 2010, Coffman has already begun pursuing a dual master’s in history and international studies through the Atlantis Program, a collaborative transatlantic master’s program. She will study in Europe during the 2011-12 academic year.

Richmond is the daughter of Michael Richmond of Lewisburg and Heather Bandy of Ronceverte. As a history and political science double major, Richmond focused her research on a topic that reflects her passion for both subject areas. Her thesis, “Tito’s Yugoslavia: America’s Cold War Weapon,” examines the relationship between Cold War era United States and Yugoslavia and how lessons learned from this interaction could be used in today’s foreign policy.

Richmond enjoyed the research experience and was thrilled to learn that she had won the award.

“It’s so easy to avoid libraries and archival research today, with the Internet and electronic resources, but to do so would be missing out on one of the most important and constructive experiences an undergraduate can have,” she said. “Going to the WVU Libraries, researching books, and burying myself in the archives and stacks is one of the most rewarding academic experiences I have had, and I honestly don’t think my paper would be anywhere as complete or historically accurate if I had conducted my research elsewhere, or in a different way.”

Richmond plans to study law at Washington and Lee University this fall and wants to return to her home state to practice.

“We were impressed with the great work by Alexandra and Chelsea,” said Myra Lowe, Associate Dean of Libraries. “Their efforts honor Dr. Munn’s legacy of supporting research.”

Munn began his career at WVU as a librarian in 1952 and advanced to head the Library in 1957. Over the next three decades, he directed the expansion of the Library from a modest centralized facility into a campus-wide system of Libraries with holdings in excess of a million volumes. During that time, he also served as provost under three presidents.

A scholar and author of numerous articles and several books relating to various topics including West Virginia, Appalachia and the coal industry, Munn was dedicated to promoting scholarship and literature especially regarding West Virginia-related subjects. In 1981, he founded the WVU Press as a vehicle to publish manuscripts of merit chiefly of state and regional interest.

His contributions went beyond WVU. Munn had an international reputation in the field of librarianship, served on boards of several leading foundations, and assisted in the establishment of libraries in developing countries around the world.

Seasons Greetings: Holiday Cards from the WV & Regional History Collection

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
December 22nd, 2010

This online exhibit consists of almost 50 early 20th century holiday cards selected from the West Virginia and Regional History Collection at the WVU Libraries.

These are divided into six sections which can be viewed by selecting images from the navigation bar on the left. Select a small image of the card from these pages to display the outside and inside of each card at its actual size.

You can view the exhibit here.

Student Wins $100.00 for Submitting Library Website Survey

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December 16th, 2010

Anthony Larijani submitted a WVU Libraries website user survey and was chosen at random from over eleven-hundred participants to win the drawing for a one-hundred dollar Visa gift card.

The Libraries Web Team ran the survey during October and November. The survey asked the users what they like and dislike about using the Libraries website. The Libraries will use the responses to improve the site for the users.

Larijani is an in-state student from Charleston and the recipient of a PROMISE scholarship, which helped influence his choice to attend WVU. He is a Finance major and enthusiastic follower of the Mountaineers football and basketball teams. Larijani said “I like coming to the downtown library because it provides an excellent study environment. The library provides a place for me to come and study with limited distractions. The libraries website provides access to numerous databases. These databases enable students to use credible sources of information when writing research papers.”

In addition, he appreciates the Libraries efforts to get the students’ feedback about the site in order to make changes and improve library web services: “The libraries survey is a great way to receive feedback from the student community. Students are the most frequent users of the library as well as its website. Their input allows the University to make the necessary enhancements to maintain this great source of information.” Larijani plans “to use the money to do some holiday shopping for friends and family. The extra money really comes in handy this time of year.” He recommends completing library surveys: “Take five minutes out of your day to give the librarians your feedback. You might even be rewarded for your input.”

Enter to win a $100.00 gift card!

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
October 21st, 2010

Take the WVU Libraries website user survey and enter to win a $100.00 gift card! The WVU Libraries Web Team invites survey responses from all library website users. Participants will need to take about 15 minutes to answer sixteen multiple choice questions and five fill in a response questions to complete the survey. Then they will have an opportunity to register for the prize drawing. WVU Libraries employees are welcome to take the survey but are not eligible for the drawing. The survey is available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wvulibraries_survey.  The drawing will take place after the November break.

Holiday Greetings! Holiday cards from the West Virginia Collection exhibit

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
December 13th, 2009

This online exhibit consists of almost 50 early 20th century holiday cards selected from the West Virginia and Regional History Collection at the WVU Libraries.

These are divided into six sections which can be viewed by selecting images from the navigation bar on the left. Select a small image of the card from these pages to display the outside and inside of each card at its actual size.

You can view the exhibit at: http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/exhibits/cards/.

Fun Summer Film Course: Film and Media Literacy

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
April 24th, 2009

Wanted: WVU students who love movies and like online courses

We have the class for you.

Film and Media Literacy (ULIB300 CRN53044) is taught online. The course is an eCampus course and does not meet in a classroom. Students watch films independently in the private viewing rooms in the Media Services Department of the Downtown Campus Library. These rooms have 42” plasma screens and high quality sound systems to deliver an optimal atmosphere for viewing films. Students also have the option to watch films at home if they rent them.

Here are some quotes from students that took the course:

“This was also one of my first web classes and I felt it was better than other web classes I have taken this semester.”

“I really enjoyed this course and would like to take more classes like this.”

“This was my favorite class throughout all of college.”

In this class, you will choose four of eight genres to study. The choices are: Blaxploitation, Slasher, Gangster, Westerns, Dark Comedy, the Films of Quentin Tarantino, Graphic Novel Adaptations, and World Cinema. You will then select two of the fours genres to focus further on and watch five more films that capture the development of those genres. Finally, you will research and choose a film from lists in your selected genres to critique for your final assignment. You will also study media literacy, film criticism and vocabulary, and film databases.

For more information and a complete film list visit the course web page at http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/instruction/film/.

Libraries Announce Upgrade to MountainLynx Online Catalog

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
January 13th, 2009

The Libraries are pleased to announce an upgrade to the MountainLynx Library Catalog coming this spring. Users will find many enhancements and new features that will improve using the catalog of the Libraries’ holdings. Library catalog users can find out what books, journals, newspapers, microforms, and audiovisual materials the WVU Libraries own. MountainLynx contains holdings for all the WVU Libraries including the Downtown Campus, Evansdale, Health Sciences, and Law Libraries, and the West Virginia and Regional History Collection.

The coming redesigned user interface is clean, intuitive, and easy to navigate. Other features to look for include individual record displays that are more readable and distinct. The action buttons (Print, Export, and Add to List) are visually connected to the records they affect. Users can apply one or multiple filters to narrow the results by date, location, medium, or any of the other standard limiting options. With a default link to Google Book Search, users can view results with the enhanced features such as full text, book previews, cover thumbnails, etc. The easy-to-use “My Account” display offers a more complete picture of transactions and account information. It is now supported on the Firefox 2.0 Web browser.

MountainLynx will still be on the same platform and retain all the features of the old system, so experienced users should not have any trouble finding their way around. One change that users may need to take note of is that the choice named “Assisted Search” in the old system will be called “Advanced” in the new one. When the new system comes up, users will be able to try it out or use the old system until after Spring Break (March 16th) when the classic version will be taken down.

Send a Vintage Valentine

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
February 4th, 2008

The WVU Libraries present an online exhibit of Vintage Valentines from the West Virginia and Regional History Collection. There are over 40 valentines on display to browse through. You can use our online form to send one to your valentine with a personal message. Valentines include standard cards, postcards, and 3-D cards. Visit the exhibit at http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/exhibits/valentine/.

Win an iPod for Using the New Library Web Site

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
January 16th, 2008

The WVU Libraries Web Team is pleased to announce the official launch of their new Libraries web site design on January 14, 2007. The Libraries are holding a contest to promote use of the new site. Two winners of the contest will be presented with an iPod. To participate, go to the WVU Libraries web site at www.libraries.wvu.edu and select “iPod Contest.” Download and fill in the form, then send it as an email attachment to beth.toren@mail.wvu.edu. There are five questions you must use the Libraries web site to answer correctly in order to be entered into the drawing for the prize. All correct responses will be entered into a drawing for the iPods. WVU Libraries employees and student workers are not eligible.

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Libraries Open 24/7 Dead Week and Finals Week

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
November 29th, 2007

The Downtown Campus Library and the Evansdale Library will both stay open 24 hours around the clock for Dead Week and Finals Week. These Libraries will be open continuously from 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 2 until 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 14.

New Evansdale Library Term Paper Clinic

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September 27th, 2007

Beginning Tuesday, September 25, the Evansdale Library will hold a Term Paper Clinic on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1pm-3pm in Study Room 212. The Term Paper Clinic provides help to undergraduate students at any stage of the research process. At the term paper clinic, students can get help from a librarian and former college writing instructor with any of the following:

–Finding a research topic or a focus that fits their assignments
–Learning how to begin looking for information
–Figuring how best to find the information they need
–Organizing that information into a structured paper
–Explaining documentation and citation formats

Signs will be posted directing students to Study Room 212, which is on the 2nd floor of Evansdale Library. Students can also ask directions at the circulation or reference desk.

If you have any questions about the Term Paper Clinic, or would like a librarian to come to your class to give a 10-minute presentation on the Term Paper Clinic at Evansdale Library, please contact Noel Kopriva, Agriculture, Forestry, & Consumer Sciences Librarian, at 293-4696, ext. 5114, or email her at Noel.Kopriva@mail.wvu.edu.

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Using Library and Web Resources for Images in Teaching and Research

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
September 24th, 2007

Do you use images in your teaching? Are you interesting in knowing more about the visual resources provided through the WVU Libraries? Come learn about the libraries’ online image collections, copyright essentials, fair use, and citation styles at this WVU Faculty Development Session.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2007
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
DOWNTOWN CAMPUS LIBRARY, ROOM 136

WITH SESSION LEADERS:
Beth Royall, Creative Arts Librarian, Evansdale Library
Beth Toren, Web Services Librarian, Downtown Campus Library

To register, contact Wendy Spaw by e-mail.

Fun Summer Film Course in the Downtown Library

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
April 24th, 2007

Wanted: WVU students who love movies, like online courses, and are spending part of their summer in Morgantown.

We have the class for you.

There’s a new course called Film and Media Literacy (ULIB493 CRN50964) taught online and in the Downtown Campus Library. The course is an eCampus course and does not meet in a classroom. Students watch films independently in the private viewing rooms in the Media Services Department of the Downtown Campus Library. These rooms have 42” plasma screens and high quality sound systems to deliver an optimal atmosphere for viewing films.

This summer is only the second time the course is being offered. Here are some quotes from students that took the course last fall:

“This was also one of my first web classes and I felt it was better than other web classes I have taken this semester.”

“I really enjoyed this course and would like to take more classes like this.”

“This was my favorite class throughout all of college.”

The entire class will watch one movie from four different genres: Blaxploitation, Slasher, Gangster, and Westerns. Movies include the gangster classic The Godfather Part II (1974) and the grandmother of slasher films, Psycho (1960). You select two of the fours genres to focus on and watch five more films that capture the development of those genres. Finally, you will research and choose a film from lists in your selected genres to critique for your final assignment. You will also study media literacy, film criticism and vocabulary, and film databases.

For more information visit the course web page at http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/instruction/film/.

Libraries Provide Adaptive and Assistive Technology Workstations

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
February 19th, 2007

The WVU Libraries are committed to providing access to information resources and services to all WVU students, staff, and faculty on an equal basis. In cooperation with WVU Disability Services and Academic Computing, the WVU Libraries provide users with adaptive and assistive technology workstations to give patrons with various disabilities access to the library and its resources. Students registered with the Office of Disability Services are allowed to use the workstations.

These include three workstations at the Downtown Campus, Evansdale, and Health Sciences Libraries. There are several types of adaptive and assistive technology available at these workstations. Equipment includes a text enlargement reader, a computer with software for users with visual impairment or learning disabilities, a color flatbed scanner, large monitor, and a laser printer. A closed caption television magnifies text and images in black and white or color (users may also adjust brightness and choose between many colors of text and background for their individual needs). The tables are adjustable to suit users with different needs for physical access. The equipment helps the Libraries to comply with ADA and campus wide standards.
 

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Another Tale of Two Cities

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September 6th, 2006

Another Tale of Two Cities
Un autre conte de deux villes

a documentary by Michelle Gales
The transformation of two neighborhoods, the Faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris
and Spitalfields-Whitechapel in London

Now & Then Productions
Screening Thursday September 7 at 5:30 PM
Downtown Campus Library
Room 104
Followed by Discussion with the Director

Another Tale of Two Cities invites you to be the detective, looking for clues in the images, the signs of change. And to be something of an archaeologist, too. These streets have a story to tell. And they are full of History: the French Revolutions of 1789, 1830, 1848 and the Paris Commune, John Wikes, French Huguenots and Jewish refugees. London Docklands, the Labour Movement and the famous East End solidarity. In fact, Another Tale of Two Cities, does not follow a traditional storyline, but an itinerary: three passages between these two cities.

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Fun Online Film Class for Fall 2006

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
June 29th, 2006

Watch gangster, blaxploitation, western, and slasher films in the library.

The WVU Libraries are offering a new online course this fall called ULIB493: Film and Media Literacy. ULIB is a new designation for library courses. This is a fun and easy three credit course that students in many majors will enjoy. For example, students in Journalism, Communications, History, Theater, Art, English, Education, Liberal Arts, Multidisciplinary Studies, Sociology, and anyone who likes movies will increase their knowledge of film and film criticism by participating in this class. This course is taught online and students will watch films online and on Reserve in the Media Services Department of the Downtown Library, so they can do the work for the course at any time during the week.

Students will learn about media literacy and become informed film consumers in this course. They will learn film vocabulary and criticism, and how to use two online databases to find comprehensive film information. Students will study four film genres, Gangster films, Blaxploitation films, Westerns, and Slasher films. The final project is a film review of a movie they select from their genre of choice. To learn more about the course, visit the web page at: https://lib.wvu.edu/instruction/classes/ulib300/.

U.S. Patent Searching

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
June 28th, 2006

Learn more about U.S. Patents in this introductory session on the patenting process and preliminary patent searching.   This two-hour workshop will cover classification, Public PAIR, and hands-on instruction in using the U.S. Patent Office’s online database of patents from 1790 to the present.

Thursday, July 6 from 10 a.m. – noon     Evansdale Library, Room 130

Questions?
Contact Marian Armour-Gemmen
marmour@wvu.edu
296-4696 x5106

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Journal Subscription Review

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April 11th, 2006

Attention WVU Faculty:

We are providing you with an opportunity to review the selection of journals subscribed to by the WVU Libraries. This is not a cut! We want the journals we purchase to be the ones most appropriate and the best use of our existing library budget. Our collection has changed and the decision making process has become more complicated in recent years due to the increase in electronic journal subscriptions, package deals, and full text databases.

Participate! What you can do…
Please help us review our journal subscriptions

We Want Your Recommendations

* are there journals that are outdated? Let’s drop them and add new titles relevant to your current teaching and research

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West Virginia Historical Photographs are Online

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December 5th, 2005

By WILLIAM JARRETT
For the Wheeling Sunday News-Register

MORGANTOWN — As the years pass, the condition of memorable pictures in the West Virginia Regional History Collection has declined.

That’s why Regional History Collection Curator and Director John Cuthbert and his staff decided to make the historic pictures available online through a digital photograph database called West Virginia History OnView. The Regional History Collection is located in West Virginia University’s Wise Library.

flooded street photo
Main Street in Wheeling, West Virginia is underwater because of the huge flood of 1936.
Photo provided by the West Virginia Regional History Collection

The database will consist of the collection of West Virginia and regional historic photographs dating from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century. The photographs vary from scenes of the Monongahela and Ohio Rivers to events such as the great Wheeling flood of 1936.

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