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A Bookmobile for Leibowitz

..."A Bookmobile for Leibowitz": A great description from one of this video's YouTube commenters -a reference to the science fiction classic A Canticle for Leibowitz about an ant-technological, book-burning future

Apparently libraries have put a lot of effort into making library educational videos fun and watchable for many years. Check out this one produced by Mississippi Educational Television in 1985, Tomes & Talismans: A Library-Venture, a 13-episode (!), science fiction, post-apocalpytic (!!) introduction to library topics like the Dewey Decimal System and the card catalog. It is a fabulous and entertainingly low-res amateurish production. Librarian, “Ms. Bookhart,” fondly reminices on the importance of reference books and microfiche.

Great summary of the series from the original posting on io9: “What's wonderful about Tomes & Talismans is how the program uses an end-of-the-world scenario (an invading, mustachioed alien species!) to explain a horribly mundane topic (uh, card catalogs). The show's premise is such - in the year 2123, the Wipers - the aforementioned species of information-hating aliens who act like hillbillies - invade Earth, forcing humanity to relocate in the White Crystal Solar System. Despite the pending human evacuation, Ms. Bookhart, the protagonist librarian, goes out into the wastes in her Bookmobile to find a missing library book. That's dedication.”

CUNY+ Online Catalog, all functions working

All features of CUNY+ (renewing and requesting books from other CUNY Libraries via CLICS) should be available now. There will be system slowness throughout the day. Thank you for your patience with this needed system maintenance.

CUNY+ maintenance starting Thurs. night 6/24 until Mon. afternoon 6/28

Due to necessary system maintenance, certain CUNY+ features such as My Account / Renew and CLICs (requesting books from other libraries) will be disabled from 5:00 pm on Thurs. June 24 until Monday afternoon, June 28. All circulation and patron functions should be restored by then. Searching CUNY+ online should operate normally. Thank you for your patience.

Are you trying to sell your old textbooks?

Try out Campus Book Swap for buying and selling your old textbooks to other students at LaGuardia. The site is set up by Student PIRGs to provide an online equivalent to the bulletin boards you see all over school.

Also check out the library's textbook page for more info: http://library.laguardia.edu/webguide/textbooks

Check out the library’s growing e-books collection.

Take a look at this helpful guide for using the library's e-book collections and finding the thousands of freely available titles online. The library e-books page also provides a search box to assist with locating a specific title or browsing by keyword.

Word Processing in the Cloud

Microsoft's latest release of its desktop software Office 2010 is accompanied by a free online competitor to Google Docs, Office Web Apps. Hotmail or Live accounts are necessary to try it out. Here are a few mixed reviews: Walt Mossberg, InfoWorld, CNET.

Not coincidentally, Google Docs has recently added a bunch of new features (some of which resemble Google Wave).

Summer Intersession Library Hours

Intersession, Spring II 2010 - Please note the change in library hours during the three day intersession.

The Library will be open on these days and times:

Wednesday, 6/16/2010 - 7:30 - 4:45 pm

Thursday, 6/17/2010 - 7:30 - 4:45 pm

Friday, 6/18/2009 - 7:30 - 4:45 pm

Regular schedule resumes on Saturday, June 19.

“Digital immersion should not be mistaken for media literacy.”

“Scholz is particularly critical of accepting the cliche that young people are naturally ‘digital natives.’...But it is now clear that not all learners born between 1980 and 2000 grew up using the Internet in a way that makes them automatically skilled users. Digital immersion should not be mistaken for media literacy.”

How will developments in digital culture affect the future of learning? An interesting profile of New School digital media scholar Trebor Scholz and his pedagogical approach can be found here: http://dmlcentral.net/blog/liz-losh/professor-unconventional-methods-message

You can also check out presentations he's used for classes that focus on social media and global internet activism and more on SlideShare.

LexisNexis Tutorials on YouTube

Need some tips on using the new LexisNexis Academic interface? Check out these tutorial videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/LexisNexisAcademic (Thanks Catherine!)

Reading Day Hours, Tues. 6/8, 7:30 am - 11:45 pm

The library will be open from 7:30 am to 11:45 pm for Reading Day on Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Good luck to everyone on their finals!

Like NetFlix? Check out FedFlix.

FedFlix is a collection of nearly 2000 public domain government-produced films hosted by the Internet Archive. A fascinating range of topics ranging from instruction to propaganda to public health and safety. These public domain films can not only be viewed and downloaded, but also be freely reused and remixed by students for any purpose.

Here's an example: the Cold War film shown in schools at the time, Duck and Cover: