MS/US Library Buzz

Tips, Tricks and What's New: Issue 2

This bulletin is written for CFS staff members and is intended to raise awareness about and promote the use of the MS/US Library's many and varied resources. Enjoy! --Mig & Justine

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Haiku Tip!

Are you using Haiku to post course materials and assignments? If you have colleagues who are also teaching the same class, share your Haiku class with them! You can easily copy great content that they have posted on their page to your Haiku class page!

Cool collaborative tool!

About PBS Learning Media

If you haven't used PBS LM, dive in! Over 88,000 videos, images, documents, lesson plans and collections from PBS. This year, we have access to all of the PREMIUM content which includes Ken Burns videos and more. Once you set up a PBS LM account (ask Mig and she will add you to the CFS group), you can organize your videos and other materials in folders. Awesome multimedia resource!

You can also find it on the library's website:

Library displays: tried-and-true way to promote reading

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As some of you may have noticed, we frequently create thematic book displays in the library. The purpose of these displays is to showcase books that otherwise might languish on shelves unnoticed and unread, and to promote reading for pleasure. The current display - Technology: Friend or Nightmare? - was created by Victoria C., one of our terrific TAs. Next week, look out for A Feast of Books, an idea suggested to us by Theo H. If you have an idea for a display, let us know! We are also always open to book suggestions from staff as well as students.

It's November, aka National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo! The library is again hosting writers' support meetings every Tuesday lunchtime in November. Fourteen MS students and a handful of US students (exact number unknown) have undertaken the NaNoWriMo challenge to write the draft of a novel in just one month. The standard word count target is 50,000 words, but NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program (which all MS students are using) allows writers to set their own goals. Says Will Hassell, in his second year of participation in NaNoWriMo, "You really get to choose your own subject. Nobody's telling you what to write." Typical meetings are lively cross-unit gatherings of students excited to share their ideas and writing. After November, we are hoping to continue regular meetings for young (and not-so-young!) writers in the library.