Gary Oliver

Gary Oliver, the technician who supports nearly all Library technology, celebrated his 25th anniversary working for NYS. It’s his extraordinary skill, and speed which keeps most of our technology running so reliably. If you’ve used a Library PC, laptop, or iPad; used inter library loan, or borrowed a book, you’ve probably benefited from Gary’s quiet excellence. Thanks Gary from all of us.

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Black History for the other 11…

If you’re looking for a great way to expand your encounter with Black history beyond the month of February, check out Glory Days by Janus Adams*. This book – available in the Library – provides 365 brief, powerful essays highlighting African American contributions to the political, scientific, athletic, artistic, and economic life of the U.S., one for each day of the year.Glory Days / Janus Adams

Each essay carries the reader on a journey, propelled by Dr. Adams’ passionate, unsparing prose.  For in celebrating achievement, she doesn’t hesitate to expose the viciousness of the obstacles overcome.  Even if you don’t check out the book, I urge you to read the introduction. Written in 1995 it sounds notes of eerie familiarity, of an era of growing hostility toward people of color. It states as the book’s purpose: to remind those people – and those who would undermine them – of their majestic determination to rise, to love themselves and their children, and assert their right to happiness and success, again and again, often over the persecution and hatred of their countrymen.

If you marveled at the power of her oratory, or are curious what compelled a return performance of her brilliant lecture, Glory Days will prove that performance was no fluke.

*Last Fall’s Distinguished Speaker at SUNY New Paltz, the first ever invited to reprise her lecture.  She delivered her talk “Know When to Leave the Plantation” again last week.

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What if…? [Library in Inclement Weather]

Although the Library tries to remain open even when other parts of campus are closed, sometimes, despite our best efforts, weather conditions may make it necessary to close early or open late.  We will announce any change to Library hours as early as possible.  For latest open/closed status check:

  • the Library Information Line, 845-257-3700;
  • the website, http://library.newpaltz.edu;
  • campus official email [all-fs, all-stu]

Bear in mind this from the campus Emergency Cancellations and Delays Policy:

When the College indicates that offices will open at 9:15 or 10:45 a.m., this means the campus is not ready for faculty, staff or commuter arrival. We need time for our essential employees to prepare campus roadways, parking lots, and sidewalks. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. When the College cancels classes, please be aware that walkways, parking lots and buildings may not be accessible.

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Important Change to Kanopy Streaming Video

There has been a change to our access to the Kanopy Streaming Database. For the remaining fall semester and the spring 2018 semester you will be able to view the 200 plus films for which the library has paid an annual license. The remaining unlicensed films in the Kanopy catalog are set to “Request to View” rather than “View.” Kanopy operates on a Public Driven Acquisitions (PDA) model. The library pays an annual license of approximately $135.00 for each film that is viewed 4 or more times for 30 seconds or longer. The campus is able to enjoy the entire Kanopy catalog of 20,000 plus films until our annual PDA budget is depleted. Once the budget is depleted we only have access to those films that were licensed. We have now reached the end of our annual Kanopy budget.

Unlicensed films in Kanopy are now set to “Request to View.” If you select a video and see this message, it means the Library will need to pay to license further access.  You are welcome submit these requests.  The library will evaluate each one and contact the requester.

The New York Public Library offers access to Kanopy to NYPL card holders. Visit https://www.nypl.org/library-card/new/?form_type=nys to learn how New York State residents can apply for a NYPL card.

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Conversation One’s last two gatherings of the semester

Conversation-One at New Paltz is a place of mutual respect, where anyone is welcome to share, examine, undermine – the ways racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of exclusion and discrimination have impacted their life and those of people they care about. Bring what’s on your mind. OPEN TO ALL.

Wednesday, May 10 and May 17, Sojourner Truth Library Conference Room (M39)

4:30-6pm, More info 845-257-3719 or email librarydean@newpaltz.edu

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Stress Help During Finals

Many groups are pitching in to help students get a little relief from finals-related stress next week.  Here’s the complete list.  Stop by if you’re in the Library!

Sunday May 14

  • Snacks and Encouragement for Student During Finals! 6pm – 10:30pm STL Lobby, Sponsored by Navigators for Christ

Monday May 15

  • Stomp Out Stress! Food and Crafts for Weary Students During Finals!
    • 2pm – 4pm STL LOBBY, Sponsored by STL
  • Snacks and Encouragement for Student During Finals!
    • 6pm – 10:30pm STL Lobby, Sponsored by Navigators for Christ

Tuesday May 16

  • Snacks for Weary Students During Finals
    • 5pm – 10:30pm STL Lobby, Sponsored by Alumni Relations
  • Snacks and Encouragement for Student During Finals!
    • 8pm – 10pm STL Lobby, Sponsored by Navigators for Christ
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Tell us your opinions about the library website (And win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!)

Dear New Paltz Students:

The Sojourner Truth Library website ( library.newpaltz.edu ) is getting a full overhaul. We want your opinions to help create the best student experience possible on the new website.

The library team is working with one of our very own graphic design alumni to make it happen, and the first step in the process is finding out what matters to the users.

This survey of 21 questions (many are yes/no) will only take you a few minutes: https://newpaltz.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b3KQVZG23TCHVUV

And every student who completes it will be entered to win one of two $25 Amazon Gift Cards!

Make your experiences and opinions count toward a Library website that works for you.

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Conversation One this week focuses on LGBTQ+

Bring your insights, your frustrations, your hurts and your hopes around homophobia, transphobia and other issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community.

Conversation One
Wednesday, April 12th,  4:30 – 6
Sojourner Truth Library Conference Room [M39]
EVERYONE is welcome!

Conversation-One at New Paltz is a place of mutual respect, where each week we gather to examine– and undermine – the ways structural exclusion and discrimination hurt us all.

 Join the conversation on  the many ways our society is structured to silence, pathologize, stifle, ignore and punish those who are different.

 

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Late Night Study Open 24 Hours!

The Late Night Study in Sojourner Truth Library is open all night tonight, Wednesday, December 7 and tomorrow Thursday December 8.  It’s open again this week and next, Sunday through Thursday.  Check the Library Calendar for all the dates and times.

The LNS is located just past The Truth Cafe.  During 24 hour access, it opens at 12 midnight, 30 minutes before the Library closes, and remains open until 8 am the next morning.  A SUNY New Paltz ID is required to enter the Late Night Study.

If you’re a night owl or early riser and want a safe place to work*, come on over.   Once there you can borrow a laptop from the attendant on duty, bring your own device or just spread out and work.

*The Late Night Study is staffed by two student assistants with land-line phone access to UPD.  Use the Campus Escort Service if you’re arriving or leaving late at night.

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New Library Food Policy – a trial run

First the news: Today the Library launches a new pilot food policy – eliminating the long-standing “No Food” rule.  That policy has existed for as long as I’ve been here. And with a beautiful newly renovated space, there’s an understandable temptation to keep it unchanged. Coffee and pizza stains can make carpet and upholstery look pretty run down in a hurry.

But… why can’t we have a Library where everyone feels welcome, and more importantly, feels a shared ownership and pride in keeping it beautiful for the next generation?  In fact, knowing this campus as I do after four years, I believe we can!

New Library Food Policy Poster

So we’re pilot testing this idea to determine whether it can work for our community.  We’ll re-evaluate in the Spring.  Help us meanwhile by being sure to respect the space:

  • don’t bring in big messy meals
  • use the cleaning supplies located on every floor
  • let a staff member know if you see/make a spill

We have an amazingly hard-working (and friendly!) cleaning crew*. But they can’t do it all.  But we also have an amazing group of students, staff and faculty and together we can’t miss!

*I’ll introduce them in an upcoming post.

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