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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

At The End of Slavery

Think slavery ended with the Civil War? Think again. Millions of people today are held in slavery worldwide. According to Foreign Affairs, "it seems almost certain that the modern global slave trade is larger in absolute terms than the Atlantic slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries."
If you'd like to learn more about this evil and how you can become a modern-day abolitionist, come to a screening of the documentary At the End of Slavery: The Battle for Justice in our Time. Narrated by Danny Glover, this 25-minute film documents the reality of modern-day slavery. Following the film, Jane Smith, who has worked as a researcher for Stop Child Trafficking Now, will briefly discuss what viewers can do to help stop slavery.
November 3, Special Collections, 2nd floor Bailey Library
7:00 and 9:00

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Healthfest 2009

24th Annual Healthfest
"Keep Your Health Fine in 2009"
Bailey Library's display for this year's Healthfest (which was held at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center on 10/20/09) was all about some of the best foods (yogurt, eggs, dark chocolate, berries, oatmeal, almonds, Swiss chard & salsa) you can eat. The winner of our "good foods gift basket" was Linda Enis, and the poster was created by our student employee, Roxanne Rubash.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

You're There and We're Here... Not a problem

Feeling a little sluggish because you caught a bug? Not wanting to drive 30 minutes in a snow storm? Never fear... Bailey Library is here. And there. Everywhere really; as long as there is Internet.

Joining in with the University, the community, and the country, we are doing our part to prepare for a possible flu outbreak by spreading the word that we have been fairly well prepared all along, at least in terms of serving you from a distance. How can we serve you from here while you are there? Glad, you asked...
  • Remote Reference - Phone: 724-738-2641; e-mail:; IM: SRUBaileyLibrary

  • Remote Access to Databases -Access our databases the same way you do on campus, for example our Databases A-Z list, with one additional step requiring you to enter your SRU log on information. A screen asking for your information will appear after you click on the database link.

  • Remote Access to Over 150,000 E-Books and Over 30,000 E-Journals - Access various resources through records in our Catalog by following the Web Link and entering your SRU log on information.

As Bailey Library continues to devise a plan to serve you during a possible flu outbreak, we will keep you well informed. Please check our blog and our home page for updates, which will be posted as needed. And, most importantly, please stay well.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Job Hunting Anyone?

Bailey Library has added a new database to our Databases A-Z list. provides salaries, reviews, and interview questions for over 30,000 companies. If you are on campus, you can pass directly to the database through our A-Z link. If you are off campus, use the A-Z link and enter your SRU information.

Happy hunting!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Congratulations Nobel Laureate Winners!

From AIP... "The American Institute of Physics is proud to present a host of resources on this year's Nobel Laureates in Physics, Drs. Willard Boyle and George Smith, formerly of Bell Labs, for their invention of the charge-coupled device; and Dr. Charles Kao, of Standard Telecommunication Laboratories, Harlow, UK, and Chinese University of Hong Kong, for his work in development of optical fibers for telecommunications."

Get the full story and links to various resources here.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

National Information Literacy Month

In an official proclamation issued on October 1, President Barack Obama declared October 2009 as National Information Literacy Month. President Obama stated, among other things, that "National Information Literacy Awareness Month highlights the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age... Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it... In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them. The ability to seek, find, and decipher information can be applied to countless life decisions, whether financial, medical, educational, or technical." Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Not So Fun Friday Stuff

Melba Tomeo, the founder of Cites & Bytes @ Bailey, used to post Friday Fun from time to time. On this particularly gloomy Friday, I thought that the following list of the 10 most depressing books might be more appropriate. The list is a result of a survey conducted by Abe Books and has been brought to our attention thanks to Lynn Hoffmann, Reference Librarian here at SRU. You can read the full "book report" here.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
1984 by George Orwell
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Night by Elie Wiesel
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Contemplating Autumn...

"Autumn... the year's last, loveliest smile.”
--William C. Bryant

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf's a flower. "
--Albert Camus

"Neither Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one Autumnal face. "
--John Donne

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. "
--George Eliot

"I've never known anyone yet who doesn't suffer a certain restlessness when autumn rolls around... We're all eight years old again and anything is possible."
--Sue Grafton

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. "
--Stanley Horowitz

"October is a symphony of permanence and change."
-- Bonaro W. Overstreet

"October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February. "
--Mark Twain