We would like to invite you to the Library.  Before classes begin on the 31st, we are here to help you.

Things to do early:

  • Attend a library tour: stop by on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon at 3:30 for a general tour.
  • Set up your library account: come to the Front Desk with your student ID card and the library form from   your registration packet and we will set up your account.
  • Sign up for a research workshop: come to the Reference Desk and sign up for a research workshop.  Beginning in September, we will offer workshops on how to use our online research tools.

Did you know that the library has a Career Collection that has recently been updated to include many new books on:
Financial aid
Resume writing (also in French and German)
Successful job interviews (also in French and German)
Finding internships
Working, studying and living abroad
Finding jobs in nonprofits, international organizations and government
Green jobs
and lots more.
Check the display case in the front lobby for some of the new titles.

CFL light bulbs use 75% less energy than regular incandescent bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, save 2,000 times their weight in greenhouse gases, and must be disposed of properly. Now you no longer need to worry about where to dispose of these “GREEN” bulbs: just look for BLUE.

Blue buckets with white lids have been placed in 5 areas on campus: the 1st floor of the library, Samson Reading Room, the GSIPS desk and FGSIB main desk, and in Office Services. Just put your used CFLs in these containers and you can be assured that they will be disposed of properly.

Also, don’t forget that you can recycle your dead batteries at several locations on campus including those mentioned above. To see a listing of all battery recycling locations go here.

The next time you visit the library, take a minute to stop in the front lobby and look at the beautiful antique print of Milan hanging above the display case.  This historic view of the city was given to the Library by Ray Zilinskas, Director of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Tomorrow is Earth Day and the Library is continuing to celebrate.  We’ve been featuring different areas of our environmental studies collection all month – this week’s topic is ocean and marine resources.  The display case in our front lobby is filled with books on marine conservation, protected areas, and fisheries.

Tomorrow’s MIIS events include:

Sustainability in Cities: What Cities are Doing and How they are Doing it
Wed. Apr 22, 3 – 8PM
DeAnza Ballroom, Monterey Conference Center
A mix of panels, speakers, and more participatory activities will introduce the sustainability efforts of cities during three simultaneous sessions.

If you are a regular reader of The Christian Science Monitor, you may have noticed that the newspaper has disappeared from our newspaper shelves.  The Christian Science Monitor published it’s last newspaper edition on March 27.  The new Christian Science Monitor is a weekly magazine which you will find in our magazine/journal stacks on the second floor.

In honor of National Library Week – April 12-18 – the Library is inaugurating a new Faculty Authors Collection.  Located on the second floor, adjacent to the New Books section, the Faculty Authors Collection houses books that are authored, edited or translated by MIIS faculty and staff.  We’ve also included books that contain chapters authored by one of our faculty.

Here’s a list of what’s currently in the collection.  We’ll will continue to add new volumes.


This week’s Earth Day display features books about forest policy, deforestation and forest management.    You might also want to add The Monterey Institute Conservation Symposium on April 25th to your calendar.


The Library is celebrating Earth Day (April 22) during the entire month of April.  Every week we’ll have a new display of books in our front lobby – this week we are featuring books on green business to tie in with the 2009 International Trade Conference, Trade and the Environment: the Value Proposition of Greening a Business, Friday, April 17, 8:30AM-5:00PM at the Irvine Auditorium.  For more information and registration information, click here.

Green tip of the week:  Recycling your batteries is easy!  Just drop them off at the Library – we have a container for recycling batteries on the table near the front lobby.

Introducing First Research, a new industry research database published by Dun & Bradstreet.  First Research gives in-depth information for over 700 industry segments.  Its industry profiles include competitive landscape, products and operations, finance and regulation, regional and international issues and state profiles.

To search this new database, go to our Research Databases page and find the link to First Research.

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