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Sierra product press release

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If you have not already read the press release with basic info about the new Sierra platform, the link is here:
http://iii.com/news/pr_display.php?id=490

When additional info comes in, I will post it.

Any re-shelvers out there?

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Are you bored in your work? Need to do something that really gets your brain working? Want to get out and see the world?

I can’t help you.

But if you want, you can help us; Circulation is asking for volunteers to help with the end-of-term re-shelving. If you are interested, please stop by the circulation desk.

24/7 Hours at the Library

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The Davis Family Library will be providing extended hours during the last week of classes and the exam period.

24/7 hours started at 9 am on Sunday, 5/1 and will end at 8 pm on Tuesday, 5/17. Bring your ID – card access required between 11 pm and 7:30 am (9 am on Saturday and Sunday). Guest passwords for computer access will not be issued between the hours of 11 pm and 8 am.

Check here for up to date hours at all Libraries.

New Keyboards at Circ; Checking OUT Equipment at Circ Desk

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Greetings Circ Staff Students and Supervisors,

We now have 3 new MUSIC KEYBOARDS in our equipment inventory! Dan just received the cases for them, so they are now tagged, cataloged and ready for checkout to our aspiring composers. Pretty cool, no-nonsense piece of equipment that utilizes a USB.

Also, when it comes to equipment, we are in a steady successful rhythm for our CHECK-IN procedure at the desk.  Now I am reminding everyone who CHECKS OUT equipment, to please notice that all items are inside of each case during check-out, with particular attention to laptop checkouts. We have had instances lately where patrons have told us that a mouse or a VGA adapter was not in the case when they brought their equipment home. To avoid this, I have been checking the laptop cases “behind the scenes” in the cabinet. It will also be helpful for everyone to pay attention to this as well during checkout, especially since we need to open each case to scan the bar codes.  Thanks for your attention to this.

“Plug-In, Log-In” Reminder for Faculty/Staff Members!

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With Spring semester beginning, we find ourselves amidst a busier laptop checkout period. We would like to remind all laptop borrowers that before you leave the library, each computer (Mac and/or PC) will need to be hooked up to our ethernet cord, along with a power connector at the desk, so you are able to type your user name/password. This process allows you to access your files in wireless mode while you are off campus. We will remind you of this when you come to the Circulation Desk, but please keep this in mind as well. We want you to enjoy your laptop borrowing experience without inconveniences.

New Books On Two Great Hollywood Directors

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New books, DVDs and Blu-Rays keep streaming through LIS & onto our shelves! LIS currently has a couple of gems which take a “behind the scenes” look at two giants in film, John Ford and Elia Kazan. The first book, “Ford at Fox: A Great Director’s Professional Home,” was published in 2007,  with an introductory by Joseph McBride. It follows Ford’s early years at Fox, where he began his career in 1920, while on loan from Universal. He stayed at Fox through its transition into Twentieth-Century Fox, after the Depression era in 1935.  Ford directed nearly 50 films at Fox, up until 1952. “His long and fertile relationship with Fox was among the most extensive director/studio relationships in the history of American film.”  In 1939 Ford directed “Up the River,” debuting young actors Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart in their first full length feature.  1939 brought Ford’s classic, “Young Mr. Lincoln” with Henry Fonda. The 40s’ decade offered  ”The Grapes of Wrath” and ”How Green was my Valley.”  This is a fascinating look into American icon John Ford and his work at Fox.

Also on the new books shelf is a look at Elia Kazan’s brilliant, yet sometimes controversial career. Simply titled, “Elia Kazan” by David M. Gillen, published in 2010, it chronicles the films of another Fox veteran, who began his career in 1944 at Fox to direct five films in the same amount of years.  Kazan bravely confronted pressing social topics in his time: class division, bigotry and corruption. Uncomparable works of directorial art were crafted; these films  include  ”A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “On the Waterfront,” “East of Eden,” “Splendor in the Grass,” Babydoll” and ”A Face in the Crowd.”  His last work was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s  unfinished novel, “The Last Tycoon” (1976) with Robert DiNiro. Oscar awards for recipients crowd the book’s pages, along with notes on celebrated actors and collaborators with whom Kazan created his cinematic masterpieces. Both books are fantastic “must-reads” for those who appreciate the art of film.

Circulation wiki updates

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Several edits have been made to both the Borrowing and Circulation staff wiki pages. If you have linked to either site, you will probably need to update your links. Please let me know if you can’t find something that used to be readily available. Also, please feel free to update any out-of-date information. I did not update content, only the organization and location of the info.
Borrowing wiki page
Circ staff wiki page