Published December 2, 2013
By: Megan Neely
The Rohrbach Library Student Advisory Council kicked off with their inaugural meeting last month. With much praise for the new Library widget on Desire2Learn and other recommendations for outreach and other concerns that the students brought up. The Council seeks to help the Library provide open communication channels between students and the library administration and staff to provide recommendations and bring new ideas forward from the perspective of students relating to the library’s services, policies, resources and physical and digital spaces. Students get the chance to advise about what services are important to them and participate in development of new ones. This is a great opportunity for the voice of the students to be heard!
Membership is still available before the next meeting on February 4th! The Council is looking for members from all majors, Student Government Board, Commuter Services, Honors Council and Greek life to participate. Aside from the opportunity to better your favorite library; this is a fantastic addition to your resume. Members are appointed to a one-year term with the option to be reappointed to a second term. The Council meets in February, April, September and November.
If you have ideas that would make the Rohrbach Library a better place to study and learn, contact: Karen Wanamaker at kwanamak@Kutztown.edu to express your interest in joining the Student Advisory Council.
Published November 8, 2013
By: Megan Neely
English majors, Professional Writing majors and anyone with writing aspirations, I encourage you to check out this amazing website, Medium.com. Utilized through your Twitter account, the website aims to share stories and ideas that are longer than 140 characters. This process allows the writer to contribute their thoughts online, and the website helps them promote and find their right audience, for free!
Like a blog?
NO! It’s even better because it’s a collaborative process. To quote the website’s creator, Ev Williams, writer’s fuse together to form a dynamic whole. Williams is the same creator that invented the internet sensation Blogger.com in 1999 with two of his friends.
Medium is built for everyone to share their ideas. The website will format all your words and photos into an organized and professional manner. This is a great way for young writers to publish their stories and begin developing their own readerships. By linking your content through Twitter, you can connect to readers and other writers and share. Writers can allow readers to comment on their work and offer feedback while remaining in control about what content is seen. It’s social media functioning at its best.
Another function of Medium is that they are also supporting great writers with a paycheck. You can pitch your idea to the content editors of the site, and they’ll pay a competitive rate for exceptional journalism or enlightening stories.
As a collective university, you are all filled with thought-provoking content. Help yourself by developing your writing skills and getting your content published. However you can always use the website to find some interesting reads and learn about new topics!
Published November 5, 2013
If you’ve spent any time on Rohrbach library’s bottom floor, you’ve noticed our resources for aspiring educators. From the children’s lit of the Library Science collection to kits, “big books” and study aids, there’s plenty available to fire the new teacher’s imagination. While you browse the shelves, don’t forget the about our online resources. For the perfect example, surf over to Annenberg Learner.
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Published October 30, 2013
by James Christian
The madness continues…
Jacob’s Ladder—The cinema canon is littered with deranged Vietnam vets, from Colonel Kurtz to Travis Bickle. Practically every auteur filmmaker—Scorsese, Coppola, Kubrick, Cimino, Stone…—had their spin on the trope. Released in 1990, Jacob’s Ladder is somewhat late to Nam-Vet table, but nevertheless a powerful depiction of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Also, there are monsters. Jacob (Tim Robbins) survived the war and became a mailman in New York. Decades on, his quiet life begins unraveling as he suffers panic attacks and demonic hallucinations. Beautifully showcasing the decaying, bombed-out underbelly of NYC, the film’s overwhelming gloom is remedied with frantic detectiving and government intrigue. Call Number: PN1997 .J326 1998
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Published October 24, 2013
Tags: DVD, halloween, multimedia, video
by James Christian
Need something sinister to raise your Halloween spirits? Here’s the crème-de-la-creepy from our DVD dungeon.
The Bad Seed—Rhoda Penmark is polite, tidy, obedient, the perfect 8-year-old angel. She’s also pure evil. This 1956 cult classic follows Rhoda’s ruthless antics and her increasingly frantic mother, who suspects the wide-eyed tyke of murder. The placid suburban drama rapidly escalates into mayhem. Based on a stage play, Bad Seed is a histrionic, screamy melodrama reminiscent of Tennessee Williams, complete with boozers, armchair psychoanalysis and unsavory sexual underpinnings. Some moments border on camp, but I find its sweaty, seething desperation absolutely delightful. As the pint-sized sociopath, Patty McCormack boomerangs from screeching tantrums to saccharine wheedling, manipulating every adult around her. If you like the ‘creepy kid’ subgenre, The Bad Seed is required viewing. Call Number: 3380
The Phantom of the Opera: No, not that Phatom of the Opera. The original 1925 one. If you’ve never seen a silent movie, here’s your gateway drug. Lon Chaney, Hollywood’s first horror icon, is truly ghoulish as the phantom. No darkly-handsome pretty-boy Eric here; Chaney’s incarnation is hideous, with sunken skull-like features and snarled teeth. His bugged-out eyes—achieved with great physical discomfort by looping wire around his eyeballs—are the stuff of nightmares, even nearly a century later. For more silent horrors, check out The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, Vampyr, The Golem and Chaney’s own Hunchback of Notre Dame. If you’re feeling creative, watch the films on mute and add your own soundtrack. Type O Negative or Bauhaus would be ideal, but do the Monster Mash if the urge hits you. Call Number: PN1995.75 .P42 1997
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By: Megan Neely
Question: How many times have you used the Reference Section?
I asked this question to ten students hanging out in the Curriculum Materials Center this week, and I was not entirely surprised by their answers. Some of them said that they only use the Library’s online databases for their research or that they didn’t think the section would have anything for them.
It’s quite the contrary people!
Lately I have been poking around in the Reference Section, and I have been stumbling across so many amazing finds! Within the four rows of shelving on the main floor of the Rohrbach Library exists so many useful materials that are perfect for research papers and other homework assignments. If you’re interested in History, you could check out the series Great Lives from History: American Women for biographical information about significant women in history or Speeches of the American Presidents for a comprehensive look at over two hundred of the most important speeches from our nation’s presidents. Aspiring environmentalists should check out World at Risk: a Global Issues sourcebook to learn more about prominent issues facing our planet.
There are plenty of options for obscure tastes and assignments too. For the Comic-Book buff, there’s The Superhero Book; which is the ultimate encyclopedia of all Comic-Book characters. Literature lovers can turn to Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers for information about these writers. Even Run DMC fans can find information about their favorite artist by looking in the Encyclopedia of Hip Hop.
The Reference Collection has something for everyone and every assignment. To assist your search, ads are being displayed this month to highlight interesting texts atop each bookshelf. So next time you’re in the library, take a minute to peruse the Reference Section. You will definitely be amazed by what you find.