Fall Open House – Information and Prize List

The Library’s fall open house event will take place on September 23rd from 10-4. Come explore our building and our resources and meet our librarians and staff.OpenHouse2014Flyer

We will have goodies and  giveaways around the library on the 23rd, and for students who complete our 10-question orientation form, there is a chance at prizes!!! The grand prize is a Kindle Fire tablet!! The prize list is still growing, but so far it includes multiple gift cards to our campus book store, library merchandise, and donated prizes from local businesses:

Participation: Anyone can participate in this event, but only KU students are eligible for the prizes. If you would like to use this event for course credit or as a student organization requirement, there will be a place on the student form for course or organization information. Once we compile all the forms, we will let you know which of your students participated. Please let us know if you will be offering/requiring participation, though. It helps us to know how many forms to print. 

Due Date: This year, students will have until Friday to turn in the orientation forms, opening up participation beyond our official open house day! This gives interested students several days to complete the questions and still have a chance at participation credit and/or the prize drawing!

For more information about our open house, please contact us: Karen Wanamaker (kwanamak@kutztown.edu) or Krista Prock (prock@kutztown.edu).

Bonus events:
Two other events are happening in the library on the same day as our open house.

  • Fast Pass to Learning – Sponsored by the Department of Academic Enrichment, Fast Pass to Learning takes place at the second floor atrium area from 10:30am-12:30pm. Students can learn some quick study tips and get some goodies.
  • Scholastic Book Fair – Sponsored by ABA, the Library Science Fraternity on campus, the Scholastic Book Fair is located near the coffee shop on the first floor. Profits from the sale support the Library Science Collection as well as ABA activities.

Library Science Students Return 50 Years Later!


Four library science graduates of the Kutztown State College Class of 1964 and one member of the Class of 1967 came to KU last week for a tour and a stroll down memory lane. Barbara Bollinger, Susan Ziegenfus, Kathryn Schaeffer, Karen Waldron, and Ann Hohe visited KU on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

The_Library_State_Teachers_College_KutztownMany of them had never been in Rohrbach because when they attended Kutztown, the library was still in it’s former location in the building that is now the Graduate Center, which is pictured at left. (The image was retrieved from our digitized postcard collection available here.) KU librarian Susan Czerny gave the ladies a tour of Rohrbach and pulled items from our archives for them to look at and enjoy during their visit. Items included old yearbooks, photos, and other print materials from the their years at Kutztown. The pictures below show the ladies enjoying and sharing what they found in the materials. They had fun on their visit, and we would welcome them back any time.

Kutztown University is preparing to celebrate 150 years in 2016. As we lead up to that celebration, we will post more information about the wonderful items located in our archives. If you have any photos or memorabilia that you would like to donate to the archives from your time or a family member’s time at Kutztown (whether it be from the Normal School, State Teacher’s College or University years), please contact Susan Czerny (610-683-4174) for more information.


What Haven’t You Read?

Summer break is in full swing, and some of us use this time to tackle a summer reading list.  Is there a book you’ve tried to read, again and again, but have never managed to get through?  Are you trying to read certain books just because you feel obligated to read them?

Dr. Colleen Clemens, a literary scholar at KU, has written a blog post about the books she hasn’t read.  Check it out and think about the reasons you have for reading (or not reading) the “great books.” What do you learn from them, and what do you learn from important books that aren’t in the canon (yet)?

Related:  this NYTimes article discusses warning students about the content of books in the Western canon.

Sharing the Love & Influence of Reading

Hey KU, what are YOU reading? Let’s share. Contact us if you want to share information about your own reading that might spark an interest in others. :) I would love to feature a blog series starting next fall that shares what faculty (and maybe students and staff if we find the interest) at KU are reading. What insights are you gaining from your choice of READ blog imagebooks? How does it influence your choices both in and out of the classroom?

If I’ve sparked your interest, contact me (Karen Wanamaker) with a book or two that you would like to share so that I can start a list of posts for next year.

Need inspiration? Dr. Colleen Clemens shares one of her latest reading experience here at her own blog.

You can do it. We can do it. We can share the love and influence of reading.


389 Streaming Videos Added to Films on Demand in April!

Did you know that 389 new streaming videos were added to our Films on Demand subscription in April? The new videos are from a wide variety of subject areas and include:
  • Authenticating Premium Chocolate
  • Building Blocks for Kids: Essential for Development
  • Cell Metabolism and Respiration
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Coffee for Flowers
  • Eco Leather
  • Exercise and Sleep
  • Explosives Detector
  • Investigative Reporting in the Digital Era
  • Moyers & Company: My Country is a Horror Show!
  • Moyers & Company: The New Cosmos and our Dark Universe
  • New Coatings from Plants: Medical Applications
  • Pothole Patch: A Better Fix?
  • Prosthetics that Feel
  • The Psychology Behind Today’s Advertising
  • Shape It Up: Virtual Pottery
  • Stem Cells and Cellular Differentiation
  • Supertasters
  • The World’s First Rooftop Farm: Mohamed Hage

Click here to go to Films on Demand’s homepage. You will be prompted to log in using your KU login if you are off campus. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Flatley at flatley@kutztown.edu.

Happy viewing!

Nifty Films Friday: Our Picks

by Dale Bond

Annnnnnnd it’s Nifty Films Friday! This week you’re in for a special treat. We asked the resident intern and grad assistant here at the Curriculum Materials Center to give us a list of some the films they find most interesting from the Films on Demand resource.

Films on Demand is a resource provided to KU students by Rohrbach Library. Films on Demand has thousands of films for students to peruse, and is easily accessible on or off campus.
If on campus, simply head over to http://digital.films.com/Dashboard.aspx.

If accessing off campus, add http://navigator-kutztown.passhe.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the above link, or any Films on Demand link, and then log in using your KU username and password.


Modern Marvels: The Potato


URL: http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=42915&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Modern%20Marvels:%20The%20Potato&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&tScript=0

It is among the most versatile, nutritious, and varied foodstuffs in the world. The potato is the ultimate comfort food. We’ll travel from the potato’s mysterious origins in the South American Andes to the ethnic enclaves of New York’s lower east side for some tasty potato knishes. In northern Maine we’ll discover a farmer of exotic potatoes: blue, green, pink, and dark purple varieties. We’ll reveal how large-scale potato producers in Idaho and Pennsylvania slice, dice, freeze, and dehydrate millions of pounds of spuds annually. We’ll learn how to mass-produce Tater Tots and kettle potato chips. Potato vodka now scores near perfection in international tasting competitions–and we’ll visit a Maine distillery at the top of their game. Finally, we’ll pay tribute to the iconic Mr. Potato Head, and then round out the show with an explosive visit to the makers of some of the world’s most sophisticated spud guns.
Inside Alcoholics Anonymous


URL: http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=42747&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Inside%20Alcoholics%20Anonymous&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&tScript=0

This edition of Investigative Reports—the first video on Alcoholics Anonymous ever filmed by a producer outside of the umbrella of the AA organization—takes viewers inside AA meetings and the AA General Services Office, the overseeing body that assists the fellowship worldwide. Interviews with AA “old-timers,” AA’s managing director, leading national health authorities, and the organization’s outspoken critics provide a detailed and balanced look at an international mutual aid movement dedicated to achieving and maintaining sobriety.


Can We Live Forever?

Live forevers

URL: http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=56011&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Can%20We%20Live%20Forever?&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&tScript=0

This provocative episode of NOVA scienceNOW examines whether we can slow down the aging process, looks at the latest on human hibernation, and checks in with bioengineers and a computer scientist inventing ways to “keep us going” forever. Host Neil deGrasse Tyson also takes a lighthearted look at whether the tricks that have kept a 1966 Volvo running for 2.7 million miles can also help the human body go the extra mile.


Lost Cannibals of Europe


URL: http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=52298&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Lost%20Cannibals%20of%20Europe&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&tScript=0

Cannibalism has long been considered a dark, if isolated occurrence in human history. Now science uncovers an ancient Germanic culture known for systematically consuming its fellow man. Witness the first of the Earth’s Neolithic farmers and the burial pit they left behind, found filled with expertly butchered human remains. Archaeologists have never seen anything like it. Is it possible that cannibals are hidden in Europe’s ancestral closet? An ongoing investigation into Stone Age farming communities in Germany prompts an excavation 15 miles from the border of France, where fertile topsoil conceals the remains of a culture’s gruesome relationship to the human body. A history of mass graves, surgical procedure, human sacrifice, and faith, this film explores the possibility of cannibalism’s emergence. Join the international team of experts who reopen the earth to understand the violent events as they played out seven thousand years ago.


Opium Brides

Opium Brides

URL: http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=56079&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Opium%20Brides%20(Newsmagazine%20#2)&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&tScript=0

Unexpected victims have been caught in the crossfire of attempts to eradicate Afghanistan’s flourishing drug trade: young farm girls. Afghanistan produces more than 90 percent of the world’s illicit opium. Opium farmers have long borrowed money from drug gangs, some with links to the Taliban, to subsidize their crops. Now, as the Afghan government destroys their livelihood in an eradication program, the farmers find themselves in a horrifying situation: repay their debts or give their daughters to drug traffickers, often to be used for sex. Award-winning Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi reports on the harrowing story of families torn apart and the collateral damage of the counter-narcotics effort in Afghanistan. Also in this program, a timely encore broadcast: FRONTLINE crosses the border into Pakistan, where correspondents Stephen Grey and Martin Smith go inside The Secret War against the militants. They uncover evidence of covert support for elements of the Taliban by the Pakistani military and its intelligence service, the ISI. At a safe house not far from where Osama bin Laden was killed, they make contact with one mid-level Taliban commander who tells FRONTLINE, “If they really wanted to, [the Pakistanis] could arrest us all in an hour.”


The Meth Epidemic


URL: http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=40906&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=The%20Meth%20Epidemic&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&tScript=0

In the mid-1980s, chrystal meth posed a relatively small drug problem in the U.S. Then two Mexican drug runners began smuggling ephedrine—a chemical component without which meth can’t be produced—into California by the ton, and meth swept the nation. In a reporting partnership with The Oregonian, this Frontline documentary investigates America’s addiction to meth and exposes the inherent conflict between the illegal drug trade and the legitimate three-billion-dollar cold remedy business that depends on ephedrine.


The Men Who Made Us Fat: Part 2


URL: http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=55715&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=The%20Men%20Who%20Made%20Us%20Fat:%20Part%202&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&tScript=0

Jacques Peretti investigates how the concept of “supersizing” changed our eating habits forever. How did a nation of moderate eaters start to want more? Perretti speaks with industry professionals to examine the story behind the introduction of value meals, king-size snacks, and multi-buy promotions. The program also explores developments in dietary advice and includes interviews with obesity experts.


The Pot Republic


URL: http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=56026&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=The%20Pot%20Republic&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&tScript=0

FRONTLINE investigates the country’s oldest and most wide-open marijuana market. Is the federal government now moving to shut it down? Next, a story about “hotspotting,” in which medical care is focused on the hardest-to-treat to improve their health and dramatically reduce costs. Finally, meet a provocative group of young artists as they use art to challenge the status quo and ask Japanese society to rethink its way of life.


Modern Marvels: Corpse Tech


URL: http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=42815&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Modern%20Marvels:%20Corpse%20Tech&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&tScript=0

From saving lives through organ and tissue donation to providing keys to catch killers through forensic studies, the human body is host to a multitude of hidden secrets, even after death. A county coroner, funeral home director, forensic anthropologist, and an engineer help explain some of these postmortem activities.


Hunting the Anthrax Killer: History’s Secrets


URL: http://digital.films.com/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=52888&psid=0&sid=0&State=&title=Hunting%20the%20Anthrax%20Killer:%20History%E2%80%99s%20Secrets&IsSearch=Y&parentSeriesID=&tScript=0

On September 18, 2001, two anthrax-laced letters were mailed to major media companies in the U.S. Three weeks later, two more letters—addressed to prominent senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy—surfaced. In total, the attacks killed five people and made 17 unwell. Seven years later, this case—one of the biggest and most complex criminal investigations in U.S. history, and the only major bioterrorism attack on American soil to date—finally came to a close. The FBI concluded that one individual—government biodefense researcher and one-time lead scientist in the investigations, Bruce E. Ivins—was responsible for the 2001 anthrax mailings. They closed the case…but are they right? Ivins committed suicide just days before being accused. Is it possible he was a scapegoat in a case that will never be solved?

International Libraries Panel Discussion


Date & Time: April 16th from 10:30-11:30
Place: Rohrbach Library
Details: As part of KU’s celebration of both International Week and National Library Week, we welcome members of Kutztown University and surrounding communities to come hear about libraries located around the world. Our panelists will discuss their combined knowledge about international library systems in the following places: Zimbabwe, Botswana, the UK, Peru, Scotland, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and the United States. The panelists are:

* Stephanie Steely: KU Librarian. Full year of work and research at an academic library in Edinburgh, Scotland.
* Scott Harkless: KU student. Library Science major. Full summer internship at US Library of Congress. Extensive research on China’s public library history.
* Dr. Javier Cevallos: KU President. Scholar of Spanish-language literature. Native of Ecuador. Graduate of universities in Puerto Rico and the U.S.
* Katharine Mannai: Kutztown Elementary School librarian. Two years in Doha, Qatar coordinating library services for the Academic Bridge Program.
* Martha Stevenson: KU Library Director. Working trips with ALA/IFLA to help establish libraries in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Employed at midwifery library in the UK.
* Rachel McCullough: Northwest Branch Manager of the Reading Public Library. Just returned from a two month internship at an academic library in Switzerland.

The moderator is Frank Kasprowicz, Director of the Reading Public Library and host of Inside Berks Libraries on BCTV.

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