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New stuff! Very Short Introductions and new Adam Matthew Digital collections

Posted by: on October 5, 2015   |Comments (0)|Tips and Tools

We’re excited about a couple of new resources we acquired over the summer.  (OK, yeah, we’re geeks. But, if you’re reading this blog, you’re a geek too.)

First up is the Oxford Very Short Introductions site. “What are Very Short Introductions”, you ask? ” Well they’re just what they sound like!”, we answer.

The perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly …Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.

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We also have 2 new history resources from Adam Matthew Digital. We did mention the geek thing already, right? Of course we think it’s fun just to browse  these collections for images, original documents, maps, photos – tons of  stuff. Even if we’re not working on a paper!

The AMD American History Collection consists documents American History from the earliest settlers to the mid-19th century. (we don’t yet have access up to 1945). It is sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the finest archives available for the study of American History.

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AMD Mass Observation offers access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era. Explore original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organization, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features.

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The Peeps. They’re in the Library.

Posted by: on March 19, 2015   |Comments (0)|PC Community

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Week! For this installment of PhilBuzz, we’re going to discuss those green (and yellow and pink) fictional characters that are so beloved this time of year. No, not leprechauns – we’re talking about Peeps!

If you’ve followed us on Facebook or Twitter, you may know that for the past few years a gaggle of marshmallow Peeps invade the Library in the weeks before Easter. We’re not sure what they’re doing here, and neither do they. But hijinks ensue for the few weeks that they are here.

We thought we might take this opportunity to highlight some little known facts about Peeps:

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Peeps are made at Just Born, a company in Bethlehem PA. They go through a thorough quality control process: They must be uniformly shaped and colored, and their eyes must be properly placed. The ones who don’t adhere to this high standard are added to the reject pile! Not to creep you out, but…..

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For more Peep factory pictures, check out this online gallery  from the New York Times – you’ll never think the same about a little pile of marshmallow.

 

 

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Bored? Watch this!

Posted by: on January 6, 2015   |Comments (0)|online resources

All the Christmas presents have long been packed up, and New Year’s Eve is a distant memory.
It’s not quite time to head back to PC, and you’re stuck at home with outside temperatures heading into the single digits.
What to do?

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Watch this: Literally! As a PC student, you have access to tons of cool films and videos via our new Kanopy platform. There are art films, documentaries, first-run films, and stuff you can’t see on Netflix. Click on over and start watching! Break will be over before you know it.

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Banned Books Week! Sept 21 – Sept 27 2014

Posted by: on September 22, 2014   |Comments (0)|Announcements

 

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In honor of Banned Books Week, we’d like to list  the  books which are currently banned by the Staff here at Phillips Memorial Library:

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See what we did there? There’s nothing in the list! BECAUSE WE DON’T BAN BOOKS!!!! What a crazy idea! However, there is indeed a Banned Books Week every year. That’s because there are still places right here in America where books are targeted and removed from shelves. We’re asking you to fight back for your (and everyone else’s) right to  intellectual freedom, and pick a banned book to read! Here is a list you can choose from.

If you visit the Library this week, you can check out (literally!) our own list of books that have been banned over the years. Just reach over the CAUTION tape, and get one!

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All Quiet on the Library Front – Happy 4th of July weekend!

Posted by: on July 2, 2014   |Comments (0)|Library

Anyone who regularly visits the Library during the regular semester can attest to the fact that sometimes there are no empty seats available. Students with backpacks, papers, laptop computers and mobile devices are either crammed together in a study group, or spread out with all of thier belongings taking up the maximum surface area possible.

But the summer semester is different. We still field lots of questions and help out with student and faculty research, but most of the inquiries are by phone or text.

The Library has a different feel to it, starting in June. There’s room to study and reflect.

You can have your choice of tables on the First Floor.

You can have your choice of tables on the First Floor.

The New Book area -  now a Quiet Zone for sure.

The New Book area – now a Quiet Zone for sure.

 

The computers on the 2nd floor, usually all in use. Pick one!
The computers on the 2nd floor, usually all in use. Pick one!

 We know it won’t stay this way forever – Fall will be here before you know it! So enjoy this holiday weekend!

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