Fatboy Winner Announced

August 25, 2008 at 7:20 pm | Posted in contests | 1 Comment

Congratulations to Caitlin, Class of 2013, on winning the Fatboy drawing held during the Block Party @ Galvin Library on Welcome Week Wednesday. Here she is pictured with the library’s Fatboys before she toted her very own back to the dorm, where she’s sure to be the envy of her floor! Galvin Library features these comfortable bean-bag chairs on both levels to make your time in the library more comfortable. Congrats again to Caitlin and here’s wishing many happy years relaxing with her very own Fatboy.

Get a Jump on the Fall Semester

August 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm | Posted in classes, workshops | Comments Off on Get a Jump on the Fall Semester

Start your school year out right by attending First Fridays at Galvin Library on September 5th. Librarians teach research skills on the first Friday of every month, and September’s first Friday is dedicated to getting your internet settings optimized for library research.

Admit it – there may have been times when you’ve been required to have sources or references for a paper and you used the first few articles you found and stopped. Or maybe you just used some websites as your references. This “quick and dirty” searching isn’t going to give you quality results that will impress your professors. But don’t fret! It is possible to get the best results in a convenient and efficient way and this class will show you how. We will cover the following plug-ins and customizations that give you the convenience you want and quality you need:

  • IIT Library Toolbar – A Firefox plug-in that searches the IIT library catalog directly from your browser
  • Google Scholar settings specific to IIT – these settings will connect you to the appropriate library databases for the full text of articles
  • Custom pop-up blocker settings so you don’t get lost or stuck using library resources
  • Zotero – a free citation management plugin for Firefox that makes keeping track of research and creating bibliographies a snap
  • RSS feeds and emails – make the databases do the work for you

This is the ONLY time this class will be offered this school year, so don’t miss it! So get ready…get set…get optimized!

When: Friday September 5th at 12:50pm-1:40pm
Where: In the Library Learning Center, lower level of Galvin Library

Questions about this session? E-mail us at reference@iit.edu

Buchenwald Liberator’s Experience Resonates with Galvin Digital Collection

August 19, 2008 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Voices of the Holocaust | Comments Off on Buchenwald Liberator’s Experience Resonates with Galvin Digital Collection

James Hoyt

The recent death of World War II veteran James Hoyt of Iowa at the age of 83 removes yet another eyewitness to the horrors of the Buchenwald concentration camp, which Hoyt (as a 19 year-old private first class in the U.S. Army) helped liberate in April 11, 1945. One of Hoyt’s obituaries states that for most of his life he rarely spoke about what he saw that day, until a recent interview unlocked some of his painful recollections. (For more on Hoyt, see the CNN story here).

Also at the camp on that day was prisoner Max Feuer, a young Jew from Vienna who had been stateless since the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938 and who had been in Nazi concentration camps since 1940 and at Buchenwald since 1941. Unlike Hoyt, Feuer was willing to recount the horrors he had seen and experienced; when IIT professor Dr. David P. Boder arrived in Europe in 1946 to make audio recordings of camp survivor narratives, Feuer provided him with many details of life and death inside Buchenwald.

Feuer’s interview is one of at least nine Buchenwald survivor narratives that can be found in transcript form on Galvin Library’s Voices of the Holocaust web site. The upcoming expansion of the site, which will involve the transcription of 49 as-yet-untranscribed Boder interviews, will no doubt bring even more first-hand information on Buchenwald before the public.

Welcome to the New Galvin Library Website!

August 14, 2008 at 10:27 pm | Posted in library web site | Comments Off on Welcome to the New Galvin Library Website!

Galvin Library’s website has a brand new look and layout for fall semester. We’ve also added a number of improvements that will make it easier than ever to conduct research online.

  • The tabbed search tool allows you to search for books, articles, journals, or library web pages right from our home page.
  • My Library links to your library accounts and course reserves appear on the right-hand sidebar of every page.
  • Today’s hours are always listed on the home page.
  • Guides to relevant research resources for each academic department. Links to the guides pop up on the home page when you roll over the “Info by Subject” link.
  • Guides to finding non-traditional information sources like dissertations, patents, maps, standards, videos, reference materials, and more. Links to the guides pop up when you roll over the “Info by Format” link on the home page.
  • Expanded and improved help pages. Click on “Research Help” to see all the options, including printable research guides, FAQs, research workshops, and our Ask a Librarian service.
  • New databases. The library has made over 50 new research databases available.
  • Improved database searching. You can now search for research databases by keyword, or browse the list of databases alphabetically or by subject.

Take it for a test drive, and let us know what you think! Add a comment below.

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