We're kicking off our comfortable shoes, pulling on our party frocks, and our smiles are set to "dazzle". Hale Library's Great Room has been transformed into a banquet hall with silver plates, candles, and a dance floor.
Other than the fact that everyone needs a good party once in a while, why a party in the library? Well, it's the Friends of K-State Libraries 22nd annual Gala,"What So Proudly We Hale." Every year, the Gala has a different theme and this year's celebrates our military history collections and academic programs. General Richard Myers will join us as our featured speaker. General Myers and his wife, Mary Jo Myers, are also our Honorary Gala Chairs.
Here are the newest books in the Leisure Reading Collection. They can be found on the east end of the 2nd floor - to the right when you come in the main doors. Pick out something to read over Thanksgiving break!
Primary sources are lovely. Tim Watts, our history librarian, defines primary sources as, "Anything that has been created by a person who witnessed or
experienced an event as a contemporary would be a primary source.
Examples of primary sources would include letters, diaries,
autobiographies, and contemporary documents such as newspaper
articles, government documents, and oral histories."
My most engrossing experiences in library school involved days when I delved into the primary source documents of the Japanese-American internment and resettlement files in the National Archives. I read testimony of people who had been interned, studied photographs, and read government edicts like Executive Order 9066, the order that directed the internment of Americans of Japanese heritage.
Unfortunately, as Mary W. George discusses in her blog post: FUNQs: Won't Ask, Won't Tell, there may not be enough conversation between faculty and students about what constitutes a primary source, or how to locate them. And if students are unclear about what a primary source is, the odds of them finding these sources drop to well, just about nil.
We've also been adding digitized primary source materials online, through our databases. They're easy to find, just go to the Libraries home page, click on Databases, and then choose "Primary Source" as your subject.
My current favorite? Well, it's a tie. I'm having fun with the Historical New York Times, especially after working with a patron who recently rediscovered his wife's engagement photo from the 1960s! But American History in Video has cool features like the ability to watch films like Ken Burn's The Civil War and then to make clips from the video to use in classes, like this one that always gives me chills, the letter from Sullivan Ballou to his wife, Sarah. (Please note, the link will only work for K-Staters.)
If you are introducing primary sources to a class, but aren't sure what resources we have available, please ask your librarian. Students, if you're searching for primary sources, we're here for you, too! Don't waste fruitless hours, Ask a Librarian! ask your librarian, ask your professor.
"Outside Oz" features selections from our Richard L.D. and Margaret J. Morse Department of Special Collections written by Wizard of Oz author, L. Frank Baum, that are not set in Oz. Based on the fact that K-State Libraries has at least 332 items in our collection authored by Baum (admittedly, some are the same title, different edition), that's what we in the library biz call "A goodly number." According to the fabulous literature database, Literature Online, Baum authored 74 books.
Our exhibit is free and runs through December 31st. Also, tomorrow night there is a lecture that is free and open to the public: Eric Shanower and Skottie Young, creators of the new Marvel Comic Wizard of Oz series. Speaking Oct. 3rd, 7:30 pm. Alumni Center Ballroom.
There are a lot of changes going on this summer - here's a quick A-Z rundown of things you need to know.
A is for alphabetical All our journals and magazines are now in alphabetical order on 1st floor. No more trying to remember call numbers - just find your journal by title.
B is for basement The only area in Hale Library not affected by summer projects is the basement.
C is for carpet Carpet is being installed this week and into next on 2nd floor and in a few of the meeting rooms. This may create a little more noise than you're used to; 1st floor should stay fairly calm if you need a quiet spot.
D is for diamond You might need to take a new route to get to familiar places - just follow the color-coded diamond-shaped wayfinder signs.
E is for elevator Don't forget to use the elevator to exit the building from 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors - the stairs won't do you any good right now.
F is for familiar Our media collection - video tapes, CDs, and DVDs - is now located on
3rd floor, in the familiar big white cabinets you remember from 2nd floor.
H is for Help Desk Our temporary Help Desk on 1st floor can give you a hand with checking out and returning materials, reference questions, getting around the building, using equipment - whatever you need!
OK, that was actually an A-H rundown, but you get the idea. As always, if you have any questions about the projects, give us a shout via your favorite communication channel on the Ask A Librarian page.