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Extended library hours starting today through finals week

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Starting Wednesday, December 7th, the Library will be open extra hours for those late night study sessions. The Library and computer lab are open until 1:00am tonight and Thursday night, with extended weekend hours as well – a complete listing is available at:
http://library.semo.edu/info/library/hours.shtml

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Nintendo Wii available in Sadie’s place

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

As a pilot project on Friday afternoons, 1-5pm, a Nintendo Wii will be available for use at the TV behind the coffee bar in Sadie’s Place. Wii sports will be available initially, controllers can be checked out at the circulation desk on a first come – first served basis.  Please keep play related  woo-hoos, opponent taunting, and general noise at courteous levels, otherwise, enjoy!

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Kent Library Conducting Survey of Original Civil War Materials

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Special Collections and Archives, Kent Library, Southeast Missouri State University is currently conducting a survey of original source materials from the Civil War held by libraries, museums, historical societies, genealogical societies, archives, individuals, State Historic Sites, or other organizations and institutions.

Materials of interest include original letters, journals, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, artifacts and other ephemera from this period of history. The survey area includes the following counties in Missouri: Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Washington, Reynolds, Iron, Madison, Bollinger, Perry, Cape Girardeau, Wayne, Carter, Ripley, Butler, Stoddard, Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, and Dunklin; and the following counties in Illinois: Randolph, Jackson, Union, Alexander, and Pulaski.

The project is a collaborative effort between Kent Library’s Special Collections, the Center for Regional History and the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University, the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, and the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  It is being funded by a digital imaging grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library and Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

If interested in contributing to the survey or for more information, please contact Ellen Ryan, digital project manager, at (573) 651-2750 or via email at emryan@semo.edu.

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Recruiting now for Kent Library’s Student Advisory Board

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Do you want to help shape the Kent Library experience for you and your fellow students?  If you do, consider applying for Kent Library’s newly formed Student Advisory Board.  We’re looking for students from all class years (including graduate students), all majors and disciplines, and who participate in a range of student organizations and extracurricular activities.  Don’t use the library that much?  That’s okay, we want to hear from you too!

To apply (or nominate a student), submit a membership form by September 11, 2011.  The board will meet once or twice per month, beginning at the end of September.  Meeting dates and times will be set once KSAB members are selected.

In order to apply, fill out and submit the Kent Library Student Advisory Board Membership Application at http://bit.ly/o6z1MI

For more information, contact Nicole Kendrot at nkendrot@semo.edu.

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Kent Library Receives Digital Imaging Grant

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Kent Library has received a digital imaging grant in the amount of $68,721, which ultimately will result in the creation of an online digital repository of original historical materials pertaining to the Civil War in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. The grant project is a collaborative effort between Kent Library’s Special Collections, the Center for Regional History and the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University, the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, and the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The grant award comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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Congratulations to the Kent Library mobile site contest winner!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

This past Spring you may have seen a QR-code circulating around with the tagline  ‘Take us along for an answer: Kent Library mobile’ – this was part of a contest promoting Kent Library’s mobile site: scanning the QR-code with a smart phone would pull up the Library’s mobile site, where there was an opportunity to enter a drawing for a Kindle. We’d like to thank all who participated, and to congratulate the winner of the Kindle; Kayla Doss. We’d also like to invite and encourage using our mobile site for research and information on the go! library.semo.edu/mobile

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Kent Library introduces Text a Call Number

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Kent Library has added a new feature to its catalog that lets users text the title, call number, and library location for a book to their cell phones. Using this feature is a convenient way to find a book in the library, and it saves paper too. Here’s how to do it:

1. Search the Kent Library Catalog as usual – http://galahad.missouri.edu/search~S3

2. Select a book from the list by clicking on its title.

3. Click on “Send call number via text.” Choose your cell phone provider and type your 10-digit phone number. Click ‘Send’. (Note: charges from your carrier may apply.)

4. The title, call number, and library location will appear as a text message on your cell phone.

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Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff donates first printing of Dylan Thomas poem to Rare Book Room

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

“Do not go gentle into that good night . . . . Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas composed this memorable poem in 1951, a moving tribute to his father, an English grammar school teacher dying of heart disease.  The poem, an unusual form of verse known as a villanelle, was originally published in the Italian journal, Botteghe Oscure (No. 8 ) in November 1951. When Thomas sent the poem to the journal’s director and founder Marguerite Caetani, he noted, “The only person I can’t show [it] to is, of course, my father, who doesn’t know he’s dying.”  David John Thomas died in December 1952 and his son, Dylan died in 1953 at the age of 39, a life cut short by alcoholism.  Recently, Kent Library received a copy of the 1951 Botteghe Oscure with the first publication of what is arguably Thomas’ most famous poem. Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff, Professor of History donated the journal for the library’s Rare Book Room. Stepenoff acquired the copy of Botteghe Oscure in the early 1980s when she worked for the State Historical Society.  Stepenoff saw the journal for sale in a bookseller’s catalog, and being a fan of Thomas’ work, knew she had to buy it. “My mother’s family came from Wales,” she told Special Collections Librarian Dr. Lisa Speer.  “I just love the way [Dylan Thomas] uses words. That particular poem has always moved me deeply.” The journal will be available for research and viewing by appointment through Special Collections and Archives, Room 306.  “Do not go gentle into that good night,” was published in book form in 1952 in In Country Sleep and in Collected Poems.  Thomas also recorded the poem twice in 1952 and 1955.  You can listen to Thomas reading his poem at http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/150

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New hours for Kent Café

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

The Kent Café  is now open  Sunday – Thursday, 3:30 – 10:pm,  offering coffee, tea, espresso beverages,  soda and assorted snacks.  Enjoy some refreshment while you study, read,  or surf the web.  Tables are available, or you may take food and drink anywhere in  the library’s public areas, excepting the computer lab area.

President Obama has proclaimed October as Information Literacy Month

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

For further information, see the proclamation document. The Association of College and Research library has a website with further information about information literacy: Introduction to Information Literacy