Kent Library’s Spring Athenæum Series: Toward an Archaeology of Childhood in the Central Illinois River Valley

January 30th, 2013

Noon, Feb. 6 in Sadie’s Place.

Kent Library’s Athenæum series continues with Dr. Jennifer Bengtson from the Department of Global Cultures and Languages presenting “Toward an Archaeology of Childhood in the Central Illinois River Valley”.   Studying children in archaeological contexts can be difficult, but leaving them out of our studies leads to an inherently incomplete understanding of history. Dr. Bengtson will discuss her work on mortuary and village excavations from a prehistoric archaeological site in the Central Illinois River Valley. Building on previous Michigan State University and Illinois State Museum research, she suggests that an archaeology of childhood contributes to a richer interpretation of social life within this unique prehistoric community. The presentation is open to all, and refreshments will be available.

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Kent Library’s Spring Athenæum Series begins with “Motivation for Exercise”

January 24th, 2013

On January 30, 2013 at 12:00 noon in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place, the library will kick off its first Athenæum event for the new Spring semester. Dr. Jeremy Barnes from the Department of Health, Human Performance & Recreation will be discussing “Motivation for Exercise.”  Many individuals start exercise programs with expectations of success.  However, too often they get off track or feel they have too much going on in their lives to continue with their exercise. At this presentation, you will learn ways that individuals can stay on track and keep working toward their exercise goals. This presentation will include proven strategies for success and tips on how to keep levels high. The presentation is open to all and refreshments will be available.

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Films on demand – over 12,000 streaming educational/academic videos available

December 12th, 2012

Kent Library is pleased to announce the availability of Films on Demand. This streaming video service offers over 12,000 titles covering a wide range of academic subjects from freshman to graduate level. Content includes documentaries, lectures, instructional/curricular videos, and historical primary source videos. Example content includes Ken Burns’ ‘Civil War’ documentary, Universal Newspapers Newsreels, and ‘10 essential interviewing skills’. Videos may be browsed by subject, by special collections such as PBS’ NOVA, or searched by keyword, and can be linked from or embedded in Moodle course pages. You can link to/embed entire videos or specific segments, and many videos have closed captioning available. Videos may be viewed from anywhere in the world that has high speed internet access (DSL or higher recommended), including phones and other mobile devices.

There will be training opportunities available early in the Spring semester.

Links;
On the Library’s web page: http://library.semo.edu/find/db_az.asp#F

Direct link: https://library.semo.edu:2443/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=19862

Help pages: at the above link, click on ‘help’ near the top right to access various guides and tutorials. For example, type ‘moodle’ in the search box on the help screen to find information about using videos with our online learning system.

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Kent Library display: “Night of Broken Glass”

November 30th, 2012

Kristallnacht or the “Night of Broken Glass”, depicts an outbreak of systematic violence against Jews on November 9 and 10, 1938 throughout the Nazi Germany Third Reich. Synagogues were destroyed and thousands of Jewish-owned shops were attacked and their windows destroyed. Ninety-one Jews were murdered and a further 30,000 arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. This photographic display is available for viewing in Kent Library through December 14.

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Fall 2012 Athenæum Series: Confluence and Crossroads – the Civil War in the region

November 26th, 2012

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at noon in Sadie’s Place, Ellen Ryan, Project Manager, will talk about “Confluence and Crossroads,” Kent Library’s ongoing digital imaging project to document the American Civil War in a 28-county region of southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.  Ryan will discuss the work of the project staff, who have spent the last 15-months identifying, digitizing, transcribing, and cataloging over 850 letters, maps, diaries and other documents related to the war in this region.  Ryan’s presentation will highlight some of the items identified to date, and will also address why and when historical documents are digitized as a tool for preservation and access to information.  “Confluence and Crossroads” is a collaborative effort between Kent Library, the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, the Center for Regional History and the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University.  The project is supported by 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.  The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum.shtml

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Mathematics of Art Photography on Display at Sadie’s Place

November 26th, 2012

First Year Seminar UI100-04H “The Mathematics of Art” is displaying its photographic art now until Dec. 7 in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place. The theme of this year’s display is “Seeing the world through a mathematically artistic eye.”

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Art display: ‘Books like you haven’t seen!’

November 13th, 2012

Stop by Kent Library and view the collection of artistically crafted books created by students in Caroline Kahler’s Fibers I (AR330) class. Books constructed in all shapes, from chess pieces to a violin, form the basis of these wonderfully designed works of art. This display is located on the main floor of Kent Library near the south entrance.

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Check out our projectors!

November 8th, 2012

Pocket sized digital projectors are available for checkout from the IM Center in Kent Library. The projector is ideal for small group projects and has a 7 day checkout period. Ask in the IMC for more details or visit http://semo.libguides.com/imc/new.

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Kent Library survey

October 31st, 2012

As part of its strategic planning process, Kent Library is looking for input from its users.  All faculty staff,  students,  alumni, and library users from the community are invited to give feedback on library services.  By filling out the anonymous survey below you can help the strategic planning committee determine needs of its users and help us prioritize objectives in the new strategic plan.  Only aggregated data from this survey will be used to inform the planning process.  To fill out the survey, please
go to the following SurveyMonkey website:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KentSurvey

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Secure charging stations

October 31st, 2012

Leave your laptop, camera, or phone and charge it using the new secure charging stations in the IM Center at Kent Library. Keys can be checked out at the IMC Service Desk for 3 hours and the service is free. For more information, visit http://semo.libguides.com/imc/new

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