Thursday, August 27, 2015

#TBT in the Archives 8/27/15


Have you ever wondered what college was like 100 years ago? It was a very different experience for students arriving on campus in 1915. The culture of the Cumberland Valley State Normal School (CVSNS) was much stricter and focused on maintaining a "high tone of morality." CVSNS prided itself on not having a saloon close to campus and students were required to attend church services every week. 

Academic coursework was geared toward the training of teachers, so students were expected to learn a variety of subjects. Think of it as being similar to the general education classes offered today to first year students. Here's an example of the classes students in their first and second years would be enrolled in, taken from the 1915 course catalog. It wasn't until much later in the school's history that the diversity of majors we see offered today developed. All students took the same classes.

Want to learn more about Ship's history? No need to wait for the next Throwback Thursday! Contact Archives & Special Collections via e-mail: specialcollections@ship.edu or phone: 717-477-1516.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Welcome Back, Students!

Welcome back, students! We know you're relaxed from your sumer and working hard to get ready for the fall semester. Below are several services the library can offer to you and your students.

Research Consultations
Librarians are available to meet with you individually for one-on-one research consultation appointments. If you want help broadening or narrowing a topic, finding appropriate sources, or citing sources correctly, please set up an appointment with a librarian. This service has been heavily used by your fellow students in upper level courses in previous semesters.

Course Reserves
Your professor(s) may make supplemental reading materials available to you through the course reserves system, Ares. If you have questions about library reserves, or have issues with Ares, use the Ask Us Anything service to get research help.

We hope you have a great semester, and we look forward to working with you!

We highlighted several other services in our welcome note to new students, if we missed one fo your faves, please tweet us @shiplibrary or tweet it yourself and tag #shiplibrary so we can connect!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Welcome Back, Faculty!

Welcome back, faculty members! We know you're working hard to get ready for the fall semester. Below are several services the library can offer to you and your students.


Instruction
If you'll be assigning a research project to your students, consider scheduling an instruction session with a librarian. Librarians can meet with your classes to discuss the research process, explain how to effectively use library databases and resources, review how to properly cite sources, and more. Christy Fic will be coordinating the scheduling of library instruction sessions for the 2015-2016 academic year. To set up a library instruction session, contact Christy (cmfic@ship.edu / 717-477-1516). Or click here to find the library liaison to your department, and reach out to her/him directly.

Research Consultations
Librarians are available to meet with your students individually for one-on-one research consultation appointments. If students need help broadening or narrowing a topic, finding appropriate sources, or citing sources correctly, you may encourage them to set up an appointment with a librarian. This service has been heavily used by students in upper level courses in previous semesters.

Course Reserves
You may want to make reading materials available to your students through our course reserves system, Ares. Click here to learn more about Ares. If you have questions about reserves, or experience issues with Ares, the Circulation staff will be able to assist you (libcirc@ship.edu / 717-477-1461).

Book Orders
To request materials for the library collection, use GOBI. The GOBI ordering process is outlined in the GOBI quick start guide. If you have a question regarding GOBI orders, contact Nicole Zinn (ndzinn@ship.edu) in Collection Management.

We hope you have a great semester, and we look forward to working with you!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

#TBT in the Archives 5/7/15

Class of 1905 in their graduation gowns

It's our last Throwback Thursday of the semester! We hope you've enjoyed the Ship stories we've shared with you over the past several months!

As graduation season is upon us, we'd like to send you off into the summer months with a couple of tidbits about the institution's first graduating class.

Degrees were first awarded at the Cumberland Valley State Normal School in 1874. The 24 students in this first graduating class all studied elementary education.

To all of our students who are graduating at the end of this week, congratulations! You are joining a long line of successful Shippensburg graduates and we wish you the best in all your future endeavors.

Want to learn more about Ship's history? Our Throwback Thursday series will return in the fall. If you need to reach Archives & Special Collections over the summer, please contact us via e-mail: specialcollections@ship.edu .

Thursday, April 30, 2015

#TBT in the Archives 4/30/15

Did you know that the famous beat poet Allen Ginsberg visited Ship's campus twice in the '80s? As today is the last day of National Poetry Month, we thought we would use this Throwback Thursday to highlight Ginsberg's visits and interviews with students. Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was a renowned American poet of the Beat Generation and counterculture of the 1950s and 60s. Hist most famous work, "Howl," is a critique of American capitalism, repression, and subjugation with the opening line: "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness."

Ginsberg's first trip to Ship was in 1981. He gave an interview for the student literary magazine the Reflector. The Reflector's faculty advisor at the time was John Taggart, a professor of English and poet who was a contemporary of Ginsberg's. In the interview, Ginsberg told the students about his writing and editing process, specifically focusing on "Howl." As a practicing Buddhist, he also discussed meditation and how he incorporated this practice into his writing style. Ginsberg went on to talk about his friendship with Bob Dylan--when they met, how they worked together, and also how he loved Bob Dylan's music. Lastly, Ginsberg discussed his teaching position and relationship with students at Naropa University, a Buddhist-inspired private liberal arts college in Boulder, Colorado. Ginsberg returned to Ship again in the fall of 1989 and he gave another interview for the Reflector while on his way to campus from the Harrisburg airport. In this interview he went into more detail about Naropa University, the structure of "Howl," his influences--Jack Kerouac and T.S. Eliot-- and reflected on his past works.

Want to read Allen Ginsberg's Reflector interviews in full, or learn more about Ship's history? No need to wait for the next Throwback Thursday! Visit Archives & Special Collections during our open research hours, or contact us via e-mail: specialcollections@ship.edu or phone: 717-477-1516.


Sources:
"Ginsberg, Allen." Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 2009. 602-606. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

Rosenthal, Bob. "Ginsberg, Allen (1926-1997). World Poets. Ed. Ron Padgett. Vol. 1. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2000. 381-391. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cookies & Milk Night @ Lehman Library

Come join in for something sweet during finals' week!

Monday May 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm.
President Jody Harpster will be in Lehman Library with cookies and drinks for you!