Monday, December 13, 2010

Textbooks on Electronic Reserve

Due to delays in the receipt of financial aid refunds, students are often unable to purchase their textbooks until several weeks into the semester.  In an effort to support students who find themselves in this situation, the Lehman Library is implementing a new service which allows a faculty member to place one or two chapters (or 10%) of a textbook on electronic reserve.  This service will enable students to access required readings until they can acquire their own textbook.
Faculty can submit textbook content in various ways:
· Bring the textbook to the Lehman Library Circulation Department for staff to scan the appropriate content and upload it into Ares.  The textbook will be returned to the faculty member after the content is scanned.
· Bring a photocopy of the content to the Lehman Library Circulation Department for staff to scan the appropriate content and upload it into Ares.  The photocopy will be returned to the faculty member after the content is scanned.
· Scan the appropriate content and upload it into Ares.  Circulation staff will review the content for copyright adherence and approve the submission in Ares.  Note:  Scanning equipment is available at the Lehman Library if the Academic Department does not have any.
By adhering to the “one or two chapters or 10% guidelines,” the electronic reserve content will be copyright compliant.  NOTE:  Faculty must provide Circulation Department staff with the total number of pages in the textbook when providing photocopies or scanned content in order to assure copyright compliance.
Processing Time:
Faculty scanning their own chapters and uploading directly to Ares for approval is the fastest process, taking approximately three to five days.  If scanning is provided by Circulation Department staff scanning will take five to seven days.
Contact Information:
Questions can be directed to any staff person at the Circulation Desk at 477-1461 or  Staff contacts are Sue Hockenberry, Mary Mowery, and Denise Wietry.

Additional information about placing Reserve and Electronic Reserve requests is available at the Library’s home page ( under “Services for Faculty/Library Reserves.”

Saturday, December 11, 2010

History 201 Student Exhibits in the Library

Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward has developed an exciting approach for introducing students to Public History through the development of museum-style exhibits as part of his survey course on U.S. History until 1877. Throughout the semester, groups of students are responsible for envisioning, researching, developing and presenting an exhibit related to course themes. Students present their projects in the style of a poster session during the final week of class. These displays are judged by outside experts.  The projects with the highest ranking from the judges are displayed in the Library.

This year the highest ranking projects are:

The Industrial Economy of the South
[Matt Chestnut, TJ Thomas, Luke Zampelli, Jen Filer]
New York City: The Boiling Pot [Carson Glusco, Joseph Malpas, Steph Williams,
Christian Reed, Adam Seidel, Jason Walters]
State's Rights
[Andrew Castles, Faythe Grace,
Caitlin Kant, Nick Sentman and Ali Moats]
Republican Resolution 
[Kelly Volpi, Robert DiCarlo, Wes Ginrich,
Tom Fite, Cody Ditze, Chad Jones]
Threads of the Civil War
[Mitch Dandignac, Alyssa Eaton,
Zach Flaharty, Kasey Ross, Nate Reutlinger]

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Librarian Retires After 43 Years at Ship

       At about the time that the ARPANET (an ancestor of the modern internet) was coming to life, Berk Laite, a freshly-minted graduate of Pitt’s Library and Information Science program, returned to Shippensburg, his alma mater, as a General Reference Librarian. The “new” library was under construction and Berk knew that when it was finished (1969) he would have responsibility for a “cutting edge” technology called DAIRS (Dial Access Information Retrieval System). Comprised of a bank of reel-to-reel tape decks, DAIRS allowed students to access lectures, commercial video and audio and instruction exercises, such as “How to Use the Readers’ Guide”(one of many instruction tapes done by Berk in this period), by dialing an assigned number for a particular program from individual work carrels. Berk said that it came on the scene at an unfortunate juncture in that it was about to be overtaken by cassette and video tape technology.
After the use and utility of the system declined and it was eventually removed, Berk donned the next of several other hats that he wore over the years. He was designated Music Librarian and developed the LP collection (an ancestor of the modern mp3 file) which endeavored to have folk music from every country in the world, as complete a library as possible of the classical and operatic genres, and representative  musical theater and spoken word records.  At its height the collection contained several thousand albums (many of which still reside on the lower level of the library). After this, he became head of the Curriculum Laboratory, later renamed the Media/Curricular Center (M/CC).
In more recent years, as the Library has become more student-centered and less book-centered, he has been a mainstay in our library instruction program. He was elected Department Chair in the early eighties, which position he has held since then with only a brief hiatus in the late eighties. He has been a major player and leader in consortial activities within the PASSHE and beyond via ACLCP (Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania) which he was instrumental in founding. He was also elected as President of ACLCP for a term. This has naturally led to his focus in recent years on library outreach activities both on- and off-campus. 
Berk is the originator of the Reference Desk’s motto - “Ask Us Anything.”  Berk has many great “Ask Us Anything” stories.  He told me that out of the thousands of questions he has answered, one stands out in his memory as representative of the need for librarians on campus.
This story occurred as he was walking through the Reference Area. “I was approached by a couple of young men who politely said, ‘Excuse me, Sir, can we ask you a question?’ I answered, ‘Sure.’”  They showed him several photocopies they had made from reference books [an ancestor of e-books].  They explained that they were doing a presentation on the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address and weren’t sure which came first! Berk continues, “I explained that they were from different centuries (18th and 19th) and different wars, etc. One of them, puzzled, asked ‘Are you sure, Sir?’ and pointed to the number “1756”  in the upper corner of the photocopy about the Gettysburg Address. The students thought that the page number - 1756 -  was the year that Lincoln gave his famous speech.” Berk concluded, “Students are pretty much the same in any era!”
In 2005, Berk became the first librarian in the PASSHE to be promoted to full professor without a Ph.D. or its equivalent. (Only this year has a second librarian in the system achieved this distinction.) When asked if he was glad he had stayed at Ship all these years, he said that he was.  He said that the late eighties were a bit boring but the nineties were fun because of the introduction of the Internet to the library. The possibilities that it presented rekindled his enthusiasm as he explored how we could best use it to continue to improve services to students.
His immediate retirement plans are an extended vacation in the South including a two-month stay in a condo on St. Simon’s Island, GA, followed by the month of March in Ft. Myers Beach, FL. After that, he will “explore possibilities,” perhaps finding an outlet for his planning and organizational abilities which he so successfully used during his years at Ship.
Berk exits the library after four-plus decades, having amassed an outstanding record of contributions to the library. He takes with him a large chunk of institutional memory, the likes of which we are not likely to see again, any time soon. Even more, however, he also takes with him the love and gratitude of his grateful colleagues.  As a final academic send-off, Berk will be carrying the mace and will be honored at both December graduation ceremonies.

Berk we wish you well!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Visual Musings" - in the Main Gallery

Geraniums (oil)
Visual Musings - Cumberland Valley Reflections
Paintings by Mary Hickman
Library - Main Gallery

Mary Hickman paints and lives in Shippensburg, PA.  She works realistically, often painting on location (en plein-air) in our beautiful countryside.  Mary says, "I believe that the visual arts are a separate language that speaks to the human spirit.  A meaningful work of art can greatly enhance ones' day-to-day life.  Often, the viewer will see things particular to themself, things that the artist didn't consciously include.  Thus, the viewer contributes to the creative process."

Learning Center Offers Writing Drop-in Hours

The Writing Center is pleased to announce drop-in hours for writing tutoring. Every Thursday between 6 and 9pm, students from all courses and departments can stop by room 134 in the Lehman Library to receive assistance with a variety of writing topics. Multiple tutors are available to provide help with grammar, citations, thesis and topic sentence writing, as well as proofreading. Drop-in tutoring is a great option for students with busy schedules who may not be able to schedule appointments in advance. It also offers the opportunity to drop in for just a few minutes, or to stay for a long period of time to work with other student writers. Please note that this is not a drop-off service; you will be asked to stay and work with a tutor and/or a group of your peers.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Learning Center Offers Subject-Specific Tutoring Nights

The Learning Center is excited to now offer subject-specific drop-in tutoring nights! Students currently taking Biology or Chemistry courses can visit FSC 356 every Sunday and Thursday evening from 5pm – 9pm for assistance from three on-duty tutors. Drop-in Economics tutoring is also offered every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm – 8:30pm in Lehman Library room 205.
Students can stop by to ask a quick question, or they are free to stay for more in-depth assistance. Students will often form small study groups with other students from the same class, guided with the support of a tutor. This is an excellent opportunity for students to receive academic support without pre-scheduling an appointment while also getting to know some of the other students from their class.
There will be additional drop-in evenings and subjects announced for the spring 2011 semester. A full schedule can be found at -

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Banner for Lehman Library and Learning Center

Lehman's new banner design was debuted yesterday by Dean Marian Shultz. We have been using the compass rose since the Main Floor renovation to symbolize the guidance toward scholarship which both the Library and the Learning Center maintain as primary goals. Dean Schultz said that this combination of the compass rose and a ship would be "our signature for years to come." She plans to use the design in as many distinctive ways as possible.

The designer of the banner is Robert McIlhenny of McIlhenny Banners of Gettysburg who got very excited about the project. He described his creation by saying "The moon's reflection is seen in the water, but not the reflection of the ship. To me, the ship represents the imagination, like a vision or a dream." He was also inspired by the following poem by Emily Dickinson.

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

Our hats are off to Mr. McIlhenny for the excellent work. Please come and see the banner for yourself as it takes a prime spot in our lobby.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Listen to podcast of Dr. Dagnes on WITF talking about her new book - Politics on Demand

Dr. Allison Dagnes discusses Politics on Demand - Click to listen
Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, November 17: In her new book Politics on Demand, Shippensburg University Professor Alison Dagnes explores the impact of our changing media landscape on our politics and national discourse. She bemoans the negative effects of cable news networks’ partisan histrionics, how politicians and pundits manipulate media to their advantage, and how new technologies and financial pressures are forcing much of journalism today to become solely entertainment driven, at the expense of a less-informed citizenry. Of course, none of this is new, but is it just getting worse? And how much worse could it get?

Friday, November 12, 2010

November is Career Awareness Month

To celebrate Career Awareness Month the Ship Career Development Center has created an exhibit on the Library Main Floor.  Also visit the CDC in CUB 200 or at to learn about other activities.

The CDC is also presenting a series of workshops

RESUMES - Nov. 15 - 2:00 pm
PROFESSIONALISM - Nov. 16 - 3:30 pm
INTERVIEWING - Nov. 17 - 3:00 pm
JOB SEARCHING - Nov. 18 - 3:30

Veteran's Day - 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

iPhone and Android Users - Search for Books

Go to on your iPhone or Android phone to search for a Library book.

WorldCat has released new search software for the iPhone and the Android. No apps to download, no prompting to update the latest app each time you go to the app just "works" when you use the browser of your phone. And the experience is similar to the browser on your "big" screen.

(Other smartphone browsers such as Blackberry and Windows 7 Mobile--as well as feature phone support--are in the works for future releases.)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

SHIP Faculty: Truly International

SHIP Faculty: Truly International
November 1 - 5, 2010 is International Education Week.

Help us celebrate. View the display in Lehman Library - Main Floor, Reference Area. Did you know that Ship is fortunate to have faculty members from all over the world? View photos and interesting facts about our international faculty, as well as why they decided to teach at SHIP.

Dr. John Kooti, Dean, Grove College of Business
Home Country: Iran

Program: Lunch and Conversation about Women of Sierra Leone 42

Please join us for Lunch and Conversation about Womnen of Sierra Leone 42 with photographer Lee Karen Stow. Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from Noon to 1:00pm in Lehman Library room 106.

please bring a brown bag lunch with you.

Library Exhibit: Women of Sierra Leone

The Communication/Journalism Department, the Women's and Gender Studies Minor, the Committee for Human Understanding, and the Lehman Library Galley, present:

The Women of Sierra Leone 42
an exhibition of photographs by Lee Karen Stow
November 5-30, 2010
in the Lehman Library Gallery

Public presentation in Old Main Chapel on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 7:00pm

Public reception in Lehman Library Gallery on Thursday, November 11, 2010 from 3:00 - 5:00pm

Thursday, October 7, 2010

WorldCat - New Software to Find Books

Finding BOOKS at Ship and other US libraries just got easier with WorldCat. To find a book...

1. Go to Ship Library's webpage and type your topic into the WorldCat Quick Start Box.
2. WorldCat displays books we own.
3. WorldCat tells where the book is in the Library.
4. Click on ‘Cite/Export’ to find the citation in MLA, APA, Chicago, etc. for your Ref. List.
5. If Ship doesn’t have the book, click on ‘Request via Interlibrary Loan’ to order it online.

“WorldCat is so easy. I just love it!”
(Actual quote from an actual Librarian)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall Student Art Review

The sponsors have withdrawn this exhibit due to lack of submissions :(

Fall Student Art Review
Ezra Lehman Library Gallery Hall
October 13-31, 2010

Opening Reception
Ezra Lehman Library Conference Room, LL106
Thursday, October 14, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the SU English Department and Lehman Library are co-sponsoring a Panel Discussion and Film Showing on Wednesday evening, October 6, 2010 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Orndorff Theater in the Ceddia Union Building.

In addition to the panel discussion and film showing, a 50th Anniversary Celebration exhibit will be featured in the Reference area of the library from Oct 1-31. SU student, Samantha DePree (an English major) is responsible for the exhibit. Please support Samantha’s efforts by visiting and evaluating her exhibit sometime during the month of October.

For more information, contact Joyce Harding, jyhard at or Dr. Mary Stewart, mcstew at

See our Library Guide on To Kill A Mockingbird for Library resources and information about the book and its author

Monday, September 13, 2010

U.S. Constitution: a Library Exhibit

Our U.S. Constitution: What’s In it … What’s Not
Ezra Lehman Library Gallery
September 17-30, 2010

This exhibit will explain some of the common misconceptions people have regarding our Constitution.

For more information, please contact: Chantana Charoenpanitkul, , 717-477-1634 or Joyce Harding, , ext. 3289 on campus.

U.S. Constitution Preamble - a Public Reading

Friday, September 17, 2010
Library Plaza (rain location GBLUES MPR)
9:30 a.m.

Grace B. Luhrs Elementary School 4th Grade and President Ruud will publicly read of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

Following the Reading of the Preamble, there will be Poster Contest Award Presentations to students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes of the Luhrs Elementary School.

U.S. Constitution: What’s In it - What’s Not

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
In the Grove Forum
from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Panel discussion titled "Our U.S. Constitution: What’s In it … What’s Not" will be kick-off our Constitution Day events on campus.

Panel members will be discussing common misconceptions people have regarding our U.S. Constitution. A question and answer period will follow.

Panel members will include SU Faculty members: Dr. Sara Grove, Stephanie Jirard, and Dr. Steven Lichtman.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Films on Demand - New Database

Films on Demand  is a user-friendly streaming media system that provides high-quality educational video from anywhere you have Internet access.
These videos are perfect for adding an extra touch to your classroom presentations. 
The database can be Browsed by subject.  An Advanced Search is also available.  [Education Majors take note - The Advanced Search has a search by PDE K-12 Standards.] The database can be browsed from the Library website  [].  Choose "Library Databases A-Z."  Choose the "F" tab and then "Films on Demand."

Ask Us Anything, if you have a question.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Everglades: an Exhibit and Reception

The Everglades: Unique, Magical, Mystical.
Photographs by Margaret Evans

On display: 9/30-10/8/2010
Tuesday 9/9/2010 @ 3:30-5:30pm
Lehman library Gallery

See Also: Related images

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Interlibrary Loan: One Search, Two Clicks, 3 to 10 Days to receive

Just one search in WorldCat will let you know up front:
  • Does Ship own the book?
  • Do other libraries own the book?
    (and how far away they are)
  • Can I request it via Interlibrary Loan?
After you've requested the loan, remember:
  • All Interlibrary Loans are handled in ILLiad
  • Length of Loan terms are set by the lending library
  • ** Pay attention to the due date
    (these may vary by lending library)
  • ** Pay attention to the renewal date
    (generally 5 days on either side of the due date)
    (some lending libraries offer a loan with "
    no renewals")
  • ** Pay attention to the restrictions
    lending libraries offer a loan with "in library use only")
The Ship ILL office tries to ask lending libraries who have not placed undue restrictions on their loans in the past; but, like stocks, past performance does not always equal future results.

Honoring the Interlibrary Loan due dates is important because:
  • If any Ship user is identified as having too many overdue loans, Ship ILL may be blocked from borrowing ILL requests at individual institutions
You may ask, "What are the restrictions on Interlibrary Loan?" and we're glad you did!

Per the PA Interlibrary Loan Code, the following items may not be requested via Interlibrary Loan:
  • Textbooks
  • Recently published titles
  • Multiple copies of the same title
  • Titles owned [at Ship Library]
  • Course Reserves

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Library Course Reserves Update

Improvements to Library Reserves!

Everyone logs on to Library Course Reserves here:

Professors! Library Course Reserves have changed a little from last year. The library has put together a Guide covering eReserves for Faculty:

Long story short:

  • Library Course Reserves uses the same software as last year (Ares) *but* Ares does not integrate with Desire 2 Learn (D2L)
  • Professors create their own Class(es) in Ares
  • If you used Library Reserves through Ares last year, you may be able to "Clone" your previous Class information into the new semester (see the eReserves for Faculty Guide)
  • If you need a completely new Class, you may create your own class (see the Guide)
  • Students find their Class(es) and Add them to their eReserves Profile

Students! Library Course Reserves have changed a little from last year. The library has put together a Guide covering eReserves for Students:

  • Login with your Ship email address and password
  • Click "Search Classes"
  • Use "Search by Instructor" & Select: Professor’s Name
  • Click "Go"
  • Click the Green Plus Sign next to this course to add a Class to your "My Classes" list

Once the Class is added, it will be available on the main page after you login to Library Course Reserves.

Questions? Ask Us Anything!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer activities update (spoiler alert)

The library had a semi-quiet time during Terms III & IV, but scholarly activity is ramping back up now that we have a plethora of students on campus for Summer Term V!

During the lull the library was busy playing catch-up on projects which took a back seat to helping you, Ship Students Faculty & Staff, as well as firing up some new projects and retooling some existing projects.

Heads up for some changes:
  • Ship (and several other PASSHE campuses) switched Learning Management Systems to Desire 2 Learn
  • Library Reserves will be slightly different - update forthcoming!
  • Interlibrary Loan via ILLiad will look different - update forthcoming!
  • Library Research Guides will replace the current trio of Subject, Topic, and Course Guides - update forthcoming!
  • Lastly, because only change remains the same, pieces parts of the library website are being updated for ease of navigation and discovery - update forthcoming!
I'm sure there's more info I've forgotten - but those 5 are the big changes you'll notice in the coming weeks!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Redington awarded Student Library Research Award

The inaugural Student Library Research Award was presented  to James Redington during the Celebration of Student Research Conference at Shippensburg University, by Library Dept. Chair Prof. Berk Laite. Redington was chosen from the many students who submitted a student research project. All entries were judged by a panel of Library Faculty based on the best use of Library resources to complete the project.
James Redington, Biology/Secondary Ed., advised by Dr. William Patrie, was named the winner for his project “Determination of the Causal Agent of Rose Rosette Disease (RRD)” He will be awarded $100.
Three projects were given an Honorable Mention and their creators will receive $25.
  • Tim Adzima, Physics, advised by Dr. Majeed Abdurrahman, “Operator approach to the gluing theorem in string field theory.”
  • Ashley Martin and Nitasha Kaur, Biology, advised by Dr. Lucinda H. Elliot, “Elucidating the role of Atg5 autophagy protein in growth characteristics of SNB19 brain tumor cells.”
  • Carolynne Wooley, Psychology, advised by Dr. Scott Madey, “Relationship between college student health concerns and health anxieties.”
Nearly 400 students participated in the Celebration of Student Research Conference on April 20, 2010. The Library Research Award was developed in 2009 by the faculty and administration of the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library, in conjunction with the Public Services and Office of Sponsored Programs as well as the Council of Undergraduate Research.  The award recognizes outstanding or noteworthy use of library resources for a literature review component of research design and proposal for an undergraduate research grant.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Microsoft Surface Table on Display - April 16-23

Through the generosity of  Teknikos, Inc. the Library will have a Microsoft Surface Table on display for a week.  The Microsoft Surface Table is a revolutionary multi-touch computer that responds to natural hand gestures and real-world objects.   
The Surface Table will be in the lobby for public display and use April 16 through April 23, 2010. Contact Aaron Dobbs for information -  x1018.
Stop by and touch!

Joy of Art - Opening Reception

Joy of Art: Sketches by Mary A. B. Brindle, Opening Reception in LL106, Wednesday, April 12, 2010, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Works by Mary A. B. Brindle will be on display in the Lehman Library Gallery from April 12 to May 7th, 2010. Mary A. B. Brindle, an artist and a patron has continued to make art throughout her life, despite the obstacles of recovering from an illness that has left her bound to her wheelchair. Her work is a testament to the powerful impulse for art and the joy it brings to her audience. The show will include a series of sensitively drawn ink and pastel landscapes and still life’s.

What do Librarians do while you are on break?

Have you ever thought about what Librarians do when you aren't here? Most of us actually have lives. One of us is headed to Georgia for the break. Two of us are going to Italy. Several of us, though, have alter-egos. When you get back see if you can guess who these "Super-Librarians" are at work. By the way, have fun.

Ink & Bamboo

"Ink & Bamboo" by Professor Jan Ruby in the Main Gallery of Lehman Library. Professor Ruby spent a semester in Taiwan as a visiting professor at Taipei Municipal College. On exhibit are the numerous artworks she created while studying traditional Chinese painting tecniques. The work featured here is "Happy New Year" - a block print.

The Learning Center

Just geting started can make you crazy. Help is available! The Learning Center can assist you in every stage of the writing process - overcoming writer's block, generating a thesis, organizing ideas, citing sources, or discovering how to detect grammatical errors. For a well written paper, you might want to schedule 2 to 3 sessions to work through different stages of the writing process.

So don't get frustrated when you have your next writing assignment...visit the Learning Center to see how you can schedule an appointment today.

PA Museum Extension Project Display

You need to see this. There is a display of unique historical models outside the Learning Center. These projects were undertaken during the depression as a job stimulus package from Pres. Franklin Roosevelt. You won't believe the interesting things we have in the Ship Archives till you see them. For more information about this historic collection see - PA Museum Extension Project Display.

Did you get your M&Ms today?

Did you stop by the Ask Us Anything Desk today? If you didn't, you missed the free M&Ms. Stop by tomorrow and ask a question. There may be some M&Ms left for you. We will definitely have some answers.

Ask Us Anything

A Walk in Michaux Forest

Landscape photographs by Librarian Doug Cook are currently on display in the Library's Main Floor Gallery. The exhibit features photos taken in nearby Michaux Forest, many on the Appalachian Trail. If you can't get out to hike today, seeing these photos could be the next best thing.

If you've never hiked in Michaux, you can find more photos and ideas for hikes at Or check with Dr Cook.

Welcome Back!

I walked into the Library on the first day of classes to do my regular Tuesday shift, expecting to see no students in the building. But you were here...working away on the computers, talking to the library staff, and drinking Starbucks, just like you were in December. You Ship students are the best. Now come and ask us to help you with your library research. Email us at Ask Us Anything for help OR to make a personal appointment with one of us to help you do your library stuff.