Winter blues are no fun. But what about spring fever?
We went looking for an excuse to day dream about the end of winter and found some facts about a malady some of us are looking forward to. Spring fever can have a real impact on your day-to-day life. Forget about snow and sub-zero temps for a minute, and prepare for the glorious problem that sometimes comes with longer, warmer days.
From the Huffington Post Healthy Living section:
Spring Fever: Why You Feel Different With the Change in Season
Even Elvis understood the problem! But it looks like he knew how to deal with it.
March 10, 2014
Winter blues are no fun. But what about spring fever?
March 7, 2014
Groove this tune and read on:
This Saturday at 2am marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST) for 2014. And with it comes the dreaded mantra, “spring forward”! For days after the start of DST, every clock you meet will have a different time. You will be constantly in wonderment as to whether the clock before you has been changed. You find yourself checking and re-checking the time, for every clock seems to say something different. And it doesn’t help that some ARE woefully wrong.
It was not always this way. According to the Crystal Reference Encyclopedia, DST is “a means of making fuller use of the hours of daylight over the summer months, usually by putting clocks forward one hour so that daylight continues longer into the evening. This idea was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin, and later by William Willett, an English builder. Adopted during World War 1 by Germany in 1917, it was retained after the war by the UK, where it is known as (British) Summer Time. In the USA it was enacted in a federal regulation of 1966, but states were given the choice of whether to ignore it (and some have done so). Many countries now have some form of daylight saving time.
Nor did it always go smoothly. In its May 12, 1967 issue, Time Magazine reported that “forty-five states are now keeping D.S.T.; still out of step are Alaska, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. The ultimate in confusion is Kentucky; there local option prevails, and the state must therefore cope simultaneously with four different times! (Exclamation is mine!)
(Pssst! Need a fascinating topic for a paper or speech? Read up on DST in Seize the Daylight by David Prerau.)
OK! Back to the real world! And this affects you how?
An article on October 27, 2007 in the Chicago Tribune opined that the time change “can confuse the body’s circadian rhythm, leading to poor concentration, excessive sleepiness and difficulty remembering things”. So not good for a student, right? The article posits a quick method for sailing through the switch.
Quick is not always best. My recommendation for the coolest, best-est route can be found at: http://www.wikihow.com/Adjust-to-Daylight-Saving-Time.
Hurry, time is running out!
Posted by zen girl at 10:10 AM
March 6, 2014
A wise person once said, "the internet is made of cats." But the relationship between libraries and cats dates back centuries. Cats in ancient Egypt protected ancient papyrus from rodents and snakes. The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg Russia is still patrolled by cats descended from Empress Elizabeth's court (they even hold a Day of the Cat celebration for these felines!). In fact, a library in Russia employs Kuzma the Russian Library Cat, protects the books and sports a bow-tie collar.
|Kuzma the Library Cat, on the job.|
You can see some highlights on our Pinterest board some of my favorites include:
|Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics|
|Dancing with Cats|
|Feng Shui for You and Your Cat|
And finally, here's a silly interactive game to occupy your during your study breaks. Enjoy!
|Cat Bounce - an interactive game for your enjoyment|
March 4, 2014
Today is National Grammar Day!
March 3, 2014
Did you know that the Library has extended its hours?
We are now open until 8pm on Fridays and 7pm on Sundays! This in addition to staying open until 10pm Monday through Thursday and until 5pm on Saturdays.
This change was the result of feedback we received from students. You asked, we delivered!
For a complete listing of hours visit: http://www.lib.colum.edu/about/hours.php.
February 28, 2014
The Academy Awards are coming up so we put together some resources available in the Library to meet all your Oscar needs.
Take a look at our pinterest boards for books about the Oscars and all of the Best Picture winners since 1927 available in the Library!
The Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Pictures has amazing information documenting the history of the Academy of Motion Pictures including Photographic Archive, Graphic Arts Collection, Alfred Hitchcock Papers, Production Art Database, Costume Design and Film Posters (and more!).
Mediarun Digital put together an infographic of all dresses worn by Best Actress winners.
Make your picks at the official Academy Awards site:
And while you watch the telecast, play Oscar Bingo. Here are a few of the printable Oscar 2014 Bingo cards available on the web.
February 25, 2014
Faculty - have your students mentioned that they are having problems accessing the Library materials you have put online for your class? Do they get an error message when they try to click on a Library link in your Moodle or OASIS class? What's the problem with those links?
Well, the problem might be related to something called "permalinks." Access to articles and e-books from the Library's databases require that a special link, a "permalink", be used. Usually, if you want to include a link to a webpage, you can just copy the URL from the top of the webpage and everything works fine. Unfortunately, in order to have a link to the Library materials that will authenticate properly and won't time out, you can't use the URL from the top of the browser page. You need to find the "permalink."
You can find detailed instructions on how to create "permalinks" to use in your Moodle class in this research guide: Faculty Tutorials: Link to Articles in Library Databases.
In the meantime here is a very quick guide to finding the "permalink" for an article or e-book you want to use in your class.
1. Locate the article you want to use and click on the title.
2. Locate the Permalink Icon and click on it. Every database is just a bit different so look for something that says Permalink, URL, or some type of link icon.
In this example the Permalink icon in on the right-hand side of the page.
3. Copy the Permalink. Use this Permalink with your Moodle or OASIS class or in emails that you might send to your students.