Archive for 2017

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Banned Books Week 2017 Resources

Welcome to Banned Books Week 2017. Yes, there are still people who seek to challenge and ban books they deem “controversial,” for whatever reason. And yes, libraries continue to play a critical role in educating the public about these threats, as well as the value of unfettered access to information, even to ideas that are […]

New Blog Series! Library Matters / Libraries Matter

“What do you think of when you hear the word library?” I ask a group of new students, prompting them to think about how the library can support them during their college careers. “Books!” is the unequivocal answer. They’re not wrong. Libraries still have books, and those books continue to occupy a central place in […]

Celebrating the US Constitution

On September 17th, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the US Constitution. Every year, the signing of the Constitution is celebrated by observing Constitution Day – honoring both our founding legal document and people who become American citizens. Before the US entered World War II, many states and, eventually, the federal government embraced “I […]

Ancestry.com at the Gustavus Library

The Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library and the College and Lutheran Church Archives are happy to announce a new database: Ancestry.com Library Edition.  This popular consumer online genealogy resource includes birth, death, and marriage records, as well as searchable manuscript census records for the U.S. dating from 1790-1940 (1950 is coming in April 2022).  This database […]

We’ve Moved!

Remember when we told you we were moving? How all of our behind-the-scenes work and data were heading to a new system? Guess what – we’ve got (almost) all the boxes unpacked and we’re living in our new (virtual) space. Over the summer, a dedicated team of library employees supervised a major data migration, which […]

Gustavus Statement in Support of DACA Students

Yesterday the College released a statement in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students. We are sharing the statement below (also linked here), along with a few resources to help you explore and understand DACA. *** TO: The Gustavus Community FROM: President Rebecca Bergman SUBJECT: Support for DACA Students DATE: September 6, 2017 […]

For Faculty: Digital Tools for Learning

We have been participating in the Mellon-funded Digital Humanities workshops and activities over the past three years. Students will once again have an interesting array of IEX courses this coming January that will have at least some infusion of digital humanities including a new one offered by the library (on Identity and the Internet – […]

New Library Catalog Update

What’s happening? In the coming weeks the Library will migrate all of its behind-the-scenes work and data to a new integrated library system (ILS). The new system, Worldshare Management Systems (WMS), is provided by OCLC, a worldwide, member-driven library cooperative, which also provides services such as WorldCat. Will there be an interruption in Library services? […]

Tornado Remnants- 2017

Nearly 20 years after the tornado ripped through our campus a periodical with definite storm damage was pulled off the shelf.  Glass shards still visible between pages, heavy cover damage, and mud still sticking pages together.       Library staff can’t believe this is the first time these pages have been seen in that […]

Where’s the renewal option for my ILLs?

Your eyes are not deceiving you!  If you’ve logged into your library account and tried to submit a renewal request for an interlibrary loan, you’ll find that the option no longer exists. In preparation for the change in library catalog occurring this summer, we are working hard to close out records and minimize traffic on […]