Western Libraries - Winter 2012 Issue 1

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Keeping you current is what 3 Things is all about! In this issue we feature the Daylight Lounge recreational reading collection; tell you how to receive personalized updates about new library arrivals and remind you to mark your calendar for this year’s CLIC where you can rub elbows with three award winning children’s and young adult authors.

  Something New!

QR Codes Help You Browse the Daylight Lounge

For the last couple of years the Western Libraries’ staff has been working to turn the Daylight Lounge into a great spot for casual reading, snapping up a DVD for the weekend and browsing current general interest journals & magazines - as well as a comfortable study space. We’ve created a monster though.

The selections of books and DVDs in the Daylight Lounge have become so popular that they are rarely on the shelves making browsing pretty tough. Last summer we added "cover cards" for all of the DL’s book titles so that you can browse the titles even if they are checked out! Even sweeter we’ve added QR codes for each title making it a snap to place a hold using your smart phone.

QR Codes are those crazy looking patterned boxes that are turning up all over the place tempting you with hidden information or functionality. To place a hold just download a QR reader app to your phone and then snap a picture of the code image. You’ll be taken directly to a library catalog record for the book.

In a few easy clicks, as you’re standing there, you can place a hold without having to track down a vacant computer station. Without asking library staff to place the hold for you. And, without having to remember to do it later yourself. Just click! Place the hold! Read the book!

Need a QR reader app? Here are just a few places to download from.

 
  This Issue's Great Tip

Keeping Up 101: An easy way to track our new arrivals

Did you know that you can subscribe to email updates, or an RSS feed of new materials the library purchases in a particular subject area?

Faculty and students who want to keep tabs on the library’s new arrivals, either for recreational reading or new releases in their field, will really benefit from setting up new book or video alerts.

Look for "all featured materials" in the footer of almost every page on the library website.

  • Choose the link for "all featured materials"
  • Browse the list of "Book categories" in the column on the right to find the subject you want
  • On the subject page, you will see the option to "Subscribe to email updates" and an RSS link at the top of the screen
  • For email updates:
    • Choose the "Subscribe to email updates" link at the top of the page
    • Enter your E-mail address
    • Click the "Subscribe" link
    • The list is updated monthly, and the new titles in your subject area will be emailed to you at this time
    • For RSS feeds, simply copy the link to the RSS feed into your feed reader.

Note: Only subject areas with new materials are currently listed. If your subject area isn’t listed, check again next month. To find new videos we suggest using the "New Videos" link for a full list of current arrivals.

  Did You Know?

Be Inspired @ CLIC Conference February 25th

The Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference, now in its ninth year, will be held Saturday, February 25, 2012. This event has become an annual tradition for many, where students and faculty, teachers and librarians, readers and writers gather to celebrate and learn about children’s literature. Scholarships to cover the $25 student registration fee are available through Sylvia Tag, library coordinator for the CLIC Collection.

The primary goal of the conference organizers continues to be inspiration. Perhaps one of our featured speakers will say something that affirms what you already believe about the role of children’s literature in all of our lives. Perhaps you’ll enter a conversation that motivates your teaching or ignites your writing. Perhaps you’ll take home a new book that extends an idea shared by an author, illustrator, or even the person sitting next to you. Whatever you experience during the conference, you will leave refreshed and newly inspired to read, write, teach, and learn with deeper intensity and joy.

The authors presenting at this year’s conference are:

Gary Schmidt is the author of more than 30 books for adults, teens and children. He received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor for The Wednesday Wars. His most recent novel, Okay For Now was a 2011 National Book Award finalist.
Laura McGee Kvasnosky is an illustrator and author of 15 books for early readers, including Really Truly Bingo, Frank and Izzy Set Sail, and See You Later, Alligator. She has won awards for her work including the SCBWI Kite honors for Zelda and Ivy, and the American Library Association’s 2007 Theodor Seuss Geisel award for Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways.
Patrick Carman is an award winning author who experiments with the boundaries of books and reading. His Skeleton Creek series, a wonderfully chilling, middle school ghost story, invites readers to watch a video with each chapter to see the story unfold. Thirteen Days to Midnight was a YALSA 2011 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. His newest title, Dark Eden, has been paired with a downloadable app to provide multimedia content on mobile devices.

CLIC receives support from the Western Libraries, the English Department, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, and the Woodring College of Education.


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