Visit Museums Nationwide for Free 9/25

Saturday Sept 25 is the 6th annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, where entry fees at museums nationwide are free! Visit the Museum Day 2010 website to find a list of museums by you that are participating. Many local museums are participating, including the Joliet Area Historical Society, the  Aurora Regional Fire Museum and the big Chicago museums including the Adler Planetarium, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Frank Llyod Wright Robie House are also honoring the deal.

So take a break from studying and go enjoy some free culture!


USF History Book Talk & Author Signing

Nothing to do this weekend? Come see USF Archivist, Linnea Knapp, give a book talk based on her recently published graphic history of the University of St. Francis.  Linnea will be speaking this Saturday, September 25 at 10am in the lower level of the USF Library. Her talk will cover the great history of the school, highlighting specific people, places and events which helped to create the USF we know and love today.

Questions about attending the presentation? Contact Christine Montgomery at 815.740.3448.

Can’t attend the presentation but are still interested in knowing more. Copies of the campus history book are available at the USF Bookstore and online through Barnes and Noble.

Zotero Everywhere

Many of the people who love Zotero as a citation management system hate two things about it: its lack of portability and it working exclusively with Firefox. While Zotero has made strides to sync files between multiple computers, the Firefox dependency remained, until now. Today Zotero announced that they would be unveiling Zotero Everywhere. Here’s a part of the press release:

Zotero is the only research software that provides full and seamless access to a comprehensive range of open and gated resources. With a single click, Zotero users have long been able to add a complete journal article, book, or other resource to their personal libraries, including bibliographic metadata and attached files like PDFs. Until now, this powerful functionality has been tied exclusively to the Firefox browser, which not all researchers can or want to use. Today we are announcing support for Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer, which account for 98% of the web’s usage share. Plugins for these browsers will soon allow users to add anything they find on the web to their Zotero libraries with a single click, regardless of the their browser preferences. Rather than use the Zotero pane in Firefox, users will have the new option of accessing their libraries via a standalone desktop version of Zotero, available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Want to see what Zotero can do for you? Watch the quick video below that Zotero made explaining its services. If you have additional questions about using Zotero, please feel free to contact a USF Librarian and they can help get you started.

eBook Exchange: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Can it really be considered a “classic” if most people don’t know the real story? The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the basis for the movie The Wizard of Oz, and while the characters are familiar, the story isn’t quite the same. Take Dorothy’s classic Ruby Red slippers… in Baum’s version, the slippers are silver, and the movie changed them to the vibrant red everyone knows and loves to showcase the newly developed Technicolor film technology. The book is somewhat darker, much more detailed and offers the reader a different perspective than the happy-go-lucky perspective of the movie. So take a break from studying or grading and sit back with an old favorite, that might not be as familiar as one might expect. From Amazon:

One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations. Originally published in 1900, it was the first truly American fairy tale, as Baum crafted a wonderful out of such familiar items as a cornfield scarecrow, a mechanical woodman, and a humbug wizard who used old-fashioned hokum to express that universal theme, “There’s no place like home.” Follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz. Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powered Wizard of Oz.

Download The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

New Database: THOMAS

Created by the Library of Congress, THOMAS is a central location to find federal legislation and legislative information, as well as the day to day happenings in Congress. THOMAS allows you to search and browse their extensive collection of legislative information based on type of information, sponsor, and other measures. All content in THOMAS is available in full text, allowing you to read complete editions of any bill or resolution passed by Congress. THOMAS has been in existence since 1995, and has information dating back to the mid-1970’s for most kinds of information.