Thursday, April 17, 2014

Learning Commons Survey
Hey Armstrong - we want to know what you think about the Learning Commons. And we are giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky person to find out. 
Share your opinions by taking this short survey. It should take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete and you could win a $25 Amazon gift card just for participating!

Thank you!

Last Night's Reading
For those of you who love books and art, you might enjoy this tumblr. Last Night's Reading features colorful line drawings of writers and quotes.

The artist Kate Gavino attends readings in New York City for the inspiration behind her work.

You can also purchase her work on Etsy.

All images from artist Kate Gavino's Last Night's Reading archive.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Multimedia Equipment at Lane Library

Did you know that Lane Library has a variety of multimedia equipment available to check out? When you are in the library working hard to ace that project or presentation, we've got you covered! Multimedia items available for borrowing include:
  • Digital cameras
  • Headphones
  • Headphone boxes
  • Microphones
  • Voice recorders
  • Extension cords
  • VGA cables
  • Mac to VGA cables
  • Laser pointers
Be sure to visit the Media Services desk on the first floor of the library to check out the tools to get the job done.

While we are on the topic, the Learning Commons also has a variety of cables to help you connect with technology. We have HDMI, VGA, iPad to VGA, Mac to VGA, and Mac to HDMI cables available to check out.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Authors & Social Media: Instagram

Continuing with our series on writers we love who are on social media, this round focuses on Instagram. You'll find a visual feast of the personality behind the writing with this format.

Here are just a few of the authors who are sharing their daily life through Instagram. Be sure to follow your favorites:

For even more, Epic Reads came up with this list of Young Adult authors you can find on Instagram.

However you like to connect with people - whether visually or through written posts- there is a social media platform for you. Modern day literary heroes are more accessible than ever before.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Authors & Social Media: Tumblr

Thanks to social media, we can learn more about the daily life and creative process of our favorite writers and artists. Awhile ago we featured a series on writers who are on Twitter, Facebook and blogs.

Here is an update for all you Tumblr fans out there: Mashable's "25 Best Tumblr Accounts for Book Nerds". This is yet another great way to discover new books to read, learn about the book industry from insiders, or get to know your favorite authors. Libraries are getting in on the game too. Check out one of our favorites, this Tumblr from the UGA librarians.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

iPads at the Learning Commons

The Learning Commons now has iPads available to borrow. They may be checked out for one week to currently enrolled students and we require a signed iPad checkout agreement.

In addition to the standard Apple productivity applications, we have loaded them up with academic apps such as ebrary, Grays Anatomy, Data Analysis, TED Talks, Netter Atlas, PCalc Lite, Poetry, English Dictionary and Thesaurus, Planets, eTextbooks, 3D Brain, Whiteboard, Molecules, 3D CellStain, Evernote, Quick Graph, Periodic Tab, Educreations, EBSCOhost and so many more.

All of our iPads are Wi-Fi enabled with retina display. There are 10 3G iPads and 10 4G iPads.

Users can also sign-in with their personal Apple ID to download content. Upon return, each iPad will be wiped clean of all user-downloaded content and returned to their original state.

Visit the Learning Commons today to check out an iPad!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Popular Reading: March

Even sloths can't resist reading over spring break! Lane Library has a fresh delivery of Popular Reading books available. Stop by the library soon and check out something to read.

New titles:
  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  • In the Woods by Tana French
  • God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States by Karen Stollznow
  • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak
We also have a handy Pinterest page devoted to the March Popular Reading titles. If you want to explore previous selections, just type "popular reading" in the GIL-Find catalog and select "tag" from the drop down menu. 

Image via Unabridged Bookstore

Hours - Spring Break

Hours during Spring Break are as follows:

Lane Library
March 15: 10 AM - 6 PM
March 16: CLOSED
March 17 - March 21: 8 AM - 5 PM
March 22: CLOSED
March 23: 2 PM - 11 PM

Learning Commons
March 15 - March 22: CLOSED
March 23: 2 PM - 2 AM

Image credit: New Georgia Encyclopedia. Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade via GALILEO

Friday, March 07, 2014

Learning Commons Wins Awards

Well this is splendid news! The Learning Commons has been racking up awards lately. We already knew that the Learning Commons is a fabulous modern space but must admit it is delightful to be recognized too.

In January the Georgia chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council honored Armstrong's Learning Commons at the High Performance Healthy Schools Recognition Day in Atlanta. The Learning Commons was also awarded a 2013 Innovation Award from the University System of Georgia last November.

In October 2013 the Learning Commons earned LEED Gold Certification for its green building design. Features that make the Learning Commons sustainable include energy efficient mechanical systems, solar photovoltaic panels, sustainable building materials, and a roof garden. 

We love providing our students with high quality services and technologies to support academic excellence. We are also proud that the Learning Commons is an outstanding green environment.

Photo credit: Aimee Reist

Book Talk: Dreams of Trespass

Our final event in the Muslim Journeys programming is the book talk for Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi. Dr. Yassaman Saadatmand will lead the discussion on Tuesday, March 11th. Please join us at the Southwest Chatham Branch of the Live Oak Public Libraries from 6 - 8 PM.

We have been delighted to be a recipient of the Muslim Journeys grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Although we are wrapping up the scheduled events we still have the books and films available to check out.

If you are interested in exploring the Muslim Journeys collection, please visit our Pinterest board for the full list of titles. You can also search our catalog. Simply type "Muslim Journeys" into the search box and select "tag" from the drop down menu.