Archive for March, 2010

Sign-up for a free research workshop!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Each quarter the reference librarians at Penrose offer a number of free general workshops on a variety of resources. The workshops are open to current DU students, faculty, and staff. This spring quarter we are offering workshops on article searching, Google tools, RefWorks, research and grant funding, digital primary source materials, and image editing. Workshops take place in the Research Instruction Room on the main floor of Penrose Library, unless otherwise noted. Due to limited seating, please RSVP for any workshop(s) you would like to attend. To see the complete schedule and sign-up for a workshop, please go to our Library Research Workshops page.

If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Forbes, Instruction Coordinator and Reference Librarian, at (303) 871-3407 or email carrie.forbes@du.edu.

Trial Databases

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Please take a look at our trial databases.

Ethnographic Video Online provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior – more than 750 hours and 1,000 films at completion.”

We also have a couple days left for the trial of the  Social Science Electronic Data Library (SSEDL). This database “provides access to hundreds of data sets. Examples include the HIV/AIDS and STD Data Archive, Data Archive on Adolescent Pregnancy and Pregnancy Prevention (DAAPPP), Data Archive of Social Research on Aging (DASRA), The American Family Data Archive (AFDA), Child Well-Being and Poverty Data Archive (CWP), Research Archive on Disability in the U.S. (RADIUS), and the Maternal Drug Abuse (MDA).” The trial for this ends March 31st.

Author’s Lecture April 20

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Penrose Library, in association with the Provost’s Office, University of Denver, cordially invites you to attend the Fourth Annual Penrose Library Author’s Lecture

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 12:00-1:00pm, Renaissance Room, Mary Reed Hall

The lecture features the New York Times Best-selling Author Greg Campbell, author of Blood Diamonds.

Greg Campbell is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for such publications as The Economist, Paris Match, and Foreign Policy, among others. He is the author of three nonfiction books, The Road to Kosovo:A Balkan Diary, Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious Stones and the newly released Flawless:Inside the World’s Largest Diamond Heist. Blood Diamonds later served as inspiration for the Oscar-nominated 2006 film Blood Diamond starring Leonard DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly. Greg has won more than two dozen journalism awards from the Inland Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Colorado Press Association, Colorado Associated Press Reporters and Editors, and the Associated Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

The lecture is free and open to DU students, faculty, staff and community members but reservations are required. Please call 303-871-3016 or RSVP online here.

How did Extended Hours work for YOU?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Right before finals, Penrose was the place to be. We have plenty of seats, which helped everyone find a favorite place to study — we had over 30% more students studying in the library before spring break than last year!

The printers were going strong: on the busiest day, the printers near the Research Center produced almost 17,000 pieces of paper.

We added electrical outlets on the first floor, so you can plug in your laptop.

UTS added wireless nodes so your laptop and your iPhone can get on the network.

Librarians were taking extra appointments in the Research Center so your papers could be turned in on time and with great quality. The Writing Center was really busy, but not too busy to help YOU!

All these reasons to study in Penrose created a dilemma on Wednesday, March 11 — when it was time to close, there were still 300 students working in the building! Zarin Xavier, the evening desk supervisor, made the call after consulting with the library administration, and the library staff stayed open all night for you! When Zarin made the announcement — there were actually CHEERS – out loud, no whispering! Students sitting on the upper level ran down to the desk to say thanks! We’d also like to say thanks to Zarin, and Jennifer Everson for losing sleep…

We quickly changed our schedules (this is not easy to do, by the way) and stayed open 24 hours for the rest of finals. We’d like to thank all the library staff who stayed up all night, and also the UTS lab staff for their part in helping us to stay open. We will be looking at our use numbers to figure out what we should do next quarter before finals.

In the meantime, come on in – it’s probably a great idea to avoid that pre-finals stress, and we can help you with that —

March Book Displays

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We have three different book displays placed near the new books in the Penrose Library.

  • Genocide: Unveiling History’s Dark Secrets
  • Designing Your New Website
  • The Special Olympics: Overcoming Disabilities

Thinking of the Special Olympics and the Paralympics, several DU students and alumni performed well at the Vancouver Paralympic games.

Thank you for your feedback!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

We would like to thank all the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members who gave us feedback on our new website over the last several weeks. We have heard your concerns and suggestions and we will be making some modifications to the site over the next few days. Please continue to send us any suggestions on the website. Enjoy exploring our new site and look for more updates coming soon!

Congrats to the scholar athletes

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Hope you are having a great spring break.

We would like to congratulate the Ski Team for winning their 21st NCAA skiing national championship.  We also wish the hockey team luck at the WCHA final five tournament.

During spring break, the library will be open from Monday through Thursday from 8:00am till 8:00pm, Friday from 8:00am till 5:00pm, Saturday from 1:00-5:00pm, and Sunday from 1:00pm till Midnight.

Don’t forget, classes begin bright and early on Monday morning, March 22nd.  The hours for Penrose will adjust accordingly.

Take a tour of the new website!

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Watch the video below to get a brief overview of how to use our new site. You may wish to view the video in full screen mode so you can see the details of the new site. Please email research-help@du.edu if you have any questions.

Author’s Lecture on April 20

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Penrose Library, in association with the Provost’s Office, University of Denver, cordially invites you to attend the Fourth Annual Penrose Library Author’s Lecture

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 12:00-1:00pm, Renaissance Room, Mary Reed Hall

The lecture features the New York Times Best-selling Author Greg Campbell, author of Blood Diamonds.

Greg Campbell is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for such publications as The Economist, Paris Match, and Foreign Policy, among others. He is the author of three nonfiction books, The Road to Kosovo:A Balkan Diary, Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious Stones and the newly released Flawless:Inside the World’s Largest Diamond Heist. Blood Diamonds later served as inspiration for the Oscar-nominated 2006 film Blood Diamond starring Leonard DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly. Greg has won more than two dozen journalism awards from the Inland Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Colorado Press Association, Colorado Associated Press Reporters and Editors, and the Associated Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

The lecture is free and open to DU students, faculty, staff and community members but reservations are required. Please call 303-871-3016 or RSVP online here.

Reminder: New website goes live on March 15th

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Penrose Library will be updating its website over the spring interterm in order to enhance access to our resources and services. On Monday, March 15, we will launch a new version of our website. The new homepage provides better navigation and easier access to research tools as well as customized pages for faculty, staff, and students. If you would like to explore our new site before the launch, please visit http://library.du.edu and click on the “Preview the new website” button.

Also, please note that the website and other electronic resources will be unavailable the evening of Tuesday, March 16 from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. due to system upgrades.

If you have any questions concerning the website updates, please contact the Research Center at (303) 871-2905 or email research-help@du.edu.