Friday, August 29, 2014

Reference Room Improvements

This will be a busy semester in Logue Library, as the Reference Room gets a bit of a face lift!

The previous post showed pictures "before" the new flooring was installed earlier in the week, and they worked so fast, the "during" and the "after" pictures are already here, together!

Half-way done before noon!
Props to the installers, who made quick work of
moving that heavy furniture

And, done by 3pm!

We were unpacked and back in business by the end of the day, and yesterday we hosted a couple of classes and some studious folks getting a jump on the new semester.


What an improvement!

Next up:  Some new furniture will arrive later in the semester.  Can't wait!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In with the New!

Welcome to a brand new year at Chestnut Hill and a special welcome to the class of 2018!

The library was full of our new class on Sunday, as the Orientation Day got underway with the program in Gruber.  Meg Mitchell and Diane Arnold were happy to meet you all personally through the presentations they gave in the Library and across campus.

Fun fact:  In the Spring each year, the library staff seems to always know the students who are graduating with honors! So, if you haven't had a chance to come into the library yet this semester, please do! We'd like to meet you, get your student ID bar-coded, answer any questions you might have, and get you on your way to a successful college career!  Feel free to nose around the library if this is your first year. It's an interesting building!

Our Reference Room is a bit untidy these days. We're expecting to have the floor carpeted this week, and then some time after that, new furniture will be delivered.  We are eagerly awaiting these improvements! 

We'll keep you in the loop.  Here are some "before" pictures!

Today, we finished moving the books off the shelves in half of the library for the first phase of the carpeting...  

We'll have to move all of those books, too!

Stay tuned as the saga continues ...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Access to The New York Times, Simplified!

New at Chestnut Hill College for the Spring Semester!  Access to all New York Times website content is free without a personal subscription. Use your CHC email address to create a personal log-in and claim a 24-hour pass whenever your need one.  To learn more, start here.

Search current news and historic archives; search by date range or specify your dates; search everything or specific sections.  There is an image search as well, in beta.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Good Press for Statista!

Logue Library's newest resource makes explaining the statistical impact of business practices, consumerism, marketing, and other concepts a visual cinch.  Take Slate Magazine's latest blurb about Microsoft's new tablet product.  Oops!  Maybe next time Microsoft will consult Statista!*

Give Statista a try, and if you have questions, just Ask!

*CHC log-in credentials needed to use Statista

Friday, September 13, 2013

Catalog at Your Fingertips

From the department of "It's About Time," we've posted a QR code for WebCat, the Logue Library catalog, throughout the library.  Scan the code with a smartphone or tablet QR Code Reader app and easily search for library materials without the need to be at a computer.

The library's mobile site is linked under the picture on the home page.  Any research done on a desktop can also be done here.  As always, we welcome any questions or comments about the library!

UPDATE September 24: Most often, you will be in Mobile mode automatically while using a mobile device. If you aren't, click the link!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Consider standing while you work!

Is sitting the new smoking? 

 A study published online in July combined information from 5 studies from 2005 to 2010 to conclude that sitting more than three hours a day actually decreases a person's life by two years. The study suggests that, even for someone who works out three hours a day, plopping down in front of the TV for three hours afterward has some of the same health consequences as smoking & obesity! And while TV viewing is a leading culprit, sitting while working at a desk or computer for a total of just three hours a day puts health at a greater risk.

Because U.S. adults spend, on average, between 4.5 and five hours a day sitting down, a significant shift in the population's behavior would be needed to have an effect on life expectancy, Katzmarzyk said. This might be achieved through changes at the workplace, such as the use of standing desks.     From, July 9, 2012

As a result, standup work stations have become a popular experiment among many freelancers who work at home, as well as some innovative companies. Reports are that office workers are coming away from work with more energy, and those who go to the gym after work report better workouts.

There are four computer workstations in Logue Library that sit on a high table in the center of the lab. We haven't taken the chairs away (yet!) but we encourage you to spend some time working on your feet.

There is a fatigue factor. Ease into the change by taking short sit-down breaks. We hear that after a week of that, standing up is no longer tiresome, even after several hours. And the relief to shoulders and back no longer hunched over a keyboard is such that you won't want to go back.