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Learning a New Language? Now on trial — Mango Languages

Mango Languages is a web-based, self-directed application designed to help you learn a new language. Falvey Memorial Library is featuring a Mango Languages trial, which offers an overview of many languages including Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese. This product also offers languages with international flavors, such as Arabic (Levantine), Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, Turkish and Hebrew.

Features include—

—complete control of each lesson by a click-of-the-mouse ability to repeat words and review phrases.

—a combination of audio format and written text that focuses primarily on conversational skills.

—lessons tailored for each language, though all cover standard tourist and language learner topics. Native speakers (male and female) give pronunciation, then pause for the learner to repeat. Review modules for vocabulary, phrases also included.

—grammatical and cultural notes that provide insight into the language and customs, as well as quizzes and conversations that focus on practical experiences.


ARTstor — a Visual Treasure Trove at Your Fingertips

by Alice Bampton

boatingARTstor, a digital image database, over five years old and still growing, now contains over one million images of “arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences.” Initially, ARTstor held 300,000 images but none of modern or contemporary art. There are now over 350,000 images of twentieth and twenty-first century works.

Not just for art historians, the collections support multidisciplinary uses. Need a photograph of Nelson Mandela or East African folk art? Representations of Ophelia across the centuries or examples of Gothic architecture?  Contemporary writers’ photos include the young Jack Kerouac. You may also peruse the Thomas Eakins collection, which includes the well-known “Gross Clinic” and his boating paintings. (more…)


Phylis Wright Promoted

pw-headshotPhylis Wright was recently promoted to Manager of Access Desk Services. Commenting on her promotion, University Librarian Joe Lucia said, “Phylis has a long history of dedicated service to the library and has been recognized for that by the faculty through the Facultas Award (spring 2006). She has an unwavering commitment to making the library a welcoming and responsive environment for our users. She also does an amazing job hiring and coordinating the schedules of the students who work on the Access team.”

Phylis began her library career working part-time in Reserves, and then became a full-time employee. Other library assignments have included a stint in interlibrary loan. In addition to her work in Reserves, she began hiring, training and scheduling students who work at the circulation desk, a number that ultimately grew to sixty student employees.

Luisa Cywinski, team leader of Access Services and Phylis’s supervisor, said “Our large group of student employees, who work in multiple areas of the department, reflect Phylis’s commitment to the goal of making cross-training a reality.” Luisa also said that Phylis will be the “front end manager” at Access Services, where her dedication to service will benefit library patrons most.

Phylis commented that her “job is always changing,” and she is excited about her promotion because she is “very people-oriented.”

In her free time Phylis indulges in her interest in crafts such as beading, ceramics and wreath-making.

By Alice Bampton


More summer reading suggestions

By Jackie Mirabile

pettigrew2Did you know that Falvey has a collection called Popular Reading located near the Circulation Desk? Works by well-known authors such as Mary Higgins Clark, Michael Connelly or James Patterson are here. Have you read the latest Harry Potter? Take a chance on a first novel such as the delightful Major Pettigrew’s last stand.

We have graphic novels and even a graphic biography of Trotsky. How about biographies of people in sports, politics or history such as Team of rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln by the renowned historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

japanese-cooking1Or maybe this is the time to try out a new recipe such as you might find in Japanese cooking by Emi Kazuko.

Our Popular Reading collection can provide you not only with familiar authors but also open up new reading adventures.

(Illustration, top left, by Michael Kirkham from Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.)


EconLit with full text — available on trial

by Linda Hauck

Now available:  a trial for EconLit with Full Text!  EBSCO, one of the leading academic database platform and journal subscription agents, offers an enhanced version of the American Economic Association’s indexing and abstracting service, EconLit.  (To try it and for more information, see the Business Reference blog.)



Last Modified: July 1, 2010