Finals Week at NDNU!

It’s almost the end of the semester, my fellow students, staff, and faculty! All we haveLibrary Christmas Tree 12-2014 to do is hop over this pit of lava and soar through a flaming hoop otherwise known as the final exams.

Soon we will be home, away from NDNU, with our families and friends. Would you like to give a little holiday cheer to a former prisoner who has been released from jail but is still separated from his or her family? The library invites you to write a warm and inspirational letter to former prisoners at St. Vincent de Paul’s Catherine Center. Send them a holiday message through the Letters of Affirmation Project to let them know that they are not alone and encourage them to think of the bright future ahead of them.

Just so you know the library will be closed from December 14 through January 13. The library will, of course, open again on January 14.

Happy Holidays from NDNU library!

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Hello, breezy November!

This month the library celebrates Native American Heritage Month and NaNoWriMo/NaBloPoMo! We also have upcoming workshops.

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Did you know that November is Native American Heritage Month? To celebrate, the librarians have set up a Native American-themed book display. Come check out our book display. We have many books written by renowned Native American authors as well as books about Native American history and culture. Last month, the Gellert Library Celebrating Native American Heritage Monthcelebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by creating a book display and screening the film Real Women Have Curves.

Upcoming Workshops

Now that we’re through with midterms and finals are still a comfortable (breathing) distance away, students have time to concentrate on assignments like group projects and group presentations. Speaking of presentations, interested in designing an effective PowerPoint presentation? Come to the library on Wednesday, November 12, to learn about the variety of tools you have at your hands to create a presentation to captivate your audiences. This workshop will start at one o’clock in the afternoon PowerPoint and lasts until 1:30 P.M.

Other workshops include opportunities to learn the computer programming language of Python on both Monday, November 17, from 3:00-4:00 P.M. and Wednesday, November 19, also from 3:00-4:00 P.M. Monday will be an Introduction to (the wonderful world of) Python workshop, while Wednesday will present an opportunity for some hands-on programming practice. The Wednesday of November 19 will also have an introduction to Excel workshop from 1:00-1:30 in the afternoon.MS Excel

Other November News

In other news, November is also NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. What am I even talking about? Well, November is not only “National Novel Writing Month,” but also “National Blog Posting Month.” As Michelle Weber of describes November, “[NaNoWriMo is when] writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; [NaBloPoMo is when writers commit] to posting every single day in November” (Weber).

Wishing you all a marvelous November,

The Gellert Library

MLA Formatted Sources Cited

Weber, Michelle. “The NaMos Are Coming! The NaMos Are Coming!” News. WordPress, 24 Oct. 2014. Web. 7 Nov. 2014. <; .


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New Faculty at the library!

Since last spring, Quincy McCrary joined us as the new Reference and Assessment librarian. We are thrilled to have him join our team. He’s also our Social Sciences guy and works part time as an Anthropology professor at San Jose State University. For those of you writing literature reviews this semester, Quincy is your go-to guy.  A little bit about Quincy:

1. Kindle or paper book?

PAPER!!! Also love audio books because, you know, I commute an hour to the University…

2. What is your favorite thing about NDNU?

So far??? The Coyote I met the second day I was here, check out his pics!


3. If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Gawd, that’s tough. Emperor Kellanved from the Malazan Book of the Fallen? LOL, NERD!

4. If you were able to add up all the pages of the books in the library, how many would there be?

More than the number of naked Bicycle enthusiasts in San Francisco?

5. What is your favorite book?

Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason or Europe and the People Without History or A Peoples History of the United States or Envisioning Power: Ideologies of Dominance and Crisis or The Archaeology of Knowledge or…

6. Write about yourself in Haiku format:

Redwoods and Water

Russian River Kid in a city

How do you find quiet?

Mary Wegmann, who has been a librarian for us during this last year, recently took on the big job as our new director! Many of you already know her, but for those of you who don’t…

1. Kindle or paper book?


2. What is your favorite thing about NDNU?

The students and the eucalyptus trees

3. If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Claudia Kincaid From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler or Harriet M. Welsch from Harriet the Spy

4. If you were to add up all the pages of the books in the library, how many would there be?

A billion

5. What is your favorite book?

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

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New STEM student assistants!

With a new year, we have two new STEM student assistants who have joined our team at the library! Read about them below in Anna’s annoying library get-to-know-you interview:


Amy Rich:

1. Kindle or paper book?    Paper book!

2.  What is your favorite thing about NDNU?

    The small community feeling and being able to know such a divers group of people.

3.  If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

    Yossarian from Catch 22

4.  If you were to add up all the pages of the books in the library, how many would there be?

    Enough to keep you occupied for a long time. :)

5. What is your favorite book?

    Tie between Catch 22 and Tuesdays with Morrie

6. Write about yourself in Haiku format:
    A soccer player,

    who loves to make cookies

   simply put, Amy. 


Julie Wong:



1. Kindle or paper book? 

    paper book, please.

2. What is your favorite thing about NDNU?

    the people!

3.  If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

    I would be Hermione Granger. She’s brave, capable of magic, knows all the answers, and cares about the rights of house-elves. :)

4. If you were to add up all the pages of the books in the library, how many would there be?

    Quite possibly umpteen billion pages.

5.  What is your favorite book?

    The World of Normal Boys by K.M.Soehnlein – it’s a very captivating novel.

6. Write about yourself in Haiku format:

    Daydreamer Julie

   writing free-verse poetry

   she procrastinates.

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Highlight: Journal of Visualized Experiments

Dear fellow navigators of the library’s vast resources,

By navigators I mean students, undergraduate and graduate, pursuing a major in the field of sciences. You may have been directed to this delightful site by your well-meaning professor. You might be here out of curiosity. Either way, you have arrived just in time to learn about a fascinating database that NDNU has subscribed to. This database, called the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), is full of videos informing viewers on how to use laboratory equipment such as a centrifuge, analytical balance, or spectrophotometer. Furthermore, JoVE also contains numerous videos about the skills every scientist and future scientist needs to have to perform experiments in the laboratory. One example is a video that explains the process of preparing and diluting solutions. Each video of a basic skill also links to additional videos that explain the applications these skills are used in.

For students, this site can help prepare you (and calm your nerves) for Chemistry Lab finals in which you may need to perform an experiment without step-by-step instructions. This site can also help you refresh your memory of how to use the lab equipment in tomorrow’s experiment. If you want to understand how to use a fundamental skill and understand the various possible experiments that require this skill, JoVE can help you. Say, for example, it’s been a long while since you last used the centrifuge but you know, according to your instructor’s handout, that tomorrow you will be using the centrifuge in an experiment. JoVE has a video titled “An Introduction to the Centrifuge.” If you don’t have a pair of earphones on you and you’re afraid of disturbing your peers, JoVE breaks down the video in a transcript marked by the times each segment begins at. Scrolling further down the page to “Applications,” you will see additional videos of experiments that require use of a centrifuge. One such video is “Purification of Mitochondria from Yeast Cells.” Another is called “Purification of Pathogen Vacuoles from Legionella-infected Phagocytes.”

JoVE can be easily navigated either by typing search terms into the search bar or by clicking on one of the ten circles to the right of the search bar. These circles bring the student to an area of science such as bioengineering or the environment. Most videos have their content outlined similarly to a scientific research paper with an abstract, introduction, results, discussion, protocol, and materials list underneath the video clip. The steps the scientists take in each clip are outlined under “Protocol.”As for writing a research paper, these videos can be easily cited and used in a paper as the citation can be found underneath each video. This site also allows the student to leave a comment at the bottom after viewing a video if he or she has a question.

Professors may recommend JoVE to students who want to review previously learned skills. JoVE is a great companion to any science lab class and can save students time and frustration by allowing him or her to view a video of the experiment for preparation.

I wish you Godspeed as you navigate your way through the labyrinth of information and technology, losing yourself in both cyberspace and in the maze of book shelves and staircases. If you are extremely bored (and a procrastinator), JoVE also has a blog that can be accessed above the search bar. Here you will find articles that only barely relate to your homework.

Best of luck!

Click here for a tour of the JoVE interface: Julie’s JoVE Directions (4)

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Summer at the library!

Happy summer from the library!

We’ve had a lot of changes that have kept us busy in the last few months (hence the absence of blog posts).  We’re excited about all of our summer projects including some new upholstery, and a fresh website!

One person who has been integral to making these changes happen is our newest team member, Pia Selkirk.  Pia joined the library mid April.  She is originally from Mumbai, India, speaks 7 (seven!) different languages, and is excited about working with the amazing NDNU students (especially our of international students).  Pia previously worked at OCLC (a major library organization), Google, and Highwire Press at Stanford. She worked relentlessly with Claire Karoly in Communications for the last couple of months to redesign and launch our brand new library website.  Pia has a lot more in store for the Gellert Library this fall.   



Stay tuned – we have one more librarian, Quincy McCrary, starting on July 1st.  He’ll be joining us from UCSF.  We are thrilled to be building a strong team!  In the meantime, watch for more information on the new website and a few new databases.

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South Bay Women’s Conference: Women in STEM careers

Last Saturday, I had the honor of attending the 3rd Annual South Bay Women’s Conference held at San Jose State University.  Rachel Shellabarger from the Natural Sciences Department, Tricia Robateau, a senior Philosophy and English major, and I (Anna from the library), spent the day learning from some great female leaders of the Bay Area.  The conference started out with a discussion panel which consisted of three amazing role models: Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Dr. Jessie Dotson (Science Director at the NASA Ames Research Center), and Dr. Karen Singmaster (SJSU chemistry professor).  The three speakers stressed the importance of strength, perseverance, and the ability to recognize, own, and celebrate each of our accomplishments and successes. In addition to the 8 workshops held by women who are successful and confident in their careers, we were fortunate to have Lilly Ledbetter as the keynote speaker.  In her talk, she reflected on her journey before and after President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009.

Even though the conference was aimed at women in STEM, Philosophy and English student Tricia Robateau found that much of the information at the conference still applied to her.  Please read her excellent reflection on the day’s events:

“Women have, for the longest time, been denied the right of progress; but as we enter into a new age, women continue to break new boundaries and venture into new realms. Women continue to usurp the status quo through higher education and entering the work force- defying all thoughts and challenges that they may face. Attending this year’s women conference on STEM, allowed me to not only get a better perspective on women and the workforce, but to inspire me to continue with my own career goals. Women, especially in the STEM fields, are often facing the leaky pipeline and struggling for recognition. Not only do we want to make our mark in history, but we also want the opportunity to pursue the career we love. Education is the foundation of a nation and allowing women to not only attend school, but to enter into STEM fields allows for the diversity that each nation needs. As policy-makers, engineers, scientists and etcetera women bring their own perspective to their field, they work hard (often harder than most because of discrimination), and they bring understanding from a holistic point of view. Since women in the STEM workforce is still relatively new, it is up to this generation to pave the way for the future, so that in a few years there will no longer be discrimination or inequality amongst men and women. While it’s true that we are working for pay, we are also working for the benefit and progress of our nation and for a better tomorrow. We are constantly reminded that diversity is the key to progress, and we must accept this if this as we enter into a new era. The guest speaker, Lilly Ledbetter is a crusader for equal pay and women’s right and she reminded us that there will be challenges that we face but that we must continue to persevere.  She is a reminder to women to continue to pursue our goals, because whatever adversity we as women may face, we stand in solidarity with each other.  Through the different workshops, we were given glimpse of different women leaders and inspiration and hope for a better tomorrow. We had the opportunity to see and hear the challenges other women in the STEM field face and we were given a better awareness so that we may venture back into the workforce and education system with renew vigor and strength.” 


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