Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Top Tens of 2011: Top Ten Fish Mascot Pictures

2011 Top Tens: Top Ten Fish Mascot Pictures

You might think this Fish Photography post is a little tongue in cheek, but little did you know how busy the library's beta fish has been in 2011. From updating our website to wearing a pink backpack, this little guy did his fair share of work!

Our mascot is named W. T. l'Orange, by the way. Stands for Wiggle Tail. He's French.

There was a slight misunderstanding when we had a BBQ this summer. Our Mascot was not to be on the menu.
Time To Go To School Fish!
This was Get Out the Vote Fish. No one knows what that phrase actually means.
This is Potassium Awareness Fish. Semper Potassiumus.
I know this looks horrific, even cannibalistic, but W.T. was just doing a photoshoot for Cabella's. He didn't actually go fishing for his cousins.
W.T. went for a boat ride with Frosty the Snowman. It was alright.
Here is the Fish ringing in the 2011 New Year. In reality it was dark in here, since the library was closed over break, but whatever.
For Halloween 2011, W. T. dressed as a fish in a hat.
We constantly are updating content on our website. The Fish helps out where he can.
I've run out of clever things to write. If you're still reading this far down, I commend your dedication to our beta fish. Perhaps you would like to clean his bowl?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Top Tens of 2011: What People are Reading

2011 Top Tens: Top Ten Books Read
Saint Mary’s students, faculty, and librarians are an erudite bunch. Just look at the exciting titles most checked out from our collection over the past year!
  1. Learning in adulthood / Sharan B. Merriam
  2. The flock / Joan Frances Casey
  3. Introduction to rubrics: An assessment tool to save grading time, convey effective feedback, and promote student learning / Dannelle D. Stevens
  4. Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice / Derald Wing Sue
  5. Clinical handbook of couple therapy
  6. Textbook of neonatal resuscitation / John Kattwinkel, Ed.
  7. Walk out, walk on / Margaret J. Wheatley
  8. Organization development and change / Thomas G. Cummings
  9. --exciting 7 way tie--
    Solution-focused therapy / Bill O'Connell
    The ghost map: The story of London's most terrifying epidemic / Steven Johnson
    Where we stand: Class matters / bell hooks
    Farewell my Subaru: An epic adventure in local living / Doug Fine
    Assessment and treatment activities for children, adolescents, and families
    Blended learning in higher education / D. Randy Garrison
    Race, class gender: An anthology

Top Tens of 2011: Searching for Us

2011 Top Tens: Searching for TC Library’s Website from the Internet
No surprises here! Although apparently our qualitative/quantitative page is a favorite of people around the nation. We got these search terms from our Google Analytics account.
  1. saint mary's university of Minnesota
  2. smumn blackboard
  3. smumn
  4. smumn library
  6. st marys university mn
  7. st. mary's university of minnesota
  8. qualitative research vs quantitative research
  10. saint mary's university

2011 Top Tens: Top Ten States using TC Library’s Website (excluding MN and WI)
From California to New York, it seems the whole United States is finding us online. Read below to find out how many visitors we got from states around the nation.
  1. Illinois (836 visitors)
  2. California (591 visitors)
  3. New York (553 visitors)
  4. Texas (472 visitors)
  5. Missouri (391 visitors)
  6. Iowa (325 visitors)
  7. Florida (270 visitors)
  8. Pennsylvania (260 visitors)
  9. Ohio (253 visitors)
  10. Michigan (237 visitors)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Top Tens of 2011: Top Ten Busiest Days of 2011

Top Tens of 2011: Top Ten Busiest Days of 2011
Did you know that every time someone walks through the doors of TC Library we make note of that? Well, we do as long as our heads aren't buried helping people at the computers or answering a question over chat or email. So while our methods are perhaps a little inaccurate depending on how much multitasking we're doing on the desk, we do try to keep track of library space usage. In other words, we totally spy on you!

This top ten list is useful for those students and faculty who need to see and be seen, be en vogue, if you will, on the most popular days in the library.
  1. Thurs., June 23rd. Art on Park opening this day.
  2. Weds., Feb. 2nd. 
  3. Tues., Jan. 25th.
  4. Weds., June 29th. This is amazing, because we were closed for two hours at night. In case you care.
  5. Weds., June 8th. 
  6. Tues., July 12th. 
  7. Thurs., Oct. 13th.
  8. Tues., July 5th.  Interesting. Raring to go after an low key 4th of July weekend, I suppose.
  9. Tues., Jan. 11th.
  10. exciting 3 way tie!
    Weds,. June 1.
    Thurs., Mar. 3rd
    Mon., Jan. 10 First say of the semester.
Well, wasn't that a fun list?

Friday, December 09, 2011

New Year's Facelift: GVRL

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) has a new interface. In early December, Gale "announced a totally redesigned user interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), its online ebook platform. After extensive user analysis and market feedback, the interface has been overhauled with improved navigation and organization, and a vibrant and engaging display to draw in students, researchers, professionals and general readers."

Lost? Watch a demo of the changes here.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Holidazzling New Books

In addition to being merry and caroling amongst the stacks, the librarians have purchased another round of patron-requested books. Check 'em out as you sip a glass of nog this holiday season.