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5 Things Your Library Friends Like

Weekly updates from the Good Library

Zoom meeting screenshot of library staffWelcome back GC Community! We started this series in April 2020 as a way to stay in touch when we couldn't be in person.

Turns out it was so much fun and so many of you enjoyed it that we have kept the tradition going.

Each week we will feature a few things that we are enjoying that week, some will be virtual, some will be in person. We may even try to sneak in a research tip or two.

As always if you have questions or comments, feel free to email us at library@goshen.edu, or come stop by the Ask Desk at the library. We would love to chat with you and answer your questions.

October 22, 2021

Meet our student workers--Olivia!

Meet Olivia! She has been with us for a couple of years now. Olivia is a Junior, Math major and graphic design minor. Her karaoke night go-to is Postmodern Jukebox’s 20s Capone-style cover of “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Her favorite spot in the library is the second-floor lounge during a good thunderstorm, though behind the desk is a close second.

Stop by and say hi! And grab that free cup of coffee from the coffee bar while checking out more from our Instagram page! -- Kelsey

Someone Dead Ruined My Life… Again

Ever found yourself wondering why we have to sprinkle citations on every inch of our writings? Check out this hilarious and educational video by YouTuber extraordinaire CGP Grey to get an idea of why attribution matters, even if we don’t personally see the results of it. Just think… by citing things, you might be helping some poor future researcher stay sane! -- Tillie

Another Online Comic You Don’t Wanna’ Miss!

Here’s another free online comic that I highly recommend for their imaginative subjects as well as great artwork. Powernap, a humorous and mind-boggling story from Mexico (don’t worry, there’s an English version if languages aren’t your thing) that is just finishing up its run, and this one’s a Real Hoot! I had to be careful about where I read it, as I often ended up literally Laughing-Out-Loud. Plus, the art is often so Awesome, it’s like seeing Pink Elephants, but without the nasty side effects. -- Esther 

Apocalypse and a Coma in Space

You wake up in a spaceship with no memory of how you got there, what happened to your dead crewmates or what your mission is. Welcome to the opening of Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. This is a fast-paced hard sci-fi book with a first person main character that will keep you reading late into the night. Highly recommended. -- Abby

Interested in saving your students money?

The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can budget $1,240 - $1,440 for textbooks and supplies in 2021-22. Open Textbooks are a great way to provide students with excellent course materials, while also saving money. These are full, real textbooks used by faculty across the country and are licensed to be freely edited, used and distributed. Interested in learning more? Sign up for a 1 hour webinar from PALNI on Nov 8 from 2-3pm EST. -- Erin (PALNI)

October 15, 2021

A Critical Hit!

Want to find out what streaking and video games have in common? Tune into video game historian, Critical Kate’s wonderfully done video game history series. -- Fritz

Meet our student workers--Aubri!

Aubri is one of our new student workers working both at the desk and as our shelver-at-large (she helps put EVERYthing back on the shelves).

Aubri is a Sophomore Sign Language Interpreting Major. One of her favorite songs would also be her go-to karaoke song, “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell. Aubri’s favorite spot in the library is the popular reading section. She likes looking for new books to read. Plus, the free coffee bar makes it smell good in that area!

Stop by and say hi! And grab that free cup of coffee from the coffee bar while checking out more from our Instagram page! -- Kelsey

Disney Meets Punk Rock

Do you love Disney songs but wish they were a little more punk? Can you hear the popular Moana song, “How Far I’ll Go” with electric guitar riffs and head banging? Check out the band Punk Rock Factory for your Disney/Punk Rock fix! -- Kelsey

The Internet Archive Gives You Free Audiobooks! 

Looking for a good (free) book to listen to? The Internet Archive has a collection of classics to choose from - listen to narrations of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and more. In addition to the notable names and titles, try browsing to find strange gems like the pulp sci-fi novel “Vampires of Space” or the speech “Has a Frog a Soul?” -- Tillie

Need something to do over midterm break?

Consider browsing our Popular Reading, Graphic Novel and Board Game collections. We have lots of novels, poetry, comics, and board games to choose from. If you want to see the newest books added, visit the News Nook to the left of the front desk. -- Abby

October 8, 2021

Military History Meets Lord of the Rings

Have you ever thought to yourself, “hmmm I wonder how realistic the logistics and strategy were behind the Siege of Gondor in Lord of the Rings?” Well then, you are in luck, the historian Bret Devereaux has a 6 part series analyzing Tolkien’s fictional scene through an academic eye. And don’t worry, he addresses the differences in the book and movie portrayals. A super nerdy, but very fun read. -- Abby

Meet our student workers--Aiden!

Aiden is a second-year majoring in Biochemistry. Aiden’s song of choice for karaoke would be “Look How Far We’ve Come” by Quinn XCII. And his favorite spot in the library is the lounge area by the games on the first floor—“It’s right by the coffee so it smells good!”

Stop by the front desk and say hi and check out more on our Instagram page! And thanks Aiden for joining our team this year! -- Kelsey

What plant is that? 

If you’re like me, you know how to identify about a dozen different plants and refer to all others as “that round-leafed thing” or “the cute succulent with the little spikes.” But there is hope for us in the form of plant identification apps where you can snap a picture and learn all about a plant in an instant. I use the free version of PictureThis, which also helps you identify insects and birds. Try out your favorite app by wandering around campus and learning all about the prairie plants you walk past each day. -- Tillie

Relax and nurture your soul--listen to a story!

Story Online gives you a chance to listen to a talented and famous person read a children’s book aloud to you. Readers include  Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more. -- Beth

Interlibrary Loans: Did You Know?

Here’s a question that we hear all the time -- “So I requested an item through Interlibrary Loan, but I need it as soon as possible. How long will I have to wait for it?”

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Well, that all depends on who’s lending it to us, where it’s coming from and what form it’s in (print or electronic.) Since there are libraries participating in Interlibrary Loan located literally all over the world, this can understandably affect the distance and/or time any item, electronic or physical, must travel, from start to finish. And, a variety of other factors can affect travel time, such as each Lending Library’s turnaround speed and what they're willing/able to pay for transit.

So, generally, we say:

  • For Electronic Items: Two Days, though it can be as short as 12 hours, or as long as two weeks (If the Lender sends it in print form due to copyright restrictions.)

  • For Print Items: Seven to Ten Days, though it may take longer if it’s hard-to-find (like a dissertation) or very popular item (like the latest best seller.)

And don’t forget that these are “business days,” not including weekends, holidays or any time the GC Library is closed. But during those five-days-a week, Interlibrary Loans are busy processing your Requests as fast as possible--Not even COVID could stop us completely! -- Esther

October 1, 2021

Gearing up for the GRE? Procrastinating on Praxis?

We have great resources for you! Check out this libguide about test prep materials you can access through the library. The best one is a free resource called Learning Express Library, once you create a free account you have access to practice tests and more. Learn how to sign up here. -- Abby

Meet our student workers--GRETA!

Meet one of our returning student workers, Greta! Greta is a junior English and art double major with a minor in writing. She would choose “Dancing Queen” by ABBA (or any other song in Mama Mia) for karaoke. And Greta’s favorite spot in the library is definitely. The second floor lounge right next to the windows—“perfect for people watching!” (But, she says, the standing desk in the A-H side of the stacks is a close second). Make sure to say hi and thank you to Greta for all of her hard work and check out more from our Instagram page! -- Kelsey

Complete an escape room from your dorm! 

Looking for a good way to spend an hour with friends? Check out an Unlock! game from the library’s game collection. These escape-rooms-in-a-box need only some cunning players, a phone or iPad, and an hour of your time to play. Work together to escape a creepy laboratory, a deserted island, a sunken submarine, or many other scenarios of varying difficulty. You can find these games in the “small games” shelf of the library reading room. -- Tillie 

You survived 2020--now what?

Treat yourself to a good read, or ask for one in a care package! Check out this list of 10 Best 2020 Reads for College Students. I have read three of them--and, yes, they are good!! -- Beth 

My Favorite Online Comics Redux:

Back by Popular Demand (sorta’), and just in case you missed them the first time, here’s some Free Online Comics practically guaranteed to please!

Mare Internum: If you’ve had a bad experience with an online comic you dearly loved “disappearing” on you before the story is done--an unfortunate experience, even before COVID disruptions, due to the voluntary and often non-professional nature of this body of work--here’s a now completed comic with excellent art and thoroughly satisfying story. Mare is science fiction with a very unexpected take on Mars Exploration, and I loved it so much I’ve read it twice. And also take a look at the extras, especially the “Thrip?” fan art! -- Esther

September 24, 2021

FREE Public Library Cards for all students

Did ya hear?! The Good Library has teamed up with the Goshen/Elkhart Public Libraries to provide you with EVEN MORE! All materials and databases are now available to every GC student. Simply use your ID to check out in the public library or type in your long barcode to access thousands of resources at your fingertips. Find out more about this this new initiative or email Kelsey Happy Reading! -- Kelsey

Can’t decide what to read next? 

Let’s face it: there are too many books out there, and finding the right one to suit your mood can be an overwhelming task. When I’m stuck staring at my never-ending To Read list, I like to go to NPR’s Book Concierge to narrow things down. This wonderful site takes years of recommendations from trusted critics and lets you sift through them by topic, genre, and age group until you find the book that is just right. -- Tillie 

My Favorite Online Comics Redux:

Back by Popular Demand (sorta’), and just in case you missed them the first time, here’s some Free Online Comics practically guaranteed to please!

Earthsong: So you don’t have much spare time, and you’re not interested in an open-ended, long-term commitment just for a good story. Earthsong is an absorbing fantasy with elements taken from myth, fairy tale and anime that’s easy on the eyes and can even be great binge-read over a weekend, if you have a mind to. So go ahead and ENJOY! -- Esther

Hope in the midst of chaos and world pain

Takis is a rescue shelter which saves mistreated or abandoned animals and finds them homes.  If you need a little hope in your life, watch a few of these remarkable videos of love, compassion and care. -- Beth 

Internet Archive Scholar

Not that you would ever search for anything outside of the library’s awesome website, but if you did check out Internet Archive Scholar! Developed by the makers of the Wayback Machine, this academic search engine includes 25 million research articles and other scholarly documents preserved in the Internet Archive. Also, unlike the mysterious black box that is Google Scholar, the metadata is from an open user-editable catalog called fatcat.wiki (for you non-librarians that means they’re not trying to be sneaky and/or evil). -- Eric

September 17, 2021

Eat, eat more, and be merry! The MCC Relief Sale is back! 

Block off your calendar for September 25th and 26th, ‘cause the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is back! I plan on eating twice as many apple fritters and twice as much pie to make up for its cancellation last year. Don’t forget to grab cash (there’s an ATM in the Union) before you go to load up on delicious food, check out interesting crafts, and listen to live music. Plus, all proceeds benefit Mennonite Central Committee, so you know that your purchases are for a good cause. -- Tillie 

My Favorite Online Comics Redux:

Back by Popular Demand (sorta’), and just in case you missed them the first time, here’s some Free Online Comics practically guaranteed to please!

Girl Genius: Going strong since 2002 (not even COVID could slow ‘em down!), this comic won the Hugo Award for Online Comics three years in a row, and then voluntarily removed themselves from the ballot just to give somebody else a chance--Yep, they’re just That GOOD! Mad Science! Silly Operas! Jolly Monsters! Crazed Royalty in Love! You don’t have to be a Steam-Punk fan to enjoy the fun and excitement--Besides, where else are you going to meet someone named Gilgamesh Wulfenbach? - Esther

Lorax, Yertle, King Looie Katz, North-going Zax, Super Axe Whacker

Stress getting you down? Need a little childlike nurture? Visit https://www.seussville.com/ for stories, games, videos, and cute character pictures and profiles, all from the imagination of Dr. Seuss, (Theodore Giesel) who brought us How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Fox in Socks.  And there’s also merchandise to buy to read, to decorate your room or to wear! -- Beth

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit to fix your own Mac

Drat. You just spilled a delicious beverage all over your laptop. Of course the price to repair it will be more expensive than to purchase a new one, so *sigh* It's time to buy a new computer. Or does it? The Federal Government along with 20 different states are currently looking at “Right to Repair” legislation, which will allow local repair shops to have the information, manuals, and tools necessary from megacorps to make repairs on new commercial equipment. -- Eric

Preparing for a test?

Whether you are studying for the PRAXIS, GRE, MCAT or more, check out this new resource called Learning Express Library. You will need to create a free account, but then you can access lots of practice tests, study guides and more! -- Abby

September 10, 2021

Jabbed by the Bard

Do you think the world of angry insults began with the advent of Twitter? Think again. The writings of William Shakespeare are full of various mean comments, and now you receive (or send) one after another with the Shakespearean Insulter. The best part is that each quote is fully cited, so you can look cultured, academically sharp, and still trash talk. -- Eric

Free Digital Newspaper Subscriptions

Do you like to read the Wall Street Journal every morning when you wake up to go jogging at 6am? Or perhaps you enjoyed perusing the Washington Post every night before bed? Whether you are a night owl or an early bird, you can now read these newspapers (and two other ones!) from wherever you are. To learn more and get signed up go to https://libraryguides.goshen.edu/newspapers - Abby 

Waiting for your textbook to arrive?

If you are still waiting for your textbooks to arrive, you may be in luck. The library has purchased one copy of the majority of required textbooks for this semester. You can access them by coming into the library and asking at the front desk. Then you can use the book in the library for up to 3 hours. If you want to see if the library has the book you need, or if it is checked out or not, go to https://libraryguides.goshen.edu/reserves -- Abby

Do you know where you are? Geoguessr 

The premise is simple: 1) You look at an image from Google Maps Street view AND 2) using the clues in the picture you try to guess where in the world you are. Well, the folks at Geoguessr took that idea and made it into a fully fledged sport! On Geoguessr, folks compete in a variety of games, such as Country Guesser (can you guess the country you are in based on the picture), City Streak (Can you guess the city), and Last Guesser standing (If you guess wrong, you are eliminated). Unfortunately, most of these games are not free, but there is a free version for you to try. Or (if you are like me) you can just watch the pros do it on YouTube or Twitch. -- Fritz

Need great ideas for a day trip?

The Good Library just added a book called Secret Indianapolis: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. “Where in Indianapolis can you find a disappearing painting, a towering "ice tree," or a giant pink elephant holding a martini? What caused the Great Squirrel Invasion of 1822, and why did Hollywood celebrities once flock to an Indianapolis cottage called Tuckaway? Where can you find a hidden museum dedicated to antique fire extinguishers? And what, exactly, is a Recordface? You'll find the answers to these questions, and many others, in this guide to Indy's overlooked, offbeat, and unknown.” -- Cynthia