Archive for May, 2007

This Day in History: Birth of Harry S. Truman

58-486.jpg Harry S. Truman, the nation’s 33rd president, was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. Fifty-one years later, on May 8, 1945, he was president for less than one month when he announced Allied Victory in Europe. That broadcast is available online. Download it to your ipod and impress your friends.

To learn more about Harry S. Truman, check out one of the books below. (They’re all on the third floor.) To learn more online go to the Truman Presidential Museum & Library.

The autobiography of Harry S. Truman
edited by Robert H. Ferrell
Boulder, Colo. : Colorado Associated University Press, 1980
E814 .A32

Conflict and crisis: the Presidency of Harry S. Truman, 1945-1948
Robert J. Donovan
New York : Norton, 1977
E813 .D6                                  

FDR and Harry: unparalleled lives
Robert Underhill
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1996
E807 .U53 1996 

Harry S. Truman: a life
Robert H. Ferrell
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1994
E814 .F46 1994                             

Letters from father: the Truman family’s personal correspondence
edited by Margaret Truman
New York : Arbor House, 1981
E814.1 .L47                                

Man of the people: a life of Harry S. Truman
Alonzo L. Hamby
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
E814 .H28 1995                           

Strictly personal and confidential: the letters Harry Truman never mailed
edited by Monte M. Poen
Boston : Little, Brown, 1982
E814 .A4 1982B                            

David McCullough
New York : Simon & Schuster, 1992
E814 .M26 1992                                                      

Truman’s crises: a political biography of Harry S. Truman
Harold F. Gosnell
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1980
E814 .G67                                 

Where the buck stops: the personal and private writings of Harry S. Truman
edited by Margaret Truman
New York, NY : Warner Books, 1989
E742.5 .T62 1989                          

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Bound Periodicals as Art Objects

library-024.jpg Been up to the second floor to look at magazines and journals lately? For the past decade or so an increasing number of print journals are also available online.  As more and more journals are available online, libraries sometimes cancel subscriptions to their print equivalents. We still have about 900 current subscriptions though. At the end of the year individual issues get sent to the bindery where they turn into “bound peridicals.”  

Artist Mickey Smith has been travelling the country and photographing bound journals in interesting ways. Take a look at her unique perspective on her web site.  

Viewing the various versions of her Volume Project is a bit tricky though. There are four different versions: Bio, Power, Minnesota and Installations. To see them click on their names on the left hand menu. Then to see the works in each, click on the small dark boxes beneath the photographs. It’s worth the effort. And don’t you need a break from studying for finals or grading them anyway?

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Tips for Finals

From the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Health Education, these tips for surviving finals week are definitely worth considering. They recommend the following:

1. Don’t panic and make too much of finals
2. Don’t relax and make too little of finals
3. Make time for “renewing” activities
4. Use an effective study method (and they offer tips for that too)
5. Get enough sleep
6. Resist the urge to party
7. Arrive on time
8. Follow the rules of good exam taking
9. Don’t worry about others finishing earlier than you
10. When the exam is over, let it go!

Take a look at the site for additional information and good luck to everyone!

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Need extra study time for finals?

library-054.jpg Once again, as in past years, the library will be open an additional hour — until 11 p.m.  — during finals week so you can have a little extra time to get ready for those important exams. We will be open until 11 p.m. on the following nights:

Monday, May 7
Tuesday, May 8
Wednesday, May 9
Thursday, May 10

The Vodra Computer Lab will be open even later, until 1:00 a.m. from Monday, April 30 until Sunday, May 13.  On Sunday, May 6 and Sunday, May 13, Vodra Lab will be open from noon until midnight.

Come by the library to pick up a schedule and good luck with finals!

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