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Reference: Attics & Dollhouses, and Countries Project

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Thanks to Sean for doing the leg work on making these book lists for the “Attics & dollhouses” and “Countries” projects. Feel free to take a look at them and use them when students are asking for help on these projects.

These lists include circulation and reference books that are in our collection. For images, check out the Picture Files and categories under “Countries,” “Costume,” “U.S,” “Western,” “Art,” “People,” “Dance,” etc.

The book lists are saved in G:\Reference\Reference Help

Attics & Dollhouses Books.xls
Countries Project- Architecture Books.doc
Countries Project- Art & Culture Books.doc
Countries Project- Fashion Books.doc



FAQs for the beginning of Spring 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Hi guys,

You may have been asked these questions already…Here’s a recent compilation!


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a) Students Downloading AAU Fonts for Personal Use:

On any of the computers around the circ desk, click the Mac System icon in the top right hand corner of the desktop.

You’ll see the AAU Fonts folder, where students can download fonts for personal use through a USB or external hard drive.

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b) Reference Question: “Countries” project or topics that only bring up a few books in our system, try National Geographic magazine

If the catalog doesn’t show many books on a topic or Picture Files are not proving so helpful, you can always try the National Geographic Index.

The indexes are found at the end of the National Geographic Back Issues section. There are 2 indexes (1888-1988 & 1989-2003) where you can search by topic and find which issues and page numbers the article on the topic are on.

You can find the issues in the bound annuals (1917-2014) located in the Periodicals or individual National Geographic issues (1923-2003) can be found in the Quiet Study Area (these can be checked out).

Example topic: “Geishas” didn’t bring up too many books, but there was at least one past National Geographic article with images that came under the search term “Geisha” and “Japan”

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c)Reference Question: How do I find out the history of the retail store Old Navy?

For history, look at the company website.
Their annual report is available here (

Meebo Chat - Online Reference Hours

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Hi Everyone,

I am planning to re-implement the Meebo chat page (you can see it here:  This page is not currently linked to from anywhere on the website, but I am going to link to it from the Online Students subject guide, as well as from a new Ask a Librarian page I am working on.

I am currently planning on logging into Meebo Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings and I also plan to extend my hours in the future.  I wanted to find out if anyone else wanted to sign up for Meebo hours.  If you would like to sign up, just let me know what days and hours you would like.  You’ll just have to log into Meebo from your office during those hours and answer any questions from students that come in.  You can try it out for awhile and if you don’t get any questions, we can always adjust your hours.

Just email me with hours you would like.  I plan to start my hours next week, and I should get the new pages up sometime this week.  If you have any questions about this just let me know.  It will probably be pretty slow at first, as it will take time for students to learn about it.  But I’ll write a blog post and maybe add an announcement on the home page to advertise this new feature to students.

MLA Resources

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Hi everyone,

Holly and I have some exciting* news about MLA resources (*if you consider style rules exciting, that is):

We now have an updated MLA Citation Guide webpage, which includes new formats such as graphic novels, blog posts, and YouTube videos.  We also have a PDF How-To Guide specifically for image citation.

Here is the link to the MLA Citation Guide webpage:

The PDF How-To Guide for image citation can be found in the following places:

  • Under the image example sections of the MLA Citation Guide webpage:
  • Under the Library Tutorials webpage:
  • Last but not least, the Digital Images webpage:

Also, there is a new print handout version of the updated MLA Citation Guide, lovingly crafted by Emily, which will make its debut soon at the Circulation Desk.

Please contact Holly or me if you have any questions or suggestions regarding these resources.

Thank you,

New ProQuest Layout

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

All of the links to ProQuest and Hoover’s have now been updated to take you to the new platform for ProQuest.  The links for browsing and searching magazines through the library’s magazines page ( as well as the links on the home page, the Online Articles page and the Subject Guides have been updated.  If you find a link on the library website pointing to the old ProQuest website, be sure to let me (Holly) know.

If you have any questions about the new layout, you can ask me.  I will be updating the links to Avery as well, sometime this week.

If you would like to use the old proquest platform, there is a link to it on the Online Articles and Reference page.


Supressed Theses/MFAs Have Moved

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Hello everyone.  I wanted to let you know–even though you may not have ever had to find them–that if you are looking for the suppressed thesis projects, they have moved.

They are now being stored in first set of file cabinets in the back row of the MFA/thesis shelves, instead of the second.  The second “dead end” cabinet did not have enough drawers with hanging folder rails to contain the incoming flow of projects that have been supressed by Graduate Department request.

Don’t worry if you haven’t known about these in the first place, because they are rarely pulled.  The Graduate Department occasionally requests that a certain thesis not be included in the pool of thesis projects available to students.  They might do this because the department feels that the project is not suitable for student reference, that the final project will be used for a business venture, or some other reason.

The catalog records for these projects are suppressed from view, and students or faculty must get permission from Debra in order to look at one.  Because of their status, we only pull one of these if the requester is looking for a specific named project and has the library director’s permission.


Subject Specialists

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

We are adding Subject Specialists to the Subject Guides - this can currently be seen on the Fashion, Architecture, Web Design / New Media, and Art History Subject Guides.

If you would like to be a subject specialist for one of the Academy’s departments, just email me and let me know which department subject guide you would like to be added to.


Summer Reference

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Hi everyone,

We are not planning on holding regular reference desk hours over the summer semester, unless we start seeing a big demand for it. So, whenever a library patron has a reference question, please call me (Hope) at extension 3894  and I will come out to help. If I am not available, then you can call Debra (3899) or Heather C (3761) or Holly (3840).



PowerPoint Resources for Students

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

I just wanted to remind the circ staff that there are a couple of PowerPoint resources on the library’s Website. They are:

  1. “PowerPoint Guide” (PDF) for Mac users (great for the PP novice)
  2. “Image Resolution and PowerPoint” YouTube video

These are both found on the Reference Help-Tours & Tutorials Webpage. The guide is also found at the bottom of the Digital Images Webpage.

Heather C.

FND 112 Figure Drawing Images in LUNA

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Auguste Haboush is the teacher who requested we keep 4 Pierre-Paul Prud’hon images behind the desk on faculty course reserve. There is now a Media Group in LUNA call “FND 112 Haboush - Prud’hon Group”. To view “FND 112 Haboush - Prud’hon Group”:

  1. Go to LUNA (you do not have to log-in)
  2. Select Explore from the top menu
  3. Select Media Groups from the drop-down menu
  4. Select “Find More” from the bottom-right area of the screen
  5. Select “FND 112 Haboush - Prud’hon Group” from the alphabetized list of Media Groups

Please let me know if anyone has any questions or needs me to demo the above steps for them.

Heather C.