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An article in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education notes that “PBS and NPR are now posting taped interviews and videos of lectures by academics, adding to the growing number of free lectures online.”


The collaborative site, Forum Network, aims to be a public media service. To find out how an organization can get the Forum Network to record an event, or for further information about the site, visit the Forum Network FAQ page.

soy-based ink allows for easier recycling

soy-based ink makes paper recycling easier

With the new semester approaching, the library inevitably thinks about research and writing…and all the extra printer pages and photocopies that get left in the printing rooms or get tossed into the recycle bins.  We know this probably happens at your house too, so — in addition to encouraging users to only print what is necessary, to use duplex printing, and use/contribute to our “scrap” piles — we share a couple of  “green printing” tips that may also save you money in the process.

A Dutch company — Spranq — has come up with a small-but-effective advance in green-printing by developing their “eco-font” which uses up to 20% less ink.  The  free, open-source version is geared toward individual home-printing or in-office printing for small companies.  The font looks like the “verdana” font and is said to display best  in “10-point” setting; but a trial run in our household with an HP photosmart inkjet looked fine at 12 points too. Directions for adding the font to your machine is included on the site.  (note:  EcoFont Professional for large companies has also been developed, and can be licensed for a fee.)

If you buy ink for your home printer, you might consider ordering your ink cartridges from LaserMonks.  They offer ink, toner, fax and copier supplies for many major brands, but sell them for much less money.  LaserMonks have also recently introduced a  soybean-oil-based toner (rather than the standard petroleum-based toner) which touts three benefits:  “It’s easier to recycle paper printed with soy. And perhaps more important in a sour economy, soy toners can cost less than the standard alternative. Soybeans are a renewable resource whose price is likely to be more stable than that of oil” (Ramde).  To all these benefits, this we might add that the soy-toners come from a company in Maine,  so the carbon footprint is smaller than shipping toners from Taiwan.  LaserMonk’s motto is “commerce with compassion,” and Fr. Bernard McCoy, O. Cist. — Steward of Temporal Affairs, Cistercian Abbey and CEO of LaserMonks —  expresses their mission best:  “By purchasing printing supplies from LaserMonks, our customers not only save money, they support the monks’ modest life of prayer and our good works.”

Thanks to Kevin Rioux for bringing Lasermonks and Ecofont to our attention.  For more “green news”  by category check out the  Sierra Club’s “green life” blog.   For a room-by-room guide to a greener home, check out National Geographics’ Green Guide to everyday living.  Please also feel free to use our “comments” section to add your own hints, and we’ll compile them on a LibGuide.


Berlin, J. “Holey Grail.” National Geographic, Environment Section.  August, 2009. p.14

McCoy, B.  “About Lasermonks,” website. Retrieved from, accessed 8/21/2009.

Ramde, D.  “Black and White Printing Goes Green with Soy Toner,” website.  Apr 22, 2009.  Retrieved from Accessed Aug 21, 2009.

The Magna Carta, the Diaries of Anne Frank, the League of Nations Archives, and the Library of the Cistercian Abbey of Clairvaux are among the 35 new items which have recently been added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

 The Memory of the World Register features documentary heritage identified by the International Advisory Committee and endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO as corresponding to the selection criteria for world significance. 

To see detailed information on new inscriptions and the photos of collections, please click here.

We are lucky enough to have the Magna Carta “visiting” us in New York City starting September 15th at the Fraunces Tavern Museum, (where our Outreach Librarian, and fellow LIBlogger, Caroline Fuchs, is a docent).    The exhibition will last through December:

“MAGNA CARTA and the Foundations of Freedom” will also reveal how the roots of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and more all reach back to Magna Carta. It will also trace the freedom struggles of the diverse peoples making up the American social fabric.

For more on the Magna Carta and its impact on Democracy in America, check out the National Archives page dedicated to the Magna Carta.

Library Tours: Research and Resources

Library Tours: Research and Resources

As we approach the start of the new year, we want to welcome freshmen, transfer students, new graduate students and fresh faculty with some tours to get them off-and-researching.  So  we are working on a few different versions of our tours, to meet different needs.  Please take a look at these works-in-progress and offer us feedback!  If there is a “niche” tour that you would like to help with, let us know that too.

 Some features included on the current “tour site” are:

  • an AudioVisual tour of the St. Augustine Library highlighting layout, offices and services, 
  • an AudioVisual tour of the Libraries’ website & libguides,
  • a link to the research guidance booklet
  • a “floorplan guide” that allows click-throughs. 

A couple of alerts for our users: 

Student studying outside library

Library help wherever you are

Queens Campus Library: Due to short-term construction in the basement of St. Augustine Hall, materials in the Queens Library Closed Stacks are unavailable at this time. Please contact the Service Desk in Queens for assistance at 718-990-6727.

Queens & Staten Island Library Online Catalogs:   You may have noticed that the interface for the Main Library Catalog has changed a bit.  As we mentioned last year, the new Library Catalog is an  OpenSource Library system, developed over the past year in conjunction with our WALDO partners and LibLime.  

Give it a whirl!   It has many of the same search features as the old catalog, but with some more robust delimiters and the integration of some Social Web features.  We are starting the intial roll-out now,  so please bear with us as we check for bugs.  If you need additional help finding information, please ask us. If you encounter a bug, and are willing to let us know, please e-mail

Codex Sinaiticus - digitally reconstructed

Codex Sinaiticus - digitally reconstructed

From NPR:  a story about international co-operation to make the oldest extant version of an early Christian Bible available online — The Codex Sinaiticus

The surviving pieces of the world’s oldest known Christian Bible have been put back together for the first time in 150 years — on the Internet.

The Codex Sinaiticus, or Sinai Book, was at the Monastery of St. Catherine in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula until 1859, when the book was divided. Part of it remained there, while other parts were taken to Britain, Germany and Russia.

Now, scholars from those four countries have virtually reassembled the 1,600-year-old work and made it available to anyone who wants to look at it for free.

Now in Session: The Library of Congress on iTunes U

Interior of Library of Congress

Interior of Library of Congress

In an ongoing effort to make its digital educational, historical and cultural resources available to web users across a broad spectrum of platforms, the Library of Congress today launched “The Library of Congress on iTunes U.”

At its inception, the Library’s iTunes U site includes historical videos from the Library’s moving-image collections such as original Edison films and a series of 1904 films from the Westinghouse Works and original videos such as author presentations from the National Book Festival, the “Books and Beyond” series, lectures from the Kluge Center, and the “Journeys and Crossings” series of discussions with curators.

It also includes audio podcasts, including series such as “Music and the Brain,” slave narratives from the American Folklife Center, and interviews with noted authors from the National Book Festival; and classroom and educational materials, including 14 courses from the Catalogers’ Learning Workshop.

nypl-lionIf you like information and services, you’ll love NYC!  Recently, all 3 city library systems were spared from a “cut in hours” even with shrinking city budgets.  The recent outcry from the public — regarding the benefits of public libraries — underscores why we are lucky to have  such great resources in NYC.  In addition to the role libraries play in community building, cultural programs,  and literacy programs, they are also an important resource in a time of economic downturn: people use them to look for jobs, to improve skills for moving to a new job, and to look for ways to entertain the family for less money — borrowing books, movies, games and more.

The three city library systems also combine forces to offer a city-wide Summer Reading program, with lists for toddlers, kids, teens and adults!  The information can be found on all sites, but here is the BPL site to get started.

NYPL gathered some videos of people expressing why they love the library and resources, and you may want to take advantage of their Live at NYPL programs.

And our own Queens Library was named as “2009 Library of the Year” by Library Journal! “The Queens Library serves a population of 2.2 million in the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. With a record 22.8 million items in circulation for FY 2008, the Library has the highest circulation of any public library system in the U.S. and one of the highest circulations in the world.”

For more information on obtaining Library Cards at the 3 public libraries, and taking advantage of all they have to offer, see the links below:

(Update 6/28:  another nationwide campaign–and fun site– in support of Public Libraries: Geek The Library  sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and built by OCLC — via Stephen’s Lighthouse blog.)

seal-presidential-colorThe U.S. Government Channel offers a growing list of organizations and agencies that are using YouTube to reach citizens (and assisting netizens in redistributing content).

Among the contributing agencies:  White House, Center for Disease Control, Department of Ed, FEMA, NASA, EPA, etc.   Find and follow your favorite channel

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