Friday, July 18, 2014

New Streaming Titles from MEF

We are ecstatic to announce that we have made access to several Media Education Foundation (MEF) titles available through Grafton Library. These documentary films inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media, especially in relation to gender, race, class, health, and consumerism. View a complete list of titles in our collection. Titles include Dreamworlds 3, Killing Us Softly 4, Tough Guise 2 and many more.

You can also view these titles from off campus. You will be asked to log in, and then you should be able to select and view these films. The playback function on the site will automatically adjust the stream based on the speed of the Internet connection of the user, to give the user the best quality stream possible. The  platform can be accessed on mobile devices, including tablets and smart phones, and the video player supports IOS for Apple mobile devices.

Keep your eyes peeled for mention of our MEF collection in subject and course research guides.

For Faculty,

The interface allows you to stream the films in your classroom, and students and faculty can easily access the films from dorms or off-campus by signing in through Mary Baldwin College's proxy server. All of the titles in the collection have unique URLs, which can be embedded in Blackboard or linked to from syllabi and web pages.

For those of you who want to use shorter clips of the films, there is a clip editing and playlist creation function. These shorter clips, and playlists, can be shared with students via e-mail or embedded in Blackboard. Learn more about creating clips and playlists.

MEF films can be used in a broad range of academic courses, but they are especially relevant to Communication, Sexuality and Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Education, African-American Studies, Film Studies, and Political Science.

If you have questions about using MEF titles in your classrooms, please contact a librarian.

Friday, July 4, 2014

New Computers!

When you return to Grafton library, keep an eye out for our new computers. The computers you used in the spring have been replaced by computers that are contained in the monitors. This means less cords, and a new sleek look to the computer area both upstairs and down. 




Friday, June 20, 2014

Research Guides Downtime 6/20/14

Grafton's research guides may be unavailable sometime today. We are working with our research guide platform, Libguides, and our own office of information technology to perform some much needed updates.

Resources Experiencing Downtime:
Database list
General and Subject Research Guides
Citation & Style Guides
FAQ

The main Grafton website, blog, journal finder, databases, and catalog should all remain unaffected.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please contact a librarian if you need help conducting research during this time (and any time!), or have questions about how this downtime will affect Grafton's resources.

ask@mbc.edu
(540) 887-7085

Friday, June 6, 2014

Research Guides Downtime Mon 6/9/14

Access to Grafton's research guides with be blocked early on Monday, June 9th. We are working with our research guide platform, Libguides, to perform some much needed updates. Downtime will begin around 10am, and should last a few hours.

Resources Experiencing Downtime:
Database list
General and Subject Research Guides
Citation & Style Guides
FAQ

The main Grafton website, blog, journal finder, databases, and catalog should all remain unaffected.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please contact a librarian if you need help conducting research during this time (and any time!), or have questions about how this downtime will affect Grafton's resources.

ask@mbc.edu
(540) 887-7085

Friday, May 16, 2014

Meet our Student Workers: Marie

Where are you from?
Nashville, TN.

What are you studying?
Psychology with an emphasis on Mental Health.

Favorite book?
Jane Eyre

Favorite song?
You Need Me, I Don't Need You by Ed Sheeran

Favorite thing about Mary Baldwin College?
One on one time with professors and the close-knit community.

Favorite quote?
"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven." - John Milton.

Best thing about working at Grafton Library?
The smell of the books and the wonderful library staff.