Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Books You Shouldn't Miss from 2014

2014 produced some great books. Plenty of noteworthy titles made it onto Grafton's shelves. If you missed these hot titles last year, make a point to pick them up now. The following books are not only critically acclaimed, they also are available- at least for now. Get them before someone else does!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Meet Our Student Workers: Emma

Where are you from?
Broadway, VA

What are you studying?
English and Creative Writing

Favorite Quote?
"I firmly believe every book deserves to be written" -Marchette Chute

Best thing about working at Grafton Library?
All the wonderful people I get to work with! And the books. Of course the books.

Favorite thing about Mary Baldwin College?
The beauty of the campus.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Organize your Time for Best Research Results

While the semester is still young, I want to take a moment to talk about time management.  Time management goes hand in hand with research and an essential part of the scholarly creation process.  It is just as important as editing your paper for grammatical errors and typos.

When you first get your syllabi for your classes - check to see if you have any large projects and note when they are due.  Write in your planner or create an event in your Google calendar for every assignment for every class.  Not only should you write down when activities are due, but you should also write down what you should be reading for that week as part of your homework.  Mark it down on the day it is assigned rather than the day it is due - consider your calendar as a way to point forward to what you should be currently working on as well as a way to keep track of due dates.

If you have a final project or paper, make sure that you schedule in a few important dates:
1) Create a first draft due date at least three or four days before the actual due date.  You want to make sure that you can let your paper sit for a few days before you return to do your final editing.  You'd be amazed at the things you find to fix when you haven't looked at your paper for awhile.  

2) Mark down the point when you will begin writing your paper, usually about 1/3 of the way between when you are assigned the project and when it is due.  That gives you the majority of the time to work on formulating your thoughts and putting them into words.

3) The first third of the timeline of your project should consist of time for research.  If it takes you less time than that - wonderful, start working on writing your first draft alittle sooner than anticipated - but you do not want to wait to do your research at the last minute.  Doing research well takes time.  You may not find the best sources for your project with your first set of keywords.  You might need to talk to a librarian to help you find information that is relevant to your topic.  Or you might find an abundance of wonderful sources and want to read through all of them.  Not only do you need time to find the best books, articles, and primary sources, but you also need time to process all of the new information you just learned.  It can take some time to see the connections between various elements of your research or to see an emerging pattern.  

Putting these place markers in your planner or calendar helps remind you to work on your projects steadily over as long a period of time as you can manage.  Sometimes seeing rapidly approaching due dates for assignments in all of your classes can be daunting, but if you plan ahead, you won't get caught off guard when the end of  the semester approaches.  If you improve your time management skills, you will create better quality work while feeling less stressed (or at least evening out your stress level throughout the semester instead of letting it spike at the end).  

Best of luck with all  your work for this semester.

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Hey Squirrel!

Apparently, today is Squirrel Appreciation Day!


Totally awesome! Go forth, and appreciate some literal and spiritual squirrels!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Awards for Library Based Research Deadline Approaching

Don't forget! You can win cash for a paper you've already written! One freshman, sophomore, and junior student can win $100 each for submitting a paper written between January 1st and December 31st 2014. Papers must be written for a class at Mary Baldwin and use substantial library-based resources.

The deadline is February 27th, 2015. For more information, visit the Grafton library website.