From the monthly archives: "October 2008"

Have you been wondering what those pictures are for up above and why they keep changing? Those are some of our newest books and DVD’s in the Learning Commons. Go ahead and click on one of them…don’t be afraid. You will be taken to our Flickr site where we are starting to put up pictures and information about all the new items we have purchased. You can bookmark or periodically visit our Flickr site at
Want to really blow your mind? Check out Tag Galaxy at and type in the tag lwtclearningcommons. You will see a planet with all our books and you can read about them and then come check some out at the Learning Commons.

Are you needing to use a computer and the over 100 computers in the Learning Commons are all tied up? Well, you are not out of luck. Please ask at the front desk to check out a Laptop Computer for use in the Learning Commons. If Laptops aren’t your bag and the PC’s or Mac’s are all being used, chances are you are here sometime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. which are our peak hours. The early bird gets the worm (or computer in this case) and the night owl gets tons of computers to choose from and nice, quiet Learning Commons to spread out in. Either way, we got you covered.

Well, almost everything…including the Academic Skills Center (ASC). However, The Learning Commons will welcome you with open arms, as we will have our regular operating hours on Wednesday, October 29th (ADVISING DAY). Come visit us anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Come Visit Us ... We're LonelyYou may have noticed the Librarians sitting behind the circular Reference Desk on the third floor of the Learning Commons. They have not been dispatched there to spy on you and report back to your instructor that you’ve really been reading comic books instead of researching peer-reviewed articles for that five-page paper due next week.

Cheyenne Roduin and Heather Davis are your Librarians and are here to answer all of your questions from “Where’s the bathroom?” to “How do I find articles on the link between intelligence and mental disorders?”

If you need help using a tool or an electronic resource, can’t figure out how to double space in Word 2007, or if you are looking for books on electrical engineering please come find us. Remember there are no stupid questions and the Librarians are always here to help you.

Unless they are in a meeting, a Librarian will be stationed at the Reference Desk between 10AM and 2PM Monday through Friday and if you need additional help please ask to speak to a Librarian at the Circulation Desk on the second floor of the Learning Commons. They are also available through Meebo on the Need Help? Ask the Librarian page on the Learning Commons website where you can ask a question remotely and receive assistance online.

As the quarter moves forward keep in mind that the Librarians are an invaluable resource and are here to help you in any way they can.

Have you ever wondered . . .

Which United States President delivered the longest State of the Union Address?

How many press conferences were held by any one United States President during the course of their term?

Who popularized Fireside Chats and delivered a speech with the well-known catch phrase, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”?

All of this and more is available through The American Presidency Project, a free online web resource developed by the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999 containing access to over 84,000 primary source documents.

The American Presidency Project includes:

  • Data Archive – A rich resource of information and data visualization covering various aspects of the United States Presidency
  • Document Archive – Various documents broken down by type
  • Presidential Elections Data – Information visualization showing the United States and election statistics state-by-state
  • Audio/Video Archives – Selected audio and video samples of famous speeches by President Herbert C. Hoover up through the present
  • Presidential Libraries – Links to foundations, libraries, archives, and museums of past U.S. Presidents

There is something for everyone here. If you are a student interested in political science, United States history, or information/data visualization then you are sure to spend hours sifting through the treasure chest of information made available here.