An authoritative source on environmental issues

May 29, 2007

eoe_logo.jpgAre you looking for authoritative information on environmental issues such as climate change, pesticides, or nuclear power? The Encyclopedia of Earth is yet another recent response to a search for reliable information over the free web without having to weed through a long list of questionable Google results. This new web site is a great resource for information about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. According to its own description, the Encyclopedia of Earth offers free access to “fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other’s work.” The information presented is written in a language that is easy to understand and can be used by anybody, including students, teachers, professionals, or the general public!


We all know that environmental issues can often be contentious! To address this issue, the Encyclopedia has adopted a policy on neutrality and fairness that requires authors to represent different points of view in the handling of such controversial topics. 


So, keep in mind the Encyclopedia of Earth next time you are looking for reliable, objective web sources on environmental topics!


Help wanted.

May 24, 2007

Graduation is coming up and I’m sure finding a job is on the minds of many graduates. Though some come to school knowing exactly what they want to do with their degrees, plenty of folks aren’t sure what to do when they finish. I had no idea what I wanted to do when I finished my degree, but I wish I had known about the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is a treasure trove of information about the kinds of things you might be expected to do in a particular job, the education and/or training you might need, how much you might expect to earn, and whether the market for a particular job is expected to grow or not (and how quickly it might be expected to grow, or not) in the future.

In addition to information about particular occupations, the OOH website also includes tips on job hunting and the links to occupational outlook information by state.

If you’d rather curl up with a book than your computer screen, the library has the Occupational Outlook Handbook in print, too. We also have lots of books about resume writing, interviewing, and job hunting in the Campus Library–stop by and check out what we have to offer!

All you need to know about the world around us!

May 22, 2007

Here comes another massive e-project!  Have you heard news about an upcoming website, the Encyclopedia of Life?  Well, this is supposed to be a quite ambitious project that involves scientists from all over the world in an effort to compile all we know about the Earth’s 1.8 million species!  And the best thing about it (which probably makes the publishers’ teeth clinch…), it’s going to be FREE!

According to a recent press release, the Encyclopedia of Life “will provide written information and, when available, photographs, video, sound, location maps, and other multimedia information on each species.”  Sample demonstration pages currently posted on the web site show what the scientists hope to do. Moreover, the web site will be built as a moderated wiki which will accept public contributions after the approval of scientific review.  Here’s another example of the democracy of knowledge in its making!

Keep your eyes open for it! I bet the Encyclopedia of Life is going to be an amazing resource!

May 17, 2007

The Rotunda Gallery highlights the OSU-Cascades BFA Student Art Exhibition

You’ve just got to see this…

Bright and beautiful, subdued and mysterious are just some of the descriptions of the current art pieces exhibited in the Rotunda Gallery. Seven students who are participating in the BFA Exhibition will receive the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree this June.  They have worked long and hard to get this far under the steady guidance of Sandy Brooke, OSU-Cascades Art Instructor.  This showing however is, and I quote Sandy Brooke, ‘ the complete invention of the students.  They have determined as a professional artist does, the content, direction and techniques to compose their paintings’.

The seven students are; Leslie Ciszek, Mary Lancaster, Jenifer Smith, Rachel Grimes, Tresa Burnett, Jennifer Lewis and Megan MacDonell. There are also personal writings about each of their experiences in creating this work in a collection of Artist Statements, which is in an Exhibition Booklet at the Front desk.  These amazing emerging artists share their love of painting, their individual processes of painting from within, and their aspirations for reaching the viewer through a more ‘human experience’. 

You’ve just got to see this intriguing and engaging work. The Opening Reception is Thur., May 17 from 4 to 6 pm in the Campus Library Rotunda Gallery.  The exhibit will show from May 14 until June 18, 2007.  Congratulation’s BFA recipients… this was a job very well done.

A sexy library…

May 15, 2007

Ok, I can’t help myself making a blog entry on this one! There was a little blurb in The Bulletin the other day about a new library fundraising venture in Vienna, Austria.  Apparently, Vienna’s City Hall has set up a “sex hotline” to raise money for the remodeling and expansion of this capital’s main public library.  According to a news release, “Anne Bennent, a famous Austrian stage and film star, reads passages from Vienna library’s collection of 1,200 works of erotic fiction from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.” Apparently, each caller pays 53 cents per minute to listen to the actress’ sexy voice as she reads selections from the library’s “special” collection. I am wondering, could something like that ever happen in the U.S.  capital without an open public outcry?

I did try to find more information on the Vienna City Hall and discovered that it’s indeed a gorgeous historical building described as THE “dream wedding location”!  I guess it all makes sense…. I am only wondering if that phone number on their web page it’s going to cost me only 53 cents per minute considering I’m on the other side of the ocean….   I bet you not!

The Roving Reader

May 10, 2007

You never know what you might find in the Library, roving around among the shelves. I was upstairs the other day, looking for a particular book for some reason or another when a random book happened to catch my attention. (I’m also one of those people who gets horribly distracted by interesting and irrelevant words when using a dictionary. Online dictionaries, for whatever they have given us in convenience, have taken away that bit of fun, but that’s a subject for another day.). Anyway, the book that jumped out at me was called Annual Review 1968, which admittedly doesn’t sound that exciting. What was so interesting was that it was an annual publication of an organization called the “Center for Short-Lived Phenomena.” Now, really, who could resist that? Well, it turns out that the Center for Short-Lived Phenomena was a branch of the Smithsonian Institution that existed from 1968-1975 in order to “obtain and disseminate information on short-lived natural events such as volcanic eruptions, major earthquakes, the birth of new islands, the fall of meteorites and large fireballs, and sudden changes in biological and ecological systems.” Flipping through the 1968 report, I see that there was an Appalachian Squirrel Migration, a California Fish Kill, a Vermont Windstorm, a Schenectady Meteorite, and a Chilean Drought. It seems somehow poetic that an organization existed for the sole purpose of collecting and preserving information about ephemeral, momentary events and that they also published a report, a permanent record, of their findings about short term phenomena. It also seems to signify something about the human need to understand the world in which we live, the need to quantify, describe, and, most importantly, remember the events, no matter how small, that make daily life so meaningful. Browse around the next time you’re in the Library; you never know what you might find.


May 8, 2007

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