Library as your home

Does anyone view the Millar library as their home? Or should I be asking: Does anyone not? As a place rich in knowledge, it is the Millar’s atmosphere that makes it inviting. You can read, learn and make new friends, and the staff is helpful and engaging. I am already calling it my second home and a place that is perfect to enhance my learning experience. Grab a hot cappuccino and be seated on the east side of the 2nd floor and the morning sun will provide you with the needed Vitamin D! And even if the sun is not willing to warm you up, the drizzling rain provides the perfect setting for refreshing your mind. In the evening, bunk up on the cozy 4th floor on the west side and study while watching a game on Stott Field. What more can you ask for? Hit the Millar to experience the energy.

Do you agree?

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Gutenberg vs Microsoft

No matter where you may look on campus you will see people reading. No surprise there, correct? But it is what they are reading, or more to the point, how they are reading that surprises some of us. You are just as apt to see people gazing into the screen of an electronic device, perhaps a lap top computer,

MacBook Laptop

Does a computer screen inspire you to dream… or just think?

as rustling through the pages of a paper newspaper.

Vanguard Newspaper

Is this “old fashioned”…

Older students, like myself, who have only known paper books in the past,  may find this new way of reading… difficult or perhaps challenging. But for anyone who grew up with computers, laptops, and now electronic tablets as nearly all of today’s students have the choice is becoming obvious–they’d rather go digital.

But what will the digital books of the future look like? Will they be as they are now, stripped down to only words in most cases, and thrust upon a screen or will they be more interactive? Will they become an entirely new way to gain information?

When this happens will we lose all of those wonderful things called books, with paper pages, torn, dog-eared, and with covers worn from many readings? Will they only be found in museums to turn to dust? This writer hopes they are not lost to future generations… not to lose that feel of a wonder in your hands, to touch, to feel, to learn, but most of all I think, to dream.

Sunrise at the library

It’s one of those mornings that feels like every other morning. One of those mornings that becomes lost in the blur of your daily routine. But I’ve noticed something different on my way into work, something special, one of those little veteran “extras” that anybody who has been in the same place awhile learns.

I hold onto my secret and perform the opening duties of a library computer help desk person. I wash the computers down with a rag. I wipe the fingerprints off their screens. I make sure nobody has left their valuables behind the night before. Then, as I take my seat next to the window in the morning sunrise and watch the stream of morning patrons head into the library, I make my move.

Off to the front of Hoffman Hall, where the new students are standing in line to get their transcripts and materials for their orientation. And more importantly, where catering has set up a table of coffee and bagels and muffins.

Score! I grab some for my coworker too.

So, my question to any readers out there, have you ever happened to score some free food on campus, and more importantly, would you care to share your secret with the world?