Preservation Week April 26-May 3

preservation weekLibraries, museums, archives and other organizations work every day to preserve cultural history.  Over 4.8 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections and archaeological repositories in the United States.

Key environmental factors that place collections at risk:

  • Light: Ultraviolet rays from natural and artificial sources can cause fading and disintegration.
  • Pollutants: Dust is abrasive and can accelerate harmful chemical reactions.
  • Heat: High temperatures can accelerate deterioration.
  • Moisture: High humidity promotes mold growth, corrosion, and degradation, while excessive
  • Dryness can cause drying and cracking. Fluctuations between extremes can cause warping, buckling and flaking.

Tips from the American Library Association for preserving your treasures:

preservation week tips

Featured Database: Films on Demand

films on demand logoThe library provides access to Films on Demand, a streaming educational video collection containing over 20,203 full-length videos and 233,239 video clips. These videos cover all subjects from the hard sciences to the humanities and are from producers such as Films for the Humanities, the History Channel, National Geographic and the BBC.

Collections within Films on Demand:


You can find the Films on Demand database @ the LibraryTab in myRedDragon. Select the Library Databases tab in the search box; choose databases by title F and you will find it!


National Library Week

In honor of National Library Week 2015, we will be giving away prizes to the correct responses to trivia questions on our library’s facebook page! Just reply to our upcoming questions and the first right answer wins it!

National Poetry Month

Students, faculty and staff, please join Memorial Library in celebrating National Poetry Month, April 2015. Come check out our displays, including an Exquisite Corpse* poem and Book Spine Poetry**. Also, we have an interactive display—magnetic poetry—for you to try your hand at and have a little fun! All of this is located in our lobby—we look forward to seeing you!

bookspine display*Exquisite Corpse: collaborative poetry game that traces its roots to the Parisian Surrealist Movement ( Someone writes a line of poetry, passes it on to someone else (who writes a line), then folds the paper to hide the first line and passes it on until everyone has added a line (hiding the previous line as each person contributes). Participants must read only the last line before writing their own; thus producing a surprising—maybe silly—but creative poem.

bookspine poetry

**Book Spine Poetry: simply stated, grab some books and make a poem out of the spines (titles).


Database Trial: “Statista”

statistalogo.400x0Currently, we have access to Statista,  an online statistics database that  provides access to data from market and opinion research institutions, as well as from business organizations and government . Data and statistics can be exported in the following formats: JPEG, PDF, and XLS.

  • 1 million statistics from over 18,000 sources (including both national and international data)
  • Over 60,000 topics in 20 multidisciplinary categories, ranging from agriculture to media &marketing and consumer & demographic data
  • 1,100 Statista Dossiers and Industry Reports
  • 10,000 studies & reports from third parties

This trial is available until April 23. Statista is accessible only on campus.