Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Research Guides: Start Your Assignments with One

Over the summer, your NHTI reference librarians updated all the Research Guides.  The General Research Guide gives an orientation to the library and overall resources.  The subject-specific or course guides provide an overview to individual websites, databases, eBooks and print materials. Guides are available at the library website- Find printed guides in the kiosk near the reference desk.

Contact the reference librarians if you need additional help or information. Make an in-person visit when the librarians on duty:

Hope to see you soon,
Sarah, Christine and Carol
 NHTI Library reference team.

Friday, September 23, 2011

September 11: Three Questions

The NHTI Library posted these questions in the library lobby:

  •  Where were you on 9/11?
  •   How has 9/11 changed you?
  •   How has America changed?

Here are your answers:

Training in California with large machine guns. (Marine)

In math class.Two students received cell phone calls.  One concerned for her father flying then from Boston to NYC, the other involved in homeland security before we officially had homeland security.  Both were OK.

Student came into the library – I had to see it to believe it.  Needed to hear Peter Jennings say it would be OK.

How has America changed?   I can’t fly anywhere without extreme security and invasive checks.  Lots of fear.  Can’t even go to events in arenas – theme parks without checks for security.

In fourth grade – dismissed from class – watched in disbelief on TV.

Our son left for England Sept. 4.  On September 9 or 10, the London ATM ate his card because he forgot to move money before he left.  There was no way to send money to him because the US govt. shut down all money transfers in + out of the US.

I was in history class (which I hated) when it announced over the school.  The TV was turned on for the rest of the day.   No classes.  Everyone was scared/worried about someone they know or loved.  That day changed rules for everything.  Maybe it’s good and bad.

I was in my office when I heard my boss in the next room over swear aloud.  Hearing the TV, I went over to his office and saw the image of the burning tower and plane frozen on the screen.  What remains with me when I think of the actual day of 9/11 are two things:  that image which so changed the world and the courage of passengers of Flight 93.   Horror and heroism – two sides of a terrible event.

I had just gotten up for work thinking this was just going to be another day.  But nothing would ever be the same again.  May all those who where laid to rest find everlasting peace.

I was in Little Hall 2nd floor comp. lab. There for EN101.  Instructor got the news, told us and we watched the events unfold on a small black/white TV in one of the faculty offices.  So strange to be back here 10 years later.

High school Advanced Math and Trig, 2nd block had just begun.  The principal came on the intercom and announced that a 2nd plane had flown into the World Trade Center.  When she said “2nd”, I wondered what had happened.  I didn’t realize “plane” meant “jet plane”, I thought a Cessna had lost control.  Classes stopped for the day as the school watched everything unfold on classroom TV’s.

4th grade.  I was home sick with the flu.  My mom was watching TV when the plane hit the towers.  She called me out and I saw the second plane hit.  I was worried about all the people and I didn’t understand how they could kill all those people.  I still can’t.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Elvis is in the Library

Did you know that on Tuesday afternoons from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM the library plays selections from its record collection? Stop by to listen to some of your favorites—everything from ragtime to honky-tonk. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy 80th Birthday, Babar

The French painter, Jean de Brunhoff, created the elephant, Babar, to illustrate a bed-time story told by his wife to their children. He decided to write down the story and paint the character, an elephant who had lost his mother. Babar wore a green suit, spats and a bowler hat.  A family friend in the publishing business saw the paintings and Babar the Elephant was published, the first of 42 books about this elephant.

USA TODAY published a recent article about Laurent de Brunhoff, Jean’s son, who continued the series following his dad’s death in 1937.  

In the NHTI Library’s Proquest database,  Stephen  O’Harrow  discusses Babar’s character  and  theorizes that Babar’s story hides a colonialist view of the world.  Babar learns to wear clothes, sleeps in a bed and hold conversations, acquires a red roadster  and lives as a Parisian man about town. 

Edward Rothstein reviewed an exhibit of Jean and Laurent’s  de Brunhoff’s illustrations in 2008 at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York.  He discusses the allegories within the Babar stories and writes about the paintings and the difference between Jean’s and Laurent’s artistic styles.

Laurent de Brunhoff says Babar’s adventures  appeal to children, ages 3-6, and the books will remain popular, making these stories a classic tale to read aloud to your grandchildren.   If you want to learn more about picture books, consult this Credo database article:

The library owns:
  • De Brunhoff, Jean (2000). Bonjour Babar!  New York: Random House  JUV PZ7 .B828428 B66 2000.
  • De Brunhoff, Laurent (2000). Babar and the Succotash Bird.  New York: Abrams.  JUV PZ7 .B82843 B3337 2000
  • De Brunhoff, Laurent  (2005) Babar the Magician.  New York: Abrams. JUV PZ7 .B82843 B3376 2005.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Remembering September 11, 2001

The NHTI librarians selected books from the collection about September 11, 2001. The books are available in a lobby display and are available for checkout. 

There’s an easel in the lobby for your answers to these questions,
  • Where were you on 9/11?
  • How has 9/11 changed you?
  • How has America changed?

You may also add other memories of that day you wish to share with our community.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pirates on the Horizon!

Captain Jack Sparrow isn’t the only movie pirate to capture everyone’s attention and become the current favorite.

There have been many popular cinematic pirates. The NHTI Library owns a great collection of pirate films, produced from the 1920’s through 2010.  Here’s what we have:

The Black Pirate (1926) DVD PN1997 .B535 B535 1996
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. in a robust silent swashbuckler.   Fairbanks’ films include amazing athletic feats and action.

The Sea Hawk (1940) DVD PN1995.9 P49 S43 2005
 Errol Flynn at his most dashing with the right balance of piracy, romance and swordplay.

The Crimson Pirate (1952) DVD PN1997 .C75 C75 2003
Burt Lancaster takes his turn to swashbuckle across the Mediterranean with thrills and laughs.

Peter Pan (1953) DVD PN1995.9 .F36 P4847 2007
Disney’s adaption of J.M. Barrie’s classic story of Peter, Wendy, Michael and John and the battle with the infamous Captain Hook and the pirates in Neverland.

Not to be excluded here’s Captain Jack Sparrow with his quick wit and swagger:

Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl DVD PN1997.2 P57 P57 2003

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest DVD PN1995 .P49 P573847 2006

You may borrow DVDs for one week.  Check the NHTI online catalog or ask staff at the circulation desk for availability.

For additional information and movie reviews, check:

VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever found in Gale Virtual Reference on the NHTI Library databases page.  Use “conc90075” for Infotrac log-on.

Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide REF PN1992.8 .F5 L36 2009 located in the library reference collection.