Matthew Pekuri: April 2010 Archives
Hey everyone! I've created a quick video and slideshow tutorial on how to use the Databases and Indexes for finding scholarly articles. I focused the presentation on EBSCO in particular, because I think the interface is pretty easy to learn. Most of you know how to use our databases, but those of you who don't, check out the video, so that when students ask you at the desk about them you'll be able to help them. You can find the video in the training section, or click here.
Lysa, Shannon, Micah, and I took a tour of the MLAC caverns. TIm McClusky was kind enough to show us around and to share his incredible knowledge of the construction and the collection. The caverns were dug out of the St.Peters limestone than runs under the entire twin cities. There are two caverns, two football fields long. Preformed concrete arches line the walls of the cavern and the ceiling is comprised of the limestone bedrock underneath the West Bank. We were 85 feet below the surface and it was chilly. Here are some pictures. They're really blurry, I blame my cheap camera.
This is the world's largest book, according to Guiness Book of World Records. It's hard to judge the scale, but believe, it's big. Like four feet tall. We conjectured that it was made by giants, that's why such a large book would be created.
Overall, it was really cool to see the collection and the caverns. We even saw the room where the Google Book project is taking place and the "black op" book trucks that Google uses. They're big trucks covered in black tarp covers. They're all about the secrecy. I would've taken a picture, but I feared Google agents would show up with cease and desist papers.
A tour of the Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC) will be on Friday April 23th from 12:00 to 1:00. MLAC is a high density storage facility for Minnesota academic, public and governmental libraries. It is located 82 feet underground in a large 600 foot cavern carved out underneath the University of Minnesota's West Bank Campus. The facility currently has over 1,357,000 volumes!
If you're interested, please let Amy know by Tuesday (4/20) and feel free to join in on the fun. You will be paid for attending. We will meet at 11:45 on the 23rd in the book return room then head on over there as a group.
March's total gate counts numbered 77,614. That's up from last year's 70,796. I've noticed that the 6PM counts were missed often in March at the second floor. Please remember to grab the gate counts if you're at the second floor at 6. Thanks!