June 30, 2009
Today's trivia quiz:
Who was Mr. Zip?
a. An underground comic character in the ‘60s
b. A Postal Service cartoon character trademark
c. Bill Cosby’s pet turtle on “I Spy”
And the answer is … b. According to the USPS website: “The cartoon figure, Mr. ZIP, was adopted by the Postal Service as the trademark for the Zoning Improvement Plan or ZIP Code, which began on July 1, 1963.” Read more and take a look at Mr. Zip at www.usps.com/postalhistory/_rtf/MrZIP.rtf
This Day in History: July 1:
1863: The Battle of Gettysburg, which marked the turning point in the Civil War, began. 1867: Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain under the British North America Act. 1898: Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders fought the battle of San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War. 1943: Income tax withholding began in the United States. 1962: Burundi and Rwanda achieved independence. 1963: The U.S. Post Office inaugurated its five-digit ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) codes. 1968: The United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and 58 other nations signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. 1994: Yasir Arafat returned to Palestinian land after 27 years in exile. 1997: After 156 years of British colonial rule, Hong Kong was returned to China. 2000: The Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina statehouse.-- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays (besides yours): July 1: Actress Olivia de Havilland, 1916; Actor Jamie Farr, 1934; Bluesman James Cotton, 1935; Actress Karen Black, 1939; Gospel singer-choir leader Andrae Crouch, 1942; Singer Deborah Harry of Blondie, 1945; Actor Dan Aykroyd; 1952; Singer Evelyn "Champagne" King, 1960; Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961; Athlete Carl Lewis, 1961; Actress Pamela Anderson, 1967; Rapper Missy Elliott, 1971; Actress Liv Tyler, 1977.-- from Yahoo!News and Infoplease websites
June 29, 2009
A bit of a library trivia quiz...
Where would you go to print microfiche and microfilm?
a. They still use that?
b. The room to the right of the Circulation Desk
c. To a really, really small printer
d. Nowhere, I’ll just hold it up to the light and squint, then copy it in longhand
And the answer is….b. Some back issues of periodicals are on microfilm or microfiche, and unless you have Superman’s eyesight, you’ll need to use the readers and printers in that room. If you need help, stop over at the Reference Desk.
This Day in History: June 30:
1859: French acrobat Charles Blondin, AKA Jean Francois Gravelet, walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. 1971: The 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18, was ratified by the states. 1998: The remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers were identified as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours) Singer Lena Horne, 1917; Actor Vincent D'Onofrio, 1959; Boxer Mike Tyson, 1966; Bassist Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra, 1969; "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino, 1984. -- from Yahoo!News and Infoplease websites
June 25, 2009
Today in History: June 29:
1613: London's Globe Theatre burned down during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII. 1767: The British Parliament approved the Townshend Acts. 1995: The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit Earth. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Actor Slim Pickens, 1919; Actor Gary Busey, 1944; Drummer Ian Paice of Deep Purple, 1948; Actress Maria Conchita Alonso, 1957; Singer Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls, 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
A bit of library trivia...
How many books are there in the GSU Library (as of 2007)?
d. Lots of them
And the answer is….b. Those figures, from the GSU 2007-2008 Factbook, are a couple of years old, so the library probably has more than that now. Just so you know, the other numbers are significant as well. As of 2007, the library could boast of 230,010 government documents, and patrons could access 31,452 periodicals through the library and its databases.
Upcoming Library Workshops
The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the summer. Check out Formatting an APA Style Paper, 3-4 p.m. Thursday, July 2. You can register online, or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome. All workshops are in Room 2401B (across from the Reference Desk).
This Day in History: June 28:
1894: Labor Day became a federal holiday by an act of Congress. 1914: Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated, setting off World War I. 1919: The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I. 1997: Boxer Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear during their heavyweight title fight, earning a 16-month suspension. 2004: In Iraq, the United States transferred power back to the Iraqis two days earlier than planned.-- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): King Henry VIII, 1491; Writer/director Mel Brooks, 1926; Football player John Elway, 1960.-- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
This Day in History: June 27:
1844: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founder Joseph Smith was murdered by a mob in Carthage, IL. 1898: Joshua Slocum became the first person to successfully circumnavigate the earth alone when he landed his sloop Spray in Newport, R.I., a 46,000-mile trip. 1922: The Newbery Medal for children’s literature was first awarded. 1950: President Harry Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean War. 1954: The world's first atomic power station opened at Obninsk, near Moscow. 1985: The legendary Route 66, running from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., was decertified, the victim of the Interstate Highway System. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Author and lecturer Helen Keller, 1880; Business executive H. Ross Perot, 1930; Singer Bruce Johnston, 1942; Writer-director J.J. Abrams, 1966; Actor Yancey Arias, 1971; Actor Tobey Maguire, 1975; Actor Drake Bell, 1986. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
This Day in History: June 26:
1819: The bicycle was patented by W. K. Clarkson. 1843: Hong Kong was proclaimed a British crown colony. 1906: The first Grand Prix motor race was held in Le Mans, France. 1959: The St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, was opened. 2000: The first map of the human genome, which required decoding more than 3 billion biochemical "letters" of human DNA, is completed. – from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist Pearl S. Buck, 1892; Singer Billy Davis Jr. of the Fifth Dimension, 1940; Actor Robert Davi, 1953; Singer Chris Isaak, 1956; Singer Patty Smyth, 1957; Bassist Colin Greenwood, 1969; Country singer Gretchen Wilson, 1974. – from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
June 24, 2009
A bit of a library trivia quiz...
You forgot your headphones at home and need to listen to something from your online class. You are sitting at one of the GSU library computers. What do you do?
a. Turn the volume on very low and lean in really close to the computer so you can hear without bothering anyone
b. Take up lip reading immediately
c. Drive 20 miles home to pick up your headphones, and then 20 miles back to GSU
d. Borrow a pair from the Circulation Desk
And the answer is… d. You can borrow headphones from the Circulation Desk with your student ID. Of course, the other answers will work, but they’re not nearly as convenient!
This Day in History: June 25:
1876: Lt. Col. George A. Custer and all his men were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana. 1950: Communist North Korean troops invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War. 1951: The first commercial color TV program was transmitted by CBS from New York to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC. 1991: Croatia and Slovenia proclaimed their independence from Yugoslavia, beginning the Yugoslavian civil war. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Author George Orwell, 1903; Actress June Lockhart, 1925; Civil rights activist James Meredith, 1933; Singer Carly Simon, 1945; Actor-comedian Jimmie Walker, 1947; Rapper Candyman, 1968. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
June 23, 2009
It'll give you chills....
Just remember, no matter how hot it gets here, it's always cold somewhere. For example, according to WorldMeteo.com, if you were doing research at a facility at McMurdo, Antarctica, you'd be battling frosty temperatures around -8F during Wednesday's wee hours (The location is 17 hours ahead of us, according to timezoneconverter.com).
A bit of a library trivia quiz...
What happened in 1969?
A. Governors State University opens
b. Man takes his first steps (and bunny hops) on the moon
c. Woodstock Music & Arts Fair takes place
d. Dweezil Zappa is born
e. My cellulite makes its first appearance
And the answer is…. All of the above. Many, many major events took place in 1969. However the most important to all of us academically was the opening of GSU!
This Day in History: June 24:
1509: Henry VIII was crowned king of England. 1947: Kenneth Arnold, an American pilot, reported seeing strange objects near Mt. Rainier, Washington. He described them as "saucers skipping across the water," hence the term "flying saucers" was born. 1997: The U.S. Air Force released The Roswell Report, closing the case on the 1947 Roswell, N.M. incident concerning UFOs and alien bodies. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Actor Al Molinaro; 1920; Actor-director Georg Stanford Brown, 1943; Singer Arthur Brown, 1944; Guitarist Jeff Beck, 1944; Drummer Mick Fleetwood, 1947; Reggae singer Derrick Simpson, 1950; Actress Danielle Spencer: 1965; Singer Solange Knowles, 1986. -- from Yahoo!News website
June 22, 2009
A bit of a library trivia quiz...
Which system of classification of books does the GSU Library use?
a. Who cares, just so I find the book I’m looking for
b. Dewey Decimal, like the public libraries use
c. Library of Congress
d. It’s one the staff made up
And the answer is… c (well, actually, a and c). Although most public libraries use Dewey Decimal, most academic and research libraries use the Library of Congress Classification system. Without it, you couldn’t find your books!
This Day in History: June 23:
1868: Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called a "Type-Writer." 1947: The Senate overrode President Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act. 1972: Richard Nixon and H. R. Haldeman discussed ways to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation. Revelation of this conversation spurred on Nixon's 1974 resignation. 1992: Mobster John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison. – from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, 1956; Actress Frances McDormand, 1957; Singer Chico DeBarge, 1970; Singer KT Tunstall, 1975; Singer Virgo Williams, 1975; Singer Duffy, 1984.— from Yahoo!News website
June 18, 2009
More library trivia....
What identification number do you use to log in to the library’s databases from home?
a. The library’s double-secret binary code
b. Your full 14-digit student ID number
c. You can log in from home?
d. The square root of pi
And the answer is… b. Your full 14-digit student ID number, found under the barcode on your student ID Your password is your four-digit registration pin, unless your faculty or staff, in which case it’s the last four digits of your Social Security number. P.S. The square root of pi is infinite, but the closest you can come is about 1.7725.
Upcoming Library Workshops
The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the Summer. Check out Formatting APA Style Citations, 2-3 p.m., Monday, June 22; and Formatting an APA Style Paper, 3-4 p.m. Monday, June 22. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome. All workshops are in Room 2401B (across from the Reference Desk).
This Day in History: June 22:
1815: Napoleon abdicated his throne for the second time after his defeat at Waterloo. 1870: The U.S. Justice Department was created.
1943: W.E.B. DuBois became the first black member of the National Institute of Letters. 1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill of Rights. – from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson, 1936; Actress Meryl Streep, 1940; Journalist Brit Hume, 1943;Talk show host Carson Daly, 1973; Actor Donald Faison, 1974. From Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
This Day in History: June 21:
By the way, today is the Summer Solstice (the longest day and shortest night of the year). It’s the official first day of Summer!
1788: The U.S. Constitution went into effect when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify it. 1834: Cyrus McCormick's mechanical reaper was patented. 1964: Three civil rights workers—James E. Chaney, 21; Andrew Goodman, 21; and Michael Schwerner, 24—disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss. In 2005, 41 years after the disappearance, Edgar Killen was convicted of their murders. 1982: John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted murder of President Ronald Reagan. 2004: Michael Melvill pilots the first privately developed spacecraft,SpaceShipOne, into space – from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Religious and social thinker Reinhold Niebuhr, 1892; Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905; Actress Jane Russell, 1921; Prince William, 1982. – From Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
This Day in History: June 20:
1782: The Great Seal of the United States was adopted. 1819: The 320-ton Savannah became the first steamship to cross the Atlantic. 1893: Lizzie Borden, accused of murdering her parents, was found innocent by a jury in New Bedford, Mass. 1967: Muhammad Ali was convicted of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. – from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays (besides yours): Actress Olympia Dukakis, 1931; Musician Brian Wilson, 1942; Home repair show host Bob Vila, 1946; Singer Lionel Richie, 1949; Bassist Michael Anthony, 1954; Actress Nicole Kidman, 1967; Singer Chino Moreno, 1973; Actor Chris Mintz-Plasse, 1989. --- from Yahoo!News website
This Day in History: June 19:
1862: Congress abolished slavery in the U.S. territories. 1865: Gen. Gordon Granger informed the citizens of Galveston, Tex., that the slaves were freed. The celebration of the day became known as Juneteenth. 1934: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created. 1964: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved. 1987: The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to teach creationism as well. – from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): : Baseball legend Lou Gehrig, 1903; Actress Phylicia Rashad, 1948; Singer Ann Wilson , 1950; Singer-dancer-choreographer Paula Abdul, 1962; Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, 1970. --- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
June 17, 2009
A bit of library trivia.....
You need a break from studying and want to expand your mind and fulfill your intellectual curiosity with a good, scholarly movie, something like “Terminator 2.” Where do you look?
a. Against the wall near the Reference Office, where it and other movies, both entertaining and intellectual, are shelved.
b. At a video rental place...the library doesn’t have anything like that.
c. Forget it. You’ll just watch a rerun of “A-Team.”
The answer is ….. a. Surprisingly enough, you can check out all kinds of good movies on DVD for one week for FREE. But don’t be late. The late fee is $5 a day per DVD. When you see the good selection, “You’ll be back.”
This Day in History: June 18:
1812: The War of 1812 began. 1815: Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by British, German, and Dutch forces. 1873:
Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election. 1948: The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights. The General Assembly would give it final approval on Dec. 10, 1948. 1983: Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. --- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Former Beatle Paul McCartney, 1942; Movie critic Roger Ebert, 1942; Singer Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men, 1971; Rapper Silkk The Shocker, 1975; Country singer Blake Shelton, 1976. --- From Yahoo!News website
June 16, 2009
A bit of library trivia.....
You lost your hat in the Library. Where do you go to find it?
a. You don’t. It’s gone, long gone.
b. The staff has saved it for the annual “Lost and Found Day,” when all “found” items are hidden throughout the library, and you have to search for them. It’s sometime in May, and a lot of fun.
c. The guy sitting next to you when you lost it has been wearing it every day.
d. If it was turned in, it resides safely behind the Circulation Desk.
The answer is ….. d. If your lost item was turned it, it is locked up safely behind the Circulation Desk. However, if your lost flash drive was turned in, it is behind the Reference Desk.
This Day in History: June 17:
1775: The Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the American Revolution. 1885: The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere. 1928: Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman. 1972: Burglary of Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, DC, started the Watergate political scandal.2002: Australian scientists announced that they had "teleported" a laser beam—breaking it up and reconstructing it in another location. -– from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Artist M. C. Escher, 1898; Skater Dan Jansen, 1965; Actor Jason Patric, 1966; Tennis Player Venus Williams, 1980; Actor-rapper Herculeez, 1983. – From Infoplease and Yahoo! News websites
June 15, 2009
A bit of library trivia....
So, exactly what is the Art-O-Mat?
a. A place to wash, dry and fold art, but you need a lot of quarters
b. A book about twin brothers Art and Matt
c. A retired cigarette vending machine that dispenses original artwork for a relatively reasonable sum
d. A trendy kind of decorative doormat
And the answer is .... c. According to the Art-O-Mat website, "Art-o-mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art." The GSU Library hosts one of the 82 active machines countrywide that feature original works from a variety of artists from 10 countries.
This Day in History: June 16
1487: The Battle of Stoke ended the War of the Roses. 1858: Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln declared, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. 1904: Events in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses took place on this day, which is celebrated as Bloomsday, for the main character, Leopold Bloom. 1996: Russia voted in its first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin eventually won in a runoff. – from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Christian Science Church founder Mary Baker Eddy, 1821; Baseball player “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, 1887; Writer Joyce Carol Oates, 1938; Rapper Tupac Shakur, 1971. -- from Infoplease and FamousBirthdays.com
June 13, 2009
Some Library Trivia...
Where is the GSU Library's collection of current New York Times Best Sellers?
a. Behind the Circulation Desk
b. In the aisle between the banks of computers in the library
c. Next to the Art-O-Mat
d. There are no New York Times Best Sellers
And the answer is... B. Patrons can find these books to check out and enjoy in the aisle between the banks of computers in the library.
Still time to sign up for this week's workshops!
The GSU Library offers many free workshops for students throughout the Summer. This week’s offerings are Basic PowerPoint, 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 16; Plagiarism Detection & Prevention: Turnitin, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 17; and Formatting an APA Style Paper, 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. You can register online or in person at the Library’s Reference Desk. Walk-ins also are welcome. All workshops are in Room 2401B (across from the Reference Desk).
This Day in History: June 15
1215: King John sealed the Magna Carta. 1844: Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for rubber vulcanization. 1923: Lou Gehrig made his New York Yankee debut as a pinch runner.
Famous birthdays today (besides yours) Politician Mario Cuomo, 1932; Rapper Ice Cube, 1969; Actor: Neil Patrick Harris, 1973; Actress Elizabeth Reaser, 1975. -- from Infoplease website and Yahoo! News
This Day in History: June 14
1775: The U.S. Army was founded. 1777: The Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official U.S. flag. 1922: Warren Harding became the first president to be heard on the radio. 1951: The first commercial computer, Univac I, was unveiled. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811; photographer Margaret Bourke-White, 1904; businessman Donald Trump, 1946; Singer Boy George, 1961. -- from Infoplease website and Yahoo! News
June 10, 2009
A bit of a literary trivia quiz...
Which book was NOT the work of author Toni Morrison?
a. The Color Purple
d. The Bluest Eye
.....and the answer is...A. "The Color Purple" was written by Alice Walker.
This Day in History: June 13:
1900: The Boxer Rebellion began in China; 1966: The U.S. Supreme Court set forth in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must advise suspects of their rights upon taking them into custody. 1967: Thurgood Marshall was nominated to become the first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court. – from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): William Butler Yeats, 1865; Actor Malcolm McDowell, 1943. -- from Infoplease and the Celebrity Café.com websites
This Day in History: June 12:
1880: John Lee Richmond pitched baseball’s first perfect game, which occurs when no batter reaches a base during a complete game of at least nine innings. 1939: The Baseball Hall of Fame opened to the public in Cooperstown, N.Y.; 1942: Anne Frank received a diary for her birthday. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Former U.S. President George H. Bush, 1924; Diarist Anne Frank, 1929; Musican Chick Corea, 1941. -- from Infoplease and the Celebrity Café.com websites
This Day in History: June 11:
1509: King Henry VIII married his first wife, Katharine of Aragon. 1770: Capt. James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. 1963: Vivian Malone and James Hood successfully enrolled at the University of Alabama following Gov. George Wallace’s famous “stand in the schoolhouse door.” 1977: Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown. – from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, 1910; football legend Vince Lombardi, 1913; race car driver Jackie Stewart, 1939; politician Henry Cisneros, 1947. -- from Infoplease website
June 09, 2009
This Day in History: June 10
1801: The Tripolitan War, between the United States and the Barbary States, began. 1935: Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by “Bill W.” 1967: The Six-Day War between Israel and Syria, Egypt and Jordan ended. 2003: Ontario, Canada issued the first full same-sex marriage licenses in North America. --From Infoplease website.
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Painter Gustave Coubet, 1819; singer/actress Hattie McDaniel, 1895; novelist Saul Bellow, 1915; actress Judy Garland, 1922; and figure skater Tara Lipinski, 1982. --From Infoplease website.