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art linkletter and SDSU President Steven Weber

Art Linkletter and SDSU President Stephen L. Weber at the Friends of the SDSU Library dinner, March 24, 2006

The SDSU Library lost another friend today. Art Linkletter, a 1934 alumnus of SDSU, died today at age 97. He was best known for hosting two of the longest running shows in broadcast history: House Party and People Are Funny. But at SDSU, he was known as a friend.

Linkletter made frequent trips to campus, speaking at events and promoting his alma mater. In 2006, he was the guest speaker at the SDSU Friends of the Library dinner, celebrating the recent donation of his archives to the library and an exhibit featuring items from The Linkletter Collection. His presence on campus will be missed, but his connection to SDSU remains through his generous contribution of materials to the library.

For more information about Art Linkletter:

San Diego Union-Tribune
Kids Say the Darndest Things (YouTube)
TV Legends (YouTube)
The Dome, Winter 2006
The Art Linkletter Collection
SDSU Library Online Exhibit: Art Linkletter

empty chairs
It’s very quiet here in the library during this break between semesters. We have lots of empty chairs and books that need readers. Why not stop by, browse the books, and spend some quiet time reading? We could use the company!

Library video game consoleIf you’ve clicked on Google today, you were treated to its Pac-Man-themed logo, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Atari’s Pac-Man. You can even click on the logo or select the “Insert Coin” button and play a game (use your keyboard’s arrow keys to move Pac-Man). But I bet you didn’t know that the library has a place for you to play Pac-Man, and you don’t even need a game token.

On the second floor of Love Library, on the opposite side of the south wall from the Student Computing Center, is a console featuring vintage Atari 2600 games. It’s free, and every day features a different game from the 1980s:

      Monday – Donkey Kong
      Tuesday – Pac Man
      Wednesday – Frogger
      Thursday – Centipede
      Friday – Asteroids
      Saturday – Space Invaders
      Sunday – Defender

computer displayOn both ends of that second floor hallway are display cases featuring computer-related items donated to the SDSU Library by Coleman College. It’s pretty neat stuff. The video game display contains several early advertisements for Pac-Man. Take a look at the “portable” display. Imagine carting one of those laptops to class!

Copy Services…that the library has a place where you can make copies (including color!), print posters and banners, and send faxes? No? Well, let me introduce you to Copy Services!

Copy Services is located on the west end of the first floor of Love Library in Room 146, just past the Current Periodicals and Microforms Center. This is your one-stop shop for printing just about anything. Here’s a few of the services they offer:

  • Wide format printing
  • Faxing (send and receive)
  • Lamination
  • Transparencies
  • Assistance with printing, formatting, and setup of printing and copying projects

Listen, the next time you need nice clean copies of the presentation you have to give in one hour, you can (a) drive off-campus and stand in line at a copy shop and pray that the person ahead of you in line isn’t mailing five large packages of fragile items to Latvia and has to fill out a mountain of paperwork, or (b) you can drop by the library’s Copy Services between classes and talk with Michael McGovern and his staff about your printing needs. They’ve got lists of services and prices you can take with you; get one and tack it on your refrigerator door so you won’t forget all the cool things these folks can do for you!

We are proud to offer three literary research sources online for students and faculty. Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online, Literature Criticism Online and Something About the Author Online are each now available from the library Databases A-Z list.

Please note that if you are denied access to any of these databases on your first attempt, try clicking the refresh button on your browser and this should resolve the issue.

Finals are upon us, and the library is offering extended, late-night hours:

M-F: 7 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. – 1 a.m.

The 24/7 Study Area will be operating on its usual 24-hour schedule. Follow this link to the full calendar, which shows the hours for other library departments.

Did you know that poet Alan Ginsberg took his famous Beat generation photographs with a second-hand Kodak camera? Or that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is helping to develop a system that can more effectively detect possible cyber security attacks within large organizations? Those are only two of the many interesting things I learned by listening to the podcasts made available by the U.S. Government. This site contains podcasts covering health, history, the arts, defense and international relations, money and taxes, and many more topics. I promise, you could spend hours listening to these programs. And if you don’t know what a podcast is, there’s even a link explaining it.

Put down the book. Minimize that Word document for a moment, and take a break. Here’s an interesting video discussing some of the pros of using Second Life in educational settings.

I can feel the tension in the air. I can sense your desperation, your dread, your frustration. And I know what cloud hangs above you, what bogeyman hides beneath your desk…final exams begin next week.

You need not fear; you aren’t in this alone. The SDSU Library has the people and resources to help you slay the most vicious term paper. Just follow me…

It’s 5 a.m. and you have a burning question. The library doesn’t open until 7 a.m. What can you do? Visit our home page and click on the “24/7 Live Help” button located on the left menu. Fill out the form on the right and click “connect.” There’s a librarian on the other end willing and able to come to your rescue.

You found the perfect article to round out your research paper…but our library doesn’t have it. No problem-o…that’s what Interlibrary Loan is for! They offer a lot of cool options for acquiring books, articles, and media from other libraries and institutions around the world.

It’s 10 p.m. and your crazy roommate has the stereo cranked up and a room full of friends talking and laughing. Where the heck can you get some peace and quiet? Try the 24/7 Study Area on the 2nd floor of the Library Addition. If you need a space for your study group to meet, click here for a list of locations.

Gosh darnit, your computer has a virus, and your printer is on the fritz! And your professor said “absolutely, positively NO late papers!” Aaagghh! You’re toast, right? Wrong, my friend. I’ll let you in on a little secret…the Student Computing Center. They have PCs, Macs, printers, scanners, and resourceful people at the help desk to answer your computing questions.

One more problem…you’re hungry! Your stomach is growling like an angry rottweiler, and the people at the next table are giving you the hairy eyeball. Yes, the library does allow food in certain study areas (look for the slice of pizza on the maps), but if you want something more exciting than vending machine fare, there’s plenty of eateries nearby.

Take a deep breath…feel better? No reason to panic. We’re here to help!