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Congratulations to librarians Pamela Jackson and Patrick Sullivan for the publication of International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Success! The book’s description on ALA Store’s Website reads:

    The number of international students studying on campuses in the United States is at an all-time high. International students bring with them special skills and insights, but they also present unique challenges for our educational systems. Libraries play a critical role in connecting these foreign students, not only to our universities and colleges, but also to the information literacy skills they need to succeed.

    The insightful case studies presented in International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Success describe over a dozen exciting projects that support the success of international students studying at academic institutions. The work provides numerous examples of new and innovative strategies for librarians to encourage library use among international students and increase international student success. This volume is essential reading for academic librarians, library educators and professional collections at institutions that support international student populations.

More information—including how to order—can be found here.


Every now and then, I search “sdsu library” on Twitter. The results are usually both amusing and enlightening. Here’s a sample from the past week, copied just the way they appeared (minus name and Foursquare info):

    it feels so odd to be working in the SDSU library right now. it’s been a while.

    True life: my vacation home is love library.

    girl in the #SDSU library talking (LOUD) about how she just got diagnosed with ovary cysts….wow this school sometimes

    Late night studying. Unfortunately this is the only place I’ve discovered I’ll actually STUDY.

    Love being at the sdsu library especially at night. Def not creepy………..

    See “The Rescuers” exhibit from @SDSU Love Library till Nov 24

    If I had a foursquare account, I’d probably be the mayor of Love Library

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November is National Novel Writing Month, and you have until midnight on November 30 to complete your 50,000-word masterpiece. “OMG,” you say, “How do I even get started?” Here’s a few ways the SDSU Library can help kick start your literary career:

1. Need an idea for a story? Some authors find ideas in current news stories. Our Current Periodicals and Microforms Center has newspapers from around the country and across the globe, as well as magazines such as Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, People, and many more. Writers also get inspiration from other writers; check out our selection of novels and short stories located on the 4th floor of Love Library.

2. Now you have your idea, but how do you construct a novel? Below are a few books on writing from our shelves that will help you to organize your thoughts and ideas and structure your novel:

3. The bulk of your novel is written…great! But you have a few paragraphs that seem awkward. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone read over it and offer suggestions? You might find that someone in the library’s new Tutoring Center, located in Room LA1103 under the Dome. The tutors won’t proofread or edit your work, but they can offer suggestions on how to improve your writing and point out where your weaknesses lie.

4. It’s done! Now you have several options. You can share your novel with your friends, find an agent to help you get it published, or publish it yourself. And we have information on that end of the book industry as well:

Good luck! We hope to see your novel on our shelves someday!

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