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libraryblogDo you enjoy taking photos? Like winning prizes?

The SDSU Library is sponsoring an Instagram photo contest, which will begin on January 21 and end at 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2014. To participate, you will need to take the new library mobile tour using your own mobile device (smartphone or tablet) or borrow one of the library’s Nexus 7 tablets. While you’re taking the tour, take a photo of something you like about the library and upload it to Instagram. Multiple entries are allowed.

The contest is open to SDSU students, staff, faculty, and the public. Every photo with the hashtag #SDSUlibrarytour is considered an entry. Four winners will each receive a $25 Aztec Shops gift card. Winners will be notified by March 5, 2014, via an Instagram comment on the winning photos from the SDSU Library Instagram account.

If you have a question about the contest, talk to us on Twitter (@sdsulibrary #SDSUlibrarytour) or send an email to libinstruct@mail.sdsu.edu. Further information about the contest can be found on the contest website.

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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!

Librarian Pamela Jackson and Interim Associate Dean Anne Turhollow have been busy over the summer creating some excellent tutorials to help students and library patrons better use the library. Check them out!

Understanding LC Call Numbers

Finding Full Text

March is “SDSU Month,” and on Saturday, March 19, the university will be holding its annual “Explore SDSU: Open House” day. We’ll be offering guided tours of the library at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. Two of our librarians are also offering intriguing and helpful workshops: “Top 10 Things to Ask Your Doctor” will be held at 10 a.m. and “Ten Steps to Find Your Family Tree Online” will meet at 10:30 a.m. Both workshops will be held in Room 2203 of the Library Addition. To attend a workshop or tour, just show up at the dome entrance. We’ll have a table with information and smiling staff to help you find your way!

You can get with this

Wide Dispersion Localizer sound dome in the CPMC news center
Listening to CNN or programs aired by SDSU’s Instructional Technology Services in comfortable armchairs in the Current Periodicals news center

Or you can get with that

Get Smart's cone of silence

Discussing conspiracy theories with your boss