Communications &Legal Studies Librarian:

good day for a singing volcano

Originally posted on Inside Movies:

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It’s a rare off year for Pixar, with no full-length feature in theaters until next summer. But Disney recently shared an adorable clip from Lava, the short that was slated to debut in front of The Good Dinosaur—before that movie was delayed from May 2014 to November 2015. As you can see, Lava is the story of a singing Hawaiian volcano, named Uku, who is looking for love.

The name Uku evokes the ukelele—the popular Hawaiian guitar-like instrument that practically scores the state’s sunsets and seduces millions of mainland tourists every year. The late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s strummed a uke, and Lava director James Murphy told Yahoo that his short was in part inspired by the singer’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”“I thought that if I could marry the rich imagery and with the power and emotion of music, then I could really make…

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NJ links out to the FCC comments, “In the Matter of Expansion of Online Public File Requirements”

BROADCASTERS BACK AD DISCLOSURE FOR CABLE: The National Association of Broadcasters had sued the FCC (unsuccessfully) to try to stop political ad disclosure requirements for TV stations. But now that the agency is eyeing the same requirements for cable and satellite providers, the broadcasters are fully on board.

“There is no reasoned basis for treating the public/political files of cable and [satellite] providers differently,” NAB writes in the filing.

Title: The Camden 28


Camden, New Jersey, summer, 1971. Protests against the Vietnam war are spreading across America. A group of 28 non-violent activists plan to break into a local draft board office and destroy records in an attempt to strike a blow against the ‘system.’ But a mole has infiltrated their operation and within hours of beginning their mission they are rounded up and arrested by the FBI, under the personal authority of J. Edgar Hoover.

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Read about John Grady and Grady Flores in the Ithaca Voice, “Criminal or martyr? Inside the political formation of Ithaca’s jailed grandmother.”

Just heard this news from Routledge:

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Two chances for a library tour this afternoon! The first tour starts at 2pm and the second at 3pm. Meet by the Reference Desk on the main floor.  Like us in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iclibrary

From:     Cathy Michael, Communication and Legal Studies Librarian
Re:          Welcome Back! Fall 2014

Dear Faculty:

I’m a bit late on this — it has been quite busy in the library already!  Here are some updates along with some of the usual news.  It was a pleasure to meet new faculty at the New Faculty Orientation last week; here is the page “For Faculty” that I highlighted: http://ithacalibrary.com/services/faculty.php.  Keep in touch!

NEW for Fall 2014:


If you have not already, book a library instruction session for your class. Instruction sessions can be arranged at any time over the course of the semester; they are most effective after students have research topics. I can demonstrate our databases and search techniques and / or have a research session where I’m available to answer specific research questions. The format is flexible and can include a hands-on assignment.  The duration is also flexible — I’ve visited classes  ranging from 15 minutes to 90 minutes! There are two ways to accomplish this: 1) send me an email with the where and when of the class visit along, or 2) fill out the following form: Request for Library Instruction.


Instructional Videos
I am able to create short (5 minutes or less) instructional videos that can be embedded in Sakai.   I encourage all faculty to assign students of all levels our Plagiarism tutorial  that can be found on the Research Guide  tab of the library’s homepage under Research 101 (right column).

Research Guides for Sakai or your course website
Here is a Complete List of the Guides I’ve created.  Consider adding one to your Sakai page.   Contact me if you would like a Research Guide for your class — this can be for a production class.  This can be done even if you do not have class time for a library instruction session.

I’m working on spending our new budget.  My first deadline is to be 25% spent by September 1st.

Our budget dates for spending are:

  • 25% by Sept 1
  • 50% by Nov 1
  • 75% by Feb 1
  • 100% by March 15th

For a list of suggested titles or figures on funds remaining, contact me.

New Title List: here is a monthly list of  all new book titles (all subject areas) that is always available on the library homepage. You can even create a RSS feed to it. I like to look at the topical RSS feeds.    I’ll gather a spreadsheet of titles ordered by fund at the end of each semester or upon request.

On the Film tab of the library’s homepage is a button for new DVDs.  I can create lists of videos that may interest a certain class.  For instance, here is a list of videos for Mass Media History and  Animated Films.   I’m happy to customize a DVD topic list for you.

The library uses Sakai for E-reserves.   Ben Hogben, Access Services Manager, and our Director, Lis Chabot, put together a guide on “Sakai: Linking to Library Resources” to get you started: http://www.ithacalibrary.com/sp/subjects/Sakai  You can do it yourself, or, our Access Services Department is happy to assist you.  If you have any questions, contact me or Ben Hogben.

Handy links:
Reserves   Use this page to place all types of media on Reserves (audio,  journal articles and book chapters, book or score, and video clips).
Multimedia Request   If you would like to show a library video on a particular date, use this form to book a film for class.

SOCIAL MEDIA:  keep connected and informed

Need help? Here are some common Q&As that may assist you. Always feel free to contact me with questions: cmichael@ithaca.edu   I’m in the second cubicle to the right as you enter the library.  My phone number is: 4-1293.  Stop by if you’re in the library.

To check hours online, view this page.

Local Newsrooms As Participatory Journalism Labs. by Josh Stearns


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