Add the Internet Archive (archive.org) to your #MSULibraryBelt

In 2007, inventor and digital librarian Brewster Kahle gave a TED Talk about, “A Free Digital Library,” which would give “Universal access to all knowledge.” Today, you can use that library, which provides access to an archive of the World Wide Web, over 9 million eBooks and digital documents, 2.4 million videos, 2.8 million audio recordings, 120 thousand pieces of software, 1.1 million digitized images, and 162 thousand live concert recordings. Read below to learn about some of the different features and select collections.

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2007 Capture of lib.murraystate.edu

The “Wayback Machine” has captured 469 billion pages on the Internet using web crawlers to give researchers the ability to access pages that are no longer live. Thus, you can potentially see a webpage that now reads “HTTP 404 Not Found” if you use the “Wayback Machine.” You can also use it to look at the history of a web page’s design, for example, see what the Murray State University Libraries’ page looked like in 2007–notice there is no Search. catalog, and no Twitter feed.

2016.03.16_MSULIbWP2 The Smithsonian Libraries collection is one of the largest library systems in the world and contains texts of all sorts, inculduding rare and old books that you can read online. These documents are very useful for understanding historical developments in human history. For example, here is a book published in 1671 that gives an account of early America and its inhabitants:

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The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection contains recordings of public domain texts (works that may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner) in multiple languages that you can download and listen to freely. This way you can study and exercise at the same time.

2016.03.16_MSULIbWP3.pngThe Internet Arcade gives you the ability to play vintage-era video games using an online emulator. If you were writing a paper on the history of video game development, you could experience what it was like to use these games, like this 1982 classic, “Q*Bert”:

2016.03.16_MSULIbWP4The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Gallery Images collection gives you access to over 140 thousand images from their collection. If you need images for a presentation that you are giving, or you are an Art History major, this collection is an invaluable resource. Keep in mind that these collections include images of three-dimensional objects, like this early 19th century “Russian Bassoon”:
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Are you doing a report on how media covers tragic events? The Internet Archive contains 3,000 hours of coverage of the events from 9/11 in the Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive. This collection is from the video collections held in the Internet Archive.2016.03.16_MSULIbWP5.png

These are just few of the many collections contained in the Internet Archive. There are 198 thousand collections to choose from.

 

 

 

 


Our #RacerScholars this week are: Drs. Kelly A. Kleinhans, Kala Chakradhar, Susan Muller & Paula Waddill

This week’s featured article, “Multigenerational perceptions of the academic work environment in higher education in the United States,” was written by professors Kelly A. Kleinhans, Kala Chakradhar, Susan Muller (former faculty member), and Paula Waddill. The article appeared in the July 2015 issue of Higher Education: the International Journal of Higher Education Research.

Abstract

The current workforce composition of the academy is comprised of multiple generational cohorts, Traditionalists, Leading Edge Boomers, Trailing Edge Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials. Despite the plethora of research identifying a myriad of differences in the way these generational cohorts approach work and social activities little attention has been paid to their perceptions of the psychosocial aspects of the academic work environment. The present study used the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire II to assess job perceptions of 434 academic personnel across four generational cohorts. A direct discriminant function analysis revealed Trailing Edge Boomers perceived a greater effort-reward imbalance than Traditionalists/Leading Edge Boomers and Generation Xers, and Millennials perceive less imbalance than all other generations. There were also generational group differences in perceived stress and health. These results draw attention to the value of knowing the generational composition of a higher education institution in order to take into account the unique needs of each generational cohort when planning ways to improve recruitment, retention, and productivity of administrators, faculty and staff.

 

http://link.springer.com/journal/10734Multigenerational perceptions of the academic work environment in higher education in the United States
By: Kelly A. Kleinhans, Kala Chakradhar,
Susan Muller & Paula Waddill
Higher Education, July 2015, vol. 70 (1), pgs. 89-103
doi: 10.1007/s10734-014-9825-y

New Book of the Week: ‘Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania’


Many students find the college application process to be aggravating. How do you choose the school that is best for you? How much will the application cost? And then, there is the waiting for an acceptance letter to “your future.”

Students and parents often think that the school you choose to attend should be based on how it is ranked on the Best College Rankings” of the U.S. News & World Report–the school becomes a part of your “branding.” A school’s ranking is thought to determine job prospects after graduation.

Frank Bruni’s book dispels this myth. The first chapter begins with a quote from New Jersey governor, Chris Christie:

My wife really wanted to go to the University of Virginia and didn’t get in. I really wanted to go to Georgetown and didn’t get in. So we both ended up at Delaware. It was a place where all of us felt that if we worked hard, we could do well. I never felt like the school wasn’t going to give me the tools to be successful.

Christie is one of many leaders interviewed that were successful without an Ivy League education–heads of Fortune 500 companies and other government officials are also featured.

You can find a copy of Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania on the New Book Shelf in the lobby of Waterfield Library.