ALS Awareness Month

May is ALS Awareness Month. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. You can learn more about ALS with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.

Check out these sites for more information:

Library hours on 5/7 and 5/14

The Library will close early (4:30 PM) on Wednesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 14th. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Free videos

Please see the latest spreadsheet of Library discards and contact Danielle if you’d like any of them.

New titles in Films On Demand

Films On Demand added 383 new videos in April, bringing our streaming video collection up to 15,206 titles. Ask a librarian or register for a free webinar if you’d like to learn more about Films On Demand.


Films On Demand: An Overview and Introduction for Academic Institutions
A half-hour demonstration covering basic content and function of Films On Demand’s 24/7 streaming educational video service–offering 24/7 access, individual playlist distribution, playback options from personal device to large-screen class showings, and an unsurpassed range of top-quality content.

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Register
  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Register

New titles

Take a look at the new books we added to our collection in April. You can find these and everything else in our collection through our catalog, MnPALS Plus. Here are a few of the new titles on our shelves. Check them out!

TJ828 Wind power RC643 100 questions HF5381 Show your work

HG179 Quicken 2014 QA76.774 Windows 8.1 RJ496 Childhood speech

QA76.9 Cybersecurity HB235 Value of a dollar TK3207 Electrical inspection

T174.7 Handbook of nanoscience HQ1421 Revisiting gender NK2114 SketchUp

New CQ Researcher reports

Check out these recent CQ Researcher reports on China, TV, the rich and poor, and synthetic biology:


China Today
By Reed Karaim
April 4, 2014 • Volume 24, Issue 13
Is the world’s second-largest economy
facing trouble?


Future of TV
By Peter Katel
April 11, 2014 • Volume 24, Issue 14
Can traditional television thrive in the
Internet Age?


Wealth and Inequality
By Sarah Glazer
April 18, 2014 • Volume 24, Issue 15
Does the gap between rich and poor
threaten democracy?


Synthetic Biology
By Beth Baker
April 25, 2014 • Volume 24, Issue 16
Should scientists try to create new
life forms?

New materials in Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion added 42 new materials this month. Here’s the latest update:

April Monthly Materials Update

New materials include a sensor enabled geotextile which reinforces soil structures and flexible, transparent films that conduct electricity for formable touch screens (using carbon nanotubes).

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and tomorrow is Poem In Your Pocket Day. My favorite poem is “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll. You’ll find this and lots of other poetry in our collection.

Check out these sites for more poetry resources:

LexisNexis Academic webinars

LexisNexis Academic is an excellent resource for news, business, and legal research. Learn how to get the most out of this database with these free webinars from LexisNexis:


LexisNexis Academic
Learn how this premier general reference tool provides access to the most news, business, and legal information available from one interface. Newly redesigned with a simplified, single-search box and improved search options, this research tool provides streamlined access to the credible information students and faculty need. Whether the search is on a current hot topic in the news, financial information of a specific company, or a following of a judgment on a case, LexisNexis Academic has it all.

LexisNexis Academic – Legal Research
Learn how this premier general reference tool provides access to comprehensive, credible news, business, and legal information from one interface. This webinar will focus on legal and criminal justice resources within LN Academic.

LexisNexis Academic – News
Learn how this premier general reference tool provides access to comprehensive, credible news, business, and legal information from one interface. This webinar will focus on news resources within LN Academic.

AccessScience update

AccessScience has added lots of new content in the last month. There are 9 new briefings on a variety of topics, including:

There are also more than 130 new Research Updates, including:

Finally, take a look at the new video biography of Jerrold Meinwald, winner of the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry.