Archive for November, 2016

Free Library Membership for Fall 2016 Graduates

November 30th, 2016

Congratulations to all the USF Fall 2016 graduates! Gleeson Library would like to offer you a FREE Alumni Special Borrower Library card, normally a $50 value! If you would like to continue using the library’s resources all you have to do is apply online by February 10, 2017.


Fight Fake News

November 29th, 2016

You’ve likely seen the headlines decrying the proliferation of fake news and our collective inability to distinguish fact from fiction in the online environment. Don’t despair — Gleeson Library is here to help you navigate these treacherous waters. Fight fake news by recognizing it, steering clear of it, and never forwarding it. Friends don’t let friends forward fake news!

  • Do you recognize the source? If not, read the “About” section on the website AND look up the website on Wikipedia or Snopes for more information about the source.
  • Are known/reputable news sites also reporting on the story? While a lack of coverage could be the result of corporate media bias and other factors, there should typically be more than one source reporting on a topic or event.
  • A photograph (or chart) can’t lie, right? Don’t fall into the trap of trusting a story just because it includes a photo or statistics. You need to track down and assess the source of images and figures, the same way you verify any news source.
  • The top hits in google are reliable, right? Don’t trust Google to evaluate your sources for you.  Attempts at developing a “truth algorithm” to rank results have been elusive — it turns out that truthfulness is an exceedingly challenging thing for a computer program to measure.
  • Bad web design or use of ALL CAPS? These are potential signs that the source you’re looking at should be verified and/or read in conjunction with other sources.
  • Website ends in “lo” (ex: Newslo)? These sites take pieces of accurate information and then package that information with other false or misleading “facts” (sometimes for the purposes of satire or comedy).
  • Website ends in “”? These sites are often fake versions of real news sources.
  • Web address is odd? If the web address is unusual or unrelated to the news reported, you may have untruthful news.
  • Lack of author attribution? This may, but not always, signify that the news story is suspect and requires verification.
  • Bloggers on a news website? Some news organizations allow bloggers post under the banner of particular news brands, but many of these posts do not go through the same editing process.
  • The story makes you REALLY ANGRY? It’s probably a good idea to keep reading about the topic via other sources to make sure the story you read wasn’t purposefully trying to make you angry (with potentially misleading or false information) in order to generate shares and ad revenue.
  • What the “dox”? If a website you’re reading encourages you to DOX individuals (i.e., search for and share private information about someone, typically with malicious intent), it’s unlikely to be a legitimate source of news.

Many thanks to  Melissa Zimdars (a Communications Professor at Merrimack College) for her excellent list of tips, from which I borrowed heavily in compiling the above recommendations.

Have any tips of your own to share? Post them here on Gleeson Gleanings.

See also these recent articles on fake news:

Pacific Standard’s Meet the Professor Calling Out the Fake and Misleading News Sites Clogging Your Facebook Feed

NPR’s Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds

ED Week’s Why Students Can’t Google Their Way to the Truth: Fact-checkers and students approach websites differently

Search Engine Land’s The Trouble with Truth

Gleeson Library Game & Zine Day 11/19!!

November 17th, 2016

Please join us in Gleeson Library’s Atrium on Saturday November 19th for GLEESON GAME & ZINE DAY!!


Come have some fun, play some video / board games, eat some pizza, and get creative making zines! If you’re unfamiliar, zines are short-run, independently published magazines on a variety of subjects. Common themes include art, comics, short stories, cultural criticism, and social commentary.

We’ll have video games projected on large screens, all the supplies you’ll need to make that perfect zine, prizes for the winners of our video and board game competitions, and PIZZA! Xbox, PlayStation, GameCube and more! COME HAVE SOME FUN IN YOUR LIBRARY!!!


November 19th 2016

Gleeson Library Atrium

Gleeson Library’s Game and Zine Day is brought to you by the Animation, Comics, and VideoGames Club and Glesson Library!

Classic Game Day in Donohue Rare Book Room

November 16th, 2016

Come play classic games: chess, backgammon, checkers, cribbage in the ultimate classic Library space: the Donohue Rare Book Room 11:00am to 4:00pm on Friday 11/18/2016


Digital Library Collections from Around the World

November 15th, 2016

Treasures from library collections around the world are in the spotlight at Gleeson Library, to honor and support International Education Week. Stop by the library to see books that feature amazing collections from some of the world’s most beautiful and unique libraries, and browse more treasures from international library and archives’ digital collections linked below in this post.

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How can a library in one country benefit users globally? By providing access to our digital collections, libraries help share our histories, stories, and cultures. Through the digitization and preservation efforts of libraries worldwide, we are reminded that libraries and their resources are no longer inaccessible islands. Resources previously only available to patrons visiting in person can now be accessed by anyone through the internet.

We’ve created a guide to the collections pictured here, but there are hundreds more. Links to a few portals to the wonders in libraries and archives all over the world are below:

The Commons
Hidden treasures from the world’s public photography archives and cultural heritage institutions.

An aggregator of content from many digital contributors in Europe.

Library of Congress Digital Collections
Access online collections: view maps & photographs; read letters, diaries & newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings & watch historic films

Oxford University Digital Collections
Wide array of materials from the University and associated cultural institutions including the Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Library, Queen Elizabeth House, and more

Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance
Thirty-one academic libraries surrounding the Pacific have joined together to improve access to scholarly resources.

A Princeton LibGuide of Collected Digital Collections from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
Guide to Internet portals and digital libraries compiled by expert librarians at Princeton University

The Tibetan and Himalayan Library Collections
Contains audio and video collections, Tibetan texts, 60,000+ images, and maps.

The World Digital Library
Library of Congress project. carried out with the support of UNESCO in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from 193 countries.