Are yearbooks a thing in the past?

While sitting in work this week I overheard my co-workers talking about yearbooks. They said how excited they were to get them and have everyone sign them. Our boss overheard the conversation and broke the news that yearbooks haven’t been printed since 2005. They were astonished and so was I. Why wouldn’t yearbooks be a thing anymore? Who was in charge of making a yearbook? And who made the decisions of having one or not?
I did a little digging around and found out that the decision for not having a year book was simply in the students. Rachel Lucking who is the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Development at FSU, said that a group of students would have to be declared as a club by SILD and SGA, then get funding from SGA to pay for supplies and putting together the yearbook; it’s simply that easy.
Because students didn’t have anyone to run a club to make a yearbook there wouldn’t be one. And nobody has made the effort since 2005. Because a class didn’t even discuss a yearbook, making one didn’t even come up in conversation.
Why don’t students want to have a yearbook? I don’t think they understand that college is supposed to be the best years of their lives and wouldn’t they want to remember that? A yearbook is one way to save their memories and look back at the teachers they had, friends and people they saw and knew around campus and how the campus looked in general. Wouldn’t they want to dig up an old book 10, 20 or 30 years later and remember all the fun crazy times they had in their life before they hit the real world?
Framingham State does offer and digital yearbook dating back from 1915 all the way to 2005. This gives you a look to see what the school was like back in the day. If we did this today for 2014 then kids in the future will get the same experience that we can get with looking at these digital yearbooks. To see the digital yearbooks go to the Framingham State homepage, then go on to the Henry Whittemore Library homepage. From there on the left side of the page click on Digital Commons at Framingham State University. When you see the search-box in the upper left hand corner search for which yearbook you would like to see.
It’s sad to see that students have decided to stop producing a yearbook because from a personal perspective I would like to remember all the people that I have met while being here. This has been my home for two years now and will be for the next two I want to share my experience with my family and friends and show them the people that I met and the places I had to go every day. A yearbook would give me that option.
I asked students there opinion on having a yearbook and most them talked about the cost. They said that since there high school yearbook was so much money that they thought a college one would be even more. Others said they barely even look at their high school one so they don’t need a college one. Technology is improving so much these days, with Instagram and Twitter; it’s easier to upload pictures for everyone to see, faster than digging through a closet to find an old yearbook. A year book is a big project that would need to have a dedicated candidate to take on the challenge. They would have to take on costs, pictures, statements from students and more.
In the end the decision of a yearbook would be up to you. If you are really passionate about the idea of having a yearbook then be that person to make the change. Start a club or get a group of people together and start a discussion about it. Spread the word and maybe people who are interested will join as well. You can visit Student Involvement and Leadership Development located in the McCarthy Center to pitch the idea and then go to the Student Government Association office and meeting to become an actual club.

By: Shelby Wood

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Winners of the Henry Whittemore Library’s 4th Annual Literary Cake Decorating Contest

 

Entrants to the 4th Annual Literary Cake Decorating Contest

Entrants to the 4th Annual Literary Cake Decorating Contest

Please follow the link to the Henry Whittemore Library’s 4th Annual Literary Cake Decorating Contest held on April 17, 2014.

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National Library Week

Over this past week I realized that I needed to write three, ten page papers. Now at first this overwhelmed me a little bit, but I knew that the only thing I needed to do was make a plan. The first thing that I needed to do to write my three critical essays was find my topics and sources to help me prove my argument. So where was the one place that I went to, the library.

When I walked in I realized that it was in fact National Library Week. This week had been celebrated since 1958 across the country. It was made to promote library use and support, and what I needed then to help me was some support.

The first thing I did was, sign onto a computer, but I had no idea where to go from there. I needed to find sources to help me fill out my paper but I didn’t know where to start. If the library was “supporting” this week then I might as well take advantage of that, and I did. I went and asked a librarian.

She showed that on the Framingham website there was a connect for the library itself that actually has link that can show you databases with articles to help me with my essay. Now I’m a sophomore and all this time I had no idea that it was that simple. All I had to do was ask someone for help. Then I realized that that is exactly what they are there for, to help us. We as student’s, pay to go here and we should be able to have someone help us with the entire work overload that we have to do and the people that can do that are right in the library.

This week was made specifically for us so that we can take time out of our day and not be watching TV or stuck to our iPhones but to read, learn and write more. It was made to help us concentrate on the things that are important (like for me…homework), but for people in the 1950’s a healthy and happy family, with its first theme in 1958, “Wake Up and Read!”

It seemed to me like we weren’t taking advantage of the opportunities that the library offers us, like free computer use, free book rental’s and not to mentions all of the people who work in the building for support. I am now half way done with my second critical essay but I know that I wouldn’t be this far if the Library offered me all the help and not to mention the celebration and hopefully spread of National Library Week.

Some of the events going on from April 14th- April 18th, which are free to all students, are, Monday: Ursula DeYoung and Ben Cosgrove Discuss Ursula’s novel, Shorecliff and Ben’s new album, Field Studies from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Library Café. On Tuesday a talk by Professor Andrea Gorman called, “What’s the Fuss?: Gluten-free Diets” at 2:30 p.m. in the Library Café. Wednesday, Libby Franck will portray Mary Peabody Mann, widow of Horace Mann, with, “It All Began with Books” at 3 p.m. in the Library Café. Finally on Thursday there will be three events, first from 9 a.m. there will be the judging of the Literary Cake Decorating contest and serving will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. there is Book Art: Crafting with Books Workshop in the Library Café and lastly, Story Time for Child Development Lab Students.

By: Shelby Wood

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Enter our 4th Annual Literary Cake Decorating Contest!

 

This April the Henry Whittemore Library will be celebrating National Library Week (April 14-18th)

Faculty, Staff, Students, and Patrons are welcome to participate in our 4th annual “Book-themed” cake decorating contest. All you need to do is bake a cake and decorate it to represent a scene or character from a favorite book, be it a beloved children’s book or your favorite adult book. Check out photos from last year’s event: http://www.slideshare.net/cprevite/henry-whittemore-library-framingham-state-universitys-3rd-annual-literary-cake-decorating-contest-event?qid=17523faa-932c-4082-95fd-ddee26a7a3ee&v=default&b=&from_search=2

(Only one cake per person and no commercially decorated cakes allowed!)

The rules for the event are simple. Register with Colleen Previte at cprevite@framingham.edu or x4648, if you wish to participate in the contest. Bring in your “Book-themed” cake to the Henry Whittemore Library by 9:00am, Thursday, April 17th. Please have your cake properly covered with clear plastic wrap. This will be taken off when the judging commences. Please do not put your name on your cake; you will be assigned a number for your cake submission.

We are allowing anyone coming through the library to judge the cakes, and they will put a token in the box of the cake they find to be the best. There will be bragging rights, a photo in our library blog, and ribbons for 1st-3rd place as well as notices for honorable mentions.

Judging will run from 9:00am-12:30pm. Winners will be announced at 1pm or via phone/e-mail. At 1pm we will cut into these delicious creations and offer them to patrons, unless told otherwise.

We hope you will consider participating in our Fourth Annual Literary Cake Decorating Contest!

Thanks – Henry Whittemore Library Staff

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by | April 3, 2014 · 3:19 pm

175th “Then and Now” Exhibit Opening Reception Announcement

All are welcome to attend the “Then and Now” Exhibit opening this Thursday 2/27/14 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Henry Whittemore Library Foyer

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by | February 25, 2014 · 9:58 pm

Special Collections is getting a makeover

by Jonathan Golden

The Special Collections department will be undergoing renovations during the upcoming weeks.  During this time, patrons may notice noise due to the construction taking place.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

During the renovations, Special Collections will be housed in the College Archives (Room 101).  From this location, we will still be able to service both faculty and students.  We thank you for your understanding and patience during the renovation process.

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Library’s New Technology to Help Students with Disabilities

Library’s New Technology to Help Students with Disabilities
By: Shelby Wood

On March 1st 2012 the library applied for a grant that will benefit students, faculty and staff members who have disabilities. CASA is the place on campus for students to get advice, support, tutoring. It is also a place for students with learning or other disabilities like visual and hearing impairments to get help. Before, students with disabilities that needed to find information for projects or articles, would first have to go to the library, then go to CASA (which is across campus) where they would start to prepare their research. This process can take a toll on students because what if their information was wrong then they would have to do the entire process over again.

I believe that it would be hard for our Framingham students with disabilities to have to do this process over and over again and thankfully the FSU library was awarded a grant to help with this problem. Shouldn’t there be an equal and easier way for students with disabilities to do their work since they pay so much in student fees? We as students want our library to fulfill their mission statement, “The Henry Whittemore Library ensures that students, faculty, staff and the general public with disabilities have appropriate technologies needed to access programs and services of the university”.

I am certainly happy that the grant that was awarded to us. With $15,000, the library’s new grant has helped us purchase technology like, Win Wizard, which is for students with learning disabilities and who have difficulty reading and writing. Another software, Openbook, converts printed documents into electronic text format on the PC using quality speech and the latest optical character recognition technology. JAWS is a computer screen reader program that provides a text to speech output. Finally Zoomtext is a screen magnifier software.

Students should thank the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the money that they have granted us with. Not only did they grant our school with a large sum to help students with disabilities, the institute supports over 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums all over the nation. Their mission says “IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making” I believe that they have fulfilled their mission and FSU should thank them.

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