Hearts and Crafts

A day devoted to all things red, sickly sweet, and having to do with the heart might sound like it has its roots in a Stephenie Meyer book, but Valentine’s Day comes from a tradition about 700 years in the making. It turns out that our beloved Beloved’s Day has always centered around the same idea–love–but ways to express that frightening and fun feeling have changed. Today’s simple accidents, like pulling on your stockings or socks inside out, were events from the past that could aid in the prediction of marriage, according to the “Valentine’s Day” entry from Oxford Reference Online. The first person the sock-wearer saw would supposedly be that person’s spouse. Those interested in legal marriage documentation need not apply.

Check out the resources below to see other ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Have a look at The Vogue Archive to see what those classy ladies from the 1890s thought were the most appropriate flowers to give and receive on Valentine’s Day. Spoiler alert: It’s not roses! Simply search the entire collection of issues of Vogue by keyword, or physically browse through each issue (back from 1982!) by clicking on “Browse Issues” at the top.

Interested in serials but want something a little more about boy bands from the early 1990s? Head over to The Lilly Library to read a comic book featuring The New Kids on the Block and their love interest, shown above.

Impress your significant other with extensive knowledge about poetry–or at least knowledge about where to find poetry–by using JSTOR’s archive of Poetry magazine. You can search through issues ranging in date from 1912 to 2009; there are some poems that specifically have something to do with Valentine’s Day, and many, many more that deal with love.

Learn why you should always, always give every classmate a Valentine by borrowing the movie Valentine (if you live in the dorms–sorry, folk, this one’s for the on-campus students. Resident hollers!). The scariest thing about this movie is that David Boreanaz turns 44 this May. Celebrate crushes from the past and aging with grace by revisiting the beloved first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Speaking of blasts from the past, did you know that Ken and Barbie are getting married? There’s nothing old-fashioned about the way they reconnected: on Match.com! Listen to the story about it on NPR’s All Things Considered.

And finally, no matter what your feelings on this day, there’s always Baked! cookies on Third Street or Scholar’s Inn Gourmet Cafe and Wine Bar to reawaken your appreciation for it. Just don’t forget your inside-out socks!


Sources of images:
New Kids on the Block Valentine Girl. ComicVine, 6 Feb. 2012. Web. 9 Feb. 2013. .
Valentine. Ctrl Alt Cinema, 10 Apr. 2010. Web. 9 Feb. 2013. .
Welsh Corgi Valentines Day Card. Zazzle, Inc. Web. 9 Feb. 2013. .

Jazz Up Your Presentations

In many cases, a project for class will include several different components, and students may have to hand in a proposal, a bibliography, or working drafts on top of the final paper. But perhaps the most dreaded and stressful part of a project is that final presentation. Not to worry – here are some great resources for putting those finishing touches on all that hard work.

A Prezi Show

The IUB Libraries have a number of resources to help you with the general design and delivery of your presentation, starting with honing those public speaking skills. Try a subject search in IUCAT for ‘public speaking’ or ‘business presentations’ to find some helpful items, such as:

Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action [Wells Library – Undergraduate Services – Core Collection – PN4129.15 .A76 2010]


Presentation Skills for Quivering Wrecks [electronic resource]

There are many presentation tools that take advantage of picture and video (such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, and SlideRocket), and the IUB Libraries also offers a number of resources to assist in editing your visual presentation, for example:

Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations [BUSSPEA – Stacks – HF5718.22 .R49 2010]

It will also be helpful to think of ways to generate visual content from the material you are working with. Will you be discussing a particular work of art, photograph, building, or artist? Try looking for relevant photos in an image database such as ARTstor Images or CAMIO RLG’s Catalog of Art Museum Images. Or, if you’re looking for photos of people, places, and things pertinent to your presentation, try EBSCO’s Image Collection, AP Images, or the Library of Congress’s American Memory Project.

If you’re using census data in your project, American Factfinder 2 is a great resource for finding and visualizing this data in tables and sometimes maps. A similar resource is Simply Map, which allows users to generate reports and maps from U.S. social and demographic data.

And finally, some more dynamic presentation content to consider is video. While YouTube is perhaps the most ubiquitous video player of our time, one source for video clips to consider is World History in Video, from Alexander Street Press. This database offers critically-acclaimed documentaries covering events in history from around the world. Users can create and share their own clips from the full-length features and embed or link the video in their presentations.

For more information about these or other resources, just Ask a Librarian!


The Social Library

You probably use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr or Foursquare all the time. You find events, friends, information and maybe some laughs. But are you connected to the Herman B Wells Library?

The Wells Library and many other libraries on campus are using social media to connect to you. These accounts post information about upcoming campus events, special exhibits, items in the library collection, and IU or library related news. Connect online today to some of these profiles:

Herman B Wells Library
Herman B Wells Facebook
Read updates, share photos, check-in, and RSVP to upcoming events.
@HermanBWells Twitter
Tweet what you are doing at the library using #HermanBWells and tweet us your thoughts @HermanBWells. Stay up to date with the latest helpful tips and notable library materials.
Herman B Wells Flickr
Browse albums of images from recent and past library events. These images can be downloaded for your personal use.
Herman B Wells Foursquare
Check-in to let your friends know where you are. Foursquare accounts can be linked to Facebook and Twitter.
In addition to specific accounts, IU libraries have a few general profiles:
IU Libraries YouTube
Watch tutorials, orientation guides, interviews, and more.
IU Libraries Facebook
Connect to information about events, workshops, and library services.
@iulibraries Twitter
Discover tweets from a variety of library, campus, news, and education related topics.
So connect with us today on your favorite network. The library is your friend.

Streaming Video and Music

The beginning of the Fall term is approaching fast. You still have time to relax before it starts and maybe prepare yourself for the coming semester. The Herman B Wells Library has many new resources that can help you relax and prepare for the coming semester. Streaming documentaries, performances of plays and music are right at your fingertips. Here is a list of a few sources:

World History in Video includes critically acclaimed documentaries on world history going back to the earliest civilizations. Want to see a documentary on WWII for a presentation or to help with a paper for class? They have 133 on WWII alone.

Theater in Video has hundreds of plays and documentaries on theater and playwrights. Theater in Video has a performance of Romeo and Juliet performed at the Globe Theater in London.

Naxos Music Library primarily has classical music, with some jazz and world music. You can listen to Bach or Mozart while you are studying for finals.

Want to learn about the people in Greece or India? Ethnographic Video Online has documentaries from anthropologists and ethnographers.

Here are some other streaming video resources:
Filmakers Library Online
Opera in Video
Dance in Video

You can find more streaming documentaries or videos by typing “streaming,” “video,” or “documentaries” in the search box at the top of the library website.


Cool vintage TV commercials

Doing research on advertisements or mass media representations of various things? Studying the history of TV? Or just want to laugh at people wearing silly outfits from the 1950s or 1970s? Check out AdViews, a resource created by the Duke University Libraries. You can view all kinds of vintage TV commercials — thousands of ’em! — from the 1950s through the 1980s. Click on “Explore” to browse by category (e.g. health and beauty), company, product, or date; or use the search function to find something specific.

You’ll need iTunes to view these commercials — iTunes is available for you on the computers in the Information Commons, and for your laptop or home computer, it’s available for free download from IUware Online.

Check it out at http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adviews/, and let us know what you think!


Wouldn’t you rather have a buick? 1969 TV advertisement

Although many television ads can be found on youtube, there is a news database called the Vanderbilt University Television News Archive which has indexed the major networks’ news and its ads. Most content can be viewed online. 

An example is this Buick ad which if you replaced the video could still work in a modern ad.