Women’s History Month

As the LC’s Books For Africa campaign comes to a close, we thought we’d do one more thing to prove that spreading literacy throughout the world is one of our proudest achievements. In honor of Women’s History Month, members of our club donated a small sum to the Room to Read Foundation, a charity that provides young women with the means necessary to gain literacy skills. In this case, our money will be used to help build a library to store the book donations that the good people at Room to Read have received. To see what you can do to help, visit them at http://www.roomtoread.org/about/index.html
Happy Women's History Month!

More Books For Africa Shipped

We shipped 260lbs, bring our total to 950lbs!


Emily Hutton (vice Prez) Joel Tornquist (good guy)

3rd Annual LC500 Salem Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt

You are hereby invited to take part in The Library Club’s 3rd Annual LC500, a road rally and scavenger hunt in historic Salem, MA. This year’s event will involve solving a series of clues that will lead teams through the streets of one of New England’s most charming and seasonally festive cities. Winners will be awarded a grand prize, compliments of The Library Club. Form a team of your own or allow the club to pair you with other groups or individuals looking for additional members. If last year’s hunt is any indication, this will be a very fun and memorable experience for all.

This year the club will be putting together a more challenging packet of clues for our participants. For this reason, we will need to know how many teams will require the tools necessary to solve our challenging puzzles. The size of each group will also determine the size of the grand prize, so please RSVP as soon as possible to help us put together the best event possible.

The Library Club is on the Map!

You can now give us a Google on Google Maps to see our stomping ground.  Click on the map below.

Interview with Chris Filstrup

The Library Club: Who are you and what do you do?

Chris Filstrup: Who am I? I sit with a Zen group every week trying not to think about this question. What do I do? I’m an administrator, and in that capacity, inter alia, I represent the library to the university administration; I allocate resources as wisely as I can; and I encourage staff to be high level service providers. Now and then I staff the reference desk and hope that no one asks about government documents.

The Library Club: We heard you were a Philosophy Major, can you tell us about it?

Chris Filstrup: I wish. Rather, as an undergraduate, I was a political science major. I have a Master’s in Middle East Studies, and I never finished a doctoral program in the history of religions. Instead, I went to library school and got a job. In my next life I will major in philosophy.

The Library Club: How did you become the SBU Library Director?

Chris Filstrup: I moved from one library to another four times. This is the usual path of out and up. Previous to coming to SBU, I was head of technical services and collection development at North Carolina State University.

The Library Club: Lots of people feel books are going the way of the dinosaur…do you think books = dinosaurs?

Chris Filstrup: This must be a question about ink-on-paper books, or are electronic books no longer books? I’m pretty sure the printed codex will survive in the foreseeable future. It’s a terrific, portable format. I do think that the distribution of long scholarly texts will follow scholarly articles into the electronic arena. Publishers will sell or lease the electronic file, and libraries and individual readers will either read it online or print a paper version. I think there will continue to be lots of printing on paper but I may be a captive of my bookish upbringing. Publishing books in electronic, networkable formats will improve distribution and eliminate the current in-print/out-of-print problem. Will electronic readers make inroads? This may be a cultural more than a technical question. I used an electronic book reader about 7-8 years ago, and it was all right. A little heavy but ok for reading in bed. We have on order a Kindle book reader to play around with — interestingly, Kindles are out of stock.

The Library Club: Rumor has it you went to Iraq, when, why and would you go again?

Chris Filstrup: Not a rumor. I went in November 2003 as part of a USAID grant that SBU received to rebuild archaeology programs and libraries in Iraq. Faculty on both sides of the campus participated in this effort, and three or four of us went to Baghdad to establish relationships and start up projects to train archaeologists and develop water monitoring labs as well as work on rebuilding libraries at the Universities of Baghdad and Mosul. I was deeply affected by the courage of the Iraqis who kept the libraries open in the midst of escalating violence. As we all know, much of Iraq declined into something like a civil war. The grant was not renewed, so I didn’t return. Yes, I would return if the violence subsides.

The Library Club: What new things can we expect from the library in the next few years?

Chris Filstrup: Better management of electronic resources; easier search tools which allow users to search all our resources; the creation of an institutional repository to capture SBU research productivity; digitization of our unique resources, mostly in Special Collections; increased cooperation with other SUNY libraries; moving reference services online.

The Library Club: To wrap things up, which bumper sticker are we likely to find on your car?

Chris Filstrup: “Librarians know the answers… Do you know the questions?” OR “Librarians have high shelf esteem!” (Feel free to make one up for your car!)

Interview by Anuj Malhotra

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Happy Earthday!

Happy Earthday!

Earth Day/Eco friendly ideas:






Some Earthday Videos

– “Ali G Environment”

– “Ali G Environment Republicans”


– “Ali G Tree Huggers”

– “And it rained all night” (a video about deforestation)

By Meghan

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Lauren’s Cooking Corner

I like to cook. And I’ve been told my cooking is pretty excellent (usually). It is only logical then that I would (and should) share some of “my” recipes with the world. I use “my” in quotations as many recipes have been adapted from various cookbooks, family members, and friends.

For my first cooking post, however, I’d like to touch on the subject of cooking resources. Generally, it isn’t all that easy to learn how to cook. It comes from years of staring at your parents slaving over the hot stove and praying that you remember some technique or another. Or maybe they get you involved in cooking, painstakingly teaching you the recipes they had learned from generations past. But let’s face it, many of us did not grow up having meals with our parents every night. Many of us ate out, or ate whatever was delivered, or just didn’t pay attention until it hit the table. I was lucky, I had parents that had me involved in cooking, and we generally ate together every night. Unfortunately, I have terrible memory.

First and foremost, find a family member that can cook and watch them. Assist them during Thanksgiving, or Christmas or Easter. Become their apprentice. This will most likely mean doing the grunt work, chopping onions, stirring soups, washing the dishes. One day you’ll get other people to do your grunt work, so just suck it up for now and deal with the onion induced pain and tears. Ask them to teach you your favorite dish of theirs (make sure to write it down). They’ll be flattered. And you may learn something!

Secondly, watch some cooking shows. Food Channel is okay, it’s not great. It’s either too flashy (I’ve never learned anything from Emril), or too damn simple-minded (Semi Homemade? ew). You might pick up a few tips if you watch the channel for a full day, but there is a quicker method. Three words. America’s Test Kitchen. It’s on Saturday morning on PBS Channel 21, and its the greatest. Christopher Kimball might have an egg-head and wear a bow-tie, but we shouldn’t hold that against him. The show will teach you to cook, pick out tasty everday products in your supermarket, and review ALL the equipment you should ever need in a cooking environment. I’ve honestly thought about donating to Public Television just because of this show.

Buy a cookbook. Or two. I started out with 30-minute meals from America’s Test Kitchen/Cooks Illustrated. For Christmas, I received another America’s Test Kitchen cookbook for the best international dishes. Generally, any cookbook will have an index containing vital information on what degree to cook your meat, how to convert from the metric system to the English system, how many tablespoons are in a 1/4 cup or cup or what have you, how to properly mince or chop a vegetable and how to tell your pasta is done. The more recipes you make from the cookbook, the more you learn your own taste. Eventually, you’ll be able to add and subtract from those recipes to fit your tastes the best. And all the information on how to do that is in the index. Though there is one cookbook that I do not have, that is necessary for anyone who wishes to become a serious cook. And that is The Joy of Cooking. However, I have been told that my dad has recently purchased that for me.

Finally, test your food on your friends and loved ones. You are your hardest critic. Therefore you may not fully appreciate what you have created. Maybe it needed more garlic, or less onion. You think its too salty or too sweet, not cooked enough, or overcooked. Yes, it is important to cook something that you will enjoy. But don’t destroy yourself over it. See what other people think of it. They might love it and have you change nothing. They might have a suggestion you hadn’t thought of. They might just give you the confidence you need to continue your cooking ventures. Don’t just keep it to yourself.

So start cooking and enjoy!

-Lauren Guenveur