One of my favorite things I loved to do when I was growing up in Stockton, Kansas was to visit the public library. It is a beautiful brick building that is an original Carnegie Library. A new addition funded by money given by Stockton residents Frank and Marvel Walker was added on the south end of the original library in 1984. The addition now holds the books and other materials while the Carnegie building is used as a reading area and for exhibits and meetings. After working here at Forsyth Library for a number of years, I visited that library of my childhood. One of my first thoughts was “oh, it never seemed this small when I was a little girl!”

I remember going to this library to read my favorite magazines and check out the new books. My parents were both educators who taught my sisters and me the importance of reading in your everyday life. I still love to read, and today we have options that I never would have dreamed about as a little girl. Today I can check out a book from the library and download it onto my Nook or I can do it the old fashioned way by checking out the paper copy of a book. You can check out audio tapes and listen to a book as you drive in your car. Music CDs and movies on DVD that can be checked out – for free with a library card! All libraries have computers to access various databases that are subscribed to by each individual library, or you can access the Internet.

April 13-19 is National Library Week and the theme is “Lives Change @ your library”. There are a number of different ways that you can share how libraries have changed your life.

If you Tweet, use the hashtag #LivesChange and #NLW14
Snap a library selfie in a library and share it on your Twitter or Facebook account and use @forsythlibrary
Sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries
Post on the FHSU Forsyth Library and Learning Commons Facebook page

How has a library changed your life? Share your stories with us!


Prologue magazine is a quarterly publication of the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA).  Along with the many historical events covered in the publication, there is a monthly feature called Genealogy Notes in every issue.  Genealogy Notes was published for the first time in the summer of 1989 and has covered many topics over the years.

I have listed some sample article titles from recent Genealogy Notes below.

v.45: no. 3/4 2013 – Ancestors from the West Indies: A Historical and Genealogical Overview of Afro-Caribbean Immigration, 1900-1930s



v.45: no. 2 2013- “We’re still alive today” A captured Japanese Diary from the Pacific Theater

v.43: no. 3 2011 – Leaving the Army During Mr. Madison’s War: Certificates of Discharge for the War of 1812

v. 42: no. 2 2010 – 68,937 and Counting: Searching Inmate Case Files from the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.

Some articles may be read online or the print issues are available in the Government Documents Department at Forsyth Library. There is also at least a partial online index to the online Genealogy Notes available.


Black History Month

The Library of Congress is hosting the site African American History Month. The site is sponsored by several entities and includes links to online exhibits & collections on topics such as, art, music, baseball, and civil rights.  Presentations given previously for the various site sponsors are available as video and audio presentations.  Links to teacher resources have also been included on this site.

Be sure to check the Forsyth Library Catalog for resources on black history.  Many of our newest resources are available to view on your computer or download to your mobile device.  If your search results indicate the title is available through ebl you will be required to enter your Tiger Tracks log in information.


Welcome 2014!



The Forsyth Library staff would like to wish all of our patrons a Happy New Year! We welcome you to visit the library during the intersession. Hours are as follows: 

January 2-3 – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
January 6-10 – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
January 13-17 – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Closed on the weekends

Closed January 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, January 21



Forsyth Library will have longer open hours: 

Wednesday & Thursday, December 4 and 5 – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Friday, December 6 – 7:30 a.m. to Midnight

Saturday, December. 7 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (regular hours)

Sunday, December 8 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Monday, December  9 – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

*Pack the Library Night!

Sunday Dec. 8

Free Meal at Forsyth Library Front Lobby for the first 200 Students at 6:00 p.m.! (FHSU I.D. Required)


Staff from the Kelly Center will provide stress and test anxiety counseling on Sunday, December 8; Monday, December 9; and Tuesday, December 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Forsyth Library.

Library Staff will be available during all open hours to provide assistance with student research needs.

Memorial Union’s Tiger Market

Finals Feeding Frenzy – Sunday from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union’s Tiger Market.



The various flavors of Open Access publishing have changed the publishing industry and publishing processes.  Open Access offers researchers more opportunities for publishing.  However, with the increased publishing opportunities come risks.  How do you know you are publishing with a reputable publisher?  Does the publisher really offer peer review?  The risks may impact both the researcher publishing a paper, and the researcher writing a paper for class.  How do researchers determine if the journal or article they are using meets the standards they would like to have represented in their own work?

A recent article in Science Magazine (v.342-October 4, 2013) examines the issue of open access journals that seem to exist only to part researchers from their money.  A spoof research project was created and submitted to multiple open access journals.

The article, Who’s Afraid of Peer Review, discusses the results of this project.  The article may not have all the answers, but it certainly helps inform the users about these publications and some of the challenges they may face when using open access journals.

Open-Access Group Sanctions Three Publishers After Science ‘Sting’ (Science Magazine – Nov. 11, 2013)

Selected responses to Who’s Afraid of Peer Review

Critics Say Sting on Open-Access journals Misses Larger Point  (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Science Magazine’s Open Access “Sting” (SPARC)

OASPA’s response to the recent article in Science entitled “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” (OASPA)

Second response to Bohannon article (DOAJ)

Predatory journals and defective peer review are general academic problems, not just open access problems  (blog post – London School of Economic and Political Science)


iPads are becoming more and more popular at Fort Hays State University. To keep up with this trend, the One Stop Desk has iPads available to checkout for your use.

The Learning Commons is developing a weekly event called Appy Hour that will give us time to informally discuss apps and iPads in the front lobby of Forsyth Library. We’ll be sending out an email with the dates very soon.

One of the most important things to understand regarding iPads defines what they are, and what they are not.  For instance, an iPad is great at consuming information and curating information all in one place, such as eBooks. Pdfs, and news sources. iPads rule when it comes to surfing the web and viewing content from interactive apps.

But an iPad is not a storage device. Nothing that you have on an iPad actually resides on the device in a way that can be accessed. Everything on an iPad resides in the apps themselves. While pictures, video, and music take up a lot of space on your iPad, they cannot be accessed by using the iPad as a flash drive storage device.

Word documents reside in ‘the cloud’ via iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, Pages or one of the other word processing apps. This is an important concept to grasp as you use your iPad. You’ll need to set up various cloud-based systems to hold you documents. Personally I use Dropbox and Google Drive so that I can sync the same documents between my laptops, iPads, and even my smartphone.

An age-old question continues to plague the iPad. Can an iPad be your only device while at Fort Hays State University?  The technology is there; the question becomes how comfortable you are typing on the keyboard within the iPad. We have a Bluetooth keyboard available for you to try out that also can be a very workable solution for typing papers. Many varieties of Bluetooth keyboards are available for the iPad.  So, if you are considering only using an iPad you’ll need to make sure you have adequate cloud-based storage, a comfortable typing solution, and the apps necessary to allow you to complete your coursework. For some departments this is very easy to do. For departments that require more specialized software applications, this may not be possible at this time.

One solution might be to have a desktop or older laptop in your dorm room for typing papers and using Photoshop and other processor intensive programs. And have an iPad to use for note taking, reading, accessing Blackboard and other course materials anytime anywhere.

Have questions about iPads? Stop by and see us in room 112 of Forsyth Library.


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