Cyber Security


October is Cyber Security Month.  Cyber security is all about protecting yourself and your data online.  The Cyber Security and Forensics Student Organization (CSFSO) wants to help highlight the importance of that security with a conference happening on Saturday, October 22nd from 10am-5pm in New Main L206.

The conference will have multiple workshops including internet safety for parents and children, social media security, and mobile device security.  There will also be free security checkups and cleanings of computing and networking devices.


Cyber Security Conference Flyer

If cyber security is something you want to learn more about you can check out the following links:

Cyber Security Tips from the U.S. Computer Readiness Emergency Team describe and offer advice about common security issues.

Federal Trades Commission teaches you how to avoid email scams and deal with deceptive spam.

OnGuard Online is also from the Federal Trades Commission and has more free online security tips and resources to share with your friends, family, coworkers, and community.


Google Tools


Google Drive Logo and Icons

These days almost anyone that has email has a Gmail account.  Chances are they are not using that account to its full potential.  When a person signs up for a Gmail account, they automatically get access to Google tools.  These include lots of different things ranging from calendars to photo storage to various types of documents.


Screenshot of My Drive Homepage

When you sign up for Gmail you get 15 GB of free storage.  You can always purchase more if necessary.  Your 15 GB of storage includes Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive (Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides), and My Drive.  (My Drive is the folder that holds the files and folders you create in Google Drive).

Curious and want to learn more about these and other tools available through Google, check out the St. Paul Public Library’s session about Google Drive on Wednesday October 19th from 6pm-8pm at Dayton’s Bluff Library.


Dayton’s Bluff Google Drive Event



Have you ever wanted to learn more about a subject briefly touched on in class? Would you like to compare what you learned with another course? Or maybe you have wanted to take a course in another subject but you didn’t have the time for it?

Are you an instructor looking for a supplemental tool to support concepts learned in class or teach technical skills needed to complete an assignment? has a large collection of online classes covering business, professional development, software, technology and creative professional topics.  As a currently enrolled Metropolitan State University student, access to the premium membership is free, you just need to set up your account using the Metropolitan State University e-mail provided to you (  They even have a course on how to navigate the website.

The tutorials are broken down into short topic specific sections so you don’t have to watch the entire 6 hour tutorial on Excel, you can just find the section dealing with what you are trying to do and watch it. Instructors can also use links to the sections to point students directly to the most useful sections of a tutorial instead of asking them to watch a tutorial in its entirety.


Metro State link to

If the link above does not work then type: ““, in the search bar, or navigate through the Metropolitan State University website by following these steps:
1.) Start with the homepage, click on the Current Students link in the black bar on top of the website

2.) Click on the Learning Resources tab.

3.) Scroll down the list of Learning Resources until you get to number 5 and click on the link named, “Student Tools and Resources”. This will bring you to another list.

4.) Look for item “2: Online Training” and click on the “Access at Metropolitan State” link.

This is what an online course looks like:

2 course welcome page

You can click on different sections of the lecture or read along with the transcript as the video plays:

3 interactive transcript

The benefits of premier membership over basic access include downloadable files and downloadable course video, practice code and quizzes. Premier membership is normally $29.99 a month and basic membership is $19.99 a month. But for Metro State students it is free!

4 membership options

Fun fact: If you have a library card from the Hennepin County Library System* or the Saint Paul Public Library System* you also have access to  Their links are listed below.

Hennepin County Library

Saint Paul Public Library

*Membership level is unknown

Metropolitan State University is in no way affiliated with

New Acquisitions

We hope you had a great summer!  Now that we are back in the swing of things, be sure to check out some of our new book purchases for September and October. There are also many events happening around the library these coming months so be sure to keep an eye on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter feeds so you don’t miss out.










Banned Books Week


Banned Books Week starts Sunday September 25th 2016 and runs all the way through October 1st 2016. Banned Book Week was started to celebrate the freedom of reading.

The St. Paul Public library and the Metro State library will be hosting a banned author book signing on Saturday October 1st from 3-5 pm.  Noted local authors including Pete Hautman, Phyllis root, and Marion Dane Bauer will sign copies of their books that have at one time been challenged or banned.  Authors will also answer questions about their experiences with censorship.  Their books will also be available for purchase.

These are their books.

Pete Hautman wrote Godless, a young adult novel in which the main character invents his own religion after becoming frustrated with his fathers Catholicism.  The book was removed from summer reading lists at Oxford  High School in Mississippi after complaints about the books perceived anti-religious themes.

The book Big Momma Makes the World by Phyillis Root was challenged in 2013 by North Elementary School in Longview Texas.  The book was deemed offensive to religious sensitivities and end ended up being restricted.

On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer is the only book out of these three that was challenged and retained.  In Iowa it was challenged due to profanity and vulgarity.  In Pennsylvania parents disliked its “depressing” subject matter.

In addition to these three books,  at least 11,300 others have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. (ALA)  Here are some of the most popular books that have been challenged over the years.

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One of the most well-written books, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is centered around racism based in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama.

The Lord of the Rings, a fictional book, was banned because of its fantastical adventures, and what the book stood for. Even if this book did not mention God or any other religious beliefs it struck controversy.

One of the most popular contemporary series, Harry Potter, was banned due to the fact that it was based on witchcraft. The rule-breaking children in the series setting a bad example for the children who read these books was a concern as well. These books were banned not only in the United States but also in the United Kingdom.

Beloved, written by Toni Morrison, was one of the few books banned because of the sexual content in the book, violence, etc. This powerful novel was based on the true story of a real slave who had to make a life or death decision.

Many of the books that people challenged were considered offensive in one way or another.  The ALA states that “Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from ‘inappropriate’ sexual content or ‘offensive’ language.”  The top reasons listed for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom are as follows:

  1. the material was considered to be “sexually explicit”
  2. the material contained “offensive language”
  3. the materials was “unsuited to any age group”

For more information about banned books check out the Banned and Challenged Books section of the ALA website.

Changing America


We March, We Demand, Library of Congress (left) President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum (center) Participants at the March on Washington, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (right)

The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington were pivotal events in the advancement of civil rights and were the products of grassroots activism.  Metropolitan State University is proud to host Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963, a Smithsonian exhibit looking at key figures and aspects of life before and after these historical groundbreaking events. It has been just over 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and just over 50 years since the March on Washington.

The exhibit will run September 21st through November 4th on the 1st floor of the Metro State Library and Learning Center. Join us for the Opening Reception on September 29th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the Susan A. Cole Lounge followed by keynote presentations from William P. Jones, Professor of History, University of MN, and Petronella J. Ytsma, Photographer and Community Faculty, Metropolitan State University, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Library 302.

Metro State is the only location in the state of Minnesota to host this exhibit.

Trained docents will be available to lead exhibit tours and will be on-site for limited time periods during regular exhibit hours. For more information or to schedule a docent-led tour for your group, please contact

Activities related to Changing America include a Resource Adventure and the award of our first Digital Storytelling Prize, a contest for current Metropolitan State students. The Prize winner will receive a $500 gift card to, plus two honorable mentions will receive $100 gift cards to the university bookstore. Winning entries will be showcased at the exhibit’s closing event on November 4.

The Resource Adventure is an activity for all ages which encourages individuals to engage with the exhibit & the library.  Find a copy of it here or ask a library staffer for one.

More information about the Changing America exhibit, related events, and learning resources can be found at

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Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaborations with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of the NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, “Created Equal: American’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States (see “Created Equal” encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of civil rights in America.

Pokemon Go! Crawl from Metro State Library to Saint Paul Central Library

Since the release of Pokemon Go several of us here at the library have caught Pokemon fever. You can hit 7 PokeStops just by walking around the Saint Paul campus. You can also try to take over the Labyrinth and Reflective Garden PokeGym that almost always flashes blue, a by-product of the library majority choosing Team Mystic.

We thought it would be fun to venture out! On September 26th at 5:30 PM several library staff will lead a Pokemon Crawl from the Metro State/Dayton’s Bluff Libraries, through Mears Park to Saint Paul Central Library . Crawlers will arrive just in time for the Saint Paul Public Library Pokemon Gym Meetup in Rice Park at 6:30 PM.

Crawl route

Several rare Pokemon have been spotted along this route including: Aerodactyl, Abra, Snorlax, Gyarados and Dragonite. Join us to learn more about Pokemon Go, meet some new people, hang out with some library-folk (always a good choice), while getting some fresh air and exercise. Bottled water will be provided to those participating in the crawl.

We hope to see you there!