Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reminder 3rd Floor Silent Level

If you are looking for a quiet place to study, this is a reminder that the third floor of the library is the silent level.

Friday, December 9, 2011

What have those Reference Librarians been up to?

More importantly, what have YOU been up to! Every semester we get a wide variety of questions at the reference desk. This fall was no exception. Take a look!

Wordle created by Emily Hart, Reference & Instruction Librarian.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Just Arrived: Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern

For more images from inside the book.

From the inside cover:

He produced paintings and woodblock prints, set designs, sculpture, furniture , and architecture. He and his community of friends created an artistic circle in which arts and crafts were both joined, and in which radical new ideas flourished, helping to shape the course of American Modernism.

Theodore Dreiser and Sherwood Anderson are counted among those in Esherick's circle.

Of particular note are the passages on Marietta Johnson's School for Organic Education, Centaur Press, and the Adirondack dance camps.

If you are a fan of Eric Drooker, you might recognize inspiration in the Hammersmen woodcut shown above, which was an illustration from Walt Whitman's Song of the Broad-Axe done in 1924.

This book will be of interest to many for its intimate portrayal of a life well-lived.

~ Jennifer Nace, Reference and Instruction Librarian

Friday, November 4, 2011

Occupy Knowledge by Barbara Fister

In light of the discussions on campus regarding the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and other happenings, here is a borrowed blog offering from Barbara Fister on libraries and journal subscriptions.

And I quote:

I'm upset that big scholarly publishing is being run like a protection racket, and that both I and the faculty I serve are pawns in this game.

Read more here:

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spotlight on...

Macey Laurick, Senior, takes advantage of the glass-walled seclusion of the first-floor Conference Room 175 to work on an art history presentation. Follow this link for details on how to reserve this room.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Looking for the New York Times?

Instead of going to the New York Times website, get it through your library. You will avoid advertisements, be able to search for articles with ease, and get the full text of the newspaper all the way back to 1857!

Along with the New York Times the library subscribes to hundreds of newspapers from around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Toronto Star, Los Angeles Times, and many more.

To access the New York Times, click on Journals by Title from the Library's homepage. Then just type in “New York Times”, and select the database that contains the dates you're looking for.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spotlight on...

Sophomore Ian Ford, working on a writing assignment for History 105--the American Experience, tells us that this basement alcove is his favorite spot in the library because he gets distracted easily and he can read here in peace & quiet.
Not to mention, there are too many stairs to climb to get to the third floor!

Friday, September 23, 2011

New Arrival: Storyteller: the authorized biography of Roald Dahl

Donald Sturrock takes a look at Roald Dahl, one of the most popular authors of children’s literature in the Anglophone world. Throughout most of the mid to late 20th century, until his death in 1990, Dahl authored many books for children, including Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Enormous Crocodile, and perhaps his best known work, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Sometimes controversial—in fact, Dahl was called an anti-Semite, a racist and a misogynist—Dahl’s wild imagination, quirky sense of humor and literary style was never fully appreciated until after his death.

When granted access to the archives of Dahl’s family estate, Donald Sturrock finds a wealth of information, most of it unpublished, that provide insight on Dahl’s unconventional life. Examples include his experience as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, his relationship and marriage issues, and having to deal with the death of one of his children. Sturrock ultimately conveys to the reader that perhaps, PERHAPS—it is because of his life experiences that Dahl wrote the kinds of stories he did.

-Stefan Baer, Technical Services Manager

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What is your favorite spot in the library?

1) Take a picture of yourself in the library and send it to

2) Tell us: your name, what you were working on at the time, and why this is your preferred spot.
You may be featured on our blog!

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Arrival: The haves and the have-nots : a brief and idiosyncratic history of global inequality

World Bank economist Branko Milanovic takes a whack at a constant personal and growing global concern, using emerging historical and new data.

Examined are Mr. Darcy and Libby, Bill Gates vs. Nero the bad roman emperor, and Anna Karenina, in a string of vignettes reviewers cheerfully described as “humorous,” “delightful,” or “quirky,” as well as authoritative.

Likely to be one of the more enjoyable writings in the Dismal Science on our shelves this year, I was pleased to realize it would apply to a good handful of departmental course offerings.

– Joseph Chmura, Library Liaison to Economics