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When granted access to the archives of Dahl’s family estate, Donald Sturrock finds a wealth of information, most of it unpublished, that provide insight on Dahl’s unconventional life.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

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Reference and Archives Hours

The Reference Desk now has coverage from 10 am until 10 pm, Monday - Thursday. Sunday and Friday hours will stay the same. Chat will also be available during these hours. As always, feel free to drop by or make an appointment.

Archives' hours have changed to 9 am - 12 , 1-4 pm, Tuesday - Thursday and will be closed Monday and Friday.

Thanks for noting these changes as you plan your research needs.