Halloween is a scary time and what could be scarier than Halloween in the library? Music Librarian Antoinette Powell, Archivist Julia Stringfellow, and ILL wizard Angela Vanden Elzen demonstrate just how frightening it can be…
This “Quick Tutorial on Reading Scientific Papers” from the Purdue University Libraries is a great introduction to the how and why of scientific papers. Its avowed goal: “To make reading scientific papers as painless as possible.” What’s not to like about that?
Our regular blog readers are probably asking themselves, “How did our mild-mannered music librarian become the Blogging Machine that she is today?”
Well, now the whole story can be told — because Antoinette told it herself! To a national magazine, no less! Read “That Bloggin’ Pneumonia!” from the June 1, 2007 Library Journal.
Harken back to those poetic days of yore — last week! For National Poetry Month, April 2007, the Library asked visitors to post their favorite poems. As you might expect, we got a wonderful collection.
Welcome back from break! Hope you had a relaxing one and are ready for a productive spring. A couple of reminders:
1. The library offers nine individual study rooms that can be used for one term at a time by students. Preference is given to seniors working on honors projects and then to students whose research depends heavily on library materials. Complete this online form to request an office for Spring Term. Deadline is Thursday, March 29.
2. RefWorks, a web-based “Personal Database and Bibliography Creator,” is a convenient way to collect citations for that big paper and keep track of them all. Courtesy of your friends at the Mudd…
The Estelle Ray Reid Scholarship in Library Science is awarded during the spring term and is meant to assist a female student, past or present, planning to pursue the graduate study of Library Science. To apply, or for more information, please see the Estelle Ray Reid page.
During mid-term reading period, we asked “What one book should every Lawrence graduate read?” As usual, the responses were varied, thought-provoking, and (sometimes) amusing. The list is below.
As always, your further comments and suggestions are welcome.
The Nature of a Liberal College by Henry Wriston
The Prince by Machiavelli
The Republic by Plato
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Jungle Book
Green Eggs and Ham
Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Manchild in the Promised Land
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Confessions of an Heiress by Paris Hilton
The Freshman Studies Book by Mark Dintenfass
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Anything by Ayn Rand
Life of Pi
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
1984 by George Orwell
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
The Communist Manifesto by Marx
The Bone Parade
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by J. Barnes
Alice in Wonderland
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by McDanogh and Braungart
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruk Murakami
Ethics for a New Millennium
Middlemarch by George Eliot
On the Road
Le Petit Prince
Something by Jeffrey Eugenides
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The World According to Garp
Men Cry in the Dark by Michael Baisden
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Prophet by Khalil Gibrah
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? by Edward Albee
Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals
Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher
The Flashman Papers by George M. Fraser
The Ender Series by Orson Scott Card
and the very fine:
The Biography of Skyler Silvertrust
The Myth, the Mystery, and the Man by Chris Wright
Members of the library staff were talking togther and wondered how we could engage our users in a conversation about the library. We decided that one simple step would be to set up a flip chart, ask a question, and let people respond. We had no idea what would happen, but we thought we’d give it a try.
So we asked the question, “If you could change one thing about the library building, what would it be?”
The answers we received are summarized below. One of my favorite parts of this was the way the pages became a discussion of sorts. The numbers following some of the suggestions represent the people who said, “Yes!” or “Word!” in response to an initial suggestion. In other cases, comments elicited responses like, “Already done” or “Can already do this.”
We do take these suggestions seriously and, while we can’t implement them all (as much as we’d like to move the library to Bermuda), we will take them into account as the library begins planning for future services and possible building renovations.
And because we want this to be a continuing conversation, feel free to comment on this list through the comment feature on this blog. We look forward to hearing from you.
- Coffee Bar (9)
- Or at least some coffee makers
- Other caffeinated beverages
- Better organize the music scores
- Wider selection of music
- More variety: world, metal, gypsy
- More movies
- Better lighting (6)
- More environmentally-friendly lighting
- More natural lighting (windows)
- Being able to log into Library account with username and password instead of Library Barcode #
- MS Office on 1st floor PCs (4)
- MS Word on all PCs (2)
- New furniture (13)
- Updated and modern
- More cozy
- New chairs on 3rd floor (3)
- More outlets for laptops
- Faster elevator (2)
- Extended hours (12)
- Especially during finals week and end of term (3)
- Open 24 hours (2)
- Open earlier on Saturday, at 8 or 9am
- Open earlier on Sunday, at 7am (2)
- More group and individual study rooms to cut down on the noise (8)
- With dry erase boards
- Soundproofed (2)
- More carrels
- More small computer rooms
- Color printer (2)
- Less sedate and depressing beige
- Air fresheners on 3rd and 4th floor (2)
- Another computer lab that is always open
- Move it to Bermuda or Tahiti or Russia
- Snacks or café (2)
- Printers on 3rd and 4th floor
- Access to more scientific journals
- Access to online sources while studying abroad or off-campus.
- Better air quality (2)
- Bring back Ceramics Monthly
- Student shredders
- Cots for overnight study
- Tall chairs around all the 1st floor computers
Monday, January 15, 2007 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Please attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, “For the Common Good — Is King’s Dream Still Relevant Today?,” on at 6:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. The keynote speaker will be Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis B. Butler, Jr. ’73.
Some MLK resources:
- Search the library catalog for Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “I have a dream…” page for Freshman Studies
- Martin Luther King Encyclopedia from Stanford University
- Martin Luther King papers Project, also from Stanford University
- The King Center
- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Newspaper Archive from NewspaperArchive.com
- More resources from the ResourceShelf blog
“The library offers nine individual study rooms that can be used for one term at a time by students. Preference is given to seniors working on honors projects and then to students whose research depends heavily on library materials.” Complete this online form to request an office for Winter Term. Deadline is Thursday, January 4.