Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Do you collect books?

The Student Book Collection Competition is open to current Oberlin College students. This competition is meant to recognize the efforts of students who collect books, as well as inspire others to start collecting. The top three entries will be awarded cash prizes (top prize is $300!) and will be invited to display their collections in the Mudd Main Academic Commons near the end of the semester. Collections are evaluated for their cohesiveness and unity, as well as originality and creativity

Submissions are due by noon on Wednesday, April 27th.

For more information please visit or contact the student friends of the library at

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Manga! Spotlight on the Collections

The new Spotlight on the Collections display in Mudd features Japanese comic books in translation. With titles such as Pretty Guardian, Sailor Moon, Assassination Classroom, and Fullmetal Alchemist, this display brings attention to the surprising and delightful collection of Manga at Oberlin College Library. Display by Joseph Maiville.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah to deliver 2016 Jantz Lecture Thurs 4/14

Kwame Anthony Appiah 
Book display in Mudd Apr 11-14

Internationally renowned philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah will deliver the 2016 Harold Jantz Memorial Lecture.  His lecture "Of our Spiritual Strivings: W.E.B. DuBois as a German Philosopher" draws from his recent book Lines of Descent:  W.E.B. DuBois and the Emergence of Identity.  See the entry in Oberlin Calendar of Events for more info. 
Library Student Assistant Isabela Espinal OC'16 put together this welcoming book display in Mudd to highlight works by Appiah and scholarship on African-Amercans in Germany, as well as Afro-German experiences. 

Thursday, April 07, 2016

What is Book Spine Poetry?

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April, the library is accepting submissions of Book Spine Poetry!  Stack up some books (library books or your own), take a pic and submit in one of these ways:
tweet to @ObieLib      or
email      or 
instagram with #OCBookSpine2016

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

"D.T. Suzuki and the Rise of American Buddhism" Prof. James Dobbins, Thu 4/7 4:30pm

Please join us for a Friends of the Library on Thursday April 7 at 4:30pm in Mudd 050 for a book talk by Professor James Dobbins.

"D.T. Suzuki and the Rise of American Buddhism" 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Alexia Hudson-Ward Named Director of Libraries

Alexia Hudson-Ward will join the Oberlin community on July 1 as the Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries. As director, Hudson-Ward will be responsible for the four campus libraries—Mudd Center library, the science library, the conservatory library, and the Clarence Ward Art Library—as well as special exhibits, collection development, technology integration, and space planning and utilization. Read more...

Friday, March 11, 2016

Anti-Procrastination Day to the rescue!

No more excuses–NOW'S the time to  kick-start whatever it is you've been procrastinating on!  All kinds of friendly people will be at this semester's Anti-Procrastination Day event to help you get going.

DATE: Sunday, March 13, 2pm-midnight
PLACE: Mudd 052 (new Writing Center location on A-Level)

Writing Center:  2pm–midnight, revise & edit papers
Library:  2–10 pm, research & citation help
Career Center:  2–10 pm, resumes, cover letters, & networking
CLEAR:  8–11 pm, quantitative, mathematical & computational skills

Free cookies, snacks, and coffee from Slow Train available throughout the day for those who visit for a drop-in session.

Planned downtime for ProQuest's online products

On Saturday March 12, 2016, ProQuest will be installing critical firmware updates to its systems infrastructure. The window is scheduled to begin at 10:00 PM EDT and will last for eight (8) hours.  During this time, access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available:
  • Research databases
  • Refworks
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
If you attempt to access these products during the downtime you'll be re-directed to a web page explaining the scheduled maintenance.  If you have questions about accessing a specific ProQuest product, contact the Main Library Research Desk.