Thursday, October 30, 2008

Book Sale! Oct 31 and Nov 1

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun of the Friends of the Library biannual book sale on the main level of the main library, starting at 12:30pm on Friday, October 31. If you are an official Friend of the Library come between 10 a.m. to noon.

Sale runs until 8pm Friday evening and continues on Saturday, November 1 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Monday, October 27, 2008

New Art Work in Azariah's

Green Olive, ca. 1975, Joseph Ferguson (American)
Stained glass, lead, brass

This piece was donated to Oberlin College in 2006 by Patricia M. '50 and Douglas T. Ross '51, D.Sc. '01 (honoris causa). It appealed to Mr. Ross for invoking the "scientific process."

According to the artist: "The marvels of technology we live with have their life in the past (their life being their creation rather than their use). They are not solely an end in themselves, that is the mistake."

Stop by and see what you think!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Have OhioLINK fill out your Interlibrary loan forms for you!

That's, when you find an article in any OhioLINK database, just follow the link. If we don't own a copy here, and a full-text copy isn't available, choose the Get a copy via Interlibrary Loan link. This sends you to our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request manager, ILLiad. Once you've logged in or created an account, the article request page opens with all of the information from the article citation you selected filled in on the form. Check it and submit, and you'll not have to type a thing!

For books, the link takes you to the OhioLINK central catalog, and there's not currently a way to direct you on to our ILL service, but you are also welcome to request loans of books, dissertations, scores, and recordings through ILL if the items you need aren't available at Oberlin or within OhioLINK. You'll just have to type it yourself when you make your request. Enjoy!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Studying from afar?

Then you'll need to follow the instructions for getting off campus access to our online sources. But have some fun, too ... it's fall BREAK!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Extended hours for A-Level/Scholar Studies

The A-Level study lounge and lobby and the scholar studies are open around the clock until we close at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 18. This does not mean we approve of your studying around the clock without benefit of sleep, but we know you're going to do it anyway. At least we can provide you with some space to do it in.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Release, relax, let go this week in Mudd

Take advantage of stress reduction opportunities on Mudd A-Level during midterm studying! Tues. Oct. 14, Wed. Oct. 15, and Thu. Oct. 16, 10 to 11:30 pm. First come, first served head massages, relaxation massages ($2), and free snacks await you. Sponsored by the Center for Leadership in Health Promotion.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

International Open Access Day: October 14th

Tuesday, October 14, is the first international Open Access Day. Join us at 7:00 p.m. for a live webcast and participate in a lively discussion in the Academic Commons electronic classroom on the main level of Mudd.

The webcast features Sir Richard Roberts, Ph.D., F.R.S., joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993 for discovering split genes and RNA splicing and one of 26 Nobel Prize-winners to sign an Open Letter to U.S. Congress in support of taxpayer access to publicly funded research.

Open Access is a growing international movement that makes peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature available on the Internet without barriers. Open Access Day is an opportunity for the higher education community and the general public to understand more clearly the benefits of making research information free and openly accessible.

Open Access Day is jointly sponsored by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Students for FreeCulture.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Are You Obsessed With the Upcoming Elections?

Then swing by the main level of the main Library and feast on this month's "Spotlight on the Collections" (outside of Azariah's Cafe) which features a sampling of the many books we've got on all things electoral -- everything from the candidates and campaigning to partisan politics to voting machines. You can also browse these titles in OBIS.

Also check-out our Elections 2008 web page to keep track of the latest news and polls, to research candidates and issues, and monitor the electoral college tally.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Put yourself in the picture

Come to Azariah's at 9pm on Tuesday October 7th to watch the second debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Thanks to Ma'ayan Plaut for sharing photos of the VP debate between Biden and Palin last week.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Market Research Workshop in Mudd

Wondering how to determine whether there is a market for your creative idea? This workshop will give you the tools to figure it out.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Mudd Library, 113

Research librarian Jennifer Starkey will present a hands-on workshop introducing participants to resources and strategies for researching an industry or market. Participants who have specific ideas for a business or organization will have the opportunity to do hands-on research. We'll also have fun researching the bicycle retail industry. The workshop was developed for students who are engaged in the Creativity & Leadership program, but is open to all students.

Browse New Books Online

See what books, scores, recordings, and videos were cataloged by the Library in September!

If you prefer browsing actual shelves, stop by the Current Reading area in Azariah's, where a selection of new Main Library books are always on display.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Evening research appointments now available

Librarians are now available for half-hour research appointments Monday through Thursday evenings! Sign up online, or in person at the Main Library Research Desk. (There are lots of other ways to get research help, too.)