Thursday, December 23, 2010

Doing research from off-campus

Most of the library's electronic resources are available to you even when you're not on-campus. In order to confirm that you are affiliated with Oberlin, you need to authenticate using your OCID. Read our instructions! This does require that you've activated your barcode at one of the college libraries. If you've not done that yet, email us with your name, T#, and the numbers on the back of your ID and we can set that up for you.

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Mudd hours until the end of finals

The A-Level and Scholar Studies remain open continuously until 5:30 on Wednesday, December 22nd. The card swipe will be active during the overnight hours.

The upper levels of the building, including the Academic Commons, close each night at 2 a.m. until next Tuesday night (Wednesday morning). We re-open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m. next Monday - Wednesday.

We'll be open 10 am - 3 pm on Thursday, December 23rd.

Please note that not all services are available during these open hours -- check our hours page for the details of our service hours this week.

Due Date and The Dilemma

Today is the Due Date for most books, scores, and government publications! So what should you do if you still need your books? It's a Dilemma!

We know that many of you are still using these materials, and you should feel free to keep using your material through reading period and exams. Remember that special due dates still apply to reserve materials, periodicals, recalled items, interlibrary loans, OhioLINK materials, and other short-term loan items, and you will be responsible for fines if the items are returned overdue.

If you wish to keep library materials during the holiday shutdown or beyond, please renew them. If you are leaving library materials in a Main Library scholar study or carrel for shutdown and/or Winter Term, please be aware that the green, in-house use streamers must be date stamped so that we know that your books are not overdue. Be sure to ask the circulation desk staff to date stamp your renewals and new check-outs if you are not offered that service.

Do you want to check on what you currently have checked out and when it's due? Just access your account at

Do you have other questions about end-of-semester policies and procedures? Check out our FAQ, or contact any circulation supervisor for advice.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about your library account or our policies! Best of luck in the final days of the semester!

Allison Gallaher
Head of Circulation

Thursday, December 16, 2010

OhioLINK unveils new look

The OhioLINK central catalog has a new look today, but still the same great resources, giving you access to millions of books, scores, and recordings from around the state. New features include:
  • the Library Holdings and Table of Contents boxes may now be minimized
    by clicking on the Hide link
    in the upper right of the box

  • when possible, a link to the electronic version of content appears on the results list. To see examples of this you can do a keyword search on Hathi Trust .
  • action oriented buttons have been given different colors to make them stand out to the user.

One-song Dance Parties in Mudd

To lighten the mood during Reading Period, CLHP has organized one-song dance parties in Mudd. Don't forget to rest and have a little fun amidst the whirlwind of papers and exams!

There's one more night of dancing, today, Thurs. Dec. 16 at 8pm and midnight! Here's a video of dancers on 12/15 in case you can't make it out to Mudd. Enjoy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Poetry blocks + you = creativity

Now in Azariah’s Café, through Thursday, Dec. 16:
Come take a mental break from your studies and interact with the installation of wooden blocks created as a final group project by several students in Kazim Ali’s “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Poetry” (CRWR 247) class. Turn to the right just as you enter through the glass doors.

Extended hours for Mudd

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Mudd will be open continuously until 2 a.m. on Saturday, December 18.
Please note that during the following hours, access is via OCID card swipe only.

December 14 at 11:45 pm - December 15 at 8 am
December 15 at 11:45 pm - December 16 at 8 am
December 16 at 11:45 pm - December 17 at 8 am
Note that this is just the building, and no services will be offered during much of this time.
Please check out our hours page for specific service points during reading period and exams.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

One-song dance parties are baaaaack!

That's right! Next Wednesday and Thursday nights (Dec. 15 and 16) at 8 pm and midnight, shake your groove thang in the Academic Commons, thanks to the CLHP. Vote for your favorite songs for the next week right HERE!

SFC Coffee: Thursday @ 8pm

The Student Finance Committee presents Coffee with the Committee this Thursday at 8 pm in Azariah's. Free coffee and cookies!! Drop by to chat.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Please save your documents when using Macs, but not on the Mac!

Alert from the CIT:
All lab Macintoshes (this includes all of the Macs in Academic Commons and library spaces) as well as the loaner laptops from all four libraries have DeepFreeze software installed on them. Once the computers are shutdown or restarted, all user data is removed. We cannot recover any documents after restart. Please save and email yourselves a copy of any document that you are working on at least once and when using a laptop, plug the power cable in.

  • Emailing to yourself
  • Saving in Stulocker
  • Saving on a flash drive

Monday, December 06, 2010

What the heck am I supposed to do with my library books?

Yes, that's right, next week classes end, and the week after that the semester is over! You may have questions, and we have answers. Many of them are here, or follow the links for more information. If you prefer interfacing with humans, ask a staff member or give us a call!

Library materials that students have been using for the semester are officially due on December 16, 2010. These do not include shorter-term loan materials such as OhioLINK, ILL, reserve, periodicals, and recordings which have their own specific due dates. You can see everything you have checked out to you, and when it is due, by viewing your library record.

We recognize that some of you need to keep using your material through exams -- if this is the case, you may keep your semester-loan materials (books and scores due on December 16) until you have finished with them.

Many materials are renewable starting on December 13; please read our advice about renewing materials.

Do you have other questions about end-of-semester policies and procedures? Check out our FAQ, or contact any circulation supervisor for advice.

All the best at this busy time!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

"Trying to Think with Emily Dickinson" a talk by Jed Deppman

On Tuesday, December 7th at 4:30pm in Mudd 050 (Moffett Auditorium) hear Jed Deppman, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English, talk about his book Trying to Think with Emily Dickinson.

Friday, December 03, 2010

New books, etc. -- lots of 'em!

Take a look at the list of new items in our collections -- we had a brief hiatus but we're caught up now. More to enjoy!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Quiet on the set!

Filming will be in progress in the 4th floor lobby this afternoon (Saturday) from about 6 to 8 pm. We hope it's not a major inconvenience to you!