Friday, April 29, 2011

Doing honors next year?

The library can help with all stages of your honors project, from start to finish! Check out our web site to learn how to:
• Apply for a scholar study (do this in May to improve chances of getting one!)
• Sign up for a research appointment
• Use RefWorks or Zotero to organize and manage citations
• Connect to fabulous digital resources from wherever you are this summer
• Arrange for summer borrowing privileges (if you’re staying in town)
• See examples of past honors papers
• Create a permanent, archived copy of your final honors paper

Friday, April 22, 2011

Researching on the Fly?

Point your smartphone or iPod towards OBIS (that's for those who haven't already got us bookmarked!) and take a look at our spiffy mobile interface

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Window to China - book exhibit at Mudd

In March 2011, Oberlin College Library received 70 new publications donated by National Library of China under their book donation program – Window to China. This program started in 2005 and aims to open “window” in overseas libraries for friends abroad to “see” China through these books. These 70 new books were published by highly ranked publishers in China and cover subjects on Chinese politics, economy, society, history, art, culture and science.

Displayed in Academic Commons are selected volumes that have been fully cataloged and available for check out. They will be on display till May 9th. If you have any questions about the donation program or these books, please feel free to contact Xi Chen, East Asian and Web Development Librarian at 440-775-5116 or .

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Monday, April 18, 2011

5 Myths about the "Information Age"

"Confusion about the nature of the so-called information age has led to a state of collective false consciousness. It's no one's fault but everyone's problem, because in trying to get our bearings in cyberspace, we often get things wrong, and the misconceptions spread so rapidly that they go unchallenged. Taken together, they constitute a font of proverbial nonwisdom."
Robert Darnton, University Librarian at Harvard, brings some common sense to the hype about the obsolescence of printed books and libraries in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Geek Week is here!

We've got a full schedule of workshops, events, and displays to help you geek out in the campus libraries this week. Check out locations and detailed descriptions for each upcoming event:

Tue. 4/19, 12:15 pm, Science Library: Who's Reading My Stuff?
Tue. 4/19, 5 pm, Main Library: Hitchhiker's Guide to RefWorks
Wed. 4/20, 11 am, Conservatory Library: Click to Play
Wed. 4/20, 3 pm, Conservatory Library: Click to Play (repeat)
Thu. 4/21, noon, Main Library: Careers in Libraries and Information Science (rsvp for pizza lunch)
Thu. 4/21, 5 pm, Main Library: Getting the Most out of Google
Thu. 4/21, 7 pm, Main Library: All the News that's Fit to Search
ALL WEEK: Exhibits in Art, Conservatory, and Main Libraries

OC Choir impromptu concert in Mudd

On Friday afternoon, members of the Oberlin College Choir sang a selection from their upcoming concert (Wed. 4/20, 8 pm, Finney Chapel) in the Mudd Academic Commons.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

update on NYT access

As everyone knows, free unlimited access to the full New York Times online at came to an end on 3/28. Once you've read 20 articles in a month, you'll be asked to subscribe for continued article-level access. From what we understand students, faculty, and staff at Oberlin should be receiving a 50% discount on the going monthly rate (going rate is $15 per mo.), based on Oberlin College's participation in the College-Readership Program (the free paper NYT distributed around campus).

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Prof. Mahallati to speak on the Hajj Thursday at 4pm

Mohammad Mahallati, Presidential Scholar of Islam, will give a talk "Hajj: A Spiritual Journey in Response to God's Invitation," at 4pm on Thursday, April 14th in Mudd 113.

This event is held in conjunction with a photography exhibit "Hajj: The Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca," by Iranian photojournalist Jamshid Bayrami.

Join the Friends of the Oberlin College Library for a reception in Azariah's Cafe after the talk, and enjoy the exhibit, on display in the Academic Commons until May 6th.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Morning Cuppa Joe

Morning coffee returns to Azariah's Cafe! Come early and bring a buck.

Mudd's Mudd is available for $1 (cash money) Monday - Friday. from 8:30am until it runs out

Start Your Spring With New Library Materials!

Take a look at the New in Our Collections lists, to find out what books, scores, recordings, videos, and government documents we added in March!

And remember - you can set up RSS feeds for these lists!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Friends of the Oberlin Public Library Book Sale

Wednesday, April 6 through Sunday, April 10

Support the Oberlin Public Library by shopping at the Spring 2011 book sale. Thousands of books will be for sale at great prices, including children's books, fiction, biography, like-new reference sets, and more. The Friends' Pre-Sale is Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and anyone can become a member at the door. The sale continues Thursday 10:00-8:00, Friday and Saturday 10:00-5:00, and Sunday 1:00-3:00. Items are $5/bag beginning Friday at noon, all items are half price on Saturday, and everything is 10 cents on Sunday. Shoppers will also enjoy the special book corner of premium books and raffles for autographed books by Clive Cussler.

The sale is at the Oberlin Public Library (65 S. Main St.). Electronic scanners will not be permitted.

For more information contact Joe Luciano, 440-774-3808.