Monday, October 31, 2011

Beethoven's Bagels now in Azariah's

Azariah's now features a selection of Beethoven's Bagels for $1.15 each (butter/jelly complimentary, cream cheese/peanut butter 25¢).

It's almost "crunch time!"

"Crunch time" can be defined as "the last minute" or "facing an impending deadline" or "the period of time during which you realize that you have a million and three projects due in the next several weeks and you haven't started and don't know where to begin but you know that you're going to have to spend some sleepless nights and ingest a lot of caffeine to get it all done."


Don't fret! Your friendly librarians are here to help relieve a bit of your academic stress by helping you get a good start on your research. Sign up for a research appointment with a librarian! We can help you plan a search strategy, find books, articles, quality web sites, and more resources for your tough research projects. There are lots of other ways to get help, too.

Don't let "crunch time" crunch you!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jefferson's Architectural Books Exhibition

This fall, a group of students has been preparing a display of rare books selected from the Art Library’s collection of architectural works that replicate those Thomas Jefferson acquired for his own library at Monticello. The students are enrolled in Jefferson Architectural Books Collection, a course taught by Associate Professor of Art John Harwood. With the assistance of Art Librarian Barbara Prior and Special Collections Librarian Ed Vermue, students spent the first half of the semester studying individual volumes and preparing labels describing the works and their significance.

The exhibit coincides with the campus visit of Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Books and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, who has worked to rebuild the entire collection of nearly 6,500 volumes in Jefferson’s library. The Jefferson architecture collection exhibition will be in the Academic Commons on the main level of Mudd Center from October 26 to November 11.

Digital Collections Down for System Upgrade

Many Library digital image collections will be inaccessible this morning due to a system upgrade that is in progress.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Open Access week Oct 24-30

From "Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Oberlin College was proud to be among the earliest adopters of an open access policy for Oberlin faculty and staff scholarship. Click for more on this initiative and to search the Open Access Repository.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Going abroad? Learn a foreign language with Mango.

With a focus on practical conversation for common situations, Mango teaches basic language skills travelers can use to successfully navigate a new country, seek out authentic cultural experiences, and engage in polite conversation. Mango offers self-paced, online tutorials for all major European languages, plus around 30 others, including Arabic (Levantine), Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Czech, Farsi, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. (Arrr, me hearty... not to mention Pirate!) Plus, there are 15 English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) packages to help foreign language speakers learn English. (Available as a one-year pilot project thanks to a federal IMLS/LSTA grant received by the State Library of Ohio.)


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cleveland Plain Dealer archives now available!

Oberlin College Library has recently added the online Cleveland Plain Dealer archive to our holdings! You can now search the full text of the Plain Dealer archive from 1845-1991 through the America's Historical Newspapers platform. If you have any questions or would like research advice, please ask a Librarian for more information.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Study break tonight!

Snacks and relaxing from 8 - 10 pm on the A-Level! Brought to you by the Center for Leadership in Health Promotion.

Oberlin Public Library Book Sale

Oberlin Public Library, 65 S. Main Street

Wednesday Oct 19 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friends’ Pre-Sale (Jjoin at the door!)
Thursday Oct 20 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday Oct 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $5/bag after noon
Saturday Oct 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All items half price after noon
Sunday Oct 23, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. All items ten cents!

A huge selection -- thousands of great books, including children’s books, cookbooks, fiction, history, mystery, home school resources, reference books and more.

Most items priced at $0.50-$1.00!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

“Sectional Strife in the Early American Republic:” a Book Talk by Gary Kornblith

Join the Friends of the Oberlin College Library for a talk by Professor of History Gary Kornblith about his new book Sectional Strife in the Early American Republic.

This event will be held on Tuesday, October 18th at 4:30pm in the Moffett Auditorium.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Manage your research with Zotero

Zotero is a free, open source plug-in for Firefox that allows you to easily save citations and sources, take notes, store files, and create instant footnotes and bibliographies.

When: Thursday Oct 13th, 4:30-5:30pm

Where: Mudd 113 (Academic Commons computer lab/classroom)

If you have questions, email Jen Starkey, Reference Librarian at

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Scavenging in Mudd

There's another puzzle hunt underway in Mudd ... get started in the Academic Commons and wend your way through the building in search of clues.

Geek Fest is TODAY! Tues 10/11 4-5:30 in Azariah's

TUESDAY, OCT. 11 @ 4-5:30pm in AZARIAH’S Cafe

Tech geeks and book nerds alike will want to be there!

This is a FREE, LOW-KEY, DROP-IN event! Visit as few or as many tables as you wish and earn tickets for the PRIZE DRAWINGS! Oh, and there will be SNACKS!

Friday, October 07, 2011

RefWorks Workshop @ 7p on Tuesday 10/11

Organize your research life!

Come learn about RefWorks, a web-based tool that allows you to store and edit citations, add attachments and notes, and that helps format your paper and bibliography.

Tuesday, October 11th at 7pm in Mudd 113

Thursday, October 06, 2011

New Semester = Great New Library Materials

Don't wait until you're swamped-- take a minute now to browse the books, videos, scores, recordings, and gov docs added to the collections in September!

Geek Fest! @ Azariah's Tues 10/11 4-5:30

TUESDAY, OCT. 11 @ 4-5:30pm in AZARIAH’S Cafe

Tech geeks and book nerds alike will want to be there!

This is a FREE, LOW-KEY, DROP-IN event! Visit as few or as many tables as you wish and earn tickets for the PRIZE DRAWINGS! Oh, and there will be SNACKS!

• Check out some cool mobile library apps
• Find out what was in the New York Times on the day you were born
• Learn how you can set up and maintain an online catalog of your own book collection
• Hear about the Winter Term course in letterpress printing
• See what Summon is all about — and how it works
• Join the Student Friends of the Library and get a preview of the upcoming book sale
• Meet the friendly Writing Tutors

And much more!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Sundeck's open!

And you thought summer was over. Climb up to the 4th floor of Mudd, step out onto the sundeck, and soak up some rays during these last few days of warmth and sunshine. The sundeck is open every day until the end of November.

Electronic Journal Center disruption

Starts at about 9:30am on Thursday, October 6th the folks at OhioLINK will be migrating the Electronic Journal Center (EJC) data to a new platform.

Sadly, this means we won't have access for a few hours. On the bright side, when they're finished, the EJC will be more stable than ever!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Did you miss the book talk by Wendy Call '90 ?

Then watch it here! Wendy Call, Class of 1990, gave a talk on her new book No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy on Friday, September 30th in Mudd Center.

The Friends of the Library recorded her talk as well as the lively questions and answers that followed:

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Borrowing from Ohio Public Libraries

Announcing….borrowing from SearchOhio Public Libraries

update: 10/4 -- This is not yet working as advertised! Searches that start in OBIS and are passed through to OhioLINK are currently missing the SearchOhio search option. Searches that start in OhioLINK usually offer the SearchOhio option, although you may need to restart the browser or clear the browser history to get it to display. Technicians are working on the problem!!

Beginning on October 3, the collections of 19 public libraries will be available to OhioLINK users, like yourselves, using the same routines you use now to request materials from OhioLINK. Here are some deets (or read our all the gory details):

How do I make a request?

From the OhioLINK central catalog, you’ll see a SearchOhio icon which will pass current searches through to the SearchOhio catalog or allow you to search the catalog directly. Choose “Request this title” to have available copies delivered here for your use. Currently, you can only have items delivered to Oberlin; you may have OhioLINK materials delivered to any OhioLINK library, but this is not true for SearchOhio materials.

After you’ve requested the item, you can track its progress on your library record the same way you track OhioLINKs, at

How long may I keep the material?

All SearchOhio materials made available for loan, except DVDs, circulate for 3 weeks, with up to 3 renewals, unless another user needs them. DVDs circulation for 1 week, with up to 3 renewals.

What are the fines for overdue materials?

All SearchOhio materials are fined at a rate of $0.50/day. Fines start accruing the first day the material is overdue – no grace period.

What will it cost if I lose the item?

All SearchOhio materials cost $25 to replace. You’ll be charged this if the item becomes 30 days overdue.

Which public libraries are included:

Some of the largest public libraries in Northern Ohio are participating. The complete list is

Akron-Summit County Public Library
Cuyahoga Falls Public Library
Delaware County District Library
Greene County Public Library
Kent Free Library
Louisville Public Library
Mansfield Richland County Public Library
Massillon Public Library
Massillon Askren Branch
Massillon Belloni Branch
Mentor Public Library
Portage County District Library
Reed Memorial Library
Rodman Public Library
Stark County District Library
Toledo-Lucas County Library
Wadsworth Public Library
Warren-Trumbull County Public Library
Youngstown & Mahoning County Public Library