Thursday, May 24, 2012

Welcome home, alumni! Many reunion exhibits and events in Mudd

  • Oberlin College Archives Open House, featuring Classes of 1962 and 1987 Archives exhibit, Goodrich Room
         Friday May 25: 10am - noon, 1pm - 4:30pm
         Saturday May 26: 10am - 2pm
         Sunday May 27: 1-4
  • Tour of Main Library, given by Ray English, Director of Libraries
          Saturday May 26: 1pm, meet near the main entrance in the Academic Commons
  • Friends of the Library and Oberlin Authors Reception
          Saturday May 26: 4:30pm - 6pm, Azariah's Cafe
  • Reunion Class Memories: Spotlight on the Collections, exhibit in Lemle Academic Commons 
  • Hunter S. Dupree family papers: documenting Oberlin, Asa Gray, and the History of American Science, exhibit in the Lemle Academic Commons
  • Recent books by reunion class authors, exhibit in the Lemle Academic Commons
  • Classes of 1962 and 1987 Archives exhibit, Goodrich Room

Monday, May 21, 2012

Petition the White House for Open Access!

The Obama Administration has been actively considering the issue of Public Access to the results of Federally Funded research for the past several years. There is now a brief, critical window of opportunity for librarians, scholars, and taxpayers at large to demonstrate that we firmly believe open access to federally funded research should be a high priority for the Administration to act on right now. 
To help accomplish this, today, May 21st, a petition calling for Public Access to all Federally Funded Research has been posted to the White House’s “We the People” Website. If the petition garners 25,000 signatures within 30 days, it will be reviewed by White House staff, and considered for action.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We don't want to be cops, but....

we can't turn a blind eye to alcoholic beverages.  The possession or consumption in community areas is prohibited by state law and college and library policy (except for approved events).  Library staff will call security if we observe users with alcohol in the building and security will initiate judicial review.  Let's all avoid the upset and keep the Bud out of Mudd.  Thanks!

Today is the due date!

You don't have room for all those books anyway, do you?  Why don't you return some!

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 are a continuing student remaining in Oberlin for the summer, you may claim summer borrowing privileges, and then renew your books beyond commencement. 
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

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Did you miss last night's Dance Party?

Never fear -- you can dance tonight at 11 pm too!  Come to OSWell's one-song dance party in the Mudd Academic Commons!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Scholar Study applications now available

Doing honors or a capstone project next year?  Scholar study applications are now available, for both fall and spring semesters, in the Main Library Office.  Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.  See what else the library has to offer!

Indigenous murals exhibition in Mudd

On exhibit through Tue., May 29 on the 3rd floor of
Mudd:  "The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl and Huitzilopochtli: Indigenous Imagery in the Murals of Mexico City and Los Angeles," an exhibition by Samantha Williams '12.  The exhibit provides a look at the use of the images of two Aztec gods in murals from the Mexican Mural Movement in Mexico City (1920-60), the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles (1970-90), and in contemporary L.A.

Friday, May 11, 2012

EXTENDED hours for Mudd

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12,

Mudd will be open continuously until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16.
Please note that during the following hours, access is via OCID card swipe only
  • May 12 at 9:45 pm - May 13 at 10 am
  • May 13 at 11:45 pm - May 14 at 8 am
  • May 14 at 11:45 pm - May 15 at 8 am
  • May 15 at 11:45 pm - May 16 at 2 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.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Don't trust the clocks!

Facilities is working on a project that affects the clocks in Mudd.  They will be goofy until at least noon on Friday.

Friday, May 04, 2012

The end of the semester approaches

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 May 16, 2012. 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 May 16) until you have finished with them.

Many materials are renewable starting on May 8; 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!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Spring's Bounty!

Check out the lists of new materials added to the Library collections in March & April.

Archives materials featured in health services exhibit

An exhibit assembled by students in Adia Benton's class, ANTH 478: Global Health Encounters,  is currently on display on the 3rd floor of the King Building.  The display features copies of photographs and documents from the Oberlin College Archives relating to the history of  Oberlinians' involvement in health services and medical work in Oberlin and the Oberlin Peace Corps Training Program, Shansi Province in China, and South Africa .

Do you want to be a librarian?

There's a scholarship for that!

The Friends of the Oberlin College Library offers a graduate library school scholarship. This $2,500 award is offered each year to an Oberlin graduate who has been accepted to an accredited school of library and information science.

Information and application instructions are available here. Hurry ... applications are due on June 15, 2012!