Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What's up with the pink towels?

The college's Facilities Operations Department has partnered with Cascades, a Canadian manufacturer of paper products, to support breast cancer research. You may find  some of the towel dispensers in Mudd and elsewhere on campus sporting pink towels.  Read more about the company's "Dry your hands for a cause" campaign.

Happy Halloween from the SFOL

The Student Friends of the Library have planned some exciting events for Halloween (lecture, movies, treats and more!).  Read all about it in the October newsletter.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Movie at Mudd: Tues 10/29 8pm

Oberlin College Student Friends of the Library invite you to a screening of the film Helvetica.  Join us from 8-9:30pm on Tuesday, October 29 in Mudd 050 (Moffett Auditorium).

Come see this provocative film about the surprising history of a typeface, modern visual culture, and the font that “…caused the Vietnam War, and the Iraq war also” (Paula Scher).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

NEW: Vanderbilt Television News Archive

The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. We have been recording, preserving and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968.
The collection spans the presidential administrations of Lyndon Baines Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The core collection includes evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC (since 1968), an hour per day of CNN (since 1995) and Fox News (since 2004). Special news broadcasts found in the Archive include political conventions, presidential speeches and press conferences, Watergate hearings, coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the events of September 11, 2001, the War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq.
Items with the little video recorder icon are available for streaming right on your computer! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

NEW: Hispanic-American Newspapers 1808-1980

The Library has recently acquired access to the single largest digital compilation of Hispanic newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection features hundreds of titles from a broad range of geographic areas.  Based on the "Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project" a national research effort, the database includes titles published in Spanish and English, as well as bilingual papers.

Friday, October 11, 2013

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Romulus Linney ’53 Celebratory Events

Romulus Linney, Class of 1953
This weekend's events include evenings of Linney one-act plays (October 10, 11, 12 at 8 p.m. in Little Theater); a Romulus Linney symposium (Saturday, October 12, 3 p.m., West Lecture Hall), and a world premier staged reading of Linney’s The Flower Hunter (Sunday, October 13, 2 p.m., Hall Auditorium).  Additional information about the full line-up of events can be found in the College Events Calendar.

The library and archives exhibition on Linney’s life and work is on view in the Academic Commons in Mudd Center until October 28.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

All those EBSCO ebooks in OBIS

You may have noticed a TON of new links for EBSCO ebooks in OBIS. 
In order to print/download these titles, users must create a personal account and “check out” the book.  (Yes, this makes the book unavailable to anyone else.)

To create a personal EBSCO account click on the “Sign In” link in the upper right-ish corner.  Once you have an account, you can download the entire book for 72 hours in PDF via Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) authorized software. 

Tablet devices should use a browser to access the collection and download through the BlueFire Reader app (ADE authorized).

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Oberlin Public Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Oberlin Public Library's Fall 2013 book sale is here!  Low prices: most items are just
50¢ to $1.

Wed. Oct. 9, 5-8pm, Friends’ Pre-Sale (New members can join at the door)
Thu. Oct. 10, 10am-8pm
Fri. Oct. 11, 10am-5:30pm ($5/bag)
Sat. Oct. 12, 10am-5:30pm (1/2 price)
Sun. Oct. 13, 1-3:30pm (all items 10¢!)

The public library is located at 65 S. Main St., just across the street from the post office.  The book sale takes place in the community room, to the right after you've entered the lobby.

Extended hours for mid-terms

The A-Level study lounge and lobby and Scholar Studies will remain accessible 24 hours starting Monday night and continuing through the beginning of spring break.   The whole building will close at 3 pm on Saturday, October 19.  

We hope you leave and get some sleep this week, but if you need to study beyond 2 am (or 10 pm on Friday), these areas are at your disposal!

If you're hanging out in Oberlin for Fall Break, check out our hours.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Romulus Linney '53: In Celebration

The Library is currently hosting an exhibition on the life and career of award-winning playwright and novelist Romulus Linney '53.  The exhibition is in conjunction with a series of campus events honoring Linney to be held October 10-13.  Most of the materials were prepared at Appalachian State University, home to the Romulus Linney Papers. The exhibition also includes original materials from the Oberlin College Archives. Please stop by the Academic Commons and take a look!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Help us test a new "walk up" scanner

We have some cool new scanning equipment that we are testing out in the Academic Commons until October 15. It will scan documents/images to your USB drive, email, Google Docs, or smartphone/iPad.  You choose what type of document to create, too -- .PDF (searchable, even!), .jpg, .tiff, .png, you name it!

The Scannx equipment is very easy to use. Just touch the screen to begin! We'd love to know what you think.  Please post comments here, or write them on the sheet of paper next to the machine.

NYTimes full online acccess now available

Get full access to the online version of the New York Times' outstanding reporting on world and national affairs, business, science, the arts, health and wellness, and more! You must be on campus and connected to the Oberlin network to activate your yearly pass.  Register using your oberlin.edu email address.  Although the page says "Start your 24 hours of access," the access is actually for one year.

Once registered, you'll be able to access NYTimes.com from any computer, tablet, smartphone, or other mobile device. Access includes articles, video, multimedia, blogs, podcasts, and interactive features and is limited to current Oberlin students, faculty, and staff only. Questions or problems registering? Contact Jessica Grim.

NYTimes.com access is provided by:
The Oberlin College Library
Office of the President
Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Office of the Dean of the Conservatory
Office of Communications

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Sign up for a Linoleum Block Carving Workshop!

Last week master wood engraver Barry Moser lectured on campus about wood carving. Now it's your turn! Sign up for a linoleum block carving workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7pm.  The workshop will be led by special collections librarian Ed Vermue in the Letterpress Studio on the 2nd floor of Mudd.  Space is limited, so email Jesse Gamoran to reserve a spot. Sponsored by the Student Friends of the Library.

"Relativity for the Questioning Mind" a talk by Prof. Dan Styer

Professor of Physics Daniel Styer will talk about his new book, Relativity for the Questioning Mind, on Wednesday, October 2nd at 4:30pm in the Moffett Auditorium.