Tuesday, September 23, 2014

“Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism"

Join us on Monday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Moffett Auditorium (Mudd 050) for a lecture by J. Brent Morris, Assistant Professor of History from the University of South Carolina, Beaufort.  His talk on Oberlin's anti-slavery movement is jointly sponsored by Friends of the Oberlin College Library; the College Archives; department of History, Oberlin African American Genealogy and Research Group; and Oberlin Heritage Center.

Milt Hinton on the Road - exhibition in the Academic Commons

 Milton J. Hinton (1910-2000) enjoyed a long and influential career as a bass player.  His professional musical activities can be divided into three general phases: his time on the road, primarily with Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong (up to 1954), his time as a studio musician in New York City (mid-1950s through 1970s), and his time after the studios, where he combined touring, festival appearances, and work as an educator (1970s through 2000).

This exhibit, which focuses on Hinton’s early life and time on the road through the mid-1950s, is on display in the Academic Commons through November 6th.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stand up against censorship … Read a Banned Book!

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read, and is celebrated during the last full week of September. It began in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.

This year's display (right inside the main entrance to Mudd) features banned books that are wrapped and labeled with the reasons why they have been banned or challenged in the past. Violence, offensive language, and sexual explicitness are among the top reasons, but there are others, too!  Pick a book, unwrap it, and check it out at the Circulation Desk.

Follow #bannedbooksweek on Twitter to see how other people are celebrating their right to read!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Japanese extensive reading exhibit at Mudd (日本語多読 ~読書の秋~)

This four-week Japanese Extensive Reading Exhibit is jointly organized by OC's East Asian Studies Program and East Asian Collections at Mudd Library. This exhibit is currently featured on the official blog of NPO Japanese Extensive Reading Study Group.

Feel free to grab some books to read while you are at Mudd. If you have any questions, please contact Sachiko Condo at scondo@oberlin.edu or Xi Chen at xchen@oberlin.edu

What is 多読(ta-do-ku)?

‘Ta’ in tadoku means ‘a lot’, and ‘doku’ means ‘to read’.

But no.

You don’t read a lot of difficult books. Start reading EASY books that you can enjoy.

Easy books are good for understanding. -> You understand well so you read more.-> Reading becomes a fun thing to do. ->So you read even more. ->Your Japanese gets better and better.

That’s tadoku!

(cited from tadoku.org)

Friday, September 05, 2014

Database trial: American Consumer Culture, 1935-1965

We have trial access to a new database though October 1!

American Consumer Culture: Market Research & American Business 1935-1965 contains thousands of market research reports by analyst Ernest Dichter and his Institute for Motivational Research. These reports were commissioned by advertising agencies and businesses such as Philip Morris, Chrysler, and CBS on products ranging from tobacco and broadcasting to cars and hotels. These primary source documents are accompanied by hundreds of advertisements from the time period.

Use this link to begin exploring, and please leave your feedback!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Printing problems?

If you're printing in the library, do NOT print from Google Docs or inside Blackboard!  (All kinds of terrible things happen in the printer's brain and lots of paper gets wasted as a result)

Save the document (Word, PDF, Excel, etc.) to the desktop and then start your print job.