Friday, October 30, 2015

Science Soirée in Science Library, Friday Nov. 6 at 6:30 pm!

Here's your chance to make some noise in the science library!  We're looking for instrumentalists and vocalists who want to make beautiful music -- briefly -- to demonstrate the range of sounds possible and the acoustic response in the library.  Emeritus Professor of Physics Bruce Richards will share some observations after each 3-5 minute musical offering.

The event is Friday, Nov. 6 from 6:30-7:45 pm.  Enjoy music, snacks, and conversation as Prof. Richards measures some of Oberlin's finest instrumentalists and vocalists as they test out the acoustics in the Science Library.  [Note: library services will not be available during this special after-hours event.]

Please email the Science Library to volunteer as a musician for this exciting event!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

In case you missed it: "They Breathe Iron" - a book talk by Linda Grashoff

On Tuesday, October 27th local writer and photographer Linda Grashoff spoke to the Friends of the Oberlin College Library about her recent book:  They Breathe Iron:  Artistic and Scientific Encounters with an Ancient Life Form.  

You can see the video of her talk and other book talks on the Friends Video Channel. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

19th Century Flute Extravanga (!) October 31st

The festivities throughout the day will feature materials from the Frederick R. Selch Collection of American Music History

1:30 p.m.  “Fifty Unknown Flutists,” Murphy Colloquium lecture by Tom Moore, Florida International University Libraries, Bibbins 238

3:00 p.m.  “The Development of the French Flute, 1790-1880,” Lecture/demonstration by Michael Lynn, Professor of Recorder and Baroque Flute, Bibbins 238

6:30 p.m.  Concert performance by Conservatory faculty and students, Kulas Recital Hall

All events will be in the Conservatory. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Access our resources from off campus

Are you going away for fall break, but still want to do some research?  Even when you are not on campus, most of the library's electronic resources (ebooks and research databases) are still available to you!  Just follow these instructions (we recommend using the VPN option). If you've not yet activated the barcode number on the back of your ID, email us with the information and we'll update our records. Have a good week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

OBIS downtime: Monday, October 19, 9 - 10 am

OBIS will be down for a short time on Monday morning for a software upgrade.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.  You may search Oberlin's holdings using the OhioLINK central catalog. Use the advanced search or modify a search to limit your retrieval just to Oberlin's holdings. 

Unfortunately, because our patron records from the library system will also be unavailable, you will not be able to make OhioLINK requests while OBIS is down.  

Ezproxy URLs that let you use your library barcode to access remote ejournals and databases will not work while OBIS is down.  If you use your ObieID to sign in to the campus VPN network you'll have access to remote ejournals and databases as if you were on the campus network.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Who doesn't love marbled paper?

Artist Steve Pittelkow will talk about the history of marbled paper and offer a demonstration of the technique.   

Join us in Mudd 202 and the Letterpress Studio on Thursday, October 15th from 6p - 8p.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Bargains Galore at Oberlin Public Library Used Book Sale! Thru Sun. Oct. 11

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Disability awareness highlighted at campus libraries

In October, all campus libraries feature displays on themes of disability. The displays have been designed and curated by groups of students in the First Year Seminar titled Disability, taught by Prof. Hamilton.

The displays each highlight a different approach to understanding disability:

  • "Conception, Birth, Life: Intersection with Parents and Children" (Main Library)
  • "Disability in Music" (Conservatory Library)
  • "Disability in the Lives of Visual Artist" (Art Library)
  • "Learning Disabilities" (Science Library)

October is National Disability Awareness Month.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Check it out - we're Tumblr-ing now!

Follow us at oberlincollegelibraries to keep up with the people, spaces, and collections of the Oberlin College Libraries.

Rare opportunity to tour the Carnegie library and stacks

Carnegie Library Tour

Friday, October 9th, 5:15 p.m.
South Entrance of the Carnegie Building 

Did you know that from 1908 to the early 1970s Carnegie was Oberlin's main college library? Join us on a tour of the old library with special collections librarian Ed Vermue!
 Email Jesse Gamoran ( to reserve a spot on the tour.


Prof. Peter Swendsen speaks about his recent composition - Tuesday at 4:30p

Join the Friends of the Library for “Allusions to Seasons and Weather,” a talk by Peter Swendsen, Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts.

Allusions to Seasons and Weather  is a suite of four works based on Swendsen's experiences with nature in Norway, where he spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow.
Tuesday, October 6, 4:30 p.m.
Moffett Auditorium, Mudd 050

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Study Break for First Year Students Monday 10/5 4-5:30 in Mudd!

Fall Study Break for First Year Students

Mon 10/5 4-5:30 in Mudd 113
  • Free cider and donuts! 
  • Make crafty things: design a button, design a postcard and send to a friend or a random OCMR
  • Talk with your librarian (who is my librarian?)
Sponsored by the First Year Library Advisor initiative