Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Library Hours for Finals & Christmas Break

Fri., Dec. 14 & Sat., Dec. 15: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm; Sun., Dec. 16 - Wed., Dec. 19: 8:00 am - 2:00 am; Thurs., Dec. 20 & Fri., Dec. 21: 8:00 am - 4:45 pm; Sat., Dec. 22 - Tues., Jan. 1: Closed. Wed., Jan. 2 - Fri., Jan. 4: 8:00 am-4:45 pm; Sat., Jan. 5 & Sun., Jan. 6: Closed.

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Zine Collection

We now have a cataloged collection of zines that can be browsed by title, shelved on the main floor between the newspapers and the browsing collection. Like browsing books, they can be checked out for a month. We decided to create this collection as an example of alternative DIY publishing. Many of the zines were gifts from the San Francisco Public Library and Barnard College's zine collection.

Though our collection focus will be on gender, diversity, contemporary protest movements, memoir, and Minnesota authors and subjects, there is quite a mix. Check it out! Or see our guide to zines.

Special hat tip to our cataloging and collections management staff for the hard work of making these zines discoverable.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Heitzeg Collection

Heitzeg Collection, 3rd Floor, Library
 Come check out our Heitzeg Collection located on the 3rd floor near our music scores.We are continuing to add new scores and ecoscores as they are made available to us. The collection is a gift from the Emmy Award-winning musician and 1982 Gustavus graduate, Steve Heitzeg. He is best known for his music written in celebration of the natural world. He has amassed a large body of works that address social and ecological issues with vision and compassion.

 An advocate for the “peaceful coexistence of all species through music”, Heitzeg has written compositions for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, ballet and PBS films. His music has been performed by leading orchestras and ensembles.

 An environmentalist, Steve Heitzeg has been writing ecoscores, which are intimate works with inventive musical syntax that seek to honor nature and promote peace, for over a decade.Two of those works include Peace March for Paul and Sheila Wellstone (composed in the shape of a peace sign) and American Symphony (Unfinished)  (ten chords that honor famous American peace activists, superimposed on an unfinished American flag). He also constructs and includes naturally-found instruments in his compositions to symbolize the interconnectedness of humans with nature.

 For more information see Heitzeg's website

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Access from Off-Campus

Make sure your record is active by using "My Library Account" from the library website. If you are unable to gain access you will need your patron record updated. Email We will be able to assist you if you find yourself itching to do research while on break! Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Model of the Swedish Warship Vasa of 1628 on display

There is now a miniature representation (1:50 scale) of the Vasa built from scratch by Clayton Johnson from Albert Lea, MN on display in the library.  As Clayton made many trips to Sweden conducting research at the Vasa Museum, this model is the most accurate replica of the original.  

The Vasa was one of the large warships built for King Gustav II Adolf (King Gustavus Adolphus). It took over two years to build with an unplanned addition of a second gun deck upon the King’s orders.  It sank on its maiden voyage on August 10th 1628. When the ship left the shelter of the inner harbor of Stockholm, it approached the island of Beckholmen where it was struck by a powerful gust of wind.  The ship capsized and sank after a voyage of only 1300 meters (.8 mile). The Vasa carried a crew of 200, about 50 drowned.  

In 1961, this ship was salvaged with a largely intact hull and is now housed in the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. 

We are thankful to Clayton Johnson for sharing his model temporarily with us here at Gustavus.   

To learn more about this model visit:

To learn more about the Vasa visit:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stellar students!

Congratulations to Josh Syzpulski (AV), Libby Larson (Archives), and Molly Schroeder (Processing/Stacks) for being chosen as Star Students for fall semester!

Star Students are library student employees who have demonstrated superior performance in their departments. The library depends heavily on student workers and wishes to recognize those that go above and beyond the call of duty.

A big round of applause for Josh, Libby & Molly!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Changes on the first floor

Looking for a comfy place to study? Try the first floor of the library!  We have taken out some of the study carrels and replaced them with comfy furniture.  There is also more room for group studying at the tables or if you’re somebody who likes to spread your stuff out then this is a place for you!