Friday, September 26, 2008

Why Should Oprah Get all the Fun?

The library is trying an experiment this year. We've created two "book bags" - canvas bags with five copies of a book and some discussion materials that can be checked out for a group read. For this pilot project, we chose two books on China to add another dimension to the Global Insight Year of China project.

One of the books is John Pomfret's Chinese Lessons. Are you an upperclass student who didn't get in on the common reading this summer? Did you attend Pomfret's talk and think you'd like to read his book? Check it out - and invite your friends to join in.

The other book is a fascinating family memoir of China, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Wang. It chronicles the lives of three women from the era of concubines and foot binding through the Communist revolution and into the Cultural Revolution and beyond. It's a totally absorbing history of China in the 20th century seen through the eyes of the author, her mother, and her grandmother. We thought it would be a great book for discussion, and a good complement to our common reading this year.

We know that for many students, faculty and staff at Gustuvus it's hard to find time to read just for fun. But it's worth it - and we think you'd enjoy getting together with friends to talk about these books.

And we're back!

The move of the Interlibrary Loan office went so smoothly that we are already up and running! Your interlibrary loan requests are being processed again after only a day long delay. Thanks for your patience - stop by and visit our new location (next to the Circulation desk) soon!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

We're Moving!

Well, Interlibrary Loan is, at least! The big move starts Thursday, September 25 and continues into the beginning of next week. The Interlibrary Loan office will relocate to a separate space behind the circulation counter (formerly the print reserves area). The move will provide one-stop shopping for patrons picking up and returning items.

The move will provide a brief disruption in Interlibrary Loan services. Requests sent by patrons to borrow materials from other libraries will be delayed for a few days. Please continue to request items but know that we won't have a chance to process your requests until early next week. (The delay is due to wiring work that needs to be done in the new space.)

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. Stop by and see the new space!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Get Your Own Library Carrel

A lucky first year student will win a chance to have his or her very own office in the library this spring. With a desk and shelves and a key and everything.

First year students - don't miss out! To enter the drawing, take the online library research survey that was sent to you via e-mail. It only takes a few minutes to get a crack at your very own library carrel.

The results of the survey will give us valuable insights into student research skills and attitudes. It's part of a national study being undertaken by two higher education organizations, NITLE and HEDS. We'll use what we learn in our information literacy program.