Monday, November 24, 2008

Building Bridges Book Drive

The library is serving as a collection point for the Building Bridges Book Drive - an effort to support the Invisible Children Foundation. Bring books (in good condition, please) to the lower level of the library. Lots of people already have - as you can see!

Your donations will be sold and the proceeds will benefit our sister school, Gulu High School in Uganda. Support Building Bridge's efforts - and help a school in Africa.

As a benefit, you'll have room on your shelves for more books .

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Explore trial databases

Be a library pioneer and explore some of the trial databases we're featuring this month at our Trial Databases page. And let us know why you think any of these databases would be useful for teaching and student research. While we can't make any promises about adding new databases, we're looking for your input as to whether any of them would be valuable additions to our collection. Send comments to

*If you have problems linking directly, go to the library's homepage and click on "Trial Databases" at the bottom left of the page.*

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Patricia Lindell Scholar

The Library is now accepting applications for the 2009 Patricia Lindell Scholar! The scholarship is open to all junior and senior students and includes a $1,200 award. The recipient will also work with Professors Julie Gilbert and Dan Mollner during spring semester to examine leisure reading on campus, specifically by investigating barriers to recreational reading and determining how the Library can better address and overcome those barriers.

The recipient will have an opportunity to conduct independent research and help give direction to the Library's future endeavors regarding reading promotion. The scholarship is especially appropriate for anyone who loves to read and would like more experience conducting in-depth research.

Applications are available at the circulation desk in the Library. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Julie Gilbert ( or Dan Mollner ( The due date for submission is December 8.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

New Spaces for Students

Our renovations are finally complete. The interlibrary loan office has moved in with circulation, the front desk is now wheelchair accessible, and several spaces have become public areas.

This office, near the electronic classroom, is now open for group study. It's equipped with a large-screen monitor, a Mac Mini, and two keyboards for collaborative work on projects. This space can be reserved. Contact Sylvia Straub (x7556) or ask any of the library staff.

We also have freed up the space where the interlibrary loan office once was. This is the future home of our open course reserves and of many conversations and the occasional nap.

In the back of the library, an office has been vacated to create a roomy student study area. And nearby, our student research display has been refreshed with abstracts from the May 2008 first annual Celebration of Creative Inquiry.

Have any suggestions for other changes? Let us know!