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World Book Night at Olin Library

In addition to celebrating William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Olin Library will host World Book Night.

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.

Olin Reference Librarians will be outside of the Amit Bhatia cafe at 5 pm on April 23rd to share their love of reading by handing out free copies of Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” and Elizabeth Wein’s “Code Name Verity”.  Copies are limited. If you are not lucky enough to get a free book, stop by Reference Desk to see what  is available through the library.

One of the librarians shared why she chose to participate in World Book Night, ‘”losing yourself in a good book is a great way to escape from it all and de-stress.”

 

Off-Campus Access Made Easy: Passkey

Cornell Library users: do you encounter problems getting into databases when you’re off campus? Try Passkey, your key that opens doors to electronic scholarship. Use Passkey to connect to databases and journals without going through the library web site.

Since many database and electronic resources providers require licenses for access, they also want to make sure that everyone getting in has the credentials to do so. Passkey will prompt you for your credentials. Say you find a link online (for instance, through a Google Scholar search) to a licensed article or database. Click on the passkey bookmarklet to connect to that licensed content.

Installation is simple & quick. It’s works in your browser—Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Chrome. Visit the web site for further details and installation procedures.

“Organize, Safeguard, Update: Managing Your Digital Research Files” Workshop on April 30th

What is the best way to manage your digital assets over time? How do you safeguard your data from technical obsolescence or accidental loss? Whether it’s your email, digital photographs, research papers, or personal documents, data preservation requires strategic thinking and action planning.

This introductory session will explore various approaches to managing and preserving your digital data over time. We will discuss establishing your own personal archive; different back-up strategies; file migration; and workflow/tracking methods.

Attendees will leave with guidelines and practical resources to begin managing their personal archives.

The workshop will take place on April 30th from 2 to 4 pm in Olin Room 106G.

Please register in advance at this link: http://host.evanced.info/cornell/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=2187.

 

Olin Library 107 Now Open For Quiet Study

A new quiet study space opened this past Friday in the former location of Library Finance & Budget offices.  The new space is located on the first floor, just past the main computer area.

 

Uris Library Study Spaces

Uris Library provides a variety of study spaces, including two computer labs and a multimedia space that are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Rooms available for study when the Uris circulation desk is open:

Dean Room on the Main Floor of Uris Library, provides study space along with computer use, Circulation Services, Reference Collection and Cornelliana Collection.

Reserve reading room, located off the Dean Room on the Main Floor provides quiet study space.

White Library, located up the staircase from the Uris Library entrance, provides quiet study space.

Kinkeldey Room, located on the 3rd floor [enter through the 3rd floor book stacks or through the White Library], provides quiet study space.

Tower Lounge, located on 3rd floor [enter from main stairwell past the circulation desk].  It is the only room in Uris where food is allowed.  Vending machines are available. Also open for group study.

Rooms available during overnight hours (2 am to 8 am Sunday through Thursday and select weekends during Exam Weeks):

Kirby Room, located off the Gallery Level, provides quiet study space.

Austen Room, located on the Gallery Level, one flight down from the entrance to Uris Library provides computer use and collaborative study space.

Cocktail Lounge, located in the underground addition [enter from the Gallery Level, though the Austen Room and down the spiral staircase], provides study space and group study rooms.

Fiske Room (aka the Fishbowl) located on the 2nd floor [enter from the Gallery Level stairs] provides study space with some computer access.

3 group study rooms are available, located in the Cocktail Lounge, on a first-come first-served basis.

Updated List of Study Spaces Available in Olin Library

Starting Monday April 7th, through the end of the spring semester, the staff lounge on the 2nd floor is available for group study after 3pm.   It is the only location in the library, other than the Amit Bhatia Libe Cafe, where food is allowed.

Most of the former Graduate Study Rooms on the 3rd, 4th, and 6th floors are now open to all patrons.

Rooms 302, 402 and 404  are available for group study on a first-come first-serve basis.

Rooms 301, 304, 305, 401, 405, 601 and 602 are available for general quiet study.

The Graduate Study Room in 501 is devoted to graduate study in the humanities and social sciences. Graduate students and faculty: go to the circulation desk and confirm credentials to obtain the access code. Bring your ID!

604 & 605 Graduate Reading Rooms are reserved for graduate students and faculty in the Classics department.

Rooms 702 and 703 are available as quiet study space after 6 pm.

Olin Book Talk: “The Tender Friendship and the Charm of Perfect Accord: Nabokov and His Father”

The Olin Book Talks series is part of the Cornell University Library’s “Chats in the Stacks” program. The Book Talks feature the latest in Cornell humanities and social science scholarship, as Cornell faculty members read from their recent publications and answer questions from their audience.

Join us on April 10th for a “Chats in the Stacks” book talk with Gavriel Shapiro, professor of comparative and Russian literature at Cornell. In “The Tender Friendship and the Charm of Perfect Accord”, Shapiro contends that V. D. Nabokov exerted the most fundamental influence on his son, making this examination pivotal to understanding the writer’s personality and his world perception.

The event will take place at 4:45 pm in Olin Library Room 106G.  Light refreshments will be available throughout the event, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

New Art Installation in Olin Library

Artery

 

Olin and Uris Libraries’ student designer-in-residence, Alberto Embriz-Salgado (Architecture, Class of 2014), has created a spectacular art installation for Olin Library entitled ARTery. He has painted a series of six lyrical abstract expressionist paintings in the “color field” style. Each panel represents the holdings on one of Olin’s floors, tied to its Library of Congress Classification focus (e.g., level 5, H-JJ, represents the Social and Political Sciences through the color red).

Please stop by and take a look at ARTery on the basement level of Olin, in the hallway outside the Conservation Laboratory that links the Maps and Media Collection area with the elevators.

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Study Spaces in Olin Library

Most of the former Graduate Study Rooms on the 3rd, 4th, and 6th floors are now open to all patrons.

Rooms 302, 402 and 404  are available for group study on a first-come first-serve basis.

Rooms 301, 304, 305, 401, 405, 601 and 602 are available for general quiet study.

The Graduate Study Room in 501 is devoted to graduate study in the humanities and social sciences. Graduate students and faculty: go to the circulation desk and confirm credentials to obtain the access code. Bring your ID!

604 & 605 Graduate Reading Rooms are reserved for graduate students and faculty in the Classics department.

There are also several locations in Olin Library that are available as study space after 6 pm:

  • Rooms 702 and 703 are available for quiet study.
  • The staff lounge on the 2nd floor is available for group study after 5pm.   It is the only location in the library, other than the Amit Bhatia Libe Cafe, where food is allowed.
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