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Olin & Uris Libraries And You: Thanksgiving Break 2014

Olin and Uris Libraries will close for Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, November 26th at 5 pm.

Olin Library will reopen on Saturday, November 30th from 10 am to 6 pm. Uris Library will be reopen on the 30th from 10 am to 5 pm.

Both libraries will be open regular semester hours on Sunday; November 30th: Olin from 10 am to 2 am, and Uris from 10 am on the 30th until Friday, December 5th at 9 pm.

If you wish to access Cornell online materials over the break, use the library home page as your starting point. You will need to use your Net ID and password to authenticate your Cornell credentials.

You can download Passkey,a bookmarklet that allows you to access materials off-campus without going through the Cornell library website.

The Olin Library Reference Desk will be open on Saturday, the 29th and Sunday the 30th from 1 pm to 6 pm. You can contact the desk by phone at 607-254-2907 or by email at

If you have any questions over the break you can also use our 24/7 chat service. Cornell Librarians will not be online during the holiday, but the academic chat cooperative librarians may be able to help. Staff will be limited, so you may need to wait a bit for a response. A link to the chat service is available on the Ask a Librarian page.

Book Talk: “The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Psychoanalysis and the Family in France”

Join us on November 19th at 4:30 pm for  Chats in the Stacks book talk with Camille Robcis, associate professor of history at Cornell and author of The Law of Kinship (Cornell University Press, April 2013). Robcis won the 2014 Berkshire Conference First Book Prize given by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, for this highly original book.

Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing, and light refreshments served.

Featured Libguide: Sociology Sources

Subject expertise from Cornell University Librarians is available 24 hours a day through Library Guides. These guides, which provided curated lists of resources on a variety of subjects, classes, and skills, can be found from the front page of the Cornell Library website.

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Today’s featured guide, Sociology Sources, was created by Reference Librarian and Sociology department liaison, Nancy Skipper.

If you still have questions, or prefer to contact us in person or via email, phone or chat: Ask a Librarian.

Show Me the Money: Funding Beyond Cornell

Join us on November 18th at 4pm to learn how to find opportunities offered by foundations and other granting organizations and research the grants themselves. The class emphasizes U. S. funding sources.

Please register in advanceCourse guide/outline.

“Text Mining: Hands-on Exploration” Workshop

Join us on November 13th, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm in Olin 106G for an exploration of text mining.

What is “distant reading”? What is “computational analysis” or “algorithmic analysis”? What types of things can be revealed through “text mining” and what might a “visualization” of these discoveries look like?

As texts move online, new ways to use them are starting to emerge. Scholars in the humanities are already embracing new methods of inquiry in their traditional fields. This workshop will provide a brief framework for understanding text as data, but the largest portion will be dedicated to a hands-on exploration using machine algorithms and visualization.

Bring your curiosity and your questions – no technical background is required. We will explore challenges inherent to this methodology and strategies to address them. Questions and discussion are encouraged and skeptics are welcome. If there is enough interest, we will set up consultations to explore tools in an informal setting at a later date.

Please register in advance.

“Digital Scholarship Coffee: Visualize Your Writing!” November 12, 1:30-3:00 pm

Digital Scholarship Coffee: Visualize Your Writing!

Wednesday, November 12, 1:30-3:00 pm in Olin 702

Take a break and drop by Olin 702, bringing whatever text you’re writing or reading, in digital format.  We’ll set you up to run algorithmic analyses of your work using simple tools.  Stick around to discuss your results, and to debate the merits and uses (intellectual, communicational, pedagogical) of such algorithmic investigations.

Special Event: “Perspectives: Readings from the Fields of War “

Join us on Monday, November 10th at 4:30 pm for a special event featuring international members of the Cornell community who will read contemporary excerpts from poems, diary entries, letters, telegrams, plays and news written during the “Great War” in their languages of origin.

This event is part of the Great War commemorative project Foreign Fields: Perspectives on the Great War, exploring the cultural and political frontiers of World War One through an exhibition in Olin Library, commemorating one hundred years since the beginning of the first World War.

Reception to follow.

Book Talk: “Imagining the Passion in a Multiconfessional Castile: The Virgin, Christ, Devotions, and Images in the 14th and 15th Centuries”

Join us on November 5th at 4:30 pm for  Chats in the Stacks book talk with Cynthia Robinson, author of Imagining the Passion in a Multiconfessional Castile (Penn State University Press, Feb. 2013), a finalist for the 2014 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award.  Cynthia Robinson is professor and chair in the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell.

Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing, and light refreshments served.


“Organize, Safeguard, Update: Managing Your Digital Research Files” Workshop

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.

This workshop is on Wednesday 11/05 from  2:00pm – 4:00pm in Olin 106G.  Please register in advance.

Reminder: Back Up Your Work When Using Public Workstations and Laptops

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Public computers and laptops in Olin and Uris Libraries have been updated; there is no longer any temporary storage space on our public computers.  Once a computer is restarted, your work is gone.

Please make sure to backup your work to a USB, or via the cloud using

If you do not have a USB on you, check at the circulation and reference desks.  They have a number of USB drives available that you can borrow.

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