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Study Breaks at Olin & Uris Libraries Start May 13th

May 13th through May 24th:

Large Format Coloring in Olin Lobby -May 13th through 24th

Add your style and favorite colors to the community coloring page outside the cafe.

Large Format Word Search in Uris Library – May 13th through 24th

Search out words on a custom made, large scale word search

May 16th from 6 pm to 8 pm

Free Chips, Guac and Lemonade, courtesy of Cornell Minds Matter

Stop by the entrance of Uris Library for some free refreshments, courtesy of Cornell Minds Matter.  There will also be Kan Jam on the Arts Quad.

May 17th at 11:59 pm

Free Late Night Pizza, courtesy of Cornell University Library and the Olin & Uris Libraries Outreach Committee.

Pizza will be served just after midnight in Libe Cafe.

May 19th from 6 pm to 8 pm

Free Chips, Guac and Lemonade, courtesy of Cornell Minds Matter & therapy dogs from Cornell Companions

Stop by Uris Library entrance for free chips and guac, stay for the canine companionship.  Cornell Companions therapy dogs will also be outside the library entrance.  Cornell Minds Matter will also have Yoga on the Arts Quad.

May 21st starting at 10 am

Free coffee and breakfast bars

Libe Cafe will be closed for a private event until 1 pm….So stop by Olin 106G for some free coffee and breakfast bars (while they last) courtesy of Cornell University Library and the Olin & Uris Libraries Outreach Committee.

Slope Day 2016 at Olin, Kroch and Uris Libraries


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From the EnglishLit @ CUL Blog: Oxford Handbooks Online





Now available online to the Cornell community, the Oxford Handbooks series offers in-depth articles by prominent scholars across the humanities and social sciences.  To read more about Oxford Handbooks Online, please visit:

“Space and Film: Geography as a Major Actor” Exhibit

The Maps Unit in the Research & Learning Services Department of Olin & Uris Libraries, invites you to visit the exhibit, Space and Film: Geography as a Major Actor, displayed in the lower level lobby of Olin Library.

Geography plays a prominent role in the art of motion picture: from being a simple, esthetically beautiful background to being one of the main actors, to even validating the movie itself by showing that it is not just a piece of fantasy and fiction, but does indeed take place in a concrete place and time.

Space influences the not only the actions, but the whole life and death of the main character as “Into the Wild” shows. It can serve as a physical and mental catharsis in “Wild”. The desert, in the words of Robert Ebert, can seduce the characters in “The Sheltering Sky” with “its purity, beauty and harshness,” but it can be harsh and bring about their destruction. Its majesty and beauty, however, can also inspire them to start a journey that will help them understand their loved ones better, as does Tommy in “The Way.”

This exhibit explores the interrelationship between space and film based on several pictures that, in our opinion, illustrate vividly the argument about the utmost importance of geography. We intended to show the opportunities that GIS allow us by creating original or using already existing maps, which tell the story of the film and help us grasp the enormousness of the tasks the characters undertake.

Geographical location can also serve as an exotic and shallow background for one shaken-not-stirred-martini sipper, named James, James Bond – probably the most well-traveled movie hero of all time. GIS presented us with the opportunity to predict where Mr. Bond will travel in his next movie, based on analysis of the locations he visited in his 25 films.



Need Help Finding a Citation? Wondering Which Database to Use? Ask a Librarian!


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Ask a Librarian!

The library offers help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through a variety of services: email, chat, phone, or stop by a reference desk.

We’re here for you, whenever you need help.

Book Talk: The Ethical Dimension of the ‘Decameron’

Join us on April 20th at 4:30 pm for a Chats in the Stacks talk with Marilyn Migiel to her about her new book The Ethical Dimension of the ‘Decameron’ (University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; September, 2015). According to Migiel, the Decameron catches us as we move through it, obligating us to reveal ourselves, inviting us to reflect on how we form our assessments, and calling upon us to be mindful of our responsibility to judge patiently and carefully. Migiel’s focus remains on the experience of readers, on the meanings they find, and on the ideological assumptions they have about the way that a literary text such as the Decameron works.

Migiel is professor and chair of the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University. She is also the author of A Rhetoric of the ‘Decameron’ , winner of the MLA’s 2004 Marraro Prize.

The talk will take place in Olin Library 107.

April Workshops at Olin & Uris Libraries

4/06/2016 – 4:00pm    WordPress for Websites – Uris Library Classroom

Not just for blogs, WordPress can be used to produce elegant, user-friendly websites.

Whether you’re creating a publicly-accessible, scholarly website or an online collection of texts or images for private use, WordPress is a flexible solution with a simple, intuitive interface and surprisingly powerful plugins.

Learn the basics of WordPress site building in this session. Course outline.

Please register in advance.

4/08/2016 – 10:00am    Introduction to Tableau Public – Uris Library Classroom

Tableau Public is a free data visualization tool. It requires no plug-ins and no API. You can create interactive graphs, dashboards, maps and tables from virtually any data. The tool includes a free desktop product that you can download and use to publish interactive data visualizations to the web.

Please register in advance.

4/13/2016 – 4:00pm    Building an Online Collection with Omeka – Uris Library Classroom

Omeka is a free, open source platform for publishing digital collections on the web. Using this innovative software developed for scholars, build collections of texts, images, or multimedia, and display content through galleries, with curatorial annotations, on maps, and more. Attendees will learn the basics while creating a small digital collection and online exhibition.

Take a look at some of these Omeka sites for inspiration: | |

Signup is required 48 hours or more in advance. Attendance limited to Cornell community members.

Please register in advance.

4/14/2016 – 3:30pm    Manage Your Digital Research Files – Uris Library Classroom

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 photographs, research data, papers, or personal documents of any kind, preservation requires strategic thinking and action planning.

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

Attendees will leave with guidelines and practical resources to begin managing their digital research materials.

Please register in advance.

4/22/2016 – 10:00am    Introduction to ArcGIS I & II – Uris Library Classroom

This workshop will familiarize you with some of the basic concepts and features of ArcGIS and some fundamentals of GIS mapping and analysis. You will work with map layers and attribute data tables for U.S. states, counties, and cities.

You will learn where and how to get the necessary data. You will also learn how to build a map from existing GIS data.

You will learn to create, import and display coordinates, import and join data spreadsheets and other advanced features of the software, e.g. tabular editing with the field calculator, geocoding and georeferencing, and conversion of KML format files to ArcGIS.

Please register in advance.

4/27/2016 – 4:00pm    Show Me the Money: Funding Beyond Cornell – Olin Library

THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  Please email us at with any questions.

Olin Student Book Club: Go Set a Watchman

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm in Olin Library 703.

Book club discussion of “Go Set a Watchman” with pizza (while it lasts)


“Play”: SPARK Talks for Cornell Graduate Students March 22nd at 6 pm


The Spring SPARK Talks 2016 theme is Play and it will be held March 22, 4 to 6pm at Mann Library 102 followed by a reception and a chance to network. The public is welcome to attend the event.


  • Mohammad Haft Javaherian Biomedical Engineering, “WeCureALZ: How the Global Hive Mind is Teaming up to Find a Cure for Alzheimer’s”
  • Gautham Ponnu, Electrical and Computer Engineering, “The Play with a Billion Actors”
  • Jesse Kreuzer, Visual Art MFA, “A Free Summer”
  • Kartikey Grover, Biomedical Engineering, “A little PLAY Prevents Bone SLAY”
  • Stephanie Clark, Fine Arts Masters, “The Andy Kaufman Landscape Project”
  • Katherine Walden, Veterinary DMV, “Are Dogs Doggist?”

Introduction to LaTeX

Join us on March 15th at 2:30 pm for a hands-on introduction to document creation with LaTeX using the TeXStudio front-end and the MikTeX engine for Windows. LaTeX is a markup language enabling anyone to create high quality typeset documents. Learn the basic structure of LaTeX and take advantage of the tools provided in TeXStudio. No previous experience required.

Workshop will take place in the Uris Classroom.  Please register in advance.

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