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CANCELED: Today’s (2/12) Book Talk: The Resistance: The Dawn of the Anti-Trump Opposition Movement

Today’s book talk has been canceled due to inclement weather. 

In-Depth Research Rescue: Research Consultations Are Now Available

Is that final paper deadline suddenly too close for comfort?   Do you have specific questions on how to tailor Zotero to your research needs?  Would you like to meet with your subject librarian to help find resources in your area of inquiry?

Additional research consultation space is now available in 105 Olin Library, (behind the reference desk).

To start he process, fill out the research consultation form.  Whenever possible, requests will be responded to within two business days by librarians who will schedule an appointment with you. If you need assistance more quickly, Ask a Librarian.

Ask a Librarian!


If you have a research problem – If no one else can help – You can find them –

Ask a Librarian!

The library offers help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through a variety of services: email, chat, phone, and in-person, at a reference desk.

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

Uris Cocktail Lounge Renovation

As part of our efforts to improve library spaces, the Cocktail Lounge (also known as the Uris Addition) is closed for a much-needed makeover! Opened in 1982, it will soon feature a more contemporary look, cozier and more versatile furniture, and study areas better-equipped for both individual and group work. With increased accessibility, it will also become fully ADA compliant.

When will it reopen?

With a renovation expected to take five months, we anticipate reopening in mid- to late-May 2019.

More information on the Renovation can be found here.

Extended Study Hours at Olin & Uris This Weekend

Olin Library will be open until midnight this Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th . Uris Library will be open 24 hours a day until Saturday, December 15th, when it closes at 12 pm.

Good luck with your exams and final papers. If you need help with anything, be sure to Ask a Librarian.

Reproducible Research @ Cornell Event

Cornell Companions Visit Olin Library on November 13th


















Join us in the Olin Lobby (just outside Libe’s Cafe’s entrance) for another visit from the Cornell Companions.  The Companions will be in Olin from 4 pm to 8 pm on November 13th.

For more information on the Cornell Companions program, please visit:


“Working with Data” Workshop Series

This series will take learners through the process of finding, processing, analyzing, and visualizing a single dataset from beginning to end. However, each individual workshop also stands on its own without prerequisites. Attend one, or attend them all!

All sessions take place in the Digital CoLab, Olin Library 701.

Click on the titles below to register.

Fetching Data from a Public API

Thursday 9/13 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

An increasing number of government agencies and other organizations make public data available via an application programming interface (API), rather than via direct download. The advantage of an API from the researcher’s perspective is that it allows you to write queries to find a meaningful subset of data, while also ensuring the data is the most up-to-date possible.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to fetch data from public APIs to use in your work. We’ll also compare fetching from APIs to other methods of retrieving web data, such as downloading static .csv files or scraping a web page. No prior programming experience required. 

Cleaning Messy Data with OpenRefine

Thursday 9/20 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Is your spreadsheet full of inconsistent spellings, strange abbreviations, and/or columns you wish someone had organized differently at the start? Or are you just facing a large dataset and aren’t sure how to get your head around it? Learn how to use OpenRefine, a free and open source tool for taming data, and feel like a caster of data magic spells.

Visualizing and Exploring Data with Tableau

Thursday 10/11 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Visualization can be used as a method for exploring and analyzing data, as well as for presenting final results of those analyses. In this workshop, learn techniques for making sense of large datasets by exploring them visually. We’ll use Tableau, a tool that allows you to generate and customize visualizations using a drag-and-drop interface.

Creating an Interactive Web Map with Carto

Thursday 10/18 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Maps are just a particular type of data visualization. Like graphs and charts, maps are good ways to learn about patterns and tendencies in your data, and later, to present the results of your research. Interactive web maps can also allow your users to drill deeper, and explore your data for themselves. In this workshop, you will learn how to create interactive web maps with a tool called Carto, which you can use for free with your Cornell netID.


Notes from Cornell Typewriters

Inspired by “Notes from a Public Typewriter”, Olin & Uris Libraries are providing two vintage typewriters as a way for Cornellians to connect both with each other & the past.

We invite you to record thoughts you would like to convey to the library—poems, haikus, ideas, or whatever is on your mind. If someone has already typed on the page, leave some space and continue with your own narrative, adding pages as needed (they’re numbered). We will archive these sheets of paper, and if we quote from them, will keep them anonymous, so only sign your messages if you want them attributed, and leave a note that specifies if you have privacy preferences. Please treat both typewriters with respect.

In Uris Library’s Lobby, a 1915-25 L.C.Smith & Bros.

It is an antique, ca. 1915-25, and belongs to Mann Library.

In Olin Library Lobby, a 1973 Smith Corona.

It is the personal writing instrument of Fred Muratori, Cornell’s Bibliographer for English-Language, Literature & Film.


Photos courtesy of Shayla Harrington.

July Workshops at Olin & Uris Libraries

Digital Privacy: Everyday Privacy Protection  – July 5th at 4 pm in Olin Library 106G Classroom

Learn about the major risks to your privacy, how to discern riskier digital circumstances from safer ones, and “set-it-and-forget-it” low-barrier actions you can take to increase your protection. Have questions about two-factor authentication, password managers, https, private messaging apps, and how to stop those personalized ads with pictures of the last pair of shoes you shopped for from following you around online?  During the workshop, take the opportunity to change browser settings, device settings, and browser plug-ins that will make real differences to your privacy. In addition, learn how to take advantage of library and campus resources that can help.

Bring your laptop, smartphone, and other devices to this session.

Scrivener for [Academic] Writing – July 12th at 4 pm in Olin Library 106G Classroom

Scrivener is software for writing with more organization and other options than a word processor. It can be installed on Macs, PCs, and, just recently, iOS mobile devices. Long a favorite with fiction writers, its many powerful features are increasingly making it a favorite among academics.  Workshop attendees should bring their own laptop with the 30-day trial installed if you have not yet purchased Scrivener.  If this presents a challenge, before the workshop, please contact Olin Library Reference through Ask a Librarian.

WordPress for Websites – July 18th at 4 pm in Olin Library 106G 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.

Please bring a laptop to this workshop. Course outline.

Basic HTML – July 19th at 4 pm in Olin Library 106G Classroom

Learn the syntax and structure of html in this introduction to the Internet’s most basic markup language. You’ll code a simple web page during this sixty-minute, hands-on session.

Please bring a laptop, or borrow one from Olin Circulation.

Introduction to LaTeX – July 26th at 4 pm in Olin Library 106G Classroom

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.

Bring your own laptop or borrow one from Olin Circulation.

Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Misinformation: Learning to critically evaluate media sources – July 30th at 3:30 pm in Uris Library Classroom

In the high-speed world of reality-optional politics, “alternative” facts, and “fake” news, how can you identify news sources that are accurate and trustworthy? There are tools and approaches to help you be a more effective evaluator of news sources and news content. Join us for an hour of working together to recognize reliable news sources and separate them from the “alternative,” fake, truthy, and promotional versions.

For information on August workshops, please visit:


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