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New Laptop Docking Stations in Olin Library

Olin Library has six new laptop docking stations available in the first floor computing area (across from the Reference Desk).

To get started, plug your laptop into the monitor with the HDMI cable or USB-C cable. The circulation desk has adapters for Mini DisplayPort. You may need to turn the monitor on, as it powers off to save energy when idle. The monitor should be configured to automatically detect which cable you are using. If not, use the Menu buttons to navigate from the Menu into Input Source and ensure it is set to Auto Select. Windows laptops: Hold down the Windows Key () and press P to cycle through the display options. Apple laptops: Go to System Preferences (under the Apple menu) and select Displays.

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.

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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, and in-person, at a reference desk.

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

Book Talk: “The Resistance: The Dawn of the Anti-Trump Opposition Movement”

Join us on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in Olin Library, Room 106G for a Chats in the Stacks book talk. Sidney Tarrow, Emeritus Maxwell Upson Professor of Government and adjunct professor at Cornell Law School, will present The Resistance: The Dawn of the Anti-Trump Opposition Movement, co-edited with David S. Meyer. Featuring both young and senior scholars, The Resistance unearths the origins and dynamics of different sectors of the anti-Trump movement. Tarrow will be in conversation with Glenn Altschuler, Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies, to give an overview of this emerging movement and to provide sharp analyses on how it might exercise political influence and fight off the danger to democracy in the Trump era.

This book talk is sponsored by Olin Library. Light refreshments served.

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.

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.

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