A free cell phone charger is now available at Uris Library.
Located in the Austen Room (on the gallery level, outside the entrance to the cocktail lounge), the charger is accessible whenever Uris Library is open: 24 hours a day from 10 am Sunday to 9 pm Friday and Saturdays from 10 am to 9 pm.
Most phones are supported, though at this time iPhone 5′s are not. It is recommended that you stay with your phone while it charges for security reasons.
You don’t have to stay off the grid due to a dead battery, just stop by Uris Library.
Our workshops are free of charge, but we do require registration.
Finding Images and Visual Media
February 19th from 2 pm to 4 pm
Olin Library 106G
An introduction to finding and using images and visual media from Cornell’s digital image collections and other resources. We will survey Flickr, image search engines and other free image resources, as well as the image collections and databases available on campus.
Online Course Guide: http://guides.library.cornell.edu/findimages
Essential Research Tools
February 22nd from 4pm to 5 pm
Olin Library 106G
Join us for a small group, hands-on workshop, and learn to navigate through electronic articles, databases, and citation management tools. We will show you tips for improving research efficiency, how to search for citations, when and how to request items through Interlibrary Loan, and introduce ways to keep track of the research you find. Get the most out of your research time!
eBooks: How to Find and Use Electronic Books
February 26th from 2pm to 4pm
Olin Library 106G
Curious about eBooks and what is available from Cornell? Learn about the different kinds of eBooks the library makes available and techniques for accessing and reading them. Attendees are encouraged bring a laptop or tablet computer. Cornell community members may sign out a laptop from the Olin circulation desk.
Online Course Guide: http://guides.library.cornell.edu/ebooksandereaders
RefWorks: Insider’s Edition
February 27th from 4pm to 5:30 pm
Uris Library Classroom B05
Registration limited to Cornell University graduate students.
Whether you’re preparing a draft of your dissertation or just getting started on your thesis research, learn how to organize and manage citations. Also learn to export citations from databases and into your own documents, and keep track of cited references in this small group, hands-on workshop.
Individual consultations for assistance with RefWorks and other citation management products also may be arranged via research consultation requests online.
And on March 1st a Google Maps workshop will be held from 10 am to 11:30 am in the Uris Library Classroom B05.
Olin Library is currently hosting two exhibitions featuring Iceland in particular and Norse civilization in the greater North Atlantic region. The exhibitions offer a glimpse of a vast field of culture, action and study.
“Góð bók er gulli betri” (A Good Book Is More Valuable than Gold) focuses on reading and scholarship from the Fiske Icelandic Collection. Modern Icelandic literature and the literature of Old Norse-Icelandic studies are under the aegis of the Fiske Icelandic Collection, one of the oldest special collections in the Cornell University Library and the bequest of the first university librarian, Daniel Willard Fiske.
Both cases of this exhibition are directly across from the Olin Library Circulation Desk.
World of the West Norse contemplates the rapid expansion of the Norse presence in Europe during the Middle Ages, which marked one of the great cultural shifts in European history. This display of maps, illustrations and captions considers the major thrusts of Viking raids from Norway and Denmark, the settlements the Norse founded in Western Europe and the North Atlantic—principally the Danelaw in England, islands in the British Isles (Hebrides, Man, Ireland), Normandy, Iceland, and Greenland—and the fate of these communities.
The exhibition resides in the large, recessed cases directly outside the entrance of the Department of Maps and Media in Olin Library, down the stairs from the café.
Both exhibitions are on display through late March 2013.
Warm appreciation goes to Susette Newberry, Assistant Director of Research and Learning Services in Olin and Uris Libraries; Boris Michev, Map and Geospatial Information Librarian, Olin and Uris Libraries; and Johannes Plambeck, graduate student assistant in the Map Collection, for their creative endeavors in making these exhibitions possible.
Since its arrival in Ithaca in 1905, the Fiske Icelandic Collection has more than quadrupled in size to forty thousand volumes and remains one of the most important repositories for the study of the Nordic world during the Viking Age. The collection holdings on the history and literature of Iceland during the modern era are virtually without parallel outside of Iceland.
The circulating component of the Icelandic Collection is now integrated into the Olin Library shelves, with the catalogue records marked “Icelandic.” Rare books of the collection are in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, available through the reading room in 2B Kroch Library.
~ Patrick J. Stevens, Curator (and Managing Editor, Islandica series)
Fiske Icelandic Collection
It is a cold, hard truth: Ithaca can be frigid deep into the spring semester. The cold walk from the Arts Quad to housing can seem to take forever in the grey of winter.
Speed up your commute: leave the books you don’t need to use at home in your very own Uris Locker. Uris Library lockers are available for $15 a semester, and are accessible 24 hours Sunday through Thursday.
New at Uris Library this semester: day lockers. This service is free of charge.
When that warm late winter afternoon surprises, you can leave your coat at Uris for the day instead of lugging it around. Lunch at Trillium will be more enjoyable knowing your laptop is safe in a Uris day locker.
Uris circulation desk hours are: Sunday from 10 am to 2 am, Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 2 am, Friday 8 am to 9 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 9 pm.
You can still need to pick up your Uris Library day lockers at Uris circulation.
Stop by the Olin Library circulation desk to purchase your Uris Library semester lockers. Olin circulation desk hours are Sunday 10 am to 2 am, Monday through Thursday 8 am to 2 am, Friday 8 am to 10 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 10 pm.
Stuck in Ithaca over winter break? Looking for a way to beat the winter blahs? Starting Monday, December 10th, all New and Noteworthy books in Olin Library will have an extended loan period of six weeks. This offer is only good until the 21st of January, at which time the loan period will revert back to the standard fourteen days. So, what are you waiting for? Grab the latest John Grisham, Barbara Kingsolver (or that 1,100 page biography of Churchill you keep putting off reading), and let the holidays begin!
The lawn and plants in Olin Library are part of a larger project on campus from the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis to foster a healthy educational environment by creating natural spaces in high traffic areas. Studies have found that natural spaces have a unique ability to reverse the effects of mental fatigue caused by prolonged study.
The project has been implemented with, and endorsed by Gannett and the Cornell Council for Mental Health.
The space has already received an overwhelmingly positive response, both on feedback boards outside the display and online.
If you feel you need a break from the grind of studying, please stop by the first floor of Olin Library; our lawn awaits.
Working with images for your end-of-semester assignments? Visual Resources Librarians are here to help you find, use, & cite images for your papers, presentations, and projects.
Just contact us with your question!
We can help you with any of your image-related research questions, such as:
- citing and captioning images in papers
- finding high-resolution images to make eye-catching presentations
- finding images you can freely use and share on the Web
- scanning images from books and maps
- image copyright and permissions
The Library has acquired a subscription to Ambrose Video’s BBC Shakespeare Plays in streaming video. The 37 television adaptations are traditional interpretations that were produced at the BBC Television Centre in West London from 1978 through 1985. Enlisting prominent directors such as Alvin Rakoff, Jonathan Miller, David Hugh Jones, and Jane Howard, the series also featured actors John Gielgud, Alan Rickman, Claire Bloom, and Helen Mirren, among others. Just search the Classic Catalog for the title “bbc shakespeare plays” and follow the link in the Networked Resource record. The plays may be viewed scene-by-scene in any one of four screen sizes. Closed-captioning is also available.
Anthropology Plus, the premier article database for anthropology and archaeology topics is now available through the EBSCOhost platform. Benefits of this move include access to the user-friendly EBSCO interface as well as the ability to link to the full text of articles available from our other EBSCO databases. We are also now able to cross-search Anthropology Plus with other EBSCO social science databases such as Socindex or Women’s Studies International by clicking on the Choose Databases link at the top of the search page.
Anthropology Plus is the combined database of Anthropological Literature from Harvard’s Peabody Museum and Anthropological Index from the Royal Anthropological Institute in the UK. It includes journal articles and reports from over 2,500 core journals and books and covers the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, and material culture.
More anthropology resources can be found at Anthropology: Guide to Library Collections and Services.
Did you forget your flash drive at home?
Are you working on a group project with a document too large to email back and forth?
Do you want a backup copy of that paper before you leave the public computers in Olin Library?
There is a perfect solution for all of the above, and more: cornell.box.com.
Box is a cloud-based storage and collaboration system that provides a web interface for uploading, downloading, sharing and discussing files. Box is designed to work on Macs, PCs, smart phones and tablets, so it gives you access to your files from just about anywhere..
For more information on the system you can visit: http://www.it.cornell.edu/services/box/index.cfm
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