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We have bad news to report; Koha, the library catalog, is temporarily down. The site loads, but It's not returning any search results. However, we have two workarounds you can use to find books and other physical items in the library!
First, we have Worldcat. This is a database that searches for books in thousands of libraries around the world, but there is a way to make it only search for items in Nash Library. On the search screen, find the part that says "Limit availability to" and then check the checkbox next to "items in my library."
Second, we have LEO Search. This normally searches through many databases and the library catalog, but there is a way to make it only search for items in Nash Library. On the search screen, scroll down and check the checkbox next to "In Library Physical Collection (plus some ebooks) ."
We are sorry the catalog is not working right. We are working on it and hope to have it back for you soon!
One of our subscription ebook databases, ACLS Humanities Ebooks, has recently added 323 books to their online collection! They have put together a spreadsheet listing all the new titles. ACLS HEB is a great collection with a wide assortment of academic books. They are not all strictly "humanities;" they also include art, music, social sciences, history of science, and other subjects you might not assume were in a "humanities" collection.
There are many different ways to find ACLS ebooks. You can get to the database itself and browse the whole collection from our link on the Database list. We also have all 5,000 of the individual books in our online catalog and in LEO Search, so when you do a search in the catalog or in LEO, your results include ACLS ebooks. We've just added the new books to LEO Search today. It can take 24 hours for newly added titles to appear in LEO Search, so if you want to read the new books right away, the catalog is the place to go!
IT has announced that they will be doing server maintenance on November 22nd (Tuesday) from 2 to 5 p.m. All Nash Library public computers, the Computer Science Lab (AH 108), Math Lab (AH 213), Social Science Lab (DH 228), and Music Lab (DH 247) will also be down for maintenance at this time. Please plan your work accordingly. Hopefully, since this the day right before Thanksgiving Break, this won't disrupt anyone's work too much!
As Long Night at Nash approaches (remember, it's Thursday, November 17th, from 6 a.m. to midnight), we thought we'd show you some of the free swag! Here's one of the boxes of water bottles:
Here's an action shot:
This could be you, studying in a second floor study carrel with a Nash Library water bottle emblazoned with the image of our faithful mascot, Addison Nash the library cat.
For those who are new at USAO (or missed out on the fun last year), Long Night at Nash is a night of studying, games, activities, and prizes! You can stay for as long or short a time as you would like. We gave away shirts last year, so we have Nash Library water bottles this year! When you arrive, you write down your goals for the night on a sheet of paper. When you leave, you write down what you've accomplished!
Here's how to get your free water bottle: During Long Night at Nash, everyone in the library will get a ticket on the hour. Once you have 4 tickets, you can pick up your water bottle. We're not just going to hand the water bottles out to anyone who walks in the door; you have to stay and study to get one! We'll have other prizes too; some will be awarded to the game winners, and some we'll award by drawing tickets by chance.
Thank you to all who voted on names for the study carrels! The winners are:
- Jane Austen
- William Shakespeare
- Emily Dickinson
- Virginia Wolfe
- Isaac Newton
- Maya Angelou
- Pablo Picasso
For the past several days, the USAO carpenters have been building and painting the walls for the carrels. When they're done, we're going to put up an image of each person in their carrel. We might put some quotes on the walls too, and perhaps some book cover images (or for Picasso, some images of his paintings, and for Beethoven, some printed music!).
UPDATE: The votes are in, the polls are closed, and we'll write up a nice post announcing the winners shortly!
Nash Library is creating study carrels on the south end of each level of book stacks. We already have four equipped with desks and chairs on the main floor; we're going to be putting up some walls and building more on the second floor, and we'll have desks and chairs in the open areas on the upper two floors. We want the carrels to have interesting names, so we asked the IDS faculty to give us the names of people you have studied (or will study) in IDS courses. We made an online voting form where you can vote for your favorites. There is also a write-in entry option at the bottom of the list. The top 11 top vote-getters will have carrels named after them! The more people vote, the more the names will reflect the zeitgeist of the campus, so vote early and tell your friends to vote too!
We received a request in our Suggestion Box for Readability Studio to be installed on the library computers. The program was only available on the Gary Hall computers, and Gary closes at 5 p.m. We contacted Information Services, and they installed Readability on all the computers on the upper floor of the library! They are working on installing it in the 24/7 lab. Having it on the library computers will really make it more accessible for Education students; the upper part of the library is open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and the 24/7 lab is always open 24/7.
We're glad somebody submitted this in the suggestion box; we wouldn't have known otherwise that this need existed! The suggestion box is located in front of the big front window halfway up the front stairway. It's a way to anonymously suggest ways we can improve the library. Some suggestions we can fulfill, and some we cannot, but we read and consider every one of them. We really want to know what would make the library better from your perspective. If you have any suggestions, go ahead and write them down and put them in the box!
Dr. Kate Sekula, one of our music faculty at USAO, has started a new blog, Bonus Tracks, where she will be featuring vinyl from our collection! We have thousands of vinyl records available to be checked out, and we're going to be getting record players for the Music Pocket Library soon so you can listen to records in the libray. Dr. Sekula has a Ph.D. in music theory and history from the University of Connecticut, and we are looking forward to learning from her about the music in our collection! We have such great faculty here at USAO! Here's a look at her first post about Béla Bartók Playing His Own Works: Excerpts from 'Mikrokosmos':
To make it easy to find the blog, we have added a link to the blog on our homepage. It's in the social media box midway down the page. The red arrow in the image below is pointing to the link:
We have been rearranging some things in the library, and we want to let everyone know what we've done.
We have our fantastic donation of LPs and CDs. We want to put them on the carts in the music pocket library.
So, we had to move something off the carts. We decided on the DVDs. They are not all music DVDs anyway; many of them are movies, tv shows, and plays.
We put the DVDs in plastic boxes next to the course reserves books in the lobby.
To do this, we had to move some of the reserve books. We realized that many of the reserve books are for education classes, and most education majors prefer to study in Nash 301, where the children's books and school curricula are kept. So, we moved the course reserves for education classes up to Nash 301. Here they are on this red cart.