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Norlin Security and the Writing Center Have Moved in Preparation for Construction to Begin on the 24 Hour Learning Commons

Posted December 12, 2008

 

The Security Office (also where the Lost and Found is located) has moved to S205 near the Science Library.

 

The Writing Center has moved to M-250 near the West Entance to Norlin Library. For information about appointments, hours, and services visit the The Writing Center website: http://www.colorado.edu/pwr/writingcenter.html

 

 

"Google Previews" Now Linked to Some Chinook Records

Posted December 12, 2008

 

A new feature in Chinook provides links to "Google Previews" from most Chinook titles that are available in Google Books. Look for the top center "Google Preview" button and click on it to view tables of contents, images, reviews, and more.  Not all Chinook titles available in Google Books will have a "Google Preview" button, however.  Another recent Chinook enhancement, “Find More Resources,” provides direct links to Open WorldCat, Amazon.com, Encyclopedia Britannica Online, Center for Research Libraries Catalog, Google Book Search, Google Scholar, and RefWorks.  You asked – we continue to upgrade your library services and facilities.

 

 

Looking for a Place to Study?

Posted December 12, 2008

 

If you are looking for study space in these last few weeks of the semester in addition to the Norlin Library, consider studying at one of the five branch libraries on campus: Business, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Math/Physics, Music.

 

Hours, locations, and phone numbers are listed here on the web. As we continue to upgrade your Norlin Library, we appreciate your patience with space and noise inconveniences.

 

This Friday! The Libraries Will Offer Snacks and Chair Massage Keep You Stress-Free For Finals

 

Final Bites will be Friday, December 12th from 9:30-10:30pm in the Center for British and Irish Studies (Norlin's 5th Floor). This year we're giving away free pizza, bottled water, vitamin water, and energy drinks to fuel your studies.

 

We will also have chair massage and aromatherapy provided by the Student Wellness Center in the HotSpot on the first floor.

 

Text your friends and let them know! C U Friday and good luck on your finals!

 

Final Bites is a Zero Waste event thanks to CU Recycling. Final Bites is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries.

 

 

November 2008 Employee of the Month: Linda Rogers of the Government Publications Library

Posted Dec. 3, 2008

 

Linda Rogers of the Government Publications Library is Employee of the Month for November. 

 

She was nominated by her supervisor, Peggy Jobe, for her cheerful and dedicated work on preparing many aspects of the Government Publications collection as the department prepares to join the Research Desk effort.

 

When the Research Desk opens this semester, staff from the Government Publications Library will join their colleagues from Science and Research and Instruction in the provision of all reference services from one location. For some, Government Publications are an arcane and intimidating branch of librarianship. In order to make its collections more intelligible and accessible to colleagues, the department has undertaken a massive shift of materials.

 

Linda has supervised all of the above with cheerfulness and dedication. And she has done all it all at the start of a new semester -- hiring, training, and coordinating a small army of student and community service workers. We could not have done it without her.

 

 

The Libraries Will Offer Snacks and Chair Massage Keep You Stress-Free For Finals

Posted December 14, 2008

 

Final Bites was, Friday, December 12th from 9:30-10:30pm in the Center for British and Irish Studies (Norlin's 5th Floor). This year we gave away free pizza, bottled water, vitamin water, and energy drinks to fuel your studies.

 

We had chair massage and aromatherapy provided by the Student Wellness Center in the HotSpot on the first floor.

 

Text your friends and let them know! C U Friday and good luck on your finals!

 

Final Bites is a Zero Waste event thanks to CU Recycling. Final Bites is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries.

 

 

Volunteers needed for Study: Redesigning the web site for UCB libraries

Posted Dec. 12, 2008

 

UCB Libraries web site Usability Study

 

While Norlin Library has been undergoing renovations to make it a better place to study, research, and get help—we’ve also been renovating the Library web site. We’re doing this to make it faster and easier to use, as well as make it more consistent with current web standards. To make sure our new design works for YOU, we need students to come and help us test out the new design before it goes “live”.

 

Requirements: Must be 18 to 40 years of age
Where: Norlin Library, Room E160 on the 1st floor
When:  We’re testing on December 9, 10 and 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM so that we can make the change over the winter break.
Time commitment: 1 hour

 

Pizza will be provided to participants.

 

If you’re interested in dropping by, please call or email Stephanie Alexander at 303-492-0682 or Stephanie.Alexander@Colorado.EDU to let us know what day and time works for you.

 

Thanks and keep watching the Libraries web site for more about our upgrade!

 

 

Jack Maness of the Engineering Library named as one of ALA's "Emerging Leaders"

Posted Dec. 3, 2008

 

Jack Maness of the L.H. Gemmill Engineering Library was named one of more than 100 librarians from across the country who will participate in the third annual Emerging Leaders program sponsored by the American Library Association.  Special activities for participants are planned for ALA conferences and with ALA committees.  Networking and leadership development are emphasized in the program, including training opportunities and an online learning and networking environment for six months.

 

 

October 2008 Employee of the Month: Sean Peneyra of the Earth Sciences Library

Posted Dec. 3, 2008

 

Sean Peneyra of Earth Sciences is the Employee of the Month for October.

 

Brittany Reed of the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences Library writes:

 

I would like to nominate my student assistant Sean Peneyra for student employee of the month. Sean is an amazing asset to the Earth Sciences Library.  He is smart, quick and always helpful This summer, he has played a huge role in our library shift.  We have shifted our entire collection, some 50,000+ pieces.  Sean himself moved more than 75% of these. This shift has included not only moving books around in the stacks, but moving books from the first floor to the second floor and vice versa. Incredibly, this has taken less than two months to accomplish. There is no doubt that the speed of the shift was made possible by Sean. 

 

On top of all the physical labor Sean has mastered, he also helped come up with a beautiful system for tracking books while they were in temporary locations. He made an incredible spreadsheet and mapping system that laid out where each title was located. This has helped immensely when a patron required a book that was not in its normal location. All we had to do was check the chart and we could find the book in only a few minutes.

 

Even during this huge shift, Sean was still our main student assistant for the summer. He maintained his regular duties, running our circulation desk and helping patrons. He always helps cover other students’ shifts and comes in whenever asked. 

 

Sean is funny and smart, and makes the Earth Sciences library a great place to work. I truly enjoy supervising him and he has proven that he is not only dedicated to the libraries, but always goes above and beyond the work of a student assistant.

 

Congratulations and thanks for the hard work!

 

The University Libraries’ Employee of the Month award is intended to recognize the special effort of faculty, staff, or student employees. The award is granted at the discretion of the Associate Director for Administrative Services.

 

Visit our Employee of the Month page to see past honorees.

 

To nominate an employee, please email a letter of support to John.Culshaw@colorado.edu.

 

 

Matt Hamilton of Outreach chosen for the Colorado Association of Libraries' first Leadership Institute

Posted Dec. 3, 2008

 

Matt Hamilton, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator, is among 25 people in libraries throughout Colorado selected for the first Colorado Association of Libraries Leadership Institute 2009.

 

The Leadership Institute is designed to develop outstanding leaders within CAL and the Colorado library community.

 

Participants will engage in a year long-process of leadership development activities including self-assessment, networking, and skills development.

 

Program goals include:

Nobel Prize-Winning Literature Available From Your Libraries

Posted Nov. 3, 2008

 

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, the French author has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2008.

 

Norlin Library possesses a good size collection of his work in French and in English.


For further information, see the French Language and Literature webpage.

 

Don't Know What To Do With Your Master's Degree? Consider Becoming A Provost's Fellow In The University Libraries

Posted Nov. 3, 2008

 

Did you know that librarians are often tenure-track faculty members? Here at CU librarians are heavily involved in research and service, as well as librarianship. By combining your graduate degree with a Master's in Library Science, you can enter a career filled with innovation and challenge. 

 

In conjunction with the Graduate Teacher Program (http://www.colorado.edu/gtp/), the Libraries is offering four $2500 fellowships in spring 2009 to explore academic librarianship as a career.

 

Contact: Stephanie.Alexander@colorado.edu

 

Additional Information:
http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/librarianship/fellowship.htm

 

 

The Norlin Renovation – Opening a New Door to Discovery

Posted Nov. 3, 2008

 

You asked. We listened

 

You told us you wanted:

 

 

We acted to change the way the library is here for you.  For the first time in more than 30 years, a major renovation in Norlin Library adds a new 24/7 entry into a physical learning portal with facilities and services that will open your new door to discovery.

 

The former second floor periodical and main reading rooms are under construction during fall 2008 to create a Research Floor that will increase and enhance access to electronic resources and research services. The combined Research & Instruction Department and periodicals collection now on the first floor east will be moved to and permanently located on the Research Floor when the construction is complete. 

 

The new 7,770 square feet research Floor will include:

 

 

During construction, Reference Librarians remain available to assist you at the desk, by appointment, phone, email, or chat. In the current reference area, you will find current newspapers located by the north windows, current journals directly behind the Reference Desk, and microfilm equipment by the north windows.  For information on how to retrieve articles during construction, see our How Do I? page.

 

The next step, in spring 09, is conversion of the current reference area into a 15,050 square feet Learning Commons, including:

 

The Writing Center, operated by the Program for Writing and Rhetoric and now located on the first floor east of Norlin in E156, will continue to be available in the first floor area, with only a minor adjustment to its location.  The Libraries works closely with the PWR first year writing classes, providing information literacy instruction and research support. The continuation and strengthening of this collaborative effort demonstrates the type of access along the continuum of learning that the Learning Commons and Research floor will support.

 

In a separately funded project, the current Norlin east sundial plaza will also be significantly renovated in summer 2009. Plaza concrete will be replaced with softer, more ecological and porous surfaces. Most existing trees will be retained, and new trees and plants will be added. The sundial area will be enlarged and enhanced.  Outdoor seating will include power for laptops, and even the existing wall will be enhanced for seating and include electrical outlets. The outdoor lighting will also be upgraded.

 

The estimated cost of the Norlin building renovation is $5.2 million. $1 million of this budget comes from student computing fees over three years. The budget includes remodeling in spring 09 of the current third floor northwest Mac Lab into a new graduate student study area because the older fifth floor graduate facilities are extremely outdated and insufficient.

 

For more information and updates, visit our construction update page.

 

 

Looking for Copier Services in Norlin?

Posted Nov. 3, 2008

 

Due to the renovation of the Second Floor, the Norlin Copy Center has closed. All copy center functions are available at the UMC Room 130C –Next to Celestial Seasons or at the Folsom Stadium Gate 11 room 280, Imaging Services.

 

Copy cards (for photocopy machines)

 

 

Print cards (for computer- initiated printing)

 

 

To find the locations of photocopiers throughout Norlin you can refer the Libraries' Copy Services page.

 

 

New Chinook Features include RSS Feeds for New Books

Posted Nov. 3, 2008

 

Looking for an easy way to keep up with new books in areas that interest you? 

The Libraries has automated it for you! 

 

From the Chinook home page http://libraries.colorado.edu/, you can click on the New Titles page and even subscribe to an RSS feed. 

 

The feeds are updated daily to list new titles purchased in the subject area in the last 30 days. Newest titles head the list. More subjects and more new books are being added, and you can request a subject area that you would like added by contacting the appropriate subject specialist listed at http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/services/bibliographers.htm

 

You can also learn more about RSS feeds at http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/how/rssfeeds.htm.


Other recent service enhancements brought to you by your Libraries include the addition of book cover images in Chinook and the option to designate an item pick up location in one of our five branch libraries rather than in Norlin when placing a request in Chinook on an eligible item.

 

 

September 2008 Employee of the Month: Pam Stanfield of Acquisitions

Posted Nov. 3, 2008

 

Pam Stanfield of Acquisitions is the Employee of the Month for September.

 

"We would like to nominate Pam Stanfield as employee of the month.  Pam is our bookkeeper extraordinaire!  It may not be evident to most people in the libraries that invoices for library materials have to be posted in Chinook and then paid in AP/PeopleSoft. It's fairly easy to make an error on one or the other, and if left to the end of the year, the problems fester and book closing turns into a dreaded, painful time.  But not with Pam!  She loves her job working with numbers. 

 

She keeps constant spreadsheets of what's in and out of both Chinook and PeopleSoft, and handles problems as they come along.  Not only does she work well, she works well with others, and has a great non-confrontational  manner when she approaches us with problems. She has definitely taken all the stress out of book-closing!  WooHoo for Pam!!"

 

Congratulations and thanks for the hard work!


The University Libraries’ Employee of the Month award is intended to recognize the special effort of faculty, staff, or student employees. The award is granted at the discretion of the Associate Director for Administrative Services.

 

Visit our Employee of the Month page to see past honorees.

 

To nominate an employee, please email a letter of support to John.Culshaw@colorado.edu.

 

 

October is American Archives Month! Free Workshop Hosted by Special Collections

Posted Nov. 3, 2008

 

Learn how to care for family papers and photographs in a free workshop hosted by the Special Collections Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries, Saturday, October 25th, from 12-2 pm.

 

We will discuss how to deal with acidic papers and inks, common types of photographs, what to do with old photo albums, and safe storage conditions. Examples will be provided from the Department’s collections. Registration is limited to 15 people.

 

To register or for questions, contact:

Elizabeth.Newsom@colorado.edu, or call (303) 492-2720

 

 

National award winning Norlin Underground Café welcomes new manager!

Posted October 15, 2008

 

Housing and Dining Services would like to introduce Marc Roth as the new manager of the Norlin Underground! Marc has been with Dining Services for over 8 year’s. Mark brings his zest for life and ability to make everyone feel welcome to this great little café! He will strive to bring the freshest, newest, products available to all his customers, and will continue to make the Norlin Underground “The Best in the Business”. Stop in and say hello to Marc and his staff.

 

Marc is also the manager of Zeller’s Convenience Store located in Sewall Hall. You will be amazed at what you will find available at Zeller’s. An Incredible assortment of beverages, snacks, school supplies, health and beauty products and fresh pastries all day long! It is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the library!

 

Hours for your enjoyment:


Norlin Underground
Monday through Thursday 8:30am-10:30pm
Friday 8:30am-2:30 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

 

Zeller’s Convenience Store (located in Sewall hall)
Monday-Thursday 7am-11pm
Friday 7am-9pm
Saturday –Sunday 5pm-9pm

 

Library Support for Research in Biotechnology

Posted October 15, 2008

 

Gabby Wiersma, a temporary faculty member, and Kaitlin Hoke, a staff member, both in the Engineering Library and students in the University of Denver Library and Information Science program, conducted an analysis of the Libraries holdings in biotechnology, an important new research focus on campus.

 

In spring 2008, they conducted a gap analysis on journals, books, e-books, and abstracts and indexes and made recommendations in each category as well as in general. Overall, they determined that our collections appear strong and that there are some gaps to be addressed.

 

Their analysis evidences the Libraries' ongoing commitment to collection evaluation, especially to ensure that we meet emerging areas of research on campus. In addition, this effort demonstrates how the Libraries is growing the profession of librarianship by providing research opportunities to its pre-professional employees.

 

Click here to view an overview of their findings (PDF).
Click here to view the entire report (PDF).

 

Special Collections is proud to welcome visiting artist Libby Rowe

Posted October 7, 2008

 

What does it mean to be a woman?

What does femininity really mean?

Who controls the definitions?

 

Special Collections at the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries is proud to welcome visiting artist Libby Rowe as she presents “Pink: A Study on Being Female,”an informational and confrontational look at what it means to be a woman.

 

Visit her website at www.libbyrowe.com for more information.

 

 

When: Monday, October 6, 2008, at 7 pm.

 

Where: Center for British and Irish Studies, Norlin Library room M549. The library’s West entrance will be open at 6 pm for elevator access to the 5th floor.

 

Parking: The nearest lot is the Euclid Parking terrace, between Broadway and 18th. There is a flat fee of $3 from 5 pm until midnight.

 

Transit Information is available at www.rtd-denver.com; the stop nearest Norlin is at Broadway and 16th.

 

August 2008 Employee of the Month: Dick Bryant, Access Services

Posted October 1, 2008


Dick was nominated for his hard work and dedication with the Periodicals and Reference Room Projects this spring. 

 

"Access Services received word in October 2007 that we would be physically responsible for moving the entire collection of journals, both bound and current, out of the Periodicals Room in preparation for construction and renovation. Planning started soon after, with the complication of having half of the journals go down to the basement for eventual removal to PASCAL, our off-site storage facility, and half of the journals go down to temporary storage in the basement. An additional factor was the fact that the shelving available for temporary storage in the basement was inadequate both in condition (broken ‘moveable’ shelving) and in the number of shelves actually available. This required a delicate balancing act of removing as much as possible each day, but not so much that we got ahead of the company PSI, who was selected to come several times a week to clear out the items going to PASCAL. To further complicate matters, journals in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean were to be identified and stored in a separate area, to be incorporated into the Asian Collection.

 

Dick calculated how many existing students we could spare from regular shelving duties, and how many we would need to hire extra, in order to get the task done by the deadline of May 15, 2008. He calculated how many volumes could be moved per cart, per hour, and per week, and factored in how many volumes PSI could take away each trip and how many shelves would thus be freed up for more volumes. He personally trained the new student hires, and supervised their work. He worked closely with the Periodicals Transition Group, attending meetings when invited, so that everyone understood which journals would be shelved where, and how they were to be labeled, all the while managing Shelving and Materials Management in Access Services. 

 

The fact that the project was completed just before the deadline of May 15, 2008, with little disruption or confusion, and the least number of student assistants, displays superb planning and analytical skills, and I feel he should be recognized by the Libraries for his excellent work."

 

Congratulations and thanks for the hard work!


The University Libraries’ Employee of the Month award is intended to recognize the special effort of faculty, staff, or student employees. The award is granted at the discretion of the Associate Director for Administrative Services.

 

Visit our Employee of the Month page to see past honorees.

 

To nominate an employee, please email a letter of support to John.Culshaw@colorado.edu.

 

Shannon Delay is July Employee of the Month

Posted September 16, 2008

 

Shannon Delay, who has worked in the Preservation Department as a student and temporary employee is the July Employee of the Month. 

 

The following is the nomination we received from Christine DeVries, Shannon's supervisor:

 

"We hired Shannon DeLay in December, 2006 to work on the Collection Needs Assessment Project (CNAP). Her work on CNAP has been invaluable. She absorbs new information and procedures with amazing speed and has a thorough grasp of both the details and "big picture."  In addition to assessing the condition of library holdings, she has helped maintain databases and prepare reports. This summer, she assumed responsibility for training several other students. In addition, she supervises their daily activities. In the Spring semester we have been conducting the Assessment Project in the Archives. This has required training and research on a wide variety of materials including photographic prints, motion picture film, architectural drawings, and realia.  Shannon used the basic training materials as a spring board for her own research and has become quite knowledgeable about these materials.  She manages the day-to-day operation of this part of the project."

 

Congratulations to Shannon and thanks for the hard work! 

 

Change is Coming to Norlin Library!

Posted September 16, 2008

 

A new “Learning Commons,” will be the first stage of a gradual renovation process that will bring Norlin up to date and provide services in keeping with user’s needs and expectations. The Learning Commons will be located on the first floor northeast side of Norlin in the current reference department space. It will include features identified from a tour of some of the nation’s most sophisticated and successful academic library learning facilities.

 

Construction on the 15,050 square feet, technologically-sophisticated, academic, study, and social area will begin in May of 2008 and be completed in spring or summer 2009. The renovated space will remain open beyond regular library hours, perhaps on a 24/7 basis. A coffee shop facility will be moved from the first floor west to the Commons area and expanded. Modifications to the east entrance of the building include patio seating.

 

The renovation aims to create a learning library that integrates technology in a flexible innovative design, and user ease and flexibility will be emphasized in every aspect. Group study areas in the Commons will feature furniture and equipment that can be reconfigured for different sized groups. The consolidation of group study space in the Commons area will also return other space in the library to quiet, single-reader space.

 

The Learning Commons is a joint project of the University Libraries and Information Technology Services. The blending of ITS and the Libraries will give students comprehensive assistance with information sources and productivity tools. Through the merging of content, technology, and services the new space will enable the full continuum of student learning and discovery with flexible individual and collaborative work spaces, team technology rooms, a “hot topic” reading area, a technology classroom, and the coffee shop.

 

The estimated cost of the project is $5.2 million. $1 million of this budget comes from student computing fees over three years. The budget includes remodeling of the current third floor northwest Mac Lab into a new graduate student study area because the older fifth floor graduate facilities are extremely outdated and insufficient.

 

As a first step, the current reference and second floor periodical services will be reconfigured to increase and enhance access to electronic resources and research services. The second floor east area will be converted to a Research area, including facilities for research consultation, a central reference desk, the reference and periodical collections, and new instruction classrooms. The Learning Commons and the Research floor will work together to meet the research and information needs of the campus community in a new revitalized library.

 

In preparation for this restructuring, Libraries bibliographers and subject liaisons are reviewing the collections and services of Reference and the Periodicals Room. They are working with faculty to determine which print collections may be moved to other locations, usually our off-site storage facility, PASCAL. Although approximately 50% of each collection must be moved or transferred to accommodate the remodel, all content will be maintained. We will continue to provide desk top delivery from PASCAL for journal articles that are less than 50 pages and one business day delivery on print materials.

 

The Writing Center, operated by the Program for Writing and Rhetoric and now located on the first floor east of Norlin in E156, will continue to be available in the first floor area, with only a minor adjustment to its location. The Libraries works closely with the PWR first year writing classes, providing information literacy instruction and research support. The continuation and strengthening of this collaborative effort demonstrates the type of student access along the continuum of learning that the Commons and Research floor will support.

 

In order to further improve existing reference services and determine desired services for the Learning Commons itself, the Libraries is conducting focus groups with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff. We look forward to creating state-of-the-art learning environments for today's students and scholars.

 

The architects are H & L Architects and JBA Incorporated. Additional technical consulting, planning and design is provided by the Sextant Group.

 

News, updates, and photos of the construction are available at the renovation web page. The Program Plan is available online. Questions may be directed to library liaisons or the Associate Director for Public Services, Susan Anthes at 492-6897.

 

 

Recent Publications and Presentations by Janet Swan Hill, Associate Director of Technical Services

Posted Sep. 2, 2008

 

Janet Swan Hill, professor and CU Boulder library associate director for technical services, made several presentations this spring.  “You Are the Most Important Tool You Have” was the keynote address at the Ohio Library Council Technical Services Retreat.

 

She delivered the conference summary and an invited paper titled “The Radical, the Not-So-Radical, and the Next Steps” for the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. 

 

Hill also gave the keynote, titled "Entering an Alternate Universe,” at the New England Technical Services Librarians Annual Conference in Worcester, MA,  At the Massachusetts Library Association, she presented an invited paper on the “Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control – What’s Happened, and What Can You Do?” 

 

In addition, her refereed article, “Is It Worth It?  Management Issues Related to Database Quality,” was published in Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, and “A Winding Path to Cataloging Leadership” was published in Library Resources and Technical Services.

 

Hill was co-editor and one of the authors of “On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control,” published on the web.

 

The Government Publication Library's Subject Guides Featured in Resource Shelf

Posted Sep. 2, 2008

 

Resource Shelf, a blog dedicated to resources of interest to information professionals, educators and journalists, named the Boulder library web page Subject Guides from the UC-Boulder Government Publications Library resource of the week in its March 24 issue.  Jennie Gerke, Katie Lage, Stephanie Alexander, and Rick Losoff created the database, which was described as a”large and beautiful collection of government-oriented subject guides covering everything from Acronyms to Worldwide Demographic Information.”

 

Debbie Hollis of Special Collections and Reference is Awarded the 2008 Ralph E. Ellsworth Award for Excellence in Librarianship

Posted July 14, 2008

 

The Awards, Elections, and Faculty Support Committee received worthy nominations for the 18th annual Ralph E. Ellsworth award which recognizes a member of the libraries’ faculty for outstanding contributions to the Libraries, the University and the library profession.

 

While it was a difficult task for those of us on the Committee (Jennifer Gerke, Holley Long, Michael Dulock, Caroline Sinkinson, and Anna Ferris) to make a final decision—since all the nominees were deserving of the award—it was also gratifying for us to recognize such excellence among our own colleagues. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made an effort to submit nominations and letters in support of the Ellsworth nominees.

 

Based on the information provided in these letters, the Committee unanimously agreed that one nominee’s professional accomplishments, position of leadership in the profession, and accolades from employees, and peers alike, stood out from all the others. Therefore, in recognition of these truly exceptional achievements, the Committee is delighted to award the Ralph E. Ellsworth award for 2008 to Deborah Hollis.

 

Debbie Hollis joined the Libraries’ faculty in 1993 as the State & Foreign Documents Librarian. While her work in Gov Docs as an expert in genealogical and state resources is commendable, it is the contributions she has made in the past 8 years, since taking on the position of Interim Head of Special Collections in 2000 and then permanently becoming the Faculty Director of Special Collections in 2001, that are the focus of today’s recognition. Perhaps her most tangible and successful accomplishments during this period of time are 1) her outreach to CU faculty, students & patrons through classroom instruction, special exhibits and other events, 2) her efforts to make SPC a world-class research facility for photobooks and other materials, and 3) her creative approach to enhancing online access to SPC resources by encouraging the use of new technologies and fostering a strong collaboration with technical services, especially the Cataloging and Metadata Services Department.

 

Some excerpts taken from the letters supporting Debbie’s nomination include:

Debbie is an excellent and dedicated librarian … throughout her long career here, she has gained a reputation of going far beyond what is required of her.

 

Over her years as Faculty Director of Special Collections, Debbie has turned what was previously a vault of treasures for the few into an outreach program to the many. … She reaches out to a great diversity of groups that normally would not be considered SPC “targets,” such as school children.”

 

Hands-on work with unique materials is now a regular feature of both graduate and undergraduate classes … This can have a profound impact on users. To illustrate my point, I’d like to share a recent experience I had on an airline flight. When a young man sitting next to me learned that I was a librarian at CU-Boulder, he excitedly asked me if I was familiar with SPC. He then went on to discuss his classroom experience in SPC in an almost reverential manner. That experience was one of the best he had ever had at CU.

 

Debbie’s tenure will be most remembered for forging a strong and effective cooperative relationship between SPC and the Cataloging Dept. Because of cataloging and data projects too numerous to mention, there are now well over 30,000 bib records, and other files such as scannings and EAD projects, bringing international attention to us.

 

Hollis has worked hard on collection development providing SPC with the goal of becoming a world class research facility for photobooks and the history of photo reproduction. Focusing like this on an area where the University Libraries can excel and distinguish itself from other academic libraries… takes foresight, planning, patience and excellent collegial and donor relations. Her efforts in this direction are placing the University of Colorado on the map as a national and international resource in photography.

 

The experience of reviewing historical manuscripts at the American Antiquarian Society has been described as studying ‘under a generous dome.’ That is an apt description regarding the transformation of SPC under the duration and facilitation of Debbie Hollis. … Debbie’s efforts are progressive and inclusive, advocating access to the institution’s crown jewels. It is my hope that we acknowledge Debbie’s contributions as an architect and designer of a ‘generous dome.’

Whereas Debbie Hollis’ contributions to the Libraries, the University and to the library profession these past 8 years have been truly “transformational,” the Committee is proud to award her the Ralph E. Ellsworth Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

 

 

Meri Willett of Cataloging and Metadata Services is Awarded the 2008 Marie and Martha Campbell Award for Staff Excellence

Posted July 14, 2008

 

The Marie and Martha Campbell Award is given each year to a deserving staff member, who, because of their work and interaction with students, faculty and staff, has been nominated by their peers. Thank you to all of you who took the time to nominate and write letters of support for this award.

 

In 1994 when the Library Staff Association began to discuss presenting a staff excellence award, the idea of naming the award after Marie and Martha Campbell was greeted with unanimous enthusiasm. It seemed to be common knowledge that Marie and Marta epitomized the very concept of service to the libraries. Between the two of them, they logged 86 years of dedicated service as members of the Libraries’ staff and both are still active as volunteers.

 

This year, the winner of the Marie and Martha Campbell award is also a very dedicated staff member who has worked at the CU Boulder Libraries for 30 years.

 

Some of the comments from her colleagues:

During the three years the department was absent a permanent Director and with long term staff vacancies in her unit, she steadily took on new, higher level responsibilities, such as batch data loading, CJK troubleshooting and complicated data management tasks. Instead of complaining about the radical changes in her job assignment, she has consistently taken the bull by the horns and tackled new challenges.

 

She is primarily responsible for the maintenance of the entire Chinook database, containing over 2.8 million bibliographic records and over 700,000 authority records. Under her leadership, her Unit’s work allows the Chinook catalog to stay clean and consistent for the benefit of our clients. Faculty and staff from all areas of the Libraries send her errors or problems they see in Chinook and she handles them efficiently, courteously and in a timely manner. She is deserving of special commendation for her outstanding problem-solving skills.

 

Over the years, she has contributed beyond our department, conducting tutorials and training sessions, serving on search committees, library-wide committees and task forces. Some of the projects have been:

Key words to describe our award winner are: CURIOSITY – a continuing interest in what is new and how best to make it work; and ACCOMPLISHMENT – projects given to her get done, efficiently and correctly.

 

She has worked here a long time, but for her the history does not hold back…… but serves as a stepping stone for new opportunities. We are proud to recognize Meri Willett for her significant contributions to the University Libraries and present her with the Marie and Martha Campbell award for staff excellence.

 

 

The Periodicals Room has Been Emptied in Anticipation of the Start of Construction

June 23, 2008

 

As we move closer to the start of construction for Norlin’s “revitalization” project, the Periodicals Room has been emptied.

 

On Tuesday, May 6, the Periodicals Room service desk was officially closed.

 

Asbestos abatement necessitates sealing off the room prior to the start of construction. If you're interested in seeing photos of the process, you can view them here.

 

The Libraries would like to acknowledge the hard work of the Periodicals Room transition team and thank them for their efforts in accomplishing the move ahead of schedule.

 

 

New Search Scopes Added to Chinook, the Libraries Online Catalog

Posted June 23, 2008

 

A number of new scopes were recently added to the "collections" drop down list from the main page of Chinook, these include books, journals/serials, maps, music recordings, scores, spoken recordings, theses, video recordings, and more.

 

To allow patrons to perform advanced searches within the scopes (for example, limiting a search in "video recordings" to "DVD"), links to advanced searches within each scope have also been added above the Chinook search box.

 

We will continue to add functionality to make the online catalog easier to use. Stay tuned!

 

 

The Libraries Honor Years of Service for 2008

Posted June 23, 2008

 

LENGTH OF SERVICE HONOREES
(as of December 31, 2007)
Susan Anthes  (25 years......).................................................... Public Services
Carla Bledsoe (5 years).................................................... Access Services/ILL
Regina Carlyon  (20 years)............................................... Access Services/ILL
Christopher Cronin (5 years)....................... Cataloging & Metadata Services
Daniel Davidson (15 years).............................................. Mail Room/Supplies
Christine De Vries (5 years)........................................................... Preservation
John Dziadecki  (25 years).................................................................... Systems
Elizabeth Gould (20 years)..... ......Access Services/Materials Management
Cynthia Hardey  (5 years)................................................................ Acquisitions
Eugene Hayworth  (5 years)................................................... Business Library
Charlene Kellsey  (10 years)........................................................... Acquisitions
Cheryl Koelling  (10 years)......................................................... Public Services
Mathew Marquardt  (5 years)........................ Cataloging & Metadata Services
Patricia Morris  (5 years).................................................................. Preservation
Gregory Robl  (15 years)............................................................. Science Library
Justin Stein  (5 years)............................................................................... Security
Carl Stewart  (15 years)................................................................... Preservation
Dylan Wiersma  (5 years)............................................. Administrative Services
Susan Williams  (25 years)............................................................................ Gifts
Meri Willett  (30 years).................................... Cataloging & Metadata Services

 

RETIREMENTS
Diana Anderson............................................... Cataloging & Metadata Services
Wendy Baia....................................................... Cataloging & Metadata Services
Tomiko Dobson........................................................................ East Asian Library
Carla Gholson..................................................................................... .Acquisitions
Ann Miller.................................................................................................. Reference
Daniel Morimoto................................................................................... Acquisitions
Cassandra Volpe............................................................................... Music Library
Pamela Wilson............................................................................... Science Library

 

 

John Culshaw, Interim Head of Administrative Services, Selected for Emerging Leaders Program

Posted May 29, 2008

 

University Libraries is pleased to announce that our interim head of Administrative Services, John Culshaw, has been selected as one of seven faculty members from the Boulder campus to participate in the University Leadership Development Institute's Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) for 2008-09. Culshaw was nominated by the Dean of Libraries and selected for this honor by Provost Phil DiStefano.

 

As an Emerging Leaders Program fellow, Culshaw will join colleagues from other University of Colorado campuses as participants in this system-wide program, which consists of a year-long series of events designed to enhance the leadership skills of faculty members who have demonstrated the potential for higher-level leadership responsibilities. The Program will give fellows in-depth exposure to a variety of leadership principles and theories.

 

When informed of Culshaw's selection, Dean James Williams said, "I am delighted that John has been selected as a Fellow in the AY08/09 Emerging Leaders Program. He is one of our finest faculty citizens, and he has stepped-up to a host of leadership opportunities of increasing responsibility within and beyond the campus, again and again. He makes us proud."

 

 

Government Publications Announces the Completion of its Country Guides

Posted May 29, 2008

 

The Government Publications Library at the University of Colorado at Boulder is happy to announce that its country guides for all countries of the world are now complete. 

 

You can access the pages directly from the Government Publications web site under "Foreign Gvts/ International Orgs" OR by searching the Research & Subject Guides Database by country name. The guides database is linked at the bottom of the opening Chinook menu.

 

For ease of use, each page is arranged in a consistent manner. A navigation menu at the top provides quick access to frequently-requested information:

Selecting one of the resources in the catalog links generates a live Chinook search for country-specific e-resources on economics, history, or politics. There is also an option to limit your search to government information only.

 

A number of instructors direct their students to use these guides. The country pages are also among the most frequently-searched-for items in the guides database.

 

Although some of the links are limited to CU-Boulder because of license restrictions, a majority of the links are to freely available resources.

 

We would like to extend our special thanks to Darci Card who worked at breakneck pace to complete the guides before leaving the Libraries for her new position at the Utah State Library.

 

 

Announcing the University of Colorado Digital Library: Digital Resources for Teaching, Learning, and Research

Posted May 6, 2008

 

Explore a treasure of digital images, audio and text from our local collections or peruse the 50+ collections of digital content from institutions around the world.

 

Subject matter includes anthropology, architecture and planning, art and art history, history, literature, maps and geography, political science, science and technology, sociology, and so much more!

 

Use the University of Colorado Digital Library to incorporate multimedia in your lectures and enrich assignments with primary source material.

 

This resource is available thanks to a collaboration between the University of Colorado System and institutions of the Auraria Higher Education Campus.

 

 

Little space wins BIG! (Congrats to the Norlin Underground)

Posted May 6, 2008

 

Housing & Dining Services would like to thank the staff and patrons of the Norlin Underground. Your fantastic support has enabled this great little space to receive the NACUFS (National Association of College & University Food Services) “Best in the Business Award,” given to the establishment, that in this case, makes best use of limited space.

 

Since Dining Services has acquired this space the Norlin Underground has gone through many changes, both in physical design and in the products offered.

 

We will be traveling to Washington DC in July to accept this honor and to be part of a panel discussion on what it takes to be “The Best in the Business.” Keep an eye out for a NACUFS film crew in the near future; they will be filming a documentary about this phenomenal space!

 

Thanks again for making it possible for Housing & Dining Services to receive such a prestigious national award!

 

 

Patrons May Now Select New Pick Up Locations for Holds and Off-Site Material Requests

Posted May 6, 2008

 

Responding to requests from many students and faculty on campus, beginning Monday, March 24, patrons are now able to specify the library location where they would like to pick up hold/recalls, PASCAL materials and new acquisition rushes.

 

When placing a request in Chinook on an eligible item, a drop down menu of pick up location choices appears at the point of authentication. A pickup location must be selected, otherwise a message appears asking that a choice be made before the request can be placed.

 

The choices for new pick up locations are any of the branch libraries: Business, Earth Sciences/Maps, Engineering, Math/Physics and Music, as well as the current Norlin circulation desk.

 

Deliveries of these materials will be each afternoon, so in many cases if you choose to pick up a PASCAL item at a branch rather than Norlin, there will be a delay of one extra business day. Note that this service does not apply to Prospector books at this time, though it may at some future date if all goes well.

 

Also note that only materials which are eligible to be requested in Chinook can be requested for pick up, books that are currently on the shelf must still be retrieved from their respective locations.

 

We anticipate that this new service will be very popular, so please have patience with us during this initial trial phase.

 

 

Come to Final Bites: Free Food @ Norlin Library on Friday Night!

Posted May 6, 2008

 

We all need a break sometimes, and the Friends of the Libraries have stepped up to provide you with one.

 

Final Bites is Friday, May 2 from 9:30-10:30 pm on Norlin Library's 5th Floor.

 

We're giving away free breakfast burritos, fresh fruit, hummus and pita, juice, and energy drinks to fuel your studies.

 

Final Bites is a Zero Waste event thanks to CU Recycling.

 

Text your friends and let them know! C-U Friday and good luck with your finals.

 

Experts to Discuss Climate Change @ the next CU Salon

Posted April 20, 2008

 

A trio of noted scientists will discuss climate change on Thursday, April 17, from 6 – 8 pm in The Center for British and Irish Studies (Norlin Library's 5th Floor West).

 

This is the third in an ongoing series of discussions moderated by Richard Brenne, author of the forthcoming book The Truth About Everything.

 

The next panel on May 15 will address how climate and energy issues affect social justice.

 

Dr. Patricia Romero Lankao has two Ph.Ds, one from Germany and the other from her native Mexico. She is a distinguished social scientist at NCAR who has made important contributions to the latest IPCC Report, sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with the likes of our other two panelists and Al Gore.

 

Dr. Brian Toon is the Chair of the CU Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department and has studied the effects of volcanic eruptions, pollutants and nuclear weapons detonations on climate, also drawing parallels between the climate of earth and that of neighboring planets.

 

Dr. Kevin Trenberth is head of the Climate Analysis Section at NCAR, and was a lead author on the last three IPCC Reports, giving the last report as testimony to Congress.

 

In addition to many other experts in the audience joining the discussion, the strongest statements made by atmospheric scientists and others will be projected on a screen, discussed and amended to determine how best to help the public and policy makers understand the magnitude of the climate change problem.

 

The panel will also discuss what positive feedbacks can accelerate climate change and what manifestations of climate change concern them most, including sea level rise, increased severity of droughts, heat waves, hurricanes and other storms as well as the effect on agriculture and thus human population. Pollution, global dimming and the possibilities of geo-engineering will also be discussed.

 

The effects of population and consumption on climate and how climate change affects social justice will be explored, as well as solutions in energy and lifestyle changes.

 

These events are sponsored by the University Libraries, and are free and open to the public.

 

Refreshments are provided with generous support from the Boulder Junior Chamber Internationaland CU Boulder Friends of the Libraries. All events are "Zero Waste" thanks to the support of CU Recycling.

 

 

Are We Getting the News? A Discussion on the State of News Media

Posted April 10, 2008

 

Do you get your news from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert? If so, you’re not alone, last year, a Pew Center research study found that as many young people got their news from Comedy Central as they do from the “real” news networks, and further study revealed that those audiences were more informed! Another survey recently found that 69% of journalists said that their profession was “headed in the wrong direction.”

 

So are we getting the news? Are we learning what we need to participate in civic life? Do journalists do original research any more or is there too much emphasis on “official sources”? What role does the media play in public life in America today? And what does determine news content—corporate consolidation, the pr industry, government agencies, journalists, or the audience? Do bloggers or “citizen journalists” help or make the problem worse?

 

If YOU are concerned or confused, attend our next panel discussion on Wednesday, April 9 from 7 – 9pm in Norlin Library’s fifth floor Center for British and Irish Studies. This event is FREE and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Boulder Junior Chamber International.

 

For this event, our panelists will be:

Mike McDevitt - McDevitt is an associate professor at CU School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching journalism and theory courses in media ethics and political communication. Prior to his teaching career, he worked for eight years as a reporter and editorial writer for newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. His research interests include political communication, political socialization, and journalism sociology. In the area of journalism sociology, McDevitt is conducting research on how anti-intellectualism in news media functions in social control through depictions of political dissent. Findings are derived from a case study on newspaper coverage of Ward Churchill.

 

Richard Brenne - Brenne is the author of the forthcoming book The Truth About Everything, and has organized and moderated a series of discussions in Norlin Library highlighting Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Renewable Energy issues. He earned his bachelor’s degree and a master of fine arts from the University of California Los Angeles film school. For more than three decades he’s been a successful screenwriter, winning the Jack Nicholson Award for Screenwriting and writing screenplays most recently produced by HBO and Warner Brothers. He has also had work published in The Christian Science Monitor, Sports Illustrated and other national newspapers and magazines.

 

Sue Salinger - Salinger has been working in alternative participatory journalism for the past few years collaborating with citizen journalists and grass-roots social change organizations. She produced a newsweekly for national distribution on Free Speech TV for two years. She is an active member of the Media Consortium, a working group of independent, progressive publishers and producers that include the Nation and Mother Jones. Prior to this, she worked for two decades in mainstream radio and television in Detroit, Miami, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles.

 

Juliet Wittman - Wittman is an instructor in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado, as well as the theatre critic for Westword, a Denver weekly. She contributes regular book reviews to the Washington Post. She began her journalism career with an anti-war newspaper in San Diego, worked as an investigative reporter for Westword, and served as an editor, reporter, and columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera for over 12 years.

The discussion will be moderated by Polly McLean, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. McLean teaches courses in media theory, culture and society. She has vast international experiences in applied research having worked as a consultant for UNESCO, USAID, the Academy for Educational Development and Pathfinder International. In 1999 and 2000, she was awarded a Fulbright to the University of Namibia in teaching pedagogy and curriculum development in media studies. She has taught at Howard University, Washington, D.C., University of Zambia-Lusaka and at the University of Namibia, Windhoek.

 

 

Landscape/Geography in Literature Featured in the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library

Posted March 24, 2008

 

The next exhibit in the series Landscape/Geography in Literature is available for viewing in the Earth Sciences and Map Library lobby.

 

It features maps, poetry, and prose about the the Arctic and Antarctic, and writings inspired by the regions' extremes of climate. Inuit authors are represented in a variety of styles, from song to narrative. 

 

The influence of polar explorers' reports on Romantic literature is also highlighted. The exhibit was created in honor of the International Polar Year, March 2007-March 2009 (for more information, see www.ipy.org)

 

Many thanks to the staff of the Special Collections Department who were invaluable in helping to find relevant poetry selections.

 

The exhibit will be up through next spring.

 

 

From the Engineering Library Blog: Prospector Now Accepts IdentiKeys!

Posted March 24, 2008

 

You can now request materials through Prospector using your identikey instead of your Buff OneCard! Simply use the "Login with campus identification" box on the left-hand side of the request screen.

 

With the exception of RefWorks, all major Libraries-related systems now use identikeys as an authentication mechanism. These include MyChinook, where you can check your library card, renew your items, and check on the status of PASCAL requests, the Virtual Private Network, where you can connect to Libraries databases from off-campus, and ILLiad, where you can request items from libraries not in our region.

 

Experts Discuss Peak Oil and the Future of Energy

Posted March 24, 2008

 

A cross-disciplinary panel of noted scientists and experts representing national, state and University of Colorado organizations will discuss “Peak Oil and the Future of Energy” on Thursday, March 20 from 6 – 8 pm in the Center for British and Irish Studies (Norlin Library's 5th Floor).

 

The panelists are chemistry professor and CU Energy Initiative Director Carl Koval, Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA Co-Founder Steve Andrews, Colorado Governor’s Energy Office Utilities Manager Morey Wolfson, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory Biofuels Group Manager Jim McMillan.

 

This is the second in an ongoing series of third Thursday discussions moderated by Richard Brenne, author of the forthcoming book The Truth About Everything.

 

Additional panels are scheduled to address climate change April 17 and what climate and energy issues might mean to social justice May 15 at the same time and place each month.

 

The events are sponsored by the University Libraries, and they are free and open to the public.

From the Engineering Library Blog: New Web of Science Interface

Posted March 13, 2008

 

You may have noticed recently a new interface for Web of Science.

 

This new interface includes expanded general and cited reference searching capabilities, as well as simplified and improved author searching. Results pages also make it easier to find related records, track citations, find full-text, and export citations to bibliographic managers.

Web of Science is one of the Libraries's most used science databases, with over 60,000 sessions and 300,000 searches in 2007. If you would like to know more about Web of Science and how it can assist your research and study, please contact us.

 

E-Resource in the Spotlight: Cambridge Histories Online is a unique online historical reference compendium launching March 2008.

 

This vast collection of leading scholarly content covers a diverse range of topics, guaranteeing access to the most authoritative thinking and research and making this comprehensive compendium of the past a key resource of the future.

 

 

Access to Cambridge Histories Online is provided by the CU-Boulder Libraries.

 

For more information, please contact Sara Holladay, Electronic Resources Management Librarian. Remember, when using library resources off campus, you have to follow our Off-Campus Access guidelines.

 

 

Kudos to Alex Stein of Access Services

Posted February 24, 2008

 

Alex was recently awarded a PhD from the University of Denver, and last year published, Weird Emptiness: Essays and Aphorisms which "offers insight into aesthetics, metaphysics, ethics, and logic". Please join us in congratulating Alex!

 

CU-BOULDER TO HOST DIALOGUE ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AT NORLIN LIBRARY FEB. 20

Posted February 24, 2008

 

A panel discussion titled "Affirmative Action: Institutionalizing or Eliminating Racism?" will be held in Norlin Library on Feb. 20.

 

The panel will begin at 7 p.m. in the Center for British and Irish Studies on the library's fifth floor and is free and open to the public.  The panel is part of a series of discussion forums on current topics sponsored by University Libraries.

 

The panelists will discuss the role of affirmative action and other policies designed to address the historical legacy of racism and segregation, whether it is the role of government to "level the playing field," and if such policies are both effective and fair.

 

Panelists include Robert F. Nagel, the Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law at the CU Law School and author of "Judicial Power and American Character: Censoring Ourselves in an Anxious Age"; Michele Moses, associate professor in the School of Education and author of "Embracing Race: Why We Need Race-Conscious Education Policy"; Roberto Corrada, associate professor at the University of Denver College of Law and former head of the Colorado ACLU; and Brad Jones, political consultant, former head of CU's College Republicans and webmaster for FaceTheState.com.

 

The event will be moderated by Eric Juenke, assistant professor of political science at CU-Boulder.

 

The event series is co-sponsored by the Boulder Junior Chamber.  Light refreshments will be provided.

 

The next event in the series will take place April 9 and will discuss the news media.

 

 

How Serious Are The Problems Facing Our Species?

Posted February 8, 2008

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder will host a panel of experts who will participate in a public discussion on global warming and related issues on Thursday, February 7.

 

Panelists include population expert and CU-Boulder physics Professor Emeritus Al Bartlett, National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist Jeff Kiehl, CU-Boulder anthropology Professor Paul Shankman, CU-Boulder energy expert and physics Professor Jamie Nagle and Michael Brownlee of Boulder Valley Localization, a group advocating community self-sufficiency. Kiehl has been involved in recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports.

 

Sponsored by the University Libraries, the free, public event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Norlin Library's Center for British and Irish Studies, located on the fifth floor. The event is the first of four related panel discussions to be held this spring at Norlin.

 

The February 7 panel will examine the challenges of global warming, the coming energy crisis, population growth and social justice. Topics will include climate change scenarios, species extinction rates, natural resources, sustainable energy and the risks of nuclear energy.

 

The panel will be moderated by Richard Brenne, author of the forthcoming book, "The Truth About Everything."  Brenne has interviewed dozens of scientists and experts for his book, some of who will be featured in the February 7 panel and upcoming panels. Local experts in climate, energy and natural resources will attend the presentations and participate as audience members.

 

"We're inviting scientists, professors, authors, post-docs, graduate students, undergraduates and members of the public to attend and participate in insightful, creative, dynamic and democratic discussions," Brenne said.

 

Related panel discussions will be held March 20, April 17 and May 15 in Norlin's Center for British and Irish Studies on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

 

 

New features added to Chinook, the Library Catalog

Posted February 5, 2008

 

Thanks to the power of WebBridge, we've recently added a few features to the Find More Resources button that you can access within Chinook.

 

First, by request we have added a link to Open WorldCat. Any material that has an ISBN can searched in Open WorldCat. For example, try searching Chinook for "Baseball Love" (go Rockies) and clicking on the Find More Resources button to the right. You will see the link to Open WorldCat under Book Information.

The other new feature is a link to IMDB (Internet Movie Database) for films and videos. For an example of this one, try a search in Chinook for "House of Flying Daggers" and scroll down to the Find More Resources button. Click on the IMDB link under Resources for DVDs & Videos. You can also see Open WorldCat info on this film.

 

 

Have a Question? Chat with a CU Librarian

Posted February 5, 2008

 

Get help with your research or library questions from the comfort of your computer. Instant Message a CU Librarian from the Ask Us page or send an IM to ucblibraries (yahoo, aol, msn).

 

IM Service hours:

Monday - Thursday, 1-8pm

Friday - Sunday, 1-5pm

 

Note: IM Services will not be available when the Reference Desk is closed.

For questions, contact: Anne Jennings, 303.735.1709

 

Major Shift in Government Publications Stacks

Posted February 4, 2008

 

Last week staff in Government Publications completed a major shift of the collections. The UN materials were moved up to 3A from the floor below and the international documents (local call numbers starting with 1000) were moved down to the floor below.

 

The "floors" I refer to are the half stacks starting in the Science Library and continuing up to Government Publications. In other words, two major collections were flip-flopped. With the move, the department was able to: 1) create growth room for the collections; 2) create a more coherent and logical arrangement for international documents in the 1000 range; 3) make the heavily-used UN collection accessible to all users; and 4) box significant portions of the deteriorating UN collection.

 

Please join us in extending congratulations to the staff on a job well done!

 

 

Kudos to David Hays of Archives

Posted February 4, 2008

 

David M. Hays of our Archives department published an article, Student Archivists Train Through University of Colorado-Boulder Archives and U.S. National Park Service Partnership in the Winter 2007 edition of "The Rocky Mountain Archivist", a publication of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA).

 

 

Mark Mabbett is January Student Employee of the Month

Posted February 4, 2008

 

The Periodical Transition Group would like to acknowledge, Mark Mabbett, who was hired to assist the Periodicals Transition Group (PTG), with the student employee of the month award. 

 

He has become the major go-to-person for the project juggling multiple responsibilities including creating  complex excel spreadsheets,  communicating with multiple departments in Norlin library, tracking project progress, supervising students, flagging and pulling items as well as doing whatever has been necessary to keep this enormous project going forward and on time. 

 

He has accomplished these tasks with minimal supervision.  Completing the Periodical room project without his participation would have been very difficult.  Based on these reasons we feel that he deserves recognition for the work that he has done to advance the goals of the University Libraries.

 

Thank you for your excellent work, Mark!

 

 

Matt Hamilton is our January Employee of the Month

Posted February 4, 2008

 

Matt Hamilton, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator in Outreach, is our January 2008 Employee of the Month.  Matt consistently performs “above and beyond,” but some recent activities prompt this acknowledgement. 

 

In a letter to the dean, the head of Special Collections commended Matt for his skill and efficiency in managing the installation and strike of the significant and challenging Antarctica photo exhibit. 

 

On the heels of the labor-intensive dismount of that show and the Weather Report show, Matt swung into action to disperse and arrange A LOT of furniture – much of it big and heavy – in the west side study area and the HotSpot.  He actually relished this job because he is so committed to enhancing the experiences of undergraduates in our library.  He took great care to arrange the furniture in concert with his student assistant as attractively and usefully as possible, noting the locations of outlets.

 

Matt has also taken on the task of upgrading “temporary” signage in Norlin.  He designed a template for consistency, surveyed the building and area managers for needs, and quickly began to produce a variety of polished, laminated signs that should serve to reduce the sense of clutter in this building.  Matt is also establishing a Student Advisory Committee in conjunction with Reference and an ongoing event series that promises to offer a new draw to the Libraries.  As a library school student and verifiable “techie,” Matt brings an array of skills and developing knowledge that position him to contribute to the Libraries in many ways that are above and beyond.  Please join us in acknowledging his contributions!

 

Submitted by Deborah Fink, Outreach Librarian

 

 

Caucus Training in Norlin, Wednesday January 23, 7 p.m.

Posted January 25, 2008

 

The University Libraries will be hosting a caucus training for all students, faculty and staff at the University on Wednesday, Jan 23, 7pm, Norlin Library in the Center for British and Irish Studies. Invited guests to conduct the training are members of the Boulder County Democrats and the Boulder Country Republicans.

 

The purpose of this training is for all members of the university community as well as the general public to become educated in caucus process in anticipation of the February 5th Caucuses. This event is sponsored by the University Libraries and Junior Chamber International, Boulder, and is free and open to the public.

 

 

CU Boulder Friends of the Libraries host Information Day January 10

Posted January 17, 2008

 

The Friends of the Libraries will hold its annual Information Day at Norlin Library on the CU-Boulder campus on Thursday, Jan. 10.

 

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Center for British and Irish Studies on the fifth floor of the library.  Information Day is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.

 

Jim Williams, dean of the CU Libraries, and Claudine Garby, president of the Friends, will welcome participants.  Guests will view the exhibit titled "Selected Artists Books and Materials" in Special Collections and reference librarians also will provide training for Chinook and databases in the computer lab.

 

A light catered lunch will be served at noon. 

 

Immediately following the lunch break a program titled "Learning Commons: Transforming Learning and Scholarship" will be presented by reference librarians Jennifer Knievel and Caroline Sinkinson.  They will give an overview of plans for the new learning commons area, reference area and east entrance courtyard at Norlin Library.

 

The purpose of Information Day is to inform citizens that Norlin Library is accessible to them and to familiarize people with how to use Norlin when remodeling projects begin in May 2008.

 

The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Daily Camera newspaper. Pay parking available in Lot 380 (north of Macky) or Euclid AutoPark.

 

For more information call the Friends of the Libraries at (303) 492-7511.

 

 

Antarctica - Passion and Obsession Exhibit Open Through December 31

Posted January 2, 2008

 

Award-winning photographs by two of the world's top polar region photographers, Pat and Rosemarie Keough, will be on display at the University of Colorado at Boulder from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.

 

The traveling exhibit, "Antarctica - Passion and Obsession," illustrates the extreme landscape of the world's 7th continent and is composed of more than 70 images from the Keoughs' acclaimed book "Antarctica," which won 11 international gold honors.

 

"Antarctica - Passion and Obsession" is free and open to the public and will be housed in the HotSpot Gallery on the first floor of Norlin Library.  The exhibit will be open during normal library hours from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to midnight on Sundays.  The book "Antarctica" is available for viewing in Norlin Library's Special Collections.

 

The Keoughs' work, which captures the rare beauty of Antarctica's mountains, glaciers and wildlife, is the result of two austral summers spent on the Antarctic continent.

 

In a statement about their photography experience the Keoughs said, "We keenly felt the immensity of Antarctica and also a certain vulnerability.  . . Antarctica is a harsh land of extremes . . . and of superlatives.  It is the coldest and the windiest of the seven continents, as well as the most isolated.

 

"Antarctica is the highest of all continents with an average elevation over triple that of North America.  Antarctica is also a desert; and although it is the driest of continents, Antarctica's great polar ice cap smothers nearly the entire landscape locking 70 percent of the world's freshwater in ice and snow. . . . Our photographs, many of which we composed together using one camera on one tripod, reflect our shared emotional response to what could easily be construed as overwhelming stimulus."

 

The exhibit has been brought to the CU-Boulder campus in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the CU-NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES.  CIRES is the oldest and largest of the NOAA cooperative institutes and one of two in Colorado.

 

"We are delighted to be able to share the Keough's stunning photographs of Antarctica with the public," said CIRES director Konrad Steffen, an expert on Greenland and climate change.  "Several CIRES scientists conduct research in Antarctica, and many of us also study the effects of global climate change in the polar regions."

 

Cryospheric and Polar Processes is one of six formal research divisions at CIRES.  Other research at CIRES spans atmospheric chemistry, weather and climate connections, ecosystem science and geophysical science.  In all, the institute employs more than 500 researchers, staff and students.

 

For more information about "Antarctica - Passion and Obsession," please visit http://cires.colorado.edu/news.

 

Weather or Not: Atmospheric Books from Special Collections

Posted January 2, 2008

 

On display August 29 – Dec. 21, 2007

HOURS:  1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Norlin Library Room N345 (northwest corner of third floor)

 

From Aristotle to artists’ books, weather is an abundant topic.  Historical meteorological works are here, such as the 1485 edition of Prognosticon, Benjamin Franklin’s 1754 New Experiments and Observations on Electricity, and Henry Piddington’s 1851 Sailor’s Horn-book, or The Law of Storms, which includes translucent cards to place over ships’ maps indicating wind direction.

 

We also reveal all the myriad ways humankind has coped with the natural “order.”  Cultural issues of global warming and images of the ravages of Hurricane Katrina and the Dust Bowl are contrasted with artistry: Lois Morrison’s Persephone; Lawrence Van Velzer’s Tower of the Winds; Spitz and Pollack’s Dictionary of the American Language, and Robert Sabuda’s pop-up book of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz. 

 

Anasazi pottery lent by the CU Museum of Natural History and petroglyph photographs by Charles Roitz highlight past climate change.  Books impart superstition, folklore, semi-scientific reflections, and weather forecasting (such as the 1853 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack). 

 

Effects of weather are expressed lyrically, as with Alicia Bailey’s lovely Haiku Box—because haiku must always allude to the seasons.  Excerpts from plays and poetry intermingle with color photographs from Eliot Porter’s 1963 The Seasons.  Victorian moral metaphors, particularly for children, remind us to persevere Through Storm to Sunshine. 

 

The remarkable glass lantern slide snowflake microphotographs of Wilson A. “Snowflake” Bentley from the early twentieth century, and ice sculpted by Andy Goldsworthy make whimsy and delight visible.

 

We could not resist including one overlap of literature and art: the copy of James Thomson’s The Seasons shown has a “fore-edge painting” on the edge of the pages.

 

Acknowledgments:

This interdisciplinary display draws on contributions by Debbie Confer and the CU Museum of Natural History for the loan of Anasazi pottery; Richard Anthes for barometers, thermometers, and the global warming mug; Candy Gobrecht and Jina Wakimoto for fans; the Math-Physics Library, the Art Library, and the Music Library’s Digital Sheet Music Collection.  Technical assistance also came from Alison Graber, Emily Semenoff, Cheryl Koelling, Tegan Davis, Susan Guinn-Chipman, Chris Vincent, and Kris McCusker.

 

This display is staged in conjunction with EcoArts.  See: http://www.ecoartsonline.org/ for a complete listing of events.

 

Free and open to the public.  For more information call 303-492-6144.

CU Librarian Wins Geoscience Information Society's Best Paper Award >>

 

The Geoscience Information Society's Best Paper Award Committee for 2009 was awarded to Kathryn Lage's article, "Zoom! Remote Sensing Imagery in the Geosciences."

 

Lage is Map Librarian at the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library. In presenting the award, committee chair Carol La Russa praised Lage's work as "a very useful, general overview of an important topic, with helpful links to resources."

 

The paper will appear in volume 38 of Proceedings of the Geoscience Information Society (in press).

 

Suzanne T. Larsen, Faculty Director of the Earth Sciences and Math-Physics libraries at CU-Boulder, accepted the award on Lage's behalf.

 

This was one of three awards for excellence in geoscience publishing presented by the Geoscience Information Society at its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon in October 2009.

 

(posted 2009dec10)

 


 

New features available in Chinook-Beta! >>

 

There is now a facet on the left side for availability of items, so that a user can narrow a search to what is currently available.

 

"Online" also appears in the availability facet.

 

Also a new improvement: the resource advisories related to our databases now appear on the first results screen, which should help a great deal in keeping users aware of access issues. This was a change Innovative made at our request.

 

Comments or questions regarding Chinook-Beta or Research Pro are welcome via the "Ask Us" email web form.

 

(posted 2009dec03)

 


 

Looking for a Subject Specialist to help with your research? >>

 


 

The Norlin Commons is open 24 hours a day through December 17th! >>

 


Final Bites! Free pizza! Friday, December 11, 9:30pm, Norlin, 5th floor >>

 

Free PizzaFinal Bites!

 

Friday, December 11, 9:30pm, Norlin, 5th floor

 

Free pizza and energy drinks courtesy of the Friends of the Libraries, and also cookies from the Laughing Goat!

 

Supplies limited -- 1st come, 1st served!

 

Also, look for 24-hour service at the Goat for finals!

 

(posted 2009dec07)


 

University Libraries Second Annual Book and Media History Talk >>

 

"Navigating Information Connections: Hypertext as Agent of Change".

 

Thursday, December 3rd, 7pm, Norlin Commons E113.

 

Electronic literature is "digital born," i.e., a first-generation digital work created on a computer and generally intended to be read on a computer. Is it a fad or evolution? Just as social media is heralded as a social revolution, digitally originated literature likely represents a new constant, if not a point of no return. What challenges does it pose from critical, library, and archival perspectives? How will it shift our assumptions about media and the book?

 

Join a literary critic, an editor of the Electronic Literature Directory, and a rare book cataloger as they dissect and reformulate notions about the collaborative potential of this "textual renaissance."

Sponsored by the University Libraries, Special Collectons, Friends of the Libraries, and the Boulder Public Library.

 

(posted 2009nov30)


Technology boosts academics in Norlin Library >>

 

Within the venerable Norlin Library, home to millions of research resources, today's tech-savvy, digital-native students will find dynamic new environments and services to meet their expectations for instant access to all the world's resources all day and all night, along with social amenities that foster their individualized and collaborative approaches to learning.

 

(posted 2009nov24)

 


New changes to Chinook Beta >>

 

A couple of changes have happened to Chinook Beta. First, book cover images now appear in the catalog which improves the look of the interface. Second, we have been getting feedback over the semester about the "My Cart" feature in Chinook Beta. While some patrons really like it, others find it confusing. We have changed the name of "My Cart" to "My Email List."

 

Feel free to contact us with questions or feedback via the "Ask Us" email web form.

 

(posted 2009nov23)


UCB officials are continuously tracking H1N1 on campus >>


To minimize the spread of flu and possible H1N1, all persons are advised to cover coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or a tissue that is immediately discarded. Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. Do not share drinks, eating utensils, makeup or lip balm. Practice social distancing, staying 3 feet or more away from others, and get plenty of sleep (7 to 9 hours per night). Those who are ill with flu-like symptoms should self-isolate until 24 hours or more of being fever-free without the help of fever-reducing medication. Promptly seek medical care if you are in a high-risk group (with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, asthma or other lung condition; compromised immune system; pregnancy; or other) or if your condition worsens (shortness of breath, extremely high fever with headache, etc.).H1N1 flu symptoms include a fever greater than 100.4 degrees F, runny nose, sore throat, cough, headache, body aches, chills, and occasionally, diarrhea and vomiting.

 

(posted 2009nov05)


Grove Music Online adds new tools, functionality >>


New features in Grove Music Online include an updated list of the most influential writings on contemporary music along with a new searching functionality that allows users to limit a search to the article being viewed.

 

(posted 2009nov03)


Don't Know What To Do With Your Master's Degree? >>

 

Consider Becoming A Provost's Fellow In The University Libraries.

 

Did you know that librarians are often tenure-track faculty members? Here at CU librarians are involved in research and service as well as librarianship. In conjunction with the Graduate Teacher Program, the Libraries will award $2500 fellowships in spring 2010 to allow graduate students to explore academic librarianship as a career option. Attend the informational meeting on October 26th at 2pm in Room E113, Norlin Library to learn more about the fellowship.

 

Contact: Stephanie.Alexander@colorado.edu

 

Additional Information: http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/librarianship/

 

(posted2009oct21)

 


Latest publications from CU-Boulder Librarians >>

 

Jennifer Knievel, Jina Choi Wakimoto, and Sara Holladay, "Does User Interface Design Influence Catalog Use? A Case Study," College and Research Libraries, v. 70, Sept. 09: pp. 446-58.

 

(posted 2009oct08)


Presentation on Glenn Miller: Oct 24th, 10 am, Humanities 150 >>

 

"Portrait: Glenn Miller" -- A multi-media presentation by Alan Cass on the life of musician, arranger and bandleader Glenn Miller. Saturday, October 24, 2009, 10 am, Eaton Humanities, Room 150.

 

(posted 2009oct22)

 


 

Buffalo Stampede: CJ and Hawk at Norlin Library >>

 

CU football coach, Dan Hawkins, is interviewed in the Norlin Commons and Norlin Research Center.

 

(posted 2009oct14)

 


 

Campus Artistic Treasures: Live at Norlin, October 21, 2-3pm >>

 

"Campus Artistic Treasures: An Overview of the CU Art Museum and its Permanent Collection"

Treat yourself to a favorite beverage from the Laughing Goat at Norlin and join us in the Norlin Commons room E113 for an equally stimulating power point presentation by Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, CU Art Museum.

 

Learn more about the new state-of-the-art CU Art Museum currently under construction near Norlin and scheduled to open in Fall 2010. Learn about the museum's permanent collection of over 6,000 works of art which includes artistic treasures from ancient to contemporary periods and features artwork created by numerous cultures from across Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

For more information: Deborah.Fink@colorado.edu, 303-492-8302.

 

(posted 2009oct13)

 


 

October Is Information Literacy Awareness Month >>


In celebration of the National Forum on Information Literacy's twenty year anniversary, Barack Obama declared October "National Information Literacy Awareness Month". The proclamation signed on October 1st, 2009.

(posted 2009oct08)


Cuban Five Exhibit in Norlin Library >>

 

An exclusive Colorado art exhibit by one of the "Cuban Five". Guerrero and four other Cuban engineers were sent to Florida in 1997 to monitor U.S. intentions toward Cuba. Their operations were disclosed, and they were tried as 'spies.' There is currently a well orchestrated national movement to free the Cuban Five from the maximum security prisons in Colorado, Illinois and Kansas. One of the defense lawyers is Leonard Weinglass from Denver University.

 

Guerrero has been denied visitors, including his family. To avoid insanity in his isolated and harsh environment, Guerrero began writing poetry and then learned from other prisoners and self taught pencil portraiture, watercolor, pastels, and oils. Fluent in several languages, Guerrero now teaches art, poetry and English to fellow inmates.

 

This show of 25 original works by the artist will be on display in the Norlin Library 3rd floor NW gallery through 22 September. From 5-7pm on Tuesday 22 September, there will be a reception, featuring Pulitzer Prize winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca reading Guerrero’s poetry. The reception and exhibit are sponsored by the CU-Boulder Department of Ethnic Studies.

 

(posted 2009sep15)

 


 

State Papers Online: The Tudors: 1509 - 1603 Digital Archive >>

 

An essential research tool for postgraduate and postdoctoral research on British Early Modern History and courses on the Tudors and Stuarts. Complete State Papers Domestic is the most important series of documents for the study of Early Modern British History and is destined to transform research in 16th and 17th century British History.

 

(posted 2009sep03)

 


 

Construction on the Norlin Sundial Plaza Nears Completion >>

 

The Commons construction is complete and opened for general use on July 6th!

Work nears completion on Norlin's third floor Graduate Study Suite, the Sundial Plaza and the east lobby firewall.

 

(posted 2009sep02)

 


 

Norlin Commons Accommodates 24-Hour Learning >>

 

The new 24-hour Norlin Commons and other renovations at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Norlin Library were designed with the 21st century student in mind, providing a combination of learning environments and resources for group work, the use of multimedia technology and individual study and research.

 

(posted 2009aug28)

 


 

Once Upon a Time: Early and Illustrated Fairy Tales >>

 

Once Upon a Time presents three-hundred years of fairy tales, featuring important historical works by Boccaccio, Charles Perrault, Mme. D'Aulnoy, Jean de la Fontaine, the Brothers Grimm, and Giovanni Francesco Straparola. This exhibit also includes nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book illustrations of these works by such artists as Gustave Dore, Walter Crane, and Arthur Rackham.

 

(posted 2009aug28)

 


How do library materials get from publishers to shelves? >>

 

How do library materials get from publishers to shelves? Who makes it possible for library users to connect with the items they seek? Just what goes on in the back rooms of Norlin and the branch libraries? What do "Get, Note, Prep, and Put" have to do with it? Learn the intricacies behind the acquisition, cataloging, processing, and shelving of library materials by watching an entertaining video of James P. Ascher, rare book cataloger at the University of Colorado-Boulder, who presents an action-oriented outline of the never-ending quest to make information accessible in the University Libraries.

 

(posted 2009jul09)

 


Map Librarian article selected by the Geoscience Information Society for its 2009 Best Paper Award >>

 

An article by Kathryn 'Katie' Lage, Map Librarian at the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library was selected by the Geoscience Information Society for its 2009 Best Paper Award. The members of the award committee found "Zoom!: Remote Sensing Imagery in the Geosciences" to be a very useful, general overview of an important topic, with helpful links to resources. The paper will be published in volume 38 of Proceedings of the Geoscience Information Society and was based on a paper given at the 2007 meeting of the Society.

 

(posted 2009jul08)

 


 


WW II Artifacts in Gov Pubs Now Listed in Chinook >>


The Government Publications Library recently digitized an envelope full of World War II ration stamps, books, and application forms. These artifacts provide a glimpse into daily life during the war. Approved forms allowed the applicant to purchase or rent items in scarce supply such as bicycles, gasoline, rubber boots and typewriters. The documents may be requested for viewing at the Gov Pubs 3rd floor SW office, and digital versions may be accessed at:
World War II ration books http://libraries.colorado.edu/record=b5487213~S3
Rationing in World War II http://libraries.colorado.edu/record=b5433701~S3


(posted 2009june09)

 


 

 

Progress of Journey: CU MFA Art Exhibit >>

 

"Progress of Journey" CU MFA Art Show in the Norlin Library Summer 2009.

 

Take a journey through the Norlin Library to view paintings and photography by six CU art students, as well as an "ArtsBridge" school display on the third floor northwest. To experience the show “Progress of Journey,”


start in the HotSpot on the first floor southwest with the vibrant oils of Rang by Xi Zhang, the mixed media DeFunked: ReFunked by Donald Fodness, and the photo collection entitled Trace, Residue, and Disconnect by Jesse Ryan Kuroiwa. Continue to the second floor southwest Science Library main reading area to view Mythic Visions by Lynon Aksamit and Cari Nicole Smith. On the third floor northwest outside the Special Collections Department, discover Moving Images of Eternity by Hong Skains and Bridging Barriers, the ArtsBridge project created at the Saint Rose of Lima School in Denver under the direction of Adrianna Santiago Pass.

 

The show will be on display all summer and into the fall. It is free and open to the public whenever Norlin is open.

 

(posted 2009may21)

 


 

Work Continues on the Norlin Learning Commons >>

 

Stone work is complete at the new entrance and the scaffolding has been removed.

The East entrance dust/noise barrier wall has been removed.

 

In the Commons itself, all of the drywall work and painting is complete. Storefront glass partitions and doors as well as carpet are installed.

 

Most furniture and computers have been installed. Computer systems are being tested.

Installation work has begun on the Laughing Goat Cafe counter and fixtures.

 

We have not received a date by which we can occupy the Commons but it is likely to be toward the end of June or beginning of July.

 

(posted 2009jun22)

 


 

Once Upon a Time:  Early and Illustrated Fairy Tales:

Special Collections, Norlin Library, Room N345, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. On display June 8 – Dec. 18, 2009 >>


Join us for the opening reception, Monday June 8, 1 – 3 p.m.

 

Once Upon a Time presents three-hundred years of fairy tales, featuring important historical works by Boccaccio, Charles Perrault, Mme. D’Aulnoy, Jean de la Fontaine, the Brothers Grimm, and Giovanni Francesco Straparola.  This exhibit also includes nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book illustrations of these works by such artists as Gustave Doré, Walter Crane, and Arthur Rackham.  This display honors Professor Emeritus Jacques Barchilon, UC-Boulder Department of French and Italian, a long-time contributor to fairy tale scholarship and supporter of the Department of Special Collections. 

 

Open 1:00-5:00 Wed. – Fri.  Exhibition hours vary during the summer, 2009.  For viewing times, please consult: http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/current/fairytales.htm
For more information call: 303-492-6144. Free and open to the public. Parking and maps. 

 

(posted 2009may21)

 


 

We continue to enhance Chinook to make it more useful for you! >>

 

Looking for detective stories, graphic novels, historical fiction, comedy films, music videos? You can now search Chinook by genre. Genre descriptors are used to express what the material is rather than what it is about, such as the preceding examples. This option is available from the "more search options" drop-down menu: http://libraries.colorado.edu/search/h.

 

(posted 2009may01)

 


 

Author Margaret Coel to speak, Friday, May 15, 2009, 7 pm >>

 

The Friends / Just Desserts presents noted author: Margaret Coel, "Out West: Where Murder Gets Interesting" on Friday, May 15, 2009, 7 pm at the Wolf Law Building, Whittemyer Courtroom.

Margaret Coel is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Wind River Mystery Series set among the Arapahos on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation. Catered reception at 7:00 pm with presentation to follow. Free and open to the public. Free parking west of the Wolf Law Building in Lot 470. On the UCB campus, turn east on Regent Drive from Broadway. Co-sponsored by the Camera.

 

(posted 2009apr07)

 


 

Government Publications announces the digitized version of the Monthly Catalog >>

 

Government Publications announces the digitized version of the Monthly Catalog (a key resource for identifying government publications) now on Chinook, listed by title in Find Articles and More, or on the Government Publications homepage in the A-Z list of databases or the quick search menu on the left. This online version opens up the rich historical collections in Government Publications to quick and easy access.

(posted 2009apr27)

 


 

"Final Bites" – Free pizza and energy drinks on Norlin's 5th floor, Friday, May 1st at 9:30 pm >>

 

We know you need more than information resources and study space to prepare for finals. Get an extra boost with free pizza and energy drinks, provided by your University Libraries, Friday 1 May, 9:30 pm, Norlin's 5th Floor. We can't open the doors any earlier, but when we do, enjoy refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Libraries. Text your friends! C U Friday and good luck on your finals!

(posted 2009apr24)

 


 

Eugene Hayworth, Business Librarian, Fulbright Scholarship Recipient >>

 

Eugene Hayworth of the Boulder Business Library is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Lecturing/Research scholarship for the term February - July, 2010. Hayworth will study German at the Goethe Institute in Berlin, and teach the course "Business Reference and Information Sources" at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science of Humboldt Universität. The class is designed for students who are enrolled in the Masterstudiengang program and combines an introduction to basic business concepts and vocabulary with current issues in business librarianship. During his stay in Berlin he will also be conducting research on the similarities and differences between U.S. and European business libraries.

 

(posted 2009mar16)

 


 

The Research & Instruction Department is now open in Norlin's 2nd floor new Research Center! >>

 


 

Government Publications Has Tax Forms Available >>

 

The Government Publications Library on the 3rd floor southwest of Norlin has tax forms and instructions in print on a rack in the Government Publications reading room. All of the GovPubs web pages have a link to Tax Forms under the Quick Search heading in the left navigation bar. This link takes you to our Tax Forms & Information subject guide, which features links to online tax info. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, we have a link to our blog post on 2008 Tax Forms (http://cubgovpubs.blogspot.com/2009/01/2008-tax-forms.html), which lists all of the print 2008 tax forms we have received and is updated as we receive additional forms.

(posted 2009mar16 rev.)

 


 

English and History: A Cross-Disciplinary Event, March 18th >>

All are welcome to the cross-disciplinary event that features lectures by two eminent CU professors, both Chairs of their respective Departments: Professor Katherine Eggert of the Department of English and Professor Susan Kent of the Department of History. After the talks there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

 

Wednesday, March 18th, 5-6:15 p.m.

British and Irish Studies Room (5th floor of Norlin Library west side)
Reception to follow.


Professor Katherine Eggert

Title: "Secrets and Lies: Alchemy, Falsehood, and John Donne." Abstract: We think of history as the true ground on which literature plants its fantasies. Sometimes, though, literature is less interested in the truth than in showcasing what everyone knows to be patently untrue. The science of alchemy was a Renaissance obsession, but its theory had been discredited since the Middle Ages. Some poems by John Donne will help show how, for some Renaissance authors, bad science is exactly what is needed for great literature.


Professor Susan Kent:

Title: "The Literature of Trauma and Subjectivity in Britain, 1918-1931."
Abstract: The talk will be about the shift in subjectivity from the Victorian and Edwardian eras to the post-WWI era as it is reflected in literature written by those who were traumatized by the experiences of the Great War.

 

Sponsored by CU Literaria, the Department of English, and The Arts and Sciences Student Group (ASSG).

 

(posted 2009mar16)


Designate your desired pickup location for Prospector requests >>
Patrons May Now Select Pickup Locations for Holds, PASCAL Off-Site Material and Prospector Requests. Responding to requests from many students and faculty on campus, patrons are now able to specify the library location where they would like to pick up hold/recalls, PASCAL materials, new acquisition rushes and Prospector requests.

 

When placing a request in Chinook on an eligible item, a drop down menu of pick up location choices appears at the point of authentication. A pickup location must be selected, otherwise a message appears asking that a choice be made before the request can be placed.

The choices for new pick up locations are any of the branch libraries: Business, Earth Sciences/Maps, Engineering, Math/Physics and Music, as well as the current Norlin Circulation Desk.

 

Deliveries of these materials will be each afternoon, so in many cases if you choose to pick up a PASCAL item at a branch rather than Norlin, there will be a delay of one extra business day.

Also note that only materials which are eligible to be requested in Chinook can be requested for pick up, books that are currently on the shelf must still be retrieved from their respective locations.


(posted 2009feb10)

 


 

The East Asian Library moved to Norlin's 2nd floor Research Center, SE section >>
Construction of the Norlin Learning Commons has necessitated moving the East Asian Library from the first to the second floor of Norlin Library. The collection is now housed in the newly renovated Norlin Research Center, in the southeast section.

 

(posted 2009jan28)

 


 

Seismic activity around the world in real time! >>
A touch screen kiosk that shows seismic activity around the world in real time as well as giving information on seismology is now stationed in the Earth Sciences Library, courtesy of the Department of Geological Sciences. It is supported by IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology), NSF and USGS and is connected to the IRIS website. Stop by the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library in the Benson Earth Sciences building to take a look.

 

(posted 2009jan26)

 


 

Understanding the Print Culture of the Western Frontier: Geographic, Modern, and Historical Investigations >>

 

January 26, 7-9pm / Norlin Library 5th Floor Center for British and Irish Studies

 

A panel talk featuring a range of interesting speakers:


The Great Fear: Rumors and Print Media on the Early Western Frontier, 1812-1860 by Anne F. Hyde, Colorado College, Director of the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies

 

The University Press in the 21st Century: A View from the West by Darrin Pratt, Director of the University Press of Colorado

 

Immigration and Industrialization in Print During the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, 1858-1862 by James Ascher, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries, Rare Book Cataloger

 

Utilizing Geographic Information Systems in Print Culture Research: The Print of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush prior to 1870 by Bradley Wade Bishop, Florida State University, Ph.D. candidate at the Information Use Management and Policy Institute

 

(posted 2009jan16)


 

Busy librarians publish books, articles, and book reviews >>
Did you know that CU-Boulder’s librarians are faculty and that most are tenured or on the tenure track? As a result, these busy librarians publish books, articles, and book reviews, and they support the profession through presentations and active committee work, along with their varied and demanding positions in the University Libraries.

 

(UCB authors are bolded)

 

Book:

 

Sampsel, Laurie J. Music Research: A Handbook. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009  (January 08)

 

Articles: 


Alexander, Stephanie; Sinkinson, Caroline. "Providing the 'Right' Instructional Development Opportunities." LOEX Quarterly, Winter 2008, Vol.34 Issue 4, p4-5, 10.


Ascher, James P.
“What's the Big Deal with RDA? Or, Some Thoughts on the Heliocentric Universe... “ Colorado Libraries, 2008, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p57-61.


Ferris, Anna M. “The Ethics and Integrity of Cataloging.” Journal of Library Administration, 2008, Vol. 47 Issue 3/4, p173-190


Barbara Greenman
, "Academic E-Books: Supply Before Demand in the Life Sciences?" Acquisitions Librarian Special Issue E-book, Vol. 19, Issue 3/4, 2007, pp. 299

 

Hayworth, Gene. “Early Career Librarianship in the Business Library.” Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 2008, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p227-239

 

Hill, Janet Swan. “Is It Worth It? Management Issues Related to Database Quality.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 2008, Vol. 46 Issue 1, p5-26

 

Hill, Janet Swan. Guest Editorial: "A Winding path to Cataloging Leadership," in "Reflections on Cataloging Leadership."  Library Resources & Technical Services (52:2) April, 2008, pp24-26.

 

Hill, Janet Swan. Guest Editorial: "Entering an Alternate Universe: Some Consequences of Implementing Recommendations of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control." Library Resources & Technical Services. 52:4, Oct. 2008. 218-226.

 

Hill, Janet Swan, co-editor and contributor,  On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/LCWGResponse-Marcum-Final-061008.pdf

 

Hurd, Sandy; Klemperer, Katharina; Miller, Linda; Moeller, Paul. “Tumbling Dice: Publishers, Aggregators, and ERM.” Serials Librarian, 2008, Vol. 54 Issue 1/2, p171-178

 

Jobe, Margaret M.; Levine-Clark, Michael. “Use and Non-Use of Choice-Reviewed Titles in Undergraduate Libraries.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, Jul 2008, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p295-394

 

Kellsey, Charlene. "Access to Historical Documents in a French Library:
Documents for Monastic History in the Médiathèque d'Arles."  RBM: A Journal of
Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage 9 (2) Fall 2008, 213-225.

 

Knievel, Jennifer E. “Instruction to Faculty and Graduate Students: A Tutorial to Teach Publication Strategies.” portal: Libraries & the Academy, Apr2008, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p175-186

 

Krismann, Carol H.  “Women Entrepreneurs throughout History.” Women Higher

Entrepreneurship Learning Program. 2008. http://deminghelp.org

 

Lindquist, Thea, and Todd Gilman. “Academic/Research Librarians with Subject Doctorates: Data and Trends, 1965-2006.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 8, no. 1 (January 2008): 31-52.

 

Lundy, M. Winslow. “Provenance Evidence in Bibliographic Records.” Library Resources & Technical Services, Jul 2008, Vol. 52 Issue 3, p164-172

 

Maness, Jack M.; Miaskiewicz, Tomasz; Sumner, Tamara. “Using Personas to Understand the Needs and Goals of Institutional Repository Users.” D-Lib Magazine, Sep/Oct2008, Vol. 14 Issue 9/10, p28-28, 1p; DOI: 10.1045/september2008-maness

 

Maness, Jack M. "A linguistic analysis of chat reference conversations with 18-24 year-old college students," Journal of Academic Librarianship, 34, 1 (January, 2008):
31-38.

 

Morris, Patricia. “Planning New and Remodeled Archival Facilities.” American Archivist, Spring/Summer2008, Vol. 71 Issue 1, p248-251

 

Reviews:


Dulock, Michael. Review of Federated Search: Solution or Setback for Online Library Services. Journal of Academic Librarianship, Jul 2008, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p374-374

 

Graber, Alison. Review of Early childhood curricula and the de-pathologizing of childhood. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Dec 2008, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p749-749,

 

Graber, Alison. Review of Taking science to school: learning and teaching science in grades K-8. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Feb 2008, Vol. 45 Issue 6, p1027-1027

 

Grobelny, Joseph. “Digital Media Reviews.”  Notes, Sep 2008, Vol. 65 Issue 1, p136-140

 

Hicks, Alison. Reviews of  En tiempos de Guerra. La historia de un soldado 9/1/2008; El túnel 9/15/2008; La pasión de Carmela 10/01/2008; En busca de Klingsor 10/01/2008; Doña Bárbara 10/15/2008; El Ulises de James Joyce: una lectura posible. 10/15/2008, Library Journal


Krismann, Carol
. Review of Asian Americans: A Statistical Sourcebook. Reference & User Services Quarterly, Spring 2008, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p281-282


Larsen, Suzanne T.
Review of  Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science, Reference & User Services Quarterly, Fall 2008, Vol. 48 Issue 1, p90-91

 

(posted 2009jan26)

 


 

New Database: Springer E-Books published from 2005-present, includes nearly 30,000 titles >>

We now have electronic access to the complete collection of Springer e-books published from 2005-present, which includes nearly 30,000 titles. The collection is quite diverse, and the subject areas represented include computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, biomedical, business, medicine, social sciences, humanities, earth & environmental science, behavioral science and architecture. 2009 imprints will be added as published throughout the year. You can access this collection (along with our entire collection of Springer journals) at http://www.springerlink.com. And here's a link to title lists, including forthcoming books:
http://www.springer.com/e-content/ebooks?SGWID=0-40791-12-464499-0.

 

(posted 2009jan14)


Event: Understanding the Print Culture of the Western Frontier >>


Understanding the Print Culture of the Western Frontier: Geographic, Modern, and Historical Investigations --January 26, 7-9pm / Norlin Library 5th Floor Center for British and Irish Studies A panel talk featuring a range of interesting speakers:The Great Fear: Rumors and Print Media on the Early Western Frontier, 1812-1860Anne F. Hyde, Colorado College, Director of the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies The University Press in the 21st Century: A View from the WestDarrin Pratt, Director of the University Press of Colorado Immigration and Industrialization in Print During the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, 1858-1862James Ascher, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries, Rare Book Cataloger Utilizing Geographic Information Systems in Print Culture Research: The Print of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush prior to 1870Bradley Wade Bishop, Florida State University, Ph.D. candidate at the Information Use Management and Policy Institute.

 

(posted 2009jan16)


Global ILL Framework (GIF) Project
posted 2009jan14

 

The University Libraries is pleased to announce our acceptance into the Global ILL Framework (GIF) Project. The GIF project is a reciprocal agreement between North American and Japanese academic libraries and research institutes to provide North American researchers with access to materials not available through normal ILL channels such as OCLC. We will now have access to the collections of over 150 Japanese libraries greatly increasing our ability to fulfill the needs of our patrons. In order to participate certain protocols must be followed, these protocols will be explained in an instruction guide that will be released early January 2009. We are honored to be the only academic library in the state of Colorado to participate in this project. This has been a cooperative initiative between Interlibrary Loan and Collection Development/Asian Studies bibliographer, Xiang Li. For more information please contact Xiang Li at xiang.li@colorado.edu or Regina Carlyon at regina.carlyon@colorado.edu.

 


 

Springer  E-BOOKS
posted 2009jan14

 

We now have electronic access to the complete collection of Springer e-books published from 2005-present, which includes nearly 30,000 titles.  The collection is quite diverse, and the subject areas represented include computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, biomedical, business, medicine, social sciences, humanities, earth & environmental science, behavioral science and architecture.  2009 imprints will be added as published throughout the year.  You can access this collection (along with our entire collection of Springer journals) at http://www.springerlink.com.  And here's a link to title lists,  including forthcoming books:
http://www.springer.com/e-content/ebooks?SGWID=0-40791-12-464499-0.

 


December 2008 Employee of the Month: Helene McHendry of Cataloging & Metadata Services

 

Helene McHendry of Cataloging & Metadata Services is Employee of the Month for December.

 

The following nomination was received from by Paul Moeller, Cataloging & Metadata Services:

 

It is a distinct pleasure to nominate Helene McHendry for employee of the month.  I returned from the 2007 Innovative User Group Annual Conference with some information about converting non-MARC holdings statements to full MARC21 Format for Holdings Data (MFHD).  I shared the information with Helene and she ran with it.  Helene studied holdings standards, devised ways to utilize Millennium’s Global Update to aid in converting our holdings, assisted with training, developed procedures, and worked with Interlibrary Loan to determine how best to communicate our lend/reproduction policies through our holdings records to OCLC.  Over the last 18 months Helene, with the help of one student assistant, has converted over 75,000 of our non MARC holdings statements and anticipates completing the final 15,000 of them over the next few months.  When we began this project I figured we’d be working on it for the next five years.  Thanks to Helene’s efforts we may finish in two. 

 

Bringing our holdings into compliance with current standards will allow us to more easily share data with outside parties such as OCLC and RAPID (OCLC will load our holdings in 2009).  It will also promote a consistent display of holdings, allow us to take advantage of future developments in periodicals check-in, and ease migration to a new system should we need to do so.  These upgraded holdings records for serial titles should also reduce the number of requests to ILL for materials that are not available for lending thus alleviating demands on staff time and effort.

 

Congratulations and thanks for the hard work!

 

The University Libraries’ Employee of the Month award is intended to recognize the special effort of faculty, staff, or student employees. The award is granted at the discretion of the Associate Director for Administrative Services.

 

Visit our Employee of the Month page to see past honorees.

 

To nominate an employee, please email a letter of support to John.Culshaw@colorado.edu.

 


 

James Ascher of Cataloging and Metadata Services Receives Reese Fellowship

 

James Ascher, Senior Instructor and Special Collections & Archives Cataloging specialist, was the 2008 recipient of the William S. Reese Fellowship in American  Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas.

 

Reese fellowships provide support for staff duties and a course during several weeks at the University of Virginia Rare Book School, an independent non-profit educational institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing.  Ascher worked on researching, dating, and cataloging approximately one hundred and fifty maps of Denmark and was a general teaching assistant for several courses. 

 

The award was presented to support his ongoing research in early Colorado printing, which recently resulted in the co-presentation of “Quackery, Mountebanks, Fraudulent Science and Haberdashery in the Colorado Territory: An Investigation into the Geographical Ramifications of Print Culture in the Old West” at the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 


 

Laughing Goat Coffeehouse Chosen as Café Vendor for the New Learning Commons

 

The Procurement Service Center has completed our contract with Laughing Goat Coffeehouse to serve as the vendor providing café services in the new Learning Commons.  Laughing Goat, a locally-owned coffeehouse located at 17th & Pearl in downtown Boulder, offers fair trade, organic, and locally-produced products as much as possible.

 

Early in the new year, we will begin working with Laughing Goat, Facilities, and our architect to complete design and integration of the café facility in the Commons. In the meantime, visit Laughing Goat at 1709 Pearl for a preview of the great food and beverages that will be available in the Commons!

 


 

The Friends of the CU Boulder Libraries' Information Day is Thursday, January 8

Posted January 12, 2009

 

The Friends of the University of Colorado Libraries will hold its annual Information Day at Norlin Library on the CU-Boulder campus on Thursday, Jan. 8.

 

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Center for British and Irish Studies on the fifth floor of the library. Information Day is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.

 

Jim Williams, dean of the CU Libraries, and Cynthia Grubb, president of the Friends, will welcome participants. Guests will view the exhibit "Essence of Rock: The Photographs of Williams R. Current" and selected materials in Special Collections. Reference librarians also will provide training for Chinook and databases in the computer lab.

 

A light, catered lunch will be served at noon. Immediately following the lunch break, a program titled "Behind the Scenes at Norlin Library" will be presented by senior instructor James Ascher. This program will give patrons an overview of how a contemporary research library functions.

 

The purpose of Information Day is to inform citizens that Norlin Library is accessible to them and to familiarize people with how to use Norlin while remodeling projects are under way.

 

The event is co-sponsored by the Camera newspaper. Pay parking is available in the Euclid Avenue Autopark.

For more information call the Friends of the Libraries at 303-492-7511.

 


 

Norlin extended hours for review and exams >>

Until the end of finals, Norlin Commons will be open 24hrs/day (and circulating laptops at all times) and Norlin Library will be open 7:30am - 2:00am. Finals end the afternoon of Thursday, December 16.

 

(posted 2010dec09)

 


 

Surviving Finals: fellow Buffs offer five tips >>

Fall semester is wrapping up, and CU-Boulder students are starting to feel anxious as they prepare for a week of stress and exams. To help ease into finals week, fellow Buffs have offered the following tips.

 

(posted 2010dec08)

 


 

Research Tip of the Week: It's crunch time! Ask Us! >>

 

(posted 2010dec06)

 


 

Science magazine indicates CU-Boulder ranks high in the publication and citation output for science and engineering >>

The top-ranked and most-read publication venue world-wide for all social and natural sciences and engineering, Science, has published an article which presents the publication and citation output for science and engineering publications – CU-Boulder is 8th overall and 3rd among public universities in the nation. The article, Handful of U.S. Schools Claim Larger Share of Output, appears in the November 2010 issue (v. 330, n. 19, page 1032).

This speaks highly about the quality and impact that CU research has and clearly helps establish us among the top universities nationally and worldwide. Additionally, the CU system is listed very high regarding publication output, in large part this is due to Boulder.

In this day and age, these data are very significant from the point of view of economic impact, start-up companies, work-force development in the State of Colorado, since highly cited papers and top-notch research are directly connected to competitiveness and economic development.

If you would like help conducting citation analyses of your research output, contact the University Libraries using the Ask Us page.

(posted 2010dec01)

 


 

Research Tip: Want to do research from off-campus? Use the VPN software to connect to library databases! >>

 

(posted 2010nov15)


New service will retrieve a book and have it waiting for you at the Circulation Desk of your Choice! >>


Too rushed to find that book in the Stacks? A new service from your University Libraries will retrieve that book and have it waiting for you at the campus Circulation Desk of your choice!

Most books in the University Libraries now display in Chinook with a `REQUEST IT`! button. Simply click on the `Request It!` button and we will pull that book from the shelves and hold it for you at the Libraries circulation desk you select. This trial program also includes the delivery of journal article pdfs to your desk top via a link embedded in an email when you make the request from Chinook.

 

Contact: Brice.Austin@colorado.edu

 

(posted 2010nov08)


 

Research Tip: Use RSS to keep up with websites, blogs, journals, and more! >>

(posted 2010nov08)


A celebration of the collection `100 Years of Jewish American Literature` -- Thurs, Nov 11. 7pm, VAC Auditorium 1B20 >>

 

A celebration of the collection 100 Years of Jewish American Literature, featuring readings by
authors, Robert Alter, Steve Katz and Sidney Goldfarb, whose works are included in the collection. Sponsored by CU's Program in Jewish Studies, the Department of English, the University Libraries, and Menorah: Arts, Culture & Education.

 

Contact: jamie.polliard@colorado.edu

 

**Events require an RSVP as seating is limited due to fire code restrictions. Attending an event without an RSVP may require waiting until all those who have RSVP'd are seated or being turned away if the room has reached capacity. **

 

Additional information:
http://www.colorado.edu/jewishstudies/

 

For more information and to RSVP, visit
http://www.jewishmovers.org/

 

For background information, visit
https://www.cusys.edu/newsletter/2010/11-03/campus-ucb.html

 

(posted 2010nov08)


Fairytale film and talk series: The Golden Goose, Nov 10, 6:30pm, Norlin Commons E113 >>

 

Have you ever Seen a Goose Inspired Conga? You Will if you Come View and Discuss "Die Goldene Gans" or "The Golden Goose" on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 6:30-9 pm in Norlin Commons E113.

 

Final event of the Fairy Tale Film and Talk Series: Join Ann Schmiesing as she shows and discusses the "Die Goldene Gans" or "The Golden Goose," a 1964 East German adaptation of the classic tale by the Grimm Brothers.

 

Program made possible by University Libraries, Colorado Humanities, NEH and DEFA Film Library.

 

Discover the major fairy tale collection in the Libraries Special Collections Department.

 

Contact: Alison.Hicks@colorado.edu

Additional information: http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/fairytales/

 

(posted 2010nov08)


Research Tip: Got a question? Got your phone? Text or IM a librarian! >>


(posted 2010nov01)


Talk, Nov 4th: Sleeping Beauty Awakes: Unexpected Retellings in Recent Children's Literature >>

 

Claudia Mills, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy. What: Talk and Discussion. When: 5-6.30 pm. Where: E113 Norlin Commons.

 

(posted 2010nov01)


Election Day 2010: Information >>


Links to places to confirm your mail-in ballot has arrived, finding your polling place, and the Colorado Blue Book.

 

(posted 2010nov01)


Dome Fire no threat to CU at this time >>

Boulder fire crews are responding to a fire two miles north and west of campus. There is no threat to CU at this time. Campus leadership is monitoring the situation and will update throughout the day.

 

(posted 2010oct29)


Research Tip: What if the book you need is already checked out? Try Prospector! >>

 

(posted 2010oct27)


CU-Boulder Buildings Cut Energy Use Through Buff Energy Star Program >>

 

(posted 2010oct25)


Learner`s Lunch: a series of free drop-in seminars >>

 

(posted 2010aug15)


Come to Norlin for some early Tricks and Treats! Wed Oct 27, 3-5pm, Norlin Library East Lobby >>

 

Come to Norlin for some early Tricks and Treats! Archeological Media Lab Open House: Wed Oct 27, 3-5pm, Norlin Library East Lobby.

 

See what tricks and adventure games could be played on vintage computers. Have some treats and catch some informal talks and demonstrations by Asst. Prof. of English, Lori Emerson, founder of the Archeological Media Lab, supported by ATLAS, English, and your University Libraries. This unique Lab stays connected with past technology in order to understand current digital interactions and to preserve access to early works of digital literature and text adventure games.

 

Lori.Emerson@colorado.edu
http://ScriptaLab.org/

 

(posted 2010oct21)


Research Tip: Need to find a book in the library? >>

 

Get the information you need so that you can find that book on shelf.

 

(posted2010oct20)


 

2010/2011 Provost`s Fellowship in Librarianship applications are available. Deadline is Monday, October 25, 2010. >>

 

(posted 2010oct04)


POEMEDIA: Multimedia art by artists/poets. 7 pm, Oct. 22-23, Atlas Black Box Theater, free >>

 

POEMEDIA: Multimedia art by artists/poets Erin Costello & Aaron Angello. This Friday & Saturday, 7 p.m. Oct. 22-23 ATLAS Black Box Theater, downstairs to B2, lowest basement level. What place does the printed word have in the distraction and noise of a media-saturated world? Immerse yourself in an art installation / performance where live DJs and VJs pump out sound, video and fury as you gently stroll among the paper & poems.

 

Free admission. Note: There is no seating. Audience members are encouraged to explore the environment.

 

Cosponsored by the University Libraries and ScriptaLab.

 

(posted2010oct21)


Fairy Tale Film & Talk Series: Eroticism & Sexulaity, Thursday, Oct 21, Norlin Commons E113 >>

Jacques Barchilon and Suzanne Manganini discuss "Eroticism/sexuality in early modern French and Italian fairy tales." Did you know that in the original tale, Sleeping Beauty awoke only after birthing twins? And that the prince wasn't as innocent and clean cut as Disney made him? Join us to discover more! Sponsored by University Libraries, Colorado Humanities, NEH, DEFA Film Library. Discover the major fairy tale collection in the Libraries Special Collections Department.

 

Contact: Alison.Hicks@colorado.edu

 

Additional information: http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/fairytales/

 

(posted 2010oct18)


Want to create bibliographies in seconds? Use RefWorks! >>

 

RefWorks is a web-based tool that allows you to collect, organize and store citations and create bibliographies (in hundreds of different citation styles) in seconds.

 

(posted 2010oct11)


`Bringing order to chaos`: Five questions for Anna Ferris, Cataloger >>

(posted 2010oct11)


Read the works of Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature >>

 

The works of Mario Vargas Llosa are available in both English and Spanish in the University Libraries collections. For article research, use MLA and/or JSTOR. For further assistance, contact Alison.Hicks@colorado.edu.

 

(posted 2010oct11)


Research Tip of the Week: Great sources lead to great papers. Find what you need at the Norlin Research Desk. >>

 

(posted 2010oct04)


Research Tip of the Week: How to get the full text from Google Scholar >>

 

Research Tip of the Week - Set your `Scholar Preferences` in Google Scholar to connect to full text articles available from the CU Libraries.

 

(posted 2010sep27)


Graphic design for the non-designer: Sept 29, 12:30, Norlin Commons E113 >>

 

Interested in designing pieces for classes or extra-curricular activities? Stuck with a departmental design project? Dave Underwood will show you that good design needn`t be a black art. Using tried and true design tricks such as contrast, rhythm and tension, you`ll see that producing compelling, professional work is no more daunting than making a good cup of coffee - it`s all in the process. University Libraries Learner`s Lunch series. Contact: Caroline.Sinkinson@colorado.edu

 

(posted2010sep27)


Once Upon a Time: Fairytale film and talk series >>

 

The University Libraries cordially invites you to participate in a Fairytale film and talk series this fall! Join CU faculty in this informal series as they discuss classic and modern adaptations of several well known fairytales, including the Golden Goose, Sleeping Beauty and Father Frost. All are welcome!

 

Films and Talks will be held in E113, Norlin Commons.

 

For more information, please see the webpage: http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/fairytales/

 

(posted2010sep27)


Telling Tales: Asian, African, Latino, Native and other folktales, Tuesday, 9/21, 4–5 p.m. UMC 227 >>

 

Telling Tales: Asian, African, Latino, Native and other folktales Tuesday, September 21, 4–5 p.m.
UMC 227, SORCE / Senior Dedication Lounge Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Affairs and the University Libraries.

 

As a youngster, were you captivated when stories were told? The folk tales of all ethnic groups will entertain you still when read by your peers. From scary to funny, we`ll share stories inspired by the challenges and successes of the ethnic/racial communities from which they sprang. Whatever your background, you`ll relate to this mix of favorite stories read by fellow students, and perhaps relive your childhood pleasure in the `telling of tales`. Join this informal reading to have fun meeting new students, faculty, and staff on campus!

 

Facilitator: Cleo Estrada, 303-492-5668.

 

(posted 2010sep17)


Arts and Culture Week is 19-24 Sept. Enjoy the art shows in Norlin Library >>

 

Arts and Culture Week (19-24 Sept) is a great time to enjoy the art shows right in Norlin Library.

Norlin is alive with art -- including color etchings by Matthew Ritchie, paintings of light by Wally Carson, textural abstracts by Rebecca Jewell, Yelizaveta Baktin`s lush forest scene in the east stairwell and her stylized paintings in Art and Architecture, an original illustrated fairy tale by Baktin and Baldridge brothers, paintings by Nicholas Baldridge in the Laughing Goat, Bhagvati Khalsa`s animal clusters, dynamic canvasses by Louis DeAngelis, `My Story` prints by BFA students.

 

(posted 2010sep15)


Norlin`s New Circulation Desk is open opposite the west entrance >>

 

Norlin`s new Circulation Desk opened in a new space, opposite the west entrance, on Monday, September 13th.

 

(posted 2010sep13)


Fourmile Fire: a list of local news resources >>

 

http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/news/FourmileFire.htm

 

(posted2010sep09)


My Story: BFA printmaking exhibit in Norlin Library 2nd floor southwest Science gallery >>

 

My Story: printmakers share their life stories through images that interpret memories, diary entries, events, and experiences. An exhibit by BFA students in Melanie Yazzi`s spring 2010 printmaking class, organized by Shannon Aragon. On display through the fall 2010 semester in the Norlin Library 2nd floor southwest Science gallery.

 

(posted2010aug12)


5 art shows in Norlin Library -- very cool. >>

 

To enjoy the tour, start walking up the stairs from the east entrance and delight in a lush forest scene on the first landing. Artist Yelizaveta Baktin imaginatively recreates the Russian countryside of her childhood in this evocative oil painting.

 

Harkening back to her childhood immersion in Russian folktales, Baktin further presents her artistry as a collaborator on an original illustrated fairy tale with brothers Nicholas and Jonathan Baldridge. Framed text and illustrations line the wall just south of Norlin`s interior bay window in the second floor Research Services.

 

On the other side of the bay window and around the corner in the Art and Architecture periodicals section, enjoy a captivating series of "animal clusters", by former textile print designer, Bhagvati Khalsa. Take a moment to allow the animal forms to emerge from the patterns.

 

From the third floor landing of the west stairs, turn right into an unexpected gallery where large canvasses with bright colors, riveting patterns, and musical allusions shout out the artistic skills and cultural commentary of Boulder painter, Louis DeAngelis.

 

Finally, make your way back down to the east entrance and into the Laughing Goat coffee shop, where you can savor the enigmatic visions of Nicholas Baldridge, one of the fairy tale collaborators.

The exhibits are on view through August.

 

(posted 2010jul01)


Boulder Weekly: Student Guide 2010: Things to do without ever leaving campus >>


Daily Camera: CU-Boulder`s Norlin Library services go mobile >>


Boulder Weekly: Student Guide 2010: For studying, there`s no place like Norlin >>

 


Norlin Commons resumes 24/5 operations on August 29th >>

 

Norlin Commons will resume 24/5 operations on Sunday, August 29th. Due to regular computer systems maintenance, laptops are not available for checkout between 4:00 am and 6:00 am.

 

(posted 2010aug25)


Research Tip of the Week: How do I...? Find a textbook >>

 

(posted2010aug25)


Featured Database: VD18, a digital achive of all works published from 1701 to 1800 in German-speaking areas >>

 

VD18 project - Verzeichnis der im deutschen Sprachraum erschienenen Drucke des 18. Jahrhunderts: http://vd18.gdz-cms.de/startseite/.

 

The project aims not only to index all works published from 1701 to 1800 in German or German-speaking areas, like its forerunners the VD16 and VD17, but also to digitize them and make them available online. The intention is to create a complete virtual national library of the 18th century. Like EEBO and ECCO, the titles are not only in German but a variety of languages.

 

In the two-year pilot phase of the project, 75,000 titles comprising 18 million pages will be digitized before the main project phase to digitize a further 600,000 titles begins. The project is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), with libraries such as the Bavarian State Library and Prussian State Library participating in the pilot phase.

 

Right now, the interface is only available in German, and the titles do not appear to be keyword-searchable. If you subscribe to the RSS feed, you will immediately received records for 150 titles with links to the full-text images.

 

The VD18 database is cataloged in Chinook: http://libraries.colorado.edu/record=e1001150~S3

 

(posted2010aug24)


Norlin east vestibule and doors have been replaced >>

 

The revolving doors of Norlin's east entrance have been replaced with the more conventional side pivot design. Work began July 19th and the new doors opened for use August 19th.

 

Some of the door hardware is temporary and will be replaced later. There are a few remaining items to resolve such as the ADA door actuators, CCure swipe access, carpet replacement, and installation of some interior casework and the plaza-facing LCD panel. All of this is in process but will not impede the use of the East Entrance.

 

(posted2010aug19)

 


Engineering Library public workstations will not be available the week of 8/16-8/20 >>


Engineering Library public workstations are scheduled for replacement the week of 8/16-8/20 and will not be available during that period.

 

(posted 2010aug09)

 


 

Librarian accepted into the 2011 Cohort of the President`s Teaching and Learning Collaborative >>

 

Alison Hicks of the Libraries Research and Instruction department was accepted into the 2011 cohort of the President`s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (http://www.colorado.edu/ptsp/ptlc/). The collaborative provides mentoring, support, and some funding to junior faculty who are selected into the program based on the strength and innovation of their proposed research.

(Posted 2010jul27)

 


 

Obituary for Patricia Morris >>

 

Associate Professor and Faculty Director of Preservation, University Libraries, University of Colorado at Boulder, Patricia Morris died on May 7th this year.

 

As detailed on the American Library Association Preservation Administration Discussion Group listserv, Professor Morris "had a long history in collections preservation. Prior to her position at UC Boulder she worked at the South Carolina Department of Archives & History for 11 years as the Director of Collections Management, and two earlier years as the Supervisor of Conservation Services. From 1993 to 2001 she was Adjunct Faculty at the University of SC in the College of Library and Information Science teaching preservation administration. Pat served on the SC State Historical Records Advisory Board as Deputy Coordinator for most of the 1990s. She was Archivist for the TN State Library and Archives from 1980 to1987. Morris published extensively on topics such as managing the preservation environment, survey tools, and emergency planning and response and given many excellent presentations. She was a very active member of SAA and PALMCOP, and more recently became active with ALCTS PARS, serving as the Preservation Administrators Interest Group Co-chair."

 

Pat Morris' service at the University Libraries was characterized by a broad vision that encompassed the management and preservation of library resources; the design and operation of buildings and facilities that contribute to the longevity of materials; and the utilization of all available technologies to assure the protection and preservation of physical objects, to enable greater access to them by students and scholars; and to preserve their intellectual content.

 

Her vision, her determination, her skill in planning and carrying through immense and complex projects, and her ability to perceive problems in terms of their total context will be greatly missed by the Libraries.

 

(posted 2010jun30)

 


 

From Pictographs to Pixels / July 18-19 >>

Going Full Circle with University Libraries ScriptaLab and the Books Arts League.

 

Sunday July 18th , 6 pm, Free, Norlin Library -- Commons room E113 From Homer to BFF: About How We Express Ourselves Slide talk and rapid ride from pre-history to a speculative future. Why Socrates was not happy about the written word; how calligraphic writing influenced early printed work; printing types through the centuries; the transition to digital; evolution of alphabetic symbols. Brian Allen, who worked for over twenty years in digital font production and co-founded the Colorado Book Arts League, is a calligrapher and letterpress printer, currently based in Raleigh, NC.

 

Monday July 19, 6:30-8 pm, Free, Norlin Library Commons room E113 -- From Press to Pixels: Historical Tools and New/Digital Media Hear the contemporary views of Trace Reddell, Director of the Digital Media Studies Program at the University of Denver, on how the new field of digital studies pays tribute to five centuries of printing. Learn how craftsman, Rob Barnes of Foils and Dies Vintage Pressworks in Denver, uses his centuries of letterpress predecessors to bring fresh life to text.

 

Sponsored by the CU-Boulder University Libraries, Friends of the Libraries, ATLAS Institute, English Department, and Center for Humanities and the Arts, and the Book Arts League.

 

Contact: Deborah.Fink@colorado.edu, 303-492-8302

 

(posted 2010jul01)

 


Libraries Dean and Director honored for 20 years of service as commencement Marshal >>

 

(posted 2010may10)

 


 

Sherlock Holmes on Display in the Norlin East Lobby! >>

 

Long before the character was a Hollywood action figure, the consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, appeared in magazines, books, radio shows, television, and the big screen. The super-intelligent sleuth and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, have been the subject of countless writers. Take a peek at just a few of the books available in Norlin Library on this popular topic as displayed in the east entrance display case. You’ve seen the movie—now you can also Read All About It!

 

(posted 2010jan14)

 


 

Art Show in Norlin & Reception this Saturday, 1-3 pm >>

 

Now featured in Norlin Library's 1st floor SW gallery (formerly the HotSpot) are the winning art pieces from 15 high schools across the state. One of them will be selected to hang for a year in Washington with winners from the other states.

 

The show is sponsored by the 2nd Congressional District (Jared Polis). The winner will be announced at a reception this Saturday from 1-3 in the gallery. Our dean will make welcoming remarks along with Jared Polis.

 

The art will be on display until 18 May, and is an impressive sight!

 

(posted 2010may13)

 


 

Why Fiction Is Better Than Fact: a presentation by Michael McGarrity -- May 14, 7pm >>

 

Friends of the Libraries presents --
JUST DESSERTS --
Friday, May 14, 2010, 7:00 p.m. --
Wolf Law Building.

 

WHY FICTION IS BETTER THAN FACT: WRITING THE HISTORICAL PREQUEL

 

The Friends of the Libraries will host Michael McGarrity, acclaimed mystery writer, on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wolf Law Building on the CU Boulder campus.

 

Mr. McGarrity is the author of the Kevin Kerney novel series, including Tuloarosa, Mexican Hat and his latest, Dead or Alive. McGarrity’s books are set mainly in New Mexico and mix several elements: the early novels combine razor-sharp procedural detail with a gripping, gritty edge, while later ones swap the noir for a full-palette portrayal of a cop’s domestic life. McGarrity exhibits a remarkable ability to make the landscape and people of the Southwest vital characters in his stories.

Michael McGarrity holds a BA with distinction in psychology and a master''''''''s degree in clinical social work. His career in criminal justice includes work in corrections, law enforcement, and serving as an expert witness to the court. As a trained psychotherapist, McGarrity specialized in the treatment of high-risk and at-risk populations.

 

A light catered dessert reception will precede the presentation. Free parking will be available in lot 470 west of the Law School. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Friends of the Libraries at 303-492-7511.

 

(posted 2010apr13)

 


 

Understanding Recent Arctic Change / Norlin, Saturday, April 10 >>

 

The Friends of the Libraries is sponsoring a presentation by Mark Serreze -- Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, CIRES -- as this year's "Spring Treasures" program. Serreze will talk about "Understanding Recent Arctic Change" on Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10:30 am, in Norlin Library, CBIS, 5th floor. The program is free and open to the public.

 

(posted 2010jan19)

 


 

New Conference on World Affairs / Archives Digital Collection >>

 

Visit the joint Conference on World Affairs (CWA) / Archives website, featuring 60 hours of digitized audio recordings from past CWA sessions dating to the 1950s. This digital audio streaming project, which comes from the extensive CWA audio archive, makes these voices available for the first time in a way that is eminently listenable and captures the historical tenor of the times in which they were recorded. Here, you may here talks by R. Buckminster Fuller, Henry Kissinger, Huey Newton, Yitzhak Rabin, I.F. Stone, and many more. Or sessions on dying, civil rights, castrology, black power, student activism of the 1960s, the Cold War, Nixon and the Democrats, rap sessions, the Salvadoran Civil War, the fight for freedom in South Africa, Africa betrayed, the failure of nuclear deterence, the failure of the old left, the Middle East, the job of sex, the future of energy, music and language, jazz, the arts, and much more.

 

The website also contains archival documents--photographs, past programs, etc.

There is still much work to be done to digitize all 3,500 hours of the Conference's

audio archive. These same audio recordings are being loaded into the libraries digital library.

 

See: http://cwa.colorado.edu/archives/

 

(posted 2010mar05)

 


 

A New Copyright Information Website >>

 

The University Libraries, ITS, CU Book Store and University Counsel have partnered to create a new campus Web home for copyright information.

 

The gateway to the new site, which is hosted by the University Libraries, is:

http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/copyright/

 

Some highlights include:

* Tools for helping you to determine Fair Use
* FAQs on a variety of copyright topics
* Sample permission letters
* Educational videos on copyright
* Links to content which you can legally download

These pages represent a work-in-progress; suggestions and comments are welcome!

 

(posted 2010jan26)

 


 

Happy 70th Birthday Norlin Library! >>

 

The venerable Norlin Library turned 70 this month. A display in the Norlin third floor west gallery showcases its architectural history with archival and contemporary photographs.

 

Contemporary art photographs of the building by UCB web designer Kevin Crafts are featured in the first floor Learning Commons. The show, on display through spring, reveals the visual evolution of this distinguished, much lived in, and still evolving architectural gem, which was designed by Charles Klauder and first opened its doors on January 6th, 1940.

 

The show will be on display throughout the spring 2010 semester.

 

(posted 2010jan05)

 


 

Modern Shelter: Between Design and Construction. February 4 >>

 

The Jeffrey William Limerick Memorial Endowment and the University of Colorado Libraries will host a very special night commemorating the life of artist and architect Jeff Limerick as fellow architect Ron Radziner speaks on his innovative approach to architecture, interiors, and landscape design in his talk titled "Modern Shelter: Between Design and Construction".

 

The presentation will be held on February 4, 7:00 PM, in Eaton Humanities, CU Boulder Campus, room 150.

 

Ron Radziner is the Design Principal and co-founder of Marmol Radziner, an architecture and construction firm in Los Angeles, California. He leads the design of every project, developing solutions that provide a unique architectural identity and forge strong connections between interior and exterior spaces; he also builds partnerships with organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the community.

 

The Jeffrey William Limerick Memorial Endowment provides funding to purchase architectural books and resources for the JWL Endowed Collection at Norlin Library on the CU-Boulder Campus. The books and resources in the collection highlight architectural design concepts, philosophies, styles, and practices that Jeff appreciated.

 

For more information, call 303-735-1399 or email ires@colorado.edu.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

(posted 2010jan14)

 


 

Understanding the Print Culture of the Western Frontier. January 26, 7-9pm >>

 

Understanding the Print Culture of the Western Frontier: Geographic, Modern, and Historical Investigations -- a special panel presentation on January 26, 7-9pm, on Norlin Library's 5th Floor Center for British and Irish Studies.

 

The panel talk features a range of interesting speakers:

 

The Great Fear: Rumors and Print Media on the Early Western Frontier, 1812-1860 Anne F. Hyde, Colorado College, Director of the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies

 

The University Press in the 21st Century: A View from the West Darrin Pratt, Director of the University Press of Colorado

 

Immigration and Industrialization in Print During the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, 1858-1862 James Ascher, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries, Rare Book Cataloger

 

Utilizing Geographic Information Systems in Print Culture Research: The Print of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush prior to 1870 Bradley Wade Bishop, Florida State University, Ph.D. candidate at the Information Use Management and Policy Institute

 

(posted 2010jan20)

 


 

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) now available online >>

 

The Libraries has purchased the electronic version of the U.S. government's Foreign Broadcast Information Service(FBIS) collection for 1974-1996. >>

 

What is FBIS (usually pronounced as two syllables f-bis)? To keep policy makers abreast of developments around the world, the CIA employed people to monitor and translate (if necessary) news items that appeared in print and broadcast media outside of the U.S. The resulting translations appeared in daily reports that were grouped by world region. Until now these print and microfiche collections were difficult to use. The Readex digital version preserves the original arrangement of news by world region and adds search, browse, and subject access to the collection. Each article includes the date and title of the publication in which it the date that the article appeared in one of the FBIS daily reports.

 

In 1996 the government retired FBIS and replaced it World News Connection (WNC), an online database.

 

Both FBIS and WNC provide a fascinating look at the ways in which events are viewed from outside the US. Click on the "Events" tab to explore reactions to important events.

 

(posted 2009dec18)

 


 

Special Collections will close for renovations during intersession >>


Special Collections will reopen January 20. Email and voice mail will be monitored less frequently until then. The department had been closed for structural repairs. Staff does have access to the collections during renovation, and therefore replies to most reference inquiries will be delayed until staff access is resumed.

 

(posted 2010jan14)

 


Libraries Information Day: Thursday, January 7, 2010 >>

 

Heading East, Writing West: An Exhibition at Norlin Library. Through March 16. >>

 

(posted 2011dec27)

 


 

Information Literacy is the New Frontier for Librarians in the 21st Century >>

 

(posted 2011dec02)

 


 

Two CU-Boulder Professors Named 2011-12 Fulbright Scholars >>

 

(posted 2011nov21)

 


 

Earth Sciences & Map Library closed over Winter Break >>

 

The Earth Science and Map Library will be closed December 14 - January 16 due to construction.
The movable shelving that was damaged in the February 2011 flood is going to be replaced. Staff will be available by phone or email to assist you during this time. Please contact us at 303-492-6133 or by email at maplib@colorado.edu.

 

(posted 2011dec07)

 


 

Love Wikipedia? Want to get involved? Oct 27, 5:30 pm, Norlin Commons E113 >>

 

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, is one of the most successful online collaborative projects ever. Learn how volunteers around the world built one of the most used websites - for free! Find out how to become a Wikipedian! Or drop by at 7pm to brainstorm future events.

 

(posted 2011oct11)

 


 

Southwestern Anthropology: presentation Wednesday, October 26, 7pm >>

 

(posted 2011sep30)

 


 

Annual Arts & Culture Week: Beginning September 12 >>

 

This week of September 12th is the annual Arts & Culture Week on campus. There is plenty of art and culture Here for You in the Norlin Library this Arts & Culture Week and all semester!

Natural pigment coloration and dynamic, often architectural, textures create unexpected surfaces in the work of master papermaker, paper artist, and CU alum, Ray Tomasso. Find his work in the first floor SW Stoa Gallery, second floor SW Science Alcove Gallery and flanking the second floor bay window.

 

Among exhibits in Norlin, the lives, work, and legacies of two founding professors of CU-Boulder anthropology is featured in an east-side 2nd floor landing display. Learn about Omer Stewart: cultural anthropologist, social activist, defender of Indian religious practices, and founder of the CU Department of Anthropology; as well as Joe Ben Wheat: archaeologist, teacher, developer of southwestern textile classification techniques, and first curator of anthropology at CU's Museum of Natural History. Look for a related talk by CU Professor of Anthropology, Deward Walker, and Museum Anthropology Curator, Steve Lekson, on 26 October at 7pm in CBIS.

 

Click on the `Exhibits & Art Shows` tab above for a complete list of art shows and exhibits currently featured in Norlin.

 

(posted 2011sep08)

 


 

Looking for your textbook? Learn how to find it here! >>

 

Looking for a textbook for a class you`re taking? Check to see if the CU Libraries has a copy of the textbook you need.

 

(posted 2011aug23)

 


 

Southwestern Anthropology: exhibit >>

 

Southwestern Anthropology: Lives and Work: Omer Stewart and Joe Ben Wheat.

 

Exhibit on the east side 2nd floor landing of Norlin Library.

 

Defending the use of peyote by the Native American Church. Combating racism. Excavating Paleo-Indian and Anasazi archeological sites. Curating and classifying textiles of the southwest.

 

These are all a part of Southwestern Anthropology and the lives and work of two founding professors of anthropology at CU-Boulder: Omer Stewart -- cultural anthropologist, social activist and founder of the Department of Anthropology; and Joe Ben Wheat -- archaeologist, teacher and first curator of anthropology at CU`s Museum of Natural History. See how the science of culture intersects with the science of artifacts in both men`s work and how they worked with cultural transition and exchange.

 

The first of the University Libraries CU Legend Series imitated by Andrew Violet, Libraries Exhibits Coordinator and Graphic Artist.

 

(posted 2011aug04)

 


 

Book Craft: Exhibitions & Talks, through Sept 8 >>

 

(posted 2011may27)

 


 

CU Librarians among nation's top contributors to literature of special librarianship >>

 

University Libraries among nation's top contributors to the literature of special librarianship.

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries was honored as one of the top 50 universities that contributed the most papers to the literature of special librarianship from 2000-2010, based on an analysis of the author affiliations of over 2,000 papers of substantive research or professional commentary in the eleven most cited journals in these areas, using procedures adapted from Wiberley, Hurd & Weller (College & Research Libraries 46(4): 334-342; 2006). The University Libraries is ranked in the highest 4% of the country in terms of scholarly productivity in this area, as announced at the Special Libraries Association annual conference in Philadelphia, June 13th.

The top 50 ranking is listed in the June/July issue of Information Outlook, with a brief commentary on the shared characteristics of the winning institutions. Detailed analyses of the study will appear later this year in three separate articles involving the sciences, engineering, agriculture and medicine, (in Science and Technology Libraries), business and finance, law, and social sciences (in the Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship) and the humanities specialties of music, the arts, and special collections (in Practical Academic Librarianship, the new Open Access journal of SLA's Academic Division).

 

(posted 2011may17)

 


 

Presentation by book artist, Don Glaister: Fri 10 June, 7pm UMC Aspen Rooms >>


Slide show and talk by internationally renowned book artist, Don Glaister on Fri 10 June, 7pm at the Aspen Rooms, University Memorial Center, Euclid and Broadway. Parking in Euclid AutoPark. Free and open to the public.

 

Diverse influences from Thelonious Monk to Frank Gehry and from Man Ray to Johannes Gutenberg have shaped the internationally collected artist books of Don Glaister, Director of the Fine Binding Program at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado. He will present a slide presentation on his book bindings and artists who have influenced him. Sponsored by University Libraries ScriptaLab and Guild of Book Workers Rocky Mountain Chapter.

 

(posted 2011may15)

 


 

Mystery Writer -- Maggie Sefton -- Presentation on Friday the13th of May. Free and open to the public.>>

 

(posted 2011may9)

 


 

Wanna read that QR code? Get the smartphone app >>

 

(posted 2011apr18)

 


 

New Online Services: A Success Story >>


The integration of new online services at the UCB Libraries has proved a success! In the three-month period between the introduction of the Libraries' article and book delivery program in November of 2010 and January 2011, the number of book paging requests received by the Libraries has risen to five times that received prior to the launch of this new service, and article delivery requests have doubled. While the usage of the book paging service has been evenly distributed among faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students, the usage of the article delivery service has been used most by graduate students, with undergraduate students and faculty placing about half as many requests as graduates. Full report.

 

(posted 2011apr04)

 


 

NewsTeam Boulder: Crunch time workshops offer research assistance >>

 

(posted 2011mar29)

 


 

Crunch-time mini-workshops: April 4-7 >>

 

(posted 2011mar28)

 


 

Crunch time drop-in assistance: Bring your research questions April 4-7 >>

 

(posted 2011mar 28)

 


 

The Earth Sciences & Map Library has re-opened! >>

 

(posted2011mar28)

 


 

Japan Crisis: Current Information >>

 

(posted 2011mar16)

 


 

Find us on Twitter! @ucblibraries >>


(posted 2011mar16)

 


 

Need to find a specific book, or books on a topic? Get tips for searching & finding books using Chinook (CU's catalog) >>

 

(posted 2011mar09)

 


 

Can't find that library book in the Norlin stacks? "Request It" in Chinook or Encore! >>

 

In consultation with faculty library liaisons, the Libraries are in the process of identifying materials from overcrowded shelves in Norlin to create space for newly acquired titles. Most materials will be transferred to the PASCAL offsite storage facility, which provides high-density environmentally-sound storage for library materials.

 

Books to be transferred will be temporarily stored in the Norlin basement before shipment to PASCAL. During this time, we will page any of these books by request. You can simply click on the "Request it" button in Chinook or Encore and your requested books will be placed on the hold shelf at the Norlin (or any branch) circulation desk generally within one working day.

 

You will receive an email when books are ready for pickup. If we are unable to locate an item, you can request it from Prospector or Interlibrary Loan. Books requested from PASCAL are usually delivered the next business day.

 

http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/ill/docdelivery.htm

 

(posted 2011mar09)

 


 

'China through the Lens of Piano Music,' with guest violinist Kailin Yong, Norlin, March 10 >>


Thursday, March 10, 5:30-6:30, British Studies (5th floor of Norlin Library)

 

"China through the Lens of Piano Music," with guest violinist Kailin Yong.

 

A civilization's music reveals its philosophy, style, and identity. This performance project gives the perspective of award-winning pianist Hsing-ay Hsu, a Chinese-American, on Chinese culture through Chinese piano music. The performance component includes a wide variety of Chinese music, from ancient tunes to new commissions. The interwoven film segments with live narration involve a historical and a philosophical overview of Chinese aesthetics, and of the Chinese "experience" lived by Ms. Hsu and her family. This presentation also includes a duo with Boulder Library Artist-in-Residence Kailin Yong. Further information about Hsing-ay Hsu can be found at www.hsingayhsu.com. This concert is free and open to the public.

 

(posted 2011mar07)

 


 

Want to get the full text of an article? Look for the 'Find it @ CU' link >>

 

(posted2011mar01)

 


 

Film 'Shared History' by Boulder resident, Felicia Furman, March 9, Norlin 5th Floor >>

 

'Shared History' by Boulder resident, Felicia Furman, will show on Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Norlin Library fifth floor Center for British and Irish Studies. Furman, who directed and produced the film, will be present for a question and answer session after the viewing. The event, sponsored by University Libraries Special Collections, is free and open to the public.

 

'Shared History' is about the complex, contemporary and historical relationships between black and white families connected for more than 260 years to the Woodlands Plantation in South Carolina. This one-hour documentary is based on the conversations and encounters of these families as they come together to begin a conversation about the realities of their connected past.

For generations, descendants of slaves and slave owners at Woodlands Plantation, the remnants of an antebellum estate in South Carolina, have passed down stories about the ongoing relationship between their families. While independently researching their families' histories, three contemporary descendants, Rhonda, Charles, and Felicia, meet and begin to uncover the mythologies about the old relationship.

 

Contact: Deborah.Hollis@colorado.edu

Additional information: http://www.sharedhistory.org/

 

(posted 2011feb28)

 

 


 

Art Installation by Adam Milner: Bedroom Transplant #2, through March 7

 

(posted 2011feb28)

 


 

Research Tip: Looking for scholarly articles? Learn how to search for what you need. >>

 

(posted 2011feb21)

 


 

Research Tip: Need help? Talk to a librarian! >>

 

(posted 2011feb14)

 


 

Research Tip: Looking for a printer? Find one in the Libraries! >>

 

(posted 2011feb08)

 


 

Math/Physics Library to close this summer >>

 

(posted 2011feb07)

 


 

`Deciphering the Rising Sun` with Roger Dingman on Saturday, Feb 19, 10 am, Humanities 150 -- free >>

 

(posted 2011feb07)

 


 

Daily Camera: CU-Boulder's Norlin Library to stay open an hour later >>

 

(posted 2011feb02)

 


 

Materials: Books, Games, Media and other Platforms with Ian Bogost, Feb 17 >>

 

Are books and games opposing forces? Forces of good or evil? How do they affect the formation of identity and culture? What meets high standards of culture? What best serves humanity?

Ian Bogost's work provides a fresh vocabulary for contemporary media literacy. The game designer, writer, critic and associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology will look at games as significant cultural artifacts and examine broad philosophical questions about platforms.

 

Thurs Feb. 17, 3 pm, in the ATLAS Black Box Theater.

 

Free and open to the public. Reception follows.

 

Dr. Ian Bogost is an award-winning videogame designer and media philosopher and director of the Georgia Institute of Technology digital media graduate program.

 

This event is sponsored by the University Libraries ScriptaLab and is part of the ATLAS Speaker Series made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel. Additional support provided by the UCB University Libraries, Friends of the Libraries, English Department, Center for Humanities and the Arts, and the Boulder Book Arts League.

 

http://scriptalab.org/?page_id=513

 

(posted 2010jan27)


 

Research Tip: Want to do research from off-campus? Use VPN software to connect to library databases! >>

 

(posted 2011jan24)

 


 

Landscape/Geography in Literature exhibit at the Earth Sciences and Map Library lobby >>

 

Fairy tales are infrequently set in a specific geographic place that we recognize. However, there are geospatial themes that recur, and some of these are highlighted in this exhibit.

 

The exhibit features maps and images evoking aspects of fairy tales, excerpts from traditional tales, fairy tales by modern authors, and poetic responses to fairy tale themes.

 

(posted 2011jan19)

 


 

Research Tip: Looking for your assigned readings? >>

 

Search Chinook using your course number or instructor's name to find materials on Reserve.

 

(posted 2011jan19)

 


 

Research Tip: How to find a textbook >>

Looking for a textbook for a class you're taking? See if the CU Libraries has a copy of the textbook you need.

 

(posted 2011jan10)

 



`Wandering in the World of Chinese Characters` -- Through Spring 2011 at Norlin >>

 

(posted 2011jan04)

 


 

Norlin Art Exhibits through Spring 2011>>

 

Art Shows Enliven the Norlin Library through the Spring 2011 Semester. 10 art shows are featured along with the University Libraries highly diverse collection of art throughout Norlin Library. From prints and paintings by students to color etchings by Matthew Ritchie, one of Time Magazine's "100 innovators for the new millennium," you'll find colorful texture, unique stylizations, refined representations, and blatant joy - through May 2011.

 

(posted 2011jan04)

 


 

 

Document Delivery services offered on a trial basis through Spring 2011 >>

 

(posted 2010nov15, 2011jan04)


 

 

Libraries checkout period for laptops changed from 4 hours to 2 hours >>

 

In order to make laptops available to a larger pool of users, Information Technology Services and the Libraries are changing the checkout period for laptops from 4 hours to 2 hours effective January 10th, 2011. This change applies to laptops that are checked out in the Norlin, Math Physics, and Business libraries.

 

http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/about/computersFAQ.htm#laptops

 

(posted 2011jan03)

The Seven Deadly Sins of Book Care >>

 

What do pride, idleness, gluttony, lechery, avarice, envy, and wrath have to do with taking good care of your library books? They are the “Seven Deadly Sins of Book Care” a la Edmund Spenser’s The Færie Queene. On display now through November 25th in the Norlin Library west lobby, learn why maltreatment and attempted home repairs of library books are not only detrimental to the books, but also costly for the University Libraries.

 

The idea, art, and poetry based on Spenser’s defining epic were created by Randy Silverman, conservator at the University of Utah. You can also visit the Preservation website to view a slide show defining the sins. As an example of the humorous modern translations, “Loathsome Gluttony, Deformed creature, on a filthie swine,” becomes “Who but a low-life dribbling slob would eat or drink above a book.”

 

If you have a book with damage, please bring it to the Norlin Circulation Desk. If a book seems brittle or hard to photocopy please ask for assistance. Many books and articles are available online; library staff can help you find and print them.

 

(posted 2012sep10)

 


 

Obama to speak on CU-Boulder`s Norlin Quad on Sunday >>

(posted 2012aug29)

 


 

Chinook Plus and Chinook Classic will both be unavailable on Monday, August 20 >>

 

The Libraries catalogs (Chinook Plus and Chinook Classic) will both be unavailable on Monday, August 20 to allow for an important system upgrade. We anticipate that the catalogs will be available again by late afternoon. While the catalogs are unavailable, you can search for Libraries materials using Prospector: http://www.coalliance.org/prospector/


(posted 2012jul23)

 


 

Special Collection: Women Poets of the Romantic Period >>

 

(posted 2012jul07)

 


 

The Music Library will be closed July 16 - August 5 for new carpet installation >>

 

We will be closed for three weeks and change, from July 14 through August 5. There will be no library services during this time, not even our book drop. No library personnel will be on site.

 

Some prep work in the lobby area will be done the preceding week (July 9-13), but we will remain open. Please expect some noise, dust, and painting during that week

 

 

(posted 2012jul03)

 


 

Hazel Barnes and the Existential Challenge in the 21st Century >>

 

(posted 2012jun01)

 


 

Laptops available at Earth Sciences and Map Library & UMC Information Desk >>


(posted 2012may15)



 

Friends present Rex Burns on Friday, May 18, 7pm, Wolf Law Building >>

(posted 2012may15)

 


 

AMRC presents ''Perry Como: A Celebration of Music & Memories'' on May 19, Old Main Auditorium >>

(posted 2012may15)

 


 

Honor for Harbeson will take him to Finland >>

(posted 2012may10)

 


 

Gemmill Library will be closed for remodeling work May 11-28 >>


The Gemmill Library of Engineering, Mathematics, & Physics will be closed for remodeling work, beginning Friday, May 11th, 2012. The library will reopen on Tuesday, May 29th. During this time, the main floor of the library will be re-carpeted, and new desks and chairs will be installed for our computer workstations. This work will overlap with other planned repair work on the first floor of the Mathematics Building.

 

Print materials located in the Gemmill Library may be requested in-person at the Earth Sciences Library in the Benson Building, or by phone at 303-492-5396. Research questions may be directed to any member of the staff or to our general reference email at engref@colorado.edu. Please direct any questions concerning reserves to Laura Burfield at laura.burfield@colorado.edu.

Thanks for your patience making these very exciting changes!

 

(posted 2012may01)

 


 

Norlin Commons laptops to be discontinued at the end of spring semester >>

(posted 2012apr02)

 


 

Earth Sciences Library book stacks closed from March 24-31 for repairs >>

 

The Earth Sciences Library book stacks will be closed from March 24-31 for repairs.

Book access will be unavailable during this time. If you need a book during this time, please let one of our staff know and we will try to page it for you as soon as possible. We anticipate the stacks being open to the public staring April 1. The rest of the library, including computers and the Map collection, will be open to patrons during this time.

For more information, please contact Brittany Reed at 303-492-4488 or brittany.reed@colorado.edu

 

(posted 2012mar23)

 


 

CU Librarian James Ascher elected to national book society >>

 

James P. Ascher of the Boulder Libraries was elected a member of the Grolier Club, the largest and oldest society in the United States for bibliographically oriented enthusiasts.
Nominations are based on a candidate’s personal and/or professional commitment to books, as demonstrated through outstanding activity as a collector, antiquarian book dealer, rare book librarian, or some other bookish pursuit.

 

As rare books librarian at the University Libraries, Ascher managed the donation of more than 1,700 items from the late Calvin Otto and led the editing of the catalog. He also teaches courses on book history and workshops for faculty members in English literature, art history, journalism, and other departments.

 

He founded ScriptaLab, an initiative of the University Libraries that aims to weave together the scholarly threads that address text and media as a cultural artifact and as a means of communication and to explore the relationship between print and digital formats with fresh approaches to book history and comparative media. Since its inception in 2009, ScriptaLab has sponsored more than nine events that situated the historical book within contemporary media issues, available on YouTube and at http://www.scriptalab.org/.

 

(posted 2012mar12)



 

Social Media, Art Collectives, and Community Building >>

 

"Social Media, Art Collectives, and Community Building," Thurs 22 Mar, 3p, Norlin Commons E113.

Join Kate Lesta, independent cultural organizer and creative director of the interdisciplinary Communikey Festival, to discuss digital cross-cultural communications, relationships and new models of collaboration and design based on Open Source dissemination of knowledge and community building. Take away resources for building community and new career systems-based on collective collaboration rather than corporative commodity. Sponsored by the University Libraries and Communikey (5th Festival, 25-29 Apr 2012).

 

(posted 2012mar09)

 


 

Archives in Wartime: From WWII to the Invasion of Iraq. Panel video. >>


CU-Boulder archivist panelist on wartime documents.

 

(posted 2012mar01)

 


 

Russell Schnell, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Feb 25th program >>

 

FRIENDS OF THE CU LIBRARIES BRINGS YOU SPRING TREASURES

 

On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at 10 a.m., the Friends of the CU Libraries will host a program in Eaton Humanities 150 entitled "The Air We Breathe Ain`t What It Used To Be." Russell Schnell, NOAA atmospheric scientist and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, will simplify complex environmental issues like global warming and climate change and translate them
into stories that are colorful, understandable and focused.

 

Free, Open to the Public.

 

Contact: Linda Harkness, 303-492-7511

 

(posted 2012feb20)

 


 

Art through the Ages: 2012 Senior Art Competition in Norlin through March 4 >>

 

Art Through the Ages marks the first ever senior art competition sponsored by U.S. Representative Jared Polis (CO-2). As the son of a poet mother and an artist father, Congressman Polis is committed to supporting the arts in all their expressions. As the representative of a constituency that empowers seniors to live and age well, Congressman Polis is pleased to recognize and honor the senior artists of the second congressional district of Colorado.


Artists 65 and over throughout the second congressional district were invited to take part. 69 pieces of various media from 41 different artists are included in this show.


A panel of three judges will choose the winning piece of art, which will hang in the Congressman’s Washington, D.C., office for six months. In addition the winner will be treated to lunch, in Boulder, with Congressman Polis.


The show is in the Norlin Library Science Alcove Gallery until March 4th. Congressman Polis will host a reception in the gallery on Sunday, March 4th from 1-3:00 pm. The winning piece will be announced at the reception, which is free and open to the public.

 

(posted 2012feb14)

 


 

Watt Meters Available for Check Out >>


Xcel Energy has partnered with the CU Environmental Center and Norlin Library to provide Power Check Watt meters available for check out at Norlin. You can use these meters to test your home appliances to determine power
consumption, operating costs and discover which ones are Energy Vampires. Knowing what devices continuously "suck" power - even when they are turned off - can help you save money on your next home energy bill.

More details at -- http://ecenter.colorado.edu/energy-climate/what-you-can-do/Watt-Meters-in-Norlin

(posted 2012feb21)

 


 

The downstairs portion of the Earth Sciences and Map Library this weekend for construction >>

 

The downstairs portion of the Earth Sciences and Map Library will be closed Saturday-Sunday January 28-29 for construction. The upstairs will be open for study space and computer access. If you need a book or map during this time, please leave your contact information at the front desk or email brittany.reed@colorado.edu . We will get the materials for you as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

 

(posted 2012jan27)