Monday, January 16, 2017

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

The library is once again hosting Hot Reads for Cold Nights this year from January 16 to February the 17th. To participate just stop in at the display, share your favorite book title on the easel, and enter your name in the drawing. Two winners are selected every Friday. The winners receive either a mug or ear buds. Everyone can enjoy the hot beverages the library will be providing during this event.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Martin Luther King Week

The library will be celebrating Martin Luther King Week with a variety of displays. Be sure to take a look at the letter from Martin Luther King Jr. from the library archives.

After reading Time Magazine's February 18th, 1957 cover story on Martin Luther King and the article "Two Women of Kentucky" which appeared in The Commonweal magazine on February 8th, Brother Luke Herbert, then Fitzgerald's Head Librarian, wrote a brief note to Martin Luther King, Jr. In a few days he received Reverend Martin Luther King's reply. Both letters will be on display.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Fake News/Real news--Can We Tell the Difference?

Evidently not so many of us .  The results of a Stanford group study released on November 22, 2016 indicates that students from middle school all the way to college age do not recognize the basics of evaluating a source. Evaluating Information: the Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning was conducted by the Stanford History Education Group over 18 months.  Take a look at the design and summary results of the study, as well as samples of the exercises that were provided for the students.

New Open Source Social Science Database

The beta version of SocArXiv, a database accepting papers from all social sciences as well as law,  is now up and running thanks to services provided by the Center for Open Science and the Open Science Framework Preprints. More than 600 papers have already been deposited.  To see the five most downloaded papers to date see this article form the SocOpen blog.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Noise Levels in the Library

The library tries to provide a variety of spaces to support the needs of students for individual quiet study as well as participation in group projects and other collaborative activities.  To insure that all these needs are met, noise levels have been assigned to each level of the library. 


Quiet: Upper Level 

  • Individual Study
  • Low, brief conversations
  • Group study only in group study rooms 

Social: Main Level, McEnery Lounge

Very Quiet: Lower Level

  • Individual study
  • No conversation
  • Quiet group study only in group study rooms
When using the  Library Classroom Room 33 for collaborative work please be sure to close the doors.

Please try to respect the needs of your fellow students and follow these guidelines, especially now that final exams are upon us.

Thank you

Treats in the Library

 Plan to study in the library on Friday December 16 so you won't miss all the treats that will be on offer.  Expect to see cookies, fruit, nuts, and other snacks to support your academic efforts.  

Rocky, the Therapy Dog, Returns

In what has become a tradition in the library, Rocky, the golden retriever therapy dog, will be available on Saturday December 17 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  Take a break from your studies, relieve some stress, and relax  with this lovable creature.