ILLiad interlibrary loan service disruption 7/19 to 7/20

As part of the ongoing maintenance of the ILLiad service, ILLiad interlibrary loan will be offline between 10:00 PM Saturday, July 19th and  3:00 AM on Sunday, July 20th. 
This disruption does not affect ConnectNY interlibrary loans.

ILLiad interlibrary loan service disruptions 7/11 and 7/12

ILLiad will be inaccessible due to a software update and database migration at the following times:

Friday 7/11 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and

Saturday 7/12 from 10:00pm to midnight

This does not affect ConnectNY interlibrary loans.

Happy anniversary Civil Rights Act

With the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is making the official, digital version of the law available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited segregation and discrimination in schools, public places and activities, and employment practices. GPO employees produced the original document 50 years ago. Today, GPO serves as the digital information platform for the Federal Government, making information available on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. GPO continues to add historical content like the Civil Rights Act and Warren Commission Report to FDsys.

Want to read the paper copy? The text begins on page 241 of volume 78 of United States Statutes at Large . Our copy is in LASR

LASR storage system online Wed. June 26

The LASR storage system has resumed normal daily operations, however patrons may still encounter delays as the full capacity of the system restored. Please report any problems you encounter to our Systems Librarian.

LASR storage system retrievals delayed – Monday June 23rd – Service restored – Wednesday June 25th.

Materials requested from  the LASR storage system are delayed in their retrieval due to ongoing technical issues arising from the server upgrade.  We continue to work with the vendor to restore service.

—-  Service has been restored to the LASR storage system.  Wednesday, June 25, 2014

LASR retrieval delayed – June 16, 2014 – service restored – Wednesday- June 18, 2014

Due to unexpected technical and travel delays,  retrieval of materials from the LASR system will be delayed until later today or early tomorrow.  We will update this blog entry when service is restored.


Service was restored last evening at 5:00 p.m.  Requests should be processed normally.

Charles Wright – the new Poet Laureate

The Librarian of Congress has chosen our new poet laureate.  Read about him on the Poetry Foundation Website

Check out his poetry and other works by him which are in the Case Library collection

Academics in Congress

Who would have thunk it? Two professors from Randolph Macon College, Dave Brat and  Jack Trammell, will face off in this year’s congressional race in the 7th district of Virginia. The higher education community is watching and so can you. Follow the race (and others!) at our Elections subject guide and at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The good folks at the Chronicle got to thinking, “how often does this happen? So they turned to the authoritative biographical source about Congress: the
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, available both in paper and online. The Biographical Directory not only contains short biographies of our representatives, but also the apportionment  of congressmen and information about each congress (date, executive officers, officers of the House and Senate). The Chronicle mined the data and developed a sortable table of academics who have served in Congress.

By what stop there? Check out other resources about “our tax dollars at work” in Washington. Search our catalog by subject heading United States Congress Biography for more books and check out the reference collection about Congress which has more fascinating facts about Congress. My personal favorite:  Vital Statistics on Congress, available both in print and online.

Happy reading!

D-Day 70th Anniversary

In honor of those who fought and those who died in the
Normandy Invasion
D-Day June 6th, 1944

My father in law was in the first wave of combat engineers at Omaha Beach and every time I watch the movie Saving Private Ryan I wonder how he survived that battle and the hedgerow fighting that followed.  I have great respect for those who fought in that battle.

To find more on the subject in our library search:
World War, 1939-1945 — Campaigns — France — Normandy
World War, 1939-1945 — Personal narratives

Some of our works include:

The D-Day atlas : anatomy of the Normandy Campaign
Messenger, Charles, 1941- author
London : Thames & Hudson, 2014
CASE Atlases  G1843.N7S7 M4 2004

D-day : the Battle for Normandy
Beevor, Antony, 1946-
New York : Viking, 2009
CASE Main      D756.5.N6 B387 2009

Normandy : the landings to the liberation of Paris
Wieviorka, Olivier, 1960-
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008
CASE Main      D756.5.N6 W5313 2008

Destination Normandy : three American regiments on D-Day
Bennett, G. H. (George Henry), 1967-
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2007
CASE Main      D756.5.N6 B43 2007

Author     Keegan, John, 1934-2012
Title     Six armies in Normandy : from D-Day to the liberation of Paris, June 6th-August 25th, 1944 / John Keegan
Imprint     New York : Viking Press, 1982
CASE Main      D756.5.N6 K44

LASR Maintenance and Upgrade Will Diminish Collection Retrieval in Early June

Members of the Colgate community,

The Libraries Automated Storage and Retrieval system (LASR) in Case Library  will be offline for routine maintenance as well as for a major server/software upgrade on the following dates:

June 3rd to June 4th for annual maintenance.

Half of LASR will be offline at a time with full access available periodically during maintenance breaks.  Patrons should anticipate significant delays in processing of LASR requests on those dates.

June 9th through June 13th for the server/software upgrade.

The LASR system will be offline and entirely unavailable for a server upgrade. Materials stored in LASR will not be accessible during that time.

Therefore,  if you require any materials housed in LASR, please request those materials before our scheduled maintenance and upgrade.

Please note that unanticipated events in the complex maintenance and upgrade processes may occur and the possibility for additional system unavailability does exist.