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Resolutions 2012

Happy New Year to you! Have you made any resolutions yet? I have a big list already and changing ALL of my passwords is definitely not on it. But after checking out this comic, I’m reconsidering. Not only is the idea that an eight letter password can be hacked in two hours a bit frightening, but the Daring Librarian gives some excellent suggestions for keeping track of all your passwords. Plus she recommends completely separate, not used anywhere else, passwords for Facebook and banking. I couldn’t agree with that more.

New New Years Resolution? Password upgrade!

A peak at the Library of Congress with Henry Rollins

As you prepare for the inevitable end of the semester mad crush here at the library, maybe you would enjoy a few words from Mr. Rollins, blogging at LA Weekly about his visit to the National Archives and the Library of Congress. He got to peek at a few of our national treasures. As he says,

I know that collector types can be a pain in the neck and seem perpetually frozen in time — or at least in their parents’ basement — but someone has to look out for the past, lest it slip away forever.

We may not have an early draft of the Bill of Rights at Colgate but we do have some treasures. A first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and a copy of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol illustrated by Arthur Rackham, for example.

Added Seating and Expanded Hours Open at Case-Geyer

Added Seating

In response to your requests for more seats in the evenings, I am pleased to announce that Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology (Case-Geyer) has added 100 new study carrels on levels two and four.  Each carrel has wired access to power and data.

We have also expanded the number of senior thesis carrels and are making them available by lottery so seniors will not have to queue up in front of the Circulation Desk early in the morning at the beginning of each semester.  For the fall semester, carrel applications will be accepted at the Circulation Desk in Case-Geyer beginning Monday morning, August 29, at 8AM and continuing for 7 days.  On the following Monday, September 5, a lottery drawing will be held and carrels will be assigned, with priority going to seniors writing honors theses.  We will place signs on these carrels indicating that they have been assigned.

Expanded Hours

Beginning the first day of classes – Monday, August 29 – Case-Geyer will be open until 4:00am regularly Sundays to Thursday while classes are in session.  Due to the small number of staff, LASR retrievals will be made until 2:00am with materials requested after that available shortly after the facility opens again the next morning.  Case-Geyer will close at 10:00pm Friday and Saturday nights as in the past.

Additionally, Case-Geyer will be open 24:7 for the last two weeks of each semester providing additional seating and resources beyond what was possible when we utilized the Cooley Science Library for this purpose.

For Your Time at Colgate…

On behalf of all library staff and faculty, we seek to provide a comfortable environment for study, research, collaborative work, and even coffee and relaxation.  Our mission is to assist you with your research and use of scholarly technologies, in your discovery of useful scholarly resources, and in the creative expression of your own ideas.

Have a great year!

Joanne A. Schneider
University Librarian and Professor in the University Libraries

Senior Thesis Carrels

Beginning with the Fall 2011 semester, senior thesis carrel assignment will be by lottery. Seniors writing an honors or general departmental thesis may complete and submit a Thesis Carrel Application to register for the lottery. Applications will be accepted at the Circulation Desk in Case Library beginning Monday morning, August 29, at 8AM and continuing for 7 days.  On the following Monday, September 5, a lottery drawing will be held and carrels assigned to senior honors thesis students. If the number of carrels exceeds the number of honors thesis applicants, remaining carrels will be assigned to seniors writing general departmental theses.

Senior thesis carrels are assigned study desks for students wishing to have their own space to pursue research, to study, and to store related materials. Senior Theses carrels are located on Level 2 in Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology. Each thesis carrel is equipped with a desk, a shelf, a lockable storage cabinet, an electrical outlet, and a network port.

Frank Gavett
Head of Borrowing Services
Case Library

Summer Reading 2011

Tis the season for bbq, beaches, and hopefully some fireworks. In addition, it might be your moment to take some time and read for pleasure. Do you do this anymore? If so, where? I’ve been experimenting with reading on the iPad, and it’s not so bad. It’s unlikely to ever replace the tactile sensation of print for me, but during this season of travel, it’s convenience wins. How about you? Where do you do your reading these days? Does it depend on what you’re reading?

If you’re looking for some suggestions as to what to read, you could start with the New York Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. They’ve put out a list for adults. We’ve got several of the titles at Case-Geyer, including The Bad Girl and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Nancy Pearl, of the Seattle Public Library and library figurine (with shushing action) fame, also has a list of 10 Terrific Summer Reads up on NPR. She’s included a set of graphic novels, Castle Waiting I and II. We’ve got the first. Did you know that we have graphic novels? Castle Waiting I is not alone on the shelf.

If we haven’t got something you’re looking for, Connect NY might have it.

I’ll be reading Bossypants and listening to The Harrow and the Harvest, Gillian Welch’s first new album in almost 10 years. What about you?


Spring exhibit: Gould’s Hummingbirds

If the return to campus life after a few days away (hopefully someplace sunny) are getting you down, may we suggest the Special Collections exhibit as a potential cure, or at least a temporary lift. This spring we’re showcasing some images from our collection of the 25 volume set, A Monograph of the Trochilida, or Family of Hummingbirds. John Gould, the naturalist who compiled this set, worked in the 19th century, around the same time as John James Audubon. In this set, his most reknowned, he captured images of hummingbirds from around the world. The images are on display in the cases around the central staircase on Level 2 of Case-Geyer. These little creatures, bright and light, are a sweet reminder that there’s hope for warmth and sunshine yet to come! We hope you enjoy them.

Special Collections Hours during Spring Break

Special Collections at Case-Geyer will be open by appointment only Monday through Friday at noon, March 14-18, 2011.

To make an appointment please email Sarah Keen (skeenATcolgateDOTedu) and Francesca Livermore (flivermoreATcolgateDOTedu) or call Sarah Keen at (315) 228-7305 or Francesca Livermore at (315) 228-6579.

Enjoy your break!


Our History is Our Strength

Welcome to the month of March! While we here in Central New York might still be waiting for the weather to warm up, there are a few things to look forward to, for example, Spring Break, March Madness, and Women’s History Month. Originally a weeklong event held in Sonoma County, CA to coincide with International Women’s Day (March 8th), it wasn’t nationally recognized until 1981. And it was 1987 before the week was expanded to what we currently know to be Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is “Our History is Our Strength”, described by the National Women’s History Project like this:

The stories of women’s achievements are integral to the fabric our history.  Learning about women’s tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength.  Until relatively recently, this sphere of women’s history was overlooked and undervalued. Women’s achievements were often distorted, disdained, and denied.  But, knowing women’s stories provides essential role models for everyone. And role models are genuinely needed to face the extraordinary changes and unrelenting challenges of the 21st century.

If you would like to learn a little bit more about the role women have played in shaping our world, here are some places to get started.



Scholarly Articles

Primary Sources

Many other resources are available from the Libraries’ Womens Studies page or by searching in the Library Catalog.

*The image is from the Library of Congress flickr stream, available here.

Digital Learning and Media at Case-Geyer

Visit the Collaboration for Enhanced Learning (CEL) website to learn about support for faculty who wish to use scholarly content and media in their teaching.

Also, the Library’s Digital Collections website provides descriptions about collections that our librarians have digitally curated to support the Colgate’s  curriculum and community interests.

 Joanne A. Schneider
University Librarian and Professor
Colgate University Libraries
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
315-228-7362 voice
315-228-7934 fax

The Mexican codices on display at the library

This fall Special Collections has prepared an exhibit of our high-quality facsimile productions of several Mexican codices. The codices are early books from around the time of the Spanish conquest. They document the daily life, religious beliefs, year cycles, and, in some cases, the astronomical maps to the skies of the native peoples through pictograms and hieroglyphs. They are stunning and colorful and in some cases, gory (can you find the image of the guy being knifed in one of the codices?).

The page shown here and on the exhibit posters, from the Codex Mendoza, depicts the founding of the Aztec city, Tenochtitlan (the ruins of which lie at the center of present-day Mexico City).  The hieroglyph in the center – of a stone with a prickly pear cactus perched on top – represents the name of the city. The eagle signifies the prophecy that the Aztecs (a wandering tribe up to that point) would build a great city in the place where they found an eagle devouring a snake while perched atop a cactus. The eagle perched on a cactus later became a part of Mexico’s official seal.

 The exhibition is located on Level 2 of Case-Geyer, in the cases near the central stair. Please stop by and visit.