In the spirit of ushering in a new year, we invite our students to examine a month-by-month menu of Willey Library services for the new semester.
Start off the year by reading Lisa’s review of Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates. Lisa’s pithy and on-point monthly reviews will serve up plenty of ideas for the next book on your nightstand. Need even more inspiration? Take a look at the library exhibit for January: “A New Year, A New You: Read More Books!”
In February, be sure to participate in our second annual “Blind Date with a Book,” which returns by popular demand. Books from the library collection are wrapped in brown paper and each is labeled with three descriptive words to whet your reading appetite. When you return the book, we ask that you rate your date. Was this love at first sight, a one night stand, or a life-changing experience? Jeff can give you more details.
At the peak of the semester in March, no doubt the paper chase will weigh heavily on your mind. To help overcome the inertia inevitable with the prospect of writing a research paper, your librarians are available for “reference raps” either by appointment or on a drop-in basis. In these sessions we teach you how to create killer search strategies and take command of an online catalog or database. Contact Joe, Ray or Linda and make arrangements for an individual consultation.
In April, while gathering resources to use in those ever-present assignments, you will likely discover books and materials located in other libraries. Alice and Pam, masters of the interlibrary loan universe, are sure to make your document delivery dreams come true.
Then, you’ll want to be part of “Countdown to Finals,” the library’s photo finish at the end of the semester. Since May 2008, our roving photographer has snapped pictures of students working on projects and presentations and then featured the collections on our Flickr site. Your folks might think Flickr has something to do with a book about a horse, but many savvy students are happy to pose for a picture on the photo-sharing site and prove that there is a connection between studying in the library and academic prowess. One of our favorite quotes: “During exam time, I need to live in the library!”
We trust you will visit us often throughout the semester—in person and online—and wish you the best for a very good year.
Joe Farara, Linda Kramer, Ray Brior, Lisa Kent, Alice Godin, Pam Gelineau and Jeff Angione