Wednesday, January 30, 2019

1923 now free!

copyright symbol over a keyboard

We've talked about copyright issues quite a few times on our blog and we mention copyright and public domain issues frequently on our social media. And you might have even explored one of our two copyright LibGuides!

If you're a fan of copyright trivia and public domain matters (wait, it's just us?), you'll be excited to hear that, for the first time since 1998, we have a new class of materials entering the public domain due to copyright expiration!

Motherboard covers some of the notable works that are now copyright-free, and also explains where to access this wealth of material. Happy downloading!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Library Research Award

The Reeves Memorial Library Research Award is open and accepting entries! Undergraduate work from the Spring 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 semesters is eligible to be entered. If you're a student who turned in a research project that you are really proud of, enter it! If you're a professor who was really impressed by student work in one of those semesters, suggest the student enter!

The submission deadline is 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 17th, 2019. For full details and entry instructions, visit the research award website:

Monday, January 28, 2019

Melvil Mondays: 800-809

We're back to class here on The Hill, which means we're also back to Melvil Mondays. We resume in the 800-809s, "Literature (Belles-lettres) and rhetoric." It's more fun than you might think! 

Once again, the 00-09 section of the 800s is reserved for the "Standard subdivisions" and for "rhetoric; collections; history, description, critical appraisal of more than two literatures."

  •  801 - Philosophy and theory (including "techniques and principles of criticism," as depicted here):

801.95 K63
Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed
by Mary Klages

  • 802 - Miscellany
  • 803 - Dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances
  • 804 - Unassigned
  • 805 - Serial publications
  • 806 - Organizations and management
  • 807 - Education, research, related topics

and here's a fun (and crowded) one--

  • 808 - "Rhetoric and collections of literary texts from more than two literatures"

808.042 H161
Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose
by Constance Hale

808.0666 S41
Science and Technical Writing: A Manual of Style
by Philip Rubens

  808.51 G17
Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
by Carmine Gallo

808.82 B55 1938-39 & 808.82 B55 1940-41
Best Broadcasts of 1938-39 and 1940-41
by Max Wylie

  • 809 - "History, description, critical appraisal of more than two literatures"-- this can include biographies of critics. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday Reads: Northumbria

We're all back at it for the semester, but Judith Koveleskie is taking a virtual vacation with Northumbria: English Border Country by Rob Talbot and Robin Whiteman.

Judith Koveleskie with Northumbria: English Border Country
Most people are familiar with many parts of England, from Cornwall to the Yorkshire Dales.   However, Northumbria is less well-known.   Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the largest city, is closer to Edinburgh than to London.   Stretching from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, it includes industrial areas, Roman ruins, and Alnwick Castle the home of the Duke of Northumberland,  It is a fascinating place  and my own interest has grown over the years because I have a penpal who resides in Newcastle and she has told me a great deal about her home country.   Margaret and I have been corresponding for over 50 years, a practice that may seem quaint in the days of the Internet.   This book was a gift from her, just one of many that have informed me about this northernmost part of England.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Spring hours

January 22, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Monday - Thursday          8:00 a.m.  -  11:50 p.m.
Friday                                 8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
Saturday                             9:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
Sunday                                1:00 p.m.  -  11:50 p.m.

January 22                8:00 a.m.  -  7:50 p.m.
February 3                1:00 p.m.  -  5:00 p.m.

March 3                   CLOSED
March 4 - 8              8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
March 10                CLOSED

April 17                      8:00 a.m.  -  7:50 p.m.
April 18                      8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
April 19 - 21              CLOSED
April 22                     8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.

May 6 - 9                 8:00 a.m.  -  9:50 p.m.
May 10                    8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.

May 11 - 12             CLOSED

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January-February DVD Spotlight: Oscar Winners

With the announcement of the 2019 Academy Award nominations earlier today, it's a perfect time for our latest DVD display: Oscar Winners!  We've got beloved classic Best Picture winners like Casablanca (1942) and The Godfather (1972), as well as more recent winners such as 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Spotlight (2015).  Whether you like comedy or drama, romance or suspense, we've got something for every movie lover.

Other featured titles include:

Adaptation (2002)
Nicolas Cage plays identical twin brothers, one of whom is struggling to adapt an acclaimed non-fiction book into a screenplay, in this surreal comic masterpiece, which earned Chris Cooper a well-deserved Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

The Departed (2006)
This Boston-set crime epic, about an undercover cop who infiltrates the Irish-American mob, only to discover that said mob may have a mole within the state police, took home the Academy Award for Best Picture, and gave Martin Scorsese his first Best Director Oscar.

Fargo (1996)
Frances McDormand won the first of her two Best Actress statuettes for her endearing portrayal of pregnant Minnesota police chief Marge Gunderson, whose investigation of a roadside murder puts her on the trail of a group of inept kidnappers.

Get Out (2017)
This acclaimed social horror film, about a young African-American man's increasingly unsettling weekend visit to his white girlfriend's parents' house, made writer-director Jordan Peele the first African American to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Jack Nicholson gives an Oscar-winning performance as a rebellious mental ward inmate in this beloved Best Picture winner, which also earned Louise Fletcher the Best Actress award for her turn as the villainous Nurse Ratched.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
This acclaimed horror-thriller, about a young FBI cadet who interviews a notorious serial killer as part of an effort to catch another killer, features Oscar-winning lead performances by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

Titanic (1997)
This Best Picture-winning box office smash, about an aristocratic young woman who falls in love with a poor artist aboard the doomed ocean liner, won a staggering 11 Oscars.

Stop by the library and check one out today!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

J-Term hours

...Aaaaand we're back!

Our regular hours for January 2nd - January 21st:

Monday - Friday     8:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Saturday                  9:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Sunday                    CLOSED

We will also be closed on Wednesday, January 16th (for the SHU Winter Workshop) and Monday, January 21st (for Martin Luther King Day).