Category Archives: Learn the Library

Includes tips on how to use the library most effectively as well as announcements of formal instructional activities we offer

The Many Ways to Get Library Help

There are many ways to ask for help. Some folks prefer help in a face-to-face setting. Others are more comfortable on the phone, in a chat room, querying a database, or Googling around the Internet. Knowing we’re all so different, … Continue reading

The Weather

A “hot” topic of recent conversations has been the weather. Unusually high temperatures have been hard on us all. Storms that have uprooted trees and knocked out the power for thousands of people across the country. And it seems everyone … Continue reading

A Busy Campus and a Busy Library

Welcome (or welcome back) to campus! The empty sidewalks of summer are quickly filling up again with students, making the Homewood campus feel like Richard Scarry’s Busytown. New and returning students and faculty are always curious about library services and … Continue reading

Faculty: It’s Not Too Late to Submit Your Course Reserves for the Fall 2016 Semester!

The sun may be sweltering now, but before you know it the temperature will be dropping, the autumn equinox will have come and gone, and the Fall Semester will be in full swing! Why not help your students access course … Continue reading

Wine: a Library Collection Taste Test

Wine – red, white, rose, sparkling — so many choices — so much fun. However, there is a serious and academic side to wine and wine making as demonstrated in a new addition to our journal collection, Journal of Wine … Continue reading

Have an Epic Summer!

Guest Blogger: Rebecca Fang, Class of 2019 A little bored this summer? Maybe you should read some epics to liven things up! Homer’s Odyssey shows that epic heroes can have epic flaws that get them in trouble. Then there’s Virgil’s Aeneid, which seems … Continue reading

Libraries Through the Ages–Part II

The first post in this series gave some general information about what a library is–we will now explore the early history of libraries. The earliest libraries we know about appeared in Mesopotamia about 5,000 years ago. According to an article … Continue reading

Count von Count Presents: The Library!

A library’s primary raison d’etre is to obtain and make available resources that support your research, teaching, and learning. We have spent many years building a great collection that includes books, journals, patents, standards, newspapers, music, films, maps, government documents, … Continue reading

Beer: The Blog Post

Beer. The mere mention provokes desire and conjures thirst. But is it thirst for the triple-hopped, top-fermented, and bottle conditioned adult beverage that you feel — or thirst for knowledge about it? The library is, naturally, the place to go … Continue reading

Images for Scientists & Engineers: Where to Look?

More and more, engineers and scientists need visual materials for their work. Civil engineers need images of bridges and buildings; astronomers need pictures of galaxies and nebulae; biologists want to see microbes up close and personal. A picture is worth … Continue reading