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

Chargers, Digital Pens and Laptop Locks, Oh My!

As the semester creeps ever closer, we at the Service Desk (formerly Circulation) would like to remind you that there are a multitude of things to check out other than books here at the library. The following are some invaluable … 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

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

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

It’s Finally Summer!

It’s summer! Your library loves summer as much as you do! You get more than 10,000 hits when you throw the word “summer” into the catalog search box on the library home page. What? You’re not only seeing the word … Continue reading

Summertime at the Library

It’s (almost) summertime! So, what happens in MSEL and the BLC during the summer? We still answer questions, select and make available research resources, checkout books and DVDs, and offer a place to study. The Circulation Desk on M level … Continue reading

Printers are Important!

We’ve been talking with students lately about the different services MSEL and Brody offer. The printers are the most heavily used service we offer (we’re talkin’ OVER A MILLION prints/scans/copies per year). And the Info Desk gets a lot of … Continue reading

FindIt and Articles Demystified

I’m betting you’ve used FindIt before. FindIt is a great tool that lets you move from a description of an article, book chapter, or book, to the online version of that item. You’ll see FindIt when you search in: Catalyst … Continue reading

Library as Emergent Infrastructure

This post is guest-authored by Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School, NYC. Professor Mattern will be giving a public talk on April 8, 4:30 pm, in the Macksey Room (2043) in the Brody Learning Commons … Continue reading

NEW! Research Clinics!

Have you ever gotten stuck with zero results trying to find articles on a topic on which you know articles exist? Or, stuck with too many articles that are completely unrelated to what you need? Have you felt your brain … Continue reading