May 1, 2018
by Mat Blaine
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Finals – Open 24 Hours Starting Wednesday and Events

It's everyone's favorite time of the year again! Here's how we're going to help you get over the final hurdle and clear on your way to a well earned enjoyable summer break.

  • Our 24-hour schedule starts Wednesday, May 2nd when we open at 7:45 am. We'll be open nonstop until Thursday, May 10th when we close at 9:00 pm.
  • Follow us on our social media pages for info on our pop-up pizza party (YAY PIZZA AND ALLITERATION).
  • As always, after 11 pm on the nights we're open 24 hours, we'll be putting out the coffee and snack cart in front of the circulation desk!

Day by day breakdown:

Wednesday, May 2nd

  • Petting Zoo on the Library lawn 1-3 pm
  • Reception for the Library Research Prize recipients, Library Auditorium (101) 3-4:30 pm
  • Postcards to send home! All day in the Lobby- Postage is on us!
  • Destress station in front of the grand staircase (Coloring, Legos, etc.)

Thursday, May 3rd

  • Zen Den (Thanks Counseling!) 10-11:30 am (BONUS THERAPY DOG)
  • More Therapy Dogs! Library Room 114 1-3 pm
  • Board Game Night! Library Room 114 7-9 pm

Friday, May 4th

  • Make some crafts with old book covers at our Crafternoon event in the lobby from 3-5 pm

Monday, May 7th

  • DOGS AGAIN! Library Room 114 1-3 pm

Wednesday, May 9th

  • WAIT, MORE DOGS!? Library Room 114 1-3 pm

May 1, 2018
by Lisa Thornell
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Big Data is Watching You!

Choose Privacy Week's (CPW) 2018 theme is "Big Data is Watching You"

"Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association."- Privacy: an Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

In the aftermath of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress, this year's CPW theme of Big Data is Watching You is well-timed. We have now hopefully heard the wake-up call about the pitfalls of “big data” and its impact on our privacy. "Big data" analytics poses new threats to everyone's right to privacy, especially as we rely more on (and spend more time using) mobile technology and social media. Our data is being collected, stored, shared, used and sometimes unfortunately misused.

CPW annually promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians' unique role in protecting privacy. The American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee and its Privacy Subcommittee have curated some resource lists that you might want to check out:

Tools to Protect User Privacy

Student & Minors Privacy


April 25, 2018
by Lisa Thornell
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Thank you to the Student Library Advisory Board!

Several of the student board members, along with librarian co-chairs, Matt Bernstein & Lisa Thornell

As this academic year comes to a close we would like to shine a spotlight on an important group of students, the Student Library Advisory Board. The board was newly formed in September and consisted of 18 members, each with diverse majors, campus involvement, and interests. The primary objective of the board is to facilitate communications and the exchange of ideas between the student body and the library administration in order to better address student needs, provide new services, and improve existing services.

A few of the board members will be graduating and we thank them for their feedback and ideas. There will be a few spots open on the board in the fall for the September 2018-May 2019 school year and the application will be open in early September. For more information see the SLAB webpage:


April 17, 2018
by Lisa Thornell
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Enter to win a VIP Study Room during Finals Week!

You could win your very own VIP Study Room in the Library for one entire day during finals week! This VIP Study Room, located on the main floor of the library, will provide you with peace, quiet, study supplies, and snacks! You can enter yourself to win for multiple days.

Fill out this short survey about the Personal Librarian Program to enter:

Deadline to enter: Tuesday, April 24th. The winners will be emailed on Thursday, April 26th and must respond to claim their prize by noon on Monday, April 30th. Good luck to all!


April 16, 2018
by Mat Blaine
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Mark Your Calendars for Cram Jam! April 29

Got those end of the semester blues? Yeah, Clam Jam will definitely help and let you forget about all your final projects, tests, and papers for a while but what about the next morning when you wake up and realize that you need serious help? Well, that's why there's Cram Jam.

Stop by the Writing Center between 1 and 5 pm on Sunday, April 29th (the day after Clam Jam) and get help from tutors and librarians on any of the following topics:

  • Writing
  • Citations
  • Research help on any subject
  • Math
  • General Chemistry for Health Sciences
  • Anatomy & Physiology

In addition to all the academic help on the menu, we'll also be serving up breakfast sandwiches and other refreshments throughout the afternoon so that you'll leave full and confident that you're going to crush all your final efforts this academic year!

Brought to you by: ACDC, the Writing Center, the Math Center, the Office of Student Affairs, and your friends at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.