Month: November 2012

Research Librarians Available on Selected Sundays!

Research Librarians will be available from 1-9 pm on the three Sundays preceding finals:  December 2 (Rob Walsh); December 9 (Erin Valentino); and December 16 (Katy Hart).

Security Note


As the library gets more crowded leading up to finals, please remember to keep track of your belongings, and never leave them unattended. Thefts have happened; personal awareness can keep it from happening to you.

Library Closing Early on Tuesday 11/20/12

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Library will be closing at 7:00pm on Tuesday 11/20/12.

Library Hours During Thanksgiving Break

The Library will be closed Wednesday 11/21/12 through Saturday 11/24/12. We will re-open for regular hours on Sunday 11/25/12.

New College IDs

There was a problem with some College IDs issued at the start of the semester not working correctly at the Library’s Circulation Desk.  We believe this is now resolved.

There may be a few more IDs issued in early October with misprints that will affect two Library self-service options: (1) requesting books from CTW, and, (2) logging into your library account to review or renew what you have checked out.  If you find that you cannot log into your library account with the information on your current ID, stop by the Help Desk on Level B at your convenience and have it replaced.

Note: Any newly issued College ID won’t be fully linked to your library accounts until after 9am the next day.


Research 2.0 Workshop

On Thursday, November 15, from 12:30-1:30 pm in the Library Phelan Room, Librarian Rob Walsh will be presenting “Research 2.0,” a drop-in workshop on the latest new apps that can make your research easier. Come by to learn about these new tools and get your work in order before Thanksgiving Break!

Dr. Carol Delaney: Public Talk and Book Signing

**NOTE: Location update

On Wednesday, November 7 at 3 pm in the Watkinson, author Dr. Carol Delaney will speak about her work, Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem.

“By situating Columbus in the cultural context of his times, my talk discusses the little know reasons behind his voyages. He did not set out to prove the earth was round (most of his contemporaries already knew that), nor did he expect to discover a new world. In a number of extant writings, he clearly stated the ultimate purpose of his voyages: to sail to Asia to obtain gold through trade with the Grand Khan of Cathay in order to finance a crusade to wrest Jerusalem from the Muslims. This was a necessary precondition for Christ’s return before the end of the world. Columbus, like many of his contemporaries, keenly felt that the end was imminent, and he was prepared to play his part in the unfolding apocalyptic drama. Because the religious ideas that motivated Columbus have resurfaced in a very different and more dangerous world, I believe that his story can be read as a parable for our times.”

Dr. Carol Delaney
Emerita Professor, Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University
Invited Scholar, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University