Archive for December, 2013

Library Hours – Intersession and Spring 2014

December 20th, 2013


library hours photo

photo by Shawn Calhoun

Gleeson Library will be open until 4pm on Monday, December 23rd, and then we’ll be closed for the holidays. The Library will reopen Thursday, January 2nd at 8am. Here are Gleeson’s Intersession and Spring 2014 Semester Hours. Merry Christmas, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!


Happy birthday Melvil Dewey (1851-1931)!

December 10th, 2013
Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey (known more widely as Melvil Dewey) was born on December 10, 1851in Adams Center, New York. He is considered by many to be the father of modern American librarianship. He is most widely known as the author of the Dewey Decimal Classification System used in libraries around the world. Dewey had his personal flaws and has been strongly criticized for those by some. In any case he left many important legacies to the American library community. Several books have been written about Dewey. By far the best is Irrepressible Reformer by Wayne A. Wiegand (American Library Association, 1996). I have put together an online exhibit of some items in my librariana collection related to Dewey. Previous posts on this blog related to Dewey can be found HERE.

Remembering Nelson Mandela

December 10th, 2013
South Africa Mandela
Gleeson Library | Geschke Center honors the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid leader, former president of South Africa, humanitarian, and hero.

Selected books, videos and other resources about Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress (ANC), and apartheid, are on display in the library lobby and online.

You are invited to contribute your condolences and reflections at the library. They will be conveyed to Nelson Mandela’s family and Foundation in Johannesburg by Professor Michael Goldman.

Nelson Mandela display 2Nelson Mandela display 2

Photo credit: AP Images/David Brauchli. African National Congress President Nelson Mandela salutes the crowd in Galeshewe Stadium near Kimberley, South Africa, before a “People’s Forum” Friday, Feb. 25, 1994. Mandela was on three-day campaign swing for the April all-race general election through the Northern Cape Province.

ALA WWI Bookmark to Bookplate Promotion

December 9th, 2013
The American Library Association went to great lengths to promote its Library War Service during World War I. A primary goal of these promotions was to solicit gifts of books and magazines that could be distributed to servicement through ALA's camp libraries, hospital libraries, and deposit collections. ALA used postcards, posters, and other media for this purpose. I recently acquired a bookmark (shown here) that was evidently placed in books in bookstores. The bookmark is perforated in the middle so the top half could be used as a bookplate. The buyer of the book was encouraged to donate the book after reading it for use by men in uniform by taking the book to any public library or bookstore. The back of the bookmark has information about the scope of ALA's Library War Service. To see my other posts about ALA's Library War Service click HERE.

Want to work for Gleeson Library?

December 6th, 2013

We’re hiring student assistants for Spring 2014!

Both the Access Services Department and the Reference and Research Services Department are planning to hire a handful of student workers.

Click here for the Access Services job posting.

Click here for the Reference and Research Services job posting. (Update 1/9/2014: Reference and Research Services is no longer hiring.)

We look forward to reviewing your applications!

Access Services student assistants and staff get into the Holiday Spirit. Photo by Shawn Calhoun.

Access Services student assistants and staff get into the Holiday Spirit. Photo by Shawn Calhoun.