Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Library summer offerings

Most importantly, we are open in the summer, just not the same library hours as in the fall or spring! You can search for articles, look for books, and as always, get help just by asking one of us.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Historical Maps of the U.S.

The United States Geological Survey has made available online a historic set of maps via its Historical Topographic Map Explorer. The maps range from 1884-2006, covering the entire U.S. at nearly all of the published scales.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

End of semester tips

The semester is drawing to an end, and here are some suggestions for these last weeks.
  • Save your work: don't lose files on a PC, save them to your filecity account. You may not realize it, but you have one, it is a safe, cloud storage account.
  • The library is open extensive hours for you to get your work done.
  • You are welcome to ask us for help with any questions you may have!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Edible books!

Theclever folks who run "LibraryThing," a free shared catalog your own personal library site, have run a contest for "edible books," featuring cakes etc. made like books! The image here is from an edible book contest in Seattle, maybe we should run one ourselves at Drake!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Changes to main floor

Here's a random photo from thirty years or so ago. The display cases are still more or less where they are in the image, but the card catalog (in the left background,) has been gone since about 1990, the reference desk long ago moved from the right hand side of the central stairs, and, well, a lot has sure changed!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cult books anyone?

The British newspaper The Telegraph had a fun article on the 50 best cult books back in February. How many have you read? Maybe some new reading for this summer! You can check if we have them via the search box in the middle of our web page.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Scolere, scoliere

This being Scholars Day it prompted the thought, what exactly is the definition of the word "scholar" anyway, and where does it come from? Turning to the definitive "OED," (Oxford English Dictionary," it turns out that the word is from the Old English "scolere," or "scoliere," the word having much the present day meaning, to be one who is taught, a student...

On Scholars Day many enjoy the opportunity to be "scholarly," that is to perform or act in a way befitting a scholar. Or to use an early expression from 1638, today many of our students will be able to engage in "...ingenious and schollerly discourse!"