June 17th, 2013
It is summertime, and the living is easy…or at least not quite as hectic.
Summer is the perfect time to kick back with a relaxing book and enjoy the slower pace of the season. With that in mind, we have created a display of books dedicated to the pursuit of reading for pleasure.
Whether you enjoy reading about history or suspense, the classics or humor, you will be sure to find something that fits your mood among the titles on display. Our Celebrating Books & More research guide also has some staff picks to get you started, including such titles as Caribbean by James A. Michener and Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, as well as an archive of past book displays for further suggestions.
We even have a research guide dedicated solely to Reading for Pleasure, which includes links to lists of award-winning and best-selling books, as well as a link to NoveList, a reader’s advisory database designed to help you locate interesting works of fiction.
So whether your idea of reading for pleasure is spending time in the world of Harry Potter or Dorian Gray, the Main Library can help you ease into the summer reading season.
June 14th, 2013
The University of Denver has been able to acquire the digital Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports. JPRS was established in 1957 as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Technical Services, just a few months before the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1. JPRS provided translation of scientific, technical, and selected social science materials, while the related agency, Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) provided more political, in-country news, and foreign government operations. Both JPRS and FBIS are examples of open source intelligence.
When the JPRS digitization project is complete in 2015, it will contain over 130,000 reports. The Readex digital project unearths the rich scientific and cultural gems from the USSR and Eastern bloc countries, China, Vietnam, and other areas of concern from the late 1950s through the early 1990s. Not only will scientific information be found in these documents (“Problems of Space Biology”), but also matters of cultural and sociological significance (“Summary of the Polish Provincial Press” and “Soviet Transportation” are among the series-within-series publications). JRPS should be considered a hidden source for selected statistics and yet another place for genealogists to check. Our internationalists will greatly benefit from this historic archive.
June 3rd, 2013
Transparent Language Online (TLO) has added a new feature to the Latin American Spanish language learning program: videos of real-life situations. The new section is called “Spanish Conversations,” and is located on the menu to the left, after you select the language:
The five units include short videos in which you learn vocabulary and grammar through situational interactions.
1) ¿Qué precio tienen? (or “What is the price?”), in which you learn vocabulary related to shopping in a hardware store and encounter idiomatic expressions used in Latin America.
2) ¿Sabe dónde puedo encontrar…? (or “Do you know where I can find…”), in which you practice asking for directions.
3) Quisiera hacer una reserva (or “I would like to make a reservation”), in which you learn how to book a flight to Cartagena.
4) ¿A cómo está el cambio? (or “How much is the exchange rate?”), in which you familiarize yourself with vocabulary related to banking.
5) Buen provecho (or “Enjoy your meal”) in which you learn about a typical meal out in a Colombian restaurant.
In addition to the videos, each unit also has listening, speaking, reading, writing, and pronunciation activities.
June 3rd, 2013
One lucky undergraduate student is heading home for the summer with a new Kindle Fire HD, courtesy of the Main Library in the Anderson Academic Commons! As part of our quarter-long grand opening celebration, the Library held a raffle for the Kindle Fire early Monday morning. Students entered the raffle Sunday and into the wee hours on Monday. Sunday night is one of the busiest for students studying in the library, especially during finals.
Did you know that Kindles and other ereaders can be used to read books and articles from the library? Check out our Research Guide on ebooks to learn more, or stop by the Research Center for help finding electronic books that interest you.
May 28th, 2013
The new Anderson Academic Commons has already become a popular place for faculty to meet with their students, be it at the Front Porch Café for office hours, at an academic event in the Special Events Room, or in The Loft classroom during a library instruction session.
Some faculty are also utilizing group study rooms as meeting places for special class sessions during the quarter that focus on library research. Group study rooms can accommodate smaller groups, with the largest room (AAC 112) holding 16.
Other faculty are embracing the opportunity to bring classes to the library to work with our rare and one-of-a-kind collections. In the Schayer Seminar Room, adjacent to the Special Collections and Archives reading room on the Lower Level of the Academic Commons, students can work hands-on with manuscripts, rare books, photographs and more. The Gottesfeld Room, on the Upper Level, features a display of Artists’ Books – handmade books that are themselves works of art. The room is outfitted with a large table and chairs and priority use of this room is for students or scholars working with the Artist Book Collection.
So how do faculty reserve these spaces?
- The Café is a drop-in space, with 75 seats inside and another 50 outside on the patio. The Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- The AAC boasts 32 group study rooms which can be booked online or at the door – unlike the other reservable spaces in the library, the reservation request is automatically approved.
- Other teaching spaces in the library can be requested online but require a confirmation:
- The Loft (AAC 340) and the Herold computer lab (AAC 275) are used for librarian-led instruction sessions tailored by librarians to meet the needs of your class and assignment. More information on instruction sessions can be found here or by contacting the librarian liaison for your department. Other academic events are also held in the Loft. Please see the Room Reservations page for details, including links to Policies and Fees for this space.
- The Special Events Room (AAC 290) seats up to 200 lecture style and can also host meal events. Academic events sponsored by units across campus are held in this room. Please see the Room Reservations page for details, including links to Policies and Fees for this space.
- The Schayer Room and Gottesfeld Room can also be requested from the Room Reservations page. Contact Archivist Kate Crowe or University Historian Steve Fisher, if you would like to learn more about the archives and special collections. Kate Crowe is also available to show the Artist Book collections to interested students, faculty and classes.
May 13th, 2013
Since opening the doors of the Anderson Academic Commons, the DU community has done an amazing job at providing feedback about the new facility. We appreciate all of the comments and we are listening!
Based on community feedback, a new microwave will soon be installed in the café area; staplers, hole-punches, and tape dispensers have been ordered for the printing stations; and additional water bottle stations will be installed near the restrooms on the east side of the building.
We have received numerous comments requesting longer operating hours on Friday nights, or even for access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are thrilled that people want to use the library so much! At the moment, we don’t have the budget necessary to provide staffing for those extra hours, but we hear your requests and will keep them in mind for the future.
If you would like to submit comments about the new library, leave a sticky note on the board by the front entrance or submit a suggestion using the AskUs! link on the library homepage. You can also monitor our response to your feedback on our facebook page.
Thanks for caring about your library, and know that we are listening to you!
May 6th, 2013
To celebrate National Dance Month, the University Libraries features a new book display on the main level of the Anderson Academic Commons. If you’re interested in the historical, cultural, or physical aspects of dance, or if you simply like to boogie, come check it out! All items, including DVDs, are available for check out.
If you’d like to learn more, please visit our Book Display Research Guide that includes a list of items currently on display, related E-books and guides, tips for searching our catalog, and information about past book displays.
Carson-Brierly Dance Library
Did you know that University Libraries houses the Carson-Brierly Dance Library? One of only 14 dedicated dance libraries in the country, it contains a rich variety of materials related to dance –books, posters, musical scores, oral histories, and more. Learn more about the collection or about becoming a Friend of the Carson-Brierly Dance Library here.
May 3rd, 2013
Attention Book Lovers! On Friday, May 10 and Saturday May 11 from 9 am – 3 pm the volunteer-run Book Stacks (used book store in Mary Reed) will have a huge sale. Books of all types are 1/2 price in the store, and the Mary Reed hallway will be full of books that sell for $1 per bag. With Mother’s Day on May 12, and summer vacation approaching, you won’t want to miss this! All proceeds are used to buy new books for the University of Denver Libraries.
The Books Stacks is located on the University of Denver campus in the Mary Reed Building (2199 S. University Blvd) on the first floor. For more information, please call (303) 871-2665 or (303) 871-3958.
Thank you for supporting the DU Libraries!
April 22nd, 2013
Come check out the new book display on Film Appreciation in the newly opened Anderson Academic Commons! Enjoy some award-winning films, books about film culture in the United States and around the world, and even learn how to land a job in the industry. For more information about the materials on display visit http://libguides.du.edu/bookdisplay .