“Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” a traveling exhibition opening at on October 6, 2009, uses materials from the National Library of Medicine to explore Harry Potter’s magical world and its roots in Renaissance traditions.
Exhibit panels feature the works of 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, such as naturalist Konrad Gesner, alchemist Nicolas Flamel and occultist Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, and explore their understandings of natural philosophy, medicine and magic. The panels also highlight illustrations from Renaissance texts of some of the fantastic creatures and plants featured in “Harry Potter,” including basilisks, dragons, merpeople and mandrakes, and use them to explore the intersection between the novels and Renaissance thinkers, lore and practices.
For more information and a schedule of events, please visit the exhibit website.
We are happy to announce the debut of LibGuides, a library content-management system designed as a user-friendly portal to library collections and services. LibGuides offers 2.0 features such as social bookmarking, RSS feeds, podcasts, and embedded media. We hope you like this new service! Please contact Debbie Herman (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re interested in a custom LibGuides widget for blogs, Vista, websites, etc. like the one shown above.
We will be closed Friday, July 3rd through Monday, July 6th for the Fourth of July weekend. On Monday (7/6) the library will be closed due to a furlough of state employees. The library will reopen on Tuesday, July 7th at 8am.
Would you like immediate notification when the Interlibrary Loan book you really need has arrived? Are you waiting for that very important document that is the cornerstone of your paper? If you would like to receive notifications without the hassle of reading your email, ILLiad has another option for you!
The ILLiad software allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds for both ILLiad delivery notifications and System Alerts.Your cell phone will need a mobile RSS reader.
Subscribing is easy:
·Log in to your ILLiad account
·Click on the RSS feed icon in your browser
·Copy the link and paste into your favorite reader
From then on you will be able to receive all of your ILLiad notifications ‘on the go.’If you have any questions or need help, contact the ILL office (832-3408). Learn how to do it… Watch the video below!
We’re pleased to announce the publication of the Spring issue of the Burritt Library Newsletter. The new issue features Matthew Bannon and Sharon Kenniston, winners of the 2009 Library Undergraduate Research Award. It also includes an insightful and persuasive article by Librarian Nick Tomaiuolo on the value of enriching Wikipedia articles with links to scholarly external content as well as an interview with our own Emily Chasse about her new book Telling Tales. We hope you enjoy the new issue!
Are you using RefWorks to store and organize your research? Do you have a smart phone, PDA or iPod Touch? If you answered yes to both, then RefWorks Mobile is for you! RefMobile gives you the ability to view references in a RefWorks account, search within RefWorks, add a note to a reference, as well as search and import new references using an ISBN, DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or author/year using the “smart add” option.Please send feedback about this Beta release to Debbie Herman (email@example.com).
Providing a single, unified user interface for our research databases has been an ongoing challenge for the library. However, I’m pleased to promote our newest research service, OneSearch, which represents a positive step forward in fulfilling this user need. OneSearch lets you search across many of our research databases, including CONSULS, EBSCOHost, and Proquest, with a single search. More advanced features include logging in with your BlueNet ID and password to create custom database quicksets, store citations, and set user preferences. We hope you enjoy the new service and do let us know what you think! I prepared a short screencast demonstration of OneSearch that introduces the basic features. Watch it now!
I’m happy to report that the Fall issue of our “official” publicity organ (we even have the ISSN to prove it!), The Elihu Burritt Library Newsletter, is available for your reading pleasure. This issue features a fascinating article written by Christoper Teal, the biographer of Ebenezer D. Bassett, CCSU’s first African American student. We also keep you up-to-date on all the library happenings from this fall! Enjoy!
We’re happy to announce the addition of ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: Full Text to the panoply of research databases offered by Burritt Library to CCSU students, faculty and staff. With more than 2.4 million entries, the database (formerly Dissertation Abstracts) is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. Most dissertations completed since 1997 are available in PDF format for immediate free download.
Please note that access to Dissertation Abstracts on the OCLC FirstSearch platform will be discontinued at the end of November.
Join us for a fascinating talk with Dr. Kris Larsen, on Wednesday, November 12, from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Burritt Library classroom (third floor, Reference)
Fear, especially of the unknown, is a universally shared emotion, as famed fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien understood well. Like Middle-earth, our everyday world is filled with uncertainty and peril, including natural forces such as earthquakes and volcanoes. With the benefit of modern science, we can understand these terrifying events as being part of the normal process of the world. Our ancient ancestors, however, enjoyed no such luxury, and described these catastrophic events in terms of monsters and malicious gods. Likewise, unusual astronomical events such as meteors, eclipses, and auroras were also considered to be “monstrous.”Geologist Dorothy Vitaliano coined the term geomythology in 1968 to describe the scientific truth hidden in some seemingly fantastical myths concerning the natural environment. Given that Tolkien clearly stated that Middle-earth is our Earth, and that the natural environment itself plays the role of a major character in his works, it is not surprising that we should find a large body of monster-centered geomythology (and corresponding astromythology) within the pages of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Join us on an exploration of the intersection between fact, fiction, and myth in the world of Middle-earth.