Thursday, February 23, 2012

Caterpillars: beautiful, mundane, beneficial and destructive

Now on the new book shelf:
Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America, by  David L. Wagner, Dale F. Schweitzer, J. Bolling Sullivan & Richard C. Reardon.  Princeton Univ Press.

This arrived on approval from our book vendor, YBP (Yankee Book Peddler, a division of Baker & Taylor), and I was entranced.  The publisher's description speaks for itself, and the thousands of color photographs are indeed impressive.  This is more than a guide to identifying species; the accompanying text tells the important story of the essential roles caterpillars have in varying ecosystems.  Gain a new appreciation of such humble seeming invertebrates by spending a bit of time perusing this volume.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography online

From Gale/Cengage
We have owned the print format of the Dictionary of Scientific Biography for many years, and can access it in the OhioLINK Electronic Books Center.  We now subscribe to the online version at the publisher's website (Gale/Cengage), part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library, where searching and browsing functions are very nicely supported.  Link to it from the OBIS catalog record.  Composed of 18 large print volumes, the title "Dictionary" does not do justice to this comprehensive encyclopedic work.  Take time to browse the index volume and jump from one entry to another, and you will gain a new understanding of the development of science and the people who advanced that knowledge throughout centuries.  Simply browsing the list of illustrations indicates the wide breadth of scientific information represented in the work.  Go discover!

Monday, February 13, 2012

In Memoriam: Sonali Seth, '02

We were so sorry to learn of the passing of Sonali Seth, '02 who was a bright, engaging and lively member of our student staff for two years.  Sonali's welcome to all who entered in the library was warm and genuine, and she was a wonderful reference assistant in the period of transition between the old and new library.  As a senior science major, Sonali was truly helpful to everyone getting their bearings in the new science center.  A 2005 graduated of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a new MPH, Sonali had a passion for humanitarian assistance and health & human rights.  Her good works will be remembered by the hundreds of people whose lives she touched.  This photo was taken when Sonali first began work with us, in the fall of 2000, in the last year of operation of the library in Kettering Hall.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Energy Matters: Oberlin Project Blog is launched

Head over to Cindy Frantz's first post on the new Oberlin Project blog, where you can respond with your own thoughts on what is important about Oberlin and sign up for the project's e-newsletter.  Associate Professor of Psychology Frantz is also the Co-Chair of the Energy Planning Committee of the Oberlin Project.  Today's blog post appears in this week's Oberlin News Tribune, with the promise of future columns on "energy matters" in Oberlin and the immediate environs.  Frantz concludes her first column with these remarks:  "Energy matters in Oberlin because we care about each other, our community, and our planet.  We all want Oberlin to be healthy and prosperous.  By thinking carefully about our energy, we pave the way for a future we can all get excited about."  These are sentiments we can support throughout the community.  I encourage all residents - college and town - to learn more and be engaged in the Oberlin Project.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Spring Carrel Sign-Up Starts Today

Welcome to Spring Semester!  All carrels were cleared at the end of fall semester, and new carrel assignments for spring semester will be posted on Friday, February 10.
Carrel applications are on the circulation desk -- open to all students; preference is given to science majors, based on seniority.  Carrel regulations and an application form are also online, here.