It's Time for Our Annual Checkup!

The Library Services Satisfaction Survey runs now through February 25. Please take a few moments to give us your feedback; it's extremely valuable to us! Completed entries are entered in a drawing for gift cards. 

The Valentine Wall is already filled with love notes

Love Notes

After a three-year hiatus, the Valentine Wall is back! Stop by the libriary atrium any time before February 19 to post a note of love or admiration for a friend, family member, or significant other! 


Listen to This! Student Edition

students read their work for Listen to This!
Student readers and listeners alike gathered last Tuesday evening for Listen to This!, the library's series on reading aloud. Our first spring LTT event always features student writers reading their own, original works of fiction and non-fiction. Students Clari Stewart, Emily Hampton, and Sean Bunger read some creative non-fiction pieces, and Jordan Kelly read a couple of her poems. 

(photo, left to right: C. Stewart, E. Hampton, J. Kelly, and S. Bunger)

Politics & Government display

On Display: Politics & Government 

Students in the Politics & Government major recently created the latest Bring Your World Into Our World display (first floor of the library, near the Academic Support Center). Interviews with students and professors, a copy of the United States Constitution, political cartoons,  and a running video of the second presidential debate from the 2012 election year are just a few of the items that give a glimpse into the discipline.  For a bit of a brain break, try your hand at a political-themed crossword puzzle or coloring sheet. 

From the Director

Continuing January’s theme of apropos things in libraries (remember the bug sitting on the Debugging Perl book?) here’s another pair of items that might get your attention. They are two 19th century editions of a medieval morality tale entitled The Dance of Death. What is so significant about their title? The front and back of the binding are made from human skin! Perhaps even more striking is another volume found with these in Brown University’s John Hay Library which is a 1568 book on human anatomy. Actually the practice of using human skin to cover books was most common in the 18th and 19th centuries, most often coming from paupers or executed criminals whose bodies were donated for medical research. Doctors sometimes used it as a means of preserving the memory of a patient who helped further medical science. In case you ever want to use the technical term for it, the books are anthropodermically-bound books.

From a “Short Subjects” article in the Chronicle of Higher Education v. 52, no. 24, page A8: “Bound to Shock” by Amy Rainey.

--Dr. Gary Fitsimmons
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