• Library News

    It’s Book Tree Season

    The book tree is back - adorning the front desk to welcome students back for the beginning of Winter Term. #ohrstromlibrary #booktree #greenbooks #star #bookdisplay #library #librariesofinstagram #librarydisplay

  • Databases,  General Works,  History,  Humanities,  Literature,  Research,  Web Resources

    3,000 Plus (More!) eBooks: NetLibrary

    Ohrstrom Library recently purchased 3,000+ eBooks from Netlibrary. To search the full-text of these eBooks, simply visit Netlibrary HERE. Records for all of Ohrstrom’s eBooks are included in the library’s online catalog, located HERE. Tip: Searching the catalog will search the author, title, and subject(s) of any book (print or e) owned by the library.  To search within the full-text of an eBook, please search via the eBook collection available at the library’s website. Please note: If you are off the SPS grounds please log in at vpn.sps.edu to access the library’s eBooks.

  • Fine Arts,  History,  Humanities,  Research,  Technology,  Web Resources

    World Collections Online: Expanding our Global Perspective

    Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian The World Digital Library is a partnership between UNESCO and the U.S. Library of Congress.  The site aims to provide free access to digitized treasures currently housed in libraries, museums & other institutions around the world. Search by keyword or browse using different methods including: place, time or topic. Europeana is collaboration between dozens of European institutions including: museums, libraries, archives and galleries.  Currently housing 4 million items, the project aims to have 10 million items online in 2010. Search for James Bond, Descartes, hippos or Alice in Wonderland.  Searches may be further narrowed by item type including: texts, images, videos and sounds. Helpful for: …

  • Periodicals,  Technology

    Periodical Picks: The Science of CAPTCHAs

    Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant The September 12th issue of Science, recently out on the shelf in Ohrstrom Library’s periodical room, features a cover article about the combination of new tech and old books.  Five researchers have tested the effectiveness of the CAPTCHA web security measure to pick up the slack in OCR book digitization. If you regularly browse the web, you have encountered a CAPTCHA – asking you to decipher a difficult to read section of text and type the letters into a box.  Now researchers are finding a way to re-purpose your small efforts into something rather useful.   Science describes the project: “Millions of books written before…