Halloween Greetings from Ohrstrom Library

By - Systems Librarian October 31st, 2008

Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant

Librarian Action Figure is suited up for Halloween and ready to share her enthusiasm for the day at Ohrstrom Library.  A quick trip to the reference room provided her with this tidbit of information on the origins of Halloween celebrations in the U.S.:

“Halloween has its ultimate origins in the ancient Celtic harvest festival, Samhain, a time when people believed that the spirits of the dead roamed the earth.  Irish settlers brought their Halloween customs – which included bobbing for apples and lighting jack-o’-lanterns – to America in the 1840s.”

From: Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, pg. 223. Ref. 394 H38 2005.

She also noticed the following fiction titles on the New Book Display in the Baker Reading Room, which she thought might make for some good scary reading over the weekend:

  • Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke, Fiction F96
  • Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin, Fiction F85
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Fiction L23
  • The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean, Fiction M12

She would like to remind you to be sure to stop by the library on your trick-or-treat route, and to wish you all a fun, scary, and sugar-filled Halloween!

Shhhh! I’m Reading Ohrstrom Blog!

By - Systems Librarian October 3rd, 2008

Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant

We received the warm news last week that our own dear Librarian Action Figure has a twin sister – Deluxe Librarian Action Figure!  You can tell them apart from the color of their outfits – LAF is dressed in a demure and utilitarian navy blue outfit, and Deluxe LAF in a more eye-catching red version of the same outfit.  Otherwise these sisters are identical so it is a very good thing they are color coded.

Deluxe Librarian Action Figure has joined the cause and is now devoting her time to spreading the word about the interesting and helpful content now available on Ohrstrom Blog.  She has joined her sister as library mascot, but they now both add the job of Blog Promoter to their resumes.  Together they are launching a campaign to increase the awareness of Ohrstrom Blog around campus. They have already been spotted in a few places around the library (including the screensaver slideshow featured on the kiosk computers) compelling us all to “READ Ohrstrom Blog!”  Keep your eyes out for further evidence of their dedication to the cause, and help them spread the news.

Quiet Study Area Begins

By - Systems Librarian September 10th, 2008

Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant

Tuesday night marked the first evening of Study Hall on the lower level of Ohrstrom Library.  Students have always gathered in the evenings at Ohrstrom, and it is traditionally the busiest time of day for library staff.    The added presence of a faculty adviser brings the usefulness of the space into focus, with an eye (as well as ears) focused on containing the amount of social noise generated in order to provide the uninterrupted quiet that is so essential for focused study.

Library staff have added a number of signs on the lower level as reminders of this new program, designating the space as a “Quiet Study Area”.  Even though the lower level has been set aside as a quiet space, students also should be aware of the noise they generate on all levels of the library as there are many students throughout the library that come here to avoid distraction.  I have enlisted the help of the Ohrstrom Library Mascot, aka the Librarian Action Figure, to provide this visual reminder as well.  She has left her usual post on the main level of the library (where she keeps vigil in the office window located in the Language Reference section) to pose for this photograph.  She is demonstrating her practiced (and likely patented) “Shushing Action” to remind everyone of the new Study Hall policy now in place.  Come spend your evenings in Ohrstrom and enjoy the quiet.