• Library News,  Social Sciences

    Halloween Greetings from Ohrstrom Library

    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.…

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    Shhhh! I’m Reading Ohrstrom Blog!

    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…

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    Quiet Study Area Begins

    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…