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February: A Time for Reflection

February means a lot of different things for a lot of people. Some of us are thinking about the Super Bowl, truly a national holiday by now. Others, to be sure, are looking forward to sharing Valentine’s Day with a … Continue reading

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Comfort Reading

The other night, I found myself watching the Hallmark channel. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a Hallmark channel movie that was actually “good” or possessed any particular quality, but they are occasionally a guilty pleasure of mine. This … Continue reading

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Read What You Love, Recommend What You Love

“Where is the classic American literature?” asks the young man who approaches my desk, baseball hat on backwards and pants sagging low. His friend stares down at his phone, seemingly uninterested in the exchange. “Well, that might depend. Are you … Continue reading

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The New and Improved Reference Desk

Christmas came early at the reference desk! The desk has finally been remodeled to make our presence in the Scholars’ Commons a little more welcoming and approachable. Gone are the days of patrons awkwardly towering above us or shouting for … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Spirit, Revisited

Thanksgiving has come and passed, leaving the majority of us stuffed and satiated. Yet, as finals week looms like the darkest of clouds, poised to seep the remaining life force from students, it strikes me that perhaps we shouldn’t be … Continue reading

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Exploring Labor in Sheet Music

As the topic for this Themester, labor has been a focus for many undergraduates across campus. Courses explore the intersections of labor with race, gender, history, technology, the legal system, and art. I am sure each course takes a vastly different approach to … Continue reading

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A Confused Library User Turned Library Advocate

My first few years as an undergraduate were marked by an uneasy relationship with the school’s campus library. Every semester, as research papers and assignments rolled around, I dreaded the point when I would have to sit down and use … Continue reading

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Pictures Worth Thousands of Words

Photos have always had a big impact on me. Perhaps it’s because I grew up with parents who took pictures constantly and always took advantage of the latest technological advances in camera equipment. Today, photographs are extremely common. We’ve got … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget Thanksgiving!

November is here. Another Halloween has come and gone, and people are going through the last of their candy. Stores are taking down the aisles of ghouls, princess costumes, and Halloween-themed candy and replacing them with items for the next festive … Continue reading

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A Portrait of the Library as Treasure Island

When I was twenty-one years old, I lived in a shabby four-bedroom house in a shabby college town with six other twenty-one year olds. It was disgusting. I shared a bedroom with a fine art student named Peter Van Wie. … Continue reading

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