eBook of the Week

“The day you enter your college dorm, your life changes …”

The College Dorm Survival Guide by Julia DeVillers

College dorm

“From avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15 to decorating your space, this informative and funny guide gives experts’ advice on everything you need to know to enjoy dorm living to the fullest.”

Check it out! Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection


Library Hours

Starting Tuesday, August 26, the BSC Library will be open evenings. Weekend hours (Sundays) will begin on Sunday, September 7.

Library Hours, Monday, August 25 through Saturday, September 6Clock

  • Monday, August 25 – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 26 – Thursday, August 28 – 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, August 29 – 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 30 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, August 31 – CLOSED
  • Monday, September 1 – CLOSED
  • Tuesday, September 2 – Thursday, September 4 – 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, September 5 – 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 6 – CLOSED

Regular fall semester hours will begin on Sunday, September 7.

Even when the library is closed, access to the ODIN catalog and Primo discovery tool and the Library’s databases is available 24/7.

How Long Do CDs Last? Good Question.

All TechNPR aired this story about how long CDs last on “All Tech Considered” on August 18, 2014.

If some of your most treasured music and other information is on CD, you may want to consider another way to store it, although permanence can be hard to find.

As the article concludes, “These days, the Library of Congress is starting to archive material on servers, which … could pose an entirely different set of still-unknown problems in the future.”

Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection & Creative Commons

Folger Shakespeare LibraryThe Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington, D.C., is “home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art …”

The big news is that images from the Folger’s Digital Image Collection are now licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution–ShareAlike 4.0 International License, one of the two Creative Commons licenses approved for free cultural works. The image collection provides online access to over 75,000 images, including books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, art, and more.

This message appears at the bottom of every page in the database:

Creative Commons Unless under non-Folger copyright, images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution–ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This allows you to use our images without additional permission provided that you cite the Folger Shakespeare Library as the source and you license anything you create using the images under the same or equivalent license. For more information, including permissions beyond the scope of this license, see Permissions Policy. The Folger waives permission fees for non-commercial publication by registered non-profits, including university presses, regardless of the license they use.

eBook of the Week

Choose Privacy Week is observed annually in May, but privacy is an every week concern.  We all need to think critically  about privacy rights in a digital age and make informed choices.  This book is an eye opener.

How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish Without a Trace by Frank M. Ahearn


“From the world’s preeminent people finder—an insider’s guide to disappearing. How to Disappear is the authoritative and comprehensive guide for people who seek to protect their privacy as well as for anyone who’s ever entertained the fantasy of disappearing — whether actually dropping out of sight or by eliminating the traceable evidence of their existence.”

Check it out! Beyond Library Walls Digital Collection

In Praise of Serendipity


/ˌsɛrənˈdɪpɪti/  [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee]


1.  an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident
2.  good fortune; luck


One of my friends is an avid reader and likes to challenge herself to try new things.  At least once a month when she visits her public library, she goes down a random aisle, closes her eyes, and pulls three books off the shelves.  Her rule is that she must check them out and read them. Cover to cover.

She has become interested in and learned about things she otherwise never thought to know.

Surprise yourself!  Try something new!