Inside Looking Out or Outside Looking In

As our library continues our strategic planning process, one topic that has been raised is the value of effort spent on external professional activities since they take time away from activities that directly impact Davidson.   This topic resonates with me as I’ve significantly increased my external professional activities in the last year.  So, it is worthwhile to examine what value, if any,  publishing, presenting, and service activities bring to individuals and Davidson. Davidson … [Read more...]

Hidden Gems of the Music Library

A brand new Handel Urtext from Barenreiter

When is the last time you visited the music library? While we aren't a very big space, there's a lot to explore in our sunny stacks. In addition to a large western-Classical collection (including the complete works of Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, and others), we also have growing jazz, musical theater, and popular music collections. When's the last time you dropped a needle onto an LP? We have over 2,000 LPs for you to browse, and 2 turntables available for your use. Ever wonder how … [Read more...]

Pickles and Preservation


Have you wandered by the microfilm cabinets lately and thought that you smelled pickles? We aren't opening a deli in the basement. The odor is indeed vinegar-like, and it is a sign of a serious problem: the deterioration of our acetate-based microfilm, a condition known as "vinegar syndrome." Earlier this year, I wrote about mice and mold in the library. For certain kinds of microfilm and microfiche, vinegar syndrome is just as much of a threat and just as destructive as mold. Unlike mold, … [Read more...]

Research Rescue at the Library and Beyond

As everyone at Davidson prepares for a little R & R over Fall Break, here at the library we are prepping for our own bit of ‘R’ & ‘R’—Research Rescue. Starting this Thursday 10/9, Research Rescue will be available in the Fishbowl every Thursday from 3-4pm. For those of you unfamiliar with Research Rescue, it is essentially a time at which research librarians will be available to answer any questions, discuss your research, and whatever else might fit your information needs, all at one … [Read more...]

Minding our Qs and Ts

In a few days' time, we will formally complete the transfer of the Chemistry Library to the main library. It's been an eighteen-month project, and a memorable one. The books are all here; everything is done, except for one final task. Like turning off the light and locking the door that last time after you've sold your house, we will bid farewell and formally close the Chemistry Library by removing the "Chemistry Library" location from the library catalog. The Martin Chemistry Library will then … [Read more...]