PLEASE NOTE: UC Libraries will be closing at 1PM today (Friday, December 06, 2013) in anticipation of severe weather this afternoon. The National Weather Service is predicting snow beginning around noon, with heavy snowfall into the evening.
UC Libraries will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 & 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. All library locations will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 27. Regular hours resume Saturday, November 30. A listing of library hours is available online.
UCit@Langsam, the 24/7 computer and study space, will remain open. Entrance is available via Langsam Library’s 5th floor lobby.
Langsam Library will offer extended hours until 2am from Sunday, December 1 through Thursday, December 12.
After the regular Langsam Library hours, library space only will be open for students to study until 2am during exams. To enter the library after the regular closing time, students must do so via the 5th floor UCit@Langsam card-swipe entrance (a valid UC ID is required).
On November 15 UC Libraries hosted an event focused on exploring countries and cultures. Librarians Pam Bach and Olya Hart engaged students in planning the event. During brainstorming sessions students suggested discussing the phenomenon of culture shock and sharing what surprised, puzzled, or scared them when they came to the U.S. At the suggestion of Srinivasa “Sid” Thatham, President of the Indian Students Association, we started the event with the video American culture shock for international students, which inspired a lively discussion. Continue reading
In celebration of International Education Week, the Marx Law Library and UC Libraries collaborated on a display in support of UC’s First-Year Student Common Reading Program and the book Justice. The display, titled “Justice Around the World: Human Rights and Human Wrongs,” features the College of Law’s Human Rights Quarterly and the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights. Both are edited by Bert Lockwood, Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights. The display, on view through the end of the semester, is located on the 4th floor lobby of Langsam Library. Continue reading
During the month of October designated as National Information Literacy Awareness Month UC Libraries invites students to think about scenarios that have to do with the way we use information and decide what is the right thing to do. Earlier this month we posted the following prompt:
Featured country: Bolivia.
Red on the Bolivian flag symbolizes valor (e.g., the blood of patriots spilled in battle); green, hope and the fertility of the land; and the yellow band in the center represents the country’s vast mineral resources.
Point of interest: Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco/Tiahuanacu).
This pre-Columbian archaeological site in la Paz is a UNESCO World Heritage
Site. Tiwanaku is believed to have obtained its name from an Aymara term, taypikala (“Stone in the Center”). Founded around 200 BC, this ancient city is considered an important predecessor to the Inca Empire. Tiwanaku has outstanding stone carvings and ancient buildings that exemplify the Andean pre-Hispanic civilization.
Source: Global Road Warrior.
Featured library resource: Collins world atlas : clear, detailed, and up-to-date mapping, latest stunning satellite images, UNESCO world heritage sites. London : HarperCollins, 2010.
Langsam Reference Oversize G1021 .H59846 2010
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Featured country: Belarus.
The Republic of Belarus is situated in north-eastern Europe. The official languages are Belarusian and Russian.
Interesting fact about Belarus: The Belavezha forest reserve is home to the zubry (European bison), which became extinct elsewhere in Europe long ago.
Featured library resource: Ethnologue: Languages of the World
Posted by Olga Hart