Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New Exhibit Chronicles the History of Stony Brook University

Special Collections and University Archives has created a new exhibit that chronicles 50 years of Stony Brook University. The display features over 100 photographs, posters, and brochures from the archives that highlight defining moments in the University's history.

The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Melville Library, between Special Collections and the Javits Room.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Time to Renew

All students must be registered for the Winter or Spring semester in order to qualify for library borrowing privileges. After registering, it can take 24 to 36 hours for registration information to be reflected on your borrowing record. At that time, you may renew your material at the library or online.

All students who currently have library materials checked out must return them before Dec. 21, 2007 or renew them online via their STARS account in order to avoid late fees. Items that have been renewed more than three times must be returned in person. You will then be able to check them back out if necessary.

All library patrons are responsible for checking their STARS accounts online to ensure that items have been properly renewed and that no materials are overdue. Patrons are liable for any library fines accrued.

For information on how to renew via STARS, please go to the URL:

To renew in person, please present your ID card to service desk staff. It is not necessary to bring the material into the library in order to have them renewed. There are no phone renewals. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Norman Mailer, 1923-2007

The library has a great deal of information by, and about, the late Norman Mailer.

In STARS, the library catalog, you can find materials by searching:

Friday, November 09, 2007

Sci. & Eng. Library Closed Fri 5pm thru Saturday

The Science and Engineering Library's 1st floor will be closed from 5pm Friday (Nov 9) through Saturday (Nov 10) while new flooring is installed in the front entrance area.

The 2nd floor of Science and Engineering will be accessible through the Central Reading Room.

For urgently needed materials please ask at the Central Reading Room Reference Desk and we will try to accommodate your request.

The library is expected to resume normal hours on Sunday (Nov 11).

Thursday, November 08, 2007

New Videos! The Criterion Collection

The Library has acquired about 85% of The Criterion Collection of DVDs, and will continue to collect titles as they are produced. The collection includes about 400 movies in DVD format, a little over half of which have already been cataloged and added to the Video Collection on the Library's Third Floor.

The Criterion Collection is a continuing series of the greatest classic and contemporary films from around the world published in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. Criterion began with a mission to pull the treasures of world cinema out of the film vaults and put them in the hands of collectors. All of the films published under the Criterion banner represent cinema at its finest.

The foundation of the collection is the work of such masters of cinema as Renoir, Godard, Kurosawa, Cocteau, Fellini, Bergman, Tarkovsky, Hitchcock, Fuller, Lean, Kubrick, Lang, Sturges, Dreyer, Eisenstein, Ozu, Sirk, Bunuel, Powell and Pressburger. Each film is presented uncut, in its original aspect ratio, as its maker intended it to be seen. For every disc, Criterion tracks down the best available film elements in the world, uses state-of-the-art telecine equipment and a select few colorists capable of meeting our rigorous standards, and takes time during the film-to-video digital transfer to create the most pristine possible image and sound. It works with directors and cinematographers to assure that the look of releases does justice to their intentions. Supplements enable viewers to appreciate Criterion films in context, through audio commentaries by filmmakers and scholars, restored director's cuts, deleted scenes, documentaries, shooting scripts, early shorts, and storyboards. [reproduced in part from The Criterion site]

For example, the collection includes such works as:

3 Films by Louis Malle
Alexander Nevsky
Early Spring
Elevator to the Gallows
Hiroshima Mon Amour
Miss Julie
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Pandora's Box
Peeping Tom
The Scarlett Empress
The Wages of Fear
Jimi Plays Monterey

and a longer list can be found by searching STARS .

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Science of Synthesis Workshop

A workshop on how to use the online version of the Science of Synthesis
Thursday, November 8th from 3:30pm -4:30pm
Library Classroom A, Central Reading Room, 1st Floor of the Melville Library

About the Science of Synthesis
The premier reference source for organic and organometallic synthetic strategies. Search over 18,000 reactions and 80,000 structures. In addition, access to the entire archive of the classic reference work Houben-Weyl is available. Houben-Weyl contains over 146,000 experimental synthetic procedures, 580,000 structures and 700,000 references in synthetic organic chemistry dating from the 1800s.

Access the Science of Synthesis.

Please email Dana Antonucci at dana.antonucci@stonybrook.edu if you plan on attending.