Friday, January 30, 2009

Library Tour on Feb. 5

Take a tour of the Melville Library’s main public service areas. Learn about our collections and services, and get some freebies while you’re here. Meet us @ the Central Reading Room, Melville Library. Tour lasts about 30 minutes.

Thursday, February 5 @ 1 PM

Register @

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

John Updike, 1932-2009

The library has a great deal of information by, and about, the late John Updike.

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

Updike as Author

Criticism and Interpretation of Updike's Work

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Chemistry Library Closing Early This Week

The Chemistry Library will be closing at 7pm this Wednesday-Thursday and at 5pm on Friday.

Please see the revised hours below.

Chemistry Library Hours 1/27/09-1/30/09
Tuesday, 1/27- Thursday, 1/29: 8:30am- 7pm
Friday, 1/30: 8:30am-5pm

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Emily Wells, gift well received

from Victor Santiago, North Reading Room

While listening to NPR one day, I heard an interview with a woman named Emily Wells. Emily is musician with the rare ability to transcend the genres of Classical music and Hip Hop. As I listened to her talk I learned of her training as a classical violinist and her philosophy of music. The snippets of her music woven into the interview intrigued me, especially her rendition of the Notorious BIG’s Juicy. I liked the idea of creating legitimate classical pieces with the spirit of Hip Hop, as opposed to the ‘cut and paste’ sampling of classical pieces stitched into Hip Hop beats. I thought it would make a great addition to our Library’s music collection; a perfect bridge between two very different worlds.

After explaining to Gisele Schierhorst, Head of SBU’s Music Library, that happenstance had given me the good fortune to come across a rather uniquely gifted artist, an effort was made to buy the album for the library. I contacted Emily's management to arrange the purchase of the album... and was later informed that Emily generously donated the album. We do thank Emily for the gift and hope as many people as possible get a chance to hear her compositions. Seriously, check it out.

You can learn more about Emily and hear some music on Emily’s MySpace account.

Here is Emily’s NPR interview.

Here is Emily’s official page.

Listen to some of Emily’s music on


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Spring 2009 Library Workshops

The list of library workshops for the Spring 2009 semester is available now at Workshops are free and open to students, faculty and staff at Stony Brook University.

New workshops for the Spring include:

  • Extra! Extra! You Can Overcome Frustration with Newspaper Research
  • Every Item in Every Library Everywhere: An Introduction to WorldCat
  • Film Research
  • Research Skills for Non-Traditional Students
  • Research Skills for Philosophy Students
  • Managing Your Research Using Endnote: Basic Skills @ the Health Sciences Center
  • Citation Data: H-Index, Impact Factors and Citation Alerts
  • The Basics of Bioinformatics Resources
  • Business Databases
  • The American Community Survey: What It Is And How To Use It
If you have problems registering, please contact Fiona Grady.