NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up

Earlier this week some NaNoWriMo participants gathered in Carlson Library’s Dorothy MacKenzie Price Model Classroom to celebrate their month-long achievement:  completing — or attempting to complete — a first draft of a novel.  Although not everyone who set out to “write a novel in 30 days” was successful, many were able to enjoy the satisfaction of having challenged themselves to a month of uncommon and unfettered writing creativity.

Of the approximately 25 participants who initially signed up with the Carlson Library NaNoWriMo group, just a handful reported that they had crossed the finish line – completing the necessary 50,000 words to be considered a “winner” in NaNoWriMo lingo.  Most others completed enough of a story to at least get a taste of the challenge and to obtain a small sense of achievement.  This is no small feat considering how busy the semester gets this time of year.

This year was the library’s first experience with hosting the national event (co-hosted with the UT Writer’s Guild and English Department).  Carlson Library hopes to host future NaNoWriMos.  Do you have a novel in you?

Expanded hours for Finals Week

The library is staying open longer, and more of the library will be open, during Finals Week for your studying needs.

The Library will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and stay open late until Midnight.  We re-open at 9 a.m. on Sunday and will be open continuously until the end of Finals week (Friday, December 12 at 6 p.m.)  All floors will be open from Sunday – Thursday at Midnight… the first floor will stay open overnight on Thursday.

Good luck on your exams and final papers!

Veterans Day & Weekend Hours

Just a reminder that in observance of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11th, Carlson Library’s hours will be different this weekend:

Saturday and Sunday    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday                           CLOSED

Enjoy your weekend!

NaNoWriMo Update! First Novel Writing Session

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants will have the assistance of a special guest during the first writing session on Friday, November 1st!  Dr. Ben Stroud from UT’s Department of English Language and Literature and a creative writer himself will be joining the group at 2:30 pm in Carlson Library room 2010.  He’ll be providing tips and advice on novel-writing and the creative process.  Carlson Library’s first ‘Come Write In Session’ runs from 9 am to 5 pm on November 1, 2013.

If you missed last week’s informational meeting and would like to join the NaNoWriMo group, there’s still room.  Just RSVP to by Wednesday.  More information about NaNoWriMo can be found at

Updated features in Web of Knowledge

The Web of Knowledge platform (which supports BIOSIS biology database, the multidisciplinary Web of Science citation indexes, and other databases) has been updated!  New features include:

  • spelling suggestions for search terms
  • automatic fill-in as you enter journal names
  • easier logging in to  your account, and easier output of results to e-mail, EndNote, etc.
  • more coverage of open access journals.

Full details can be found in this PDF or in this guided slideshow with audio.

This is a great source for doing research in a wide variety of subject areas, as well as investigating where authors’ work has been cited in other journal articles.  Check it out today!

Rosamond Purcell Artist’s Lecture Thursday February 28th

On Thursday February 28th the Department of Art and the Friends of the University Libraries will host a noon lecture by internationally recognized photographer and author Rosamond Purcell.   Purcell, whose work frequently celebrates cultural and natural history, is best known for her photographs of collections that document these histories.  These photographs often focus on objects that have been preserved in the archives and collections of natural history museums, representing significant turning points in scientific history and are, in their own right, aesthetically beautiful. She has written or illustrated 17 books and has worked collaboratively with some of the world’s most esteemed scientists, including Stephen Jay Gould.  In addition to participating in numerous group exhibitions, Ms Purcell has had more than 50 solo exhibitions of her photography.   Her work is in the permanent collections of many institutions including The Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  Additionally, her work can be found in Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Slate magazine.
This event is free and open to the public. Reception with refreshments will immediately follow the lecture.

Date/Time: February 28th at 12:00 noon
Place: Canaday Center for Special Collections, 5th floor, Carlson Library
University of Toledo, Bancroft campus

For further information please contact:

David Remaklus at: , 419.530.4030