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!

Letter to Luminaries & Celebrity Sightings Exhibits

Celebrity Sightings photo exhibit

Photo courtesy of the UT News.

The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections currently has two concurrent exhibits on display.  ‘Letters to Luminaries’ features notable, signed letters and other correspondence from the Center’s collections.  Famous people from all walks of life: writers, scientists, activists, politicians, and noted Toledoans of all stripes are represented in the display, as well as letters from common people in extraordinary circumstances.    Just outside the main exhibit area on the fifth floor of Carlson Library, the gallery features enlarged signed photographs and articles featuring some of the many celebrities and entertainers that have appeared on campus throughout the years.  Both exhibits will run through July 31st, 2014.  The UTNews did a great article with more information about the exhibits that we encourage you to read.  For more information, contact Barbara Floyd, Director of the Canaday Center, at or 419-530-4480.

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

November is National Novel Writing Month!

The University Libraries with support from the Department of English and the UT Writer’s Guild will be participating in National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo.  In November writers are challenged to write 50,000 words in 30 days.  The Carlson Library will be providing space, snacks, and the opportunity to connect with others for moral support.  An informational meeting will be held Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5-7pm in Carlson Library room 2010 with weekly write-ins throughout November.  More information can be found at  Is there a novel inside you?

NaNoWriMo Chalkboard Illustration

UT Heritage Gallery Opens for Homecoming

The new UT Heritage Gallery, celebrating the rich history of the university, will open this weekend as part of Homecoming activities.  The gallery, which includes displays about aspect of UT’s historical past, will be open this weekend the following hours;  Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, October 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Regular hours of the gallery are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please visit us soon; the Gallery is located on the first floor of Carlson Libary, located in the center of the main hallway and is sponsored in part by the UT Alumni Association.

Blackboard Classes now Link to LibGuides for Library Resources

Do you have a class in Blackboard? Would you like to have access to high quality academic resources for online research?  This quick video shows you how to find a link to academic resources from the Blackboard class menu. LibGuides (library guides) will take you to electronic resources in multiple formats including articles, e-Books, newspapers, videos, and more. LibGuides are accessible 24/7 from a Smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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