Guest artist Blocksma to lecture on found and repurposed materials

Please join us Wednesday, January 15 at noon when the Canaday Center in Carlson Library will host an interesting art lecture with the UT Art Department’s visiting artist Dewey Blocksma, a former emergency room physician and local outsider artist who has become renowned for his creative and imaginative work with found objects and repurposed materials.  Learn more about the artist.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Dewey Blocksma Event Poster


New Look for LexisNexis Academic

The LexisNexis Academic research database has a new look for the new year.  LexisNexis is one of our best databases for finding current news from a variety of sources, information about legal cases and decisions, and basic business directory information.  They’ve simplified their interface with a single search box to search all of their content.  Use the ‘Search by Content Type’ to search in the major areas (News, Legal, Companies) and use the ‘Advanced Options’ below the search box to see further refinements based on the section that you are searching in.  Additional help is available from the pop-out menu on the left side of the screen.

LexisNexis Home ScreenAs always, results in LexisNexis Academic are full text of articles or transcripts, and can be exported to your e-mail.  For additional assistance in searching LexisNexis Academic or any of our research databases, contact our reference librarians.

Reference Assistance over Break

Carlson Library will provide reference and research assistance on a limited basis during the following hours over the holiday break:

December 16 – 20 (Monday through Friday):  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Please contact us using the phone number, email address or chat box found at the lower left of our main page and a librarian will assist you.  For more information you may also want to check our reference libguide.

Reference hours will return to a full schedule beginning the first week of classes, Spring Semester.

Library System Maintenance – Advance Notice

The University Libraries’ online catalog and remote database access will be unavailable on Monday, December 16th from approximately 11 AM to 5 PM.*           We will be performing critical server maintenance and apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

During this system downtime, you will not be able to request OhioLINK books or access research databases.  If you need help with research or need to check out a book, please see a library staff member for assistance.

*Please check periodically throughout the day to see if systems are back up and running earlier than expected!

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