Oesterle Library News

Archive for January 2010

JSTOR pop-ups explained

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

JSTOR is a library database that provides full text access to the archives of over one thousand academic journals. Recently, some library users have been concerned about pop-up messages that appear when the pdf file of an article is opened. Not to worry, this message is only asking the user to agree to JSTOR’s “Terms and Conditions of Use” and “Privacy Policy.” You will not be charged anything for printing or saving an article.

Understanding Contemporary Japan, Nippon Foundation Gift

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Oesterle Library recently acquired a gift from the Nippon Foundation of Japan of 57 books exploring contemporary Japan from a variety of disciplines. The Nippon Foundation is an independent, non-profit, grant making organization that was founded in 1962. It supports projects both in Japan and overseas.

Through conducting overseas activities, the Foundation has become aware that in many countries there is a lack of understanding of the true face of contemporary Japan. Thus, as a means to facilitate understanding of Japan overseas, the Foundation produced a catalogue detailing 100 carefully selected books that provide information on contemporary Japan in the English language, and began donating these books to libraries that have an interest in Japan. Oesterle Library already owned 43 of those books, and gratefully accepted the gift of the remaining 57. For a complete list of the books please visit the library’s research by subject guide to Understanding Contemporary Japan.

New Text a Librarian Service

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Oesterle Library has launched a new text message reference service.  To text an Oesterle Librarian just send a text message containing your question to (630) 446-0637.  Please note that the library will only respond to text messages during regular library hours.

A Thousand Acres Coming to Oesterle Library Gallery

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Artist Carole Hennessy watercolor works will be gracing the walls of our gallery Jan. 10 through Feb. 18 following the reception on Sunday the tenth. Starting at 1, the reception will offer a chance for visitors to be greeted by Hennessy herself. Hennessy’s works, being that she is a Chicagoland artist, are sure to be inspiring to both native and non-native Illinois residence.

Her Square Roots series portrays sprawling fields and farm houses, roads and lakes, rolled together into a seemingly quilt like design. Patterns of corn fields and hillsides pieced together beneath a lone house or the same house placed beneath itself as if repeated in the ground are common themes throughout the series. Conversely, according to Hennessy, in her  Strata works, multiple layers of paint are applied to represent “…the elements of nature both above and below the earth’s surface and the meaning those elements hold for us.”  These, unlike her paintings from The Fields Project, a nine day artist immersion experience,  that show a simple picture of what she witnessed in rural Illinois, are symbolic pattern repetitions. While the Fields project realistically portrayed the Midwest; realism and beauty encompassed in water colors.

Each piece and series is unique, and surely the same will be said for “A Thousand Acres”. So if you like watercolors and are a fan of the Midwest or if you just need something to do to pass the time; why not stop by the Library and take a journey upstairs.?

Click Here for more information about Carole Hennessy.

For more information about the reception and exhibit, click Here.

Welcome back!

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing break! We’ve been busy here at Oesterle Library over the break. The most noticable change you’ll see is the redesign of the library’s homepage. Rest assured that all of the content you are used to is still available. It’s just presented in a way that will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. Keep your eyes open for other suble changes to the look and feel of the library website over the coming months and please feel free to contact Aimee Walker, Coordinator of User Experience, if you have any questions.

Just a reminder that our winter term hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday 8 am-midnight, Friday 8 am-8pm, Saturday 9 am-5:30pm and Sunday noon-midnight. For a complete listing and information about any holiday hours please see the library’s complete listing of hours.

For more information about all of the library’s happenings check out the winter 2010 edition of the library newsletter, Ex Libris. If you’re interested in learning more about navigating the new library homepage, please see the video below.

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