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  • President-Elect Barack Obama's Inauguration - Watch it in the Learning Commons!

    Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 6:04 p.m.

    The inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama will be televised in the Learning Commons on January 20th. Inauguration ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m. The new President will then take the oath of office at 9 a.m. Later, the inaugural parade will be broadcast beginning at 11:30 a.m.
    You can watch all the inauguration events on televisions in the Arcade, in the Viewing & Taping Rooms A - C, and on monitors throughout the building. Televisions will be tuned to various broadcast stations.
    Also for your viewing pleasure, there is an exhibit in the St. Clare Room on Presidents, First Ladies, and previous inaugurations.


  • Free Stuff For Your Input!

    Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 2:07 p.m.

    Library staff members are in the process of evaluating the Library’s Web site. This is an opportunity for faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the general community to voice your thoughts and opinions about how you use the site and what can be improved.

    • 6 focus groups will be held January 12–15 and will last 45–60 minutes each.
    • 10–15 individual testing sessions will be scheduled in February and will last 30–40 minutes each.

    All participants will receive a gift certificate from the University Library.

    If you would like to volunteer or have questions about this study, contact Paul Neuhaus. Please indicate whether you are faculty, staff, a graduate student, an undergraduate student, an alum, or a member of the general public (e.g., an Osher member or neighbor).

    All information gathered during this study will be kept confidential.

    This study is pending approval by the Human Subjects Committee.

  • Full Network Outage

    Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 5:21 p.m.

    On Saturday, November 22, due to planned maintenance on the infrastructure supporting the campus internet connection, there will be no access to any Library servers and resources from off-campus. Also, there will be no on-campus access to off-campus resources and services. On-campus access to OSCAR, ERes and other local servers should not be affected.

    See the IT web site for more updates.

    More Info

  • Food For Fines

    Posted Friday, November 7, 2008 at 2:33 p.m.

    Can U Help? Good 4 U!

    Now through December 10, 2008, students, faculty, and staff can help the hungry and reduce their Library fines at the same time with Food For Fines. For each can of food you donate we will waive $2 off your fines. Of course, you don't need to have fines to donate food!

    Collection barrels are located at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

    The most-needed items:

    • Powdered Milk
    • Peanut Butter
    • Canned Meats
    • Tuna
    • Low-Sugar Cereal
    • Meals in a Can (Stew, Chili, Soup)
    • 100% Fruit Juices in single serving boxes
    • Canned Foods with Pop-Top Lids.

    All contributions will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. We sure would love to see our 10 barrels filled to the rim, so that folks can enjoy a good holiday dinner. With your help, we can do it!

    Please Note:

    • The overdue materials and food donations must be presented at the Circulation Desk at the same time in order for your donation to count as a payment.
    • Food for Fines does not apply to billed accounts and cannot be used to pay for lost materials.
    • Food items whose expiration date has passed will not be accepted.

    If you have questions, or want more information, please contact Marian Fricano.

  • Election Night Coverage & Event

    Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 2:52 p.m.

    Tuesday, November 4, 2008
    3 p.m. - 2 a.m.
    Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library

    The University Library and SCU faculty are hosting Election Night in the Learning Commons. The night will include:

    • A gathering together of students, faculty, staff, SCU neighbors, and local politicians
    • Continuous coverage of election results from multiple networks
    • Multimedia lab computers to monitor international websites
    • SCU faculty from diverse backgrounds to offer commentary and discuss ideas
    • Campaign ads created by SCU students
    • Interactive maps to predict outcomes and tally sheets to track election results
    • Clips of Saturday Night Live, cartoons, and other examples of political humor
    • Campaign memorabilia
    • Free popcorn
    • Sunstream Café will stay open until 1 a.m.

    If you have any questions or want to volunteer to help, please contact Paul Neuhaus (, 408-554-5431).

  • Learning Commons Building Tours

    Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 2:46 p.m.

    Want to find out more about the resources and services in the new building? Library staff will be giving tours each Friday from 10 - 11 a.m.

    • October 3
    • October 10
    • October 17
    • October 24
    • October 31
    • November 7

    No need to register - just meet at the "Books" sculpture in the Arcade.