November 2007 Archives

Better Signage for Honnold/Mudd Library

Beginning today, Nov. 12, and continuing through mid-December, the Libraries would like your help in creating better signage in Honnold/Mudd Library.

If you would like to participate--and we hope you will--stop by the Welcome Desk or the Services Desk and say that you want to help with our signage project. The staff at the desk will give you 2-3 large Post-it notes (or more if you have lots of suggestions for signs in the building). Find the places where you would like to suggest new or revised signs; in each location, write on the Post-it note what you think the sign should say and stick it up where you think the sign should be located.

Members of the Libraries staff will record locations and remove and file the Post-its at various times during the project.

Thanks for your help!

Cookies, Coffee, Hot Cider . . . .

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Take a break from your studying. Dec 9-Dec 15 each night from 8-10 PM in the Founders Room (Honnold/Mudd Library, 2nd Floor, Honnold Side) there will be cookies, coffee, tea, hot cider, and board games.

For the October 2007 commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Claremont, photos and other images were culled from Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library of The Claremont Colleges to provide this visual retrospective of the history of Claremont. This exhibit was curated by Lisa Crane, Special Collections Digital Projects Coordinator and Meg Garrett, Librarian.

Exhibit Dates: November 1 through December 31, 2007

Exhibit Location: Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont

For more information on this exhibit, contact Special Collections at (909) 607-3977, or spcoll@libraries.claremont.edu.

For more information about the Claremont Public Library, visit http://colapublib.org/libs/claremont/

For more information about the City of Claremont's Centennial Celebration and related community events, see 1907-2007: Celebrating Claremont's Incorporation on the city's website, or call the City of Claremont's Human Services Department at (909) 399-5490.

Claremont Discourse Lecture: Gender and Computing

Thursday, Nov. 29th, 4:15 p.m.
Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College
Honnold/Mudd Library -- Founders Room
Lecture is free and open to all, refreshments and discussion to follow

The computer is the quotidian, ubiquitous machine that defines our age. We depend on computers for almost everything; even other machines are dependent on computers: televisions, telescopes, cell phones, iPods, and automobiles. More than depending on computers, however, we depend on the people who know how to fix, develop and feed these machines the arcane and complex codes by which they operate. Computer scientists and technicians hold the lynchpin place in our society and economy. It is, therefore, more than a little disheartening to know that so many fewer women are represented among the ranks of the Computerati than men. Why? What cultural or educational pressures might be preventing young women from entering and benefiting this field? President Maria Klawe, by training a mathematician and by career a computer scientist, will discuss the history, reasons for, and possible ways to change this major gender imbalance.

Claremont Discourse Lecture: New Politics - Mass Media

Thursday, November 15th, 4:15 p.m.
Honnold/Mudd Library -- Founders Room
Henry Krips, Professor of Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University
Lecture is free and open to all, refreshments and discussion to follow

One raw interpretation of the mass media has us drowning in messages and information, much of it designed to get us to do what the forces at the top want us to do, whether to buy unnecessary and wasteful products or simply to sit down and heel. While hard to refute, this interpretation offers little hope for politics of understanding of -- and resistance to -- what might be seen as an engulfing torrent of subatomic particles that changes character in accord with the ways in which it is observed. In his talk, Professor Henry Krips, trained as a quantum physicist and the author of The Metaphysics of Quantum Theory (1987, Oxford University Press) and Fetish: An Erotics of Culture (1999, Cornell), will look at the New Politics suggested by a disparate group of cultural theorists, including Theodore Adorno, Saul Alinsky and Slavoj Zizek. These theorists shift the emphasis from a utopian, project-oriented politics of resistance within the public sphere, to a politics that displaces the site of struggle to acts of what Zizek calls "overconformity," which bring to the surface the moments of negativity inherent to the mass media themselves. In this context, Professor Krips will weigh the possibilities of a radical political role played by mass media.

Join us for GIS Day at Honnold/Mudd Library

This Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 12.30 to 5.30, join us for GIS Day.

Learn about the latest research by Claremont faculty and their use of geospatial technology. Learn how technology is used to understand real-world problems using (spatial) data analysis. Learn how to prepare for GIS career opportunities. Participate in a campus-wide geocache (a high tech scavenger hunt, starting at 12.30) This year's challenge is will surprise you and take you to new places.

12:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. Displays (across from the Services Desk) and campus-wide Geocache

4:00 p.m. -- 4:15 p.m. Gathering and Refreshments (Irvine Room -- take elevator as posted when entering Honnold)

4:15 p.m. -- 5:15 p.m. Faculty GIS Snapshots (Irvine Room)

5:15 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m. Questions, Thanks, and Wrap-up (Irvine Room)

GIS Day is an annual event held in Honnold/Mudd Library. Its purpose is to help build awareness of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and the importance of spatial awareness. GIS is a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. Examples include USGS Live Earthquake Mashup at http://www.oe-files.de/gmaps/usgseq.html and sigalert.com at http://www.sigalert.com/

For more information: gis.support@libraries.claremont.edu


Denison Library Book Sale

When:

  • Thursday, November 8th, 9 am-3 pm (First hour for Claremont Colleges Faculty, Students, Staff, and Libraries cardholders only)
  • Friday, November 9th, 9 am-3 pm
Where: Denison Library, Scripps College campus

$2.00 for Hardcover books
$1.00 for Paperback books
With a limited number of individually priced books

For More Information: (909) 607-3941 (ext.73941)

Get Your Research Organized: RefWorks Workshops

RefWorks is a web-based system that allows you to manage your own personal research database. In the RefWorks workshop you will learn the basics of RefWorks for creating your database and importing records. You will also learn how to use the records in your database to create notes and bibliographies for your papers.

When: Monday, Nov. 5, 6-8pm, and Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6-8pm
Where: Keck Learning Room, Honnold/Mudd Library

Please RSVP with RefWorks workshop in the subject line if you plan to attend one of these two workshops as space is limited.

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