Author Archives: Carrie Macfarlane

About Carrie Macfarlane

Director of Research & Instruction.

Borrow a bike from the library

Borrow a bike from the library circulation deskWe know there’s still snow on the ground, but we’ve seen a sure sign of spring! Yes, the loaner bikes are back at the Davis Family Library. You can find the purple beauties locked to the bike rack at the front entrance.

Check out a key at the circulation desk. You’ll need a sticker for your ID. Fill  this out to get it: Loaner Bike Form.

No more free Washington Post

For anyone who remembers that we ever had free Washington Post access, I’m writing to let you know that we no longer do. A bunch of years ago, it was possible to register with a .edu address to get 25 free articles per month. Arabella found this page which indicates that the opportunity is still available for .gov and .mil, but not .edu  (

The lib/its blog post that publicized this access has been deleted.

Welcome to the Libraries, Febs!

Welcome, Febs!Hello, Febs!!! Stay sharp! Visit the Research Desk early and often. You’ll find that librarians are always happy to help. You don’t even need a question! Just tell us what you’re working on and together, we can figure out what you’ll need to do first, next and last.

Spring Research Desk Hours
(February 12 – May 18, 2018)
Mon – Wed: 11 am – 5 pm
and 7 pm – 10 pm
Thursday:    11 am – 5 pm
Friday:          11 am – 4 pm
Sunday:        1 pm – 5 pm

And online anytime!
go/askus/ or

No one available at the Research Desk?
Visit us in our offices! Librarians are conveniently located right behind the Research Desk.

Update your bookmarks and syllabi with the new MIDCAT URL is crossed out

MIDCAT, our library catalog, has a new URL! All links on the library website have been updated, but your links probably need some attention. If you bookmarked MIDCAT, or if you included links to MIDCAT in your syllabus or course web page, you’ll need to revise the URL.

The new URL is:

Fortunately, revisions will be pretty straightforward: Wherever you have the old URL, just replace it with the new one (see below). This includes links to books and to searches (both of which have some characters after the “”).

For example:

  • Old:
  • New:

Thing to know: The old URL seems to work now, but it won’t last forever.

Questions? Ask a librarian! go/askus/

Get Your Graphic Novels Here

Graphic Novels: Located behind the movies on the main floor of the Davis Family Library

Follow the signs to the Graphic Novels

Can you hear that? The graphic novels are calling out to you this month! New signs in the Davis Family Library lead you right to this collection of more than 450 illustrated works of fiction and non-fiction.

Come and visit the Graphic Novels Collection, just after the movies on the main level of the Davis Family Library. You’ll see Alison Bechdel’s memoir Fun Home, Neil Gaman’s fantasy Sandman, Eleanor Davis’ quirky collection of short stories How to be Happy,  and more. We’re sure you’ll wander out with a few.

Want a preview? Browse the collection in MIDCAT: Genre: Graphic Novels

The Palm You See in the Question – a poem

Thanks to poet Gary Margolis for sharing this library-related poem.

The Palm You See in the Question

You don’t want your local library
tracking you down
in heaven.

Sending a team of librarian
angels to recover,
retrieve the book

you didn’t think
any reader would miss.
Given how many times

you were allowed
to renew it.
How many years passed

without a patron
searching the stacks
for that missing one.

The book you took out
to take to a deserted
island. To have something

good to read, over
and over again.
For all the time it could take

to be found there.
Drawing a word in the sand.
Tearing your shirt

into sparkling strips.
As if you had some other place
to be. As if God needed

to find you, dozing under
a tree. The palm you see
in the question

What book would you bring
with you,
if you were stranded

on a deserted island?
If you had all the time
in this world and the next.

If you could fall asleep
with a book
on your chest.

-Gary Margolis