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NExpress downtime Monday, August 18th

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On Monday, August 18th from 11 am – 3 pm, NExpress will be unavailable for requesting while our vendor upgrades a server. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Possible NExpress service disruption

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Our vendor will be doing maintenance on the software that runs NExpress on Saturday, August 2nd from 11 pm to midnight. There may be a disruption of service, so you may have to wait until after midnight to request that book you need. Apologies for any inconvenience.

NExpress downtime again tonight (Tuesday, 3/18/14)

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The NExpress library system will be down after 10 pm EDT tonight for maintenance. The system will be unavailable for searching, requesting, and borrowing for approximately 3 hours. This is ONLY NExpress and does not affect regular library searching via Summon or MIDCAT, nor regular borrowing of materials at the circulation desk.

NExpress downtime tonight (Wednesday, 3/12)

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The NExpress library system will be down after 10 pm EDT tonight for maintenance. The system will be unavailable for searching, requesting, and borrowing for approximately 3 hours. This is ONLY NExpress and does not affect regular library searching via Summon or MIDCAT, nor regular borrowing of materials at the circulation desk.

A Cure for Winter Doldrums: check out the new Blu-ray display in the atrium!

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If the freezing temps and winter storm warnings keep you indoors, we have a solution. There is a new display featuring our collection of Blu-rays, which continues to grow. A little more than year ago we had a smattering of choices, but we now have a wide variety from which to choose. For all of you classic film buffs, we have an amazing collection by master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini. A few of his very best are available; “Stromboli,” “Europe 51,” and “Journey to Italy,” (all starring his wife, Ingrid Bergman). We have several Blu-rays from the great Alfred Hitchcock;  “To Catch a Thief,” “Rebecca,” Psycho,” to name a few.  David Lean’s award-winning epic, “Lawrence of Arabia,” based on the life of T.E. Lawrence, and Humphrey Bogart in “Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” are not to be missed.

The bulk of our Blu-ray collection is more recent, including  “Promised Land” (screenplay/actors Matt Damon, Jon Krasinski), “Before Midnight” (last in the 20-year trilogy co-written and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, and written/directed by Richard Linklater). We have last year’s Oscar for best picture, “Argo” (directed by Ben Affleck, with Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” fame).  “Hunger Games” with Jennifer Lawrence, “Behind the Candelabra,” another Matt Damon role, “Magic Mike” (could it be, really, Matthew McConaughey?) and Channing Tatum. (I have to say, McConaughey has come a long way since his role in “Mike” to his current turn in “Dallas Buyers Club,” in which he is nothing less than phenomenal, and a likely Oscar recipient for best actor). We also have the Sundance Film Festival 2011 award winner, “Another Earth.”

TV series are part of the action as well; a couple of examples are Seasons 2 and 3 from “Madmen,” and the first season of “Louie” (as in C.K.)!

Well, you will just have to peruse the shelves on your own to see what appeals to your viewing taste, but I am sure you will find a Blu-ray to your liking. As you start playing your Blu-ray at home, look out the window to see the snow pile up. It is a perfect winter back drop, as you sip a little hot cocoa to keep you warm. I can smell the popcorn now!

Thank you Marlena, for creating such an accessible and creative display for us!

24/7 exam period at the Libraries

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The Davis Family Library will be providing extended hours during the last week of classes and the exam period.

24/7 hours will start at 9:00 am on Sunday, 12/2 and will end at 10 pm on Sunday, 12/15. Bring your ID – card access is required between 11 pm and 7:30 am (9 am on Saturday and Sunday). Guest passwords for computer access will not be issued between the hours of 11 pm and 8 am.

Armstrong Library will have regular hours during this period, with later closing times on Friday 12/13 and Saturday 12/14.

Check here for up to date hours at all Libraries.

LIS Circulation is announcing Overdue Penalty Points

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Beginning November 5th, reserves, equipment, and inter-library loan items that are overdue will accrue Overdue Penalty Points. For hourly loans (reserves), the points will accrue at a rate of one point per hour overdue. For daily loans, one point per day overdue. Once a patron reaches three points, they will be blocked from borrowing ALL library materials for a period of one day. If they accumulate six points, they will be blocked for two days, and so on. We are doing this to ensure that these materials are available to our patrons as much as possible and that people are not preventing their fellow students from accessing materials by keeping them out past when they are due. More information can be found at go/penaltypoints.