We have almost made it to Thanksgiving and already are enjoying a break in the academic action. Even we library folk get some time away, so Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library actually will be locked and dark for a few days. Shocking.
- Friday, November 17th — close @ 6:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday, November 18th & 19th — closed
- Monday & Tuesday, November 20th & 21st — open 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
- Wednesday, November 22nd — open 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
- Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, November 23rd to 25th — closed
- Sunday, November 26th — open at 12:00 noon and resume normal academic stampede
You may have heard that the W&L University Library is getting rid of our library catalog. Unlike so much of the fake news flying around these days, this tidbit is somewhat true.
Our online catalog (aka “Annie”) will celebrate its 26th anniversary during the upcoming Thanksgiving break — and then we will bury it shortly after Christmas. In late December the contents of the catalog will be subsumed within a larger “discovery” database system and will continue to be available, but not as a separate listing. We will be sharing more about that new system over the coming weeks.
To get some idea of the impact of the arrival of Annie in 1991, see the 9 January 1992 Ring Tum Phi article, below.
Our current transition is creating a few situations which may directly affect students and faculty right now:
- Requests for books, videos, or other materials needed for the start of Winter Term must be submitted by November 15.
- Links to the library catalog (such as this) in course syllabi or other online locations will not work after December 27.
- Some online resources, such as databases and electronic journals, are being removed from the catalog’s listings. If you are looking for a link to one of these, please try other options available on our homepage: Database List | Journals List | Subject & Course Guides
A new article in the Washington and Lee University website written by Tom Camden, the University Library’s Head of Special Collections and Archives, opens with these tantalizing words:
- Four years ago, one of my first-year work-study students dropped by my office to ask if he could look at the Martin Luther pieces housed in the Special Collections vault. He had found them listed in the library catalog.
Of course, I encouraged him to pull the items for viewing, with one caveat: He had to show them to me first, since I had not seen them and was not aware that Washington and Lee owned early Martin Luther items. What we discovered was nothing short of sensational.
Appearing the day before the 500th anniversary of Luther’s “95 Theses” earlier this week, Professor Camden’s Prelude to Reformation tells the fascinating story of W&L’s acquisition of four Luther works from the 16th century, an account in which the intellectual curiosity and generosity of recent graduate Joshua Duemler (’17) are justly recognized.
More information about the University Library’s Special Collections is available @ http://library.wlu.edu/specialcollections/