Daily Archives: February 22, 2009

No dusty tomes here

Well, not for much longer, that is. The art library is in the midst of a “deep cleaning,” its first in over a decade. If you visit during the day, you will most likely meet the cleaners who are helping us out. What makes a cleaning deep?  So many things! For example, the blinds are getting wiped down for the first time ever, and every single book shelf is getting dusted and vacuumed. It’s a tough job, but the cleaners are doing a great job of it, and it’ll be nice to get all the dust from the recent projects (compact shelving two years ago, new lighting last summer, et al.) out of here. Think of it as a much-needed early spring cleaning.

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Posted by on February 22, 2009 in Uncategorized


Things are looking different here

If you’ve been an observant visitor to the Art Library this semester, you’ll have noticed some major changes. Possibly the most exciting is our new carpet! It may not have been Venturi and Scott Brown’s original plan to have dark red and blue carpeting in the Art Library, but it certainly works well with the doors and gives the Art Library some design and color that seems to evoke Mudd.

Most importantly, there have been some major changes in the organizational scheme of the Art Library. Barb Prior, the art Librarian, has pared down the Reference section to make sure that only the best books get to be front and center (surrounding the computer area). This has created some space for the brand new “Modern Architects Collection.” At the request of Prof. Harwood, we have pulled the books that deal with Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe, Venturi, and Gilbert, and put them in this handy new section. So, next time you’re doing research and see that the location of the book you need is “Art Modernist Architects Coll,” please be aware that this means the book is on the shelves in the computer area, closest to the clock. These books are library use only, except in special cases.

Still in the works is a relocation of the Art Image Collection, and we’ll keep you posted as it happens.

Questions or comments on our moves and new looks? Let us know!

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Posted by on February 22, 2009 in library info


Design a poster and brochure for Left Forum 2009

Left Forum, which “convenes the largest gathering in North America of the US and international Left,” is looking for a design for its 2009 conference, happening April 17-19 in New York City. The Forum’s theme this year is “Turning Points,” and the winning design will be printed on the brochures and posters announcing the final details about the conference. Want to see your work featured in event posters, media ads, brochures, etc seen by over 20,000 people? Then please get in touch with Nigar.Hacizade (at) oberlin (dot) edu, who works for Left Forum. She is looking for “nothing too complicated, but something that gets the point across and looks neat.” To see last year’s design, go to

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Posted by on February 22, 2009 in call for work