The close of the Spring Semester 2017 is fast upon us, with only a few weeks left before finals. At this time, we ask if you anticipate any need of resources via ILL Requests for final papers, presentations or exams (books, articles, DVDs, etc), please submit your requests ASAP. Keep in mind, it’s a busy time at all college libraries for ILL Requests, and some requests may take longer than usual to fill – but we always do our best to get you the items quickly. Should you have any questions regarding research materials you may need, contact the R & I desk at 232-6299. If you have any questions regarding ILL Requests, contact the ILL desk at 232-6125. We’re here to help!
Professor Joan Zaretti’s “Creativity and the Arts” class has had a busy semester as they’ve been learning how one can explore creativity as a general process of engagement. One of their projects, “Altered Books,” is currently on display in Krupp Library.
This project showcased the students creative reactions to the cover or contents of a book. “They used the text as an inspiration and responded, showing what it brought to mind,” said Professor Zaretti. “This allows them to see how even words on a page are part of a visual and creative response.”
Students chose a book and had the freedom to alter it visually, or even physically alter the book itself. The display highlights the many different interpretations that students had and shows how they transformed the existing piece into something new.
While students had little or no background in visual arts, their response in this project shows a strong display of creative talents that included drawings, mixed media and sculpture.
“This class shows students how artistic communities can find inspiration among each other,” said Professor Zaretti. “The students now see how communities use each other as inspiration. This is a skill that they can translate to other aspects of their lives.”
Come and check out the display!
We’re always happy to help you find whatever it is you need, whether it comes from here in our own library or from somewhere out in the world via Interlibrary Loan. But as we get closer to the end-of-the-semester crunch time, we do feel the need to remind everyone that Interlibrary Loan can take some time, particularly for physical items that may be sent through the mail. As such, it might not be the best option for your last-minute, “Hail Mary” pass sorts of needs, even if we can find a library here in Rhode Island that a.) has the item you need; and b.) can actually supply it, because even in-state requests can take 3 to 5 business days.
Of course, if you still want to attempt the request, by all means go for it, we’re happy to help out in any way we can; that’s our whole deal here. We just want to help manage your expectations a little and save you some frustration if the thing you’re hoping to find takes longer to arrive than you want or need.
Also, it’s a stone cold bummer to have to tell y’all that stuff won’t be here in time.
As usual, there are lots of schedule changes and expanded hours for final exams. Here’s when we’ll be open:
Friday, May 6: 7:30am to Midnight
Saturday, May 7: 10am to Midnight
Sunday, May 8: 10am to 2am
Monday, May 9 to Thursday, May 12: 7am to 2am
Friday, May 13: 7am to Midnight
Saturday, May 14: 8am to Midnight
Sunday, May 15: 10am to 1am
Monday, May 16: 7am to 10pm
Tuesday, May 17: 7:30 am to 6pm
Best of luck on your exams!
Just a reminder that we’re open at 6:45am April 6th-8th and 11th-14th to help answer any questions, offer assistance, or just provide a quiet, peaceful environment for pre-registration for Fall 2016 semester classes.
And remember, if you have long overdue and billed library items, you probably have a block on your Banner account. If you have a block on your Banner account, you won’t be able to register for classes or housing, receive grades or transcripts, or get your diploma. If you can’t register for classes or housing, receive grades or transcripts, or get your diploma, you’ll have angry parents.
Basically, it’s like a really negative version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and you’ll want to avoid that.
Good Friday and Easter are this weekend, and the library’s schedule will be affected, so please take note of the changes listed below:
Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate, and if you don’t, remember that candy is deliciously non-denominational.