Playwright, Director and Actor Sam Shepard Passes Away at 73

Sam Shepard who wrote several plays including Fool for LoveOperation Sidewinder (a play in two acts), A lie of the mind (a play in three acts), Mad Dog Blues, Back Bog Beast Bait, Cowboy Mouth, The Tooth of Crime, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Action, Angel City, Suicide in B Flat, Inacoma, Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, Tongues, True West, A Short Life of Trouble, Baby Boom, States of Shock, Simpatico, Tooth of Crime, Eyes for Consuela, The Late Henry Moss, The God of Hell, Kicking a Dead Horse, Ages of the Moon, Heartless and A Particle of Dread.

He also acted in several films including The Right Stuff for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager a former United States Air Force officer and record-setting test pilot.

Shepard was elected to both The American Academy of Arts and Letters and as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986.  During his career he also spent considerable time on teaching and writing about plays and theater in general.

Roper Center Outage

Roper Center services, including Roper Center iPoll and the Dataset Search site will be taken down for maintenance on Thursday, July 27th from 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

You can check the status of the outage at https://status.roper.center/

We appreciate your patience, and apologize for any inconvenience this maintenance causes.

Congratulations to Prof. Wenxian Zhang

Our Archivist, Prof. Wenxian Zhang, was honored at last week’s annual meeting of the Society of Florida Archivists, who presented him with the Society’s Award of Excellence.This award was given in recognition of his leadership and achievements in promoting the history of Central Florida and Rollins College. Congratulations, Wenxian! (Photo: Prof. Wenxian Zhang and our Digital Archivist, Prof. Rachel Walton.)

Library Hours During Exams

It’s almost that time of the year again!  Starting this weekend and lasting until May 9th, the Olin Library will be open 24 hours.  This means that all four floors will be open after midnight.  Access to the building after closing will be available to Rollins students and employees only via R-Card scanner, so be sure to have your ID handy.

  • Sunday, 4/23/2017 – Tuesday, 5/9/2017:  Building open 24 hours
  • Tuesday, 5/9/2017 – Thursday, 5/11/2017:  Library open until 12 midnight
  • Friday, 5/12/2017:  Library open normal Friday hours
  • Saturday, 5/13/2017 – Sunday, 5-14/2017:  Library closed for commencement

If you have any questions, you can visit our website, or contact us.

Cool tool for space nerds and science geeks

NASA just unveiled a new and searchable video, image, and audio library to the public. Is it comprehensive? No, but NASA will continue to add new and relevant content as it becomes available.  Yes! Is it cool? YES! Check it out an let us know what you think.  For more info visit https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-unveils-new-searchable-video-audio-and-imagery-library-for-the-public

 

ProQuest Database Outage

Update:  ProQuest databases are available again as of 3/1/2017.  If you are still having trouble accessing them, you might need to clear your browser cache.

Due to a systemic outage of Amazon Web Services, all ProQuest databases are currently unavailable.  This outage affects on and off campus access to all ProQuest databases, including:

  • ABI/Inform
  • Historical Newspapers
  • Newsstand
  • PsycARTICLES
  • PsycINFO
  • Research Library

ProQuest does not have an estimate for how long this downtime will last, but they are updating their Twitter feed as they make progress on fixing the outage.  If you need research assistance, you can ask Your Librarian.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Find it, read it, leave it.

Jen with first book

Jen with first book

Our friend Jen Atwell has come up with a great idea to celebrate reading on campus. Based on similar campaigns in Washington DC and London, Jen thought why not on campus?

Calling it BookBooks at Rollins stickers at Rollins, once per month over the course of the Spring semester we will choose a book related to a campus event and leave ten copies of the book at random spots around campus. If you see one, pick it up and read a bit. Perhaps it grabs your attention, so take it with you to read. Once you are finished, leave it somewhere on campus for someone else to pick up and read.

But before you do, make sure you leave a photo on your favorite social network and use the hashtags #BooksatRollins and #RollinsCollege.

Copies of the first book, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Where Do We Go From Here, timed to coincide with the campus MLK Week events, are already out and about on campus.

Find it. Read it. Leave it.

What do you think of library services at Rollins?

Your opinion counts! Beginning October 17th, we will send emails to randomly-selected students, faculty, and staff providing a link to a library service quality survey called LibQual+. As we plan for the future of Olin Library, it is important that we understand the perceptions and expectations of our campus community so that we can provide the services and resources you need to be successful. By taking the time to respond to the survey, you will provide essential information for us. All respondents will receive a coupon for a drink from the Bookmark Café, and you will be entered in a drawing to win an exciting prize! We would greatly appreciate your help and we thank you in advance for your participation.

Interlibrary Loan Temporary Downtime

Our vendor will be performing an upgrade to our ILLiad hosted server scheduled between 2-4pm today, September 12, 2016.  However, this time frame is flexible and it could happen slightly outside of this time window.

The interlibrary loan website will be down during this time.

We anticipate that the system will be unavailable for 30 minutes or less.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.