11/7, Update–Resolved: Issues with Library Study Room Scheduling System

Update, 11/7/19:

The room scheduling issue has been resolved.

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11/5/19:

Users have reported that they are experiencing issues with the library’s scheduling system for group study rooms, media lab seats, and classrooms.

If you need to reserve any of these spaces, please call 708-974-5234 or visit the Ask a Librarian page to connect with a librarian who can help you book the space you need.

Daylight saving time is ending- what will you be doing?

Pocket Watch - 3D render
“Pocket Watch – 3D render” by Áron Jakab is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Have you thought about what you want to do with your extra hour this Sunday? Sure, you could catch up on sleep, but there are so many options to consider!

Why don’t you ~fall back~ into the couch and enjoy an hour long episode of the PBS series How We Got to Now on time.

Perhaps you’d prefer to enjoy the soothing vocals of Seal’s “Daylight Saving” from his 2015 (and conveniently 50-minute-long) album, 7.

Maybe you find yourself contemplating the very nature of time? Why not explore those questions by reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.

Need help with time management? Learn how to balance your time between your work life and social life while still prioritizing your personal time.

Now stop wasting time and make the most of your additional hour!

Are You Brave Enough to Listen to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?

It’s a windy, cold, and dark Halloween this year. You may be staying inside, or you maybe travelling. In either scenario, set the perfect eerie tone  tonight by playing the audio version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. This is the chilling childhood original.  The version with the skull smoking a pipe cover by Stephen Gammell. Click the link,  if you dare…

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12339508

Resolved: 10/31/19: Issues with SWANK Streaming Video Service

Update, 10/31/19, 2:30PM: The issue with SWANK has been resolved. Thank you for your patience!

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Library users have reported that they are experiencing access issues with our SWANK streaming video service, affecting a number of films we have available via online through our library subscription.

We are currently working with our vendor to resolve the issue. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

New Arrivals

Among the new arrivals this week are these book recommendations:

These and other new items are located at the New Arrivals section in the Library Lounge.

Science is Snow Laughing Matter

I’m not going to lie, the snow certainly has some nerve to arrive this early in the season. But since it’s here, we should look at the chemistry behind snowflakes. Let’s learn some SCIENCE!

Hey, where are you going? This is cool, I promise!

According to the American Chemical Society, all snowflakes start as a humble dust particle encased in ice and are individually shaped by the temperature and environmental conditions as they fall to the ground. It’s the variety in conditions that lead to the incredible differences seen in each flake.

Not all snowflakes are flat!

Researchers have even developed a camera that takes multi-angle photographs of single snowflakes in free-fall to produce 3D images and measure fall speed. Understanding snowflake mass, diameter, and fall speed can improve cold weather forecasting models.

Individual snowflakes might seem harmless, but when they get together they can really pack a punch. Scientists studying earthquakes in California found that accumulated snow and water can deform the earth’s crust, leading to increased seismic activity. That’s some powerful snow.

A quick search in Science Magazine Online can help you find articles about snowflakes and more amazing science! Make sure you access it from the library website in order to use all its features.

The Physical Implications of Critical Infrastructure Cyberattack

In this talk, Dr. Rush outlines how cyber attacks against critical infrastructure can impact the supply of gas, water, and electric grids. Cyber-attacks are usually thought of as directed against information, such as compromise of passwords, access to financial information, or theft of information. The focus of this talk is on the need to increase the level of protection on critical infrastructure. The issue is viewed from the attacker’s point of view and outlines the physical impacts of a successful attack. This event is part of the STEM lecture series.

Margaret Atwood Receives Award and Honors

Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments, has been named a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for her services to literature by Queen Elizabeth. This is an award given to those with outstanding achievements in the arts. The Testaments was also awarded the 2019 Booker Prize, sharing the honor with Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other. The sharing of this prize has caused a controversy, as the rules state that the prize may not be divided. The chair of the judges revealed that it was a unanimous decision to split the prize.

In 2016, Hulu began production on the dystopian drama, The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Atwood’s 1985 novel. The show has received critical acclaim and has so far released three seasons. Don’t have Hulu and still want to catch up? You can find Season 1 and Season 2 here at the library!

Time to Retire the Stethoscope?

The stethoscope has been an iconic symbol of medicine for over two hundred years. But it looks like this device will be replaced by “ultra sound scanners and digital stethoscopes that can be paired with smartphones to create moving pictures and readouts”.

The Butterfly iQ device “includes artificial intelligence to help users position the probe and interpret the images.”

Some physicians are concerned with the price of the new tool, but others in the medical field feel that the accurate readings are well worth the price.

Watch a brief TEDMED video on the use of AI in the medical field.