My Favorite Library Videos

Just for fun, here are a few of my favorite library-related viral videos.

The Blonde in the Library I was born blonde and find this very funny.

The Dewey Decimators Book Cart Drill Team. Yup, people really do this.

A scene from “Party Girl”, or why you shouldn’t shelve that book. Because we just want to do a good job.

Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library did a great job spoofing the Old Spice “New Spice” commercial in New Spice | Study Like a Scholar, Scholar.

Library tours Spring 2011

It’s UArts Libraries tour time! Take a tour of the Greenfield Library or the Music Library and you’ll enter our drawing. Drawing grand prize: a $100 VISA gift card! Plus two second prizes of $50 VISA gift cards! That gives you three chances to win. You can double your chances of winning by taking a tour of the Greenfield Library AND the Music Library.

Tours start on time – no late arrivals. No need to sign up, just show up on time.

Meet at the circulation desk of the Greenfield or Music Library.


Tuesday, Feb 1

12:00pm: Greenfield ONLY

5:00pm: Greenfield ONLY

Wednesday, Feb 2

12:00pm: Greenfield AND Music

5:00pm: Greenfield AND Music

Thursday, Feb 3

12:00pm—Greenfield AND Music

5:00pm: Greenfield AND Music


Tours will take about 30 minutes. Remember, please, no food or drink in the library.

One entry per person per tour. Only students may enter the drawing.

What could you possibly learn on a LIBRARY tour?

1. How many floors there are to Greenfield (answer: 2, but can you find the other one?)

2. How to search for videos and DVDs in the library catalog

3. How many fantastic online resources you have access to

4. How to roll open the compact shelving in the Greenfield Vault, and just what the heck is the Greenfield Vault.

5. Meet at least one of your librarians.

6. Learn that the Music Library is NOT just for music majors. Who doesn’t like music??

NEW! ProQuest: The Arts

The University Libraries are pleased to present ProQuest: The Arts, a new way to search four of our most popular databases: Art Bibliographies Modern, Design and Applied Arts Index, International Index to Music Periodicals, and International Index to Performing Arts.

ProQuest: The Arts offers the same content as the old databases, but in a new interface that’s both powerful and easy to use.  By default ProQuest: The Arts searches all four databases, but you can narrow your focus using either the Advanced Search or the blue bar at the top of each screen. You can also filter your search resutls by type, date, subject, and more using the options on the right side of your search results. Create an account and sign in to “My Research” to save searches, tag articles, and create email or RSS alerts for your favorite topics.

The old versions of Art Bibliographies Modern, Design and Applied Arts Index, International Index to Music Periodicals, and International Index to Performing Arts will remain active through the Spring 2011 semester, but are being phased out.

Please contact Josh Roberts, Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian, at with any questions or concerns.

Library Staff Recommendation: Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins
709.24 C331r
Greenfield Open Stacks

While we have many books of Celmins’ work, this one is my favorite because it includes a very insightful interview with the artist conducted by sculptor Robert Gober. Celmins’ attention to detail is simply stunning and the reproductions in this book capture it well. In addition, Celmins also selected an excerpt from Jorge Luis Borges’ Funes the Memorious as her “Artist’s Choice” for this volume!

If you like this book, you may also be interested in these from the Greenfield Open Stacks:

Vija Celmins: Drawings 741.0924 C331c

The Prints of Vija Celmins 769.924 C331r

Robert Gober : sculptures and installations, 1979-2007 709.24 G536v

Robert Gober : sculpture + drawing 709.24 G536w 1999

Recommended by Casey Murphy, Greenfield Circulation Assistant.

Library Staff Recommendation: The Sandman

The Sandman
writer: Neil Gaiman, artists: Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones, et al.
741.50924 G127s volumes 1-5
Greenfield Open Stacks

One of the most critically lauded comic series, The Sandman paved the way for the mainstream embrace of the comics medium. The series follows the literal king of dreams , Lord Morpheus, and his interactions with a variety of characters, both mortal and immortal. Neil Gaiman, the writer of all 75 issues, successfully weaves fantasy, horror, history and drama into the series, finding deeply personal and human stories in settings both mundane and surreal. The Greenfield Library currently has the first five volumes of the series, each one a treasure trove into a new and remarkable world.

Recommended by Mike Sgier, Greenfield Circulation Assistant.