Might be a good idea to schedule a walk in the park tonight from 8-10 pm, because there is network maintenance scheduled and several systems will be unavailable. You won't be able to access WebEd, online resources from the Library or, if you are on the Exchange system, your email. In fact, depending where you are, you may not be able to access the internet at all: there will be no internet access in the Library, on floors 5, 10-14 and 16-26 of Annenberg, anywhere in Aron Hall or the Atran buidling, Icahn floors 1 and 9-16, or at the SAVI program in 40 East 98th St.
If you have questions, you can contact the Levy Library Computing Help Desk at x47091 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The network folks apologize for the inconvenience, but are happy to be upgrading our networks!
Continuing from the blog post of March 11th, I have found even more ammunition to prove that archives are cool places. Check out this blog post by Ethan Trex at http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/49615: 11 (Extra) Special Collections in University Libraries (March 11, 2010). This post includes information on collections at Cornell University (witchcraft), Duke (glass eyeballs), UNLV (showgirls, of course!), and Princeton (smut and magic), to name a few. Many archives and libraries have collections that seem beyond the normal, and all of them make sense somehow in the context of the institution. For a look at what collections are out there, search http://archivegrid.org/web/index.jsp, WorldCat, or even Google. As for what strange items lurk in the Mount Sinai Archives, well, that's a whole other story.
OK, in case there were any questions, I just want to clear something up: archives are cool! If you doubt me, just check out this link to a New York Times article on the Grateful Dead archives that was created at the University of California, Santa Cruz http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/11/arts/music/11grateful.html?emc=eta1. This article also talks about the new exhibit – using archival material about the Dead – that just opened at that venerable place: the New-York Historical Society. (Who'd have thunk it?!) And, finally, there is the famous (to archivists) bit on the Jon Stewart Daily Show where Mr. Stewart looks at the want ad that was posted to hire an archivist for the Santa Cruz Grateful Dead collection http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-11-2009/want-ads—grateful-dead-archivist.
See, archivists are cool AND have a sense of humor.
Just in case visiting, calling, emailing or chatting wasn’t enough, you can now text a librarian at the Levy Library! Send us a text message at 347-948-LEVY (that’s 347-948-5389) and we’ll respond between 9 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday. Ask a quick question, confirm a citation, settle that bet about whether JAMA or the Lancet has a higher impact factor – just let us know what you need and we’ll get back to you!