Get Set for a Great Finish!

NYU Libraries has a host of resources to help you sprint through finals.

Check out the listings of what’s happening at Bobst and Dibner.

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BOBST LIBRARY

Study all night starting Friday 12/14

We’re keeping the Bobst stacks open 24-hours for NYU students.

Making more space

We’ve suspended our guest policy this week to maximize space for you!

Perk up!

Beginning Mon. 12/17 free coffee is available during the overnight hours in Bobst on LL1.

Stretch & RelaxWomen in a seated yoga pose with hands in prayer position over her head.

Sign up for a yoga and mini meditation session

Mon. 12/17 – 2:00pm
Mon. 12/17 – 2:30pm
Tues. 12/18 – 3:00pm
Tues. 12/18 – 3:30pm

Get in the zone

Complimentary earplugs are available at the Circulation & Reserves Service desk in the atrium.


DIBNER LIBRARY

Extended hours starting Friday 12/14

Dibner will be open 24-hours and not closing again until Fri. 12/21 at 6pm.

Snacks & Treats

Cup of black coffee in white mug sitting on a yellow surface, photographed from above.

Overnight snacks at midnight in LC433 provided by Student Affairs on Mon. 12/17, Tues. 12/18, and Weds. 12/19

We’ve got coffee available for overnight studying

Popcorn will be distributed (while supplies last) starting Sun. 12/16 in the late evening.

De-stress and get in the zone

The library will be handing out security reminders and tips for studying and de-stressing.

Earplugs are available from the service desk to help block out distractions.

Visit the De-stress Zone (across from the service desk)
We’ve got activities for your study breaks:

  • games (chess, battleship, etc.)
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • origami
  • coloring sheets
  • de-stress balls
  • spin chair

The Holocube Brings Virtual Reality Experience Closer to Tandon Students

At the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, virtual reality (VR) has become a trending research topic for students. A new a virtual reality experience room at Bern Dibner Library – The Holocube – was built so that students could gain experience with current virtual and augmented reality applications.

Inspiring creative ideas to integrate AR and VR technology for NYU students

A large variety of educational and recreational games are available to be played in the Holocube, including Tandon-made applications. VR film Grandpa’s Reef, created by Alum Sara Camnasio ’18, transports viewers to a healthy, vibrant coral reef. Relevant Motion, a venture from professors and students in the Integrated Digital Media program, utilizes motion capture technology with a virtual reality platform in occupational therapy.

Holocube VR console hardware lit up by blacklights.
Inside the Holocube. Source: Bern Dibner Library IT.

Making the room an experience in itself

I was asked to create an IT sandbox room by the librarians here. I did some research and found that all the sandbox rooms around the country, in different colleges/universities, were all the same… a piece of VR equipment with a mask in a plain room.

I decided that I wasn’t going to follow that cookie cutter pattern but instead make the room an experience in itself.

– Scott Broussard, IT Services Manager at NYU’s Bern Dibner Library.

The name “Holocube”, Scott relates, refers to the “cube” shape of the room and the “hologram” aspect that comes to mind when he thinks of virtual reality. The space design, with blacklight accent lighting (which users can opt to turn off) and the acoustic tile mosaic, is a fun departure from the average library collaborative space.

Broussard and his team produced a promo video [YouTube Video] highlighting the space’s features.

Equipment and Reservations

The room is currently equipped with the HTC Vive Virtual Reality system. A large variety of educational and recreational games are available to be played in the room.

The Holocube is located on the 4th floor of  Bern Dibner Library, NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Reservations are now available on LibCal. Each student can reserve a 45-min session for a maximum of 3 people.

Before reserving the room, students are required to take an online training session which provides essential information such as room usage policies and equipment instructions.

New Databases: November 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new database we added to our collection in November 2018.

  • Communist Historical Newspaper Collection covers historical local, regional and national news. The collection includes: The Daily Worker, Daily World (1968-1986), The Ohio Socialist, People’s Daily World, People’s Weekly World, Sunday Worker, The Toiler, The Worker, and The Worker.
  • GoinGlobal helps researchers, job seekers, and travelers learn about working and living in new locations. It includes country and city guides, business etiquette advice, country-specific visa regulations (including a listing of US employers who successfully sponsor H1B visas), job application/interview advice, and more.
  • The SHAFR Guide Online: An Annotated Bibliography of U.S. Foreign Relations since 1600, is an online annotated bibliography of historical work covering the entire span of U.S. foreign relations.
  • Stylus produces market research reports on fashion and design, including cross-industry trends and consumer insights.
  • World Newspaper Archive offers a search of diverse titles from Africa, Latin America, and South Asia across a broad range of academic disciplines. The database includes 19th and 20th-century newspapers.   Available collections are listed below.

New Databases: October 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new database we added to our collection in October 2018

  • American Indian Newspapers includes historic pressings to contemporary periodicals, covering nearly 200 years of Indigenous print journalism from the US and Canada. With newspapers representing a variety in publisher, audience and era, users can research how events were reported by and for Indigenous communities.
  • Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) is a general encyclopedia of music offering in-depth articles on music as well as many related areas such as literature, philosophy, and visual arts. MGG Online contains the second print edition of MGG, published from 1994 to 2008, as well as current, continuous online updates and additions.
  • The Kotobarabia Modern Arab Renaissance Collection is an archive of books published 1820-1914 from Egypt, Syria, and other regions of the Islamic World. The collection is comprised of over 2,500 titles in the humanities and the sciences, including writings from Mahmoud Abdo, Gamal El Din El Afgahany and Rashid Reda. Consisting mostly of historic texts, the books in this collection are full-image, with searchable metadata only.
  • Revolution and Protest Online examine how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped and transformed the human experience globally from the 18th to 21st century.

Bobst Coloring Contest, Oct. 8-23

Take a study break, get creative, and try to stay within the lines!

photo: stack of crayons

We’re excited to announce the first ever Bobst Coloring Contest featuring an image from our Special Collections.

Our first coloring sheet depicts a woodblock print from the most heavily illustrated of the book of the 15th century—the Nuremberg Chronicle.

Open to all current NYU students, coloring sheets can be picked up at the reference desk on the first floor of Bobst Library

Win a gift card to the NYU Bookstore or Starbucks (your choice)

1st Prize: $75
2nd Prize: $50
3rd Prize: $25

Winners will be announced Wednesday, October 31st on the Library social media accounts.

See page 2 for contest rules and guidelines.

New Databases: September 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new database we added to our collection in September 2018:

  • Films on Demand: In an increasingly flat world, an understanding of the histories, politics, cultures, and economies of different countries and regions of the globe is becoming essential to more professions than ever before. This large collection contains critically acclaimed documentaries and feature programming on some of the world’s fastest-growing countries, such as China, India, Russia, and Brazil, as well as major regions including Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and more.
  • Geriatrics Care Online provides information created to ensure that all health care professionals have the latest research on caring for older adults.
  • American Founding Era:  Rotunda’s Founding Era Collection is an integrated research environment that covers the correspondence of a number of key figures from America’s founding era.

Closing Event – Oct. 9 | The Unflinching Eye: The Symbols of David Wojnarowicz

Panel Discussion & Reception:
Tuesday, October 9th, 6:30-8:30 PM

Bobst Library, 3rd Floor, 70 Washington Square South

The summer of 2018 offered a slew of exhibitions, programs, new publications, and criticism surrounding the work of David Wojnarowicz. The Whitney Museum’s retrospective, History Keeps Me Awake at Night, was the epicenter of activities, with several concurrent exhibitions elsewhere, including PPOW Gallery’s Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins: The Installations of David Wojnarowicz and NYU’s The Unflinching Eye: The Symbols of David Wojnarowicz.

Photo: David Wojnarowicz work depicting sculpture of open eye with ant crawling on the eyeball.
Untitled (eye with ant), 1988. Silver gelatin print courtesy of PPOW Gallery.

To mark the closing of The Unflinching Eye, NYU’s Nicholas Martin welcomes Whitney curator David Kiehl, PPOW Co-founder Wendy Olsoff, and NYU Contributing Curator Hugh Ryan for a reflection on these disparate exhibitions, how they complement and contrast with one another, and how the events of this summer reflect and build upon Wojnarowicz’s legacy here in New York and the world over.

Panel discussion 6:30-8:00. Reception to follow.  R.S.V.P


EXHIBITION
The Unflinching Eye:
The Symbols of David Wojnarowicz

Now through October 11th, 2018
Free and open daily to the public until 11 pm

THE MAMDOUHA BOBST GALLERY
70 Washington Square South | New York | NY | 10012

NYU is grateful to the Keith Haring Foundation for its support of The Unflinching Eye.