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Library open 24-hours during finals week

Once again the library will be open 24-hours during finals week!

Here are the hours:

Thursday 12/12 7:30am - Friday 12/13 Midnight (24-hours)
Saturday 12/14 10:00am - Saturday 12/14 Midnight (normal hours)
Sunday 12/15 11:00am - Thursday 12/19 Midnight (24-hours)

For more hours, click here.

Good luck on your finals!

New gallery exhibit: RIT's early 20th century Mechanical program

RIT’s Mechanical  program, as it existed in the early 20th century, is conveyed in a new exhibit in the Gallery for RIT History and Art.  Included are photographs, curriculum materials, course catalogs and two pieces of equipment designed and built by a Cooperative Mechanical student in 1928. View it through April 2014.    The Gallery for RIT History and Art is located on the first floor near the Reference desk.

"Eyes on the Prize" exhibit opens with a reception on Thursday November 21st in the RIT Archives


The RIT Archives presents “Eyes on the Prize: 
Selected works from the Wallace Library’s Purchase Prize collection” opening November 2013.

Please join us for the opening reception Thursday November 21,
from 3-4 at the RIT Archives 3rd fl., The Wallace Center.

The Wallace Library has a long history of supporting and documenting student artwork from RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.  Each year a committee of librarians and faculty members select artworks to be added to the collection.  “Eyes on the Prize” features 46 artworks from the Wallace Library’s Purchase Prize collection which includes paintings, sculpture, photographs and other unique works.


Change the Way You Work in Groups with Our New Collaboration Station

Collaboration Station

Our new collaboration station enables groups to work together more efficiently by sharing what's on their screens via a flat-screen TV. 

  • Unique & effective way to brainstorm & share ideas
  • Project from your laptop, tablet, or other device
  • Ideal for group projects, study groups, and tutoring
  • Located near the computer workstations on the first floor

Go ahead - collaborate!

International Open Access Week 2013 - Join the Conversation!


International Open Access Week 2013
Open Access Week at RIT features a carefully selected group of faculty, staff and publishers
who explore with you technology’s interaction with teaching, learning and scholarship.

Monday, October 21

Bamboo Room (Campus Center 2610), 10:00-11:00 AM

Speakers will share their insights, stories, techniques and concerns
about Open Access in meaningful dialogue with attendees. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Detailed list of presentations and speakers

Please register by October 14

Thursday, October 24

Al Davis Room (SAU Cafeteria), 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Is OA going to cut into grant funding?  How are the costs supported?
Explore different OA issues with a panel of top notch faculty experts from a variety
of backgrounds as well as knowledgeable scholarly publishers from RIT and SUNY Geneseo.

Drinks and hors d’ oeuvres will be served.

Detailed list of presentations and speakers

Please register by October 14


Bevier Gallery Exhibition Features RIT Libraries' Purchase Prize Collections



George Furqueron, Side Table
wood, 2002

Bevier Gallery's newest exhibition, In Retrospect: Selected Works from the Art Collection at the RIT Libraries, 1972-2009 features works from the RIT Libraries' Purchase Prize collections.  Each year, MFA Purchase Prizes are awarded to graduate students in the School of Art and Design and the School for American Crafts. Photo Purchase Prizes are awarded for works entered in the annual School of Photography Honors Show.  Combined, the collections number more than 400 works.  Normally on display throughout the Wallace Center, this exhibition provides an opportunity to explore selected works from the collections,  including paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs and other unique works.  The opening reception is being held this Friday, October 11, from 4-6; the exhibition runs until November 10th.


Congratulations Kari Horowicz, Recipient of The Dancy Duffus Outstanding Citizenship Award

The Dancy Duffus Outstanding Citizenship Award recognizes staff members who demonstrate a high degree of excellence, professionalism and integrity. This year’s recipient is Kari Horowicz, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences liaison/librarian, The Wallace Center.

Yahoo, Kari!!!!

According to her nomination form, “Kari is known for her collegiality, compassion, creativity and enthusiasm, as well as her knowledge base. She teaches students how to use the library and, in the classroom, Kari’s passion is contagious; it is felt by every class she teaches.”

Horowicz is the crazy, enthusiastic voice behind the megaphone at the Wallace Center Book Mobile and she also co-developed a pre-orientation program, “Rochester Art Rocks,” which offers interested incoming students an introduction to the Rochester art community.
Since 2009, she has also coordinated the READ: Hope in Action program, a partnership between RIT’s Wallace Center and athletics department, and John Williams School No. 5 in the Rochester City School District. Another colleague stated, “Kari maintains standards and professional expectations at a level equal to the very best in her profession. She has demonstrated a commitment to the education of young minds.”

Please congratulate Kari when you see her!  

Celebrate the Life of Author Tom Clancy

Best-selling author Tom Clancy died on Tuesday October 1st (1947-2013). Clancy was the prolific author of military thrillers, some of which spawned movies and video games. He is credited with the creation of a new fiction sub-genre, the techno-thriller.
Celebrate Clancy's life by picking up one of his books from the RIT Library. Click here to browse a list of Tom Clancy novels owned by the RIT Library.
For more information about Clancy and his writing, check out this entry in the Encyclopedia of Intelligence & Counterintelligence in Credo Reference or the NY Times article on his life.


MyLibrary and MyCourses

The RIT Libraries' latest technology project - MyLibrary - is now live.

MyLibrary links to context sensitive library information from myCourses course shells -- allowing students to see and interact with the most relevant library information for the program, course, or section of any course without leaving myCourses. It includes the most appropriate contact information, library guides, course reserves (if any exist), as well as a list of useful library links. All course shells in myCourses have a default link to MyLibrary in the navigation bar. As an added bonus, the link syntax is intuitive enough for RIT faculty who do not use myCourses to create links from their own course webpages or course blogs. 

Here are some sample URLs:


Welcome to the Newly Renovated Wallace Center!

Welcome to the Wallace Center!    This summer was one of excitement, noise and dust as the Wallace Center spent several weeks under construction. The first floor of the Wallace Center has been transformed to better support the academic success and scholarship of our students and faculty.  Complementing services already offered by the Wallace Center’s RIT Libraries, Faculty Development and RIT Production, the new design features the addition of the Writing Commons and the RIT American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Community Center that were previously located in the SAU.

The first floor has been revitalized with new carpeting and paint and other renovations that include better space utilization, improvements in lighting, and new flexible furniture and study areas that will increase seating on the first floor by 40%.  Our technology area continues to feature dual monitor computer stations but this has now been enhanced with a new laptop "bar" and a new media scape collaboration center.  Aside from continued work in the lobby, renovations on the first floor are nearly complete.  We are still awaiting additional lounge seating and signage and selecting artwork for the first floor.  Please bear with us as we make these finishing touches over the next few weeks.