Archives for April 2015

Up All Night

Beginning Sunday, April 26th, the library will open at 2:00 P.M. and will not close until Friday, May 1st, at 6:00 P.M.  That’s right—24 hour service for finals is BACK!

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Here’s a little Q & A about finals week:

Q. Will there be coffee again?


Q. Will there be food, too?


Q. Will there be highly caffeinated librarians answering your frantic, last-minute questions at 3:00 a.m.??

A.  Oh, you know there will be!

Some of you may recall the library inaugurated its first 24 hour service period last semester.   During that week of finals, the library averaged 74 people a night between the hours of midnight and six in the morning.  On one particularly busy night, we had 187 people in the library at midnight—having group meetings, finishing up papers, & occasionally falling asleep in chairs.  You can read more about last semester’s trial run here.

To stay on top of announcements, or to share your photos, comments, and random thoughts at 4:00 a.m., follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

We plan to offer the same services as last semester.  Keep in mind, however, the Music Lab, Inter-library Loan service, and some circulation services will not be available.  We will still be able to offer basic check-in/check-out, but no fine repayments or new library applications after midnight.

But if you just need a quiet place to study, a table to gather around, some emergency citation help, or just a cup of coffee during the wee hours of finals, come join us in the library.  Don’t worry, we’ll leave the light on.


We’re Open!

Since the inauguration has moved to Tucker Coliseum on Friday, April 17th, the library will remain open during our regular hours, from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. After you finish attending the inauguration, come by the library and check out our new arrivals…literally!


Here’s a brief snapshot of the titles most recently inaugurated into our collection:




Want to stay on top of new items?  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  You can also check out our growing list of new items by clicking the “Open Your Mind” logo in the top right corner of the library homepage.  We also have a breakdown of new titles by department & month on our Libguide for new books (including e-books).  If you happen to be in the library, proceed immediately to the first floor, south entrance where you’ll find the latest & greatest new books:


Keep checking back for more new stuff, new “news”, as well as old, awful puns.

On Trial

The Library is currently sampling a buffet of new databases.  Feast on the following collections:

  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature: This comprehensive music bibliography covers many subjects such as ethnomusicology, composition, dramatic arts, music librarianship, music pedagogy, music therapy, performance practice and popular music studies.  Content spans from 1967 to the present, and includes over 800,000 records in 171 different languages.  This trial ends June 30th.
  • SPIE Digital Library: This database contains the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics research with over 400,000 papers from conference proceedings, peer-reviewed journals and eBooks, with content spanning 1962 to present.  Includes full-text, images, multimedia, abstracts, and more.  Browse the topic collections to quickly catch up on the latest research in fields ranging from Astronomy to Sensors.  Explore this resource soon before the trial expires on May 12th.


Like what you see?  Have other databases you want us to trial?  Let us know at

Party at the Library

The Library is throwing a party, and you’re invited.  Come visit us on Tuesday, April 14, at 11:00 to celebrate National Library Week and the Library’s 90th year as a federal depository for government documents.  

PS: there will be free cake. 


National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association to celebrate the contributions of libraries and to promote library use and support.  Libraries around the country are hosting their own celebrations, raising awareness about their importance and calling attention to their sometimes endangered status.


At Ross Pendergraft Library, we’re using this as an opportunity celebrate our own milestone: 90 years as a federal depository library.  The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress nearly 200 years ago to ensure the American public has free and unrestricted access to information published by the government.  The Government Printing Office distributes this information, in both paper and electronic formats, to selected libraries around the country.

Since 1925, the ATU Library has participated in this program, and today, we currently hold over 119,000 federal documents.  To find government publications including the Budget of the United States Government, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Statistical Abstract of the United States, and much more, search our online catalog. 

Most of our documents are located online, but we also have many publications in print located in the US documents section on the second floor of the Library.  For additional help locating these important resources, contact our esteemed government documents librarian, Frances Hager

For all other inquiries about National Library Week, the Federal Depository Program, or the flavor of the cake, send us an email at  You can also be the first to know the next time we throw down by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.  See you at the party!