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Over 3,000 books for sale on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church St., Middletown, CT.  A great selection of academic and popular books, most priced $1 to $5, with betters books $10+.  Cash and checks accepted.  This is a perfect activity for Family Weekend.  If you can’t make it on Saturday, check out the remaining books for sale on Sunday during regular library hours.  All proceeds help support library events and projects.  For more information, email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

2013 book sale photo

David Rabban“Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the American University”

 a Constitution Day talk by David Rabban ’71

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 7:00 pm

Smith Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown

Free and open to the public.

This talk will cover the judicial treatment of free speech and academic freedom at American universities from the 1950s to the present.  It will explore the First Amendment rights of professors, students, and universities as institutions, and the tensions that arise when these rights conflict.  Topics will include the regulation of classroom speech, the constitutionality of campus “speech codes,” student political expression and association, the relationship between academic freedom and affirmative action, and the extent to which general First Amendment principles have been modified in the academic context.

David M. Rabban graduated from Wesleyan in 1971 and from Stanford Law School in 1974.  After working in a labor law firm and as staff counsel for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), he joined the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law in 1983.  He served as general counsel of the AAUP from 1998 to 2006 and as chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure from 2006 to 2012.  His book, Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years, 1870-1920 (Cambridge 1997) was co-winner of the Morris D. Forkosch Prize presented by the Journal of the History of Ideas for “the best book in intellectual history published in 1997” and winner of the 1998 Eli M. Oboler Award of the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Round Table for “the most significant work in intellectual freedom published in 1996 and 1997.”  His most recent book is Law’s History:  American Legal Thought and the Transatlantic Turn to History (Cambridge 2013).


Email libfriends@wesleyan.edu for more information.

Update, July 31, 2014:  The Art Library collections have been moved and inter-shelved in the Olin Library stacks, and the rest of the stacks work is largely complete.  In the next few weeks there will be some final adjustments of books and shelving, and an A-Z shelf-reading in the fall.

In the meantime, if the book you want is not accessible go to the record for the book in our online catalog and request that it be retrieved for you, using the Make a Request / Search Request for Item Not Found form.  We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your continued patience!

We will create and distribute permanent Olin and SciLi stack guides once the shift is complete; but here are preliminary guides for each floor in Olin.

Floor 3A:  Regular stacks LC classification A – AM; AP95 – AZ ; Oversize stacks, +A – +Z ; Double oversize, ++A – ++Z:

Floor 3AUPdate


Floor 3:  Regular stacks: B – D:

Floor 3


Floor 2A: Regular stacks: E – HV (through 6000s):

Floor 2A


Floor 2: Regular stacks: HV (continued) – PA (through 4000s):

Floor 2


Floor 1A: Regular stacks: PA (continued) – PQ (through 3000s):

Floor 1A


Floor 1: Regular stacks: PQ (continued) – PS (just the first few shelves):

Floor 1


Basement – Upper Level:  Regular stacks: PS (continued):

Basement - Upper Level


Basement – Lower Level: Regular stacks: PT; Z:

Basement - Lower Level


Science Library, second floor:  Regular and oversize stacks: Q – V.  NOTE: TR (Photography) is being reclassified to NH, so they will shelve in Olin with the rest of the Art collection.

Science Library, ground floor:  Storage (Rider) collections: Older collections classified using Cutter (not LC); Science bound periodicals.

Any questions or concerns?  Please contact Pat Tully at x3887, or ptully@wesleyan.edu.

Summer changes

“It must be so nice and quiet in the library in the summer …,” but it never is!  Here’s a link to our detailed timeline: Art in Olin timeline public


The move of the Art Library into Olin and associated office and collections shifts has already begun, but will begin in earnest next week and last through the end of July.

In addition to this there are several other facilities projects occurring in early in the summer, including the installation of a gender-neutral bathroom on the ground floor of Olin.

Because of the complexity of the Art Library move and other projects, we will periodically refresh this timeline to reflect the latest schedule.  There may be times when sections of the stacks are inaccessible, but we will have a paging system in place if you need a book that is in an area being shifted.

Thank you in advance for your patience.  We are looking forward to showing off the beautiful new public spaces this fall!

New Art in Olin space


ARCH II Studio 2014

On the front lawn, through May 23: Architecture II Studio Project / Elijah Huge



ANTH304 Exhibit 2014

In Olin’s lobby, through September 5: (Re)claim : Stories of Indigenous Repatriation / ANTH304, Native American Property Rights.  Abbey Francis; Honor Keeler

Olin Booksale 2011 012Approximately 4,000 books in a variety of subject areas will be available on Saturday, May 10 from 10am-4pm, 1st floor stack area near Campbell Reference Center, Olin Library.  Open to the public.

Friends of the Wesleyan Library Annual Meeting Lecture

Write Better Together: an inside look at a new generation of social networks and websites that empower writers

A talk by Molly Barton ’00

Thursday, April 24, 2014 — 6:00 pm — Develin Room (2nd floor Olin Library, Rm 204)


Molly Barton


Ms. Barton is teaching the senior seminar for Wesleyan’s Writing Certificate this spring. Formerly the Global Digital Director at Penguin Random House, she founded a start-up inside Penguin called Book Country (www.bookcountry.com), “the most supportive writing and publishing community on the web” – where writers can get feedback on their manuscripts, and if they desire, publish them as e-books. Barton left Penguin in February to work more closely with the NYC tech and start-up community. She is working on a number of undisclosed digital initiatives with major media companies, and serving as strategic advisor to publishing related start-ups in New York City and Silicon Valley.

Pizza and light supper refreshments will be served.

For more information and to rsvp if you would like to attend, contact libfriends@wesleyan.edu.




University Librarian Pat Tully is on the Oberlin Group‘s Lever Initiative Task Force, which just released a report on the state of open access scholarly monograph publishing.  Pat was interviewed for an Inside Higher Ed article by Carl Straumsheim, Worth the Effort?, on the initiative.

Profile ImageOn April 22, Collections Conservator Michaelle Biddle is giving a talk at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) at Universität Hamburg.  The talk, ‘New Strategies in Using Watermarks to Date Sub-Saharan Islamic Manuscripts,’ is based on recent field work Biddle has done in Northern Nigeria.  See Biddle’s Selected Works page in WesScholar for more information about her work with Islamic manuscripts.

Prof. Lois BrownOn Thursday, April 3, Wesleyan University will host its annual lecture for the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences:

Title:  Re-Member Me: Race, Romance and the Civil War

Speaker: Lois Brown, Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor, African American Studies and Department of English.

When:  Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5pm

Where:  Olin Library first floor, Smith Reading Room.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


The Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences is the third-oldest learned society in the United States, founded in 1799 in New Haven “…to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest and happiness of a free and virtuous people…”  Wesleyan University has had a representative on the governing council of the Academy since 1974; most recently Peter Frenzel, Professor of German Studies Emeritus, represented Wesleyan. Last year Pat Tully, Wesleyan University Librarian, became the Wesleyan representative.

The purpose of the Academy is the dissemination of scholarly information via publications and lectures.  The Academy holds eight lectures each year, including the annual lecture at Wesleyan, which provide an opportunity to hear distinguished scholars speak about their work.

Since 1810, the Academy has published scholarly works on a variety of topics.  It currently has three series: Memoirs are monographs or booklength publications; Transactions are essays in history, economics, mathematics, archeology, languages, literature, and the natural sciences, and most recently, articles of an interdisciplinary nature; and A Manual of the Writings in Middle English is the definitive reference source in its field.  The Academy welcomes the submission of scholarly manuscripts for possible publication.

Membership in the Academy is by nomination. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about the Academy, please email caas@yale.edu

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