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On this page we’ve curated a selection of great presentations to introduce you to just a few of our diverse offerings and resources. Please check them out! On our main menu, you’ll find other pages where we’ve highlighted the services that we think you’ll find most useful, whether you’re a new undergraduate, graduate student, or faculty member.

18 Secrets about Cornell University Library

Did you know there are 18 unit libraries on the Ithaca campus that make up the Cornell University Library system? Watch this short video to learn the secrets that make each library a unique part of the CUL constellation.

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Africana Library’s Black Lives Matter LibGuide

Zoom talk and web guide
With the tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and a national outcry against these killings, Americans have witnessed the Black Lives Matter movement take center stage in advocating for the end of police brutality. Eric Acree, director of the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library and curator of Africana Collections at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, has created the Black Lives Matter Library Guide. In his Zoom talk, Acree provides an overview of the guide and discusses what inspired him to create it. In addition, he offers suggestions on ways we can talk about issues of race. Video of the talk is available upon request

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Any Person, Any Image: Get Crafty with Library Image Collections

Zoom presentation
Are you hoping to give your room or apartment a special touch? Cornell University Library invites you to lose and then find yourself in the glorious array of images available in our rare and distinctive collections. In this session you will get access to a curated assembly of illustrations and photos in the life sciences and design arts along with a guided tour of an extensive assortment of additional image collections in art, architecture, fashion, gender & sexuality studies, mapping and other areas of scholarship. We’ll give you pointers about exploring online digital image repositories and using freely available software to crop, re-size and edit the images to customize & personalize your own art projects. Whether for posters on your wall, zines on your shelves, digital projects, art books, or any other creative adventure, we think you’ll love discovering some of the beautiful works available at the library and learning how they can help support you at Cornell.

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Cannabis in the Catalog: A Skill-Building Scavenger Hunt

Online game; self-directed, asynchronous
Starting a research project? Need a quick fact check? The library catalog is your gateway to a big, wide universe of top-quality resources on any subject. In this scavenger hunt, complete the finding challenges we’ve set in place for you to discover some of the newest insights about an old herb, and you’ll be well on your way to mastering Cornell’s library catalog as a powerful information tool. As we really do like to say here at Cornell University Library—any person, any study!

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Explore Rare Books and Manuscripts Underground

Online presentation
What’s in the deepest reaches of Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell’s only underground library? This presentation will show a sampling of the wide range of rare books, archives, and historical artifacts— as well as modern media—held in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC), and offer information about how to learn more about them.

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Getting Started with Library Research

Zoom workshop
Save time and learn how to get the most out of the Cornell University Library with this hands-on session on using library databases and the library catalog.

Workshop recording available soon

LibQuiz: Trivia Quiz Hosted by Cornell University Library

Zoom live meet-up
Friday, September 18, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Join us for a virtual pub quiz hosted by Cornell University Library. Meet other new students and work together to answer a series of trivia questions about literature, music, sciences, history, and beyond.

Register for the pub quiz

Six Things You Need to Know to Use Archives at Cornell

What are archives and how are they different from doing research using books or journals? Learn the six key skills necessary to use archival collections on campus with this guided exploration of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives and the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. From digital to print collections, you will learn how to request and use primary sources, whether for a research assignment or personal interest.

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Virtual Exhibit of Uris Library’s A. D. White Library

Online exhibit
Explore Uris Library’s gem of neo-Gothic architecture, the Andrew Dickson White Library, in this online exhibit. The exhibit highlights memorabilia and recent improvements to this library-within-a-library, as well as some of the major figures associated with its history.

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