From December 1 to Monday, December 9, the library is open continuously for Phoenix card holders. Please use the card swipe after 9:00 to gain access to the building. Note: community users should be aware that from December 1 to 9 the library will restrict computer access to Elon students and employees starting at 3:00 pm each day.
On Tuesday, December 10, the library will begin holiday break hours. The library will be open 7:30 am to 11 pm. The library will close to community patrons at 9 pm; Phoenix card holders should use the card swipe to access the library from 9 to 11 pm.
Wednesday, December 11 to Friday, December 13, the library will be open 8 am to 5 pm each day.
Belk Library will be closed on Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15.
Monday, December 16 to Friday, December 20, the library will be open 8 am to 5 pm each day.
Elon University now has access to the BuildingGreen Suite — the leading, authoritative online resource for reliable content on sustainable design strategies, green building materials, and case studies of high performance buildings.
The mission of BuildingGreen is to
“facilitate transformation of the North American building industry into a force for local, regional and global environmental protection; for preservation and restoration of the natural environment; and for creation of healthy indoor environments—while promoting the well-being of the company and its employees, owners, and associates.”
BuildingGreen contains articles, webcasts, and special reports on a variety of topics, including green building policy, design and construction processes, water and energy efficiency, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
Users can also find resources on
* LEED credits
* Green products, including a searchable database of green building products
* Case studies, searchable by project name/owner/location, by building type and size, and more
To get started
- On-campus, go directly to http://buildinggreen.com
- Off-campus, login to Elon’s Off-campus access service (https://webvpn.elon.edu/), then go to http://buildinggreen.com
- You can also access BuildingGreen on our Databases by Title page under B
Monday through Thursday, the library is open to the public from 7:30 am until 9:00 pm each day. The library can be accessed by Phoenix card holders each night from 9:00 pm to 7:30 am; please use the card swipe next to the library entrance Monday through Thursday night.
On Friday, the library is open to the public 7:30 am until 5:00 pm; the library can be accessed by Phoenix card holders from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The library closes to Phoenix card holders at 9 pm.
On Saturday, the library is open to the public from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm; the library can be accessed by Phoenix card holders from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The library closes to Phoenix card holders at 9 pm.
On Sunday, the library is open to the public from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm. The library can be accessed by Phoenix card holders Sunday night from 9 pm to 7:30 am.
Librarians Randall Bowman and Jamane Yeager conducted three genealogy workshops this summer for Elon University faculty and staff. The workshops were presented over a course of three weeks; about thirty participants attended and had a chance to ask questions about researching their family history.
Two of the workshops were introductions to genealogical research. Participants learned about what kind of documents to look for, and what sources to use. Participants also had an introduction to Ancestry Library, the institutional version of Ancestry.com. Using Ancestry, some attendees found documents related to their families right away.
The other session focused on more advanced genealogy. Topics included DNA testing services that allow a person to learn about their genetic heritage, as well as to locate people who are related. Other topics included constructing family trees and sources for researching military and immigration records.
Belk Library is busy this summer. Our biggest project is related to the Writing Excellence Initiative. To create room for expanded writing, research and technology collaboration, we are removing print reference books that are duplicated electronically as well as reference items that are no longer relevant to the teaching and scholarship of the University. The view when you walk in the front door will be quite different by the end of the summer. We’re excited about the changes and the new ways we will be able to use the space.
Reference Collection changes in process
The Archives and Special Collections staff is researching and organizing facts about Elon’s history to get ready for the University’s 125th Anniversary celebration. Stay tuned for exhibits, Facebook posts, tweets, and more.
Looking for something to read? Check out the Summer Reading display now through July 6. During the second half of the summer, we’ll highlight our audiobook collection.
Summer Reading display
Belk Library is open all summer, with a short break for the July 4th holiday. Our hours are posted at: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/library/libraryinfo/hours.xhtml.
The Writing Center is also open this summer from June 4-July 2 and July 11-July 31. The Writing Center schedule is at: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/special_programs/writing/.
Monday through Thursday, the library is open 8 am to 11:00 pm each day. The library will close to the public at 9 pm. Phoenix card holders should use the card swipe to enter the library from 9 to 11 pm each night. There will be no 24 hour access for Phoenix card holders during the summer; 24 hour access will return in the fall.
On Friday, the library is open from 8 am to 5:00 pm.
On Saturday, the library is open from 9 am to 5:00 pm.
On Sunday, the library is open in the evening from 6 pm to 11:00 pm. The library will close to the public at 9 pm. Phoenix card holders should use the card swipe to enter the library from 9 to 11 pm.
For the Independence Day holiday, here is the library’s schedule:
Wednesday, July 3: 8 am to 5 pm.
Thursday, July 4th: Closed
Belk Library and the Gaming and Computer Club held their biannual Game Night on Friday April 26.
Over 70 people came and played a variety of board games and video games. We held tournaments for Smash Brothers and Square Ball, which is a game created by Elon student Dan Eagle. We ate pizza and desserts, and lots of people won door prizes. Everyone’s a winner at Game Night!
If you missed it, we’ll do it again in early fall. Like us on Facebook to keep up with all the Belk Library events.
Thanks to the generosity of Elon’s Student Government Association, we now have many new videos at Belk Library. Visit the library soon to check out these new movies and television shows:
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Introducing Mintel Oxygen, Belk’s latest resource for consumer market reports.
Mintel Oxygen provides consumer market reports for markets in the U.S., the UK, Europe and internationally. While you will find market reports for major product areas like food, beverages, apparel and travel, you’ll also find information on green living and online shopping.
Market data includes market size and forecast, market drivers, segment performance, brand share, and retail channel data.
Mintel Oxygen does a great job supplying information on small niche markets like coffeehouses, nail care and products, air treatment appliances, cooking enthusiasts and volunteer holidays.
Some recent reports concentrate on attitudes toward sodium, back to school shopping, consumer cloud computing, beverage packaging trends, hybrid and electric cars, dieting trends, and online investing.
You’ll need to create your own login and password and you can access Mintel from your off-campus location just like all Belk Library databases.
Contact Betty Garrison for more information on Mintel Oxygen.
What a great finale last night! I can’t say any more, because I know a lot of people haven’t caught up yet on the third season. But sadly, we have a year to wait for the next installment of the adventures of the Crawleys and their devoted (and not so devoted) servants. To help pass the time, here are some suggestions of movies and books we have here at Belk that will keep the feeling alive:
- Gosford Park: This is the film for which DA creator Julian Fellowes won an Academy Award for best screenplay. It has the same upstairs/downstairs setting, and a nice juicy murder mystery thrown in. It’s set a little after DA, in 1932. DVD 791.4352 G692aL
- The Buccaneers: Based on the novel by Edith Wharton, this Masterpiece Theater mini-series shows the adventures of American heiresses who came over to England in the late 19th century to marry impoverished lords. (The Cora and Lord Grantham story!) DVD 791.4572 B851sa
- Upstairs, Downstairs: The Masterpiece Theater classic that started it all! The show follows the fortunes of the Bellamy family and their servants in London, from 1903 until 1930. The first series appeared in 1971, and we have the complete series (20 discs!) as well as the new episodes that came out in 2010 and cover the 1930s and the darkening shadows of war. DVD 791.4572 Up7Lo
- Remains of the Day: A beautiful film about the lives of servants on a country estate. Much of the flashbacks focus on life in the house between the wars, and the inevitable changes that come. The film was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, and probably would have won many if it hadn’t been released the same year as Schindler’s List! Unfortunately we only have the videocassette. VHS 791.4372 R281iv
- Manor House: When you imagine yourself living at Downton, you always imagine you’re Lady Mary, right? What if you were Daisy? This is a reality television show from Britain where nineteen people were thrown into life either upstairs or downtstairs. They agreed to use Edwardian technology and to abide by Edwardian standars of behavior. DVD 942.082 M317mu
- Love in a Cold Climate: Based on the novel by Nancy Mitford (one of the famous Mitford girls, the last of whom is the dowager Duchess of Devonshire!), this is the story of castles, country houses, and the eccentric aristocracy in the 1930s. DVD 791.4572 L941ho
- Berkeley Square: This BBC mini-series is focused on three girls who work as nannies in the posh houses of Berkeley Square in London in 1902. One character in particular has overtones of the DA maid Ethel – illegitimate child from an aristocrat… Lots of mistress/servant drama here! DVD 791.4572 B455co
- The Forsyte Saga: So the Forsytes are a “new rich” family rather than an old aristocratic family, but they’re dealing with the same social changes of the 20th century. And you can’t beat it for familial soap opera drama. It includes amazing actors, including Damian Lewis from “Homeland”. DVD 791.4572 F775me
Nonfiction Books (and one Fiction):
- What Jane Austen ate and Charles Dickens knew : from fox hunting to whist, the facts of daily life in the 19th century : A wonderful reference book that answers all your questions about what’s going on at Downton! What’s the different between a duke and an earl? Why does Matthew inherit Downton and not Mary? A great read. 820.9008 P781wh
- Not in front of the servants: a true portrait of English upstairs/downstairs life: The author, journalist Frank Dawes, realized in the 1960s that many of the old servants were dying off. So he sent out a request for memoirs and was inundated with stories. This is a collection of interviews and letters from the real housemaids and footmen! 640.4609 D321no
- Up and down stairs: the history of the country house servant: Life in a country house like Downton was very different than life in London. This book covers country houses from medieval times to the 20th century. 640.4609 M977up
- American Jennie: the remarkable life of Lady Randolph Churchill: Jennie Jerome was one of the most famous real-life American “Buccaneers” to marry an English lord. She was also the mother of Winston Churchill. 942.081 C485se
- The glitter and the gold: A memoir by another “Buccaneer”, Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan. She also married a Churchill and became chateleine of Bleinhem Palace. It was a big adjustment! 920.72 B216gL
- Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey: the lost legacy of Highclere Castle: This is the real story, written by the current Countess of Carnarvon. Lady Almina was an American heiress who married the earl, and ran a hospital out of the Castle during World War I. Lots of interesting stories! 941.083092 C214ca
- Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain: An excellent choice if you’re interested in Lady Sybil and the World War I period. Vera Brittain was an upper class young lady when war broke out, and signed on to be a nurse. She paints a moving picture of the lost generation of young men who were killed in war, as well as what nursing was like. 928.2 B778
- The Sisters: the saga of the Mitford family: The Crawley sisters don’t have anything on the real-life Mitford sisters! Six sisters (and one brother) grew up in an aristocratic country house. They were famous in the 1920s and 1930s for their beauty and political beliefs: one was with the French Resistance, one was a fascist, one was a Nazi, one was a communist, and the youngest became Duchess of Devonshire and saved the family estate! 941.0820922 L943si
- The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton: As mentioned above, this is the story of a group of American heiresses who come over to England to marry impoverished lords. The novel was unfinished at the time of Wharton’s death, but completed using her notes. 813 W555fa
Mystery Novels: (Because I love them!)
- Early Lord Peter Wimsey novels of Dorothy Sayers, especially Clouds of Witness: Sayers’ work is certainly a classic. But you might have forgotten the novels are set in the same post-war world and milieu as DA. Clouds of Witness is about a murder at a house party at a hunting lodge. Parallels to the country house, the shooting party in Season 3, and between Lord Peter’s sister and Lady Sybil. Also check out The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. 823 Sa9901th
- Maisie Dobbs novels by Jacqueline Winspear: The eponymous detective began as a housemaid, where she was discovered reading the books in the library instead of cleaning. She was given the chance at an education, and served in World War I as a nurse. After the war, she becomes a private investigator. Personal note: I met the author at a library conference, and she said that many people had told her that her novels helped them understand DA! 823 W733
- Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen: The main character, Lady Georgiana, is not unlike what would have happened to Lady Rose if she weren’t getting taken in to DA. Related to the royal family, Lady Georgina’s own family has a moldering castle in Scotland and no money in the 1920s. So Lady Georgiana comes to London and starts work as a domestic servant who still has time to solve murders. These are light-hearted, cozy novels, and a lot of fun. 823 B6571