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System Downtime, Saturday, May 21

System downPlease note the Library catalog and database access will be unavailable on Saturday, May 21st from 4:00 am - 12 noon, while network maintenance is performed. We cannot predict if the outages will be brief interruptions or extended downtime during the 4 am - 12 noon period. All services should return to normal by 12 noon.

Extended Study Hours: May 8 - May 19

Extended hoursTo help you prepare for the end of the Spring semester, the Library will have extended hours from May 8 through May 19. The hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, May 8: Noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, May 9: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, May 10: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, May 11: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, May 12: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, May 13: (Normal hours) 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 14: (Normal hours) 9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 15: Noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, May 16: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, May 17: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, May 18: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, May 19: 7:30 am - 11 pm

See the Library hours page for more details.

Good luck on your finals!

COD Photography Showcase, Tuesday, May 3

The COD Photography Program invites you to celebrate our advanced and graduating student photographers at the 2nd Annual Exposed Photography Showcase. Come and see our talented students and their portfolios on Tuesday, May 3rd in SRC 2000 from 6 to 9 p.m. Awards will ​be given that evening to the best college and high school portfolios.

We hope to see you there!

Game Development Portfolio Show, Monday, May 2

Video game joystickOn Monday, May 2, from 4pm-6pm in SSC2201, the COD Computer Information Systems department will be hosting their first annual Game Development Portfolio Show. In this show, student participants will show off games and game prototypes they have built throughout this school year. Students will describe their development process, and talk about game programming, game design, and game animation.

All are invited to attend. Students who are either first year gaming students, or are unsure what technology career path they would like to take may especially be interested in this show.

Silent Study Space

Silent Zone signAs you enter the home stretch of the Spring semester, you may need a quiet place to study where you can focus on your work, free of noise and other distractions. If so, head to the Library's upper level and our Silent Zones where cellphones and all conversations are not permitted.

Look for the red Silent Zone signs throughout the Library's upper level, or use our upper level map to guide you to silent areas. SRC 3126 on our upper level has individual workstations in a separate room and is also a silent study area.

Questions? Call the Library Reference Desk at (630) 942-3364 or Ask a Librarian.

AlphaGo Artificial Intelligence System Defeats World Go Champion

Google's AlphaGoIn a development that could have far reaching societal and technological implications, a Google-sponsored artificial intelligence program called AlphaGo defeated Lee Sedol, an 18-time world champion of the board game Go, 4-1 in a 5 game series. Considered a much greater challenge than beating a human at Chess, creating a computer program that can beat humans at Go demonstrates the incredible capabilities of current advanced Artificial Intelligence systems. Cade Metz writes in Wired magazine, "this path to victory highlights the power and the mystery of the machine learning technologies that underpin Google’s creation—technologies that are already reinventing so many online services inside companies like Google and Facebook, and are poised to remake everything from scientific research to robotics."

So what does it mean when a machine can beat humans at what is considered to be one of the most difficult strategy games on Earth? Do humans need to be more worried about being overtaken by cyber-overlords? Maybe or maybe not. This week, Gizmodo published a useful discussion about some of the most important issues currently facing the AI-human relationship. Only time will show how this plays out, but there is no denying AI is already at an advanced stage of reasoning and decision-making, and it may soon reach a level of intelligence we consider "human."

Britannica Image Quest

Britannica Image Quest logoNeed a unique, high-quality image to use in a presentation, research paper, or design project? If so, have a look at Image Quest, an online collection of nearly three million rights-cleared images from 59 leading collections. These collections include the Bridgeman Art Gallery, Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, and many other great sources. And the best thing is, all Image Quest images are rights-cleared for educational, non-commercial use.

Get started using Image Quest now! And be sure to check out the Library's other image databases.

Freedom Rider Traveling Exhibit

Image of civil rights bus burningAmerican Experience has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to create a traveling exhibit that tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides. A detailed narrative of the Rides is illustrated with vivid archival photos and newspaper clippings that document this pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement.

The self-proclaimed "Freedom Riders" challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act—traveling together in small interracial groups, and sitting where they pleased on buses and trains. Demanding unrestricted access to terminal restaurants and waiting rooms, they were met with bitter racism, mob violence, and imprisonment along the way. But their courage and sacrifice over eight months in 1961 changed America forever.

The exhibit is located on the Library's upper level near our upper circulation desk and entrance. It will remain in the Library through February 26.

For the full Black History Month calendar and full descriptions of events, visit the COD Black History Month website. To learn more about African-American history, visit the Library's African-American History research guide.

Black History Month @ COD

Black History MonthJoin the COD Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion for the Black History Month 2016 Opening Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 12 noon to 1 pm, in the Student Services Center (SSC) Atrium. This celebration will kick off a month long series of events and activities titled Black Variations: Voice and Vision.

For the full Black History Month calendar and full descriptions of events, visit the COD Black History Month website.

To learn more about African-American history, visit the Library's African-American History research guide.

Digital Tattoo Workshop

Digital tattoo logoAs part of the Library's SOS Workshop series, a free "Digital Tattoo " workshop will be offered today at 2 p.m., in Library classroom SRC 2024.

Much like a real tattoo, the content you post online is seen by more people and stays around longer than you imagine. Attend this session to learn how to manage your “digital tattoo.” Topics covered will include online privacy, security, digital ethics and digital citizenship.

Room SRC 2024 is on the Library's main level. The session lasts about an hour. No signup required.

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