## Fact of the Day

Fun facts about McCabe Library; or at least facts.

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#### "Swat in a Nut-Shelf"

In 2002, McCabe was the focus of a Sociology/Anthropology senior's thesis, entitled "Swat in a Nut-Shelf: The Relationship between Libraries and their Communities". This is pretty sweet, but mostly serves as a vehicle for me to mention that Cornell had a senior re-write the lyrics of Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" as an ode to the science library. If you don't know the song:

Here are the first few lines of the re-write: "it's been twelve hours and 100 days / since I earned my B.A. / i go out every night and pipette all day / since I earned my B.A / since i've been gone I can graph whatever i want / i can learn whatever i choose." Prince, who wrote the lyrics for the original, would be proud.

So, what I'm saying is, whoever re-writes a song with lyrics that act as an ode to McCabe to rival this Cornell student's dedicated effort will get candy. Whoever writes the best one, as judged by a highly respected panel of library workers, will get more candy than everybody else. Fair warning: entries using Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus or One Direction songs aren't banned, but will more than likely hurt your chances.

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#### AIM

Back in the dark days when AIM and Yahoo IM were not only remembered, but were considered the way to stay in touch with friends [roughly 2002], the reference department at McCabe jumped on the bandwagon and gave students who hated speaking on the phone everything they ever dreamed of: Students were able to IM a librarian with research questions. That's right. Students could ask their research questions from the comfort of their own dorm rooms and get instantaneous answers without having to deal with any telephone-induced anxiety

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#### Compact shelving

In the fall of 2005, the compact shelving that houses the government documents and locked compact materials was added to McCabe in an effort to increase shelving capacity. In case you are one of the lucky few who haven't yet had to tangle with the compact shelving, they're the big, gray, moving shelves on the lower level of the library (not moving of their own accord in a cool Hogwarts type way, but more in the sense that they have the capability of moving through your own manual labor).

For those of us who may sometimes feel like the space between the shelves is closing in on us [or could], rest assured that you aren't in any actual danger of being squashed like a bug by the hundreds of documents you're rooting through, it's just a bout of claustrophobia.

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#### The Daily Grind at McCabe

We all know that students love the free coffee that's offered in McCabe on weeknights, but did you know they used to pay for the privilege of coffee? As it turns out, McCabe used to have its very own coffee bar, "The Daily Grind", which sold Fair Trade coffee as well as treats from the local bakery "Occasionally Yours". Unfortunately, due to the fact that they couldn't break even on the finances, it was shut down in 2004. In fact, the vending machines in the basement of McCabe were an attempt to "help fill the void left by the closing of the coffee bar".

The library has been beneficently enabling students' in their caffeine addiction since the spring of 2006 when dining services began providing us with the free coffee that current students know and crave.

#### The Fabled Fourth Floor of McCabe

Up until around 2005, McCabe actually had a 4th floor. As it turns out, students, enraged by the sounds of the buzzer demanding that they leave the library staged a coup and destroyed the 4th floor of McCabe during the revolt. There's actually a panel of ceiling in the Rare Book Room that still leads up to that floor, though all of the stairs have been closed off and the elevator no longer lists it as an option.

Alright, fine. They actually changed the numbering system for the floors of McCabe. The Lower Level was known as Level 1, the main floor was known as Level 2, the 2nd floor was known as Level 3 and the 3rd floor was Level 4. Students do really hate the buzzer though, so it could have happened... and could still.

#### Toilet Papers are "rolled out"

In the spring of 2004, the staff of McCabe library took the plunge and dedicated itself to producing the "lavatory literature" known as the Toilet Papers, now a staple of the bathroom stalls in McCabe. The effort was spearheaded by Anne Garrison, our former humanities librarian, Justin Clarke, a technical services specialist, and our very own Linda Hunt!

Note: You can be sure that any puns in this Fact of the Day were lifted from the original announcement concerning the Toilet Papers and not, unfortunately, a mark of my creative/linguistic genius.

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