July 21, 2014
by Mike Olynick
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A World With No Patents?

What would a world without any patents look like? Would industries go into a frenzy, without any legal binding to prevent one company from using an idea from another? Or could no patents possibly lead to a much more beneficial result?

NPR recently posed this question, following news that Tesla, the hottest new company in the car industry, has put its patents in the public domain. This move allows anyone to access Telsa’s patents and copy their ideas without legal consequences. Another effect of Tesla’s decision is that it has reopened the debate about the usefulness of patents in modern times.

Below– listen to the audio file of the original NPR story that aired on July 17, 2014.

Not working? Click the link to the original story here.

To see a list of  patents released from Tesla, click  here.

Readers! The library has books on this topic too, in print and ebook form! Click here!



July 17, 2014
by Mike Olynick
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4 Ways to Enjoy Summer

As we hit the midway point of summer, here are four tips to get the most out of your break:

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Finally, it’s summer! Time to hit the beach,  party, and—maybe the best part—sleep in! It’s true that summer is the time to enjoy yourself, but don’t let school become a distant memory. Taking care of obligations like tuition, school paperwork, and course registration are vital. The best way to stay on your prepared-student game is to check your school email often. That way, you will be updated on financial aid, registration, and messages from your future professors for fall ’14. Follow the Library news on  social_facebook social_twitter

2. Be Active     
Wherever you live, the weather is probably thePuma_shoes best it will be for the whole year, so enjoy it while it lasts! Get active by taking up a new sport (why not try Starting Yoga : A Practical Foundation Guide for Men and Women ebook), or use a sport you already know as a way to reconnect with old friends. Meanwhile, Fairfield’s campus is as beautiful as ever in the summer, and the perfect place to get some fresh air if you’re in the area. Whether you are tearing up the tennis courts, playing in the pool, or simply taking a walk outside, the summer is the time to get active!

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This is a library blog, after all! Be sure to check out our summer reading lists on the following links: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Adult. Even if reading is not your “thing,” make it a goal to read at least a few books this summer. You’ll be happy you did.

4. Seize the Day
The Latin phrase, “Carpe Diem,” applies especially Carpe-Diemfor college students during the summer. One day, when you graduate and have a job, summer breaks will sadly be a thing of the past. Don’t sweat the future too much, but do try to make the most of each day. Explore James Allen’s book Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success.  Have fun, be open to new things, and learn.

The Library looks forward to seeing you next Fall!


July 14, 2014
by Mike Olynick
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Stop The Beauty Madness Campaign

Body image has become one of the major cultural issues of this generation.

The use of “enhanced” images in popular magazines, which change the proportions of the human body,  is only one example of how “beauty” has become distorted and unattainable for real people. Females are at the center of this issue, with ad campaigns, social groups, and even politicians  fighting against the “idealizing” of the female body. The following is a documentary available through the Library’s Film on Demand database on this important and polemical topic.

Below- Watch Beauty in the Eyes of the Beholder (54:29 min).

Trouble viewing the video above? Try this link.

The library also offers many online e-books on this topic. Click here to see a sample on this topic.

Learn more at #stopthebeautymadness and


2014 Summer Reading List

July 3, 2014 by Mike Olynick | Comments Off

A picture of our summer reading display.Calling all readers!

Check out our summer 2014 reading list, selected by Library staff. There are two displays by the main staircase, featuring a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, and young adult books.  Be sure to take a copy of our list and check out a book– the summer is the ideal time to catch up on reading!

Not in the Library? Here’s our list online! Summer Reading List PDF