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Mardi Gras library hours

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LSU Libraries will be open limited hours this weekend in observance of the Mardi Gras holiday.  On Saturday, Middleton Library will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Hill Memorial Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. to

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Baton Rouge Mardi Gras? Not so much . . . until 1933

Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge

Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge has had a long and spotty history. For the most part, it wasn’t really celebrated here. The earliest celebrations were a mix of Mardi Gras and celebration of the Washington Fire Company’s organization in 1836.

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Mardi Gras Ephemera

Detail of "September" float from the Daily Picayune broadside for Comus 1896. Theme: "The Year"

The Daily Picayune.  Special Carnival issue: Feb. 11, 1902; Comus. (New Orleans, La. : F.A. Lumsden & G.W. Kendall) LLMVC MCAGE F379 .N5 D27 SUPP With Carnival season in full swing and Mardi Gras day fast approaching, Hill Memorial would

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Exhibition: “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War”

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LSU Libraries Special Collections marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in “The Great War” with the exhibition, “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War,” running from February 20 – June 2, 2017

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Games now available for checkout

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Thanks to donations from the LSU Libraries Programming Committee, 17 games are now available for checkout at the Access Services Desk. Titles include Monopoly, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit. These items can be checked out for 12 hours. For more information, contact

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Journal of Web Librarianship names Comeaux to editorial board

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Web Development Librarian, David Comeaux, was recently named to the editorial board for The Journal of Web Librarianship. He joins the board with more than twenty academic and systems librarians from universities worldwide. Comeaux will serve a two-year term as a peer

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Bynum receives travel grant for IACAL Conference

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Shaleesa Bynum, LSU Libraries’ Student Supervisor of Access Services, was recently awarded a travel grant to attend the Identity, Agency, and Culture in Academic Libraries Conference. The conference is aimed at understanding how issues of identity and agency contribute to access, inclusivity,

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2016 Book Bazaar proceeds used to purchase historical research material

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LSU Libraries recently purchased Parts III-V of the British Library Newspapers using proceeds from the Friends of the LSU Libraries Book Bazaar. The British Library Newspapers are digitized versions of key 19th century British newspapers. Parts III-V provide more access

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Electronic Theses and Dissertations available through Digital Commons

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LSU Libraries and LSU Graduate School have successfully migrated the Graduate School’s Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) database to the new LSU Digital Commons platform. As of January 2017, 4084 doctoral dissertations and 4281 master’s theses are online, totaling 8365 publications.

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Dean’s Advisory Council member, Christel Slaughter

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Seventeen leaders in the Baton Rouge community form The LSU Libraries Deans Advisory Council, a dynamic and diverse group with a great enthusiasm for advancing the LSU Libraries and its mission. One of these members, Dr. Christel Slaughter, recently sat down

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Longtime Friends of the LSU Libraries member passes away

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Former President of Friends of the LSU Libraries, Marion Crawford Spann, passed away at the age of 90 on Thursday, January 5, 2017. The Baton Rouge native graduated from LSU in 1948. While at LSU, she was a member of

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Virginia Archer joins LSU Libraries

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Virginia Archer has joined the LSU Libraries as the Director of Development. Archer is an LSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and political science. After college, she moved to New Orleans where she learned various functions of non-profit

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