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Mike Caulfield, Research Scientist at the University of Washington, September 21

Join us on Thursday Sep 21st 11 a.m. Wilkinson Center Varsity Theater where Mike Caulfield, Research Scientist at the University of Washington will present, “It’s not misleading content, it’s misrepresented evidence.”

When it comes to misinformation, there are a slew of related terms — is something deceptive? Misleading? Superficially true? And what does it mean, exactly, to be misleading in the first place? Using a variety of examples, misinformation expert Mike Caulfield will show how the core of deception is not in the fact itself, but how it is used to advance an often unstated argument. By understanding the assertions made online and elsewhere not simply as facts, but as evidence in a larger argument, we can better understand the ways in which propagandists, conspiracy theorists, and others violate norms of evidence to support positions in ways that deceive the public.

Register now for the A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference, Nov. 2 & 3

Celebrate the world of books at the annual A. Dean Larsen Book collecting Conference.


This year there will be a variety of hands-on sessions followed by sessions on the history of books in the Americas.

Enjoy a workshop on November 2 and plan on attending the conference on November 3.


Learn more and register at https://adlbcc.lib.byu.edu/


New Library Department Chairs

The library congratulates two new department Chairs.

Their terms began on July 1, 2023.

Leanna Fry, Instructional Design Librarian

Department Chair, Instruction


Mike Goates, Life Sciences Librarian

Department Chair, Science & Engineering


The library also thanks the following reappointed department chairs for their willingness to continue serving:

Myrna Layton, Performing Arts Librarian

Department Chair, Humanities


Rachel Wadham, Education and Juvenile Collections Librarian

Interim Department Chair, Cataloging & Metadata


The library thanks Greg Nelson and Suzanne Julian for their stellar service as chairs of Science & Engineering and Instruction, respectively.

Library Delivery for BYU Staff

The library is announcing new features and services.

First, the library’s delivery service is expanding to include BYU staff beginning July 17th.

BYU faculty and staff can have library items and interlibrary loan items delivered to their department office.

When you have finished using items just fill out a pick-up request form and the library will return to your department office and retrieve them.


Second, the library is now offering sms/text messaging for library reminders and notifications. You can learn more here: https://lib.byu.edu/about/notification-updates/.



Library Delivery Instructions

To sign up for library delivery visit lib.byu.edu and login.

Click on your name in the BYU Library banner.


Select “My Account”


Choose “Preferences” from the drop-down menu.


Choose your pickup or delivery preference, either in the library or at your department office.


Find and select your department office.


Make sure to click on “Save my delivery preferences.”


Once your options are set you are ready to search for library items.



When you find an item you want click on the green “Request Item” box and choose “Submit request.”

Once items are located, they will be delivered to the office indicated in your preferences.


We hope BYU employees enjoy this service.

Save the Date: October 5 is Library Quest

Harken all BYU Students!

A fearsome dragon has overtaken the fair kingdom of Libraria.

Come Join guilds,

complete quests,

and earn gold to help slay the dragon at this year’s


Library Quest!

Experience the adventure on Oct. 5 from 6-9 pm.

Admission is free and all students are welcome.

Get the latest news on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/hbll_libraryquest/


Ongoing Construction

It turns out that Cosmo isn’t the only big cat on campus.

We know that from certain angles it looks like you can’t get to the library, but the good news is that we are open.

The library is fully staffed and we are happy to help with your research needs.

All of our exhibit spaces are open and the public is welcome.

Currently you can enter the building from both the west side and from the south.

The west side has open areas you can pass through between the project areas.

The library may be noisier than usual, but it gets quiet after 5:00 pm.


Here is a partial list of projects than are underway or about to start.

(Note that the central section of the library dates to the 1960s and requires updating.)

  • Roof replacement for the underground portions of the library.
  • Roof replacement for the older above-ground portions of the library.
  • Elevator replacement in the central section of the library.
  • Elevator repair in the south section of the library.
  • Pipe and restroom replacement in the central section of the library.
  • Café installation on the main floor of the library.
  • Ongoing renovation on level 4 of the library.
  • Carpet replacement.


The underground portion of the library has a multi-layered roof system.


Crews have removed various layers, cleaned the concrete roof, and then sealed it (the green in the picture below).

We’re happy to report that nearly all of the insulation for the roof will be re-used.

That is great for the environment and it saves money.


Library Film Series Summer & Fall 2023 Schedule

The BYU Library Film Series presents our summer and fall schedule.

All films start at 7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1.

Admission is free.


May 12

Vertigo 1958

Each May we celebrate James Stewart’s birthday.

Arrive early, at 6:30, to enjoy a presentation on James Stewart by curator Ben Harry on the collberation between James Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock.

This year we’re showing the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo.

This film was shot on location in San Francisco.

It was the first film to use the zoom dolly to create a disorientating effect for viewers.

129 minutes



June 9

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963

A group of strangers fight tooth and nail as they race to find a buried treasure.

Director Stanley Kramer followed his Oscar winning film Judgement at Nuremburg with this harebrained comedy.

The film features a huge list of stars including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Buddy Hackett, Dorothy Provine and many more.

163 minutes


July 14

Shaggy Dog 1959

Only an act of bravery can save a boy cursed by an ancient spell that turns him into a shaggy dog. It doesn’t help that his father is a retired postal worker who hates dogs. The Shaggy Dog was the second highest grossing film of 1959.

92 minutes



August 11

The Philadelphia Story 1940


Katharine Hepburn, who had been labeled “Box Office Poison,” revitalized her career and established herself as a Hollywood icon with this film.

Called a “furiously witty comedy of manners,” it frequently appears on lists of great American films.

James Stewart won an Academy Award for Best Actor.

112 minutes


September 22

To Catch A Thief 1955

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in the story of a retired burglar who is accused of returning to a life of crime. The only way for him to clear his name is to catch the actual thief.

106 minutes


October 27

Dracula 1931

This film is credited with launching Hollywood’s love of horror films. Bela Lugosi plays the title role. The film takes Dracula from Transylvania to London, where the vampire hopes to spend his days in polite society and his nights hunting for victims.

75 minutes


November 10

Charade 1963


This film is a thriller, a romance, and a comedy all in one. Released in 1963, the film stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

Filmed on location in Paris, with a soundtrack by Henry Mancini and a strong screenplay, it is a great example of mid-century films.

114 Minutes


December 8

It’s A Wonderful Life 1946


Every few years we screen James Stewart’s personal film copy of It’s A Wonderful Life.

Curator Ben Harry will bring Stewart’s film out of the vault and share it with the public for one screening.

131 minutes

“Go Make Great” The Norman Wilson Story

Grace Soelberg, the Latter-day Saint Collections Assistant in Special Collections has curated a new exhibit, “Go Make Great” The Norman Wilson Story.

Wilson was the first Black graduate of BYU.

Dr. Norman Wilson was born in Gibsland, Louisiana on January 17, 1913. He grew up on his parents’ farms where they grew cotton, vegetables and raised livestock. Though his parents were sharecroppers in the rural south, both they and Norman were taught to read by his cousin Allenia Wilson who had studied under Booker T. Washington. Wilson credits his parents and their sacrifices as the catalyst for his educational journey.

The public is invited to learn more of Dr. Wilson’s story by visiting the exhibition on level 1 of the library.

Ice Cream and Elevators: BYU’s First Student Film Restored

Curator Ben Harry Has restored BYU’s first student produced film.

In the spring of 1971 several students at Brigham Young University were given the opportunity to make a film.

It is a playful campus romance that captures a slice-of-life of BYU campus culture at the time and some of the cherished dating traditions of that era.

The 28-minute movie was premiered before 6,000 students in the Smith Field House on campus on May 6, 1971, and it ran until the end of the term in the on-campus Varsity

Since that time it has been an underground cult classic at BYU.

Join us March 3 at 7:00 pm in the library’s Reynolds Auditorium on level 1.

Library Film Series

March 10

What’s Up Doc

The film series is expanding our selections into the 1970s with a timely screwball comedy.

Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal star.

This film features one of the most memorable chase scenes of the era.

94 minutes


April 14

The Robe:
The Greatest Story of Love and Faith

Another anniversary film, this Hollywood epic was the first ever CinemaScope film.

Starring Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, and Michael Rennie.

Nominated for five Academy Awards.

This is the fictional story of the Roman soldier who was commander of the unit tasked with crucifying Jesus.

134 minutes


May 12


Each May we celebrate James Stewart’s birthday.

This year we’re showing the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo.

Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak.

This film was shot on location in San Francisco.

It was the first film to use the zoom dolly to create a disorientating effect for viewers.

129 minutes

All films will start at
7:00 pm
in the
Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium
on level 1 of the library.