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Traditions and History of Amherst College: An Evening Celebrating Our History

The Student Activities Committee of the Friends of the Library, with the generous support of the Library, invites students and their parents to join us in the archives for an evening celebrating our storied history. Peruse scrapbooks and campus publications, listen to Robert Frost reading and songs from College music clubs, learn about old traditions, and much more! Light refreshments will be served. Sunday, August 26, 2007 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Traditions and History of Amherst College: An Evening Celebrating Our History

The Student Activities Committee of the Friends of the Library, with the generous support of the Library, invites students and their parents to join us in the archives for an evening celebrating our storied history. Peruse scrapbooks and campus publications, listen to Robert Frost reading and songs from College music clubs, learn about old traditions, and much more! Light refreshments will be served. Sunday, August 26, 2007 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

LexisNexis Academic -- Complete Redesign

LexisNexis has a new look, a new url, more content, and increased functionality. You can search across broader content -- all news or all state and federal cases. Company Dossier are included, as are Shepard's Citations for all federal and state courts. And it now supports article level linking! More information and tutorials are provided by L-N, or your library liaison.

Greetings, Summer Visitors

Questions about the library? Here's some information that we hope will answer them -- and ways to contact us if it doesn't.

Five College Catalog Downtime

The catalog and the entire UMass Amherst Libraries website will be down tomorrow morning (8/21) from 7am to 8:45 am due to scheduled electrical work at UMass. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Do You Care What Other People Think?

If so, the Public Opinion Poll (Roper) through LexisNexis Academic Universe may be of interest. It contains the most comprehensive full-text collection of public opinion in the U.S. The file includes data from a wide variety of sources in opinion polling such as Gallup, Harris, Roper; ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC; Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal. Some surveys go back to 1936.

Parking/Construction Alert

On Aug. 9 and 10 the west, east and south sections of the Quad Road will be closed to allow for final paving of the roadway around Charles Pratt and the Quad sidewalks. While the road is closed there will be no vehicular traffic or parking allowed. During this work, the north section of the Quad Road (in front of Frost Library) will be two-way and parking will be prohibited. Pedestrians are advised to use caution as construction vehicles will be on the road and sidewalks.

New Resource for Environmental Studies

Cambridge Scientific Abstract's Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management is a multidisciplinary database, providing access to the international literature inenvironmental science.

New Resource for Film Studies

FIAF Index to Film Periodicals offers in-depth indexing of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals from 1972 to the present.

Please Help Us Welcome Odelia Levanovsky, Access Services Librarian!

Odelia Levanovsky comes to Amherst from Beit Ariela Library in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she was Reference and Access Services Librarian. Her MLS is from Long Island University and she has a B.A. in English Literature from Adelphi University. Before moving to Tel Aviv she worked for nine years as the Administrative Librarian for Public Services at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City. Odelia begins work Monday, July 23rd.

Are Librarians Cool?

Check out "A Hipper Crowd of Shushers" in Sunday's New York Times!

Please Help Us Welcome Douglas Black, Reference/Interlibrary Loan Librarian!

Douglas M. Black comes to Amherst from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was Humanities Bibliographer and Reference Librarian. He has an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and an M.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire. Before pursuing a career in librarianship, Douglas was a lecturer in English at the University of Wyoming and a writer/editor at Colorado State University and the Boston University School of Law. Douglas begins work Monday, July 9th.

New Resource for Women's Studies

Women's Studies International covers the core disciplines in Women’s Studies, and the latest scholarship in feminist research.

Library Catalog Downtime

Starting at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 4th, the catalog will be unavailable due to data migration. We aren't sure the exact amount of time it will be down (estimate is 13 hours), and apologize for the inconvenience.

Supreme Court Strikes Down School Integration

The U.S. Supreme Court just issued a 5-4 ruling that strikes down voluntary integration programs in public-school districts in Seattle, Wash. and Lousiville, Ky, reversing lower court opinions. more

Library Catalog Downtime

The library catalog will be unavailable from tonight, June 28th, at 9pm until tomorrow morning at 9am. We apologize for the inconvenience-- it's necessary for hardware replacement.


Due to construction, traffic is going in both directions in front of the Frost Library Thursday, June 28th.

Fellow in Librarianship in Leadership Program

Tracy Sutherland, Fellow in Librarianship, will participate in Library Leadership Massachusetts 2007, sponsored by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems. This institute provides three and a half days of collaborative training in leadership and mentoring for fifty librarians from Massachusetts libraries.

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

Currently enrolled students can access resources the library pays for (such as research databases, fulltext newspapers, and even the OED) from home or abroad. Just follow the instructions from IT.

New Online Reference Sources

The Library's subscription to Oxford Reference Online now includes The New Encyclopedia of Birds, Encyclopedia of Underwater Life, Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World and The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction (the first historical dictionary devoted to this topic, shows the development of science-fiction words and their associated concepts over time).

Current Exhibitions in Frost

Books by Members of the Class of 1982 (First Floor); Inspired by Amherst: Dan Freidus 1982 Collects (Archives and Special Collections, Level A); Celebrating 50: the Class of 1957 in the Archives (Archives and Special Collections, Level A).

Extended Summer Hours in Frost

Starting Monday, June 11th, the Frost Library will be open 8am - 6pm, Monday - Friday. The Library will continue to be closed on the weekends.

Reunion Attendees -- Wake Up in the Library!

Enjoy coffee and baked goods while you read the newspaper, look at the new books, visit the exhibitions, explore our online resources, meet the library staff and catch a glimpse of the library’s future. Saturday, June 2, 8-9 a.m.

Education by Conversation: Robert Frost and Amherst College

The poet Robert Frost spent almost four decades teaching at the College. His sometimes unorthodox but effective style engaged and stretched the minds of generations of Amherst students. These conversations are vividly recalled to this day. Daria D'Arienzo, head of Archives and Special Collections, will present the illustrated and slightly abridged story of Frost's years at Amherst, including newly preserved film of the poet conversing with Amherst students and faculty. Everyone is encouraged to share recollections and stories of the poet. Reunion 2007: Friday, June 1st ~ 9 a.m.  Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115), Fayerweather Hall

Professor O'Connell Wins Library Award!

Professor Barry O'Connell received the Hawkins Award from the Library's Collection Development Group. The Hawkins Award is given every other year to recognize outstanding service in developing the Library collections.

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

Currently enrolled students (sorry, seniors!) can access resources the library pays for (such as research databases, fulltext newspapers, and even the OED) from home or abroad. Just follow the instructions from IT.

Amherst College in the New York Times

"Elite Colleges Open New Door to Low-Income Youths," also features Anthony Abraham Jack '07.

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University's explanation of fair use -- made entirely of clips from a number of different Disney movies. Can be seen on YouTube, or through the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

Summer Loans for AC Students

You can have “summer loans” and check books out until September 15. Don’t forget that summer loans can still be recalled for someone else. So have easy access to email for notices and be ready to return a recalled book by a carrier that can track the delivery. And – for the travelers among us – please don’t take library books away from the continental United States.

Students--Help the Library See Into the Future

It’s time to plan for the transformation of the library and we need your help. The library wants to hear what you think as it shapes its vision for the physical structure of the evolving library building and the next generation of library services. Please take a break and share your thoughts.

Extended Hours During Finals

The Keefe Science Library will be open 24/7 from Saturday, May 12th - Friday May 18th at 4 pm. Your AC ID card will allow access during overnight hours.

Frost Library is Cool!

Thanks to Physical Plant for getting the air conditioning on in the Library. Want to know if there's a computer available on A Level?

College Student’s Perceptions of Race and Racial Discrimination

Oscar Lanza-Galindo, Public Services Assistant at Frost, is conducting this survey as part of his MA thesis at the School for International Training. He would appreciate your input.

Research Questions?

Librarians and Archivists are here to help you find the information you need. Give us a try!

Need Quiet? Or a Place to Study with a Group?

The library has both -- different study areas for a variety of study needs.

Educators Spring Weekend and the Library

Before you start the day's events, come enjoy coffee and a light breakfast while you read the papers and explore the library’s exhibits and resources. Tracy Sutherland, Fellow in Librarianship, will discuss ways in which she and the library staff can help you find resources to aid your teaching. Frost Library, Saturday May 5th, 8:30-9:30 am.

Web 2.0: Digital Texts and Cultural Anthropology

Do you have 4 minutes? Brilliant YouTube video on digital texts and Web2.0 by Professor Michael Wesch -- Web 2.0: The Machine is Us/ing Us

Debby Applegate '89 -- Book Talk at Jones Library

Amherst alumna Debby Applegate will be discussing her Pulitzer Prize winning The Most Famous Man in America: the biography of Henry Ward Beecher, on Tuesday, May 8th, 7-9 pm

Used Thesis Binders For Sale

Looking to save a little money -- and shop locally? Archives and Special Collections has them for sale (while supplies last) for $5. M-F, 9-noon and 1-4.

The Truth About the Future of the Library

Please join the Friends of the Library roundtable discussion. AC alums, students and faculty will discuss the future of the library in the era of Google and Wikipedia. Do we still need books? Do we need libraries? Librarians? Friday, April 27th, 3-5, Barker Room 

A Circle of Poetry: Reading Dickinson & Friends in Italian & English

The Library invites you to A Circle of Poetry, a dual language (Italian and English) reading of poems by Emily Dickinson, Richard Wilbur, and Paola Loreto at 4 pm on Thursday, April 26, in Archives & Special Collections in Robert Frost Library.  (more)Daniel Hall, Susan Snively and Polly Longsworth will be among the English readers. Italian will be read by Paola Loreto, who is a poet, Dickinson scholar, and, this semester, Copeland Fellow at Amherst College. Come enjoy poetry and light Italian refreshments in the Amherst College Library on April 26.

Debby Applegate ’89 Wins the Pulitzer for Biography

The Amherst College Library can claim its place in the makings of a Pulitzer Prize winner. Former Library Student Assistant Debby Applegate ’89 has won the 2007 Pulitzer for Biography for her work The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher. Applegate first discovered Beecher when she worked in the Library’s Archives and Special Collections as an undergraduate.

Frederick S. Lane ’36 Student Book Collecting Prizes

Ryan Peeks ’09 was awarded Second Prize for a collection entitled “The Theory and Practice of War: From Sun Tzu to Stealth Bombers.”  John Lenehan ’08 and Christopher James Forney ’07 tied for third place more

National Library Week is April 15-21, 2007

American libraries had almost 2 billion visits in 2004-- over 1 billion to academic libraries -- according to the latest data from the 2007 State of America's Libraries report.

The Frederick S. Lane ’36 Student Book Collecting Competition for 2007

The Frederick S. Lane ’36 Prize for Excellence in Book Collecting and the First Prize were not awarded this year.

Ryan Peeks ’09 was awarded Second Prize for a collection entitled “The Theory and Practice of War: From Sun Tzu to Stealth Bombers.” 

There was a tie for third place.  A third-place prize went to John Lenehan ’08 for his collection “Bad Books: A Collection of Poorly Written Mass-Market Paperback Novels.”  Christopher James Forney ’07 won a third-place prize for his collection “The Dane Family Oz Collection.”    

The judges for the competition were Daniel Hall (Poet; Director of the Creative Writing Center) and Professors Andrew Parker (English Department) and Donald White (German, Emeritus). 

Selections from the winning collections are on display in the lobby of the Robert Frost Library.  

JSTOR/ARTstor combined search

Users can now view ARTstor results when they perform a search in JSTOR through the new JSTOR/ARTstor combined search. Search results are now separated into tabs, one of which is for ARTstor results.

National Library Week is April 15-21, 2007

Come on by the Library -- National Library Week is a time to celebrate our libraries, the people who work in them, and the people who love them.

Debby Applegate ’89 Wins the Pulitzer for Biography

The Amherst College Library can claim its place in the makings of a Pulitzer Prize winner. Former Library Student Assistant Debby Applegate ’89 has won the 2007 Pulitzer for Biography for her work The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher.  Applegate first discovered Beecher when she worked in the Library’s Archives and Special Collections as an undergraduate.  Her first small exhibition on “famous but forgotten” Amherst alumni evolved into 20 years of research and writing about Beecher, including her senior honors thesis and her doctoral dissertation.  This multiple prize winning biography is the result. Check out more about Applegate and The Most Famous Man in America at and

Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World

As part of LGBTQ Alumni Weekend, Director John Scagliotti will speak about his experiences and observations while filming this documentary, the first to deeply explore the lives of LGBTQ people in non-western cultures. Friday, April 13th, Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. Free, open to all, and sponsored by the Library.

Magic in the Library

The Friends of the Library Student Activities Committee has created a magic show for Friday the 13th featuring one of its very own members: "Felice-Magician, Mentalist, or Alien?" 8:00 p.m. in the A&SC Reading Room. Refreshments will be served.

Library Student Summer Jobs -- AC Students (Sorry – no ’07 graduates)

Applicants who most closely meet criteria will be called for an interview.
Hours:  35 hours per week Monday through Friday 8 PM – 4 PM.

  • Archives/Special Collections - Word processing (creating lists, etc.) photo copying, filing, retrieval from closed stacks, processing support for collection.
  • Access Services, Music and Science: Student staff performs a variety of library circulation tasks and special projects including working with the public at the main desk, shelving, shifting, inventory, trucking books to stacks and other work as assigned. Workers must arrive promptly for scheduled shifts. Attention to detail required. Student workers need to lift and carry between 30 and 45 pounds.
  • Visual Resources:   Attention to detail, hand-eye coordination, punctuality, patience, various tasks supporting the collection.  Mornings at VR in Fayerweather with the possibility of afternoons at Frost.

Pick up your application at the main circulation desk at Frost. Applications need to be returned to the main library circulation desk by Monday, April 16 at 4:30 PM.

Michael Kasper Exhibition at Hampshire College

The Library's very own Michael Kasper will present an exhibition of collages, books and posters titled “The Union Makes Us Strong” from April 4 through 28. Critic Richard Kostelanetz, in the Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (2001), wrote that Kasper, a widely published author and graphic artist, has produced “a series of tart visual/verbal fictions… that his peers commonly rank among the best.” Artist's reception will be at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, at the gallery.

Diversity in College Admissions

Tom Ashbrook, On Point

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(NPR) interviews several people including President Marx. "In a time of sharp economic inequality in America, critics say America's top colleges have become part of the problem -- the crowning advantage for kids born to advantage. Some are even saying it's time to sideline racial diversity as a top goal, and push for class diversity instead."

Opinions About the New Library Catalog?

Please take this quick survey (closed 4/9/07) and let us know what you think. We want to know what works, what doesn't, and ways we can improve.

Researching in Environmental Studies?

We have a trial through April 15th of the Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Database from CSA. Let us know if you think we should subscribe.

Earnings Gap Highlighted by Recent Census Bureau Data on Educational Attainment

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2006, shows adults 18 and older with a post-graduate degree earned an average of $79,946, while those with less than a high school diploma earned about $19,915. Adults with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $54,689 in 2005, while those with a high school diploma earned $29,448. Data is broken out by sex, race, and Hispanic identity.

Need Natural Science Images?

We have a trial of CSA Illustrata -- a new form of deep indexing to the illustration level, providing subject access to images, tables, charts, and graphs. Let us know what you think.

Support Public Access to Publicly Funded Research?

Sign this petition to register your support for free and open access to research funded by the U.S. government. For more information, see the Federal Research Public Access Act – or visit the Alliance for Taxpayer Access

Researching Women's Studies?

We have a trial through April of Women's Studies International -- indexes scholarship in feminist research from 1972 to present. Let us know if you think we should subscribe.

NY Times Select Free to Academic Community

Students and faculty can sign up by verifying their academic email address.

New Video/DVD Loan Policy!

3 for 3 : AC students can now borrow 3 videos for 3 days. Here's some help to find the movie you want from the over 10,000 we have.

New Resource for Philosophy and Literature

We now have access to the Cambridge Companions Online. Accessible, scholarly introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods. You can search just one title, or the whole set of over 200.

Do You Care What Other People Think?

The Library has 2 week trial access to iPOLL -- a comprehensive database of 500,000 questions asked (and answered) on public opinion surveys in the US since 1935. (Note: you need to enter your email to use the trial version.) We care what you think -- let us know whether or not it's useful!

Most Challenged Books of 2006

And Tango Makes Three, about two male penguins parenting an egg from a mixed-sex penguin couple, has the number one spot on the ALA Ten Most Challenged Books of 2006. But Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Beloved make the list as well.

Professors Corrales and Westhoff on the Digital Divide

"Less than two decades after the development of the worldwide web, the world faces a monumental digital divide. Some nations have become rapid adopters of the internet, while the majority lags far behind. Attempting to explain this digital divide provides an opportunity to address a crucial question in the social sciences: what factors determine technology adoption?" The full article (AC campus) is published in the December 2006 issue of International Studies Quarterly.

Researching in Economics?

The library currently has one month trial access to EconLit with FullText. We always have EconLit, but this adds the fulltext from more than 400 publications. Let us know what you think!

Are you a poet? Do you know one?

"When power corrupts, poetry cleanses,” John F. Kennedy said, speaking of Robert Frost at the ground breaking of the Frost Library in 1963. Inspired by Kennedy’s statement and believing that “the Amherst College community is not sufficiently exposed to the efficacy of poetic cleansing,” Charles Longsworth conceived of and funded the electronic poetry display in the Library lobby.

We need more poems! To display effectively, poems need to be relatively short.  Please help by nominating any poem that is in the public domain (please provide full text) and use this form to submit your own work or to pass on to others whose work you would like to nominate.

Library Coffee Shop?

Think it's a good idea? Please take a minute and let us know (this linked to a survey) what you think!

ScienceDirect System Downtime

Maintenance has been scheduled on ScienceDirect for this Saturday, March 3rd. They anticipate that ScienceDirect will be unavailable for approximately 9 hours, starting at 6:30 in the morning. O.k.

Archives and Special Collections Again Accessible

The mold growth in the Archives and Special Collections storage area has been remediated, and collections are again available. Ongoing progress reports will be posted.

Need Digital Images for a Presentation?

Go to Images for resources available to the AC community.

Amherst College Launches First E-Journal

The Amherst Lecture in Philosophy is now available, and includes the full text of the initial lecture. This new online endeavor originally was created in cooperation with the Library and has recently been taken over by IT.

New Online Encyclopedias

The Encyclopedia of Social Measurement and the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences are available -- fulltext and scholarly resources on a wide range of topics.

Student Book Collection Contest

Do you collect books? The Friends of the Library are sponsoring the Frederick S. Lane '36 Student Book Collecting Competition complete with prizes! Applications are due March 27.

Quick Survey- What Do You Want?

In the box on the right of the library homepage, where it says "Library Catalog", we link to the Five College Library Catalog. Please take this really quick survey to let us know if you'd like a link to just the AC library catalog as well. Thanks!

Black History Month in the Library: Carriers of the Dream

In coordination with the College's The State of the Dream: The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Library has exhibits in the Frost to honor Coretta Scott King and three women of Amherst College: Hermenia T. Gardner, Dean Onawumi Jean Moss and Janice Denton, all women whose work has served to bring King’s dream into the twenty-first century. On A Level, outside Archives and Special Collections, is an exhibit honoring Kimmie Weeks, Class of ’05, who has recently received an award for his humanitarian work in his native Africa.

YouTube: Introducing the Book

Great video from Norway... because technological change is hard.

Librarian Web Log -- Iraq's National Library

Saad Eskander, the director of Iraq’s National Library and Archive in Baghdad has been keeping a diary posted on the web by the British Library detailing the war's damage to collections and staff. The NY Times features the blog in Baghdad Day to Day: Librarian's Journal

Top Five Databases on Campus

Of the 100+ databases the library subscribes to, the most highly used are (in order of usage): Oxford English Dictionary (OED), Academic Search Premier, LexisNexis Academic, Expanded Academic ASAP, and PsycInfo.

Need Books on Reserve?

Find Amherst College course readings (books) under the name of your professor in our library catalog. For e-reserves, logon in the purple box to the right on the library homepage -- "Find My Course Reserves".

Community Tea Thursdays at 3:30 in the Frost Library

Please come and meet students, faculty and staff, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, sample an array of desserts, and browse the new books on display. Sponsored by the Library, President, Dean of the Faculty, Dean of Students, Office of Diversity, Human Resources, Ombuds Office, Committee on Collegiality and the departments of Math/Computer Science, WAGS, and Asian Studies.

Course Reserves

Questions about how to place material (paper or electronic) on Reserve?

Off-Campus Access to Research Resources

You can access many of the library's electronic journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, indexes and databases from home or abroad.

Two Librarian Positions Open

Public Service is hiring two librarians -- Access Services Librarian and Reference/Interlibrary Loan Librarian.

New ACLU Collection

The Library has acquired the archives of the American Civil Liberties Union on microfilm. This collection covers 1917-1950, commonly known as the Baldwin years. A printed guide to the microfilm will be available in the Reference Collection.

New Anime!

The AC Anime Club has donated the following complete book collections: Negima, Death Note, Kaleido Star, Chrono Crusade, and Blue Gender as well as two DVD sets: Chrono Crusade and Blue Gender. They are being processed, and will be available soon.

Mozart on-line

Mozart is now just a mouse-click away. Mozart enthusiasts, students and scholars can now access the immortal composer's entire catalog through a free online database with some 24,000 pages. This celebrates the 250th anniversary year of Mozart's birth.

ICPSR Research Paper Competion

Have you used ICPSR data in a research paper? If so, you may be eligible for cash prizes!

Need Help Formatting Citations?

Under Quick Links on the left, select Style Manuals. A variety of citation style guides for print and electronic resources are listed, or if you have more questions please contact Reference.

Study Break in the Library on Sunday

This semeter’s exam break for students will be held Sunday December 17 --- cookies, apples, and drinks will arrive shortly before 3 pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Community Tea Thursdays at 3:30

Please come and meet students, faculty and staff, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, sample an array of desserts, and browse the new books on display. Sponsored by the Library, President, Dean of the Faculty, Dean of Students, Office of Diversity, Human Resources, Ombuds Office, Committee on Collegiality and the departments of Math/Computer Science, WAGS, and Asian Studies.

Staff News

Margaret Adams Groesbeck has accepted a promotion to Head of Public Services for the Amherst College Library. Margaret is a demonstrated leader whose enthusiasm and experience will help invigorate our institutional commitment to our patrons. In this new role as Head of Public Services, Margaret is committed to supporting goals and objectives that take a more active, focused and cohesive approach to how we serve patrons through reference, instruction, circulation, reserves, and interlibrary loan. It is always a distinct pleasure to find, within our own ranks, a leader whose abilities so closely answer our institution’s priorities and future needs.

Susan Kimball, who accepted the position of Reference/Electronic Services Librarian in July, has agreed to a revision of her responsibilities that include continuing as Science Librarian. In her position as Science/Electronic Services Librarian, Susan will manage library services in the Keefe Science Library and have responsibility for library information technology as it affects direct service to library users. This will be a challenging position, and one for which Susan is eminently well-suited.

Interlibrary Loans due December 13th!

All Interlibrary Loan items must be returned to the circulation desk of Frost Library. Questions? Contact Susan Lisk at 542-5027 from 8-11 am, or Freddie Manning at 542-5029 after 2 pm.

Iraq Study Group Report Released

The landmark final report (PDF file) of the Iraq Study Group (ISG) is now available through the Federal Depository Library Program.

Da Vinci Code in the Library December 7th

Come watch a free screening of "The Da Vinci Code," the movie adaptation of last year's bestseller (written by an Amherst graduate!). The movie will be shown Thursday, Dec. 7, at 9 p.m. in Barker Room (on A Level, under the stairs). There will be free refreshments, and the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library Student Activities Committee.

New Resources From the Library

Newly available online are searchable, electronic backfiles of The Washington Post (from 1877 to 1988, with one year's content added every year) and The Los Angeles Times (1881-1984, also with one year's content added every year). Consult at the Reference Desk in Frost if you need advice on how to use these databases effectively.

Free, easy, access to the electronic version of The Chronicle of Higher Education, the number one source for news, information, and jobs at colleges and universities. Online coverage begins in 1995 and includes the most recently published issue. You can connect from any computer at Amherst, or from off-campus.

Recommend Purchases

The Library is always open to suggestions of books to add to our holdings. Collections like ours grow best when a lot of people participate in recommending purchases. For an overview of the kinds of titles we tend to add, see the New Books Shelves, around the bend in the Circulation Desk, in Frost. Use the online purchase form to send in suggestions.

Chat Service Available for Research Help!

Need help with your research, have a quick question you need answered? Just add AMHrefchat to your buddy list and chat live with a librarian. FAQ for getting started.

World AIDS Day, December 1

Every year, people around the world designate 1 December, World AIDS Day, as a time of reflection - to remember the friends and loved ones lost to AIDS, to heed the lessons learned over the year, and to take stock of the progress made to provide a comprehensive response to the epidemic.

New From the Library: Cambridge Companions Online


Cambridge Companions Online -- explore over 200 in-depth introductions to literature, classics, philosophy, religion, and culture. All these online essays are fully searchable.

Librarians and Professors Gain Narrow Exemption in Copyright Law

"Audiovisual works included in the educational library of a college or university’s film or media studies department, when circumvention is accomplished for the purpose of making compilations of portions of those works for educational use in the classroom by media studies or film professors" more

Research Assistance

Working on a paper, or on your thesis, and have some questions or problems? Reference librarians are available. We don't judge or grade you -- we just want to help! We are available by phone, by appointment, email, or walk-in.

New Resource on Latin America

The library has expanded access to, providing economic and political news and analysis from Latin America. (To see the fulltext of available reports, if you are not automatically passed into the site, click on Existing Members Enter Here.)

Want a movie for the weekend?

The Frost Library has over 12,000 videos and DVDs. To search by genre (comedy, feature, science fiction, television series, etc.) click on Quick Links on the left -- and then Video/DVD.

Five College GIS Day

Amherst College is hosting GIS Day on Wednesday, November 8th. Please join us for an illuminating day of academic applications of Geographic Information Systems.

New Resource on Diversity

The Library now subscribes to Diversity Inc. which delivers an "e-mail digest of diversity news items culled from hundreds of sources and breaking news stories written by a diverse staff of journalists. " Go to to register with your Amherst College e-mail address.

New Staff

Anne Ostendarp will start as Project Archivist for the Henry Steele Commager Archives Project on November 1, 2006. Anne will arrange, describe and make accessible Professor Commager's professional papers that were donated to the Library by his widow. Commager taught history at the College for almost 40 years.

Jeffrey Tenenbaum, who retired in December 2003 after 31 years as a reference librarian at UMass Amherst, will work as a substitute reference librarian for at least the rest of the semester while Reference/Instruction and Access Services are short-handed.

New Statistics Database

UN Common Database Abortion to youth unemployment -- over 450 statistical time series for countries from around the world.

Interested in Historic Newspapers?

The library has trial access for the next 3 weeks to the historic LA Times (1881-1985) & the Washington Post (1877-1990). Go to ProQuest and pull down the “Database” menu and highlight the title you want to search. Please take a moment and complete our very brief survey letting us know if you think we should subscribe.

Questions about Teach for America?

Come by the Library from 1-2pm or 7-8pm on Sunday, October 29th, for a TFA sponsored Study Break. AC Alum Julian Gibson will be here, with coffee and donuts, to answer questions and chat about the program!

Class Awareness Week at Amherst College

If you can't make the screening of "People Like Us: Social Class in America" during Class Awareness Week, you can always check it out from the library (Video HN90.S6 P44).

Kiran Desai wins the Booker Prize

Kiran Desai won the 2006 Booker Prize for Inheritance of Loss. It's dedicated to her mother, Anita Desai, another award winning novelist.

China and Wikipedia

China has lifted its complete ban on the English language Wikipedia, though some controversial entries (such as the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989) are still blocked -- as is the Chinese language version. This was reported in the New York Times of 10/16/06, with additional information from Andrew Lih's blog

“Guantanamo: How Should We Respond?”

Amherst College will join hundreds of academic institutions on Thursday, Oct. 5, in the first national effort to explore the legal, political and moral implications [more]

The eminent film historian, novelist, and essayist Donald Richie will be the 2006-07 Robert Frost Library Fellow

The film historian and novelist Donald Richie will be the 2006 Robert Frost Library Fellow. Richie has been instrumental in introducing Japanese film to the West, through his work as critic for The Japan Times and books such as "The Films of Akira Kurosawa and Japanese Cinema." He has written extensively about Japan, where he has lived since 1947, including "The Inland Sea" and "Tokyo Nights." Most recently his "Japan Journals 1947—2004" have been published by Stone Bridge Press. Samuel Morse, chair of the Department of Asian Languages & Civilizations, will coordinate Richie’s residence, Oct. 9-13, 2006. On Oct. 13, Richie will give the keynote lecture “The Structure of Culture: The Japanese Example,” for the Friends of the Amherst College Library Annual Meeting. It will be held in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather at 4 p.m., followed by a reception

Mr. Richie has lived in Japan since 1947, except for time at Columbia University in the early 1950s and as curator of film at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1968-73. He is especially well known for his instrumental role in introducing Japanese film to the West, through is work as film critic for The Japan Times and through books such The Japanese Film: Art and Industry (with Joseph Anderson, 1959); The Films of Akira Kurosawa (1965); Ozu (1974); and Japanese Cinema: An Introduction (1990). In addition, he has written many books about the country in which he has been resident for fifty years, including The Inland Sea (1971); Tokyo Nights (1988); Public People, Private People (1991); and The Honorable Visitors (1997). Most recently his journals, The Japan Journals 1947—2004 have been published by Stone Bridge Press.

The biennial Frost Fellowship is sponsored by the Friends of the Amherst College Library. This program brings a visiting scholar to campus, to participate in courses, be available for consultation with students, and participate in activities which “reflect the central and interdepartmental role of the Library in the academic life of the College.” Mr. Richie’s residence as Frost Fellow, October 9-13, 2006, will be coordinated by Samuel Morse, Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Civilization. On October 13, Mr. Richie will present the keynote lecture, open to the College community, for the Annual Meeting of the Friends.

Environmental Problem in the Library

Portions of the holdings of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections will be unavailable indefinitely because of mold growth in a major storage area. This issue, limited to materials in a single room, is being addressed by the library and Physical Plant. Rick Mears, the college environmental health and safety manager, is monitoring the situation closely. The library is working with Physical Plant and specialists to resolve the problem and to ensure that the mold does not spread. We are committed to keeping Robert Frost Library’s environment safe for both people and collections, and regret the inconvenience that this will cause. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Community Tea on Thursdays

The College Community is cordially invited for coffee, tea and dessert at the Robert Frost Library on Thursday afternoons at 3:30. Please come and meet students, faculty and staff, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, sample an array of desserts, and browse the new books on display. Sponsored by the Library, President, Dean of the Faculty, Dean of Students, Office of Diversity, Human Resources, Ombuds Office, Committee on Collegiality and the departments of Math/Computer Science, WAGS, and Asian Studies.

Make Noise in the Library , September 10

Celeberate the new school year with the annual Make Noise in the Library at 8 pm on Sunday, September 10, in the lobby of the Robert Frost Library. This year the Library hosts Tim Eriksen (Amherst College '88), visiting Valentine Professor of Music, a musician whose repertoire stretches from rock to the music of southern India to traditional American music. Be among the first on campus to hear Professor Eriksen this year. Professor Eriksen promises to bring members of Music 11.  After the performance linger in Frost Library for refreshments, funny hats, and raffle prizes.  Join your friends and classmates at this gala library event