New Library Website!

The new website went live on August 19, 2008. The library webteam worked on this redesign and transition to a content management system (CMS) for over a year and a half. Library webteam membership as of launch was:

Molly Brown
Susan Edwards, Chair
Mark Fiegenbaum
Kate Gerrity
Oscar Lanza-Galindo
Judy Lively
Ben Mears '11
Peter Nelson
Jodi Schneider
Tracy Sutherland

We worked closely with the Library Information Technology Group, the College  Web Services Group , the CMS Oversite Group, and the College Web Designer.  A website is a dynamic "product" -- it will continue to grow, change, and hopefully improve. We welcome your feedback.


Upgrading the Five College Library System: Catalog Unavailable July 6-12

The public library catalog will be unavailable from July 6-12 while the Five College Libraries are upgrading their system . Please consult WorldCat for Amherst College holdings. Call numbers are displayed in “Class Descriptors”. Having trouble figuring out what Amherst owns and where it is? Ask for help at Reference or Circulation, Ask us online, or call 542-2319.

Celebrating 150 Years of Intercollegiate Baseball: New Exhibit in Frost Library

Amherst Express, 1859
A new exhibit in Archives and Special Collections (Level A, Frost Library) displays baseball memorabilia from the collection, including items from the first intercollegiate baseball game, which was held between Amherst and Williams on July 1, 1859 in Pittsfield, Mass.


ILLiad back in service

Interlibrary Loan's request-management system, ILLiad, is back in service after our upgrade today.  Requests can be placed once again by logging in here.  Feel free to e-mail Douglas Black with any problems or questions. [5/29]

ILLiad service interruption 5/29

Interlibrary Loan will be performing a minor update on its ILLiad request-management system the morning of Friday, May 29.  We expect the system to be down for only a few hours, between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm; during that time, requests can still be e-mailed to Susan Lisk or Douglas Black.  We'll post a note here and on the ILLiad login page when service has been restored. [5/29]

Need 24/7 study space?

The Keefe Science Library will be open 24 hours a day until Friday, May 15th at 4 pm. Your AC ID card will allow access during overnight hours.

Student interlibrary-loan materials due May 8

Requests for new loans processed through May 1 (article requests ongoing)

Library materials lent to students from libraries outside the Five Colleges (i.e., books with orange bands on the front cover) will be due back at Frost on May 8.  New requests for loans from libraries outside the Five Colleges will be processed only through May 1.  If you’ll be on campus after May 8 and need to negotiate holding on to materials a little longer, please contact ILL.  We’ll continue to process student requests for articles, as those don't have to be returned. (5/6/09 - 5/13/09)

Who Am I in This Picture? Book Launch in Frost Library, May 7

Come celebrate the launch of Who Am I in This Picture? Amherst College Portraits, published by  Amherst College Press, in the Periodicals Room in Frost Library at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. Who Am I in This Picture? documents the  collaborative public art project titled Amherst College Portraits, by artists Wendy Ewald and Brett Cook, on the Amherst College campus between September 2007 and June 2008. The book follows the development of the collaboration and includes Ewald's and Cook’s work with 18 members of the college community who are the subjects of the project’s portraits and interviews. It features photographs of the process, excerpts of conversations with participants, images of the installation and essays on collaborative art.

Workshop: Orchestrating the Dialogue: Integrating Research into Your Writing 

One of the challenges of academic writing lies in adopting a professional prose style, which can feel particularly elusive when it comes time to integrate others' words with your own.  This workshop will help writers become more comfortable with managing other people's ideas; seamlessly integrate quotations and paraphrases into your prose; balance your ideas with others'; avoid accidental plagiarism; and engage your sources in a dialogue, rather than letting them speak for you or overshadow your own ideas.  Participants are asked to bring 1 or 2 pieces from a past or current research paper that use either a quotation, paraphrase, or summary (i.e., some reference to an outside source), as well as a copy of the original source (if possible).  Taught by Jessica Gorman (Writing Associate) and Douglas Black (Reference Librarian, Frost Library).

Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited to twelve students.

Monday, March 30, 2:00-3:30 pm, in The Writing Center, Charles Pratt Hall 101A (3/25-3/30/2009)