Library closed for Thanksgiving

The Amherst College Library (Frost, Music, and Science) will be closed from 12 noon Wednesday, November 26, until 1PM Saturday, November 29, in observance of Thanksgiving. (11/29/08)

Archivision in ARTstor

All three modules of Archivision Digital Research Library (some 28,000 images spanning Classical to contemporary architecture) are now included in Amherst's ARTstor collection.  Archivision is only one small segment of ARTstor's nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. (11/25/08)

Doing research from off campus over Thanksgiving break?

You can still have access to all of the Library's online databases, e-books, and other resources.  Use IT's instructions for off-campus access to configure your browser for proxy authentication, and you'll be able to work from anywhere! [11/25-11/30/08]

New Guide to Fair Use and Media

The Center for Social Media at American University has released a new guide to help educators using media in teaching interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media-Literacy Education identifies five principles that represent the media literacy education community’s current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials, wherever and however it occurs. (11/19/08)

Sarah Ruhl, Robert Frost Fellow, Friends of the Library

November 10-15, 2008

As part of the Fellowship, playwright Sarah Ruhl will be in residence this week, meeting with classes and working on the last phases of the production of Eurydice, an enchanting reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus, told from the heroine's perspective.

The production is directed by Shana Cooper, with a cast of Amherst students in all roles except Eurydice's father, played by Peter Lobdell '68, Senior Resident Artist in the Theater & Dance Department.  Costumes and set design are by Scott Dougan '04, now a graduate student at the Yale School of Drama, and lighting by Theater & Dance Department Lighting Designer Kathy Couch '95.

The production is funded by the Theater & Dance Department, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and the Library.  Performances are Nov. 13-15 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater.  Tickets are free; reservations are recommended.  Call the Box Office at 413-542-2277.

Writing a thesis?

Have you made a research appointment with a librarian? We can help you narrow your topic, uncover new resources, and use older ones more efficiently. Students who have come say it's helpful... really!

Jodi Schneider awarded Scholarship

The New England chapter of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) recently awarded Science Library Specialist, Jodi Schneider, a travel grant to attend the 2008 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. The meeting, "People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People," was held this week in Columbus, OH. Jodi's award-winning paper, "FRBRizing MARC records with the FRBR Display Tool," discusses a new conceptual model for library catalogs designed to bring together related items (editions, adaptations, etc.) and the potential for automating that collation. (10/30/08)

Converse Library had everything an Amherst man needed ...

A spacious room with a table to spread out on, a fine collection, unobtrusive but helpful staff - and ashtrays!  Read more in this October 1949 article from Amherst Alumni News, "Hours in a Library," by Claude M. Fuess (AC 1905). (10/31/08)

Lexis-Nexis Academic scheduled downtime!

Night owls beware: LexisNexis is bringing down the database  for maintenance related to the end of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, November 2, 2008 between 1:00 AM and 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time.

Halloween Visitors at Frost

The children from the Little Red Schoolhouse, a preschool located on the Amherst campus, will stop by Frost Library in their Halloween costumes around 10am on Thursday, October 30. (10/30/08)