World-Renowned Russian Literature Translators to Speak at Frost Library March 3

Amherst College will host a conversation with world-renowned Russian literature translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky on Wednesday, March 3, at 4 p.m. in the Periodicals Area of the Frost Library. The event, which is part of the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.   

For the full announcement, go here.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia now online

Explore the amazing world of animals in this beautifully illustrated, authoritative reference source. Grzimek's (pronounced “CHIM-ecks”) Animal Life includes the online version of the 17-volume print encyclopedia covering evolution, habitat and behavior of more the 4,000 species. Relevant journal articles, magazine and news items are also included. (2/22/10)

Digital Resources

Some of the Amherst College Library’s resources are hidden in plain sight.  One of those is DigiTool, our digital asset management system.  What is a digital asset?  Just about anything that might be in digital format, such as documents, images, or music.  Right now, in DigiTool, we have scans of Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts provided by Archives & Special Collections.  We also have thousands of images of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and architecture courtesy of Visual Resources.  All of the aforementioned materials can be accessed for classroom presentation and for study purposes.  Pick a topic:  Art, Classics, Japanese Tea Bowls, Religion, Sociology, or whatever piques your curiosity.  We probably have you covered.  Go to:  DigiTool, type a keyword or two into the search box and you’re on your way.  Note: simple searches bring the broadest results.  Thumbnails and data are available to all.  Amherst College network account holders can access the full-sized images from any geographic location.  Questions?  Contact Katie Winston, our Digital Resources Librarian.

Trial of Guide to Reference

Attention lovers of reference books and library geeks! Try out the new Guide to Reference online.  This database is a directory of reference sources -- both in print and online -- that can be searched or browsed. Don't forget to check the library catalog for the interesting items you find.

Last chance to learn Zotero for your thesis

Come learn how Zotero can help you organize your research. Find out how you can:

  • keep track of all those PDFs
  • cite sources in your paper
  • create bibliographies in a flash

The last session of the year will be held on Friday, February 12th at 11:00am in the Lane Room, A Level, Frost Library. Contact Susan Kimball to sign up.

The Super Bowl is on in the Library !

 The Barker Room in the Frost Library will be open at 5:30 p.m, Sunday Feb.7th for the game between the Colts and the Saints.  Kickoff is around 6:15. Drop in while studying or stay for it all.  The Barker Room is located on Level A, under the central staircase.

Archives & Special Collections Librarian Lands NEH Grant

Mike Kelly has landed a $5,275 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will fund a general preservation assessment of the Archives & Special Collections that he heads at Frost Library. (2/1/10)

In late February 2010, Angelina Altobellis of the Northeast Document Conservation Center will visit Archives & Special Collections to survey the collections. Her report will identify at-risk collection materials, address fire protection and security concerns, provide recommendations for improving storage and handling practices, and review the general condition of library and archival collections.

“This assessment is long overdue and will be essential in identifying preservation priorities as we seek grant funding in the future,” Kelly said. “Ensuring the physical care of these materials is the first step toward making them fully available to students, scholars, and the public at large.”

The preservation project has also been designated a National Endowment for the Humanities "We the People" project and is being supported in part by funds the agency has set aside for this special initiative.

The goal of the “We the People” initiative is to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through support of projects that explore significant events and themes in United States history and culture.

In addition to housing the historic records of Amherst College, the Archives & Special Collections also hold approximately half of the known Emily Dickinson manuscripts along with major collections of Robert Frost, James Merrill, Richard Wilbur, and others.

Retirement Party for Will Bridegam

At 3:30 this afternoon (Thursday, January 28th) there will be a goodbye party for Will Bridegam, who has served as Interim Head Librarian for the past year. Prior to that, Mr. Bridegam filled in as Head of Archives & Special Collections in 2008/09, and before that, for over 30 years, he was the Librarian of the College. So this is his third retirement! Join us to celebrate his extraordinary service to the College in the Periodicals area on the main floor of Frost.

Online Library Catalog Down, Monday January 11

The public library catalog will be unavailable on Monday, January 11, 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 in person at Reference or Circulation or Contact us via email, phone, or chat.

Science Library Open 24 Hours During Exams

The Library is pleased to provide 24-hour access to the Keefe Science Library in Merrill during reading and exam period. Keefe will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 16th, and remain open until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22nd. Amherst students should use their student IDs to gain access during the overnight hours.