Avoid the Holiday Rush: Return Interlibrary Loans

Students, when you finish your research papers for this semester, return your loans from schools beyond the Five College area.  Not sure which books are interlibrary loans? You can always tell interlibrary loans by their orange bands. Take interlibrary loans back to the Frost Circulation Desk and leave for the break with a clear conscience.

New DVDs & music you can borrow!

Want to know what new DVDs and CDs the library has?  Here are the movies (& TV shows) and music we've added recently.

Dec. 10, 2009 3:00 p.m. - Refreshments

The Student Activities Committee of the Friends of the Library will be holding a membership drive in the lobby of the Frost Library this Thursday.   Membership is only $1 and includes a thermal mug (other invites will be held in the spring and fall).   All are welcome to stop by and enjoy the cider donuts, apples, coffee, or tea. 

Bryn Geffert Named Amherst College’s New Librarian

Bryn Geffert

The Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryn Geffert, Library Director and Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as Librarian of the College. Bryn brings a particular interest in research instruction, in libraries’ efforts to guide the changes afoot in academic publishing and in facilitating the digitization of special collections. He will start work at Amherst on Jan. 21, 2010. More

The Dragon Binder and Other Discoveries

The Five-College area is an excellent place for the study of book history.  Please join us at 4PM on Wednesday, December 2nd for a panel discussion on the collection and use of rare books with Phil Palmer, curator of the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, and Professors Joe Black and Steve Harris of the UMass English Department.  This event will be held in the Barker Room on Level A of the Robert Frost Library.

Amherst College Undergraduate Folger Fellowships

Are you working on an independent research project that could draw on the rare collections of the premier  library in the country for the study of Shakespeare, the English Renaissance, early modern Europe or  the New World?  Amherst College seniors and juniors are eligible for the Amherst College Undergraduate Folger Fellowships, sponsored in part by the Friends of the Amherst College Library. These fellowships are held for two weeks in January at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.  Applications are due Monday, November 16. Read more about the fellowships and how to apply for them.

The Amherst College Library Supports African Studies

The Library actively collects books, journals, video, music, and more to further the study of Africa on the Amherst College campus. Check out AllAfrica.com for current news from African sources -- or the African Writers Series, based on the famous Heinemann's African Writers Series, which has published key works in African fiction for over 40 years.

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting and Speaker

Turkey 2x2

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Library will take place on Friday and Saturday November 6 & 7, 2009.  At 4:00 pm Friday, Richard Soffer ’54 will give a talk in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse on Collecting Ornithological Books – A Personal Odyssey.  A reception and exhibition in the Archives and Special Collections rooms on Level A of the Frost Library will follow the talk.  These events are open to the public.


Planning and Managing Thesis Research: Writing Center/Library Workshop

An honors thesis is a big project. Check in about thesis research and wrting with the Writing Center and the Library at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27 in the Writing Center. Consider ways to find, integrate and use your research effectively. Jessica Gorman of the Wrtitng Center and Margaret Adams Groesbeck of the Library will lead a discussion about research processes,  database tools, citation managers, research journals and some note-taking techniques that can save time, effort and heartache.  Preregister at the Writing Center Web site.  Hurry! The workshop is  limited to 12 students. (10/27/09)

Come and Get It!

15-Minute Student Orientation Sessions on Amherst’s Primary Source Materials

Read an Emily Dickinson first draft in her own handwriting. Put a Picasso under the microscope. Delve into the diaries of Russian-American sculptor Naum Gabo. Amherst's extraordinary collections of archival objects and original artworks are here for YOU!

The Mead Art Museum, the Frost Library’s Archives and Special Collections, and the Amherst Center for Russian Culture are pleased to offer a new series of 15-minute resource orientation sessions for students. In about the time it takes to drink a large latte, participants will learn how to navigate quirky collections' catalogues, see materials kept in storage, obtain research images, and find the best scholarly references to learn more. No advance sign-up is required; just stop by at one of the convenient times listed below.

These are YOUR COLLECTIONS, Amherst students. Come and get 'em!

Tuesday, October 6
2:00 pm: Mead Art Museum, William Green Study Room
2:20 pm: Archives & Special Collections‪‪‪-Robert Frost Library, Level A
4:00 pm: Mead ‪Art Museum, William Green Study Room
4:20 pm: Archives & Special Collections‪‪-Robert Frost Library, Level A
4:40 pm: Russian Center-Webster Hall, 2nd floor
7:00 pm: Mead Art Museum, William Green Study Room
7:20 pm: Archives & Special Collections‪‪-Robert Frost Library, Level A

Wednesday, October 7
2:00 pm: Mead Art Museum, William Green Study Room
2:20 pm: Archives & Special Collections‪‪-Robert Frost Library, Level A
4:00 pm: Mead‪ Art Museum, William Green Study Room
4:20 pm: Archives & Special Collections‪‪-Robert Frost Library, Level A
7:00 pm: Mead Art Museum
7:20 pm: Archives & Special Collections‪‪-Robert Frost Library, Level A