"Tillie Olsen and Amherst College" presentation Friday, April 20
Annemarie Iker '12 will discuss "Tillie Olsen and Amherst College" in Archives & Special Collections on A level on Friday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m. Along with Katie Allyn '12, Annemarie spent the summer of 2011 researching Tillie Olsen's year as a visiting writer at Amherst College (1969-1970). Based on archival research at Amherst College and Stanford University, as well as numerous illuminating interviews with Tillie Olsen's daughter, former students such as Scott Turow, community members, friends, former faculty, and literary scholars, the pair produced a fascinating portfolio that chronicles Olsen's extraordinary work and influence upon Amherst College, the larger Amherst community, and those whom, as Iker and Allyn note, "she taught, collaborated with, befriended, and mothered."

2012 Frederick Lane Book Collecting Contest Deadline: April 20
The Lane Prize for Excellence ($500) is awarded to a student showing considerable experience, knowledge, and ability in the field of book collecting. The First ($350), Second ($200), and Third ($100) prizes are to be awarded to students showing strong interests in book collecting and presenting good beginning collections. Complete rules and information available here.

noh8The NOH8 Campaign
"The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest." Eighteen portraits are featured on the first floor of Frost Library in conjunction with the Amherst Pride Alliance through May 4.

Bilal Muhammad at the desk.  Photo taken May 2005.Shared service desk pilot
Looking for the reference librarians? We’re still available for research help—just at the far end of the circulation desk, across from the cafe. For the last month of the academic year, we’re piloting a shared service desk: one place to bring your questions, whether you’re looking for a book on reserve or wondering how to get started on that research paper. Let us know what you think: http://bit.ly/frostshareddesk

demartineBeyond Words: Vermont Landscapes
Twenty-two works on paper by English major turned businessman Jay DeMartine ‘72 are on display on the second floor Mezzanine and Gallery at Frost Library. Living and hiking in the mountains of the West River Valley yields a vision of Vermont with abrupt colors and palpable emotion, sans cows and barns.


Thesis binders

Used thesis binders in good condition are available for $5 each in Archives & Special Collections, located on Level A of Frost Library. We accept cash, checks, or AC dollars. Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

jcdoorGroup studies and viewing rooms unavailable
Due to the flooding in Johnson Chapel, displaced faculty and staff will be working out of Frost Library's group studies and viewing rooms until further notice. Since those rooms won't be available for general library users, we're designating the east side of the 2nd floor (near the yellow gallery wall) as a group-study space, with conversation allowed; head to the 3rd floor for quiet study space. We appreciate your patience while the clean-up continues. (February-June 2012)

Quiet 3rd floor pilot project
With the new cafe, the first floor of Frost is sometimes a little noisier than in the past. If you're looking for a quiet place to study, try the 3rd floor. We're piloting a quiet zone for studying this spring; be sure to give us your feedback on it. Hoping to work together in groups and have conversations? Try level 2.

Discover: A new tool that searches (almost) everything
Ever been stuck for how to start looking for information on a topic? Give Discover a try. Its single search box combines the Five Colleges catalog and most of our research databases. If you only need a few resources to get going, or you want to see which subject-specific databases might be relevant, Discover could fit the bill (and learn more tips and tricks). We're continuing to refine Discover's implementation, so please let us know what you think.