Summer Research Workshops
If you're staying on campus this summer, Academic Technology and the Library provide a number of opportunities to enhance your research skills and meet with other students outside the lab and study carrel. Whether you're a Summer Science Research Fellow, continuing your research from a spring Mellon Tutorial, working on a faculty project, or getting a head start on your thesis, you’ll find an opportunity of interest. See the summer research workshops page for a detailed schedule and sign up form.

Amherst Staff Summer Workshop Series
Need help getting started with productivity tools like Zotero? Want to learn how to take full advantage of all the Five College Libraries have to offer? Interested in using library subscription databases but don't know where to start? Need help finding reliable health information on the web? Sign up for one of our Amherst staff workshops in August! For more information, visit the Amherst staff summer workshop page.

"Postwar: Americans in the Occupation and Reconstruction of Germany and Japan"
Now on view in Archives and Special Collections, this exhibit highlights the roles of three Americans who contributed to the shaping of postwar Europe and Japan. As Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Willard L. Thorp (AC 1920) was a negotiator at the Paris Peace Treaties and a key figure in the development of the Marshall Plan. Karl Loewenstein, who fled Germany in 1933 and became Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst, returned to Germany as a civilian employee of the U.S. occupation government. He became involved in the denazification and reconstruction of the German justice system. Lawyer and army officer Charles Kades was assigned to Japan in 1945 and headed the steering committee charged with redrafting the Japanese Constitution. These collections were processed in 2011 with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and are being used in a Mellon tutorial this semester.

Literary elves strike in Frost
Fans of Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salomé decorated the entries to the library’s B-level restrooms with excerpts from their correspondence and diary. Is the burst of pre-finals art merely a celebration of these fin-de-siècle writers (currently being taught in GERM-350), a response to the Johnson Chapel Ulysses graffiti, or a subtle homage to President Martin? Come take a look and decide for yourself.

mezzanine exhibit

Terras Irradient: Shining a Light on the Past
During the Fall 2012 semester, students from the class Collaborative Art: The Practice and Theory of Working with Communities were engaged with two “character” portrait projects, one historical and one contemporary. A selection of enlarged pages from the book they created connecting the two projects is on display in the Mezzanine Gallery.


Archives & Special Collections Blog
The Archives & Special Collections has launched a new blog: The Consecrated Eminence. Follow our weekly posts to learn about hidden treasures, new acquisitions, exhibitions, and other happenings in the Archives & Special Collections department on the A-Level of Frost.

Summer researcher reception, Wednesday, June 5, 4:30 PM
Staying on campus to do research this summer? Come to the Periodicals Reading Room and talk to other students working on independent projects or working with faculty on in-depth research, meet subject librarians and academic technology specialists, enjoy some refreshments, and find out about other activities happening this summer to support your research.

Library Catalog Down Sunday, May 26th
The Five Colleges Library Catalog will be down for a system upgrade from 6pm Saturday, May 25th until approximately 9pm Sunday, May 26th. Returned items will not be checked into the system until the Library re-opens on Tuesday, May 28th following the Memorial Day holiday. Seniors, please check your account for remaining checked out items prior to the scheduled downtime.