Senior Exhibits at Beyond Words Gallery
Come to the 2nd floor of Frost Library to view the student exhibits on display at Beyond Words Gallery! Anzia Rae Mayer '13 presents two styles of ancient Chinese calligraphy dating as far back as 1000 BC and as recently as 200 BC including China's first standardized written script; Eirene Wang '13 exhibits the best strips from The Amherst Student's only syndicated strip, The Hamster Student, as well as other pieces from her first comic book compilation. Interested in displaying your student work next year? Contact Amy Johnson at

zotero spring workshops
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that collects, manages, and formats citations and bibliographies. Zotero also helps organize your research by allowing you to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your references. You can arrange your sources into collections for different projects and tag them for easy searching. Sign up here to attend a one-hour tutorial to get you started with Zotero. All workshops are held in the Lane Room on level A of the Frost library.

Science Library open 24 hours during reading and exam period
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 Thursday, May 9th, and remain open until
4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Amherst students should use their student IDs to gain access during the overnight hours.

"Typography Boot Camp: What I Did on My Summer Vacation"
Ron Gordon '65 studied printing and typography before starting his own Oliphant Press in 1970 and launching a long career as a graphic designer and printer. His illustrated and interactive talk on Friday, May 3, at 4:30 pm in the Periodicals Reading Room will attempt to recreate not only the traditional typography and book design he taught last summer at the Wells College Book Arts Center but also the excitement of the class.

Thesis writers invited to debrief on their experience
Join Risalat Khan ’13 and Research & Instruction Librarians this Wednesday, May 1, at 7 pm in the Frost Library reference area for a quick half-hour debrief on your thesis writing research and process. What do you wish you had known going into the thesis? What worked; what didn’t work; and what would you have liked more help figuring out?  Share your “wow, I could have had a V8” moments! Your feedback will help us design new workshops for next year! If you can’t attend in person, email your reflections and suggestions to

Thesis Confidential this Thursday, May 2, at 4:30 pm
Thinking about writing a thesis in the near future and want the inside scoop on the thesis experience? On Thursday in the Friendly Periodicals Reading Room, five seniors who have just turned in their honors theses will tell all! The thrill of intellectual discovery ... the secrets to success ... the ways to overcome obstacles ... and the hard, cold facts these writers wish they’d known before they started. Rendezvous with these students, the Writing Center and the Library, and all of your questions will be answered. (And refreshments will be served.)


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. (Worried about the bibliography that goes in the thesis binder? See our citation page or stop by the reference desk for help.)

Want to work in the Library?
We are currently accepting applications for Frost Library Student Assistants for fall 2013. Come join a dedicated and talented group of Amherst College students and staff to provide excellent service to the campus community.  Applications are due Friday, April 26th. You must be a current AC student to apply.

Poetry Mini-Marathon—Thursday, April 18, from 7 to 10 pm
The Emily Dickinson Museum is sponsoring a poetry mini-marathon, reading all 295 of the poems that Emily Dickinson wrote in 1863. Participants will read one poem each. Items from Archives and Special Collections will be on display, and gingerbread and coconut cake made from Dickinson’s recipes will be served. Drop in at any time—no prior experience with Emily Dickinson or with reading poetry aloud required!

Amherst Explorations: A Celebration of Student Research and Creative Work
Come to the College’s inaugural campuswide showcase of student discovery and inspiration on Friday, April 5, noon to 5! You’ll see artwork, posters, and videos, and hear lightning talks, panel discussions, and musical performances. Check out the full schedule, or just stop by the Periodicals Reading Room. Refreshments served throughout the day.