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Digital Scholarship Summer Internships

‌SummerInternPostingFlyer2015.jpgNot sure what digital scholarship is, but intrigued by the term? Want to learn about methods for digital scholarship and develop hands-on skills? Interested in developing a digital exhibition, geographical interface to historical information, data visualization, or textual analysis? Apply for a Frost Library Digital Scholarship Summer Internship by April 6th! We welcome a range of applicants – no prior technical or digital scholarship experience necessary, just curiosity and commitment. This internship is a site for exploration of diverse interests and backgrounds in a digital space, and we encourage and welcome applications from all majors and academic backgrounds.

book_open_sm.jpgSpring Book Party
Thursday, April 2 at 4:00 PM in the Friendly Reading Room. Please join us as we celebrate the publication of new books written by Amherst College Faculty. Rowland Abiodun (History of Art and Black Studies) will discuss Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African ArtDaniel Barbezat (Economics) will discuss Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning; and Christopher S. van den Berg (Classics) will discuss The World of Tacitus' Dialogus de Oratoribus: Aesthetics and Empire in Ancient Rome. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Frost Library Zones Pilot
Zone Library Sign for web.jpgThis week, we’re launching our pilot library zone maps throughout Frost Library. These guides to noise levels and activities are based on your input, and are meant to help you find the best spaces for your needs in the library.

We will be soliciting your feedback again at the end of the semester, and we invite you to approach us with questions or comments on these guides at any point. Thank you for your participation!


New! Kanopy streaming video service
The library is pleased to announce a new streaming film and video service. Kanopy offers a selection of over 26,000 films, documentaries and videos. Featured producers in Kanopy's collection include Criterion Collection, PBS, California Newsreel, HBO, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, BBC, Roland Collection, MVD, Seventh Art,, Symptom Media, and many more. Librarians are happy to provide assistance, or to talk with you about possibilities for using this content in classes, including creating playlists, clips, or embedding material in Moodle. Browse and watch films at:

Frost Library Zone Feedback
Thanks for your feedback during the Zone Your Library week! Here are a few themes that we noticed:

  • Lots of you use Levels 3 and C for concentrated work that requires silence
  • Some quiet conversation amidst focused work happens on Levels A and 2; less so on Level B
  • Level 1 is social center: chatting with friends, getting caffeine, people-watching and milling about are common

Based on this, we'll be launching a pilot library zone map in the next few weeks -- acting as a guide to what activities happen in which places, so you can find the best spots for your needs. We’ve also noticed other themes, regarding furniture preferences, outlets, and space needs, that we’re going to use in our planning.

Thanks for all of the input you’ve given us, and keep telling us how we can make Frost Library better!

Amherst Library StaffAmherst College Library named college library of the year
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has named us a winner of its 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. The prestigious prize honors one college library, one university library and one community college library as “outstanding in furthering the educational missions of their institutions.” An ACRL press release about the award highlighted the library's "transformation to focus on its objectives of teaching students research skills, promoting and enabling universal access to information, and creating a new model of academic publishing.”

Zone Your Library
Zone Your LibraryHelp us Zone Your Library! We need your input on a new zone guide to Frost Library, helping you find the floors and spaces best-suited to your needs each day. See our prototype guide on Level 1 and add your thoughts, and let us know how you use each floor at our feedback stations, located by the south stairwell.
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HR café conversations: performance evaluations
Continuing our series highlighting a topic and one or more books or resources in the HR Café Collection, we are offering a discussion on Performance Evaluations on January 15th, from 12:30-1:30pm in the Friendly Reading Room. The intent of these conversations is to provide a time to meet and have an informal conversation on a topic that can help improve dynamics in our workplace. The session is open to all employees, supervisors and faculty. For a complete list of related books, or to sign up for this event, please visit the HR Café Collection page.

Hari Kumar square.jpgIntroducing Hari Kumar: Reception to welcome our new instructional designer
Thursday, October 30th at 3:00pm in the Friendly Reading Room. Please join us for a reception to welcome Hari Kumar to the new position of instructional designer at Amherst. As part of the event, Hari will discuss the responsibilities of his position, which has been funded through a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Hari will focus, in particular, on the issues and possibilities most relevant to the pedagogical values central to small, residential, diverse, liberal arts colleges. This event will feature introductions by Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein and Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations Lisa Stoffer. Sponsored by Amherst College Library and Information Technology. Refreshments will follow.