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News from 2014-2015
Celebrating our Digital Scholarship Summer Interns
If you missed the culminating presentation by the Library's Digital Scholarship Summer Interns, check out their "Hitch in Time" project site. Over the course of eight weeks, they embarked upon a critical reexamination of the life and legacy of one of Amherst’s best-remembered presidents: geologist and minister Edward Hitchcock. Hitchcock’s impact and importance to the college can be seen on campus even today, from the dorm that bears his name to the contents of the Beneski Museum to the very presence of the geology department itself. Drawing on Archives & Special Collections’ Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers and a breadth of digitally based research methodologies and tools, they engaged in an exploration of what Edward Hitchcock left behind, both tangibly and intangibly. From the personal—an account of the contents of Hitchcock's will—to the global—mapping the reach and reception of his intellectual conversations—this project delved into one man's legacy in the spirit of Hitchcock himself, who spent his life consumed with questions of time and infinity in his roles as both geologist and man of God.
Claim your Lost and Found
Lost items found in the Library will be on display in Frost lobby on Wednesday 5/6 and Thursday 5/7. Come see if your jacket, mittens, hat, book, water bottle, socks, or shoes are here and take them away. All items left at the end of the day on Thursday will be contributed to a local charity.
Library award ceremony
Amherst College Library has won the ACRL 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, and we’re planning a celebration: 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20th, in Frost Library's Friendly Periodicals Room — please join us for refreshments, live music, and more!
View ACRL event slideshow shown during our party. Or, if you missed it entirely, watch the award presentation:
Frost Library zones pilot
This month, we launched 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!
Amherst Explorations: A Celebration of Student Research and Creative Work
Friday, April 10, 11am-4pm. Come see what Amherst students have researched, written, and created this year at the third annual Amherst Explorations! Panel discussions, lightning talks, poster presentations, and performance. Refreshments served throughout the day. Check out the full schedule.
Spring book party Thursday, April 2
Please join us at 4 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room 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 Art; Daniel 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.
LGBT Rights in Latin America and Beyond Conference
Friday, April 3, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., O’Connor Commons, Pratt Hall
Come join the conversation at this workshop (open to all), which will gather a group of renowned scholars to engage, provide feedback, and help set the tone for a major initiative entitled “The LGBT Rights Timeline: A Digital Humanities Project.” This Five College Digital Humanities supported project is an interactive digital timeline charting significant events in the history of LGBT activism in the Americas. This timeline will serve as an open access data visualization platform for an extensible digital data collection.
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections is very excited to announce our newest product: the Tickle-Me-Melvil (Dewey) doll! Now you can have your very own squeezable, huggable version of this library icon!
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, Psychotherapy.net, 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: http://amherst.kanopystreaming.com.