George Mitchell Oral History Project Receives ‘Outstanding’ Award

George J. MitchellThe George J. Mitchell Oral History Project has earned the 2012 Elizabeth B. Mason Major Project Award, which is given biennially by the Oral History Association to an outstanding English language oral history project worldwide. The award recognizes projects of noteworthy scholarly and social value that also advance both the understanding of an important historical subject and the practice of oral history.

Under the auspices of the Bowdoin College Library, project director Andrea L’Hommedieu, field interviewers Mike Hastings, Diane Dewhirst, and Brien Williams, and transcriptionist Nicci Leamon amassed over 200 oral histories from people in former Sen. George Mitchell ’54′s life. Interviewees include Mitchell’s Waterville, Maine, friends; family members; college classmates; Maine legislators; political associates and competitors; campaign supporters; U.S. Senate colleagues and staff members; foreign policy specialists; law practice associates; and others. Cumulatively, their spoken accounts document Mitchell’s life and career from early childhood onward, with particular emphasis on his public service to Maine and to the nation. They complement Mitchell’s personal papers, which are also held by Bowdoin.

The oral histories are fully searchable and available for listening, reading, and downloading at: http://digitalcommons.bowdoin.edu/mitchelloralhistory/

Mango Languages Database

Traveling this summer? Mango Languages database has basic courses in a variety of languages, including Hindi, Thai, Korean, and Portuguese. They have also added, for your scholarly travels, Koine Greek, Ancient Greek, Latin and Biblical Hebrew.

Library Database News: Historical Databases

Nineteenth Century Collection OnlineThe library has access to several collections of historical newspapers and archival collections that could be just the thing for your summer research needs!

17th & 18th Century Burney Collection of Newspapers, which we have long had on microfilm, is now available online — very exciting. Click here for a list of newspapers included in the collection.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers expands our coverage of news from that era. Click here for a list of newspapers included in the collection.

And NCCO, Nineteenth Century Collections Online, follows in the footsteps of ECCO, with 3 collections released for your research: European Literature 1790-1840: the Corvey Collection; British Politics and Society; and Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange.

Happy researching!

Endnote and Zotero Workshops

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EndNote or Zotero? Or both?

Take one or all of the workshops described below to learn about tools to manage citations.

What’s that? Not able to attend one of the scheduled sessions? Contact us! Individual EndNote and citation management instruction and consultations can be scheduled at your convenience.

To register or if you have questions, contact Karen Jung at 725-3311 or kjung@bowdoin.edu.

Zotero

Zotero is an alternative for managing citations that resides in your web browser, “right where you do your work.” It can be used as a stand-alone manager, or in conjunction with EndNote.

  • Thurs., June 21: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – ECR, H-L Library

EndNote 101

EndNote is bibliographic citation management software tool that allows you to maintain a “personal library” of references and citations. It can also import citation information from the Library’s Catalog, online indexes, and databases. If you use Microsoft Word, you can insert citations from your personal libraries directly into your documents and create bibliographies from those citations. This workshop will teach you to use EndNote and EndNote Web (both of which are easy to use, but not intuitive) in just one hour.

  • Mon., June 18: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM – ECR, H-L Library
  • Wed., June 20: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM – ECR, H-L Library
  • Wed., Aug. 22: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM – ECR, H-L Library

Book Sculpture: Transforming Books into Works of Art

Book Sculpture
Third floor, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
This exhibit is ongoing throughout the summer months.

When making books and making art intersect, the results are sometimes provocative, often unpredictable, and always engaging. Artists’ books take many shapes: the familiar codex form, scrolls and banners, pop-up and flag books, to name a few.

The Bowdoin College Library’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives collects artists’ books to complement other examples of fine bookbinding, printing, type design, and printmaking in its book arts collection, primarily in support of the College’s curriculum. Classes in printmaking and drawing, in art history, and in literature and linguistics draw heavily from these resources for inspiration and for learning.

Book Sculpture

Book sculptures, in which book artists appropriate the book as an object and rework it into visual art, reflect the artist’s own visual reinterpretation of the original form. For the viewer, these sculptures transform the process of reading text into viewing art, and they compel us to reevaluate the concept of the book in ways that would otherwise be unimaginable.

 

Currently on display on the third floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library are examples of book sculpture by five contemporary book artists:

Book Sculpture

  • Crystal Cawley (Portland, Me.)
  • Rebecca Goodale (Portland, Me.)
  • Mary Howe (Stonington, Me.)
  • Guy Laramée (Montreal, Canada)
  • Irmari Nacht (Englewood, N.J.)

Laptop Storage! A New Service at H-L and Hatch Libraries

Would you rather not lug your laptop all the way over to dinner when you’re taking a break from studying at H-L or Hatch Library? But you don’t want to leave it unattended at a study carrel — never a good idea! Now you can store your laptop for up to four hours at the Circulation Desk at H-L or Hatch. The laptops will be kept in a secure space with Library staff members nearby; you’ll have a tag (like a coat check) to reclaim your property when you get back.

Space is limited: H-L has room for six and Hatch for two, so ONLY laptops may be left (no books, papers, knapsacks, lunchbags, etc.). The laptops may be stored until closing time, but can’t be left overnight.

We hope this new service will make your life a little easier during this hectic end-of-semester time!

New Content in JSTOR

Everyone’s favorite go-to database for scholarly journal articles, JSTOR, just got bigger. Some of the journals added are: Social Research; Environment and History; Monist; Mathematics Teacher; International Journal of Electronic Commerce; Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific; Historical Social Research; and Environmental Values, among others.

Streaming Video Available!

Looking for a film clip to enhance a presentation?

Check out Films on Demand, a streaming video database of nonfiction films from the BBC, Nova, Frontline, Scientific American, History Channel, and many more high-quality producers. When viewing a video, click on “Embed this Video” for a link to insert into your presentation.

For more music and dance videos, see also Naxos Video Library.

Please see Linking to Online Videos for further help with embedding into your project.

Connecting to Library Databases – Security Certificate Problem

If you use library databases from off campus: Please take note…

The library is currently experiencing a problem affecting the login process when connecting to Library databases from off campus.  Your web browser will generate errors about the security of the connection. Unfortunately, the problem is at the security company’s end, so we cannot immediately fix the problem, and until it is resolved these messages will appear.

These messages are an important part of your security online and we would never recommend that you ignore them.  Any time you see them appear on a site you visit regularly, you should check with the website’s administrators to determine if there is a danger.

In this case, the error messages are being caused by a known problem. The Library and IT are working to resolve the issue. In the meantime, it is safe to continue past the error messages and log in to access the remote databases. The login process is still encrypted, so your information is still safe. We apologize for the confusion. We will be monitoring the situation and will make an announcement when the problem is remedied

Here are examples of what the error messages look like in different browsers, with instructions on how to proceed:

This is how the error looks in Firefox:

To proceed, click on “I Understand the Risks” and the message will expand to:

You then click “Add Exception” and see:

Click “Confirm Security Exception” and you should be given the Library login screen.

In Internet Explorer, you will see:

Click “Continue to this website” and you should be taken to the login screen:

In Safari you will see a message like this:

Click ‘Continue’ and you should be passed along to the login screen.

Yale’s Human Relations Area Files (HRAF)

The long-renowned collections of archaeological and cross-cultural studies known as the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) have now been digitized (eHRAF). The Library has access to both the archaeological and cross-cultural databases, eHRAF Archaeology and eHRAF World Cultures.

Find out why the Abkhasians live so long or how moms rule in the Zuni tribe. And who really had the first tattoo?

Caveat: It’s a bit clunky to use, but you are richly rewarded for your efforts!