Recent Gifts, Acquisitions, and New Acquisition Models

Over the last year, the Library has provided access to an enormous range of print and electronic resources.   Here are some exciting new additions:


  • Judith Toll Picture Book CollectioToll books spinen:   With great delight and gratitude, we received a second gift of children’s picture books from collector Judy Toll. The Judith Toll Picture Book Collection now totals over 500 books and is an essential resource for the study of children’s literature and fairy tales.  Prof. Liz Muther’s classes in both these genres have made extensive use of the first gifted collection. Check them out in the PZ’s on the fifth floor of Hubbard.


  • JAMA 1894 to present: If Nature isn’t enough to keep you busy, we have also purchased the complete archivejama-logo of the Journal of the American Medical Association back to 1894.   From women’s “disorders” to health insurance to the evolution of antibiotics and other treatments, this treasure trove provides a historical overview of major health, medicine, policy and sociological issues.
  •  U.S. Congressional Hearings Digital Collection: Speaking of treasure troves, search the full-text of published U.S. congressional hearings, 1824-2003, recently purchased by the Library. Incredibly rich for just about any kind of research–from the arts to sciences–the hearings document testimony from a surprising cast of characters summoned to Capitol Hill.
  • Chinese Historical Newspapers:   No Chinese lchinesenewspapersanguage skills necessary!   Our subscription to this database includes 12 English-language newspapers published in China, covering the turbulent period from 1832-1953. Includes the North China Herald, China Weekly Review, and the Chinese Recorder.


New Acquistitions Models

  • Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia University Press e-books Pilot Project: Bowdoin, along with 15 college and university libraries, is collaborating with Princeton, Harvard, and ColumbiCUPa university presses to provide access to almost all of their current e-book content through December 2016, under a pilot pricing model to the libraries. The ebooks are available in CBBcat and OneSearch.   The goal of this pilot project is to have publishers develop a more liberal approach to licensing electronic content to academic libraries. A timely example is Wendy Brown’s The Power of Tolerance: A Debate
  • Science Direct Backfile Content Pay-Per-View by the Library (Pilot Project): Since January, the Library has been (stealthily) experimenting with another pilot acquisitions model. We opened up access to pre-1995 journal content in the Elsevier Science Direct database. Researchers now see a Purchase PDF button SDpurchase which enables them instant access to the needed article and the Library pays the bill.   Without our having publicized this new access, you have downloaded almost 1,000 articles! We will evaluate the sustainable cost benefits of this pilot project in the coming months.

Felix Emiliano – Student Employee of the Year

Congratulations Bowdoin Student Employee of the Year,
Felix Emiliano!

Library Staff Member Felix Emiliano was awarded the Bowdoin Student Employee of the Year for his outstanding work at the Hawthorne-Longfellow library circulation desk. Emiliano was nominated and selected from a competitive pool of fifteen nominated students to receive this prestigious reward. Congratulations to Felix and thank you for all your hard work this year!

The library would also like to recognize nominees Dominique Wein from Circulation and Michael McGlinchey from the Interlibrary Loan Department for their hard work and nominations.

Summer Construction in H-L Library & Relocation of the Language Media Center


Preliminary Floor Plan
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The library is planning a summer project to create a new Media Hub in the basement of H-L Library. The goal of the project is to bring together in a central campus location the collections, technology, staff expertise, services, and facilities to support viewing, creating, and manipulating media. The Media Hub will incorporate the existing Scratch Space lab into an expanded facility with flexible teaching and collaboration spaces. At the same time the collections and essential functions of the Sills Language Media Center (LMC) will be relocated and absorbed into the new space, providing an opportunity to improve accessibility, increase service hours, integrate collections, and better utilize staff currently stationed in Sills. The expanded facility will include:

  • Individual and collaborative workstations supporting digital design and media playback, creation, and editing
  • A screening/seminar room seating up to 20, to accommodate Cinema Studies and other film-based courses and student collaboration
  • A group study room to accommodate up to 6 students for small group screenings or for study and collaboration
  • A recording studio to support audio and video production including interviews, podcasts, video voice-overs, and lecture videos
  • Circulation services for media collections and AV equipment
  • A hands-on training/instruction space for up to 25 (the existing Electronic Classroom), to be used independently or in conjunction with individual workstations

Library and Academic Technology staff will be available in the space to provide expert help with a variety of media-related activities including support for student projects and consultation services for faculty who would like to incorporate film into course assignments or create video lectures for a “flipped” classroom.

Construction should be complete in time for the start of the fall 2015 semester. For more information contact Marjorie Hassen, | 207-725-3281.

Portrait Show in the Ramp Gallery


Ramp Gallery Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 29, 4:30-6:00

Join us on the Ramp to Hubbard for an exciting exhibition of portraits by student artists.

Portraits have been around since the dawn of art. Humans have attempted to represent those around them, as well as themselves, for physical and/or emotional likeness. Whether intending to display someone’s personality, or actual physical structure, a portrait can be done in a multitude of mediums. While the history of portraiture is a long one, it’s a challenge that never seems to exhaust artists in their intents for exploration. This show attempts to explore the wide range of experiences of Bowdoin students through their representations of those around them, as well as the plethora of mediums they work in.

Contributing artists:

Zach Albert​
Katie Coleman
Katie Craighill
Kate Featherston
Kelsey Gallagher
Celina Garcia​
Sky Gonzales​
Caitlin Greenwood​
Anna Hall​
Jenny Ibsen​
Hy Khong​
Rickey Larke​
Helen Mohney​
Tori Munson​
Victoria Pitaktong
Maya Reyes​
Mariah Reading
Amina Ben Smail​
Alexander Sutula​
Nevan Swanson​
Rachel Lee Zheng​

Curated by Sarah F. Haimes ‘15

The Ramp Gallery is located on the basement floor of H-L Library, on the ramp to Hubbard Hall

Women’s History Month Resources

The Library has access to many electronic primary and secondary women clip artresources for research on women’s history. Here are some noteworthy sources.  Be sure to AskUs for more!

Food for Thought

Food for Thought Lecture Series

Join us for another Food For Thought,
the Bowdoin Student Government/Library student lecture series

Monday, Feb. 23 at 9:00pm in the Nixon Lounge on the 3rd floor
of H-L Library

Lan Crofton ’17


Lilian Gharios ’18

Food and Refreshments Provided

See you there!

Dogs in the Library

Dogs in the LibraryDOGS IN THE LIBRARY

Take a break on Monday and come to H-L for a furry fix! Woof!