NExpress is Retiring


NExpress resource sharing service to be retired in May 2017

Over the past few years due to changes to library systems, the number of NExpress partners has dwindled. CBB and our two remaining partners, Middlebury and Wellesley, have jointly decided to retire the service.

What does this means for Bowdoin users?

  • CBB and MaineCat self-requesting are unchanged.
  • Requesting of materials beyond CBB and MaineCat will be streamlined through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Benefits for Bowdoin users include:
    • A single interface and login to request items, view in-process requests, renew checked-out items, and view electronically-delivered articles.
    • No need to search for libraries that own items you need. We will locate the item and select the best lender from among our expanding group of partners that provide expedited service, including Middlebury and Wellesley.
    • View request history. This feature was not available in NExpress.

The last day to request an item through NExpress is April 30th. All materials will be due before the end of May. Due dates may vary, so please check the banner on the item. If you have any questions about due dates or renewal options, please contact our ILL staff.

If you are one of our users who will miss discovering materials held at Middlebury and Wellesley, try WorldCat, which provides location information for libraries worldwide.

The Library’s ILL staff will be glad to answer any questions. Feel free to contact them at, or Jaime Jones at (207) 798-4109.

Media Commons Open House

Tuesday, April 4, 4-5pm

The Media Commons, located on the lower level of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, brings together film collections, technology services and facilities to support viewing, creating and manipulating media.

Come learn about the new 25-seat Telepresence Classroom, which features four 80” screens along with a 70” interactive LCD screen. The room is available for playback of multi-region DVD/Blu-ray, video streaming, and presentation from your laptop computer as well as for direct video and audio communication with other collaborating institutions using the Cisco Telepresence system.

Library and Academic Technology & Consulting staff will be on hand to show you the Telepresence Classroom as well as the screening rooms and productions spaces, review the film collections, and reacquaint you with Media Commons services.

Light refreshments served. Please join us!

Can’t make the Open House? Visit our website for more information: or contact Carmen Greenlee, or Elizabeth Davis,


Women’s History Month Resources

Women's History Month

Dedication of Harriet’s Writing Room

The campus recently celebrated the dedication of Harriet’s Writing Room, the new public space in the Harriet Beecher Stowe House at 63 Federal Street.  The Library is pleased to oversee the room, which is staffed by a knowledgeable guide during public hours, noon-3pm Thursdays-Saturdays.  Individuals and groups are invited to visit and reflect on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s literary legacy and her writing process.  See the Stowe website for more information on both Harriet Beecher Stowe and the history of the house.

Planning for the New Telepresence Classroom in H-L Library

Library staff are getting ready to relocate and shift collections in the H-L basement in preparation for this summer’s construction of the new Telepresence Classroom. The classroom will be located in the Media Commons, enhancing and extending the functionality of this active and collaborative space. Funded through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and equipped with flexible seating, multiple HD flat-panel monitors and a touch-screen, interactive panel, the Telepresence room will support courses in a variety of disciplines and a host of multimedia applications.

To accommodate the classroom, the government documents currently shelved in the Hubbard corridor will be relocated to the north side of the basement, where a portion of that collection is already housed.  Selected bound journal volumes will be moved temporarily to the Colby College storage facility and the remaining volumes will be compacted to make room for relocated documents. Librarian liaisons have worked closely with faculty over the past months to identify those journals to relocate. Selection criteria included titles that are 1) wholly or partly available in electronic form in one of the Library’s subscription databases, 2) primarily text-based, or 3) tangential to the curriculum. The journal volumes will be moved back to Bowdoin in the next several years, once the planned Library annex, slated for construction adjacent to campus, is completed.

Collection moves will begin on May 23. Those volumes relocating to Colby will be unavailable until June 6, after which time they will be requestable via CBBcat. In the meantime, individual articles may be requested using the Library’s ILL form. The Library is happy to return specific journal runs to H-L if needed for teaching or research. For questions about the collection moves or the status of a particular journal title, contact Joan Campbell, Collections Librarian.

This summer’s construction will necessitate the temporary closing of the Media Commons for several weeks. Staff will retrieve materials and work with students and faculty to provide access to media equipment as needed. Please contact Carmen Greenlee, Humanities and Media Librarian, for assistance.

Slide into Summer with Workshops for Faculty and Staff

Talking about Publishing

Tuesday, May 31, 12:00-2:00pm
Nixon Room (3rd floor H-L Library)

Join faculty colleagues for a conversation about scholarly publishing. Panelists Aviva Briefel, Matt Klingle, Madeleine Msall, Birgit Tautz, and Nat Wheelwright will share their varied experiences with book and journal publishing. Topics will include:

  • the challenges of publishing in a new field and in multiple fields
  • publishing that second book
  • author’s rights and negotiating contract offers with publishers
  • international publishing and translation
  • publishing in a peer-reviewed online-only journal
  • open access publishing and creative funding opportunities
  • publishing orphan articles during your career

There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Sponsored by the Library and the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs

Lunch available at noon; panel discussion begins at 12:30

Please RSVP to: Michelle McDonough | 207.798.7077

Technology Workshops

Take advantage of the expertise of staff from Academic Technology & Consulting to hone your skills or learn a new tool.

Jumpstart to Summer Training Series

Week of June 6

Staff from Academic Technology & Consulting will collaborate with Information Technology staff to offer this annual series, particularly helpful for students and staff engaged in summer project work.  Topics include:

  • Updating content on a department or faculty website with CMS
  • Creating a brochure, info-graphic, or poster using InDesign
  • Sorting and filtering data, building formulas, and creating charts and graphs in Excel
  • Preparing images for publications or the web using Photoshop
  • Creating online surveys with Qualtrics

Details forthcoming.  For information contact Jennifer Snow | 207.725.3707

Introduction to Azure

Thursday, June 16 | 10am-noon
Location TBD

You have heard about the “Cloud” but how does it relate to your work?  In this session you will gain a deeper understanding of what the Cloud is and how you can use it for your work.  We will look at tools from the Microsoft Azure Cloud that will help you process your data more effectively.  This session will be offered at an introductory level to expose students, staff, and faculty to the power of the Cloud.  Register here.

Intermediate Data Processing on Azure

Thursday, June 16 | 1:30-3:30pm
Location TBD

You have explored the Cloud and how it can work for you.  In this session we will dive deeper into a few select offerings in the Azure Cloud that will help you process, analyze, and explore your data more effectively.  This session will be for more advanced users who might wish to create their own programs to manipulate and/or query their data.  Register here.

Introducing Video Projects in your Courses

Tuesday, June 28-Wednesday, June 29 | 10am-noon both days, with open lab times each afternoon
Media Commons and Electronic Classroom, H-L Library

Have you considered giving your students an opportunity to express themselves creatively or present their research through the narrative structure of a movie?  This two-day workshop will provide participants with a brief introduction to the process of creating an assignment, writing scripts, and storyboarding.  Additionally, it will introduce various software tools available for editing video and audio.  Each participant will create a short video and staff will be available to assist with the creation process.  Register here.

Uploading your Course Readings to Blackboard

Thursday, June 30 | 10-11am
Electronic Classroom, H-L Library

Would you like to make your course readings available to your students in Blackboard?  This session will cover scanning your articles, creating a section on the left-hand menu dedicated to the course readings, uploading your files to Blackboard, and creating links to Library-licensed e-content. Register here.

For additional information on Academic Technology & Consulting workshops, contact Jennifer Snow | 207.725.3707

Ramp Gallery Exhibit — Senior Showcase 2016: sneak peek

Ramp Gallery: Senior Showcase 2016

Curated by Rachel Zheng ’16, the new Ramp Gallery exhibition, Senior Showcase 2016: sneak peek, features a collection of in-progress works and ideas of Bowdoin College’s senior Visual Arts majors.

During their last semester at Bowdoin, Visual Arts majors take part in Senior Studio, a course that offers seniors a distinct opportunity to develop an individual, expressive body of work. Seniors engage in dialogue with peers, faculty, and visiting artists who share a serious commitment to the creative process. In most cases, artists work through a variety of styles, materials, and ideas that help to develop a well-rounded studio practice, integrating the methods and techniques of the studio with a focus on conceptual concerns and interests. For this exhibition, each senior displays a small body of work alongside names of artists whose styles could potentially inspire the thematic and/or aesthetic qualities of their portfolio that will be exhibited as part of the Visual Arts Department’s Senior Showcase exhibition in May. Senior Showcase 2016: sneak peek provides the Bowdoin community with a collective portrait of the material experimentations and conceptual ideas that continue change and shift in Senior Studio.

Stop by the Ramp Gallery on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 @4:30pm (basement of HL, on the ramp to Hubbard!) for the opening reception of this exciting new show!

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