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!

Writing a Research Paper? Need Help? Ask Us!

Need Research Help

Why ask Google when you can Ask Us?  Use our chat, email, or appointment service.  Or contact a librarian who specializes in your area. You can also stop by the research help desks at all of the libraries.  We want to help you get that A!

After hours?  Here’s some help:

We look forward to working with you in whatever way works best for you!

Women’s History Month Resources

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

 

Workshop: Unraveling the Mysteries of Citing Sources

Not sure when you should cite your sources?  Come to this workshop to learn the who, what, where, why, when, and how of acknowledging your sources!

Enhancements to “Find it @ Bowdoin”

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Starting Tuesday, January 19, library users will be able to take advantage of an upgraded “Find it @ Bowdoin” service – the software which links database users to full-text content (print and e-journal articles, print and e-books, etc.). The enhancements include:

  • Improved accuracy of “Find it @ Bowdoin” links to full-text articles and book chapters;
  • One-click linking to full-text from many indexing and citation databases – clicking on the “Find it @ Bowdoin” button within a database will now open a browser tab with two panes. The left pane shows the best available full-text of the linked citation. The right pane is a collapsible sidebar, which presents the citation information and other options;
  • The sidebar offers a dropdown menu with links to other providers of full-text for the citation in question, access to the interlibrary loan form, citation email and export options, and a problem reporting link.

The most significant change is the one-click linking to full-text. Users will no longer see an intermediary pop-up window/tab with the citation information and links. That information now resides in the sidebar. While the one-click linking/presentation of full-text is intended to be seamless, there likely will be instances when the full-text does NOT appear in the left pane. In those cases, we encourage users to click on the link at the bottom of the sidebar labeled “Full text not displaying? Try here”; this will open a new tab or window with a more traditional display of the links available.

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Another major change is that links to full-text from different providers are in a sidebar dropdown menu now, and not displayed as clickable links. The dropdown menu is labeled “Try a Different Source.” If no dropdown menu appears in the sidebar, there are no additional sources of full-text available. 

We encourage all “Find it @ Bowdoin” users to provide feedback the new interface. Reports of difficulty using the service, design issues, specific linking issues and general comments are most welcome. Please use the “Report a problem” link in the sidebar for technical issues; send general comments and design feedback to Karl Fattig – kfattig@bowdoin.edu, x3027.

Recent Gifts and Acquisitions…and Some New Approaches to Access

The Library continues to provide access to an enormous range of print and electronic resources. New and notable resources include:

Gifts

Judith Toll Picture Book CollectionToll books spine:  It is a pleasure to acknowledge a second gift of children’s picture books from the collector Judy Toll. The Judith Toll Picture Book Collection now contains 512 books and is an outstanding resource for the study of visual art and literature for children as well as fairy tales. Prof. Liz Muther’s classes in these areas of study have made extensive use of the first installment. The books are easily found in the PZ’s on the fifth floor of the Hubbard stacks.

Acquisitions

Nature 1950 to present:  The Library purchased the archive of the journal Nature back to 1950, a rich resource for scientists, historians, sociologists, and researchers of all stripes. Read, for instance, about “The British North Greenland Expedition, 1952–54: Scientific Results” in the April 12, 1958 issue.

JAMA 1894 to present:  Another addition to the library’s growingjama-logo e-journal collections, the archive of the Journal of the American Medical Association, provides a historical overview of major health, policy, and sociological issues. More than a century of astonishing change can be traced in JAMA’s pages, from the diagnosis of perceived women’s “disorders” to health insurance to the evolution of antibiotics.

U.S. Congressional Hearings Digital Collection:  It is now possible to search the full text of published U.S. congressional hearings, 1824-2003, recently purchased by the Library and integrated into the larger Proquest Congressional database. Incredibly rich for just about any kind of public-policy research, the hearings document testimony from an extensive cast of characters summoned to Capitol Hill.chinesenewspapers

Chinese Newspapers Collection:  No Chinese language skills necessary! The Library’s subscription to this database includes twelve English-language newspapers published in China, during the years 1832-1953. Includes the North China Herald, China Weekly Review, and the Chinese Recorder.

Piloting New Modes of Access for E-Resources

Bowdoin’s Library, along with 15 other college and university libraries, is collaborating withCUP the University presses of Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia on an e-book access pilot. The pilot, which will run through 2016, provides access to most of the e-book content published by all three presses through an innovative pricing model. The goal of the project is to enable publishers to broaden approaches to content licensing for academic libraries. All of the e-books are available in CBBCat and OneSearch.

Science Direct Backfile Content Pay-Per-View Pilot Project:  Over the past year, the Library has been experimenting with a pay-per-view access model for the pre-1995 journal content in the Elsevier Science Direct database. Researchers now see a Purchase PDF button, SDpurchasewhich enables instant access to the needed article at the Library’s expense. Without our having publicized this new access, Bowdoin researchers have downloaded almost 1,000 articles! We will evaluate the sustainability of this access model in terms of cost in the coming months.

For further information, please contact Joan Campbell, Collections Librarian, at 725-3285 or jcampbe2@bowdoin.edu.

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

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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, mhassen@bowdoin.edu | 207-725-3281.