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.

Portrait Show in the Ramp Gallery

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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

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

and

Lilian Gharios ’18

Food and Refreshments Provided

See you there!

Dogs in the Library

Dogs in the LibraryDOGS IN THE LIBRARY
MONDAY, DEC. 15, 7PM

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

Ramp Gallery: New Exhibit and Opening Reception

RampCanYouPoster-croppedCurated by Sarah Haimes ’15, the new ramp gallery exhibition features 47 student photographers who have captured “moments from abroad.”  Sarah states:

One of the most exciting parts of studying abroad, in addition to establishing a “home away from home”,  is having the ability to travel to other surrounding cities and countries. The curiosity that stems through the desire to explore unknown cultures is uniquely inherent in the images taken during travel. This show is a celebration of those pursuits: it aims to examine the way travel photography has developed in the last several years. In an age where iPhones have amazing camera capabilities and social media is so dominant, the saturation of images has increased to the point that it becomes overwhelming and we end up clicking through many images in a matter of seconds. For the most part, rapid consumption of hundreds of images are placed on the internet so others can acknowledge them more often than not as a record to prove someone did something or was/is somewhere. Through choices in presentation, this show intentionally juxtaposes the prolonged indulgence of the images on the wall in a traditional and static presentation with the touch viewing of ~200 images on the iPad. The intent is to make obvious the quick nature in which we absorb images in our daily lives

Stop by the ramp gallery on Thursday, Oct. 23 4:30-6:30  (basement of HL, on the ramp to Hubbard!) for the opening reception of this exciting show.