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!

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!

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 –, 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:


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.


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