Studying late night? The Library will again have all spaces in our south wing open 24/7 through exams. This is the side of the building that includes the reading room on Levels 2 & 3 down through the computer labs on Level B.
The study spaces around the main bookstack areas to the north of the atrium (including the periodical reading room) will close at their normal times.
Finished your senior thesis? Upload it to the Trinity College Digital Repository and get the most out of your work !
Works in the Trinity College Digital Repository get picked up by Google and other research tools. Other students and faculty will see the great work you’ve done!
Once your work is uploaded, you’ll have a direct link to it, which you can include on resumes, job applications, and social media profiles.
Share the link to your work on graduate school applications, and with academic colleagues.
Archiving of senior projects is a free service provided by Trinity College Library. As the author, you retain copyright of your work, and you may set access restrictions.
To get started go to http://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/guidelines.html
As the end of the semester approaches, research librarians will be available to help you from 1 – 9 PM on the following Sundays:
April 19 Erin Valentino
April 26 Rob Walsh
May 3 Jeff Liszka
As part of our preservation efforts in the Watkinson, we sometimes hire a conservator to make a clamshell box to protect an extra-special, fragile book. Stephanie Gibbs, a bookbinder from Easthampton, Mass., is making a linen clamshell box for an incunable with delicate, exposed sewing. The fit of the box is important so that the book doesn’t shift when being shelved and get damaged.
An “incunable” (the English form of the Latin incunabula = “cradle”) is a book from the “infancy” of printing, covering the years 1455 to 1500. Why doesn’t Stephanie just repair the binding? Several reasons: being able to see the original structure of the book is a window into the history of the artifact; appropriately restoring a binding is time intensive, requires a high level of expertise, and is therefore very expensive. This type of treatment would be reserved for a book that is very rare indeed or that needs to be handled fairly often for teaching or research. Boxing is a practical way to protect an artifact for the future.
—Sally Dickinson, Associate Curator & Preservation Librarian
The Library will have adjusted opening hours over spring break. They are:
- Saturday-Sunday, (March 14-15), closed
- Monday-Friday, (March 16-20), 8:30am-4:30pm.
- Saturday (March 21), closed
We will resume normal hours on Sunday, March 22nd. However our 24 hour study spaces will remain open to Trinity users throughout this period.
We are pleased to announce that Kellie O’Donnell has joined the Library staff on as our new Access Services Librarian. Kellie comes to us after several years with Hartford Public Library, most recently as one of their senior managers in their downtown branch. At Trinity, she will oversee our circulation, course reserves, and interlibrary loan services. You will find her ready to help near the Circulation Desk in LITC A28.
Kellie succeeds Jeff Liszka, who is fortunately still working for us but is now one of our Research and Instruction librarians supporting the Arts and Humanities. Jeff can be found in his new office near the reference area in LITC A37.
Two of our four Library Media Group Study Rooms on Level 1 have completed their renovations. Rooms 113 and 114 now have table seating for six, 65″ TVs, multiregion DVD players, and laptop hookups. The new arrangement better allows for collaborative work in addition to media viewing. Rooms 115 and 116 still have their original setup with lounge seating and a range of other types of media playback equipment.
Room keys for all four group study rooms can be checked out from the Circulation desk on Level A. Usage is limited to 3 hours each on a first-come-first-serve basis.
During J-Term, history professor Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre taught a class on the historical contexts of Downton Abbey, and the students come into the Watkinson twice in one week to look at maps of London, books on etiquette and house architecture, British war (WWI) propaganda posters, view stereoscope photographs of the front (a sort of “3-D” picture process popular in the 1920s), and to listen to the music of the time on one of the phonographs we have in the Watkinson.
Our current display in the Library’s Level A atrium are a selection of books from the early 20th century children’s series produced by Edward Stratemeyer. Familiar names such as Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew), Frankin W. Dixon (Hardy Boys), Victor Appleton (Tom Swift), Laura Lee Hope (Bobbsey Twins), and scores of others were all pseudonyms invented by Stratemeyer who either wrote the books himself or contracted them out to freelance writers for a flat fee.
Some 1,300 titles were produced for these series and sold and estimated 200 million copies by the 1980s, forming a massive portion of the strata of American popular literature for young people.
Included are selections from a gift to the Watkinson Library of a “study collection” of these series, numbering almost 800 volumes, from a collector in the southwest.