Connecticut Connections: Historical College Scrapbooks from Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University

Over the past year, the CTW Digital Projects Group, which encompasses staff from Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University, came together to consider how the three schools might collaborate on digitizing and publishing archival or other materials owned by each school.

For its pilot project, the group selected student-made scrapbooks from multiple eras: those of Linda Abel, a student at Connecticut College from 1965-1969, Lynn Smith Miller, a student at Wesleyan from 1910-1914, and Phillip DeWitt Phair, who attended Trinity College from 1890 – 1894. The scrapbooks offer a glimpse into college student life during these periods through ephemera such as playbills and athletic event tickets, dance and social cards, artwork, valentines, invitations and letters, newspaper clippings, menus, and miscellaneous objects.

Utilizing the University of Southern California’s open-source platform, Scalar, members of the group scanned and uploaded an image of each scrapbook page, jointly decided on metadata fields, and added metadata and descriptions for each page, as well as a biography and introduction to each scrapbook.

“Connecticut Connections” was recently presented at the CTW Retreat in downtown Hartford and is publicly available online at: http://scalar.usc.edu/works/ctwscrapbooks. 

Trinity Holiday Library Closing

The Trinity College Library will close today, December 21, 2017 at 4:30pm and will reopen on Tuesday January 2, 2018 at 8:30am. During this time the Trinity community will have access to the 24-hour zones of Raether using a Trinity ID card to enter the building. No library services will be provided during the holiday break.

Take a Break for PIZZA! Tuesday, December 12th

On Tuesday December 12 at 8:00 pm, take a break from your studying in the library and have some pizza! Free soda, snacks, and pizza will be available in the Phelan room, Level A in the library.

Children’s Book Art Exhibit

Book illustration collage of famous Hispanic artists and sports figures

Image by Rafael López, from “Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics”

This is not exactly a Trinity Library related post. People who like to read and love the illustrations in children’s books (if you are like me you can clearly see in your mind’s eye illustrations from your favorite books read years ago) there is a great small show in New York City right now running through the end of the year. If you are heading to the city for other holiday events you should check it out.

Every year the The Society of Illustrators/Museum of Illustration host The Original Art, an exhibition and juried award show of illustrations from the year’s best children’s literature. This year saw over 500 entries, and the works are stunning. My favorite were intricate dioramas created for photographs used in The City Mouse, Country Mouse.

As a library connection, you’ll see on the outside of this small building on East 63rd between Park and Lexington a small plaque honoring the Society as a United for Libraries/Literary Landmark because of this annual showcase for children’s literature.

Added bonus if you are able to visit the museum: upstairs is an exhibit of cartoons by George Booth, a wonderful New Yorker contributor.

 

 

Digital Scholarship Studio Coming Soon

You might have seen some builders and heard some extra noise coming from Level 1 in the Library. Work is being done on the former Technical Services department office to convert it into space for:

  • a traditional classroom
  • a digital classroom
  • digitization work space
  • recording studio
  • meeting/consultation space

 

We’re excited to see this work move forward. Here are some pictures of the progress.

Early in October: structure for new walls went up

Looking in to the classroom space

Space for the digital classroom, with plastic sheeting facing the stacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later in October sheetrock went up:

Sheetrock is added

Space facing the library

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now in November walls are being painted:

Walls ready for Idea Paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope the full studio will be ready to open for faculty and students to use in 2018!

Leisure Reading Suggestion Board

The graphic novel collection, with a whiteboard visible to the side of it.What should we add to our growing leisure reading collection? You can leave suggestions for authors, titles, and genres as sticky notes on the whiteboard in the Level 1 reading room!

Cider and Donuts in the Library!

Drop by Level A of the Library on Wednesday, 11/15/17 from 3:00pm-4:00pm, and grab a cider donut or cup of apple cider, or both!

 

 

Presented by the Research Librarians at Trinity College Library

 

 

Read: Sexagon – Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture by Mehammed Mack

Sexagon book cover

Attended today’s Common Hour to see Mehammed Mack give a great talk about his book Sexagon.  Check out his book, Sexagon-Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture by Mehammed Mack from the Trinity College Library Main Collection,  call number DC34.5 M87 M33 2017.

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Expanding the Leisure Reading Collection

What do you like to read in your spare time?  The library wants to know!

While staff is doing some selection of additional volumes to add to the leisure reading collection, our goal is to create a collection filled with books recommended by the collection’s primary audience, the students themselves!  Recently, at a student’s request, the library purchased twenty-three additional books for the collection, including Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Sympathizer, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, Wax and Wayne, and Stormlight Archives series, Sue Monk Kid’s The Secret Life of Bees, Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves, and several books from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.  These books can be found in the library’s new book shelves on Level A.

If you have suggestions for books, authors, or genres you would like to see added to the collection, let us know!  You can email Kim Rinaldo, kimberly.rinaldo@trincoll.edu, with your suggestions.

Since we estimate significant growth in the leisure reading and graphic novel collections, both collections will be moving from the periodicals reading room on Level 1 to the shelves on Level A across from the new books area.  You can expect to see the collections in their new location in early 2018.

Deer Jumping a Fence: March 12, 1908, Canaan, CT.

The Enders Ornithology Lantern Slides Collection comprises over 800 hand-tinted glass plate photographs, produced by Herbert Keightley Job from 1896 to 1925. Job was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1864 and was a minister, lecturer, author, ornithologist, and pioneer wildlife photographer.

Job’s slides are digitized and make up part of the Ostrom and Alice Talcott Enders Ornithology Collection, a comprehensive collection of over 5,000 items including books, original artwork, periodicals, and more in the Watkinson Library.

While many of Job’s slides are of birds, he photographed this deer in Canaan, CT jumping over a fence on March 12, 1908! Other slides include scenes of everyday life as well as architecture, landscapes, and animals, some of which were taken throughout Connecticut. What you find may surprise you!

Visit the Digital Collections page and select “Enders Ornithology Lantern Slides” under “Image Collections in Shared Shelf Commons” to view the collection. Learn about lantern slides here.

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