10,000 Pre-WWI Postcards Available Online

The Digital Collections and Services Department recently completed digitization of the George Watson Cole collection in the Watkinson Library. The postcard collection is publicly available for view on ArtStor. The collection consists of over 10,000 European postcards depicting pre-WWI England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, and Belgium; the collection also contains several hundred American postcards, primarily of everyday life in Southern California and Native Americans in the Southwest.

George Watson Cole (1850-1939)  was a librarian and bibliographer, friend and contemporary of famous librarians Melvil Dewey and Charles Cutter. Born in Warren, CT, he became librarian in Fitchburg, MA and enrolled in the first class of Melvil Dewey’s library school at Columbia University. He received an honorary doctorate from Trinity in 1920, and donated the European portion of his extensive postcard collection to the Watkinson Library. He put his librarianship to good use in organizing and labeling his postcard collection.

Between 1907 and 1914, Cole embarked on European travels and collected every postcard he could find at various stops in towns, cities, museums, and landmarks throughout England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, and Belgium; this practice he also continued during his travels in the United States. Cole believed in postcards’ value as historic records of how things appeared in the past. Further, he believed that keeping these visual representations should be a constant action that tracked changes over time. The images in the postcards are a slice of life: people, streets, maps, monuments, art museums, and churches as they appeared at the turn of the century and before two world wars devastated Europe.

Toward the end of his life, in 1933, Cole decided to donate the his personal papers, books, and postcard collection (which he estimated contained over 25,000 postcards) to the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass. As the AAS only collects American materials, Robert Vail the AAS librarian accepted Cole’s gifts of his personal papers and American postcards, but declined the European half of the collection. And whether by accident or not, Cole left about 500 Californian postcards along with his European collection to Trinity. The California postcards depict slices of life from the Southern California area — Avalon, Mount Lowe, Los Angeles, Orange County, Long Beach, Venice, and Santa Monica. A small number of American postcards in the Trinity collection also depict Native Americans in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

They are a testimony to how so much has changed — but also to what has not.

“Nothing in print is more universal than the postcard.”

— Postcards, the world in miniature; a plan for their systematic arrangement, with an index (1935) by George Watson Cole.

Another Pizza Party Success

Every semester, students expect it. And, every semester, we deliver it! I’m not referring to  research help, of which we provide A LOT. Rather, I’m referring to the Pizza Party Study Break that we host at the end of every semester. Outside of teaching, it’s one of my favorite parts of my job, and I don’t even eat pizza.

On the evening of May 7th, nearly one hundred students were lined up outside of the Phelan Room fifteen minutes before the pizza party began. Within half an hour, only a few slices of pizza remained. Over two hundred students were carbed-up, and ready to return to their studies. Thanks to those who joined us. We’ll definitely host another study break in December!

 

Information Privacy and Security: Teaching, Research, and Student Success

Thursday, May 17, at 11am, followed by lunch, Digital Scholarship Classroom (LITC 181)

A panel of faculty and staff will address the complex ethical, legal, and technical
dimensions of information privacy and security in digital contexts.

  • Jennifer Baszile, Dean of Student Success and Career Development
  • Christina Boyles, Digital Scholarship Coordinator
  • Antonio Crespo, Chief Information Security Officer
  • Jason Jones, Director of Educational Technology
  • Ewa Syta, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Erin Valentino, Director of Research Services, moderator

Printable flyer

 

Take a Break for PIZZA! Monday, May 7th

On Monday May 7 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.

Talking Research Over Lunch: Seniors Share Research Experiences with Peers in Their Major

In our conversations with faculty over the past several years, concerns were expressed about the dearth of opportunities for sophomore and junior students to develop the research skills necessary for success in their majors. To address these concerns, the Research Education department recently piloted a peer-to-peer learning model that builds on the foundational research skills introduced to students in their first year by focusing on research in a specifically disciplinary context.

On March 29th, we hosted the first student-led research workshop with students in the Psychology program. Over lunch, three senior thesis writers engaged twelve of their peers in a lively conversation aimed at strengthening the research skills and confidence of the recently-declared majors. Drawing on their personal experiences with academic research, the thesis writers familiarized their peers with the resources and strategies fundamental to research in their major.

Our hope is to expand this model in the fall and beyond. If your department is interesting in participating, contact Rob Walsh (robert.walsh@trincoll.edu). These workshops will reinforce discipline-specific research skills, foster a sense of community among students in connection with their research, and encourage students to see themselves as scholars.

 

Help Us Celebrate National Library Week on April 12 at 3PM

National Library Week April 8 – 14.

 

National Library Week is celebrated April 8 to 14 this year, and its theme is Libraries Lead. Libraries have been leaders in many areas: freedom of speech, privacy, and digital literacy, to name a few.  Help us to celebrate libraries on April 12: Stop by and have a cupcake, and while you visit us take a moment to write down where libraries have led you. All entries will be entered in a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card.

We’ll be in LITC at the library’s entrance, 3pm on Thursday April 12. See you there!

 

 

Common Hour April 5: Kaltura, Trinflix, and streaming video in the classroom

Dear Faculty,

On Thursday April 5 in LITC Room 181, Information Services will host a Common Hour discussion on the features of Kaltura, which will be our new delivery mechanism for course video assignments beginning Fall 2018. Kaltura will be able to do everything Trinflix has done, and more! We hope to answer your questions regarding this upgrade, review some other subscription content packages the Library subscribes to, as well as introduce you to some additional tools Kaltura offers for classroom use.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available, and you may also direct any concerns to Katie Bauer at Kathleen.bauer@trincoll.edu

A light lunch will be served. We hope to see you there!

Information Privacy and Security: Student Perspectives

Information Services is pleased to present student research on the ethical, legal, and technical dimensions of digital information privacy and security. The event will take place on Thursday, March 22 during Common hour in the Joslin Family 1823 Room, Library and Information Technology Center. Of course, we will serve a nice lunch! For questions, please contact Erin Valentino at erin.valentino@trincoll.edu.

New Library Exhibit: Freedom of Speech, the Right of Expression

The library is pleased to announce the opening of our new exhibit, “Freedom of Speech, the Right of Expression”.  This exhibit showcases some of the resources held by both Trinity and Watkinson libraries focusing on the issues of freedom of speech and expression.  You can view this exhibit in the left display case in the library atrium and online at http://tclibrary.omeka.net/exhibits/show/freedom-of-speech

The resources in this exhibit include a multitude of books and essays discussing and analyzing freedom of speech and expression.  While some of these are general treatments of the topic others delve into more specific aspects, such as how freedom of speech is perceived on college campuses, arguments both for and against censorship, freedom of speech as it relates to wartime, specific discussion of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, analysis of how freedom of speech is used for oppression, and more.

Also included are sources from the special collections like John Milton’s influential work Areopagitica, which has been used as the basis for defining freedom of speech in several Supreme Court cases, Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter from Birmingham City Jail, in which he responds to criticisms of those who feel the protests he engaged in were uncalled for and the unjustness of the laws that led to his arrest for taking part in non-violent direct action, and examples from archived volumes of The Trinity Tripod, of Trinity students expressing their rights of freedom of speech and protest by participating in major anti-war rallies in protest of the Vietnam War.

Freedom of speech and expression is valued by people and nations worldwide.  Yet despite widespread acceptance of its importance one would be hard pressed to find a location or time period where it was not a contentious subject.  What actions fall under freedom of expression rights?  What topics or concept are and are not protected?  What constitutes suppression of these right?  Though the answer to these questions is not clear, that should not stop individuals from educating themselves in order to come to their own conclusions.  We invite you to begin this process by examining the resources featured in this exhibit, as well as the many others held by the Trinity and Watkinson libraries!

Christina Boyles to present at the CT Library Association Annual Conference

Our Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Christina Boyles, will be co-presenting “Digital Humanities across the Libraries: A Hands-on Guide to Programs and Workshops” at the Connecticut Library Association’s Annual Conference. She will discuss how the digital humanities apply to libraries, outline strategies for incorporating digital humanities programs into library offerings, and offer some practical ideas for DH programs, common DH resources and tools, and partnership opportunities throughout Connecticut.

The Connecticut Library Association’s Annual Conference will be held April 23-24, 2018 in Danbury, CT. For more information, please visit: ctlibraryassociation.org

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