Month: October 2012

Library Hours Resumed

Normal library hours have resumed today, Wednesday October 31, as the college has re-opened and classes are back in session. If you have further questions about library operations, please Ask a Librarian. Our best wishes go out to those recovering from the storm.

Library closing for storm

After our normal Sunday hours, the Library will be closed Monday and Tuesday October 29th and 30th in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy.  At this point we expect to resume normal hours on Wedneday.

Student-curated exhibition in the library: “The Book”

Research Librarian Erin Valentino’s class, The Information Age and the Digital Divide, has created an exhibition called “The Book” that explores the history of print culture through a selection of rare books from the Watkinson Library. Students each chose a book to research and interpret using contextual sources, and presented their findings in class. The exhibition features a book of hours, an almanac, medical guides, a captivity narrative, and more, with contextualizing labels created by the students.

Erin Valentino and her class, along with Watkinson Director Rick Ring and Library Director Richard Ross, at the opening of the exhibition, Oct 23

Student selections included an exquisite book of hours...

...a medical guide... educational primer, and more!

“The Book” will be on view in the Main Atrium of Trinity College Library from October 23, 2012 until November 30. You can also explore the exhibition online through a complementary website at:

Chicago Manual of Style Online

The library has a trial to the Chicago Manual of Style Online through the end of January 2013. You can access it under Reference Tools in the Digital Collections tab of our homepage.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online includes the content of the 16th and 15th editions of the print work, as well as extras such as the Chicago Style Q&A, Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide, and a Tools section featuring guidelines for manuscript preparation, a list of proofreaders’ marks, and more.

We welcome your feedback and invite you to try out this convenient online resource for yourself!

Student Photo Contest in the Library

Want to win 100 sheets of free printing?

Have a camera…or a cell phone with a camera?

Enter the Library’s Fall Student Photo Contest this month! Take three photos, one for each category, showing yourself and/or your friends in the library:
1) Asking Questions
2) Exploring
3) At My Best

Send your pictures to by October 30 to enter the competition!

Winners will be announced and posted on our Facebook page on November 2.

Questions? Contact Kelly Dagan at

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October 15: Research Associates Application Deadline!

Only 5 days until the deadline for applications for 2012-2013 Research Associates! What do Research Associates do? A variety of things, including:

  • Developing expertise in one major library database & offering peer instruction
  • Participating in a service or project of your own design, with the counseling of a Library Mentor
  • Assisting with FY Library tours
  • Being available for feedback, outreach, or on-call assistance

Research Associates will take a .5 credit course in the spring, Research Methods and Information Resources. Upon completion of the course, they will be eligible for paid RA positions,  receiving a stipend of $500 for 50 hours of work over the course of the semester, and working under the guidance of a Librarian Mentor.

Interested? You should apply online! Follow the link and click on the “Want to Apply?” section for an online application.

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Research Associates Office Hours!

Our Research Associates are ready and eager to help guide students at all stages of their research process, and they are holding Office Hours in the Library Consultation Room, on Level A. Drop in to meet with them, or make an appointment online using the Library Scheduler!

Office Hours:

Monday, 7-9 pm                         Beck Prigot

Wednesday, 10 am – Noon       Eddy Oketch

Wednesday, 8-10 pm                Erica Bertoli

Thursday, 6-8 pm                      Patrick Kane

Sunday, 8-10 pm                        Beck Prigot


**You can also find Research Associates at the Service Desk (the desk at the library’s entrance with the giant question mark!)

Service Desk Hours:

Monday, 6-8 pm                          Beck Prigot

Wednesday, 6-8 pm                    Sarah Watson

Sunday, 2-4 pm                           Mariah Wachtman

Sunday, 6-8 pm                           Niru Pokharel


Database Specialties:

Erica Bertoli – EconLit

Patrick Kane – America: History & Life; Historical Abstracts

Eddy Oketch – PAIS

Niru Pokharel – PubMed

Beck Prigot – JSTOR

Mariah Wachtman – CINAHL

Sarah Watson – Omnifile, Oxford Journals