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Information Services Statement Supporting Anti-Racism

The unjust deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and so many other people of color through police brutality and other symptoms of systemic racism, have devastated our communities. In response, Information Services at Trinity College affirms that Black Lives Matter. It is our responsibility as citizens to eliminate all forms of systemic racism that pervade our society and, as a result, our campus. This work will be neither quick nor easy. Indeed, precisely because of this difficulty we must take it up, recognizing that the work of education cannot be complete until all are free.

As a first step, we express our support for and agreement with President Joanne Berger-Sweeney’s call to action, as well as the Oberlin Group Statement Against Racism, the ALA’s Libraries Respond: Black Lives Matter Plan for Action, and Educause’s Statement on Racial Justice and Recent Events. Although libraries and IT organizations ought to be, and often have been, engines for social change, we have also too often reinforced and even exacerbated the injustice in society writ large. Moving forward, we must work constantly to facilitate social justice. We take that mission seriously.

We look forward to joining in this work with students, faculty, staff, and the broader Trinity community, and encourage members of that broader community to reach out with any ideas on how we can become a more inclusive, equitable institution. We’ve begun with our Antiracism Reading List, and we pledge to support further research into Trinity’s own history and archives. We look forward to working with the Umoja Coalition, whose demands we support. In particular, we commit to diversifying Information Services staff and partnering with Black student organizations to combat systemic racism in our organization.

Library Staff Out Thursday, 6/15

Please be aware that the afternoon of Thursday, June 15 is our Annual Library Staff Picnic. While all staff will be out, our library student assistants will be here and happy to help you.

Library staff will resume their normal schedules Friday morning.

New E-Resource: Flipster

The Library now subscribes to multiple titles on Flipster, an app for reading popular magazines via mobile devices (or in your desktop browser).  The app is available via iTunes or Google Play.

Covers of available magazines displayed on a tablet screen.

 

Titles currently available:

  • Aperture
  • Apollo: The International Magazine for Collectors
  • Art Newspaper
  • Artforum International
  • Atlantic
  • Downbeat
  • Forbes
  • GQ: Gentlemen’s Quarterly
  • Natural History
  • New Yorker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
  • Vanity Fair

If there are additional titles you want to read through Flipster, please send your suggestions to library.feedback@trincoll.edu.

Network Upgrade Saturday

The Trinity College Internet Connection will be down for an upgrade on Saturday, February 18th, from 6am-9am. This upgrade should increase our internet capacity tenfold and alleviate many of the networking issues we are currently experiencing.

We had originally scheduled this changeover for spring break, to work best with the academic calendar.  Over the last few weeks it has become clear the upgrade could not wait that long.  Information Services staff have been doing everything possible to get things ready and perform this upgrade as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience, and please look forward to a smoother network experience this weekend!

In the meantime, if you are having trouble accessing library resources (such as research databases) while on campus, try removing ezproxy.trincoll.edu from the URL. Also be sure to reload your browser once or twice.

Banned Books Week

Banned books wrapped in brown paper

September 25-October 1 is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read as well as an opportunity to raise awareness about censorship. This year, we’re marking the occasion by selecting a number of frequently challenged and banned books in our collection, wrapping them in brown paper, labeling them with the reasons they have been challenged, and hiding them around the library.

If you see one of these paper-wrapped books, bring it to the circulation desk for a candy reward! We’ll also keep track of how many books you return over the course of the week. Top scorers will receive a paperback book of their choice from any list of challenged/banned books. Happy hunting!

Faculty Publications Reception

A display of new faculty publications

This Tuesday, September 20th, Trinity College will be hosting a reception to honor faculty members who have published a new monograph or edited a collection as well as those who have been awarded grants to pursue their scholarship.

The celebration will begin immediately after Tuesday’s Faculty Meeting and will be held in the 1823 room, on Level 2 of the library.

Come celebrate our colleagues’ continuing tradition of cutting-edge scholarship!

 

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