Category: Announcements (Page 1 of 4)

Holiday Library and IT Services

Staff are on HolidayTrinity College Library and IT staff have been working hard and will be on holiday from Monday December 21 until January 4, 2021. During our break, we will have a student staff person checking emergency requests, ID and door problems. Interlibrary loan, CTW borrowing and digitization for course reserves will be suspended during this time.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday.

 

New Library & Information Technology Services Website

On December 14 Library & Information Technology Services will begin using a new website at https://www.trincoll.edu/lits/.  A “frozen” version of the old site will still be available at https://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/ through January 14, 2021.

The new site offers the following benefits:

  1. A streamlined, unified portal to all of the services and resources offered by the Library, Information Technology, and Watkinson Library & Archives.
  2. A design that is ADA accessible and responsive to various devices, hosted on a more secure platform.
  3. More technical flexibility and function, provided by the college’s web content management system WordPress.

Note that there are no longer separate pages for the library and IT.  Most content that existed on the current website has been moved and merged into the new site.

Please use our feedback form to submit comments and suggestions on the new website. We will continue to improve the site after it launches, utilizing your feedback and usability testing studies.  We appreciate any input you’d like to give.

Preview our new website!

Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) invites you to preview a new website design. We are releasing this “beta” version of the new site to the campus community to gather feedback before we launch it officially in mid-December 2020.

The new site offers the following benefits:

  1. A streamlined, unified portal to all of the services and resources offered by the Library, Information Technology, and Watkinson Library & Archives.
  2. A design that is ADA accessible and responsive to various devices, hosted on a more secure platform.
  3. More technical flexibility and function, provided by the college’s web content management system WordPress.

Note that there are no longer separate pages for the library and IT.  Most content that existed on the current website has been moved and merged into the new site.

Please use our feedback form to submit comments and suggestions on the new website. We need your help reviewing and fine-tuning the new site before it goes live. We appreciate any input you’d like to give.

 

Announcing Trinity Collection on JSTOR

Hartford Collection page in JSTOR

Hartford Collection, part of the Trinity Collection on JSTOR.

 

 

 

 

 

JSTOR has embarked on an ambitious project to link digitized academic collections to their journal and book searches. As part of this project Trinity has added more than 14,000 images to JSTOR’s Trinity Collection, with more texts to follow soon.  Collections include

Books of Hours: 100 images of Renaissance manuscripts.

Hartford Collection: 1500 images of people and places in Hartford.

Trinidad Carnival: 400 images from Trinity in Trinidad Global Learning Site, c. 1998.

Expiring Streaming Films

Trinity Swank videos

Recently added videos to the Trinity Swank collection

Many classes use library streaming video resources, and we expect this fall will be no different. Films from Kanopy and Swank are on one-year licenses with expiration dates throughout the year. If you’ve used a film in the past, or even checked it recently, it might expire before the class starts.  Records in OneSearch list expiration dates and you may look there or ask us to check for you.

The films below have recently expired or will expire soon. The number of times the film was viewed last year is also indicated. Please check and let us know if there is a film you need to use in the fall so that we can renew the license.

Title Views Provider
A Better Life (2011) 16 Swank
A Bridge Too Far (1977) 32 Swank
Chinatown (1974) 8 Swank
Coming of Age in Aging America – Exploring the Social Impacts of an Aging Population 0 Kanopy
Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter – The Academy Award nominated Doc on Alzheimers 2 Kanopy
Holy Motors (2012) 17 Swank
La Haine (1995) 19 Swank
Monster in the Mind – Investigating the Untruths of Alzheimer’s (playlist) 2 Kanopy
Post Truth Times: We The Media – Navigating Information in a Post-Truth Media Landscape 1 Kanopy
Rocky IV (1985) 26 Swank
Still Doing It 5 Kanopy
The Big Sleep (1946) 12 Swank
The Little Mermaid (1989) 12 Swank
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 143 Swank

Why Don’t We Live Forever?

0 Kanopy

The films below expired earlier this summer.

Video Title  Provider
Bed and Board  Kanopy
Scottsboro  Kanopy
Scanners  Kanopy
Kedi  Kanopy
People Like Us  Kanopy
A Man Escaped  Kanopy
Killing Us Softly  Kanopy
Donovan’s Reef  Swank
Eye in the Sky  Swank
Margin Call  Swank
Rio Bravo  Swank
The Big Red One  Swank
The Truman Show  Swank

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.

Remote Learning and Research Support

The library would like the Trinity community to know that we are prepared to support remote learning and research for as long as needed.

Any fines that may occur for materials due while students remain off campus will be waived.  Options are being explored to extend the due dates of materials due before April 5th.

All of the library’s electronic resources are accessible off campus.  You do NOT need to sign into the VPN.  To access these databases you must do so through a link from any of the following sources:

You will be asked to sign in with your Trinity username and password before accessing the first resource each session.

If you encounter any problems please contact the library at library.feedback@trincoll.edu
or call 860-297-2007

Public Printing Improvements

Picture of Canon multi-function printerDue to the new printing system and the new Canon multi-function devices, we’ve been able to make a few improvements over winter break. We have added 11×17 and legal sized page options, dramatically reduced the cost of color printing, and fixed some of the issues you might have experienced with the new system. We recommend you try the new Canon multi-function printer/copier/scanner in Library’s A level 24-hour zone. We are adding another Canon multi-function machine on the B level very soon as well. These devices cost less and offer more options than the old print release stations. If you would like advice on how to use the new devices to print limited page ranges, add staples, or anything else, please feel free to ask us at the Information Services Desk on Level A or visit our website!

 

Blind Date with a Book

Book wrapped in brown paper, red heart decoration

Have a blind date with a book.

Winter blues got you down? Why not try a one night stand with a book? Staff and students working in Information Services have recommended some of their favorite reads for you! The catch is you have to take a bit of a leap of faith and try something new–our books are wrapped up so you won’t know the title and this will be a blind date. But as always at the library, the book is free to you, so you have literally nothing to lose.  And unlike a person blind date, you won’t need to plan an exit strategy.

The books are available now in the library atrium. Join us Friday February 7, 2020, 1 to 3pm in the atrium of LITC for cupcakes and candy to celebrate having a Blind Date with a Book!

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