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New compact shelving in the Watkinson!

We are thrilled to show you a series of pics (before-during-and-after) of a small expansion to the Watkinson’s existing compact shelving units, which will allow us capacity for 8,000 more volumes. This is critical, as the Watkinson has taken in (by gift and by purchase) no less than Fourteen (14) collections this year totalling well over 16,000 items (approximately 1,950 books, 10,000 comic books, 1,000 science fiction magazines, 700 film reels, 100 manuscript letters, and over 2,600 pieces of ephemera). For more info on the new collections and acquisitions coming in, see the curator’s blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Library Catalog–Important Dates

In Information Services we’ve been very busy preparing to go live with a new library catalog. It will provide a better search experience and easier ordering of books from CTW, among other improvements. Moving to a new system is a big undertaking for us, and to do it correctly will require us to turn off some services for a short period of time. If we don’t do this some information could be lost when data are migrated from our old to our new system. Here are some key dates we would like you to be aware of:

 

  • June 22, 2017 we will turn off requesting from all the CTW catalogs. You can still check out Trinity books, but you will not be able to request delivery of books from Wesleyan or Connecticut College. CTW book processing will resume after July 5. Please plan ahead and do any CTW ordering before the 22nd. If you have a pressing need for a CTW book during this time we would be glad to either purchase or order them through Interlibrary Loan.

 

  • June 28 we will move to an “offline” circulation system (you shouldn’t notice much difference at the circulation desk) and we’ll turn off the self-checkout machine.

 

  • June 29 we will go live with a new system called Onesearch. You can again request books from CTW, but please be aware that due to the 4th of July holiday and CTW staffing orders will not be processed until July 5.

 

  • July 5 CTW borrowing services will resume.

 

During this time and through July staff will be learning a new system for ordering, processing and checking out books, and we may be a bit slower processing requests than normal. Please let us know right away if you experience any delays, problems or just have a question or comment by sending email to kathleen.bauer@trincoll.edu

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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.

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Changes coming to the Library this summer

This summer will bring some big changes to the Trinity College Library! We are implementing a new library catalog and circulation system, One Search. Beginning July 1, library users will be able to more easily search and request material from Trinity, and other CTW collections. It will be more efficient and streamlined, and we hope it will make the library experience better for faculty, students, visitors, and staff.

Library staff will be very busy implementing and learning the new system this summer. That makes it more important than ever for you to submit your course reserves as early as you can.

Submit your Course Reserves requests here:  http://forms.trincoll.edu/lib/reserve-form/

Incomplete forms, or requests submitted via email, phone, or in person may delay processing. Course syllabi will not be accepted. Please visit http://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/Library/servicesinfo/circulation/reserves/Pages/default.aspx for full details.

Requests received by August 1 will receive priority and will be processed in time for the start of the fall semester. We appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Julie Styles, Access Services Librarian (x2247 julie.styles@trincoll.edu) if you have any questions.

 

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Independent Voices

The influx of dissenting ideals forming in the American populace in the 60’s is best exemplified by the emergence of a wave of alternative press.  Published by feminist groups, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, campus radicals, and members of the LGBT communities, among many others, these newspapers, magazines, and journals focused on spreading the tenants of these radical new ideas.  From 2013 to 2017 Reveal Digital made it a goal to digitize a large number of these alternative press publications and make them available in an open access format as a part of their Independent Voices collection.  To complete this goal Reveal Digital partnered with libraries that held copies of these publications as a part of their collection and with 107 other academic libraries that provided financial support.  The Trinity Library is proud to be a supporter of Independent Voices and we are even more excited to report that the digitization of publications has been completed and the collection is now available online!

Independent Voices is the largest digital collection of alternative press publications; containing over 1000 publications divided by subject into seven series.  Included in this are the five original Underground Press Syndicate titles, East Village Other, Los Angeles Free Press, Berkeley Barb, The Paper, and Fifth Estate.  Follow the links below to view a list of publications included in each series.

Feminist Series

LGBT Series

Literary Magazines Series

GI Underground Press Series

Campus Underground

Minority Presses, Latino(a) Series

Minority Presses, Native American Series

Minority Presses, Black American Titles

Right-wing Presses Series

Don’t wait to take advantage of this fantastic historical resource!  You can search or browse the collection today by visiting the Independent Voices Archive.

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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.

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Want to Boost Your Research?

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Now is the perfect time to make an appointment with a research librarian for guidance on your final papers and projects or theses! Want to brainstorm a research strategy? Have to find articles, books, data or other information? Need guidance on incorporating research sources into your paper? Or on formatting your bibliography? You can find research librarians on level A in the library—and you can make an appointment using the Library Scheduler. We look forward to working with you!

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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!

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