Our Sixties, by Paul Lauter
The Trinity College and Watkinson Libraries were honored on April 20, 2020 to host (virtually via Zoom) Paul Lauter, Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Literature, Emeritus, at Trinity College. To put it mildly, Paul led an interesting life in the 1960’s, when he was “fired, busted, published, and tenured .”As many have requested, we are happy to provide a link to his talk. Listening to Paul talk about how literature and archives influenced his thinking about civil rights, while simultaneously hearing the Chauvin verdict in the murder of George Floyd, was a moment that many of us will not forget.
We have prepared a guide where you will find material related to the talk, especially about Paul’s archives at the Watkinson.
Paul Lauter’s book, Our Sixties, An Activists History, was published by the University of Rochester Press in October 2020.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
Over the past year, the CTW Digital Projects Group, which encompasses staff from Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University, came together to consider how the three schools might collaborate on digitizing and publishing archival or other materials owned by each school.
For its pilot project, the group selected student-made scrapbooks from multiple eras: those of Linda Abel, a student at Connecticut College from 1965-1969, Lynn Smith Miller, a student at Wesleyan from 1910-1914, and Phillip DeWitt Phair, who attended Trinity College from 1890 – 1894. The scrapbooks offer a glimpse into college student life during these periods through ephemera such as playbills and athletic event tickets, dance and social cards, artwork, valentines, invitations and letters, newspaper clippings, menus, and miscellaneous objects.
Utilizing the University of Southern California’s open-source platform, Scalar, members of the group scanned and uploaded an image of each scrapbook page, jointly decided on metadata fields, and added metadata and descriptions for each page, as well as a biography and introduction to each scrapbook.
“Connecticut Connections” was recently presented at the CTW Retreat in downtown Hartford and is publicly available online at: http://scalar.usc.edu/works/ctwscrapbooks.
On Tuesday December 12 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.
OneSearch, launched this summer helps you easily find library books, articles and other resources including, CTW collections.
We have some tips that will make OneSearch even easier to use. We’ll share them in a series of 20 minute workshops. No registration required!
Drop In Workshops (all in the Phelan Room on the A Level of the Library) October 9, 10 and 11 at 10am, 12pm and 3pm
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!
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!
On Thursday December 17 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,
On December 10th at 5:00pm we will open a show of SIX STORIES told by the students of AMST 835/435 with books, manuscripts, prints, etc. found in the special collections at Trinity College:
- Voices for the Vote: What Women were Saying and Reading during the Fight for Suffrage (Gaia N. Cloutier ‘16)
- The Impossibility of Translating Culture (Alix A. de Gramont ‘15)
- Aotearoa: The Land of the Long White Cloud (Quirin A. Sackmann ‘15)
- Vinegar Valentines (Meghan E. Shaw, graduate student)
- Shall We Dance? The Evolution of Etiquette on the Dance Floor (Karen J. Tuthill-Jones, graduate student)
- Functional Pottery in America (Mariah J. West, graduate student)
Please join us to explore and celebrate these student projects in the Watkinson Library.