Every semester, students expect it. And, every semester, we deliver it! I’m not referring to research help, of which we provide A LOT. Rather, I’m referring to the Pizza Party Study Break that we host at the end of every semester. Outside of teaching, it’s one of my favorite parts of my job, and I don’t even eat pizza.
On the evening of May 7th, nearly one hundred students were lined up outside of the Phelan Room fifteen minutes before the pizza party began. Within half an hour, only a few slices of pizza remained. Over two hundred students were carbed-up, and ready to return to their studies. Thanks to those who joined us. We’ll definitely host another study break in December!
Thursday, May 17, at 11am, followed by lunch, Digital Scholarship Classroom (LITC 181)
A panel of faculty and staff will address the complex ethical, legal, and technical
dimensions of information privacy and security in digital contexts.
- Jennifer Baszile, Dean of Student Success and Career Development
- Christina Boyles, Digital Scholarship Coordinator
- Antonio Crespo, Chief Information Security Officer
- Jason Jones, Director of Educational Technology
- Ewa Syta, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Erin Valentino, Director of Research Services, moderator
On Monday May 7 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.
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 (email@example.com). 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.
National Library Week April 8 – 14.
National Library Week is celebrated April 8 to 14 this year, and its theme is Libraries Lead. Libraries have been leaders in many areas: freedom of speech, privacy, and digital literacy, to name a few. Help us to celebrate libraries on April 12: Stop by and have a cupcake, and while you visit us take a moment to write down where libraries have led you. All entries will be entered in a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card.
We’ll be in LITC at the library’s entrance, 3pm on Thursday April 12. See you there!
On Thursday April 5 in LITC Room 181, Information Services will host a Common Hour discussion on the features of Kaltura, which will be our new delivery mechanism for course video assignments beginning Fall 2018. Kaltura will be able to do everything Trinflix has done, and more! We hope to answer your questions regarding this upgrade, review some other subscription content packages the Library subscribes to, as well as introduce you to some additional tools Kaltura offers for classroom use.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available, and you may also direct any concerns to Katie Bauer at Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org
A light lunch will be served. We hope to see you there!
Information Services is pleased to present student research on the ethical, legal, and technical dimensions of digital information privacy and security. The event will take place on Thursday, March 22 during Common hour in the Joslin Family 1823 Room, Library and Information Technology Center. Of course, we will serve a nice lunch! For questions, please contact Erin Valentino at email@example.com.
Our Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Christina Boyles, will be co-presenting “Digital Humanities across the Libraries: A Hands-on Guide to Programs and Workshops” at the Connecticut Library Association’s Annual Conference. She will discuss how the digital humanities apply to libraries, outline strategies for incorporating digital humanities programs into library offerings, and offer some practical ideas for DH programs, common DH resources and tools, and partnership opportunities throughout Connecticut.
The Connecticut Library Association’s Annual Conference will be held April 23-24, 2018 in Danbury, CT. For more information, please visit: ctlibraryassociation.org
The student staff working for Digital Collections & Services has been busy this semester completing two projects: the George Watson Cole Postcard collection, and the Trinity College Bulletins, housed in Watkinson. Students have digitized hundreds of postcards this semester, with just a few hundred remaining which will complete Trinity’s digital collection of Cole’s 10,000 postcards. The postcards already digitized and cataloged are available for view in Shared Shelf Commons and Artstor. George Watson Cole was a librarian and bibliographer, friend and contemporary of famous librarians Melvil Dewey and Charles Cutter, who traveled through France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and England in the early 1900s and collected every postcard he could find. As a result, Trinity houses one half of his 20,000 postcards, primarily depicting pre-WWI Europe and some of California. These postcards show a slice of life: people, towns, maps, and churches as they appeared at the turn of the century and before two world wars devastated Europe.
The Trinity College Bulletins are also nearly complete, with a few volumes left from the 1940s and 50s, on which the students are currently working. During Fall 2017, the students completed digitization of Bulletins from the early 1990s to 2010.
The Bulletins include annual reports of the College President, Treasurer, and Librarian, the yearly library catalog and curriculum, necrology lists, faculty publications, photographs, summer school and graduate school information, among other booklets. The digitized bulletins stem from 1829 and are available to view on the Digital Repository. To get to the digital repository, visit the college library catalog –> Digital Collections –> Digital Repository –> College history, archives, and publications.
A biography of James Williams (1790 – 1878), who served as janitor to Trinity College for over 50 years, is also now available in the Digital Repository.
As part of a pilot program started last September Trinity College made arrangements to purchase streaming licenses for thirty films from Swank Motion Pictures. Now twenty seven of these films are available to view! Selected by professors for use in their courses, these films run the gambit from comedies to documentaries. You do not need to be taking the professor’s class to view these films! Just visit Trinity’s Swank Portal and select the film you want to watch. But be aware these streaming licenses only last for a limited time, so if you see something interesting be sure to watch it before it’s gone.
These films are not licensed for public performance. Closed captions are available.
Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream Home
State and Main
The Trouble with Harry
City of God
Amandala! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony
How to Survive a Plague
The Affair of the Necklace
Clouds of Sila Maria
Do the Right Thing
Back to the Future
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Saving Private Ryan