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Connecticut Connections: Historical College Scrapbooks from Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University

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. 

Trinity Holiday Library Closing

The Trinity College Library will close today, December 21, 2017 at 4:30pm and will reopen on Tuesday January 2, 2018 at 8:30am. During this time the Trinity community will have access to the 24-hour zones of Raether using a Trinity ID card to enter the building. No library services will be provided during the holiday break.

Children’s Book Art Exhibit

Book illustration collage of famous Hispanic artists and sports figures

Image by Rafael López, from “Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics”

This is not exactly a Trinity Library related post. People who like to read and love the illustrations in children’s books (if you are like me you can clearly see in your mind’s eye illustrations from your favorite books read years ago) there is a great small show in New York City right now running through the end of the year. If you are heading to the city for other holiday events you should check it out.

Every year the The Society of Illustrators/Museum of Illustration host The Original Art, an exhibition and juried award show of illustrations from the year’s best children’s literature. This year saw over 500 entries, and the works are stunning. My favorite were intricate dioramas created for photographs used in The City Mouse, Country Mouse.

As a library connection, you’ll see on the outside of this small building on East 63rd between Park and Lexington a small plaque honoring the Society as a United for Libraries/Literary Landmark because of this annual showcase for children’s literature.

Added bonus if you are able to visit the museum: upstairs is an exhibit of cartoons by George Booth, a wonderful New Yorker contributor.

 

 

Digital Scholarship Studio Coming Soon

You might have seen some builders and heard some extra noise coming from Level 1 in the Library. Work is being done on the former Technical Services department office to convert it into space for:

  • a traditional classroom
  • a digital classroom
  • digitization work space
  • recording studio
  • meeting/consultation space

 

We’re excited to see this work move forward. Here are some pictures of the progress.

Early in October: structure for new walls went up

Looking in to the classroom space

Space for the digital classroom, with plastic sheeting facing the stacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later in October sheetrock went up:

Sheetrock is added

Space facing the library

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now in November walls are being painted:

Walls ready for Idea Paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope the full studio will be ready to open for faculty and students to use in 2018!

Leisure Reading Suggestion Board

The graphic novel collection, with a whiteboard visible to the side of it.What should we add to our growing leisure reading collection? You can leave suggestions for authors, titles, and genres as sticky notes on the whiteboard in the Level 1 reading room!

Cider and Donuts in the Library!

Drop by Level A of the Library on Wednesday, 11/15/17 from 3:00pm-4:00pm, and grab a cider donut or cup of apple cider, or both!

 

 

Presented by the Research Librarians at Trinity College Library

 

 

Read: Sexagon – Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture by Mehammed Mack

Sexagon book cover

Attended today’s Common Hour to see Mehammed Mack give a great talk about his book Sexagon.  Check out his book, Sexagon-Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture by Mehammed Mack from the Trinity College Library Main Collection,  call number DC34.5 M87 M33 2017.

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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.

Request an online resource

Did you know the Library maintains an ongoing ‘wish list’ for e-resources?  By faculty request, new online resources this semester include Encyclopedia of Race and Racism and Vital Statistics on American Politics 2015-2016.  During the academic year, we review and set priorities, depending on available funds.   Faculty may inquire with their library liaison or directly to Katie Bauer or Jennifer van Sickle. Review the wishlist here.

New Book by Trinity Graduate: The Ferryman Institute

ferryman

Trinity graduate Colin Gigl (English and Computer Science) has published a novel, The Ferryman Institute. Check it out from the library’s Leisure Collection in the Engelhardt Reading Room.

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