College students today face high costs in more than just tuition–increases in textbook prices have far exceeded the rate of inflation. This puts an unnecessary burden on students, and Trinity is looking for ways to ease that burden. You can learn more about the issue in this Tripod article, contributed by Matthew Boyle ’19. The Dean of Faculty and Information Services are sponsoring a pilot project for faculty to investigate available open resource textbooks which would be free or very low cost for students to use. With funding from the Dean’s Office, seven faculty have applied for and been given OER grants:
Harry Blaise, Engineering
Clayton Byers, Engineering
Stefanie Chambers, Political Science
Carol Clark, Economics
Jack Dougherty, Educational Studies
Troy Helming, Economics
Todd Ryan, Philosophy
We thank the Dean and these faculty for their support of this program, and we hope it will only be the start of more programs like it at Trinity in the future.
The CTW Library Consortium (Connecticut College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University) recently joined RapidILL, an interlibrary loan network of libraries committed to sharing resources and fulfilling requests more quickly.
RapidILL was founded in the late 1990s by Colorado State University Libraries and now includes libraries from around the world. The majority of members are in the United States and Canada, but others are in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
At Trinity, Library interlibrary loan specialist Marcelino Velez has worked on learning the new system and getting us started in the program. The integration process began in late Fall 2018 and was completed in January 2019. The first requests trickled in before spring semester began but the libraries are now at full speed, handling both lending and borrowing requests for articles and book chapters on a daily basis. The libraries plan to add full book requests to the Rapid setup this coming summer.
The primary benefits of RapidILL are being part of a very large and diverse sharing network whose members are committed to fulfilling lending requests within 24 hours. This quicker turnaround is possible because requests are sent to libraries that own the item electronically first. This means many requests are fulfilled automatically without staff intervention. So despite a higher volume of requests coming into the CTW libraries, the staff time needed to handle these requests should stay the same.
Best of all, it’s a win-win situation for faculty and students. Most of your requests for articles and book chapters should arrive faster and there’s nothing new to learn in terms of placing requests from non-CTW libraries. Rapid is completely integrated with our existing interlibrary loan software (ILLiad), and everything is handled completely behind the scenes. There is nothing new you need to do, but you should see an improvement in time to delivery of the requested material.
Thanks to support from the Trinity Student Government Association, the library has added these textbooks to the reserve collection:
- Calculus by Laura Taalman, 17th edition
- Starting Out with Java: Early Objects by Tony Gaddis, 6th edition
- Starting Out with Python by Tony Gaddis, 4th edition
- Economics- Principles, Problems, & Policies by Campbell McConnell, 20th edition
- Physical Chemistry by Thomas Engel, 3rd edition (coming soon)
These books, and others, are available for 3 hour check out from the Information Services Desk. The SGA, faculty, Dean’s Office and the Library all recognize that the cost of textbooks are a challenge for students, and are increasing support to make more texts available at reasonable prices. Several classes should happen in the fall with open education resources used as texts as well, further helping to mitigate costs. If you have ideas about other ways the library can help we’d like to hear from you!
Cristina Bleyer at the Watkinson. Photograph by Julie Bidwell.
Information Services is very excited to welcome Christina Bleyer, the new Director of Special Collections and Archives at the Watkinson Library. Christina brings to Trinity a wealth of knowledge and experience managing special collections. Most recently she was the Head of Special Collections and Senior Archivist for the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin. Her notable achievements include securing grants to make collections discoverable through digitization, and the creation of a “virtual museum” to showcase archival material. She is the principal investigator on a Latin American Materials grant “Digitizing the Los del Valle Oral History Collection,” and a Latin Americanist Research Resources Project “Illuminating the Genaro Garcia Collection through Digital Preservation Metadata Collection.”
In 2011 Christina was awarded a PhD in Philosophy by the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, where she then worked until 2016 managing their special collection. She received undergraduate degrees in Philosophy from Loyola and Russian Language and Literature from Tulane. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and German, along with reading knowledge of Latin and French.
In a field that included several outstanding candidates, Christina impressed the search committee with both her passion for her work and her warm personality. We are thrilled to have her here and know that she will help write the next great chapter in the development of the Watkinson.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Citizen Kane poster
Be sure to check out movie titles available for classroom use from Swank. The Library licensed Swank content because we often have requests for feature films or TV shows not covered in our other resources Kanopy and Films on Demand. This week Swank is highlighting material from HBO like
We only pay for Swank movies that we request and turn on in their interface. If you see a title in Swank that you want to use for a course just send email to Kim Rinaldo at firstname.lastname@example.org know and we’ll have Swank turn that on for Trinity access.