To ensure that our collection continues to be reflective of the many voices of our campus community a group of librarians evaluated the representation of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors and characters in the library’s Leisure Reading Collection. The goal of this evaluation was to determine where the collection fell short in representation of typically underrepresented groups. The broad results of the evaluation are as follows:
|Total Leisure Reading Titles
||Black Main Character
||LGBTQ+ Main Character
||Asian Main Character
||Latinx Main Character
||Multiracial Main Character
||Indigenous Main Character
Now comes the exciting part: filling the gaps! Using this data, the librarians involved in the evaluation created a list of potential new books to purchase written by authors and featuring characters belonging to the groups we identified as having the least representation in our current collection. But what we would really love is suggestions from the Trinity community. If you have any titles you would like the library to add to the Leisure Reading or Graphic Novels collections, particularly if they are written by authors or feature characters belonging to typically underrepresented groups, please let us know! You can place purchase requests here.
The library would like the Trinity community to know that we are prepared to support remote learning and research for as long as needed.
Any fines that may occur for materials due while students remain off campus will be waived. Options are being explored to extend the due dates of materials due before April 5th.
All of the library’s electronic resources are accessible off campus. You do NOT need to sign into the VPN. To access these databases you must do so through a link from any of the following sources:
You will be asked to sign in with your Trinity username and password before accessing the first resource each session.
If you encounter any problems please contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 860-297-2007
There isn’t much better on a chilly autumn day than curling up under a blanket with a good book. If you’re looking for the right book to do just that, the library has you covered! Along with the myriad of classic works that can be found in the main collection the library has a dedicated collection of over 1300 popular fiction novels, young adult novels, popular nonfiction books, and graphic novels in the Leisure Reading and Graphic Novels collections.
Can’t find the book you want? Let us know and we will do our best to add it to the collection! You can leave requests for new purchases on the suggestion whiteboard located next to the Leisure Reading collection or send requests directly to Kim Rinaldo (leisure reading) or Rob Walsh (graphic novels).
Here are just a few of the new books added to these collections this year:
- The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (2018 Bram Stoker Award Winner)
- The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (2019 Hugo Award Winner)
- Celestial Bodies, Jokha Alharthi (2019 Man Booker Prize Winner)
- Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (Student Request)
- Neuromancer, William Gibson (Student Request)
- The Overstory, Richard Powers (2019 Pulitzer Prize Winner)
- Sailor Moon Vol. 1-3, Naoko Takeuchi (Student Request)
- So B. It, Sarah Weeks (Student Request)
- Skyward, Brandon Sanderson (Student Request)
- Spiderman Noir, David Hine (Student Request)
- Umbrella Academy Vol. 1, Gerard Way (Student Request)
New this year to the library is the Wellness Collection. Books in this collection address wellness topics relevant to young adults in general and college students in particular, such as healthy eating, self-love, fitness, social skills, and managing stress. Feel free to request new purchases for the wellness collection too, either by writing your request on the suggestion whiteboard or sending it to Kim Rinaldo.
These collections can be found on Level A near the Watkinson Library entrance. Books from these collections are also often featured on the displays near the library’s front desk. October’s display theme is horror, so if you’re a fan of scary stories be sure to check it out! You can also see a sample of the books in these three collections at the Mather Hall pop up libraries. These pop up libraries run from noon to 1:30 on October 23, November, 6, November 20, and December 11 and can be found at a table in the front entrance of Mather Hall.
In July the Trinity Library switched from an instant access model to a mediated access model for the Kanopy Film Streaming Library. While the immediate access to films in Kanopy was very appealing, rapid increases in use and associated costs made the service financially unsustainable for the library. Trinity is not alone in this: other institutions who are going to a mediated or very restricted access include Stanford, the University of Michigan and many others.
Kanopy’s pay-when-viewed model charges the library an annual licensing fee when a certain percentage of the film has been viewed or the film has been viewed three times. The mediated access model gives viewers the option to request access to films that that library has not purchased a streaming license for in the last twelve months. These requests are sent to the librarians for evaluation, who will look for the most cost-effective way to provide the film. In most cases when a request is made during normal business hours it will be processed within 24 hours.
Because of costs the library will only authorize use of Kanopy films for academic use. For any other film requests we will do our best to direct the interested user to an alternate viewing method. We encourage you to browse the media collections of the Trinity, Wesleyan, and Connecticut College libraries.
What does this mean for you?
- Faculty must contact the library ahead of time if they wish to screen a film in class or assign a film for class viewing. We’ll try activate titles quickly, but we’ll need a minimum one business day lead time.
- For any film content, please just tell us the title and version, director, etc. of the film. We’ll figure out the best platform to deliver the content in a way that minimizes costs.
- Once a film is licensed through Kanopy it will be discoverable in OneSearch. Search for the title and follow the links in the record to view the streaming content.
If you have any questions about these changes please contact Kim Rinaldo (email@example.com) or Katie Bauer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The library is pleased to announce the opening of our new exhibit, “Freedom of Speech, the Right of Expression”. This exhibit showcases some of the resources held by both Trinity and Watkinson libraries focusing on the issues of freedom of speech and expression. You can view this exhibit in the left display case in the library atrium and online at http://tclibrary.omeka.net/exhibits/show/freedom-of-speech
The resources in this exhibit include a multitude of books and essays discussing and analyzing freedom of speech and expression. While some of these are general treatments of the topic others delve into more specific aspects, such as how freedom of speech is perceived on college campuses, arguments both for and against censorship, freedom of speech as it relates to wartime, specific discussion of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, analysis of how freedom of speech is used for oppression, and more.
Also included are sources from the special collections like John Milton’s influential work Areopagitica, which has been used as the basis for defining freedom of speech in several Supreme Court cases, Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter from Birmingham City Jail, in which he responds to criticisms of those who feel the protests he engaged in were uncalled for and the unjustness of the laws that led to his arrest for taking part in non-violent direct action, and examples from archived volumes of The Trinity Tripod, of Trinity students expressing their rights of freedom of speech and protest by participating in major anti-war rallies in protest of the Vietnam War.
Freedom of speech and expression is valued by people and nations worldwide. Yet despite widespread acceptance of its importance one would be hard pressed to find a location or time period where it was not a contentious subject. What actions fall under freedom of expression rights? What topics or concept are and are not protected? What constitutes suppression of these right? Though the answer to these questions is not clear, that should not stop individuals from educating themselves in order to come to their own conclusions. We invite you to begin this process by examining the resources featured in this exhibit, as well as the many others held by the Trinity and Watkinson libraries!
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
What do you like to read in your spare time? The library wants to know!
While staff is doing some selection of additional volumes to add to the leisure reading collection, our goal is to create a collection filled with books recommended by the collection’s primary audience, the students themselves! Recently, at a student’s request, the library purchased twenty-three additional books for the collection, including Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Sympathizer, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, Wax and Wayne, and Stormlight Archives series, Sue Monk Kid’s The Secret Life of Bees, Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves, and several books from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. These books can be found in the library’s new book shelves on Level A.
If you have suggestions for books, authors, or genres you would like to see added to the collection, let us know! You can email Kim Rinaldo, email@example.com, with your suggestions.
Since we estimate significant growth in the leisure reading and graphic novel collections, both collections will be moving from the periodicals reading room on Level 1 to the shelves on Level A across from the new books area. You can expect to see the collections in their new location in early 2018.
New at the library is Adam Wilkins’ book, Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face. This book can be found on the first floor of the library (Level A) in the new books section. Why not take a look at it and the library’s other new books today?
The face is one of humanity’s most complex and versatile means of communication. In this book Adam Wilkins, author of The Evolution of Developmental Pathways and editor of the “Perspectives” section of Genetics, investigates the development of the human face and brain to track not only the evolution of the musculoskeletal structure that makes our uniquely wide array of facial expressions possible, but also of a brain capable of reading and interpreting these expressions.
Drawing from research in molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology, paleontology, anthropology, and comparative studies of non-human species Wilkins builds a foundation for the argument that the development of facial expressions is both the product and the enabler of human society.
“Making Faces is a highly readable account of how and why the human face is the way it is. Wilkins lucidly weaves together over a century of research on the development, anatomy, and evolution with new provocative ideas.”
– Daniel E. Lieberman, author of The Evolution of the Human Hand
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.
Literary Magazines Series
GI Underground Press Series
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.