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Ancestry.com Library edition now available

The Library is pleased to announce that by popular request, we now subscribe to Ancestry Library Edition. This new genealogy research tool provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more. These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day.

Stanford University Press Ebooks Trial

Through January 31, 2022 the library is offering trial access to Stanford University Press ebooks hosted on the De Gruyter platform.  The trial contents can be browsed here and includes books on architecture, arts, economics, cultural studies, geosciences, history, religious studies, law, life sciences, linguistics, literary studies, medicine, philosophy, physics, and social sciences.

Please send feedback on this trial to library.feedback@trincoll.edu

Trinity Library Now Part of JStor’s new Open Community Collections!

Driver Training, Hartford, 1957

Trinity Library is excited to  partner with JStor and a select few institutions in an  initiative for sharing local digitized collections. The new JStor Open Community Collections platform now hosts a growing number of Trinity College digitized image and text collections sourced from Trinity College Archives and Libraries.  Totaling over 20,000 items and spanning more than a century, it includes Ivy yearbooks, Tripod newspapers, archival photos, postcards, playbills, prints, manuscripts, and more. The collections which are public may be accessed directly on our Trinity College portal in JStor, but Trinity users may choose to authenticate for access also to other JStor content. Searches of our collections can be conducted from the Trinity portal or from the JStor database, with search capabilities to expand in future.

Browse more Open Community Collections or read the JStor blog post celebrating 350 collections and highlighting among them our Watkinson Library’s Book of Hours and British Theater Playbills collections.

Carnival, Trinidad: Young Girls in Costume, ca. 1998.

Tripod Jan.31, 1930.

 

 

Elsevier Science Direct

All pay-per-view access to unsubscribed content from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect has been discontinued.  All requests, including our Elsevier print holdings, will be filled via regular ILL.

The Library subscription to our current ScienceDirect journal collection remains active.

Changes to Kanopy Film Streaming Library

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 (kimberly.rinaldo@trincoll.edu) or Katie Bauer (kathleen.bauer@trincoll.edu)

 

 

Library ‘wish list’ items

1885 map of Rockville, CTLate in the fiscal year, the Library reviews ‘wish list’ requests, and makes decisions based on available funds, relevance to student assignments, and faculty teaching & research.  A one-time purchase is preferred, even though it may require an annual service fee.

In Spring 2017, purchases included Caribbean Studies in Video: the Banyan Archive and the Digital National Security Archive.

Current ‘wish list’ items include China Academic Journals (East View; subscription), Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO; subscription) and the Digital Sanborn Maps (ProQuest; subscription or one-time purchase).  All are currently available as a 30-day trial subscription via the A-Z Database list.

For questions or comments about e-resources or journal subscriptions, please contact Jennifer van Sickle at Jennifer.vansickle@trincoll.edu

1885 map of Rockville, CT, from the Sanborn map collection

Independent Voices

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.

Feminist Series

LGBT Series

Literary Magazines Series

GI Underground Press Series

Campus Underground

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.

New Databases to Try

We’ve arranged trials of two databases. We’d like to hear your opinion:

  • Policy Map, an online data and mapping application that gives access to over 15,000 indicators related to housing, crime, mortgages, health, jobs, demographics and education. Through PolicyMap, you can access all data in maps, tables, charts, and reports. Data may be viewed by block group, census tract, zip code, county, city, state, MSA, school districts and political boundaries.  Many of the public files are available for download, proprietary data sets are not. You may also upload your own address level data and share your data and interactive maps with others.
  • Press Reader. An online platform for a variety of newspapers and magazines. Press Reader is mainly being tested as a way to provide timely access to international news. You may find the interface works better if you download the free app and access content on a device such as the iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Please try these databases and let us know if you think the library should consider a purchase by sending email to kbauer@trincoll.edu.

 

Accessing Library E-resources

As was announced in our Information Services Fall 2015 Update, we are changing our authentication method for library e-resources to eliminate the need for our off campus users to download a VPN client.  This initiative takes advantage of Trinity’s new Shibboleth authentication server, a product called EZProxy, and a rewrite of our local web links to provide a smoother transition from our library discovery systems to the e-resource.

The most noticeable change is that many of our web links now have “ezproxy.trincoll.edu” in their address.  The first time you click on one of these resources you will be asked to login to the College’s new Shibboleth authentication server and then passed onto the resource.    If you allow your web browser to store cookies, you will only need to login once per session.

 Further details are at http://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/Library/servicesinfo/spacestech/Pages/network.aspx

 

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