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
Italian Family Seeking Lost Luggage, Ellis Island, 1905, Lewis W. Hine
Sometimes described as the “Gutenberg Bible” of photographic printing, Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company #1173 reproduces 200 photos from the highly regarded collection of the same name acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005. Illustrating the history of photography, the photogravure images were hand-printed by Richard Benson, Dean of the Yale School of Art, and range from 1800s daguerreotypes to 20th Century photos by Robert Frank and Diane Arbus. Trinity College’s Raether Library is fortunate to have been chosen to receive this volume from Nathaniel Gibbons, photographic artist and friend of Richard Benson, and supporter of Yale University Art Gallery’s program to share remaining copies with select educational and cultural institutions.
It is the hope of Mr. Gibbons that our volume will be appreciated for its collection of photos, but also as an example of fine printing and bookbinding, and that it will prove to be a valuable resource for Trinity College students. The book will be housed within our Watkinson Library, and will be accessible to Trinity faculty and students as well as interested outside users.
Planning the Capture of Booth and Herold, 1865, Alexander Gardner
The Ascent of Mont Blanc, 1861, Bisson Freres
Calf-Bearer, the Acropolis, Athens, 1865, unknown photographer
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.
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!
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!
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