Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Glascock Poetry Competition March 27-28

Need a warm up for National Poetry Month? (Yes, we said “warm up” - come on, April!) Come to the 92nd annual Kathryn Irene Glascock ’22 Intercollegiate Poetry Contest! Poetry collections by this year’s judges, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, David Ferry, and Jane Springer, are now on display in the Stimson Room on Library level 6.



Meet the judges in person during A Conversation with the Judges in the Stimson Room on Friday, March 27th at 3pm.  Attend the competition itself later that evening at 8pm in Dwight 101. This year’s poet-contestants are:

Paloma Parikh '15, Boston University
Nisha Jain '17, Cornell University,
Mount Holyoke College, Emma Ginader '15
Rose Laurano '15, Rutgers University
Taylor Marks '15, Smith College
Katherine Gibbel '15, Wesleyan University

Come cheer them on! The announcement of the winner and Judges’ Reading will take place on Saturday, March 28 at 10:30am in the Stimson Room.

Monday, March 23, 2015

LITS seeks creative students!

LITS is excited to once again sponsor the Emily Silverman ’81 Student Prize, a juried competition to recognize an outstanding work of student creativity.  Open to all current Mount Holyoke College students, the winning entry will be displayed in a LITS space and will also receive a monetary prize.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, April 26, 2015. For more information see: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/go/silverman81

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Can I use this in Moodle?

Google Drive, Kanopy streaming video, Twitter, Khan academy videos, library database links: there are so many materials you can link to from a Moodle site or even embed on the page. Interested in learning more about different types of resources you can use with Moodle?



Instructors are invited to attend an informal brown bag lunch at LITS (bring your lunch; we’ll provide sweets and coffee) to hear from panelists who have been using tools and media listed above, to teach with Moodle.

Each of the panelists will briefly share their course Moodle sites. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions about integrating these resources into Moodle.

We will meet in Williston Library 431 from noon to 1:30 PM on Friday, March 27. Feel free to bring your lunch; drinks and snacks will be provided.

RSVPs welcome but not required, at http://bit.ly/18KGXTu

Image credit:m rkt via Flickr AttributionNoncommercial Some rights reserved 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Build your job skills with Lynda.com

Seniors, there’s a good chance you’ve begun thinking about your post-graduation job hunt. Spring break could be the perfect time to get a little extra career knowledge and skills under your belt before graduation! Check out Mount Holyoke’s pilot subscription to Lynda.com, an online library offering thousands of video tutorials in technology, creative, and business skills. With Lynda you can learn how to use software for web design, master digital photography, become a project management pro - the list goes on! Find out how to log in with your MHC username and password here (works off campus, too!).

For all you job hunters, we’ve created a playlist of Lynda videos about the job search, resume building, and negotiating your salary.

For those of you looking to improve the “Skills” section of your resume, Lynda offers tutorials on everything from Excel to Illustrator to Python to Writing a Marketing Plan. If you’re wondering what skill would most benefit you in your job hunt, look at job postings in your field. Keep an eye out for skills that your potential jobs require in a candidate, as well as skills their ideal candidate would have.

The number of available tutorials in Lynda can be a bit overwhelming. Keep in mind that you can search the collection or "Browse the library" of courses by topic:



Once you've chose a topic, you can further filter the courses available by skill level, choosing “Beginner,” “Intermediate,” “Advanced,” or “Appropriate for all”:


Have a great spring break, and happy learning!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I Found It In The Archives: Winter Fun!

Though today we have no designated space for skating, a covered ice rink was a permanent building on campus for many years. One of the first buildings built after the school fire in 1896, the Rockefeller skating rink was originally located where Porter Hall now stands. The rink was moved down closer to the lakefront around 1897. Before 1899, the space was also used as a gymnasium, and occasionally for commencement receptions.

Photograph captioned "Mount Holyoke students play rink polo in 1896 on the covered skating rink given by John D. Rockefeller."

The rink's opening was celebrated by a carnival in February of 1896. Each corner of the rink was decorated with class colors. A local band provided music for the carnival. The students cheered for their classes and dorms, and sang a skating song written for the carnival by Margaret S. Geddes of the class of 1897. In a personal letter from 1896 regarding the carnival, a student wrote: "It is really intoxicating (or must be, for I did not skate) to go skimming around to music, especially if you have a man to hold you up. We had a goodly number of Amherst youth to share our pleasure and they must have found Holyoke a decidedly gay place."

Buildings pictured from left to right: Brigham, Safford, Porter, Rockefeller skating rink, with Lower Lake in foreground.

Feel free to share your student skating stories in the comments!

Samantha Snodgrass, Class of 2018, is a volunteer student assistant in Archives and Special Collections. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Check out the AP Multimedia Archive for powerful images or audio for your presentations!

Mount Holyoke subscribes to a rich media resource for research use - its the Associated Press Multimedia Archive.  The AP Mulitmedia Archive contains current news photos as well as historic images from their library.   The archive's SoundBank also offers hours of recorded audio.

Looking to download a photo to illustrate a presentation or paper on a current or historical topic? Their photo library includes 4.6 million photographs dating back to 1826 and as current as a few moments ago. You can even download audio recordings from more than 4,500 hours of audio files of primary source news clips and excerpts from speeches dating from the 1920’s.

 To find the AP Multimedia Archive, just go to the LITS homepage and click on the “E-Resources A – Z” link to get to our alphabetical list of research databases.  



Dr. Martin Luther King, third from right, marchers across the Alabama River on the first of a five day, 50 mile march to the state capitol at Montgomery, Ala., on March 21, 1965. Source: AP  

 This Tuesday, July 29, 2014 photo shows a combination of six portraits of Syrian children at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan.  Source: AP

Friday, February 20, 2015

I Found Them in Special Collections: Three Mount Holyoke Women and Their Pursuit of Education

The seminary textbook collection in the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections provides numerous insights into the lives of students who attended Mount Holyoke. These books are records of intellectual connections forged among students during the College’s early years. Because students followed a set curriculum, almost every woman attending Mount Holyoke at the time would have read the same books. Through their common education, students would connect with their peers, forming friendships that would continue throughout their lives.

At times, the personal stories of these students slip from the pages of their textbooks. This was the case when I happened across an unassuming copy of Virgil’s works last semester. Upon opening the front cover I discovered a small photograph of a woman in dark Victorian dress captioned “Mattie M. W. McIntyre, Holyoke Home Dec. 8. 1852” pasted inside. After some digging in the archives I discovered a box filled with letters and souvenirs from her time at Mount Holyoke. One of the most intriguing objects was an autograph book, filled with notes and signatures from her friends and family. Many signatures were from women she had met at Mount Holyoke. Remarkably, two of the women, Helen E. Carpenter and Anna E. Benton, had also donated their own textbooks to our collection.

The autograph book, textbooks, and diploma that belonged to Martha McIntyre

By following the stories of Martha, Helen, and Anna we can see how their education at Mount Holyoke allowed them to pursue their future with confidence. Although their paths took them to different parts of the country their experience at Mount Holyoke connected them in unexpected ways.

Martha (Mattie) McIntyre, a native of Massachusetts, graduated Mount Holyoke in 1854. While here she received a “brilliant education” and made many friends among her fellow students. From her husband’s letters we know that she particularly admired her principal, Mary Chapin.

Martha McIntyre

A year after graduation she moved to Marion, Ohio to teach. While there, she met her husband, Peter Oliver Sharpless; they were married in 1857, just two years after her arrival. They remained in Ohio for the rest of their lives, living in a quaint, ivy-covered house. After her death in 1898, Martha was remembered as “a brilliant, educated, intellectual woman, socially affable, and personally very popular with all in her circle of acquaintances.”

The home of Martha and Peter Oliver Sharpless

Helen Carpenter arrived at Mount Holyoke in 1852 after working as a teacher in Brookfield, Massachusetts. After completing her education at Mount Holyoke in 1855 she continued to teach in Woodstock, Connecticut for a number of years. In February 1871 she sailed to Maui, Hawaii to teach at East Maui Seminary, a school that had been modeled after Mount Holyoke. She followed Sarah Gilson Bowman (x-Class of 1850) as principal. During the twenty years she remained there, 412 girls came under her care. She eventually moved back to Woodstock, Connecticut where she remained for the rest of her life.

East Maui Female Seminary, Photograph taken by Anna C. Edwards in 1898

Like Helen, Anna Benton taught school for several years before beginning her own education. She arrived at Mount Holyoke in 1850 and was immediately swept into a busy schedule of classes and chores. In a letter to her aunt she confessed, “I never lived in such a hurry in my life. It is hurry to bed when the bell rings for fear of being tardy. Hurry and sleep all you can. Hurry and get up before you can see. And hurry all day.” Her favorite subjects were Latin and Mathematics although her studies covered a wide range of subjects.

Anna Benton King

In a 1924 interview she reminisced that, “even in those early days we had courses in economics and in political questions, although none of us thought then of women having the vote.” Anna met her husband Horace while he was visiting his niece, Sarah Roselle King at Mount Holyoke. According to a family member, it “was a case of love at first sight on the part of both.”* They were married in 1853 and moved to the King family home in Enfield, Connecticut. She remained in Enfield until her death in 1924.

Textbooks, letters, and a notebook that belonged to Anna Benton during her time at Mount Holyoke

In the preface to her autograph book, Martha predicted that, “Long after the writers shall have gone from sight may the work of the hand and the lettered thought remain. But not with the duration of perishable pages shall that of their influence be measured.” Although our knowledge of these women comes from the “perishable pages” they left behind, their true legacy lies in the friendships and connections they made throughout their life. At Mount Holyoke, these women were joined by friendship and a desire to expand their intellectual horizons. After they graduated, each sought to use her knowledge and passion for learning to educate others. In doing so, they forged an intellectual legacy passing their knowledge on to their students. Although their true influence cannot be transmitted onto paper, I am glad they thought to leave a paper trail so that, almost 165 years later, we can continue to learn from their stories.

*King, Cameron Haight, The King family of Suffield, Connecticut, it’s English ancestry and American descendants (San Francisco, 1908), accessed October 3, 2013, Google Books, page 358.

Emily Wells is the Special Collections student assistant and a senior history major. Read the Mount Holyoke news story about her internship at Historic Deerfield last summer!