Monday, February 1, 2016

Faculty Moodle Showcase February 12

Are you curious to see what some of your colleagues have been doing with Moodle? Perhaps interested in learning some new ideas or best practices for making the most of your Moodle course site? Join us at an informal Faculty Moodle Showcase for an opportunity to dig into some great examples!

  • When: Friday, February 12 from 12:30-2:00pm
  • Where: Language Resource Center in Ciruti (Room 6, lower level)
  • RSVP (optional but appreciated) by Tuesday February 9th at
  • Feel free to bring your lunch. Drinks and small refreshments will be provided.

Our colleagues in the languages have explored quite a variety of Moodle tools, activities and arrangements and would be happy to share them for thought and discussion.  The showcase panelists include Naoko Nemoto (Japanese), Mark Lauer (German), and Elena García Frazer (Spanish).

Each panelist will show us one or two of their Moodle course sites, and answer questions about how they’ve been using Moodle and managing their sites. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions about teaching with Moodle.  We hope to see you there!

moodle logo

Monday, January 4, 2016

Download older Moodle materials by February 7, 2016

In order to comply with copyright law, LITS must turn off student access to Moodle course sites a few weeks after grades are due.

If you wish to save copies of any Moodle materials from a Fall 2015 course site, please do so by Sunday, February 7, 2016. If you have an extension and require access to a course site beyond this date, please contact the course instructor.

Image credit: opensourceway via Compfight cc

Monday, December 14, 2015

Study Break Tea!

Please join us for our fourth annual December Study Break Tea on Wednesday the 16th, from 4-5pm in the library's Stimson Room.  We'll have snacks, caffeine, crafts, and good cheer.  

And now a preview of the crafts.  Laser-cut snowflakes, created with help from the Makerspace in the MHC Media Lab, ready for decorating with glitter glue:

laser-cut snowflakes

Do-It-Yourself, winter-themed cards (images supplied by Archives & Special Collections):

do-it-yourself cards

And, of course, buttons! This marvelous Mary Lyon design created by Katie Longo '16:

Stop by for a much-deserved break that will help you refuel and refocus!  We hope to see you there!

Monday, December 7, 2015

New Exhibit of College Girl Fiction from Special Collections

Mount Holyoke's Archives and Special Collections has a new student-curated exhibition of College Girl Fiction on display in Dwight Hall and the MEWS! Four student assistants each curated an exhibit case for this project. My case features novels based at the historic Seven Sisters colleges. The combination of the college girl fiction genre and the Seven Sisters colleges provides a unique look into women’s education in the early 1900s. Here are some of the books featured in my exhibition case:

Bryn Mawr Stories
Bryn Mawr Stories is a collection of short stories written by various Bryn Mawr students and alumnae. Written for the purpose of giving “a truer impression of college life,” Bryn Mawr Stories is sure to give readers an in-depth and varied impression of student experiences. To show the diversity of the college student, many of the stories use different character types to give readers an impression of the different personalities and interests that are encouraged in such institutions. 

Smith College Stories
Like Bryn Mawr Stories, Josephine Dodge Daskam’s Smith College Stories is told in a series of short stories, although this book is written entirely by one author. In this collection we also get several character types -- including the athlete, the intellectual, and the flirt. Interestingly, Daskam references other Seven Sisters colleges throughout the collection, as in one of the short stories entitled “Miss Biddle of Bryn Mawr.” As a result, this novel gives readers a look into the college community created through this consortium. 

Brenda’s Cousin at Radcliffe
Helen Leah Reed’s novel, Brenda’s Cousin at Radcliffe, follows the heroine Julia and her friend through their time at Radcliffe College. Much the same as a contemporary college experience, readers enjoy the highs and lows of studies, friends, and college events. However, this novel also gives modern readers some insight to the transition to educating women and the perception of society towards these institutions. 

Bab’s at College
The final book in my case is Alice Ross Colver’s novel Bab’s at College. Set at Wellesley College, the main character Bab’s explores all the opportunities that arise in her four years in higher education. This novel differs from the others in the showcase in that it contains all four of Bab’s college years in one volume. In most college girl fiction, the years are usually spread out in a series, allocating one novel for each year -- freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Colver also uses real events, such as the 1914 Wellesley fire, to give more authenticity to the story. 

The College Girl Fiction exhibition will be on display through mid-February. Please come and visit it in Dwight Hall and the MEWS! 

Brittnee Worthy, Class of 2017, is a volunteer student assistant in Archives and Special Collections. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Interested in a career in Library and Information Science?

Join us for an informal gathering to learn about library and information management careers!

Date: Friday, October 16
Location: Stimson Room, Mount Holyoke College Library level 6 (building map)
Time: 3:30-4:30 pm

Come talk to librarians, archivists, academic technologists, and faculty from library and information science graduate schools. We will be joined by MHC alumna Barbara Moran, Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information & Library Science (SILS). UNC SILS is one of the nation’s top-ranked schools of information and library studies.

Participants will be given the opportunity to learn more about graduate studies in Information & Library Science, hear from librarians and information professionals in the Five Colleges about their career paths, and ask questions of the panel. Barbara will be available to talk to interested students and staff about graduate studies in library and information science in general and the program at UNC-Chapel Hill specifically. Stay for the entire session, or drop in for as long as your schedule allows. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Banned Books Week 2015 Celebrates Young Adult Books

September 27 - October 3 is Banned Books Week, an event that celebrates the freedom to read by bringing attention to written works that have been banned, censored, or otherwise challenged in academic and library settings. The focus for this year’s celebration is young adult books, which is the most frequently challenged genre.

Banned Books Week 2015 poster

This year LITS will recognize Banned Books Week with a display of young adult books in the library atrium from September 28-October 2. On Wednesday 9/30 from 4-5pm we’ll also host a reception with snacks, button making, and the opportunity to take a shelfie (a photo of you with one of your favorite banned books!).

LITS Special Collections Archivist Debbie Richards with Annie On My Mind
LITS Special Collections Archivist Deborah Richards with Annie On My Mind
If you’d like to take and post your own shelfie on Twitter, be sure to include the hashtag #free2readmhc!

Want to know more about Banned Books week? Here are some additional resources for further reading:

Image credits: Event poster by Katie Longo, shelfie by Mary Stettner

Monday, September 21, 2015

Dust Bowl

This fall, LITS will be home to the American Library Association traveling exhibit Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry. The exhibit explores the Dust Bowl, one of the most significant environmental disasters in American history. The exhibit approaches the Dust Bowl from humanities perspectives that aim to engage its audience in a discussion on human and ecological impact of the Dust Bowl and similar phenomena. The exhibit drew its inspiration from sources including Oklahoma State University's "Women in the Dust Bowl", the film The Dust Bowl by Ken Burns, and a collection of papers written and collected by Mount Holyoke alum Caroline A. Henderson (class of 1901).

"Migrant Mother" by Depression Era photographer Dorothea Lange, featuring Florence Thompson and her children. LITS has several books on Lange including Dorothea Lange: The Crucial Years, curated by Olivia María Rubio (MH Stacks TR140.L3 P365).

Materials on the Dust Bowl available through LITS include films and a wide range of books. Books on the Dust Bowl available through LITS include:
  • The iconic Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (MH Stacks PS3537 .T3234 G7 1939);
  • stunning photography collections such as Dust Bowl Descent by Bill Ganzel and Years of Dust by Albert Marrin (MH Stacks Folio TR820.5 .G36 1984 and Folio F595 .M343 2009 respectively);
  • firsthand accounts by girls and young women who lived through the Dust Bowl as detailed in Dust Bowl Diary by Ann Marie Low and Waiting on the Bounty by Mary Knackstedt Dyck (MH Stacks F636 .L92 1984 and F687 .H3 D93 1999 respectively);
  • sociocultural phenomena brought about by the Dust Bowl as detailed in Dust Bowl Migrants in the American Imagination by Charles J. Shindo (MH Stacks NX650 .L32 S53 1997); 
  • and the geological and agricultural background and implications of the Dust Bowl in Farming the Dust Bowl by Lawrence Svobida and The Dust Bowl: An Agricultural and Social History by R. Douglas Hurt (MH Stacks S451 .K2 S96 1986 and S441 .H92 respectively).
The exhibit will be running in LITS until late October, but the Caroline A. Henderson collection is available year-round here and through the archives. Don't forget to mark your calendars for this exhibit -- it is definitely one you won't want to miss!

*Image was obtained through the Creative Commons