Sunday, May 21, 2017

LITS Student Employee Profile: Sarah Robinson in Web Services

A few minutes ago Sarah Robinson crossed the stage at Commencement, but before that step we asked them a few questions about their three years on the Web Services & Application Development team here in LITS. After you read their answers we encourage you to read more about Sarah's most recent web project!

We're very proud of Sarah and of all of our 2017 graduates, and we wish them the best!
Sarah Robinson

New York City

Class Year:

Computer science major, mathematics minor

Student Employee Position:
Lead Web Programmer

When did you start working for Web Services?
I started with the Web Team in June of 2014.

How did you hear about the position, and why were you interested?
I found the position through JobX. I was a TA for CS 201 that Spring, but I was looking for an opportunity to learn more about web development and work on cool projects.

What is your favorite LITS Web project thus far? Least favorite?
My favorite project was the most recent version of the campus map that launched in March. The project I enjoyed the least was researching different libraries that could be used for testing projects, since it involved a lot of comparison and not that much coding.

How do you think this position has helped your professional development?
The Web Team helped me develop better programming skills as well as critical thinking and teamwork. After a year working there, I was able to do a software engineering internship with Google as a rising junior.

Favorite class at MHC?
I've enjoyed a lot of classes at MHC; one of my favorites was Christine DeLucia's Place and Power in the American West and Pacific World, because we visited the museum often and worked with objects and atypical sources.

Career goals?

I would like to work in industry as a software developer for a while and continue learning on the job.

Friday, May 19, 2017

LITS Student Employee Profile: Mahima Ghale in Web Services

Mahima Ghale spent several years working in LITS' Web Services & Application Development team. Before she graduates this Sunday we asked Mahima to answer a few questions about her experience working with us as a programmer.

Mahima Ghale

Kathmandu, Nepal

Class Year: 

Computer Science and Math

Student employee position: 
Web Programmer

When did you start working for the LITS Web Team?: 
Freshman year summer (2014)

How did you hear about the position, and why were you interested?
I saw the job in JobX. I wanted to explore web programming which is why I applied.

What is your favorite LITS Web project thus far? Least favorite?
My least favorite one was going through new and old CSS files and delete the unnecessary ones. My favorite one was to develop a Drupal module that would search pages and files based on what their tags or how they are linked on text/html.

How do you think this position has helped your professional development? 
I think this position helped me understand the importance of scalability—it was great seeing how web programming comes into play in a big website like our campus website.

What's next for you? 
I will be working as a full time software engineer.

Favorite class at MHC thus far? 
Stochastic Processes (Math class) 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The bunnies are back!

Fretting over finals? LITS can fix that. Join us for our Spring Study Break Tea, a.k.a. Tea and Buns!

Come to the Stimson Room on Library Level 6 Wednesday, May 3 from 4-5pm. There will be snacks, button and bracelet making, and - most importantly - baby bunnies! Take a break, cuddle a bunny, and feel all your finals stress melt away . . .

Image credit: Mary Stettner

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Download older Moodle materials before June 19

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

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If you wish to save copies of any Moodle materials from a Spring 2017 course site, please do so before Monday, June 19, 2017.  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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Brown Bag Lunch: PollEverywhere explained!

Great news for those who love adding interactivity to their classrooms! LITS has purchased access to PollEverywhere, a tool for instructors who would like to poll students on devices they already own, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops, to get feedback and polling data during their class sessions.

LITS is hosting a brown bag lunch about PollEverywhere on Thursday April 13. Some Mount Holyoke faculty who have already been using PollEverywhere in their classrooms will talk about what they have been doing, and there will be plenty of time for conversation and questions about using PollEverywhere. Instructors from all disciplines are encouraged to attend.

We will meet in Dwight Lounge 201 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM on Thursday, April 13. Feel free to bring your lunch; drinks and snacks will be provided.

RSVPs welcome, but not required, at

Monday, March 20, 2017

Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Competition March 31 - April 1

Get ready to kick off National Poetry Month in style by joining us for the 94th annual Kathryn Irene Glascock ’22 Intercollegiate Poetry Contest! Poetry collections by this year’s distinguished judges, Ari Banias, Marilyn Chin, and Ronaldo V. Wilson, are now on display in the Stimson Room on Library level 6.

Display of books by this year's poet judges

Meet the judges in person during A Conversation with the Judges in the Stimson Room on Friday, March 31 at 3:00 pm.  Attend the competition itself later that evening at 8:00 pm in Gamble Auditorium. This year’s poet-contestants are:

Malini Gandhi '17, Yale University
Kwamesha Joseph '18, Fordham University
Anisha Pai '19, Mount Holyoke College
Emily Robidoux ’17, Smith College
Natalia Rodriguez '17, City College of New York

Come cheer them on! The announcement of the winner and Judges’ Reading from their own works will take place on Saturday, April 1 at 10:30 am in the Stimson Room.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Breaking the Black Box: How Algorithms Make Decisions About You

Please join us for another in our series of events focused on understanding how information and technology affect society at large. LITS will be hosting a Watch Party for: BREAKING THE BLACK BOX- How Algorithms Make Decisions About You.

Tuesday, January 31st from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm
Stimson Room (6th Floor of the Williston Library), Mount Holyoke College

Here's some background from the event homepage:
Algorithms are everywhere, sifting through information to determine the curated news we read, the prices we pay for goods and services, and even which people are most compatible for us to date. But often we don’t know how, exactly, machines are making these decisions. WNYC's Manoush Zomorodi joins forces with ProPublica to talk about their recent investigation, "Breaking the Black Box," and launch Note to Self's own latest project: “The Privacy Paradox,” a five-part podcast and audience engagement series designed to take the mystery out of digital privacy. Hear about how to protect your personal data, the hidden biases in algorithms, and ways we can peek inside black boxes and hold actual people accountable. With ProPublica senior reporter Julia Angwin, entrepreneur and writer Anil Dash and Microsoft researcher Solon Barocas.

More information can be found here. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

LITS is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. LITS’ event and exhibit spaces are wheelchair accessible. Please contact to request disability accommodations. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as early as possible.