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 MarĂ­a 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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Senior Study Carrel Choosing Is Here!

It's that time of the year again--time for thesis-writing and other library-loving seniors to stake a claim on their favorite study spot on campus!  

Senior study carrel sign-up will take place this Sunday, September 20, from 10AM until 12 Noon.  


Starting promptly at 10AM, student supervisors from Access Services will hand out choosing numbers at the main entrance to Williston Memorial Library.  Carrel selection will then take place in the Whiting Alcove, which is located on the 6th floor landing that overlooks the atrium.


Have a scheduling conflict?  Don't panic!  You can assign a proxy to attend the sign-up for you. Proxy forms are available at the Circulation Desk, and must be presented at the time of carrel selection.

Carrels are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so line up early and come prepared with a back-up selection or two in the event your first choice is taken.  

We have a limited number of accessible floors and height-adjustable carrels.  Please let us know if you need one of these when you sign up for your carrel.  We will do our best to grant your request, as space allows.

Happy studying, Lions!