Friday, March 29, 2013

Meet the newest member of the LITS team!

Name: Zach Matys

Title/Department in LITS: Classroom Technology Support Technician, Media Resources

How long have you been at MHC? Just over a month

What drew you to MHC?
I've lived in western Massachusetts for most of my life and I love living in the area.  There are very few institutions/companies that are on the same level of prestige as Mount Holyoke... so when the opportunity came up I thought it would be a really cool chance to work for a high level institution without having to move away.

If you weren't at MHC working in classroom technology support, what would you be doing?
I'd want to be a rally car driver or doing something involving racing that isn't Nascar.  I've always loved cars and spent a lot of my time growing up playing racing video games.

When you're not spending time on campus, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love photography and I always have a trusty point and shoot camera that I keep with me all the time- you never know when the opportunity to get a really good picture will come along.  I also play guitar in a garage band with some friends from high school. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tech Tips: Google Apps @ MHC

MHC has been Googling since the summer of 2012.  As of the end of the year all email accounts were transitioned over to Google Apps for Education.  We launched Google Calendar in January and haven't looked back!

Thank you for your attention, cooperation and support during the changes.

Below are some helpful resources regarding Google @ MHC:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

LITS Scholar-in-Residence Tea Talk Today!

You are cordially invited to a tea talk by Elizabeth Sharpe, the LITS 2012-13 Scholar-in-Residence, Wednesday, March 27, at 4pm in the Stimson Room. Her talk is entitled "A Most Affecting Event": Students Write About Sickness and Death at Mount Holyoke, 1837-1850." 

What did Mount Holyoke women in the nineteenth-century think about illness, end-of-life-experiences, and death? Come hear what Elizabeth has discovered in Archives & Special Collections about these important topics. Tea and treats will be served.

Portrait of Pamela Winans and Ellen Putnam as juniors in 1852.

Monday, March 25, 2013

pull/open/turn: A Celebration

Join us in the MEWS on March 26th from 4:30-5:30 for an event celebrating pull/open/turn, a display of movable and interactive books from Mount Holyoke College’s Special Collections.

Writers and artists have been inventing ways to change the format of books for about as long as books have existed—and printers and publishers have been finding ways to make those visions into reality. The history of interactive books stretches from sixteenth-century moving diagrams to modern artists’ books and from 1800s railroad publicity to a four-foot-long pop-up mummy, and it isn’t quite as linear as you might think. Books re-use and re-invent old ways of opening and investigating through new formats and new media.
Laura Davidson's Florence (Travel Guide Series) is featured in pull/open/turn.  (N733.4 D39 A634)

The irony of displaying interactive books inside a case mirrors the tension between preservation and access that any Special Collections must constantly balance.  To ease that tension, we will open the cases in the MEWS during the event on March 26th and allow visitors to flip through pop-up books and turn volvelles.  We'll have button-making, and LITS staff will be on hand to teach origami as well as how to make pop-up cards!

After you’ve played with the books and folded paper yourself, come back between 9:30-12:00 or 1:00-4:30 weekdays to see the other half of the exhibition in the Archives and Special Collections lobby (basement of Dwight Hall). 

pull/open/turn was curated by Alena McNamara (’13), Special Collections Student Assistant.

HighEdWeb New England

On Monday, March 18, 2013, LITS and Mount Holyoke College hosted the first ever HighEdWeb New England Regional Conference, an event which attracted 150 attendees from fifty-six institutions and a number of businesses to see peers present on ways that higher education can make more effective use of the web.

Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella
opens HighEdWeb New England
Mount Holyoke CIO and LITS Executive Director
Charlotte Slocum-Patriquin welcomes attendees
to HighEdWeb New England

HighEdWeb New England took place at the Willits-Hallowell Center, with a post-conference reception in the Information Commons. Twenty-three presentations were delivered on topics ranging from content strategy and governance to social media, and from responsive design to accessible and engaging online video. More details and links can be found in the conference program, and additional photos of the event are posted to the conference Flickr account.

This event was coordinated by a committee which included Sven Aas and Jason Proctor of Mount Holyoke's LITS Web Team along with Sarah Ryder of Hampshire College, Cindy Sabato and Kerri Hicks of the University of Rhode Island, Alana Riley and Dan Demmons of Providence College, and Bill Dennen of Wheaton College. LITS Student Web Programming Assistants Qudsia Aziz, Malosree Maitra, Kelsey Bentham, and Monica Chelliah helped to organize resources for the conference, and Qudsia and Malosree gave up a day of break to work at the conference and help keep everything running smoothly.

The event was further supported by LITS staff members Krista Denno, Peggy Stevens, Fred Kass and Kevin Slate of Networking, and Mike Urgo and Chris Ward of Media Resources, and many other Mount Holyoke colleagues.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Renew your MHC films on line!

Have you been wanting to watch that season of Downton Abbey but can't find the time?  You can now  renew your MHC films online.   This includes all MHC films.  So come on over to the library and take out your favorite movies, if you don't get the chance to view them just go online and renew them just like you would your books.

Friday, March 15, 2013

LITS Spring Break Hours

The LITS Complex will operate on a reduced schedule during spring break.   We hope you all enjoy your time off!

Spring Break Hours 2013
LITS Complex (Williston Library, Miles-Smith, Info Commons, MEWS)
Fri. 3/15                         8 am - 5 pm
Sat. 3/16 - Sun. 3/17 Closed
Mon. 3/18 - Fri. 3/22 8:30 am - 5 pm
Sat. 3/23                         Closed
Sun. 3/24                         6 pm - 2 am*
(Access with MHC Card between midnight & 2 am

Archives and Special Collections (Appointments recommended)
Mon 3/18 - Fri 3/22         9:30 am - noon; 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun, 3/16-17 & 3/23-3/24 Closed

Circulation Desk
Fri. 3/15                         8 am - 5 pm
Sat. 3/16 - Sun. 3/17 Closed
Mon. 3/18 - Fri. 3/22 8:30 am - 5 pm
Sat. 3/23                         Closed
Sun. 3/24                         6 pm - 2 am*
*Access with MHC Card between midnight & 2 am

Eleanor Pierce Stevens Library of Music and Dance
Fri. 3/15                         9 am - 5 pm
Sat. 3/16 - Sun. 3/24 Closed for Break
Mon. 3/25                 9 am - 11 pm

Help Desk in the Info Commons
Fri. 3/15                         8 am - 5 pm
Sat. 3/16 - Sun. 3/17 Closed
Mon. 3/18 - Fri. 3/22 8:30 am - 5 pm
Sat. 3/23                         Closed
Sun. 3/24                         6 pm - 2 am*
*Access with MHC Card between midnight & 2 am

Research Help Desk
Fri. 3/15                         9 am - 5 pm
Sat. 3/16 - Sun. 3/17 Closed
Mon. 3/18 - Fri. 3/22 9 am - 5 pm
Sat. 3/23                         Closed
Sun. 3/24                         6 pm - 9 pm

An opportunity for fame and fortune!

The “Emily Silverman ’81 Student Prize” is a new 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 $250 prize.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, April 28, 2013. For more information see:

photo courtesy of

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I Found Her in Special Collections: Cinderella

Although the tale of Cinderella has existed in some form or another for centuries, the version most commonly known today was written by Charles Perrault in 1697. This version, complete with enchanted pumpkins and glass slippers, was the one that Walt Disney brought to life in his 1950 animated film. Perrault’s story was written for the French literary salons during the reign of Louis XIV, a time when fairy tales were in style among the aristocratic elite. Since then, his story has been reprinted countless times, often accompanied by colorful illustrations. The Mount Holyoke Special Collections is home to several editions of this classic story; everything from small, illustrated pamphlets to gilded tomes.

Cinderella and the little glass slipper, Fairy moonbeam’s series (1870)
Among the earliest versions of Cinderella that can be found in Special Collections is this small pamphlet. Fairy Moonbeam’s series was part of a collection of “six cent picture books,” a price that would have made them widely available at the time.


Contes de Perrault, retold by Kathleen Fitzgerald, illustrated by Margaret Tarrant
This collection of fairy tales first appeared in 1910 and is a lovely example of illustrations from this time. Her bright illustrations were done largely with watercolor and ink, a style that was popular during this period.

The sleeping beauty and other fairy tales from the old French, retold by Arthur Quiller-Couch and illustrated by Edmund Dulac (1910)
The period between the beginning of the 20th century and the First World War is considered the golden age of children’s literature. Many deluxe editions of fairy tales, like the one pictured below, were published during this time. Edmund Dulac, one of the most prominent illustrators of this period, illustrated several lavish fairy tale collections. The war brought an end to this kind of work however, making way for more modest renditions of children’s stories.

Cinderella, retold by C.S Evans and illustrated by Arthur Rackham (1919)
Although the First World War had curbed the public’s desire for finely crafted collections of fairy tales, this colorful picture book was published just after the war ended. In this book, and in its companion Sleeping Beauty (which is also part of Mount Holyoke’s collection), Rackham began to experiment with silhouettes as opposed to his usual pen and watercolor illustrations.

Cinderella, illustrated by Helen Sewell (1934)
Perhaps best known for her illustration of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, Sewell’s bold and simple lines departed from the intricate illustrations of the pre-war period.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

LITS heard you!!

Have you noticed the new signs that were recently installed in the Library?  The priority for a new signage system to help users navigate our complex building grew out of the 2011 LITS space master planning process (   This new signage system is for directional purposes and is a temporary strategy, until the larger goals of the 2011 Space Master Plan can be attained.  We greatly appreciate any feedback you have, as it will help to inform our next steps!  

Friday, March 8, 2013

Town & Gown: South Hadley and Mount Holyoke

South Hadley Center in 1903

On Tuesday, March 12 from 4:00-5:00 please join the College Archivist in an exploration of the long and (mostly) cordial relationship between South Hadley residents and members of the MHC community.  The program will be held in the LITS Stimson Room and everyone is welcome.  Refreshments will be served!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Feminisim, food, and fun (and buttons)!

This Wednesday, March 6th, LITS is organizing a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in the Library's Stimson Room from 4 to 6pm! Celebrate Women's History Month by editing the pages of Mount Holyoke College alumnae and writing women into Wikipedia and back into history. 

Whether you're a brand new or experienced Wikipedia editor, please join us! We'll be helping the newbies get started and providing resources for current editors to jump right in. 

Did you know that nine out of ten Wikipedia editors are men? Help us to change that number by getting more members of the Mount Holyoke community involved!

There will be treats and special editing buttons for all participants! 

Jorge can edit women into Wikipedia, and so can you!