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

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!

Friday, August 28, 2015

New features in Moodle 2.8

Moodle was upgraded to version 2.8 in May 2015, and there are some great new features in it that we think you’ll like. For starters, you’ll find that the look and feel of Moodle has changed. The icons are a little different, and this new theme resizes very nicely for narrower screens. You can see how it resizes by making your web browser window more narrow; you’ll see things on the page move around to display best for different widths. The theme also works better with assistive technologies (for example, screen readers and magnifiers) used on campus.

Another new thing is the text editor interface. You will see this interface when you edit the heading of a section of your course, add a description of an activity, or write an answer to a quiz question, and other places where text needs to be edited. The first button in the controls for the text editor expands the controls to show the rest of the buttons. Here’s what the controls look like when collapsed and when expanded:

The new interface also autosaves your work, which is something we know many of you have been wishing for. If you accidentally close your browser or leave the page without saving, it will save your work for you until you come back.

There is also a new menu in the user interface that shows up under your name when you are logged in:

Note that the “messages” part only contains system announcements within Moodle; it isn’t linked to email and if a user is not logged in to Moodle they will not see a notification that they have a message until the next time they are logged in.

There have also been improvements made to the Moodle Gradebook in this new version.  One change is that the student names column in the Grader Report is now frozen so that you will continue to see their names even as you scroll far to the right - easier to keep track of who’s grades you are viewing!  Also, there is a new grade aggregation scheme called Natural Weighting  that makes the adding up and weighting of student grades easier and more flexible. If you are interested in using Natural Weighting in your Gradebook, ask your LITS Liaison for a quick introduction!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Faculty: Moodle events and getting ready for fall

This one's for all course instructors: here are things you'll want to know about Moodle as you plan for fall. 

We're offering drop-in Moodle help on a number of dates: 

  • 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Wednesday August 5, Library 431
  • 10 AM to 11:30 AM Wednesday August 19, Library 431
  • 10 AM to Noon Tuesday September 1, Library 431
  • If you're a new faculty member, keep in mind that there will be an opportunity for Moodle drop-in help on August 24, as part of your new faculty orientation calendar, and you will hear about that from your LITS liaison soon if you haven't already.
At the drop-in sessions, we'll be on hand to help you import materials into your course sites and to answer any other questions you may have about setting up Moodle for fall. No RSVP needed, but we'd love to know who is planning to be there and what sorts of questions you will have. 

We're also offering a “Getting ready to grade” workshop August 25 from 2 PM to 3:30 PM in 619. In this workshop we will talk about the Moodle gradebook, what it's best at, and whether it's the right fit for your course and your assignments. If you do choose Moodle for some or all of your grading in your course, we'll show you some best practices, and there will be time to start setting up grading in Moodle, and to ask questions. We encourage you to RSVP if you'd like to attend this session.

Need to move stuff from an old Moodle course site to a new one?  We have a video tutorial about that:

If you can't make it to a drop-in session or you need help right now, don't hesitate to contact your LITS Liaison, or contact Research and Instructional Support at Want to learn at your own pace? See our moodle help pages for help with common tasks. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015


During your first semester, or four semesters into your college education you may find yourself riding the struggle-bus as you start a research paper. One of the best attributes of college is the opportunity to study new areas of interest. Especially at Mount Holyoke, you are in the position where you must write a paper that is outside your normal field.

Whatever background you have in research paper writing, LITS has the most amazing webpages to help you find sources and get started on your research paper. In my case, I had zero research paper experience. The AP style essay was the only form I came to Mount Holyoke with.

Introducing: LibGuides ~ A fantastic starting place when you don’t know where to begin.

LibGuides are created by LITS staff members from the department of Research and Instructional Support who specialize in different areas of research. You can start your research by finding your subject page.

My first experience brought me to the Music LibGuide. Never having written a research paper, let alone a music paper, using this guide to find resources made researching much less overwhelming.

What you will also find helpful on the LibGuides are the Writing & Citation tools. Citing sources properly and in the correct form is a very important part of writing a good research paper. Each subject guide has a different citation page because not all subjects have the same citation format. Before I came to Mount Holyoke, I did not experience citing sources such as journals. On the LibGuides, you will find instructions, formats, examples, and citation tools to ensure the proper citation of materials. LibGuides make researching and citing easy!

If you are still having trouble organizing your research paper, or you’d just like some help, don’t be afraid to reach out to the liaisons! They are here to help you! When I wrote my first paper, I emailed the subject liaison so I could talk with her one-on-one and get my questions and concerns resolved in person. After meeting with a liaison, you will feel organized and most of the anxiety about writing a research paper will be gone. Doing the actual work is up to you, but you will be equipped to do a wonderful job.

The next time you find yourself unable to make progress on your research assignment, take advantage of this wonderful tool tailored to your needs by our fantastic LITS staff.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Download older Moodle materials by June 22, 2015

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 Spring 2015 course site, please do so by Monday, June 22, 2015. 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

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Emily Silverman Student Prize winner is...

LITS would like to congratulate Sundus Noeen, class of 2016, on her outstanding submission to the Emily Silverman '81 Student Prize competition.  Sundus' pieces are being prepared to hang on the wall near Library 619 Training Room... look for them soon!

Thanks to everyone who submitted entries and to the donor of the prize, Emily Silverman '81, for her continued generosity in furthering the intersection of art and ideas in the LITS Complex.

Friday, May 15, 2015

LITS Student Employee Profile: Qudsia Aziz on the LITS Web Team!

Qudsia Aziz has been a LITS Web Team member for four years, during which she's contributed to massive web migration projects, learned and used multiple new programming languages and frameworks, and become a contributor to the Drupal open source community. We had a few questions for Qudsia before her graduation this weekend.

Qudsia Aziz

Kabul, Afghanistan

Class Year:

Computer Science

Student Employee Position:
Web Programmer

When did you start working for the LITS Web Team?
Fall 2011

How did you hear about the position, and why were you interested?
I found this position on JobX and I decided to apply for it because it was a great opportunity to work on real web applications with a team of experienced web developers.

What is your favorite LITS Web project thus far? Least favorite?
My favorite project was writing the Webform Field Repeat module. My least favorite project was going through old HTML web pages manually during the migration of the website from RedDot to Drupal.

How do you think this position has helped your professional development?
I have had the opportunity to work on challenging web projects, work with and learn from an amazing team of web developers, and keep abreast of new web technologies.

Favorite class at MHC?
Artificial Intelligence

Career goals?
I plan to work as a software engineer.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Archives Exhibit Online: LGBTQ+ History at Mount Holyoke

The latest Archives and Special Collections online exhibit is up! Entitled "Persistence and Existence," it showcases different student LGBTQ+ organizations at MHC, starting in the 1970s all the way to today. The exhibit is organized chronologically and contains photographs, digital documents, and text describing the rich and complex history of exclusion that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people face at Mount Holyoke.

Starting in 1975 with the well known "Astronomer" newspaper article, the exhibit covers the formation of the Lesbian Alumnae Network, now Lyon's Pride, the transformation of the Lesbian Alliance to include bisexual and trans identities, and the struggles students faced with peers and the administration through the early 2000s. "Persistence and Existence" includes a full digitized zine, details about racism and exclusion within the LGBTQ community, and short bios about each of the orgs that exist today. 

Check out the exhibit here and please contact the Archives to help us fill in the gaps! We know that there's so much LGBTQ history that has been erased and silenced and we are actively working to preserve the past and future. We would love your materials or information pertaining to student organizations, campus goings on, and your own experience as a member of the Mount Holyoke community! 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Drop-in Moodle help for instructors on May 12

The LITS liaisons will be offering a drop-in session for instructors interested in setting up their Moodle sites for future semesters, on Tuesday, May 12, from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon in Library 431. 

We're happy to help you copy resources from an older course site, start setting up one from scratch, or just answer general questions about Moodle. See you there!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Panchatantra: Stories of ageless wisdom from South Asia

It’s May, the month of finals! There’s more to May, though; it’s also the South Asian Heritage Month. In the light of this, we want to point out some exciting books we have here at LITS to help you learn more about the culture of story telling in South Asia. The Panchatantra (which in Sanskrit means ‘Five Principles’) is a canonical collection of animal fables in verse and prose. It contains stories of Sanskrit (Hindu) as well as Pali (Buddhist) origins.It is one of the earliest and most frequently translated literary product of India. It contains numerous fables, often three to four layers in depth, arranged inside a frame story. It is believed that the original version, attributed to Pandit Vishnu Sharma, was composed in the third century BC.

*A page from a Persian translation of Panchatantra depicts
 a manipulative jackal trying to lead his lion king into a war.

The prelude of Panchatantra illustrates that Vishnu Sharma was asked by the King of Mahilaropya, to teach the principles of governance to his three unruly sons. Through his stories, Vishnu Sharma was able to teach nitishastra (treatise on government and political science) to the three Princes, who otherwise refused to study. According to Patrick Olivelle (the author of an English translation of the book), “Panchatantra is a complex book that does not seek to reduce the complexities of human life, government policy, political strategies and ethical dilemmas into simple solutions; it can and does speak to different readers at different levels.”  The five principles illustrated in its five volumes are -separation of friends (The Lion and the Bull), gaining of friends (The Dove, Crow,  Mouse, Tortoise and Deer), war and peace (Of Crows and Owls), the loss of gains (The Monkey and the Crocodile) and imprudence (The Brahman and the Mongoose). 

Some of the translated versions of Panchatantra available through LITS are:
  1. The Panchatantra : translated from the Sanskrit by Arthur W. Ryder (MH Cutter Collection 69Y P1 E - can be requested at the Circulation Desk) 
  2. Pancatantra of Viṣṇuśarman : by M. R. Kale (MH Stacks PK3741 .P2 1969)
  3. The five discourses on worldly wisdom by Viṣṇuśarman : translated by Patrick Olivelle (MH Stacks PK3798.V835 P3613 2006)

If you are looking for a fun and engaging book to read once you are done with finals, check out a copy from the Circulation Desk and enjoy some wonderful stories from South Asia!

*Image obtained from the New World Encyclopedia under Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

The bunnies are back!

Finals got you frazzled? LITS has bunnies! Join us for our Spring Study Break Tea, a.k.a. Tea and Buns!

Visit the Stimson Room on Library Level 6 this Wednesday, April 29 from 4-5pm.  There will be snacks, button making, graphic novels, and - most importantly - baby bunnies!  Come take a break, cuddle a bunny, and feel all your finals stress melt away . . .

Friday, April 17, 2015

From the Archives: The Diary of Gertrude "Scuddy" Scudder, Class of 1915

 "Today is one of the most memorable in my life. Mother and I, together with the Sharkeys, set out for college. Bess S. for Smith and I for Holyoke!"  Sunday, September 17, 1911

  A recent acquisition to the Archives and Special Collections provides fascinating insight into the daily life of Grace Scudder, a graduate of the class of 1915.The diary came to us through surprising means-- it was discovered in an antique cabinet and was donated to the Archives by someone who had no relation to Scudder! Her diary contains entries from the years 1911-1916, with entries beginning on Scudder's first day at Mount Holyoke College. The highlights of her first week include:

Monday: "Mother and I go wild over the lovely campus and  the glorious mountains."
Tuesday: "I put mother on the 11:22 train at Holyoke for a while. I certainly felt mighty miserable for a while. Dear Mother! However, this afternoon and evening I've met heaps of the loveliest girls and have gone around to the cosiest rooms!"
Thursday: "I had my first experience of Holyoke's beautiful chapel services and my first glimpse of Pres. Woolley. Had a 'scrumptious' time at a freshie tea in Grace Hallock's room."
Friday: "I had my first taste of recitations today. The German class struck terror to my heart."
Saturday: "At 5 o'clock I went to the Y.W.C.A. recep. with Alice Jones, and shook hands with Pres. Woolley." (all emphasis original)

The format of a line-a-day diary is perfect for busy college student: each page contains brief entries from each day over a five year period. The day of the month is inscribed at the top of the page, and the writer fills in the year next to reserved lines for that entry.

The front cover of Scudder's diary. Imprinted in the soft red
leather are the words "A Line A Day."

Gertrude Scudder, known as "Scuddy" to her friends, participated in an active civic life at Mount Holyoke and  afterwards. After graduating from MHC, she taught English and Latin in a junior high school, although she did not want to teach as her vocation and sought to work in journalism or have an exectutive position in business. She gained experience on the staff of the Trenton Times and Springfield Union, and also worked as a a social investigator for the Trenton Welfare Association.
These entries from May 6 highlight graduation activities. The top entry from 1912 reads,
"The seniors couldn't spin tops today on account of the rain."

She had a long history with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) as a member during her time at Mount Holyoke and as an active leader of her local chapter in Trenton, New Jersey. She served for six years as the president of the Trenton chapter and wrote a 50 year history of the organization. She continued her civic mission by working with the Garden Club, Trent House Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, and was also active in MHC alumnae activities.
This paper lapel clip in the design of a golden sphinx was found tucked in the pages of the diary,

Monday, April 13, 2015

Reminder: A Chance for Fame and Fortune!

We're looking forward to seeing your creative pieces!  Please remember to complete your submissions for 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, visit:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Calling All Faculty! ~ Suggestions for Future Moodle Events

Attention MHC Faculty Members!  Your LITS liaisons want your suggestions for future Moodle faculty brown bags, workshops or events.  Is there something you want to know more about, or something you'd like to learn how to do? Please send us your suggestions at or

Monday, April 6, 2015

I Found Spring In The Archives: A History of the Talcott Greenhouse

With spring finally starting to shine through, it's always nice to pay a visit to the Talcott greenhouse (known over the years as Talcott Arboretum or the "plant house") a warm spot of green even in the middle of winter. Warren O. McAvoy, who was head of the greenhouse starting in the early 1960s, stated that in winter the "lift the students get is reason enough for the Talcott Conservatory."

Mount Holyoke students model in the greenhouse in the early 1970s

Constructed in the late 1890s with funds provided by Mr. James Talcott,  the greenhouse was mainly used as a laboratory for students of botany. Talcott was related to the family of a Mount Holyoke student by marriage, and two of his great-great-grandaughters attended the college in the 60s. The greenhouse structure itself remained largely unchanged until a new section was dedicated in 1980, behind the original left wing. The entire greenhouse was renovated 1992-1997. It was fitted with new glass, wood, and modernized heating.
Farmerettes examining plants in the Talcott greenhouse

The greenhouse has been used as a facility for many different education programs about plants and farming. It was also used during both World Wars as a learning environment for Mount Holyoke's "farmerettes," who spent time during the school year and in the summer tending farm land to help provide labor to local farmers while many workers were away at war.

The greenhouse has been host to a flower show on and off since about the time of the greenhouse's construction, but it was horticulturist John Walker who revitalized the project around 1970. Past themes have
included: Dutch, Japanese, Wizard of Oz, and Italy.
Photo from The Springfield Republican captioned "Patricia A. Mayweather, '72,
 wears hotpants in the hot house as Arboretum staff director Myron J. Robinson
arranges a display."

The idea of giving out plants to students was thought up by John Walker around 1970-71. John Walker, described in one Daily News article as "a green-thumb version of santa claus" provided up to two or three plants for any student that showed interest, a practice that developed into our current tradition of receiving "first year plants." Walker also had an "emergency room" for plants that were freezing, overwatered, or infested with bugs.

Photo from The Springfield Republican

Samantha Snodgrass, Class of 2018, is a volunteer student assistant in the Mount Holyoke College Archives. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ancient cult unearthed at MHC

Did you know that "Mount Holyoke College" is an anagram of "loon leg leukocyte ohm"? Researchers speculate a connection with the ancient cult of The One-Legged Electrically-Resistant Waterfowl with Extraordinary Healing Powers. A modern-day practitioner was recently captured on video, revealing that this cult, while well hidden, still has a presence on campus:

It's the Great Lost and Found, Charlie Brown!

The ghost of Mary Lyon has been collecting lost items from around the library, and today she is giving them all back!

Stop by the library atrium as soon as you can to reclaim your books, notebooks, scarves, water bottles, glasses, headphones, shirts, and more. However, note that this is NOT a free bin, it is a lost and found; please take only what was already yours!

You can pick up your possessions from Mary's ghost today, April 1st, and over the next couple of days. Don't dawdle, though – you never know when she'll be escorted out by a bustling librarian!

Eat your heart out Elon Musk

Has the thought of taking the bus given you pause before registering for a class on another Five College campus?  Have you made excuses for missing a perfectly good party/concert/visiting speaker at Hampshire, Amherst, UMass, or Smith because you weren't able to catch a ride with a car-possessing friend?  Have you sucked it up anyway and taken that class or gone to that party and ended up regretting the time lost in transit?  Well, get your time back Mount Holyoke!  The Five Colleges have just become proud new owners of the world's first people-sized pneumatic tube transportation system.  Whisk to any campus in seconds on the Five College Hyperloop!  MHC's terminal is conveniently located in the library atrium.  Compressed air sickness bags not included.

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:

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

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Build your job skills with

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, 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!