Hampshire College Library and Knowledge Commons

Hampshire College Library and Knowledge Commons Harold F. Johnson Library and Knowledge Commons at Hampshire College Hours: http://www.hampshire.edu/library/667.htm Staff: http://www.hampshire.edu/library/671.htm Policies: http://www.hampshire.edu/library/728.htm Blog!

http://theharold.hampshire.edu

Mission: The Hampshire College library is a dynamic hub of people, technology, and information that serves as an incubator of ideas across all disciplines. Educating for change demands comprehension of the past and vision for the future. The library's innovative and risk-taking intellectual environment fosters new ways of creating knowledge and understanding. We aspire to: Serve as a welcoming social and intellectual center of the College. Partner with students, faculty, and staff in reimagining the library. Embrace transformations in research and collections, building on the foundational collaboration between collections, technology, and media to redefine library services. Create connections between people, tools, and ideas. Empower a creative and energetic staff to experiment, expand the library's reach across campus, and anticipate student needs in a rapidly changing world. Adapt and design collections, formats, and access to promote an open learning environment.

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We are getting new books in all of the time, like these, by Zadie Smith! Hampshire community members can request these, ...
09/03/2020

We are getting new books in all of the time, like these, by Zadie Smith! Hampshire community members can request these, plus the rest of our collection and Five College items from our catalog.

All of us at the library are SO proud of the Hampshire College class of 2020, especially our six graduating student work...
05/16/2020

All of us at the library are SO proud of the Hampshire College class of 2020, especially our six graduating student workers. Congratulations on your dedication, perseverance, and incredible achievement!

Society of American Archivists
04/17/2020
Society of American Archivists

Society of American Archivists

SAA has temporarily removed the embargo on the six most recent issues of American Archivist, making them available to all through the website. All content from these issues will now be freely accessible through June 30, 2020. Stay home with good reading! https://americanarchivist.org/loi/AARC

This is one of many amazing free options that are being developed in response to increased need for remote resources now...
03/27/2020
'National Emergency Library' Lends A Hand — And Lots Of Books! — During Pandemic

This is one of many amazing free options that are being developed in response to increased need for remote resources nowadays. Stay tuned for more advice and options from the Hampshire College Librarians!

With coronavirus concerns closing school and public libraries across the world, the nonprofit Internet Archive has suspended its waitlists for the digital copies of more than a million books.

A new question for everyone: what’s your favorite comic or graphic novel? Stop by the white board next to the InfoBar or...
02/26/2020

A new question for everyone: what’s your favorite comic or graphic novel? Stop by the white board next to the InfoBar or comment below and tell us!

Happy Black History Month! Signal Boosting this post from the F.D. Bluford Library, which links to an essay by Lonnie Bu...
02/03/2020
F.D. Bluford Library

Happy Black History Month! Signal Boosting this post from the F.D. Bluford Library, which links to an essay by Lonnie Bunch, an African American historian and educator, and founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. He highlights the work of Carter G. Woodson, scholar of African American history and culture: "Woodson believed that his role was to use black history and culture as a weapon in the struggle for racial uplift." Bunch also reflects on the complicated notion of Black History Month: "Hopefully a renewed Black History Month can focus attention on the importance of preserving African American Culture" and as a reminder that "history is not dead or distant from our lives."

#NCAT Happy Black History Month! 🖤
https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/knowing-past-opens-door-future-continuing-importance-black-history-month #BHM #BlackHistoryMonth

Inquiring minds need to know!! Swing by the InfoBar and contribute to our fun feedback whiteboard near the stairs to the...
01/29/2020

Inquiring minds need to know!! Swing by the InfoBar and contribute to our fun feedback whiteboard near the stairs to the second floor and let us know what your favorite library spaces and collections are.

Read about the launch of the Havana Archive Project and check out this great new collection on the Five College Digital ...
01/29/2020
Launch of long-awaited Havana Archive Project!!! – The Harold

Read about the launch of the Havana Archive Project and check out this great new collection on the Five College Digital Library!

https://sites.hampshire.edu/theharold/2020/01/28/launch-of-long-awaited-havana-archive-project/

Launch of long-awaited Havana Archive Project!!! Rachel Beckwith January 28, 2020 Archives & Special Collections, Exhibits, HFJ Library News, Spotlight The Hampshire College Library is thrilled to announce the launch of the Havana Archive Project, an Open Access digital photographic archive containi...

Register for Peer mentor practicum in the Knowledge Commons this semester!
01/21/2020

Register for Peer mentor practicum in the Knowledge Commons this semester!

"I worry that here in the 21st century people misunderstand what libraries are and the purpose of them. If you perceive ...
01/08/2020
Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

"I worry that here in the 21st century people misunderstand what libraries are and the purpose of them. If you perceive a library as a shelf of books, it may seem antiquated or outdated in a world in which most, but not all, books in print exist digitally. But that is to miss the point fundamentally.

In the last few years, we’ve moved from an information-scarce economy to one driven by an information glut. [...] The challenge becomes, not finding that scarce plant growing in the desert, but finding a specific plant growing in a jungle. We are going to need help navigating that information to find the thing we actually need." - Neil Gaiman

A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens

Who doesn't like a good then-and-now? #archives #throwbackthursdays
01/02/2020

Who doesn't like a good then-and-now? #archives #throwbackthursdays

This year Hampshire turns 50! We’re celebrating a half-century of student-designed learning and hope you'll celebrate this milestone with us. Save the date for our campus celebration: October 16–18, 2020. #Hamp50 #Hampshire2020

As part of this week’s Stress Less programming, we asked our staff to share some of their favorite low-stress literature...
12/11/2019

As part of this week’s Stress Less programming, we asked our staff to share some of their favorite low-stress literature and media. Stop by the library through Friday to check out our recommendations!

Just a few of our books coming back to us from trips to the other Five Colleges. Welcome home!
12/04/2019

Just a few of our books coming back to us from trips to the other Five Colleges. Welcome home!

We are happy to announce the hours for this year's Peer Mentors in the Knowledge Commons! Haley is the Peer Mentor for M...
10/29/2019

We are happy to announce the hours for this year's Peer Mentors in the Knowledge Commons!

Haley is the Peer Mentor for Media. Haley helps with: video, film, audio, lighting, Live TV, soundbooth, post-production software, and more! Haley is available in the Media Basement (downstairs in the library) on Sundays (2-6) and Tuesdays (1-5).

Ida is the Research & Technology Peer Mentor. Ida helps with: finding, evaluating, and incorporating primary and secondary sources; working on digital projects like using Wordpress, blog posts, and (e)portfolios; learning new online tools, such as Kurzweil, Evernote, Qualtrics, Zotero, and more! Ida is available in the Knowledge Commons on Sundays (5-8), Mondays (5-7), and Wednesdays (5-7).

Julia is the Holistic Learning Program Peer Mentor. They help with: time/life management, goal setting, study skills, project planning, and more! Julia is available in the Knowledge Commons on Mondays (5:30-5:30), Wednesdays (3-5:30), and Fridays (1-3).

Hampshire College
10/16/2019
Hampshire College

Hampshire College

“We challenged ourselves to deepen our mission to transform higher education by once again asking what sort of education contemporary students need,” said President Ed Wingenbach. “Redesigning Hampshire in this revolutionary way is a powerful, distinctive innovation that answers pressing challenges that no other college has committed itself to meet.”

The Hampshire College Library and KC is proud to present the fourth issue of our newsletter, The Harold! https://sites.h...
10/07/2019
Newsletter Issue IV – The Harold

The Hampshire College Library and KC is proud to present the fourth issue of our newsletter, The Harold!

https://sites.hampshire.edu/theharold/2019/10/06/newsletter-issue-iv/

Newsletter Issue IV oarlo October 6, 2019 HFJ Library News The Harold is back with its fourth edition to keep you updated on everything related to the Library and KC. Find it on the back of a bathroom stall near you, or check it out here! In this issue: The library and KC welcome new staff! The Gall...

10/02/2019

Come talk Research at the InfoBar! Many libraries have stopped doing "reference desk" services but we know that it's still useful for Hampshire students (and staff, and faculty, and alums)! We are here to help you with any questions about research you might be having, to talk strategy about finding sources for your projects, or just help point you in the right direction, both literally and figuratively. Here's the schedule for fall 2019:

Mondays, 2:30-5 - Amedeo (Science Librarian)
Tuesdays, 2:30-5 - Robin (Social Sciences Librarian)
Wednesdays, 2:30-5 - Olivia (Access Services Associate/Interlibrary Loan/KC Space Supervisor & Library School grad student!)
Thursdays, 2:30-5 - Jes (College Archivist) and/or Emily (Archives Alumni Fellow, also taking a library school course!)
Fridays, 2:30-5 - Rachel Beckwith (Arts & Humanities Librarian)

Though it can seem like anxiety about new formats taking the place of print books started with ebooks and smartphones, t...
09/06/2019
Octave Uzanne’s “The End of Books” (1894)

Though it can seem like anxiety about new formats taking the place of print books started with ebooks and smartphones, this has been a common worry for just about every new technology invented, as far back as phonographs and cylinder records! https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/octave-uzannes-the-end-of-books-1894/

Over a century before the invention of the e-reader, a French bibliophile imagines how advances in phonographic technology might spell the end of all printed text.

This is an exciting local example of a participatory archives project. We can all contribute to projects like this, and ...
09/04/2019
‘Democratization of local history’: Forbes Library project digitizing local people’s stories

This is an exciting local example of a participatory archives project. We can all contribute to projects like this, and by doing so, expand the range of voices represented in library archives! https://www.gazettenet.com/Forbes-library-receives-grant-for-oral-history-project-28136758

NORTHAMPTON — Any member of the community will be able to record an oral history or save personal photos and videos to be digitized and added to the Forbes Library’s collection forever, thanks to a $45,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum...

Calling all Hampshire students: get in your carrel applications for the fall semester! http://sites.hampshire.edu/thehar...
08/29/2019
Carrel Applications are Open! – The Harold

Calling all Hampshire students: get in your carrel applications for the fall semester!

http://sites.hampshire.edu/theharold/2019/08/27/carrel-applications-are-open/

Carrel Applications are Open! oarlo August 27, 2019 HFJ Library News It’s that time of the semester…carrel applications are open! The library offers private carrels for students to reserve on a semester-by-semester basis, to serve as a private workspace for you, or you and a friend. We will give...

Vermont Public Librarian (and Hampshire Alum) Jessamyn West discusses the eternal publisher/librarian struggle in this r...
08/22/2019
Libraries are fighting to preserve your right to borrow e-books

Vermont Public Librarian (and Hampshire Alum) Jessamyn West discusses the eternal publisher/librarian struggle in this recent CNN Op-Ed: "With print materials, book economics are simple. Once a library buys a book, it can do whatever it wants with it: lend it, sell it, give it away, loan it to another library so they can lend it. We're much more restricted when it comes to e-books."

Creating barriers to access to e-books, which is what publishers are doing to resist dominance by Amazon, says Jessamyn West, disrupts the public good libraries were created to serve. Public libraries exist in large part because they are necessary to a functioning democracy, West writes.

Many Hampshire staff joined in some celebratory ice cream today as we wished several colleagues farewell -- we hope to a...
08/20/2019

Many Hampshire staff joined in some celebratory ice cream today as we wished several colleagues farewell -- we hope to all stay in touch!

The New School Libraries & Archives
08/15/2019

The New School Libraries & Archives

Information literacy & critical thinking are more important than ever. Find out how Finland is winning the war on fake news through this special report from @CNN: http://ow.ly/yF6x50vylPP

Welcome to the team, Jes!
07/30/2019
The Library will welcome a new College Archivist this fall! – The Harold

Welcome to the team, Jes!

The Library will welcome a new College Archivist this fall! Rachel Beckwith July 30, 2019 HFJ Library News, Spotlight The Library and Knowledge Commons are thrilled to welcome Jessica C. Neal (Jes), who will be joining us as College Archivist on September 9 just as the fall semester gets underway. W...

Attention, all graduating Div III students!We know there's a lot going on as you finish up your Div III, between holding...
04/08/2019

Attention, all graduating Div III students!

We know there's a lot going on as you finish up your Div III, between holding your exhibition or presenting in the Div III showcase, talking with advisors at your final pass meeting, and ringing the bell!

At some point once you're finished, we wanted to remind you to spend a few minutes to archive your Div III in the library's Archives and Special Collections, and add your voice to history! We can accept your Div in whatever form it might take, from a digital PDF or multiple different kinds of files, to a physical object such as a portfolio or photobook, or even a full-size video file. Physical versions are included in the Library Catalog, and digital versions are searchable in our Digital Collections.

You always retain the copyright on your own original work, and you can also decide the level of access you want to grant (Do you want your work to be readable by the general public? Or, do you want to limit it to the Hampshire community only?).

If you have questions or hit any snags, you can email [email protected], ask Robin Nolasco or Emily Moran if you see us around.

To get started, visit http://hamp.it/submityourdiviii for more information, submission forms, and FAQ.

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