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Ask! Robert Frost Library is the main library on campus. Frost houses collections in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as general interest science materials, including books in computer science. Books, CD-ROMs, and bound periodicals are intermingled, and shelved on the top 2 and lower 3 floors of the library. Each floor also has special materials. Current periodicals and reference materials are on the 1st floor. Current newspapers, microfilm, and microfiche are on the 2nd floor. DVDs and videos are on A-level. Maps are on B-level. Government documents and the Dewey book collection are on C-level. Check the floor plans or ask a staff member for more details. Archives & Special Collections, on A-level, hold rare books, collections of special interest, and materials about the history of the college. Online resources, such as databases, e-books, and e-journals, are also available. Amherst College faculty, staff, and students can get off-campus access to these resources or use them in the library. In most cases, the general public can use these materials in the library on a walk-in basis. Located in the Merrill Science building, Keefe Science Library provides access to core information resources for students, faculty and scholars in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics and Psychology. The Keefe Science Library contains monographs, recent periodicals and electronic resources in support of the above disciplines organized according to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. The Vincent Morgan Music Library, located on the second floor of the Music Building, contains books, journals, scores, and recordings. The Library also has listening equipment for records, cassettes and compact discs. The Music Building does not have an elevator. Library staff members are always willing to page material to be used in the accessible Frost Library. Hours listed on our page are for Frost Library. To check the hours of all the libraries, visit our hours page: https://www.amherst.edu/library/hours

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And today in staff mini profiles, we've got Beth Bouloukos (she/her), Director of Amherst College PressWhere: Working fr...
12/19/2020

And today in staff mini profiles, we've got Beth Bouloukos (she/her), Director of Amherst College Press

Where: Working from home with junior acquisitions editors Zoe and Oscar

Halloween Costume that never was: "A family group theme costume: I really wanted us all to go as what the characters dressed up as in Karate Kid (the shower?!) but always got voted down... I just don't see why that would be."

And today in staff profiles, we've got Este Pope (she/her), Head of Digital Programs, pictured here with her cats Chip a...
12/18/2020

And today in staff profiles, we've got Este Pope (she/her), Head of Digital Programs, pictured here with her cats Chip and Spark.

Where: Working from home in Amherst, MA

Something that doesn't exist that you wish did: "An ipad/tablet that folds up like origami and fits in my pocket."

12/14/2020

Orra White Hitchcock may be known for her delicate naturalistic drawings, but she also made some pretty metal artworks such as this one. It depicts a large octopus engulfing a ship at sea, pulling the ship under the waves. Orra used pen and ink on linen to create this drawing. It was used for her husband's natural history classes. Is this proof of the kraken? Let us know! #AmherstCollege #Archives #SpecialCollections #DigitalCollections

And, we're back after a little social media break with another staff profile! Today, we're highlighting Mike Kelly, Head...
12/09/2020

And, we're back after a little social media break with another staff profile! Today, we're highlighting Mike Kelly, Head of Archives & Special Collections.

Here he is, working from home in Easthampton with Pumpkin the dog.

Favorite ACDC item? "The Flying Head Put to Flight by a Woman Parching Acorns" from Cusick's sketches (right image above)
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11/28/2020

Just a reminder that the Library is closed this weekend and Monday. We'll be back on Tuesday with 9AM - 5PM hours.

Next up in staff mini-profiles is Sara Smith (she/they), Arts & Humanities Librarian, pictured here with Sunny Day.Where...
11/19/2020

Next up in staff mini-profiles is Sara Smith (she/they), Arts & Humanities Librarian, pictured here with Sunny Day.

Where: Working from home in Greenfield, MA

All-time favorite Halloween costume: "When I was ten years old, I dressed up as Halloween on Halloween, proof of my early interest in meta-questions. What IS this holiday, really?"
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11/18/2020

Students examine specimens of natural history in Charles Pratt, when it was a museum rather than a dorm. If you've taken a geology class, you might recognize a scene like this. The specimens here are part of the collection at @beneskimuseum. Visit the Beneski to see fossils, minerals, and more! #AmherstCollege #Archives #SpecialCollections #DigitalCollections

And tonight in staff mini-profiles, we've got Jim Kelly (he/him), Cataloger. Where: Technical Services, 230 Frost Librar...
11/17/2020

And tonight in staff mini-profiles, we've got Jim Kelly (he/him), Cataloger.

Where: Technical Services, 230 Frost Library

Fave Punctuation: ‽ (Interrobang) "How can one not admire a new mark of punctuation and one that serves such a useful purpose? Had technology been then what it is now so that the add-ition of a new mark in word processing would be a simple matter, we might now be using the interrobang in our daily lives."
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11/17/2020

Just a reminder that Frost will close today and for the rest of this week (through Friday) at 5PM. After that, we will be closed for the holiday break from Saturday, 11/21 through Monday, 11/30. Stay safe, everyone.

Next up in staff mini-profiles, we've got Johanna Radding (she/her), Metadata/Discovery Librarian.Where: "Working from h...
11/16/2020

Next up in staff mini-profiles, we've got Johanna Radding (she/her), Metadata/Discovery Librarian.

Where: "Working from home with the "help" of my pandemic kittens. They help me keep my desk clean by knocking everything off of it."

Favorite ACDC (Amherst College Digital Collections) Item: "A line written by Emily Dickinson, 'With the sincere spite of a woman.'"

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Five years ago this weekend, three students (Katyana Dandrige, Lerato Teffo, and Sanyu Takirambudde) organized a sit-in ...
11/15/2020

Five years ago this weekend, three students (Katyana Dandrige, Lerato Teffo, and Sanyu Takirambudde) organized a sit-in in Frost Library in solidarity with students of color at the University of Missouri, Yale and similar institutions. The event was initially scheduled to last an hour; however, it turned into weekend-long occupation of the library, during which students of color and other students whose experiences were marginalized on our campus gave testimony about their experiences of struggle at Amherst. Over the course of the weekend, students, staff, faculty and administrators alike came together to witness these testimonies—and to begin to think critically about how to make the college a safer, more inclusive place for those who feel the least supported on campus.

Amherst Uprising was transformative for our staff and for the Library as an organization, and it continues to inform our work today. In part of our statement following the Uprising, we said:

"The Library strives to be a place of inquiry, debate, discovery, research, and creative expression, and in many ways, Amherst Uprising participants embodied that spirit in their willingness to communicate openly and think deeply about complex issues facing the college and the world at large. We hope that students chose the Library because they felt safe to have difficult conversations here, and that students will continue to see the Library as a space for this. Indeed, part of the mission of the Library is to build community by supporting peaceful, respectful, open inquiry and debate that bridges the intellectual and the social."

To learn more about the Uprising and its impacts, visit the Amherst Uprising Digital Memorial: https://amherstuprising.org/

And tonight in staff mini-profiles, we've got Martin Garnar (he/him), Director of the Library. Martin started at Amherst...
11/12/2020

And tonight in staff mini-profiles, we've got Martin Garnar (he/him), Director of the Library. Martin started at Amherst in August and is pictured here with the especially adorable Finnegan Oliver and Fozzie Bear!

Where: Working from home in South Hadley

Favorite Punctuation Mark: "My favorite punctuation mark is the semi-colon. It does not get enough respect."

And here we have Hannah Brooks-Motl, Assistant Acquisitions Editor at Amherst College Press! Amherst College Press is an...
11/11/2020

And here we have Hannah Brooks-Motl, Assistant Acquisitions Editor at Amherst College Press! Amherst College Press is an open-access, digital-first scholarly press housed in Frost Library and committed to the mission and ethos of the liberal arts.

Where: Working from home in South Hadley

All-time favorite Halloween costume: "I've gone as Cher in a Sonny & Cher duo twice for Halloween!" #ThisIsYourLibrary

Students: interested in College history and our Archives & Special Collections? Then join us tomorrow at 7PM on Zoom for...
11/10/2020
Archival Explorations: A Brief Introduction to Amherst College History | Event Calendar | Amherst College

Students: interested in College history and our Archives & Special Collections? Then join us tomorrow at 7PM on Zoom for Archival Explorations: A Brief Introduction to Amherst College History!

More than 200 years of Amherst College history is held in our Archives & Special Collections. In preparation for the Bicentennial, the team in Frost has made a wealth of materials available online for everyone to explore. In this Zoom conversation, meet Martin Garnar, newly-arrived Library Director, and hear Mike Kelly give a brief overview of college history, including an introduction to Amherst College Digital Collections. There will be ample time for your questions about college history and library services during the pandemic.

https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/783622
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More than 200 years of Amherst College history is held in the Archives & Special Collections inside Frost Library. In preparation for the Bicentennial, the team in Frost has made a wealth of materials available online for everyone to explore. Meet Martin Garnar, the newly-arrived Library Director, a...

Next up in our staff mini-profile series is Bridget Mientka, Electronic Reserves Associate.Who: Oren the dog, sitting in...
11/10/2020

Next up in our staff mini-profile series is Bridget Mientka, Electronic Reserves Associate.

Who: Oren the dog, sitting in for Bridget Mientka (she/her)

Where: Working remotely (and adorably) from Vermont

Something that doesn't exist that you wish did: "I recently asked my nerdy friend, Adam Miller, the word for the moon being super visible during the day. Turns out it's called 'a normal day.'"

#ThisIsYourLibrary

First up in our library staff mini-profiles: Mariah Leavitt (she/her), Preservation Specialist inArchives & Special Coll...
11/09/2020

First up in our library staff mini-profiles: Mariah Leavitt (she/her), Preservation Specialist in
Archives & Special Collections! Here she is (with a dragon and a witch)!

This semester, Mariah has been working in the rare book stacks and from home in Florence, MA.

Her all time favorite Halloween costume?
One-eyed-one-horned-flying-
purple-people-eater.
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Though some of us are working on campus, all of us are missing the regular, informal chats and connections we get to mak...
11/09/2020

Though some of us are working on campus, all of us are missing the regular, informal chats and connections we get to make in Frost and around campus during a typical semester. With that in mind, we'll be sharing library staff mini-profiles this week, a little window into the current worlds of our staff!

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11/03/2020

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It's Election Day, and at Amherst, we encourage every member of our community to vote.

What motivates our students to vote? ⬇️

Snowy Frost
11/01/2020

Snowy Frost

What's your favorite archives-inspired Halloween costume? Emily will go first:(shout out to our Arts & Humanities librar...
10/30/2020

What's your favorite archives-inspired Halloween costume? Emily will go first:

(shout out to our Arts & Humanities librarian, Sara Smith, for creating this gem!)

10/26/2020

Happy Halloween week from The Sabrina! This Halloween issue, published in October 1983, featured the Sabrina's typical humor articles, as well as a Halloween Peanuts Comic. !#AmherstCollege #Archives #SpecialCollections #DigitalCollections

As part of Open Access Week, join us today at 4:30 on Zoom for a conversation with Amherst College Press authors and AC ...
10/21/2020
CHI Salon: Amherst College Press Authors in Conversation | Event Calendar | Amherst College

As part of Open Access Week, join us today at 4:30 on Zoom for a conversation with Amherst College Press authors and AC Press Director Beth Bouloukos. Open Access Week spreads awareness on the need and benefits for open and free access to scholarly research. Hosted by CHI - The Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College

Join Amherst College Press authors Carlos Alberto Sánchez and James R. Martel in conversation with Press Director Beth Bouloukos for a discussion about violence, culture and personhood.

10/19/2020

More from @FrostFinds on Instagram!

Photo of Frost Library with banner that reads: "You are on Nonotuck Land. Everyday is Indigenous Peoples Day"
10/15/2020

Photo of Frost Library with banner that reads: "You are on Nonotuck Land. Everyday is Indigenous Peoples Day"

Students: interested in archives and creative research? Frost Library is happy to be able to offer creative research fel...
10/09/2020

Students: interested in archives and creative research? Frost Library is happy to be able to offer creative research fellowships again this year through the Lane Fellowship program. Selected student fellows will receive a stipend, instruction in creative archival research practices, and support from library staff for their projects. Apply by 10/19. Learn more here: https://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/lane_fellowship

10/07/2020

In a year nearly as fraught as 2020, students at Amherst College took to the steps of Converse Hall to protest the 1968 election and the Vietnam War in a Vote With Your Feet Protest. To “vote with your feet” means to express your dissatisfaction with an organization by refusing to participate. In this case, students at Amherst and across Massachusetts urged others not to vote in the election at all.

Thesis writers, join us today at 11:00 for the Thesis Research Table! You can find the Zoom link in the Daily Mammoth.
10/02/2020

Thesis writers, join us today at 11:00 for the Thesis Research Table! You can find the Zoom link in the Daily Mammoth.

Reminder to everyone in Frost: maintaining distance, wearing masks, and two people per table max helps to keep everyone ...
09/30/2020

Reminder to everyone in Frost: maintaining distance, wearing masks, and two people per table max helps to keep everyone safe and keep Frost open. Thanks for doing your part!

09/28/2020

Check out the latest from the Amherst College Digital Collections Instagram, featuring great finds from our Archives & Special Collections:

Orra White Hitchcock completed a series of drawings for her husband Edward Hitchcock’s geology class 1828-1840. This drawing shows volcanic areas across the globe

Transcribe Us: Library staff and students transcribe the Justin Perkins papers remotelyHallie Twiss, Simmons SLIS gradua...
09/21/2020
Transcribe Us: the Evolution of a Library Transcription Project – Amherst College Digital Collections

Transcribe Us: Library staff and students transcribe the Justin Perkins papers remotely

Hallie Twiss, Simmons SLIS graduate student intern, discusses her transcription project, which became a source of connection and collaboration for library staff and student employees during remote work. Learn more:

When I started my internship with Digital Programs last fall, I was encouraged by my colleagues to find a long term project to work on, to contribute to my professional portfolio and to explore my interests and how they could incorporate or enhance the resources of the library and college. I took so...

09/18/2020
The Emily Dickinson Museum

Get an inside look at the Emily Dickinson Collection with Mike Kelly, Head of Archives & Special Collections!

Have you met (virtually, of course) our new Science Librarian, Stephanie Capsuto? Check out this great Staff Spotlight i...
09/16/2020
Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Capsuto| Amherst Student

Have you met (virtually, of course) our new Science Librarian, Stephanie Capsuto? Check out this great Staff Spotlight in the Student:

NewsStaff Spotlight: Stephanie Capsutoby Fiona Anstey, Staff Writer | September 16, 2020 Stephanie Capsuto is a science librarian. In her role, she helps students with research projects and hopes to get more STEM students into the archives and special collections. Capsuto began working at the colleg...

Time for fall Zotero workshops! Sign up to attend a Zoom Zotero  workshop with a research librarian. Zotero is a free ap...
09/15/2020
Research Guides: Zotero and Citation: Zotero

Time for fall Zotero workshops! Sign up to attend a Zoom Zotero workshop with a research librarian. Zotero is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. Open to all, there will be a variety of workshops for different experience and comfort levels with Zotero. Dates and sign up are here:

Research Guides: Zotero and Citation: Zotero

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Hours listed on our page are for Frost Library. To check the hours of all the libraries, visit our hours page: https://www.amherst.edu/library/hours

Robert Frost Library is the main library on campus. Frost houses collections in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as general-interest science materials. You can get help with research or ask us anything at the first-floor desks. Books and bound periodicals are shelved on the 3rd floor and B- and C-levels of the library. Current periodicals and reference materials are on the 1st floor; DVDs and videos are on A-level; microfilm and microfiche are on the 2nd floor. Check the floor plans or ask a staff member for more details. Archives & Special Collections, on A-level, hold rare books, collections of special interest, and materials about the history of the college. Check out the Amherst College Digital Collections 24/7 at http://acdc.amherst.edu. Online resources, such as databases, e-books, e-journals, and digitized primary-source collections are also available. Amherst College faculty, staff, and students can get off-campus access to these resources or use them in the library. In most cases, the general public can use these materials in the library on a walk-in basis. Located in The Science Center, Keefe Science Library provides access to core information resources for students, faculty, and scholars in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics and Psychology.

The Vincent Morgan Music Library, located on the second floor of the Music Building, contains books, journals, scores, and recordings. The Library also has listening equipment for records, cassettes and compact discs.


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We are trying to recruit students from across the Five Colleges to participate as staffers for our conference. We are looking for Chairs, Vice Chairs, and conference Staffers. They would be responsible for attending all committee sessions during the conference weekend (March 6-8 2020) and attending a training session. We think that the students in your department would be great candidates for our conference. Can you please share with the rest of the students in your department? Here is the link to the application which closes on January 31st: https://forms.gle/b5TGV56hhoRJDDF1A Please email the Under Secretary Generals Mallory Linn ([email protected]) or Hannah Pozzebon ([email protected]) if you have any questions. Thank you so much.
LADIES, this is for you: I am a researcher at UMass Amherst. I study biomechanics or how people move.I want to find ways to help moms have less pain after having children! If you have had kids, or haven't please take part in my study, and you might be able to help me toward my goal!
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