The Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) with an exhibit in the library entrance hall of materials that have to do with our country’s Hispanic heritage. There is also a cart of books, CDs and DVDs next to the circulation desk that are ready to circulate. Both the exhibit and the cart were arranged by Andra Crawford and Eileen Cusick.
National Hispanic Heritage Month started in 1968 when Congress authorized President Lyndon Johnson to proclaim Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded by Congress in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It is intended to be a time to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking areas of the Caribbean and Central and South America. This year’s theme is “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America.”
September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18 and September 21, respectively. More information about the Hispanic heritage of the United States can be found at the National Hispanic Heritage Month web site: http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov.
The film collections are among the most popular collections in the Library, and until recently, among the hardest to browse. Newer films were kept in two wooden racks with slide-out drawers, older films were kept behind the Circulation Desk, and a large assortment of television shows and other films were kept near the music CDs on floor 1M. Not only did this cause a great deal of confusion among patrons, it even befuddled the staff a bit when trying to determine where to reshelve a returned DVD.
Thankfully, over the summer, different sections of the collection were combined and given a new home on the Library’s main floor. Located behind the row of computer terminals on the main floor of the library, the entire CinemExeter collection is now shelved in straight alphabetical order. Whether you’re looking for a new movie, a classic film, or a television series, you’ll find them all in the same place. (The educational programs and some of the older foreign films are still located in the room above the Circulation Desk.)
Integrating the collection opened up a lot of shelving in the Lawrence Music area (outside the Computer Lab on 1M), so we moved the entire paperback collection to this space for good measure. The paperbacks include fiction and non-fiction, are shelved alphabetically by author, and are selected as quick reads rather than research tools.
The Library was recently given a wonderful 7-volume set of Shakespeare from Robert I. Smith, Class of 1948. Published in stages between 1723 and 1725, this set was edited by Alexander Pope. It was only the second critical edition at the time, meaning that it was edited by a scholar other than the original author, and contains added scholarly information such as essays and annotations. This particular set is also special because it includes an often missing 7th volume, which includes Venus and Adonis, Tarquin and Lucrece, and Miscellany Poems.
While the library strives to keep collections organized, there are quirks in the system that may make it hard to find what you need. Here are some things to think about when the book you want doesn’t appear to be available, or isn’t where it should be.
Is the book checked in? If you look up a book in the library’s catalog and the status doesn’t say “Check Shelves,” then it isn’t currently available. Ask a librarian for help – there may be another copy available in the building, or we might be able to have the person who has the item checked out return it. In some cases, we can buy another copy of something or request it through Interlibrary Loan.
If the online catalog says that the book is checked in, and it’s not on the shelf, ask a librarian for help. The book could be in the processing area, waiting to be reshelved, or on display in a different part of the library. It’s possible that someone has taken the book off the shelf and left it somewhere else in the library, or that it has been mis-shelved. Librarians deal with these situations every day, and we’re happy to help you.
Remember that one of our main goals is to save the time of the reader. Don’t spend your time looking for something that’s out of place – let us help you!
Going away over Spring Break? Members of the Academy community are encouraged to stop by the Library to pick up a free paperback for the trip! The Library will be removing approximately 400 books from the Paperback Collection on the 3rd Floor, to make room for a large number of new titles. The books we are removing represent a variety of fiction genres, as well as personal growth and some nonfiction. All books that are ready to be taken are being placed on a cart just inside the main doors of the Library. We will be adding books to the cart all week, but stop by soon for the best selection!
About 150 items, originally housed throughout the Library, have been pulled together to create the Mind/Body collection over the past year. The collection has a lot to offer the campus, from DVD’s on beginner yoga and tai chi, to books on the need for sleep and healthy eating, to audio CD’s of soothing sounds and music. These items have been kept on a cart in the library’s Rockefeller Hall but are now shelved in the Map room on the main floor.
As many of our frequent visitors know, each term, the Library makes available a useful list of select “recent acquisitions,” broken down by publication format. In addition, we strive to prominently display new materials that we think will be of most interest to our users, both in the library and on our website. But did you know that the vast majority of new holdings are not listed in the Recent Acquisitions list, and are too plentiful to be put on display? In fact, between January 1, 2009 and April 30, 2009, the Library ordered approximately 1800 new items in all formats. So, we encourage users to check the Biblion catalog frequently, as well as to browse the stacks – you never know what you might find, as we receive new items on a daily basis.
We don’t have what you’re looking for? The Library welcomes suggestions for future purchases. You may fill out the online form, or e-mail the Collection Development Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised that all suggestions will be evaluated by a Librarian, and due to the volume of suggestions we receive, turnover time for non-urgent items may be several weeks.