It’s that time of year again! Here is a list of handy library services and links to help you finish your semester strong.
Ask a Librarian service
We provide in-person and virtual research assistance in many ways: walk-in, appointments, email, text, or chat. Learn more at http://library.vassar.edu/research/assistance.html.
Department and program liaisons
To view a list of our department and program liaisons, visit http://library.vassar.edu/about/departments/liaisons.html.
Connecting from off campus?
Don’t forget to use our “Connect” link first! This will authenticate you as a Vassar user so you can easily access online resources like ProQuest, JSTOR, and more.
Save, save, save!
Don’t forget to back up your work! Vassar has many tools to help you do this, like Google Drive and Crash Plan.
The library will have extended hours on December 10-18 to help with that final study/exam week crunch! Visit http://library.vassar.edu/about/hours.html for more information.
Happy Ada Lovelace Day! On October 13, 2015, we’ll celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, an annual event recognizing achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math.
This year, we’re taking up the challenge issued by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA): to celebrate Lovelace through the vast DPLA digital collections available. Many notable scientists that were graduates or faculty members from Vassar College have materials throughout the United States, and quite a lot of material can be found through DPLA (http://dp.la). Inspired by Vassar’s mission, we want to use this year’s Ada Lovelace Day to highlight three of the many Vassar scientists that believed strongly in using science for the public good: Ellen Swallow Richards (VC 1873), Marian Elliott Koshland (VC 1942), and Ellen Kovner Silbergeld (VC 1967).
Want to know more about some of the many alumnae/i who chose careers in science? Our guide to Vassar scientists (http://libguides.vassar.edu/content.php?pid=661952&sid=5482307) provides a wonderful starting point. The DPLA has links to the personal, scientific, and professional papers of many of these scientists, including computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper, astronomer Caroline Furness, and anthropologist Ruth Benedict (whose personal papers are at Vassar College).
Wishing you a happy Ada Lovelace Day and best wishes for a wonderful semester for the arts, sciences, and social sciences alike!
Cover to Guantánamo Diary
The Libraries are proud to sponsor and host a set of group reading sessions on this year’s Freshman Common Reading text.
GROUP READING: “Guantánamo Diary” (9/3)
Location: Thompson Memorial Library (various locations within the building)
Please note: this event is restricted to members of the Vassar community.
Author Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary was the Freshman Common Reading this year. This event is designed to give everyone on the Vassar campus, including many who have not read the book, an opportunity to hear Slahi’s powerful voice and to gain an understanding of his experiences, through readings of key passages from the book. Readers include students, administrators, and faculty.
Note: The readings will take place in several locations in the library; directions will be available in the lobby.
Editor Larry Siems
Related resource: a research guide is available at http://libguides.vassar.edu/commonreading2015, containing recommended resources such as books, articles, films, and documents.