Tips for the end of the semester

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, ask-a-librariantext, or chat. Learn more at

Department and program liaisons

To view a list of our department and program liaisons, visit

Connecting from off campus?

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 10.43.58 AMDon’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.

Extended hours

The library will have extended hours on December 10-18 to help with that final study/exam week crunch!  Visit for more information.


Ada Lovelace Day 2015: Science for the Public Good

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 (  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 ( 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!

Group reading: Guantánamo Diary (September 3)

Cover to Guantánamo Diary

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)

Time: 8:00pm

Please note: this event is restricted to members of the Vassar community.

Author Mohamedou Ould Slahi

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

Editor Larry Siems

Related resource: a research guide is available at, containing recommended resources such as books, articles, films, and documents.