Van trips to UMass Amherst Libraries, 10/3 and 11/14

W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass AmherstTrying to do academic research but feeling like you need more? Hop aboard one of the two van trips to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries that our library is sponsoring this fall. The first one is coming up on Sunday, October 3. The van will leave the dining hall at 11:30 am and return to Marlboro at 5:30 pm, in time for dinner. We have 14 slots available — sign up at the Library Research Bar.

UMass Amherst is home to one of the major research libraries in the United States. Some of what it has to offer:

At UMass, you are welcome to use public computers to access the library’s databases and journals. Maybe a database like PsycINFO, MLA International Bibliography, Art Index, Criminal Justice Abstracts, or Web of Science is just what you need to find the right literature for your project.

While only Massachusetts residents are eligible to borrow books from UMass, you can look through their collection and request any interesting-looking titles via Interlibrary Loan from our library.

If you’d like to make the most of your visit, Emily or Amber would be happy to meet with you beforehand to go over what resources UMass has that will be most useful for your research.

(yes, that is the library in the photo. image from juliemontgomery on flickr, via a Creative Commons license)

Vote for some fun things for the library to buy

David Pierce was a Marlboro College student whose death on October 1, 2003 shocked and saddened the entire community, Many on campus still have fond memories of David, and a bench and apple tree outside of the library commemorate his life and time at Marlboro.

David’s family established a fund for the library to purchase items that are not necessarily for academic purposes, but rather for fun. Think graphic novels, movies, TV series, current popular fiction….

Each year, the library buys a few more items using the fund established in his memory. This year, we are asking for your help in choosing what to buy.

Between now and 8:30 am on Thursday 9/23, email (or call, or stop by, or comment below…) with the titles of any movies, books, graphic novels, or other items you’d like the library to add. Remember: fun, not work (though the two aren’t always mutually exclusive!).

On Thursday, we’ll make a list of all your suggestions, then put them to a vote. Students will be emailed a link to a survey; voting will be open through the end of the day on Monday, September 27. When voting is over, we’ll rank the selections, start buying with the top vote-getter, and continue down the list as far as we can.

In the meantime, stop by the library to see some of the items that have been bought with David’s fund in past years. They’re on display on the entrance level, across from the Service Desk. You can also find them in the library catalog, where they are tagged “David Pierce Fund.”

Candice Salyers: performance installation, 9/21-9/22

candice salyersCandice Salyers, an artist in residence with the Vermont Performance Lab, will bring a work-in-progress performance installation to the Rice-Aron Library on Tuesday, September 21 (1:30-4:30 pm) and Wednesday, September 22 (9-11 am and 3-5 pm).

The VPL website describes Candice’s performance as an “installation that combines slow-moving moments of physical transformation with minimal visual environments. You are welcome to take this opportunity to slow down with the unfolding movement or to move through the Library at your own pace.”

Look for Candice throughout the library (inside and out) on Tuesday and Wednesday. (For those planning to use the library for work or study during the scheduled performance times, fear not: Candice’s installation will not interfere with normal use of the library.)

More information from the Vermont Performance Lab.

(Image used with permission from Vermont Performance Lab)

Banned and Challenged Books Read-out — 9/15 2:30 pm

To the Community,

We need your voices!

Come observe Constitution Day (Wednesday, September 15) in the library. In honor of the library’s favorite constitutional amendment (the 1st), we will be hosting a Banned and Challenged Books Read-out in the Reading Room (300s) at 2:30 pm.

We are looking for volunteers to read selections from the American Library Association’s list of banned and challenged classics. We’ve made a list of the titles from this list that we own in our library catalog; you can view it at:

The ALA has compiled a list of the circumstances behind each book’s banning or challenge; you can view that at:

What we’re asking:

1. Choose a book from the list. Come borrow it from the library (you’ll want to make sure it’s on the shelf and available for you to use). Once you’ve done that…

2. Email us ( with your name and the title of your book.

3. Before the event, identify a passage that you’d like to read aloud (no more than a page or two).

4. Find the description of the circumstances surrounding your book’s banning/challenge on the ALA site posted above. Read it to learn more about why your book was challenged/banned.

5. On Wednesday 9/15 at 2:30 pm, come to the Library Reading Room with your book. You’ll first read the description of the circumstances around its challenge/banning (we’ll have a copy of that for you to read from), then read the selected passage from your book.

Everyone is invited to this event, whether or not you plan to read.

Questions? Contact Emily Alling, Library Director, at x577 or