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Library Says Thank You to Graduating Student Assistants

The staff of the library gathered today to honor fifteen graduating student assistants.  Students and staff enjoyed a potluck luncheon in the library's All Night Reading Room.  The Library purchased books in each student's name to be placed in the general collection, to honor them.  Book plates indicating the student and their graduation year will be placed in each title, and their names will be searchable in the library catalog. A list of the books and the student in whose name they were purchased is listed below:


Arianne Bergman  The spoken word revolution redux
Music Library   PS617 .S67 2007

Catherine Crone  No legs, no jokes, no chance : a history of the American musical theater
Music Library   ML1711 .P37 2008

Emily Delbridge  Tin Pan opera : operatic novelty songs in the ragtime era
Circulation   ML3477 .H34 2011

Connor Finnegan  The poetics of American song lyrics
Music Library   PN1059.S7 P64 2012

Sarah Gamble   Rebuilding the foodshed: how to create local, sustainable and secure food
Circulation   HD9000.5 .A314 2013  

Claire Gavin   Women and rhetoric between the wars
Library Systems  P120.W66 W66 2013

Cameron Gibbar  Embers of war: the fall of an empire and the making of America’s Vietnam
Circulation   DS553.1 .L64 2012

Yating (Grace) Guan  Banking across boundaries : placing finance in capitalism
Circulation/Music  HG173 .C574 2013

Claire Hunsinger  Game, set, match : Billie Jean King and the revolution in women’s sports
Interlibrary Loan  GV994.K56 W37 2011

Luxsika Junboonta  Overdressed : the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion
Circulation   HD9940.A2 C54 2012

Michele Kahn   To conserve unimpaired : the evolution of the national park idea
Technical Services  SB481.6 .K45 2013

Tucker Keren   Rough-hewn land: a geologic journey from California to the Rocky Mountains
Circulation   QE79 .M45 2011

Jared Kochenash  Foreign policy begins at home : the case for putting America’s house in order
Circulation   JZ1480 .H32 2013

Alexander Lawson  Hits : philosophy in the jukebox
Circ./Special Collections ML3800 .S9813 2012

Yang (Ben) Li   Insurance & behavioral economics
Music Library  HG8054.5 .K858 2013

Mary (Katy) Mastrocola  Owning William Shakespeare : the King’s men and their intellectual property
Archives   PR3095 .M37 2011

Caroline Novas  The dispensable nation : American foreign policy in retreat
Reference   JZ1670 .N37 2013

Alex Pure   Martha Graham in love and war : the life in the work
Music Library   GV1785.G7 F73 2012

Bret Turner   Curiosity : how science became interested in everything
Music Library   Q125 .B297 2013

Giancarlo Vissat  Welcome to the urban revolution: how cities are changing the world
Digital Imaging  HT361 .B78 2010

Chelsea Wahl   Sociological insights of great thinkers
Interlibrary Loan/Music HM585 .S593 2011

Hui Ling Wang  Actuarial mathematics for life contingent risks
Circulation/Music  HG8781 .D528 2009

Posted 5-21-2013

Related Links

Avoid the Late Notices!

All books are due Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
Undergrads, faculty, staff, and administrators can renew their books  by logging into their account in ALEX.

This does not apply to interlibrary loan materials.  
ILLs are nonrenewable and must be returned.
Questions?  Contact the Circulation Department at askcirc@hamilton.edu or 859-4479.

Posted 5-2-2013

The History of Yoga

Professor Richard Seager and the students of Yoga East/West present 'The History of Yoga' on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 4-6pm in the Burke Library All Night Reading Room.  A brief presentation will be at 4:15pm.

Yoga practices, studios, and gurus seem to have proliferated throughout American culture, and while some claim a firm root in authenticity, others forcefully assert their originality.  With such disparate contemporary forms, deriving a direct lineage through the East/West transition is difficult but a natural challenge to pursue.  

This large format poster exhibition meditates on the current state of Yoga in the West, the ancient origins in the East, and the many paths that may make sense of the change.

Posted 5-2-2013

Paradise Lost Reading Marathon!

On Sunday, April 7 starting at 12pm, Burke Library will once again play host for the Paradise Lost Reading Marathon. Started by Professor Margaret Thickstun several years ago in conjunction with ENG228, this annual event takes place in
the Burke Library Browsing Room, with the entire community invited to read out loud sections Milton’s book. Anyone is welcome to stop by to listen or to read.


Noon: Books 1 and 2—Satan discovers himself in Hell; the fallen angels debate what to do.

1:45:  Books 3 and 4—Satan travels toward Earth; God and the Son consider how to respond; Adam and Eve have a lovely day.

3:15:  Books 5 and 6—Satan has disturbed Eve’s sleep, so God sends Raphael to alert Adam and Eve to Satan’s presence and their responsibilities.  He tells them about Satan’s rebellion.

5pm: Books 7 and 8—Raphael tells Adam and Eve about Creation; Adam and Raphael discuss Adam’s birth and his feelings for Eve.

6:15pm—dinner break

7pm:  Book 9—Spoiler alert: Eve eats the fruit; Adam eats the fruit; then they wish they hadn’t.

8pm: Book 10—Satan returns to Hell to boast; Adam and Eve quarrel and then reconcile.

9pm: Books 11 and 12—Michael comes to kick Adam and Eve out of Eden, but tells Adam about the future, including the Incarnation and Resurrection.

Posted 4-1-2013

Couper Phi Beta Kappa Library Lecture

Mon., April 8, 2013   4 p.m.  Taylor Science Center G027 - Kennedy Auditorium

Dan Morgenstern, jazz historian, author, critic, eight-time Grammy Award winner and recently retired head of Rutgers University's Institute of Jazz Studies, will present this year’s Couper Phi Beta Kappa Library Lecture. Morgenstern will be addressing the changing nature of acquisitions, access and use of special collections, tying in to the Hamilton College Jazz Archive.

Posted 4-1-2013

April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

Join us in the celebration!

Exhibit: Photographs of Milt Hinton
Burke Library Browsing Room
Bassist and photographer Milt Hinton, 1910-2000, was one of the most celebrated musicians of his era and beyond. His list of musical associates included Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and hundreds of others. Milt’s steady work in the studios of New York City makes him one of the world’s most celebrated recorded musicians.  During his many studio sessions and road trips, Milt captured photographs of his companions as only a fellow musician could. He published two books of photographs and stories.  Milt performed many times at Hamilton College, and received an honorary degree in 1991.

The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band 
Tue., April 2, 2013 8:30 p.m.  Fillius Events Barn Lobby
Jazz concert by the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band

Ben Williams and Sound Effect
Sat., April 6, 2013  8 p.m. Wellin Hall - Schambach Center
The Hamilton College Performing Arts Series presents a concert by rising jazz star Ben Williams. Williams won the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition and received a recording contract for his debut album, State of Art, which was released in the summer of 2011. Wellin becomes a jazz club with 100 chairs on stage for an intimate evening of jazz.

Couper Phi Beta Kappa Library Lecture
Mon., April 8, 2013   4 p.m.  Taylor Science Center G027 - Kennedy Auditorium
Dan Morgenstern, jazz historian, author, critic, eight-time Grammy Award winner and recently retired head of Rutgers University's Institute of Jazz Studies, will present this year’s Couper Phi Beta Kappa Library Lecture. Morgenstern will be addressing the changing nature of acquisitions, access and use of special collections, tying in to the Hamilton College Jazz Archive.

Jazz Guitar Duo
Fri., April 12, 2013  7:30 p.m.  Wellin Hall - Schambach Center
A guitar duo concert featuring the legendary Gene Bertoncini with Lecturer in Guitar Rick Balestra performing songs from the great American songbook.

Jazz Combo
Tue., April 16, 2013  9 p.m.  McEwen Cafe Opus 1
An informal concert featuring charts for jazz combo.

Posted 3-29-2013

Dr. M. Stephen Miller Lecture

Noted collector and scholar of Shaker material culture Dr. M. Stephen Miller will draw on his extensive publications to explore the question: why did the New York and New England Shaker communities turn to herbs and medicines as a major industry? Dr. Miller's talk will examine Shaker medicinal industries in the context of early nineteenth century American medical practice. His lecture will be extensively illustrated with examples from the full range of these Shaker industries, including graphic design from packaging and promotional efforts.

December 5, 2012, 7:30-9pm Science G041

Posted 12-2-2012

We Read Banned Books!

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Hamilton College Library promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week. This event is observed during the last week of September of each year. Banned Books Week 2012 will occur September 30 through October 6.

Why are books challenged?
Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. Censorship can be subtle, almost imperceptible, as well as blatant and overt, but, nonetheless, harmful. As John Stuart Mill wrote in On Liberty:
“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. Were an opinion a personal possession of no value except to the owner; if to be obstructed in the enjoyment of it were simply a private injury, it would make some difference whether the injury was inflicted only on a few persons or on many. But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.”
Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. Although this may be a commendable motivation, censorship by librarians of constitutionally protected speech, whether for protection or for any other reason, violates the First Amendment.

As Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., in Texas v. Johnson , said most eloquently:
“If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”

If we are to continue to protect our First Amendment, we would do well to keep in mind these words of Noam Chomsky:
“If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.”
Or these words of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (" The One Un-American Act." Nieman Reports , vol. 7, no. 1, Jan. 1953, p. 20):
“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”

American Library Association
Retrieved 9-10-2012

Burke LIbrary Turns 40!

Please join us Monday, September 10 from 3:30-5pm as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of Burke Library. 

The event will include several speakers.  Kathy Collett, college archivist, will be giving a brief history of the college library, Dean of Faculty Patrick Reynolds will speak on the importance of libraries, and Dave Smallen, VP of Information Technology, will reflect on his years in Burke Library.  Many retirees of Burke Library will be on hand as well.  We will also be honoring Joan Wolek and Abby Morton, current library staff members who also worked in the James Library.  Exhibits include posters hung in the library tracing the history of the college library, and other display cases on the first and second floor.  Refreshments will be served, including birthday cake.  Pens, bookmarks, and travel mugs will also be available.

In 1968, President Chandler announced that the James Library (now the Christian Johnson Building) was to be replaced by a new structure.  The new building, designed by Hugh Stubbins and Associates of Cambridge, MA, costing over $5.5 million and housing up to 500,000 volumes in approximately 80,000 square feet, was completed on the site of Truax Hall in 1972. The new building was named for Daniel Burke, class of 1893, a long time chairman of the Board of Trustees who had done much to make possible the building of the James Library.  Burke Library now houses the Information Commons, Information Technology Services, and includes print and electronic materials (Kathy Collett, college archivist).

Posted 9-5-2012

Hamilton College Joins ConnectNY

ConnectNY is a consortium of 18 colleges and universities in New York State with a shared catalog of over five million titles. Hamilton faculty, staff and students have the ability to request items via the ConnectNY catalog.  Items requested typically arrive quicker than traditional interlibrary loan materials. ConnectNY does not replace but rather adds to our existing Interlibrary Loan services.

In addition, through ConnectNY we will be participating in a pilot project to provide our community with access to thousands of electronic books. These books are cataloged and available through ALEX, the library catalog.

If you have questions about ConnectNY or Interlibrary Loan services in general, please contact Kristin Strohmeyer, Interim Coordinator of Access Services,  315-8594481.

More information about ConnectNY at Hamilton can be found on the Library web site or at the organization web site.

As with any new service we expect bumps along the way.  Please let us know how ConnectNY is working for you by using the comment buttons that appear on our web pages or by using the contact information above.

Posted 8-29-2012

Media Library Moves to Burke

The shelving is in place, materials are being re-labeled, and Circulation is ready to shelve!  We are taking advantage of the Christian Johnson remodel to integrate the former Media Library collection into the general collections of Burke Library.  Over 3500 DVD’s will now be housed in open shelving on the second floor of the main library, where they can be easily browsed.  New lockable containers will help us keep track of the materials, and make for consistent access without loss.  Videos, slides and films will be available upon request from the Circulation Department. New viewing stations are being set up in the basement, with new equipment and headphones.  Materials can be put on reserve in Burke for course work, and will have a three day check-out period for all users.  Thank you to everyone who has worked hard to make this move as smooth as possible.

Posted 6-8-2012

Library Says Thank You to Graduating Student Assistants

The staff of the library gathered today to honor fifteen graduating student assistants.  Students and staff enjoyed a potluck luncheon in the library's All Night Reading Room.  The Library purchased books in each student's name to be placed in the general collection, to honor them.  Book plates indicating the student and their graduation year will be placed in each title, and their names will be searchable in the library catalog. A list of the books and the student in whose name they were purchased is listed below:


Danielle Abatemarco  The social conquest of Earth / Edward O. Wilson
Music Library 

Brett Banhazl   Documentary storytelling / Sheila Curran Bernard

Kelsey Brow   Cambridge Companion to Modern French Culture

Nicholas Costantino  Eaarth : making a life on a tough new planet / Bill McKibben

Xiaohan Du   Ai Weiwei’s blog / Ai Weiwei
Media/Music Library

Christopher Eaton  On becoming a conductor / Frank L. Battisti
Music Library  

Charlotte Gendron  A brief history of the Spanish language / David Pharies

Rachel Grannis  The lost cellos of Lev Aronson / Frances Brent

Joseph Harmon  Cambridge Companion to American Fiction after 1945
Music Library  

Patrick Landers  Overtreated / Shannon Brownlee
Media Library  

Kristen Pallen   Built to win / Leslie Heywood and Shari Dworkin
Interlibrary Loan 

Shirley Ramos   Whistler in the nightworld : short fiction from the Latin Americas

Matt Therkelsen  Film noir / Jennifer Fay and Justus Nieland
Media Library 

Keomanisod Xiong  South Asian feminisms
Digital Imaging

Fertaa Yieleh-Chireh  The Arab awakening

Posted 5-15-2012

Library Hours

Beginning on Sunday, December 4 at 10am, the library will remain open 24 hours a day until Friday, December 16 at 8pm.

Come take a study break!  Enjoy some snacks in the Staff Lounge (Burke Library basement) Sunday through Thursday from 9-11pm.

Posted 12-5-2012

Hamilton College: The Founding

Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.!

Please join us in the Patricia Pogue Couper Research Room in the Emerson Rare Book Room, 3rd floor of Burke Library, as we continue our monthly series of bicentennial displays.
This month’s exhibit collects documents regarding the founding of Hamilton College. On display will be documents and artifacts dating from 1812 and throughout the 1810s. Some of the earliest illustrated views of the College will be on view, as well as the original engraving blocks that they were printed from.

Each month Archivist Katherine Collett and Director of Special Collections Christian Goodwillie will assemble a small group of documents, artifacts, and visual materials relating to a specific period in the history of Hamilton College. Visitors will be allowed to get up close to the artifacts and even handle some of them. The next day these items will be installed in the display cases in the lobby of the Burke Library.

Posted 11-14-2011

Von Steuben Artifacts on Display

This month’s exhibit collects documents from around the time of the Revolutionary War and the following decades, including the founding and operation of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy.  A 1770 letter to Samuel Kirkland reports on the “Boston Massacre,” leading up to the Revolution.   Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (1730-1794) was a Major General of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and later laid the cornerstone for the Hamilton-Oneida Academy.  Two of his letters, from 1781 and 1786, a 1794 article about his laying of the cornerstone, and an engraving represent him here.   Documents relating to the Hamilton-Oneida Academy include a floor plan, receipts, a program for student performances, and a partial list of students.

Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben's letters, are available also in translation at: http://elib.hamilton.edu/hc/hc-main.php?id=col_arc-ste&c=arc_ste.

Posted 10-25-2011

15 Minutes: An Homage to Andy Warhol

Please join us on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 4pm in Burke Library for the opening reception of the multimedia exhibition,   15 Minutes: An Homage to Andy Warhol.

Curated and produced by Jeff Gordon and Path Soong,  and running through November 20, 2011, this multimedia exhibit will be located on the first floor of Burke Library. The exhibit showcases 18 artists who either knew or worked with Warhol or were influenced by him. The artists have each contributed a visual work for display, in addition to an audio track in the form of music, poetry or spoken word.  Listening stations will be set up in the Burke Browsing Room, with the visual pieces displayed in both small and large formats.

Posted 9-28-2011

Fall 2011 Couper Phi Beta Kappa Library Lecture

Please join us on Thursday, October 6 at 4:10pm in the Bradford Auditorium (Kirner Johnson 125) for the Fall 2011 Couper Phi Beta Kappa Library Lecture “From Schopenhauer to Schwarzenegger: The Impact of Copyright on Art and Scholarship in the Digital Age.” Kevin Smith ’81, Scholarly Communications Officer at Perkins Library, Duke University, will examine the problems and possibilities for copyright in a digital age over three broad areas - teaching, scholarship and the creative arts.

The Couper Phi Beta Kappa Library Lecture was established in 2005 to honor Hamilton alumnus Richard "Dick" Couper '44, who died in January 2006. This yearly lecture recognizes Couper's commitment and contributions to the college and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Each year a distinguished speaker is invited to present on a library-related topic.

Sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Hamilton College Library, and the Dean of Faculty.

Posted 9-28-2011

Samuel Kirkland Artifacts on Display

Samuel Kirkland (1741-1808) was a missionary to the Oneida Indians. In 1793 he founded the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, a school for the joint education of Iroquois and white youth. On display in Burke Library, this collection of manuscripts, letters and personal effects  gathers some of the few remaining artifacts of the Reverend Kirkland, as well as books that he owned while preaching in the wilderness of upstate New York.

Posted 9-23-2011

Hamilton College Catalogues

Over the years, Hamilton College has produced course catalogues that range from an 1814 broadside listing the faculty and students to today’s online resource for registration.  Stop by Burke Library for our display of catalogues from Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges to see the changes in form, content, and educational philosophy through the College’s 200 years.

Posted 9-5-2011

Library Hours During the First Week of Classes

Regular hours will begin Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 10:00am

August 25-August 27

Thursday 8:00am - Midnight
Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 10:00pm

August 28 - September 3

Sunday 10:00am - Midnight
Monday - Thursday 8:00am - Midnight
Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 10:00pm

Posted 8-25-2011

Library Hours During Orientation

August 20 - 24

Saturday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday-Wednesday  8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Posted 8-20-2011

Research Guide for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

We've developed a quick research guide for the Class of 2015 Common Read, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: http://dlib.hamilton.edu/sp/subjects/guide.php?subject=read2011.  You can find images, videos, books and links to scholarly and popular articles, as well as websites about the book.

Also, stop by and see our display of HeLa cells imagery.

Posted 8-20-2011

Bicentennial Book Launch

Please join us Wednesday, August 24th, from 1:30-2:30pm in the Library Browsing Room as we begin to celebrate Hamilton’s 200th year with the launch of Maurice Isserman’s book, On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College.

Professor Isserman and President Stewart will both speak, followed by a brief reception and book signing.  Copies will be available for purchase for $65 +tax.

The event is free and open to the public.

Posted 8-16-2011

Photo by Claudette Ferrone '88Emerson Rare Book Room Re-Opening a Success!

Thank you to everyone who made the Re-Opening of the Emerson Rare Book Room such a success!  Over 80 people attending the re-opening, honoring Patsy Couper and Walter Brumm, with the unveiling of the Patricia Pogue Couper Research Room.  Couper Librarian, Randall Ericson, spoke about the Emerson Rare Book Room, and Dr. Walter Brumm.  Professor Margaret Thickstun spoke of her love for special collections and how her students will now be able to use the materials much more.  College President Joan Hinde Stewart honored Patsy Couper and her many contributions to the college.  Later that evening, Dr. Ilyon Woo spoke on her use of the Communal Society Papers to write her book, The Great Divorce, chronicling the efforts of Eunice Chapman to receive a divorce and custody of her children from the Shaker community.

Posted 4-18-2011

Emerson Rare Book Room Re-Opening Events

Please join us for a formal re-opening of the Emerson Rare Book Room, honoring Patsy Couper and Walter Brumm, with the dedication of the Patricia Pogue Couper Research Room on Thursday, April 14 at 4:15 p.m. on the second floor landing of the Burke Library. President Joan Hinde Stewart and Couper Librarian Randall Ericson will speak, followed by a ribbon cutting, and tours of the newly designed facility.

Later that evening, at 7:30 p.m. on April 14, Dr. Ilyon Woo will speak in the Kennedy Auditorium, Science Center, about her new book, “The Great Divorce,” with special reference to her use of the Communal Societies Collection in the Emerson Rare Book Room for her research.  Dr. Woo is a renowned scholar, and has been interviewed most notably by NPR  on All Things Considered and The Diane Rehm Show and by the Library of Congress, for this particular work.

The public is welcome at both events.

Posted 4-4-2011

Design Your Ideal Library

Imagine you are asked to design a new library for Hamilton College.

Your library can be housed in a single building, spread across campus, or even exist as a virtual space. You can construct it with the building materials you like, and fill it with all the research materials, furniture, technology, staff, and any other amenities you want.

We'd like you to show us what your ideal library would be like, or just sketch out the part of it where you could imagine yourself spending the most time. All the materials you need are waiting just inside the entrance to Burke Library.

Your ideas will be incorporated into the Library of the Future Committee's report to President Stewart this May. The three most intriguing student designs will receive $50, $25, and $10 gift cards.

Posted 2-28-2011

Randy Sandke and Evan Christopher, Fallcoming 2009 Jazz ConcertJazz Archive Now Available Online

Burke Library and Jazz Archive at Hamilton College are pleased to announce a significant new resource for jazz scholars, researchers and enthusiasts. The transcripts and audio tracks from the oral history interviews conducted for the Jazz Archive may now be accessed at www.hamilton.edu/jazzarchive. 282 interviews and select video excerpts are now accessible in this ongoing project, searchable by subject matter and keyword.
Established in 1995 by Milt Fillius Jr. ’44, the Hamilton College Jazz Archive holds a collection of 300 videotaped interviews with jazz musicians, arrangers, writers and critics. The collection generally focuses on artists associated with mainstream jazz and the swing era, such as former members of bands led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and the Dorsey brothers. Significant soloists and arrangers from small ensembles dating from the 1930s have also been interviewed. The holdings are particularly valuable for researching the learning process employed by musicians prior to the establishment of jazz education programs, and the realities of making a career in the jazz world. Other significant topics addressed include stories of life on the road and in the active New York City recording scene as well as racial relations (past and present) in jazz. Many interviews were conducted by vocalist Joe Williams who was instrumental in establishing the reputation of the oral history project.
Specific inquiries may be directed to Monk Rowe, Director of the Hamilton College Jazz Archive, (315)859-4071.

Posted 2-22-2011

Ask a Librarian @Levitt

Starting Monday, February 28, Reference Librarians will be available to help students and faculty from all disciplines with their research in the Levitt Center on Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays from 3-5pm.  Join us on the 28th for cookies and ask a librarian for research assistance!

Posted 2-22-2011

Text This Call Number!

No more little slips of paper with call numbers written on them! Text This Call Number is now available within ALEX, the library catalog. When looking at a record for an item in our collection, click Text This Call Number. The title, call number and location of the item will be texted to your cell phone.

Posted 1-28-2011

House of David Collection at Hamilton College Library

The Communal Societies Collection of the Hamilton College Library is now home to the world’s most extensive collection of materials pertaining to the Michigan-based House of David and Mary’s City of David communities. Founded in 1903, the House of David community had more than one thousand members, and was a popular tourist destination in the early twentieth century. More information on the House of David, and other materials, can be located in the Special Collections Department.

Posted 1-28-2011

Mobile Library Resources Now Available

Research Aids: Mobile Library gives you access to many library resources on your mobile device. Databases such as ALEX, our library catalog, EBSCO's Academic Search Premier and RefWorks are some of the myriad of resources now available.  Please note that many mobile library sites are in their first release, so our technical support may be limited. Check it out and let us know what you think.

If you have questions or comments about these new ways of accessing library resources, please contact us at askref@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4735.

Posted 1-19-2011

Naxos Music Library

Hamilton College subscribes to the Naxos Music Library [NML]. Naxos is the world´s largest online classical music library, offering streaming access to more than 46,000 CDs with more than 653,000 tracks, standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.

NML can be accessed from any computer, anywhere, anytime. With the new iPhone / iPod Touch App subscribers can also access the service on the go.

The contents can be searched by composer, work, genre and label; by keyword search and by a sophisticated advanced search engine with up to 10 combined search criteria. In addition to allowing subscribers to listen to recordings, NML provides liner notes for most recordings. Listeners can create personalized playlists or use predefined Naxos Music Library playlists.

Posted 11-5-2010

Millenial PraisesGoodwillie and Crosthwaite edit Shaker hymnal

Millenial PraisesChristian Goodwillie, Curator of Special Collections and Archives, and Jane F. Crosthwaite, Professor of Religion at Mount Holyoke College, have edited a new book, Millennial Praises: A Shaker Hymnal (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009). With a foreward by Daniel W. Patterson, this scholarly text bring together for the first time both the words and music of a rare Shaker songbook. The volume includes a CD of historical recordings of six Shaker songs by Brother Ricardo Belden, the last member of the Society at Hancock Shaker Village.

Christian Goodwillie and Jane F. Crosthwaite will discuss their book on Monday, November 15th at 4:10pm in the Red Pit (KJ127) at Hamilton College.

Posted 11-5-2010

New Lights on the Burke Library Third Floor

The third floor of Burke Library has new carpeting and new lights. Over the summer the entire ceiling of the third floor was replaced and new light fixture, with energy efficient bulbs, installed. The lights provide better lighting than we had in the past as well as using less electricity. In an effort to further reduce the carbon footprint of the Library, the lights in the stack areas are tied to timer switches. The stacks are divided into six zones and lights can be turned on in each zone independent of the others. In addition the light switches are on twenty minute timers, so when the area is unoccupied, lights will go off.
Light switches are located on the pillars and walls on the third floor of Burke Library. Using the arrows as guides, press the top of the white button to turn the lights on. Press the bottom to turn the lights off. The light on the switch will turn red to indicate the lights are on. A green light indicates the lights are off to conserve energy.

Posted 10-15-2010

House of DavidHouse of David on Exhibit

House of DavidCurrently on exhibit through January 2, 2011 at the Emerson Gallery is “Revelations: Images from The House of David and Mary’s City of David Collection at Hamilton College.”Believing that he was the seventh (and final) messenger foretold by St. John in his Revelation, itinerate minister Benjamin Purnell and his wife Mary established the Israelite House of David in 1903. Located in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the House of David was a communal society organized around the Purnells’ religious credo and belief that through abstinence and personal self-denial one would prepare the body for everlasting life. At its peak, the House of David had nearly one thousand members, owned several successful business enterprises and was famous for its barnstorming baseball team. This exhibition features archival materials from the House of David and its splinter community, Mary’s City of David, and examines whether objects produced for communal or spiritual benefit can change in meaning when their context changes. More information is available at the Emerson Gallery. (courtesy of Susanna White)

Posted 10-15-2010

Ericson Compiles Solzhenitsyn Bibliography

Couper Librarian Randall Ericson recently compiled a bibliography of the works of prominent 20th century author and Nobel prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Spanning the years 1962-75, it includes translations of Solzhenitsyn’s work into all languages, as well as miscellaneous non-literary works such as letters and Solzhenitsyn’s statements to the Soviet Writers’ Union. One of the Solzhenitsyn’s most recognized and celebrated publications, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, was first published in 1962.

Ericson created the work at the request of the Solzhenitsyn family to whom he had been introduced by his brother, a Solzhenitsyn scholar who knew Solzhenitsyn and other family members. Ignat Solzhenitsyn, a concert pianist and one of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s sons, served as Ericson’s contact with the family.

Posted 9-10-2010

Alexander Hamilton and Samuel Kirkland Stained Glass Windows

Please stop by and see the beautiful stained glass windows of Alexander Hamilton and Samuel Kirkland on the second floor of Burke Library. The display of the windows was created in 2009 by designer Ted Anderson from Exhibition Alliance in Hamilton, New York, with the support of the Clarence E. '45 and Ruth F. Aldridge Chapel Fund.

The windows have a long history at Hamilton College. In 1898, by way of special recognition of the two key leaders in launching what became Hamilton College, it was decided to honor them with stained glass memorial portraits, installed in the College Chapel. By that time the Chapel had been "Victorianized," its interior decor featuring dark oak pews and paneling. The portraits, Hamilton in Continental Army uniform and Kirkland in clerical garb, were placed in the round window spaces to the left and right of the pulpit at the gallery level on the west end of the Chapel. Other, smaller stained glass memorial windows honoring various College worthies were later added on the sides.

The Hamilton and Kirkland portrait windows were installed in 1899, and they would remain in place for a half-century until the Chapel's interior was extensively renovated to honor Hamilton alumni who had sacrificed their lives for their country during World War II. In 1949, the Chapel was stripped of its dark wood and took on the now whitewashed look of a traditional New England chapel. It was intended to return the building to its original simplicity, and the stained glass windows were deemed to be out of place with the new décor. Consequently, they were removed and put in storage. Only the Hamilton and Kirkland windows were much later placed on display, in the sunken lounge of the Beinecke Student Activities Village after its construction in 1993. The windows will now be enjoyed by all visiting Burke Library, and provide a beautiful vocal point on the second floor.

Posted 8-25-2010