LITS Welcomes the Class of 2026

LITS has a great schedule of programming developing to welcome the class of 2026 this summer and fall!

Available now!

Orientation Week

Wednesday 8/24 at the Resources Fair, 12-2 on Taylor Drive

Connect Your Device clinic – LITS staff will help you get your phone and/or laptop connected to campus WiFi!

Thursday 8/25, 3-4 in Canaday Library

Join our “Canadayland” library tour! Follow a map of candy-themed titles to each floor where LITS staff will introduce various spaces. Sweet treats will be available along the way, of course.

Contact the Help Desk with questions: help@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7440.

 

LITS Welcome Back Newsletter 2021

Top Resources for Students

  • New and returning students: get started here with FREE Microsoft Office for your personal computer and access to lots of great software from the library, your dorm room, and off-campus – plus help with wireless, printing, and more!
  • Check out LinkedIn Learning for online courses and quick tutorials in software, business, and creative skills.

Who Built Bryn Mawr?

Interested in changing the way the College understands its history? Research and curatorial opportunities are available. The current exhibit, in Canaday Library and online, names and celebrates four individuals who helped shape the College’s first 50 years.

For more information and to get involved, see the Bryn Mawr Histories website.

Collier Science Library Reopens

Collier Library reopens this Fall with a small footprint during renovations.

  • Some seating is available for students
  • Request books for pickup in Collier

Here’s how to find us:

  • Use the GeoChem elevator near room 282 (or the stairwell at the end of the same hall) to access the library.
  • Circulation office (for book pickup): room 371A
  • Joyce Angelucci, Resident Librarian in the Sciences: room 371B
  • Jennifer Coval, Library Assistant: room 371C

See you there!

Fabrication, Design, and Critical Making in the Makerspace

Three students add paint to a wooden map in the Makerspace
Summer Digital Fellows explore visual representations of data in Makerspace

In 2020, LITS launched a Makerspace in Park to support research and exploration in fabrication, design and critical making. The Makerspace currently houses a small woodshop and suite of digital fabrication tools (including laser cutters, 3D printers and scanners, and a CNC router), a RISO printer, as well as general craft and art supplies. A second location in Carpenter library will provide access to sewing machines.  

While the initial launch of the Makerspace was scaled back due to limits on in-person activities, we were still able to offer online and hybrid workshops and individual consultations to members of the Bryn Mawr College community last year. This year, we’re looking forward to a full schedule of in-person workshops and access.

Come see us! For hours, upcoming events and opportunities to get involved, see http://digitalscholarship.brynmawr.edu/makerspace/.

Read&Write for Dictation, Organization, and More

Are you looking for an easier way to do research and write papers? Look no further! Bryn Mawr community members now all have free access to the Read&Write Google Chrome extension. This tool allows you write papers faster through dictation and text expansion features, as well as make research a breeze with its highlighting feature that allows you to color code quotes and organize them in a document in one step.

This tool makes reading much easier with natural text to speech, screen simplification, and audio converting tools. To use, download Read & Write from the Chrome store and use your BMC credentials to log in.

Can you Keep Calm and Caption On?

Do you like puzzles? Do you like making the world a more accessible place? If you answered yes both these questions, then get ready for this semester’s Keep Calm and Caption On challenge!

Each week, there will be a fun challenge where you will learn the skills needed to set up captioning on a variety of platforms. Then, at the end of the semester, you’ll get a chance to put your wits and captioning knowledge to the test in a Digital Escape Room, where you will need to understand how to use captioning in order to get the clues necessary to win. This challenge is open to the entire BMC community!

Spotlight on Security

Study Break!

Librarians are always available for academic consultations…but sometimes you need something fun. This page collects some favorites. We also have access to many major newspapers!

Welcome New LITS Colleagues

Grace Cipressi
Assistive Technology Specialist

Jennifer Coval
Library Assistant

Amy Graham
Monographs Acquisition Librarian

Rosemarie Fettig
Educational and Scholarly Technology Assistant

Sean Keenan
Educational and Scholarly Technology Assistant

Shenika McAlister
Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

Private Lives of Old Books: Recovering Personal Histories from Early Books of Latin 
Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, 1st floor, Canaday Library 
September 24–December 17, 2021  

Introducing Ellie Ga 
October 18 – June 3, 2022
Eva J. Coombe ‘52 Special Collections Suite, 2nd floor, Canaday Library

…and more! See our full calendar of events

Reminders

LITS Fall Newsletter: Library study space, Panopto, Children’s Book Exhibition, and more

Sent to faculty, staff, undergraduate, graduate, postbac, and emeriti listservs:

Welcome to the LITS Fall Newsletter!

These messages collect important information and reminders about library and information technology services that are new or different for the fall 2020 semester.

Start here!

Our FAQ is updated regularly with answers to your questions. Wondering about something we haven’t addressed yet? Please don’t hesitate to ask.

Reserve Study Space at Canaday and Carpenter Libraries

Library study space is available by reservation for BiCo students, faculty, and staff! This service will be available when the College is in Level 1 operations. See Tech Docs for instructions.

New in Ed Tech: Getting more out of Panopto

Panopto, Bryn Mawr’s lecture capture system, enables users to quickly record classes, lectures, collect video assignments, and share recorded videos for users to view. Because of the platform’s ability to store large files, faculty can also use Panopto as a video streaming service by uploading video from their devices and sharing it with viewers. Other Panopto features include editing video, adding quizzes, screen recording and captioning.

Learn more by getting an account and visiting our collection of Panopto Tech Docs.

Scanning with Office Lens

Hybrid and remote teaching often require sharing scanned versions of documents such as notes, equations, or other handwritten work. Office Lens offers a secure way to scan and share files while also saving to your Bryn Mawr College OneDrive. See Scanning documents using your smartphone for instructions. 

The Girl’s Own Book: Selections from the Ellery Yale Wood Collection

The Girl’s Own Book exhibition explores the range of books aimed at girls and young women readers from the beginnings of children’s book publishing in the late 18th century, and looks at how children’s books changed in response to transformations in printing technologies and sensibilities and ambitions of young women readers.

View the exhibition online and in the Rare Book Room in Canaday. When the College is in Level 1 operations, up to 10 BiCo community members can visit the gallery at any one time with masks and appropriate social distancing. 

Revamped Information Security Education Program

The College’s Information Security Education Program got a major refresh this year with updated content specific to our higher ed context. Many thanks to the class of 2024 for completing the program before arriving on campus! Faculty and staff can watch for a launch email on October 1. The deadline to complete the program is November 1.

Documenting COVID-19 at Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to document their experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak and contribute them to the College Archives. Our goal is to create a community-sourced archive of personal experiences and reactions to the pandemic, one which shows the ways in which we are living now. All members of the Bryn Mawr College community are invited and encouraged to participate.

Seeking Community Feedback

LITS is committed to continually improving our services and offerings and the ways in which the community experiences those services. From time to time, you’ll receive a very short survey after you’ve reached out for support from LITS. You’ll also start seeing links to a feedback form pop up in the signatures of LITS staff members. We’d love to hear from you.

As always, please reach out to library@brynmawr.edu or help@brynmawr.edu with any questions. We’re working collaboratively through these channels to assess needs, track requests, and provide consultation in ongoing ways.