New Accessibility Resources and Learning Opportunities

Check out the new Accessibility Best Practices guide. This step-by-step guide helps you vet the materials and practices you use for accessibility.

Have questions about accessibility or assistive technology?

      • Stop by during Accessibility Office Hours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-1 pm to have your questions answered.
      • Check out Assistive Technology Talk on Fridays at 2pm for workshops all about tools and tips to reach your goals this year!
      • Faculty and staff are invited to our Lunch and Learn program for bite-size tips on how to make your class more accessible: every other Monday from 12-12:30.
      • Watch the Daily Digest for details and zoom links!

Last but not least, the escape room is back! This semester’s game is called Keep Calm and Use Assistive Technology. Keep an on the LITS blog posts starting next week to learn ways to shave minutes off your team’s time this November.  Are you up for the challenge?

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.

 

Windows 11 Testing: Call for volunteers

Help LITS improve our Windows 11 image before it is rolled out for all new College devices! The more folks we have test, the more confident we can be that all will function as expected when we start making the transition. Volunteer by emailing help@brynmawr.edu with the subject line “Windows 11 Testing Volunteer” and please include any questions you may have!

If you’d like to try it out beforehand…Minerva Lab, Athena Lab, and Lusty Cup on the A floor of Canaday Library are now using Windows 11!

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

BMC Libraries Summer Plans

emailed to service-updates@brynmawr.edu on 4/13/21:

Dear BMC Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

We are beginning to prepare the libraries for expanded summer access and for the gradual return to regular library services ahead of fall semester. I’m writing to share the schedule for this transition with key steps we anticipate in reopening of library spaces and on-site services. 

  • As usual during breaks, we will be open limited hours for materials pickup from the end of exams until June 7; details will be published on our hours page. 
     
  • Beginning the week of June 7, Carpenter and Canaday libraries will open to BiCo community members with regular daily hours, including evening and weekend hours in Carpenter. The specific opening and closing times depend heavily on the availability of student employees, and we will publish those to our hours page once they’re confirmed. We are welcoming student job applications now for summer and fall! 
     
  • Also beginning on June 7, the stacks will be open and accessible to anyone using Canaday and Carpenter libraries, and quarantining of returned books will end. HathiTrust ETAS (Emergency Temporary Access Service) will also be turned off on June 7 for Bryn Mawr as we are ethically bound to abide by the terms of the program, which allows remote access only when we’re in an emergency condition that precludes access to library stacks and regular access to library study spaces.  
     
  • We will also begin assigning socially distanced student carrels, by request. Those assigned carrels will be available for use beginning June 14.
     
  • The significant work required to prepare the building facilities will happen during the weeks of June 1 and June 7. 
     
  • Collier Library will remain closed this summer and fall as key elements of Park Science Phase 2 renovations take place in the two wings of the library. Books from Collier will continue to be paged for pick-up at either the Canaday or Carpenter circulation desk. 
We are delighted to be able to restore core facets of library access this summer, including the ability to work in the stacks and for student scholars to return to work in assigned carrels. These transition plans are parallel to what most academic libraries and peer institutions will be doing this summer, and our local plans build on what we’ve heard from BMC students and faculty about desired library access. We look forward to preparing the libraries more fully for fall semester and to seeing many of you soon at the libraries!
 
Please let us know via library@brynmawr.edu if you have any questions. 

All best, 

Gina 

TriCollege Libraries Launch Stunning New Home for Digital Collections

Special Collections is thrilled to launch TriCollege Libraries Digital Collections – the new home for digital collections.

Explore the Bryn Mawr College Photo Archives, Scrapbook and Photo Album Collection, the history of the Summer School for Women Workers in Industry, College yearbooks, issues of The College News, a community-sourced archive of personal experiences and reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic and more.

Over the next few months, look for more collections that document the 2020 Bryn Mawr College Strike and the history of Perry House, as well as oral histories with alumnae/i providing first-hand accounts of their experiences at Bryn Mawr.

Read more about this this rich and fascinating resource on the Special Collections Blog. Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore College Libraries will continue to grow and consolidate digital collections in the new site, making more and more of our collections discoverable while improving findability, search functionality, and accessibility.

Questions or feedback about the new site? Contact Special Collections at speccoll@brynmawr.edu or use this form.