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

Statement on Confronting the Legacies of Colonialism and Racism in Special Collections

Please see the Special Collections blog announcing the release of our “Confronting the Legacies of Colonialism and Racism in Special Collections” statement.

A link to the full statement as well as introductory material is available on the LITS Website.

Contact Special Collections with questions: speccoll@brynmawr.edu.

Share Name Pronunciations in Moodle!

We’ve added NameCoach to Moodle!

NameCoach has developed a suite of tools that enable people to record the pronunciation of their name and share that recording with others. Anyone can use NameCoach’s free Personal Name Badge to create name recordings they can attach to their email signatures, online biographies, etc.

This new Moodle integration brings that functionality to our Moodle site: Teachers can add a NameCoach activity to their Moodle courses and course participants can use that activity to record their own name and hear each others’ names pronounced.

If you have any questions about using NameCoach or adding it to your Moodle courses, please contact the Help Desk at help@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7440.

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.