When Penrose Library switched to its new catalog system, Sherlock, on January 8, 2015, it was a momentous occasion for library staff here at Whitman, who have been working hard since last June to implement this change. But we’re not the only ones who are celebrating. Over the last two years, the 37 libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance (aka “Summit”) have all been moving to a shared catalog system. Whitman was the final piece in the puzzle, so all of the Summit libraries were excited about our switch! Now that all of the libraries are using the common system, we will be able to share information and collaborate more easily. For example, one great new feature is Summit item requesting within Sherlock.
We’re looking forward to introducing you to Sherlock in the Spring 2015 semester. There are lots of ways to learn more about Sherlock.
If you need to find data to support an argument in a paper or to analyze for a project, where do you start? Our new Data Resources LibGuide suggests starting points for the social sciences, the sciences, and the humanities, and provides links to online resources that support data analysis and visualization. We also have guidance for writing Data Management Plans, and best practices for citing datasets that you use in your research. Check it out, and let us know what additional data resources would help you!
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You can also check out a copy of Reservation Blues at Penrose.
First-year students: do you need an introduction to college level library research? Your very own personal librarian can give you a quick orientation to finding and using library resources, help you get started on a paper or assignment, and generally answer any library-related questions you may have.
You can find your personal librarian in the list below (Whitman login required).
The scanner on the main floor of Penrose Library is now even more high-tech! Our nifty new Smart Dock allows you to connect your Android or iOS device via the KIC Scanner wifi network, then upload your scanned document directly to your device. And if you’re using Google Docs for your document storage, the upgraded software allows you to send documents directly to your personal or Whitman accounts. Come by and check it out!
What does The Kite Runner have in common with the Ender’s Game? At one time, each has been on the American Library Association’s list of banned or challenged books. Both are also on display this week as part of our exhibit celebrating Banned Books Week. Founded in 1982, the campaign supports promoting intellectual freedom by providing access to works with diverse and even unpopular viewpoints in library collections.
Stop by and check out the exhibit, and pick up a bookmark!
Penrose Library is delighted to learn that The Princeton Review has named it to the list of Top 10 College/University Libraries for 2014. Based upon a survey of 126,000 students at 378 schools, Penrose was ranked #9. We’re very proud that students at Whitman are so pleased with our library services, collections and programs!
We have recently added the following new titles to our e-Resource collections.
State Papers Online (Gale): Provides 17th century British State Papers and links these historical manuscripts to their full text-searchable calendars. Our subscriptions include Part III: The Stuarts: James I to Anne, 1603-1714, State Papers Domestic, and Part IV: The Stuarts: James to Anne, 1603 – 1714: State Papers Foreign, Ireland; and Registers of the Privy Council.
Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals Digital Archive Hosting (Gale): New series that covers the events, lives, values and themes that shaped the 19th century world.
We have also added supplemental material (5-8) to the following resource.
Nineteenth Century Collections Online (Gale): Nineteenth Century Collections Online is a multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections of the long nineteenth century. The program includes a variety of content types–monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more–and unites them in one central, cross-searchable location. Our subscription includes Archive 1: British Politics and Society; Archive 2: Asia & West Diplomacy & Cultural Exchange; Archive 3: British Theatre; Archive 4: Corvey Collection of European Literature.; Archive 5: Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest; Archive 6: Photography; Archive 7: Science, Technology, and Medicine; Archive 8: Women.