Kanopy, a popular online streaming service, is available to library patrons!

Have you ever wished that a Netflix-like streaming service would be freely accessible on campus? Now it is!

Herrick Library has purchased a one year subscription to try out Kanopy, an on-demand video streaming service, which provides online access to over 26,000 films from 800 top producers such as Criterion Collection, PBS, New Day Films, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, etc. Its collection grows by roughly 500 films a month, so viewers are regularly presented with new and interesting viewing options.

Kanopy provides educational institutions access to one of the largest collections of films in the world – including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases – on every topic imaginable.

Its innovative patron-driven acquisition model has been adopted by over 1,500 universities worldwide, now including Alfred University!

You may browse Kanopy’s available films by subject on its website: www.kanopystreaming.com.

To browse Kanopy’s most recent film additions and recommendations, please click here.

Click here to start watching.


AU Libraries Wins Nationally Recognized Prize for Public Relations

Touted as “The Most Prestigious Award of the American Library Association”  The ALA has recently announced that Alfred University Libraries is a winner of the coveted: 

2016 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award

gI_78425_johncottondana HPW_Presentation_Page_01 “Built around the National Library of Medicine’s traveling Harry Potter exhibit, the Scholes Library created a comprehensive marketing campaign that both showcased their own collections as well as their creativity as they celebrated all things Potter in a tiered campaign that brought the entire community together.”

With this recognition, AU Libraries takes its place alongside several of the nations’ most prestigious public and university libraries.

From the official press release :  April 29, Chicago, ILAfter many hours of deliberation – made especially challenging by the high quality of the dozens of entries in this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards – the judges announced the eight winners of this year’s contest.  Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award from EBSCO and the HW Wilson Foundation, the sponsors of this prestigious annual award. The following winners will be celebrated June 26 at an open reception during the American Library Association’s 2016 annual conference in Orlando.

illustrationIn Fall 2015, the Scholes Library at Alfred University hosted the National Library of Medicine’s “Harry Potter’s World” traveling exhibit. To welcome the exhibit, forge ties with the campus and community, and raise awareness of our collections, we created a two month long event series in the university libraries. The product of collaborations with university staff, faculty members, student groups, and local public libraries, this event series energized the Alfred community, created new connections between the library and outside institutions, and brought several hundred additional patrons into the libraries.

evaThe project was the brainchild of Scholes Art Librarian Eva Sclippa, whose leadership and creativity have helped put AU Libraries in the company of large, nationally recognized, library institutions such as Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, San Diego, Vancouver Public Libraries and the libraries at Northwestern University.  This is an extremely impressive company.  With a simple idea and a few hundred dollars, Eva has led the Alfred University Libraries and the entire university community to prove, once again, that Alfred University has magnificent creative resources and a dedicated faculty and staff who generate national recognition.

For additional information please see Application Materials Submission from Alfred University

Herrick Hosts Therapy Dog Night and Massage and Acupuncture Night During Finals Week!

Therapy Dog Night, May 2016

We would like to thank everyone who attended and took part in the end of the semester’s annual Therapy Dog Night and Massage and Acupuncture Night!

There were 62 people who received massages from 5 therapists, 16 people who received acupuncture, and 25 people who interacted with the incredibly sweet and one and only Cole Porter, therapy dog.

Once again, thank you all for a wonderful end to the spring semester!

We wish you a safe, restful, and excellent summer!


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Herrick Library hosting month-long exhibition of paintings by Perrone ’82

Perrone '82

Alfred University’s (AU) Herrick Library will present “Selected Paintings 1990-2016 by Stephen Perrone” beginning Friday, March 4 and running through Saturday, April 2. Perrone is a Central New York artist and member of the AU Class of 1982.

Herrick Library will display an array of paintings created by Perrone during his career in the arts. After settling in Sylvan Beach, NY he began taking art classes at Syracuse University and Munson Williams Proctor Institute. Primarily a self-taught artist, Perrone has been participating in exhibitions for the past 30-plus years.

He says in his artist statement: “I enjoy painting on anything that offers an unusual surface and a good feeling between the brush and my hand. There is a rawness to my work that I hope contributes to the nature of each ‘personality’ on display.

“These figures (in the Herrick exhibit) were made with an eye toward the ordinary. I wanted a little unattractiveness in the physical sense, and I wanted body language to be an important consideration in trying to understand each subject. If they seem unrefined and restless, that’s largely what I had in mind.”

Perrone continues, “Finally, my hope is that each painting conveys a measure of simplicity and fragility that I feel is so much a part of the human experience. Life is both pleasant and difficult, and I’m attempting to demonstrate both possibilities with the sensitivity and compassion we all deserve as human beings.”

Most recently, Perrone presented “The Homeless” at Studio 24, Syracuse, and his “Selected Paintings” at the Rome (NY) Art and Community Center. His art has also been shown at the Art For Artists (AFA) Gallery, Scranton, PA,; The Art Etcetera Gallery, West Newton, MA; The Book Mill Gallery, Montague, MA; The Broome Street Gallery and The Ariel Gallery, SoHo, and the Cedar Tavern, New York City; the Roberson Museum, Binghamton; the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn; and The Delavan Center, Syracuse.

Perrone has been a featured artist at the Clinton House Artspace, Ithaca; and at the Joan Lucas Rothenberg Gallery, The Redhouse, Studio 24, and the Szozda Gallery, all in Syracuse.

His work may be found under “Stephen Perrone” at facebook.com.


Students create posters for Women’s History Month

A series of poster presentations are on display in Herrick Library in honor of Women’s History Month. The posters were created by students in Prof. Vicki Eaklor’s spring semester Women in Society class.

The posters explore topics in women’s history, including women in athletics, reproductive rights, the birth control pill, and the Guerrilla Girls.


Women’s History Month became a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”  In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”  Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”


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Exploring Race and Identity in America Through Fiction

An exhibit in the entryway of Herrick Library focuses on race and identity in American as viewed through fiction.

The following books are included. Any of them can be checked out at the library’s front desk:
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Blasphemy, Sherman Alexie
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, Julia Alvarez
What is the What, Dave Eggers
Bronx Masquerade, Nikki Grimes
Welcome to Braggsville,  T. Geronimo Johnson
Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok
An Intimation of Things Distant: The Collected Fiction of Nella Larsen, Nella Larsen
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lhari
Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi
Mexican White Boy, Matt de la Pena
More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera
On Beauty, Zadie Smith
The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout

Herrick Library welcomes recommendations for library acquisitions. If you would like to suggest a specific book, please use our suggestion form.