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.

New blog from the American Psychological Association

If you’re a frequent user of databases and electronic resources from the American Psychological Association (PsycArticles, PsycINFO, PsycBooks) you may want to follow the new APA databases and electronic resources blog.

Watch the blog for announcements about online and in-person training opportunities, new or updated training materials, and new features in APA Databases. Blog posts will also highlight new journals and include the monthly list of books added to PsycBOOKS.

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Introducing Kanopy, an online video streaming service

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The Alfred University libraries recently introduced a new online video streaming service, Kanopy.

Kanopy‘s collection includes thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases.

The collection includes films by leading producers, such as the Criterion Collection, PBS, Kino Lorber, New Day Films, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, and hundreds more.

Click here to start watching.

To find to Kanopy in the future, choose the Databases A-Z option on the Herrick or Scholes library homepage.

 We hope you enjoy the films!

Eva Sclippa with her award from the SCRLC

Eva Sclippa Wins Public Relations/Exhibition Award

Congratulations to Eva Sclippa, winner of this year’s Public Relations/Exhibition Award from the South Central Regional Library Council! Eva, an assistant librarian at Scholes Library, was nominated for her leadership and organization of the Harry Potter’s World exhibit and events, which took place this fall.

Last spring, Eva wrote a proposal to bring a National Library of Medicine Exhibit, “Harry Potter’s Eva Sclippa with her award from the SCRLCWorld,” to Scholes Library. She went on to organize a whole series of events to supplement the exhibit, including scholarly talks by Alfred University faculty, a Horcrux scavenger hunt for incoming students, a juried art exhibit, a Harry Potter themed trivia night at Herrick Library, a film showing of “Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter,” and a student Halloween ball.

Faculty responded enthusiastically to Eva’s invitation to examine Harry Potter’s World from a scholarly point of view, presenting talks on the idea of magic, the role of herbs in medicine, leadership styles as examined through characters in the books, the psychological impact of the Harry Potter series on readers, and more.

The Harry Potter events also included partnerships with local organizations, including the Alfred Farmers Market, the Alfred Box of Books Library, and the Almond Public Library.

Ellen Bahr, an associate librarian at Herrick Library, nominated Eva because she felt that “her vision and leadership of the Harry Potter’s World events is worthy of special praise and recognition. The Harry Potter’s World events have created new connections between the libraries and the communities we serve, and generated excitement and interest around the scholarly aspects of the Rowling books.”

Eva attributes the success of the events to “the incredibly broad popularity of Harry Potter,” and notes that,”fans could be found in all the strata of our community, from professors and college students to local parents and children.”

Mary-Carol Lindbloom, Executive Director of the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC), presented the award to Eva at the organization’s annual meeting in Ithaca on Friday, October 30. SCRLC is a non-profit, multi-type library consortium working to strengthen library services, programs and resources. It leads and advocates for member libraries by promoting learning, collaboration, and innovation.

Herrick features local poets for National Poetry Month

Herrick Library is celebrating National Poetry Month in April by inviting local poets to share their work.

Juliana Gray, Associate Professor of English, has organized a display in Herrick’s entryway featuring poetry by Alfred University faculty and students. In addition to poems by Dr. Gray, you will find work by Emrys Westacott (Professor of Philosophy), Heather Hallberg Yanda (Senior Lecturer in English), Ben Howard (Professor Emeritus), and students Julianne Angie, Colby Cotton, and Laneisha McCauley.

Juliana Gray is the author of two full-length poetry collections. Roleplay, published in 2012 by Dream Horse press won the 2010 Orphic Prize and the 2013 Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. Her first book of poetry, The Man Under My Skin, was published by River City Publishing in 2005.

National Poetry Month was founded in 1996 by the American Academy of Poets and is celebrated in April. The goals of the celebration are to highlight the legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, to encourage the reading of poems, to assist teachers in bringing poetry to their classrooms, to bring increased attention to poetry by national and local media, to encourage the publication and distribution of poetry books, and to encourage support for poets and poetry.

Please join us in supporting our own, local poets by stopping by to read and enjoy some of their work.

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Students mark Women’s History Month with Herrick displays

Students in Professor Vicki Eaklor’s Women in Society class have collaborated with Herrick Library to create some displays marking Women’s History Month.

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress asked the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as Women’s History Week. 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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During the spring semester, students in Professor Eaklor’s class prepared group presentations on the following topics:

  • The history of campus violence and related laws in New York State
  • The contribution of women to New York State’s cultural history
  • The history of reproductive rights in New York State

Some of the books that the students consulted are included in the display case in Herrick’s main entrance. The student presentations are on display on the main floor of Herrick Library, near the computer lab.

student displayWomen in Society, an interdisciplinary course, is the foundation of Alfred University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. It examines the relationship of women worldwide to institutions and developments in the social, political, and economic spheres. Topics include biological issues, women and work, women as family members, media portrayal of women, and the origins and development of modern feminism.