Calling All Bird Lovers: Birds of North America Online

The Libraries have a new subscription to Birds of North America Online, a resource maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with the American Ornithologists’ Union.


Birds of North America Online is acknowledged as the preeminent source of life history information for the over 750 species of birds that breed in the United States and Canada. Each species account includes information on systematics, distribution, identification, behavior, breeding biology, and conservation. Each species account also includes a comprehensive bibliography of research conducted on the species. The accompanying multimedia includes photos of various plumages, examples of sounds, and videos of interesting behaviors. In addition to the advantages of remote and multiple simultaneous user access, this online reference resource is continually updated to ensure that it contains the latest information.

Streaming video from the libraries

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Did you know that the Alfred University Libraries provide access to online videos?
Kanopy‘s collection includes thousands of award- winning documentaries and feature films, including many foreign films.
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!

Artist Statement Workshop in Scholes on Wednesday, April 20th

Do you have an art show coming up?  Are you wondering what to write in your artist statement?  Come to a workshop on how to write an artist statement! Mary McInnes will be leading this workshop here in Scholes this Wednesday, in the upstairs classroom.
Place: Scholes Library, 2nd floor
Time: 7-8
Date: Wednesday, April 20

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.”

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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