Welcome James

We are thrilled that a new librarian joined the Information Literacy team this week: James Sponsel.  Originally from Minnesota, James majored in philosophy at St. Olaf College and just received his MLIS from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  He spent this past spring at Carleton College as the Reference and Instruction Intern where he designed and delivered instruction sessions and developed online modules and tutorials. Last summer, he interned at the Mayo Clinic … [Read more...]

Contributors Less Visible

Two Sundays ago a four-year student worker in Archives & Special Collections, Denton Baird ’14, graduated.   Unfortunately I had to be out of town and didn’t get to attend.  I had a long drive that weekend and was thinking about some of the contributions he made to our team prior to leaving on the great adventure that will be his post-graduation life.   With the college’s current emphasis on meaningful student work, I hope that he found value in the work he did for us.  We certainly found … [Read more...]

Digitization Equipment in the Library

This semester the library has a variety of new digitization equipment available for use by our patrons.    The most recent acquisition is an end-user overhead book scanner, available across from the vending machines.  This new scanner, a KIC Click, will allow users to scan books, periodicals, photos and other materials face up, two pages at a time, and save the scans directly as digital files on flash drives, Google Docs accounts, the Internet and even smart phones and tablets.    Supported file … [Read more...]

Welcome Caitlin

The college archives welcomes Caitlin Christian-Lamb who joins in the newly created position of Associate Archivist.   Her arrival will increase theArchives’ capacity to support research and the curriculum, with a special emphasis on digital projects. Caitlin brings a unique mix of skills, experience, and energy to the position and team. Her background is in history and library and information science.  She holds a BA in History from Purchase College, State University of New York, and is a … [Read more...]

Pioneering and Circling the Wagons

Probably never a good idea to start an entry with a cliché, but last week was one of those where I felt like “circling the wagons.”    There was a never-ending series of “crises,” or at least perceived crises, with our integrated library system (WMS) and its end user interface, Davidson Worldcat Local. A number of aggrieved colleagues felt the need to remind me, yet again, that I was a prime mover in bringing the developing system to Davidson two years ago.  The implication being that I was … [Read more...]