The Library, Media Center, and Archives will be closed this Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. Start your 4th of July celebrations a day early! Hoist your American flag, light a sparkler, and get the grill going.
The St. Mary’s Libraries Adult Summer Reading Program starts June 1st and ends August 14th, 2015. This year St. Mary’s College Library is partnering with St. Mary’s County Library to bring you more prizes and new ways to participate. This year’s prizes include a Kindle, a Fit Bit and three $25 gift cards. We also have books, posters, magnets and bags of library swag to give away. This year there are two places to post reviews, on the summer reading blog and for the first time on Goodreads.
The Summer Reading program is open to all members of the St. Mary’s College community including students, staff, faculty, alumni and residents of the Tri-County area (St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties.) Readers may read anything they like as long as a copy is available at St. Mary’s College Library, Southern Maryland libraries (COSMOS) or via USMAI. To earn points you must post a review on the blog or Goodreads Group. Use the comment box to post your review on the blog. Earn bonus points by participating in the Summer Reading Challenge.
You don’t need to check the book out of the library or be on campus to participate so no matter where you are you can read books and win prizes.
For more information visit the Summer Reading Blog.
If you’re a film lover, you’re likely familiar with The Criterion Collection, a highly selective continuing series of important classic and contemporary films loaded with in-depth special features. The collection is based on filmmaker legends like Fellini, Bergman, and Hitchcock, but also includes modern favorites like Wes Anderson, Steven Soderbergh, and Guillermo del Toro. In short, if it’s a meaningful film, you’ll likely find it in the Criterion Collection…
And in the St. Mary’s Library DVD collection! We have a range of Criterion Collection DVDs such as:
It’s an eclectic collection, and it’s fantastic.
You can browse all of the Criterion films in the library’s DVD collection online, or search for your favorite.
Are you looking for film or television reviews? Or maybe you’re convinced that some scholar, somewhere, must have written a critical analysis of Mad Men (spoiler alert: they have).
Look no further than Film & Television Literature Index (with Full Text!) for this information and so much more. Using the standard EBSCOhost interface, Film & Television Literature Index is a fantastic database for film and television research. In addition to reviews and critical papers, you’ll find articles on cinematography, production, screenwriting, and preservation/restoration.
Summer is here! The water is cool, the sun is shining, and the Library is open. That’s right, throughout the St. Mary’s summer session we’ll be here Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
So if you want to get a jump start on your SMP, work on a summer research project, or just need a break from the heat, stop in and say hello! We’ll be happy to see you.
Did you know? St. Mary’s students, faculty, and staff have full, unlimited access to nytimes.com and NYTimes smartphone apps thanks to our library’s subscription! All you need to do is register online using your St. Mary’s email address. Once your email is verified, log in to NYTimes.com from any location and device (note: use same log in to get full access to an NYT smartphone app for the iPhone, Android or Blackberry).
We know there are die-hard JSTOR fans out there, and apparently, so does JSTOR. In an effort to merge current events with JSTOR-housed scholarship, everyone’s favorite archival scholarly database has created the JSTOR Daily, a magazine that publishes daily blog posts, weekly features, and a biweekly newsletter to “provide the backstory to complex issues of the day.”
It’s an interesting resource that could serve as a source of research ideas for students or even a teaching tool for faculty interested in finding links between news, current events, and academic scholarship. Take a look at some of their recent posts:
- Is TV for Toddlers Really That Bad?
- All the Young Dudes: Generic Gender Terms Among Young Women
- What Role Did Laura Keene Play on Abraham Lincoln’s Last Night?
- The Erotics of Backgammon
Formerly known as Lapps, the Sámi people are the only European group categorized as indigenous peoples by the UN. The people of this distinct ethnic group live in the extreme north of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia’s Kola Peninsula. They have recently gained standing in Norway’s government through the formation of the Sámi parliament.
Come learn more about the fascinating Sámi culture and language from Yvonne-Marie Miniggio, one of four young people selected by the Norwegian government to promote Sámi history and culture, and raise awareness of modern Sámi society.
Her visit is a joint effort of the Center for the Study of Democracy and archivist Kent Randell.
In his upcoming book, The Last Campaign, Anthony Clark, former speechwriter and legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives, argues that presidential libraries, which began as impartial archives of history, have become extravagant, politicized, legacy-building showplaces where the goals of former presidents, their families, financial donors and the national parties trump accuracy and the (often inconvenient) facts.
Clark will be at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, March 25th to speak at 4:45pm in the Daugherty Palmer Commons (DPC) about these uniquely American shrines and the past 10 years he spent researching and traveling to presidential libraries across the United States.
You can learn more about Clark and The Last Campaign by visiting his website. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating talk!
Continuing with our collection features on Women’s History, the library brings you Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell. This collective biography focuses on the lives of the following women in the 1920s:
- Diana Cooper, socialite extraordinaire
- Nancy Cunard, writer and political activist
- Tallulah Bankhead, actress
- Zelda Fitzgerald, novelist
- Josephine Baker, famed singer, dancer and actress
- Tamara de Lempicka, artist
Read Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell for a well-researched, addictive 1920s history fix.