Featured Resources

At Alumnae Library, Elms College, our Featured Resources include not only library materials such as books, realia, and multimedia; they also include people affiliated with the library. This part of The Elm Tree showcases our resources and how they may be useful to your research, scholarship, teaching, development, and intellectual reflection. Whether you are interested in the sciences, the arts, the humanities, or the social sciences, we have diverse resources that will surely be of interest to you.


In fall 2013, while several books were digitized from the M. E. Barry Rare Book Collection in Special Collections, it was decided that the books that have been cataloged and placed in phase boxes should have an ownership stamp. The stamp was designed by Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith (© 2013), Visiting Head of Digital Special Collections and Technical Services for the purpose of being able to quickly identify ownership of the preserved books. Green archival ink is also used to make the image stand out.

Preserved book in phase box with ownership stamp on front.

Preserved book in phase box with ownership stamp on front.

Close-up of ownership stamp on the back of a book's phase box.

Close-up of ownership stamp on the back of a book’s phase box.

 

Author and Photographer: Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith
© 2013-2014 Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith


DVDs and Music CDs Now Available for Checkout

DVDs as well as Music CDs are now available for checkout on the 1st floor at Alumnae Library, Elms College.

DVDs as well as Music CDs are now available for checkout on the 1st floor at Alumnae Library, Elms College.

Over the summer of 2013, Alumnae Library completed a project to update our video collection, consisting of both feature and documentary films. This effort involved finding replacements for VHS cassettes in the collection either through the Films on Demand database or through acquiring replacement DVDs. We are excited to add these DVD replacements to the collection, since they are used in courses across the curriculum at Elms College and because they contain Easter Eggs–Extra features such as original film trailers, director’s cut versions, actor commentary versions, and making-of documentaries that offer information about the films found no place else, not even on YouTube or the Internet Archive. These Easter Eggs expand the scholarly potential of the DVDs, not to mention they add more hours of fun and interest to the featured film. You can watch a film, study its history, and learn more about some aspect of it (for example, the film’s animation or sound effects).

Our music CDs are also circulating, in addition to our audiobooks. The diverse collection of music CDs includes holiday music, popular music, classical music, and jazz. Though most of the music CDs are cut from studio-produced sessions, some are recorded live performances.

DVDs and music CDs are now available for 7-day checkout for all affiliated with Elms College, including Elms students! They are currently located on the first floor by the periodical display shelves. DVDs and CDs are shelved separately but next to each other in LC call number order. Once you have found the CD or DVD that interests you, go to the Circulation Desk, show your library card, and you will be able to check out the CD or DVD there.

Faculty members who wish to use music CDs or DVDs for their courses are strongly encouraged to place them on reserve. The process is the same for books and other library resources.

Author and Photographer: Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith
© 2013-2014 Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith


Newly Bound Music ScoresScoresCollage1

Another summer project was to have our most used music scores bound. The variety of scores–some for performance, some for academic studies, some classical, folk, or popular songbooks–have returned, handsomely bound with some of the originally lithography preserved through lamination. For musicians, the scores can lay flat, retain all original indications, and are easier to use than before. The hardbound covers also offer additional support and durability to each score. Check these out in our M, ML, and MT section of the library, located in the 2nd floor stacks.

Author and Photographer: Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith
© 2013-2014 Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith


Where Are the Reference Books?

Many of our Reference books are now in the General collection on the 2nd floor.

Many of our Reference books are now in the General collection on the 2nd floor.

Reference books include, among others, encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, manuals, and bibliographies. Some examples include Merk Manuals, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Mosby’s books for nursing, various bibles and religious texts, and CRC Laboratory Handbooks. To make room for the Learning Commons on the 1st floor, many of our Reference books have been relocated to the general stacks on the 2nd floor. Those affiliated with Elms College can now check out these books for the same duration as other books in the stacks.

Author and Photographer: Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith
© 2013-2014 Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith