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Poetry event: Suzanne Roberts and Sholeh Wolpe, Feb 25 @ 7pm in Wardman Library

February 24th, 2014 by John Jackson

About Suzanne Roberts

Suzanne Roberts

“Suzanne Roberts’ books include the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award-winning Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail (University of Nebraska Press, 2012), and the poetry collections Plotting Temporality (2012), Three Hours to Burn a Body: Poems on Travel(2011), Nothing to You (2008), and Shameless (2007).” More info at  http://www.suzanneroberts.org/

About Sholeh Wolpé

Sholeh Wolpe

“Sholeh Wolpé is a poet, literary translator and writer. She was born in Iran and spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. Wolpé most recent awards include the 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize.” More info at http://www.sholehwolpe.com

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The History of Wardman Library (in 4 minutes)

January 23rd, 2014 by John Jackson

This year marks the 10th anniversary since the remodel of Wardman Library that created the Rose Hills Center for Library and Information Resources. To celebrate, we created this short video on the history of the library. The transcript is below. We are excited about the future of our library, especially our plans to create a “Digital Liberal Arts Collaboratory” for innovation with the help of a $750,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation. The new library space will be designed to provide faculty and students with the technology necessary for “collaborative and imaginative work of digital scholarship.” To learn more about the Digital Liberal Arts Center, check out the DigLAPoet website.

“Honoring the Past, Looking to the Future”

Whittier College has always valued the library as a living, breathing organism. With changes in society come changes in knowledge repositories. The history of the library as an institution at Whittier College has always been one of growth, honoring the past while progressing into the future. The Whittier College library once lived in a small redwood building. The library, like the college, began to expand in the 1930s and needed a new home. The library developed and settled into Mendenhall where it would remain until the mid 1960s. At that time it was clear that a larger library was needed. Aubrey Wardman, passionate philanthropist and college trustee, recognized the need for a space dedicated to the growing library. His support and generous contribution helped to form the future library.

In 1964, the Bonnie Bell Wardman Library was completed costing nearly $1.5 million. At the dedication of the library in June 1965, President Richard Nixon explained the importance of a growing library to Whittier College:

Thinking of a library in broader terms, I am reminded of a quotation: that a library is never made, it grows. And putting it in another context: better to inherit a library is to collect one. And those that follow will have the opportunity to make this library grow and how it grows will determine if it is to be a great library or just a good one in a great building.

In the 1990s, it was clear as it was in the Mendenhall library of the 1960s that the Bonnie Bell Wardman Library needed more space to house its growing collection and keep up with society’s rapidly changing technology. It needed to provide Whittier College, its students and faculty, with the tools necessary for a 21st century liberal arts education. The new facility was built on the original site of the Bonnie Bell Wardman Library, doubling its size. The Wardman Library was completely gutted and the ground floor, once open, was incorporated into the building’s interior space. With the generosity of the Rose Hills Foundation, the Center for Library and Information Resources was completed. This space now holds the Center for Advising and Academic Success, a video production studio, and an instructional technology space.

As we enter a new decade of a new millennium, we again look towards growing our library and its role in the intellectual and holistic education of Whittier College students. With the help of the Mellon Foundation, we are building a new digital space for discovery: a collaborative laboratory for exploring the intersection of digital technology and the liberal arts designed for students and faculty to experiment and innovate using tools the blend physical and virtual environments. We believe the library will continue to serve as the central nexus of the community, leading the way for liberal arts colleges seeking ways to integrate technology into the teaching goals of higher education, creating students best equipped to meet the demands of a global, hyper-connected society. Those who follow us will have the opportunity to make this library grow. How it grows will determine whether it is to be a great library or just a good one in a great building.

Special thanks to: Rich Cheetham for providing archival footage and images. Becky Ruud for script and additional archival images. John Jackson and Richard Nixon for narration. Sonia Chaidez for video production.

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Library Hours, January 27-30

January 22nd, 2014 by John Jackson

After J-Term finals, the library will be open during different hours. Here is our schedule for January 27-29:

Monday, Jan 27:  8:00 am to midnight

Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan 28-29:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Regular semester hours resume on Thursday, January 30. Good luck on your finals, Poets!

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Student Job Announcement: Student Technology Liaisons

January 16th, 2014 by John Jackson


Wardman Library seeks to hire 2 Student Technology Liaisons to support the use of digital technologies as part of Diglibarts, Whittier College’s digital liberal arts initiative. Candidates will be asked to work 8-10 hours per week during spring semester in the library.

Principle responsibilities include:

  • Work with Instructional Media Designer and Digital Scholar to support media and digital projects within Wardman Library’s new digital liberal arts center/digital commons
  • Serve as liaison to faculty who want to learn or experiment with educational technology and digital pedagogies
  • Assist in leading focus groups centered on space design that follow technology trends and emerging digital pedagogies as they relate to our campus community
  • Research, experiment and learn new technologies: LEAP motion control, LAYAR, digitizing multimedia sources, create graphics and information pieces for digital displays
  • Prioritize projects and create schedules for media student assistants who tutor on digital editing as part of course projects like digital storytelling
  • Organize content for social media sites: Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Libguides, Media Services newsletter and the project blog
  • Serve as research assistant on digital humanities and digital pedagogy projects
  • Organize and help with events and activities associated with Whittier College’s Diglibarts


  • Experience working with digital editing software: FinalCut, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, WeVideo
  • Experience in graphic design using Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience working with blogging applications such as WordPress
  • Excellent communication and organization skills

Please send resumes to Sonia Chaidez at schaidez@whittier.edu.  Resumes must include a professional reference as well as available working hours for spring semester.

For more information, check out our blog: blogs.whittier.edu/DigLAPoet

photo credit: prasan.naik on flickr (CC by-nc-nd)

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Research Skills Workshops in JTerm

January 6th, 2014 by John Jackson

Welcome back students! We know you have a lot to do before the semester starts, but we wanted to let you know that the library will be offering six research skills workshops for students during J-Term. The schedule, topics and sign-up information is below. The workshops will be held twice on Wednesdays in the Instruction Lab on the ground floor of the library building and will last 1.5 hours.

Students can sign up for workshops using this form: http://bit.ly/wcresearch

Space is limited so sign up soon! Here is more information on each of the workshops.


Intro to Library Research

Wed., Jan. 8 @ 9:30-11:00 and 2:00-3:30

Learning objectives: (1) Students will be able to navigate the Wardman Library website: identifying where to search for academic resources and how to get additional research help. (2)  Students will be able to craft a search strategy by determining appropriate keywords based on a given research topic. (3) Students will be able to differentiate between various information sources and discuss how each would be helpful for their assignment.


Evaluating Resources

Wed., Jan 15 @ 9:30-11:00 and 2:00-3:30

Learning objectives: (1) Students will develop their own evaluation criteria and discuss credibility in the context of academic and non-academic writing. (2) Students will be able to explain peer-review and recognize peer-reviewed literature. (3) Students will be able to identify different types of information resources and evaluate each in terms of its content, format, and intended use.


Citing Your Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

Wed., Jan 22 @ 9:30-11:00 and 2:00-3:30

Learning objectives: (1) Students will demonstrate their ability to recognize a citation and its constituent parts and use that knowledge to locate resources. (2) Students will be able to compare citation tools and resources. (3) Students will analyze instances of plagiarism and be able to explain when and why citations are necessary.


Sign up to reserve your seat today!

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Food + Games + Extended Hours During Finals

December 5th, 2013 by John Jackson

The Library will be opened for extended hours for finals and with the support of your Student Senate (thank you!) we are offering the following special services, too!

  • Free coffee & decaf coffee at 8:00 am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings
  • Free coffee, tea, and hot cocoa at 11:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights
  • “Brain food” (string cheese, cereal bars, green tea, water and fruit) at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights
  • “Take a Break” jigsaw puzzles, coloring books, and many board games available to help you de-stress and focus

Wardman Library Finals Hours:

Monday, Dec  9:  8 am to 3 am (Whittier ID required after midnight)

Tuesday, Dec 10:  7 am to 3 am (Whittier ID required after midnight)

Wednesday, Dec 11:  7 am to 3 am (Whittier ID required after midnight)

Thursday, Dec 12:  7 am to 3 am (Whittier ID required after midnight)

Friday, Dec. 13:  7 am to 5 pm

Sat, Dec. 14 to Sun. January 5:  Library closed.  Regular Library hours resume Monday, Jan. 6.


All the Library staff wish you success with your finals, and Happy Holidays! 

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2013 Book Sale Proceeds Contest

November 18th, 2013 by John Jackson


Thanks to you, we made $500 from our Used Book Sale in early November. So how should we spend it? What should we buy? We are leaving that up to you!

From November 18 through December 6, we are accepting your ideas using our online form. Submissions will then be made anonymous and voted on by library staff. The person who submits the winning submission will get a $25 gift certificate to In-N-Out Burger. Submit as many ideas as you like!

Be creative. What would you like to see in the library? What do you think would be most helpful to other students and faculty? What can we add to improve your experience of using the library? If you can come up with a $500 plan, we’re willing to try it!

Contest Rules:

1. Only Whittier students, faculty, and staff are eligible.
2. You must include your Whittier College student/staff email address to be eligible.
3. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM on December 6, 2013.
4. Use of proceeds from the Book Sale is ultimately at the discretion of the Library Director.

Link to Online Submission Form

(image source: krissen on flickr, CC BY-NC-ND)

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Authors James Blaylock and Nancy Holder @ Wardman Library, Nov. 19

November 15th, 2013 by John Jackson

On Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm, horror writer Nancy Holder and sci-fi writer James Blaylock will join Tony Barnstone in Wardman Library for an evening reading of their works. We hope you can join us!


About James P. Blaylock

Copy of BlaylockJames P. Blaylock is a southern California writer whose short stories, novels, and collections have been published around the world.  He was one of the literary pioneers of the Steampunk movement, along with Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter, publishing the first domestic Steampunk story, “The Ape-box Affair” in 1978.  Blaylock’s Steampunk novel Homunculus won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 1986.  His short story “Paper Dragons” won the World Fantasy Award in 1986, “Thirteen Phantasms” in 1997, and his story “Unidentified Objects” was nominated for an O. Henry Award in 1990.  Despite his close association with Steampunk, most of his work is contemporary, realistic fantasy set in southern California, typified by books like The Last Coin, The Rainy Season, and Knights of the Cornerstone, which have lead to his being referred to as both a California regional writer and a writer of magical realism.

Jim began teaching composition in 1976, and during the fifteen years that followed he taught both composition and creative writing at several Orange County, California, colleges and universities.  For the past twenty years he has been a professor at Chapman University.  In 2000, he developed the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts and has directed the conservatory since.  In 2012 he received the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award in Washington D.C.


About Nancy Holder

nancy-holderNancy Holder is a multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling author (the Wicked Series). Her two new dark young adult dark fantasy series are Crusade and Wolf Springs Chronicles. She has won five Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association, as well as a Scribe Award for Best Novel (Saving Grace: Tough Love.) Nancy has sold over eighty novels one hundred short stories, many of them based on such shows as Highlander, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and others. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, two corgis, and three cats. You can visit Nancy online at www.nancyholder.com

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The 5th Semi-Annual Book Sale is Coming…

November 8th, 2013 by John Jackson


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Database Trials for Gender Studies and Music

November 5th, 2013 by John Jackson


During the month of November, we are test driving two new databases: GenderWatch (gender studies) and RILM (music). You can access these free trials until November 30th by going to our Databases page and selecting the links on the right under “Free Database Trials.”



GenderWatch is a database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With its archival material, dating back to 1970 in some cases, GenderWatch is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women’s movement, men’s studies, the transgendered community and the changes in gender roles over the years. Publications include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books and NGO, government and special reports.”


Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) publishes a comprehensive bibliography of writings on music serving the global music research community. Today RILM abstracts of music literature has over 730,000 records in 214 languages from 151 countries. RILM retrospective abstracts of music literature, which comprises records for publications from before 1967, contains over 20,000 entries covering all document types.


Please let us know what you think about these databases and how they might be useful for your research. The information you provide will help us to determine whether we should purchase access to them in the future. There is a feedback form below the links on the Databases page.

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