Spooktober Multimedia Display - Scary Movies!

October 8, 2015

In celebration of Halloween, there is now a very scary film display in the Multimedia Room (Dimond, Level 2)!

The display includes:

...and many more films that are guaranteed to spook you to the bones!

This display will be up for the entire month of October, so be sure to bring your friends and be ready to get scared!

Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion

September 3, 2015

September 18 - December 18

Take a peek at what lies beneath, in Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion, a new textile exhibition at the University of New Hampshire Museum.

Past exhibitions have focused on lovely gowns and surface details, but Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion, the latest effort by guest curator Astrida Schaeffer, lifts skirts and unbuttons bodices to reveal the true ‘Victoria’s secrets’ — the corsets, hoops, bustles and more, that shaped and supported the changing silhouettes of women’s clothes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.

Some of the foundation garments displayed are designed to reshape the body, while some added to the body to change the profile. Early corsets and their precursors, called “stays,” were stiffened with reeds, cords, or whalebone (actually baleen) as a means of supporting the torso and bust. As technology advanced in the mid-19th century steel boning became the norm and the hourglass figure emerged as a result of steel’s shaping qualities.

According to Schaeffer:

Contrary to urban legend, that didn’t mean fainting ladies and rib removal; the exhibition makes the case that much of what we think we know about what it was like to live in a corset is a myth. In fact women lived quite active lives while corseted and could even be fairly athletic.

Where corsetry physically altered the body, hoops and bustles affected women’s shapes by building out artificially from it with cages of steel and other materials. The exhibition showcases a range of these items, as well as contemporary attitudes towards women's’ fashionably ballooning forms.

The core of the items on view comes from the Irma Bowen Textile Collection at UNH, which holds some 700 textile pieces donated to the university by Bowen. These pieces were originally gathered as teaching tools for the home economics dressmaking classes she taught at UNH from the 1920s to the 1940s.

In addition, generous loans from collections at the Brick Store Museum, John Paul Jones House, Museums of Old York, Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses help fill out the story of how women’s clothes were shaped by their underthings.

The exhibition is sponsored by the University Museum and funded in part by the E.Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.

The University Museum, located in the Dimond Library, is open Monday through Friday, 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday noon to 8 p.m. Closed November 11, & 26 to 28.

Visit our Museum page for directions, parking information, photos, and more information on the exhibition and related programs.

Media contact: Dale Valena
University Museum, UNH

Journal Integration Project

February 19, 2015

A project is underway in Dimond Library to shift books and integrate journals in the Library’s main stacks. This move is required for Library stacks to be in compliance with the current fire code.

To make room for the shift, some bound journals (for which UNH owns electronic access) will be removed from the collection and offered to UNH faculty (first) and then other groups.

Other bound volumes (for which the library does not own electronic access) will be available from the Library’s on-campus storage building. The volumes’ locations will be indicated and can be requested through the online catalog.

To make access even faster and easier, a scan-on-demand service has been implemented for items in library storage.

New Online Resource: Digital Loeb Classical Library

January 15, 2015

Harvard University Press is honored to renew James Loeb’s vision of accessibility, and presents an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.

Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture—in short, our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage is represented here with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations.

More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern and elegant interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.

Start exploring the Digital Loeb Classical Library today!


Astrida Schaeffer Book Receives Glowing Review

November 25, 2014

Historical New Hampshire, a publication of the New Hampshire Historical Society, has published a most complimentary review of Astrida Schaeffer's book, Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail. The book, which includes over 70 color photographs, and a collection of Schaeffer's own "superb instructional diagrams and schematic drawings", is particularly unique because of the level of detailed instruction focusing on recreating Victorian clothing embellishments.

Interested readers may find Embellishments in the UNH Library. You may also see examples of textiles from the UNH Irma Bowen Textile Collection, and specific pieces from Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail, which have been displayed in a past exhibit at the University Museum.

New Multimedia Display: TV Series

November 13, 2014

It's getting colder, but the Multimedia Center has something to lift your spirits - a new display of TV series for some ultimate TV marathons!

Come check out all the popular TV series they have to offer!
Titles include:

and more!

Check out the display in the Multimedia Lab (Dimond Level 2) for more titles and seasons, or search the catalog to find out what else we have!

October Multimedia Display - Scary Movies!

October 8, 2014

In celebration of Halloween, there is now a very scary film display in the Multimedia Room (Dimond, level 2)!

The display includes:

...and many more creepy films!

The display will be up for the month of October. Come check them out!

New Featured Resource in Government Information

September 24, 2014

Story Maps Illustrate Metro Area and County Population Change
Have fun exploring two interactive thematic maps on population change, just released by the Census Bureau.

The first map allows data users to explore the difference a decade has made in patterns of population change in metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas across the country. This is possible through swiping between two interactive maps – one covering the 2002-2003 period, the other 2012-2013. The second map permits users to determine the extent of population growth in each county between 2012 and 2013, and to quickly identify the primary source of that population change (such as natural increase or net migration.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

Visit the Government Information page to see other Government Information resources.

New Online Databases

August 20, 2014

We are pleased to announce access to several new databases, including upgrades to current resources.

  • Academic Search COMPLETE (Upgrade from Premier) - Provides access to indexing and abstracts for over 10,000 publications, and full-text access to over 5,000 journals. Covers many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and more.
  • Business Source COMPLETE (Upgrade from Premier) - Offers comprehensive full-text coverage plus indexing and abstracts for scholarly business journals.
  • Education Source - Offers a collection of full-text education journals, encompassing an international array of English-language periodicals, monographs, yearbooks, and more. Covers all levels of education from early childhood to higher education and educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing.
  • Environment Complete - Offers deep coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of study.
  • Library Literature and Information Science Full text - Provides access to information about trends in the evolving field of library studies; covers subjects ranging from automation, censorship, government aid, public relations. and more.
  • Marquis Complete Who’s Who - Provides access to directories containing short biographies of individuals from all fields of endeavor.
  • OECD iLibrary - the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. Also contains content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF).
  • iPOLL (Roper Center) - Provides access to a collection of poll data; all US polling firms, broad topical coverage of opinions and behavior on social issues, politics, pop culture, international affairs, and more. International datasets are available for immediate download.

If you have any questions, please contact our Collection Management Librarian.