Dimond Library

Frazzle free finals, stress relieving activities in Dimond Library

April 29, 2014

Join us for a week of stress relieving activities in Dimond Library!

Tuesday, May 6

  • Study Buddies - 10am-6pm, various locations in Dimond and Engineering, Math, & CS Library in Kingsbury
    Help beat stress with dogs! Come pet and play with Pet Partner therapy dogs from ElderPet.
  • Flash Yoga Mob - 12:15pm, Great Lawn
    Take a 15 minute study break with calming yoga! Yoga instructors from the Yoga Club and Health Services. Rain date: May 7.
  • Chair Massages - 2-4pm, Level 3, Room 301 (New Book Room)
    Feeling tense? Get a 5-minute chair massage from licensed massage therapists. Spots limited. Sign up at 1:45. Brought to you by Health Services.
  • Guided Meditation - 3:15-3:45pm, Level 5, Faculty Lounge
    Quiet your mind, body, and spirit with a 30 minute guided meditation session offered by Health Services.

Wednesday, May 7

  • Study Buddies - 11am-6pm, various locations in Dimond and Kingsbury Library
    Help beat stress with dogs! Come pet and play with Pet Partner therapy dogs from ElderPet.
  • Chair Massages - 1-3pm, Level 3, Room 301 (New Book Room)
    Feeling tense? Get a 5-minute chair massage from licensed massage therapists. Spots limited. Sign up at 12:45. Brought to you by Health Services.
  • YoNola Bar - 2-4pm, Level 4, Mezzanine
    Join us for a stress-busting snack of GrandyOats Organic Granola and Stonyfield Farms Organic Yogurt. Brought to you by UNH Dining.
  • Wind Down Wednesday - 7-11pm, Granite State Room in the MUB
    Join CAB for an evening of snacks, games, crafts, and lots of fun!

Thursday, May 8

  • Study Snacks - 8-10pm, Level 3, Lobby
    Refuel your body with healthy snacks from UNH Dining so you can study longer and harder!

Update on biological sciences library move and culling of books

April 24, 2014

The Library has heard the message from UNH faculty, students, and alumni loud and clear. As of now, the culling of books at Dimond Library is put on hold. No additional books will be placed in the recycling bin and none will be moved off campus until we can consult further and come to a satisfactory resolution.

From the Campus Journal:

A review of the collection became urgent with the recent decision to locate the Biological Sciences Library from Kendall Hall to Dimond Library this summer. In an effort to have the least impact on students preparing for finals and faculty returning to campus in August for the fall semester, the process needed to move quickly.

"In our rush to accommodate the project and be sensitive to the needs of our users at both ends of the process we lost the very important consultation piece,” said Interim Library Dean Annie Donahue. “The books were never going to be thrown away but rather recycled.”

…The books that have been removed from the library have been protected from the elements. The library leadership is talking with the provost’s office, faculty, and students as well as the campus facilities office about how best to move forward. No decisions have been made, but could include finding additional storage, a book fair, and other recycling options.

We are currently investigating options for additional storage on campus.

Library liaisons, faculty librarians who work with their counterparts in academic departments, are responsible for maintaining collections, including making decisions to deselect books. They make these decisions on the basis of:

  • Date of publication and currency
  • In-house usage and circulation
  • Condition of the material
  • Value to the research discipline
  • Availability of materials at other libraries (including the Boston Library Consortium) and in alternate formats

Weeding of library collections is a best practice supported by the American Library Association and part of the professional responsibilities of librarians.

The recent need arose due to the imminent relocation of the Biological Sciences Library collection into Dimond Library. In addition, the state fire marshal has indicated Dimond Library cannot use some of our top shelves due to their proximity to sprinklers. In order to accommodate this, all collections, including the biological sciences collection, were subject to review for weeding.

The Biological Sciences Library move will still occur over the summer. In order to make up for the loss of seating, we are adding public computers and 30 additional seats to Dimond Library.

We recognize there was insufficient communication and consultation with the community regarding this process. As Provost Lisa MacFarlane put it, "We all have a strong emotional connection to physical books, and to the scholarship, historical perspective, and creative work they contain." They are, for us and for you, symbolic of the mission of the University and our hard won knowledge.

In the coming days, we will be reaching out to campus constituencies to better understand and address your concerns.

Update, April 25

Based on the overwhelming response to the Library’s culling project, the following short term approach has been established to respond to the immediate concerns raised by faculty, students, alumni and community members earlier this week.

Philosophy books that were pulled and placed on carts for removal are being re-shelved. Other books identified for removal will go to storage shelves in Dimond but will still be available for circulation. Art history and education books will be removed from the container to avoid being further compromised while they are awaiting review by teaching faculty.

The Biological Science integration will continue. Dimond Level 2 materials and science resources on Level 5 (Q-Z) are being inventoried to allow integration of materials from Kendall Hall in June. Campus Planning is working with Library to identify longer-term on-campus storage options for Library materials. A plan and timeline to review the collection with teaching faculty colleagues is being developed and will be shared as soon as it is available.

Library faculty will work with department representatives to ensure teaching faculty voices are heard before materials are culled. Library Administration will work with students, alumni and community members to find more thoughtful and sustainable ways to remove the remaining unwanted materials from the Library.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Val Harper, Faculty Fellow for Project Management and Space Utilization, or Tracey Lauder, Assistant Dean for Library Administration.

New museum exhibit features faculty drawings

April 10, 2014

The University Museum in Dimond Library presents its latest exhibition, The Art of Drawing: Works by UNH Studio Art Faculty. It runs from April 4 through June 14, 2014.

The art of drawing has always been considered a fundamental priority of the Studio Art Program at UNH. Guest curator, Craig Hood, says that he hopes this exhibition will give the university community and its visitors an opportunity to have a glimpse of a very basic component of what an art education means to faculty in the Department of Art and Art History.

For more information, visit the University Museum. The Museum is located on Level 1 in Dimond Library in Special Collections & Archives.

Biological sciences library moving to Dimond Library

April 10, 2014

This summer, the Biological Sciences Library will relocate from Kendall Hall to Dimond Library.

The library in Kendall Hall will close May 30. Materials will be moved to Dimond Library during June and July by a professional company experienced in relocating libraries. During that five-to-six week period, a page system will be used at Dimond to retrieve books for patrons.

The project involves culling resources from both libraries to make room for the combined materials.

There will be a shifting of books currently located on Levels 4 and 5. Additionally, bound periodicals will be integrated with other materials on Levels 4 and 5; journals and magazines that used to be on a separate floor will now be together with the other resources.

Level 2 will house the natural sciences resource center, and include the biological science library and the science materials already located in Dimond Library. The center will have a librarian dedicated to the area, with other services added once that position has been filled. The center will be located in the site of the current periodical room, where a service desk, computers, seating and desks will be added, as will a faculty office.

The entire project is expected to be finished by August, 15th.

Read more about this move in the Campus Journal.

Construction in Current Periodicals

April 3, 2014

The Current Periodicals room on Level 2 in Dimond Library will be undergoing construction during the hours or 6:30am-noon on weekdays until April 11. Periodical and newspaper services will be available in the Micromedia room located across the hall. Feel free to continue to use this space but be aware of the disruption in the mornings.

We appreciate your patience while we remodel!

New energy saving lights and sensors coming to Dimond

February 18, 2014

Work is now underway to replace lamps and add motion light sensors on Levels 2 and 4 in Dimond Library. This work has been funded by a federal grant and is designed to improve energy efficiency.

The existing motion lights on Levels 1, 4, and 5 will be adjusted so they come in within 2-5 feet of each row entrance. The new motion lights are dual sensing – they sense heat as well as motion – so, no getting up to wave your arms when sitting motionless for more than a few minutes.

New closing announcements by alums Mike O'Malley and Dan Kloeffler

February 6, 2014

If you're in Dimond Library at closing time, you might just hear alums actor/writer Mike O'Malley or ABC News anchor Dan Kloeffler remind you to bring your study materials to the circulation desk for check out.

For those not in Dimond Library at closing time, here are the announcements:

Multimedia Activism Display

January 31, 2014

The UNH Library Multimedia Display Activism: Exposing Truth and Inspiring Change is a collection of movies that reveals exploitation, injustice, and corruption while inspiring and motivating viewers to stand up for the truth. Whether they are feature films or documentaries, these films address a wide range of topics including environmental issues, political struggles, class, etc. Movies such as the political thriller Syriana starring Matt Damon and George Clooney and documentary Rich Media, Poor Democracy are included in the display.

Check out these movies and more in the Multimedia Room on Level 2 of Dimond Library.

Blue Vinyl
Born Into Brothels
Bowling for Columbine
Bread and Roses
Crude
Crude Impact
Fahrenheit 9/11
Fast Food Nation
A Fierce Green Fire
Food, Inc.
In Whose Honor?
An Inconvenient Truth
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
North Country
Oil on Ice
#ReGeneration
Rich Media, Poor Democracy
The Rosa Parks Story
Seabrook 1977
Stolen Childhoods
Syriana
Thank You For Smoking

NH Authors Series presents Mike Pride on January 26

January 21, 2014

Mike Pride

Join humorist Rebecca Rule on Sunday, January 26 at 2pm in Dimond Library when she interviews author and historian Mike Pride.

The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To register, please use our online form.

Pride is a historian, journalist and he is the former editor of the Concord Monitor where he worked for 30 years. He is the co-author of Too Dead to Die: A Memoir of Bataan and Beyond and "My Brave Boys: To War with Colonel Cross and the Fighting Fifth,” a history of Colonel Edward E. Cross and the Fifth New Hampshire Volunteers. He also was co-editor of The New Hampshire Century: Concord Monitor Profiles of One Hundred People Who Shaped It.

Light refreshments will be served and Pride will be available to sign his books. The event includes an opportunity for questions from the audience and will be recorded by New Hampshire Public Television for broadcast and web streaming.

Three times a year, in the style of Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio, Rebecca Rule serves as host and interviewer for The New Hampshire Authors Series from the Dimond Library at UNH. It features an author who lives, summers, teaches or was born in New Hampshire.

For more information, e-mail nh.authors@unh.edu or call (603) 862-1540.

Celebrate Mardi Gras early with the new University Museum exhibition

January 17, 2014

Mardi Gras isn't until March 4th this year, but the University Museum welcomes you to celebrate early with its latest exhibition, The Beat on the Street: Second Lines, Mardi Gras Indians, and the Photography of Gary Samson.

This exhibition of photographs and folk art focuses on the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. This working class, African American tradition is distinctively part of New Orleans’s parade culture, and more broadly related to black Carnival celebrations throughout the world.

The exhibit runs from February 10 through March 28, 2014 with its formal opening on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

The opening includes the showing of the film, Bury the Hatchet, which traces the Mardi Gras Indian tradition through the eyes of three “big chiefs” or leaders of these Mardi Gras Indian gangs. The event will feature special guest Big Chief Alfred Doucette of the Flaming Arrows, who also appears in the documentary. He will answer questions about the film and this centuries old tradition in a discussion moderated by Professor Burt Feintuch of the UNH Center for the Humanities.

The film and discussion will take place from 3-5:00PM at the Memorial Union Building, Theater I. An opening reception will follow the program at the University Museum, Dimond Library, Room 101, 5:30-7:00PM.

The exhibit will feature Mardi Gras Indian suits and art work, as well as the photography of Gary Samson, chair of the Photography Department of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The exhibit, film, and reception are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

The exhibition is underwritten, in part, by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

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