Astrida Schaeffer Book Receives Glowing Review

Posted 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.

Walk on the Sun Exhibit

Posted November 18, 2014

November 19th, Dimond Library, level 3 (main level) 10am to 4pm

Walk on the Sun is an engaging new interactive space science exhibit which facilitates perception of scientific data and imagery through music and movement. It will be showcased at the Library’s GIS Day celebration on November 19.

Since 1992, Marty Quinn has worked on numerous scientific projects to represent data through the cognitively rich domain of music. Over the past several years, he received two NASA grants for an innovative approach using image sonification to communicate the content of images from NASA's STEREO space mission. He currently works for the Space Science Center at UNH's EOS (Morse Hall) supporting two NASA missions known as CRaTER and IBEX.

Walk on the Sun provides a way to explore images of all kinds, including the over one million images of the Sun, the Corona, and the solar winds from 8 cameras on board the twin NASA STEREO spacecraft, through movement and music. In addition, images of nebula and galaxies from NASA's Hubble and Chandra telescopes may also be selected for viewing, hearing and exploring.

People's movements are visually tracked and used to select pixels in images they literally walk on. The images are data projected downwards onto a white floor. The pixels are translated simultaneously into musical notes based on color and brightness so the explorer can comprehend the scientific information contained in the images via the auditory and musical channels of the human brain, substantially increasing accessibility to those who are blind and visually impaired.

For GIS Day at the Library, Marty will also be demonstrating a number of NASA environmental change image sequences which allow one to hear the change as a change in music. A follow-on technology created by Quinn called MoveMusic will also be used during the UNH Diwali Celebration on Nov 15th to sonify the movements of models during the Indian fashion show segment.

GIS Day 2014

Posted November 13, 2014

GIS Day is happening on November 19th, from 10am to 4pm at Dimond Library.

GIS Day is a chance to explore the world of geospatial technology. Geospatial technologies are increasingly used in research and teaching within the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and other disciplines, as well as in many consumer products.

The Library’s Geospatial Services Center (GSC) on the main level will be open and will host refreshments and other activities. This year’s GIS Day features “Walk on the Sun and Hear it as Music”, an interactive space science exhibit, as well as a poster walk throughout the library featuring various applications of geospatial technology, and presentations on uses of GIS and other software in the Natural Sciences Resource Center (NSRC) on level two.

Schedule of events:

  • GIS Freebies & GIS Software Exhibit
    10am - 4pm
    Geospatial Services Center, Room 337
  • Walk on the Sun Exhibit
    10am - 4pm
    Dimond Library Lobby
  • 10-min Oral Research Presentations
    10am - 4pm, presentations are on the hour
    Natural Sciences Resource Center, Floor 2, Dimond Library
  • Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping Exhibit & Videos
    10am - 4pm
    Natural Sciences Resource Center
    Floor 2, Dimond Library
  • Poster Session
    10am - 4pm, Wed. & Thurs.
    Natural Sciences Resource Center & elsewhere on Floors 2, 3, 4
    Voting in Room 337

New Multimedia Display: TV Series

Posted 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!

Dean of the University Library Search Begins

Posted November 12, 2014

The University of New Hampshire invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the University Library. The University actively creates and nurtures a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue goals with mutual respect and a shared spirit of inquiry.

The University of New Hampshire (UNH), the flagship institution of the University System of New Hampshire, is not only a land-grant institution, but also a designated sea- and space-grant university, ranking among the top-tier Carnegie research institutions in the nation.

The University is in the beautiful college town of Durham, NH, with campuses at UNH Manchester and UNH School of Law in Concord. UNH’s research endeavors include space science, climate change, marine science and ocean mapping, sociology, American history, and creative writing, all of which are nationally ranked.

UNH’s research enterprise includes $144 million of annual grant and contract funding, and is regularly ranked in the top five for impact in environmental sciences research and publications. Its law school is consistently ranked in the top ten in intellectual property law, and the University as a whole is ranked among the top ten of the most entrepreneurial institutions in the nation.

UNH, located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston, 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, is convenient to New Hampshire's lakes and mountains. The University enrolls 14,600 students and has over 600 full­time faculty. UNH’s tenure-track faculty are represented by the AAUP. Responsibility Center Management (RCM), a decentralized budget management system adopted in 2000, is a distinctive financial feature of the University.

The UNH Library includes the Dimond Library and branch libraries, which specialize in science, mathematics, and engineering. The Library holds 1.7 million volumes and offers extensive periodical holdings and digital resources. It is a member of the Boston Library Consortium and is a depository for federal and state documents. The University Library also shares resources with the campus libraries at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and collaborate with the UNH School of Law.

The Dean is the senior administrative and financial officer of the University Library, reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a member of the Deans' Council. Responsibilities include the direction, development, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of library services. The Dean currently oversees 18 librarians with faculty status, 49 staff, and an effective budget of over $13 million that includes a $6 million materials budget. The Dean provides leadership in library and information technology, working closely with the University's Chief Information Officer, and collaborates in fundraising with UNH Advancement.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to advocate for the Library; foster an organizational culture based on respect, service, teamwork, personal and professional growth, and accountability; possess the leadership, managerial, and communication skills required to work effectively with the Library's many constituencies; display sensitivity and responsiveness to issues of diversity and multiculturalism; and be conversant in and skilled at addressing national trends in research universities and librarianship in a student-centered learning culture.

Minimum qualifications: Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program and an earned doctorate from an accredited program; a record of increasing professional and managerial responsibility and scholarly attainment consonant with the awarding of tenure; proven leadership in strategic and fiscal planning; demonstrated analytic and strategic skills in prioritization, resource allocation, decision-making, and managing change; and demonstrated knowledge of trends in both librarianship and information technology as it applies to library applications and services. Demonstrated success in higher education leadership, including the ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituents, is preferred.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Confidential nominations and applications that include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and complete contact information for five references should be emailed to:

The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.


Library seeks Life Sciences and Agriculture Librarian

Posted November 12, 2014

The UNH Library seeks a knowledgeable and innovative subject specialist librarian to support instruction and research for the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA).

For a full job description and application process please visit

With a focus on public service, the Life Sciences and Agriculture Librarian serves as liaison to Biological Sciences; Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences; and Natural Resources & the Environment. The incumbent has primary responsibility for the proactive development and delivery of responsive reference, research, and instructional support, and the development and management of library collections, working with COLSA faculty, Collections Management Librarian, and other liaison librarians.

UNH is a public land-, sea-, and space-grant institution with emphases on undergraduate and graduate research.

Working independently as well as collaboratively, the Life Sciences and Agriculture Librarian will advocate for and lead library efforts supporting the assigned liaison areas through the library’s newly-created Natural Sciences Resource Center. The incumbent will collaborate on scholarly communication initiatives with special focus on liaison areas and will participate in evolving library data services efforts.

Reporting to the Dean of the University Library through the Library Department Chair, the position is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position; the successful candidate will be expected to meet University reappointment, promotion, and tenure requirements

Duties and responsibilities

  • Supports all levels of research and education in COLSA; actively engages faculty, students, and staff, developing strong working relationships and partnerships as well as knowledge of COLSA’s teaching and research needs.
  • Has primary responsibility for information literacy in COLSA subject areas including classes, research groups, and individual instruction; collaborates with COLSA faculty to provide and assess library instruction for their classes in appropriate formats and platforms.
  • Directs and provides reference service in all COLSA subjects to students, faculty, staff, other researchers, and the general public; seeks and develops effective and innovative content and communication strategies for reference service.
  • Promotes awareness and knowledge of relevant information resources and services; creates online and digital content with existing and emerging tools and technologies.
  • Collaborates with the Collections Management Librarian in the development and management of the library’s collections in life sciences, agriculture, and natural resources in all formats, serving as liaison to the Departments of Biological Sciences; Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences; and Natural Resources & the Environment; collaborates on service to interdisciplinary fields such as sustainability and marine sciences.
  • In collaboration with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian and other science liaison librarians, advocates for and contributes to library and university support of scientific research and instruction; communicates with UNH Library faculty and staff concerning developments in scientific scholarly communication.
  • Works with library colleagues to support scholarly communication initiatives and newly emerging modes of research, such as e-science; educates and informs those in COLSA liaison areas about relevant developments in scholarly communication and library initiatives; works with COLSA researchers to support the development of data management and curation plans as appropriate.
  • Maintains strong awareness of academic missions and programs that are intrinsically linked to life sciences, agriculture and natural resources, such as the University’s land-grant and sea-grant missions, UNH Cooperative Extension, the Water Resources Research Center, the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, and the Thompson School of Applied Science.
  • Stays current with developments in science librarianship; takes an active national leadership and advocacy role; stays abreast of developments in the fields of life sciences, agriculture, and natural resources; seeks opportunities for professional service at the library, campus, state, regional, and/or national level.



  • ALA-accredited Masters degree in library and information science.
  • Second advanced degree in a relevant subject area.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience; may include combination of library experience, teaching, and scientific research.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills, resourceful and able to integrate details with broad perspective.
  • Knowledge of scientific communication and the research process.
  • Commitment to excellent library service for all levels of research and education.
  • Flexibility and ability to enjoy working with learners of varying backgrounds, including the general public.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills; strong interest in scholarship and professional service.
  • Proven ability to lead, collaborate and work independently.

Additional desirable qualifications:

  • Science library experience highly desirable.
  • Strong academic or experiential background in scientific information sources and scholarly communication in the life sciences, agriculture, and/or allied areas.
  • Demonstrated teaching ability.
  • Experience in professional presentations and/or writing for publication.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.


Open Access Week

Posted October 21, 2014

International Open Access Week is this week, from October 20th-26th.

Open Access is about changing the way scholars share their work with the world.

Open Access means making research available on-line to the public to read and use free of charge and with as few restrictions as possible.
Learn more:

We're listening, send us your feedback!

Posted October 17, 2014

As always, we want to know what you think about our services, collections, and instruction.

Due to a large volume of spam recently however, we have disabled our site-wide contact form. In the meantime, please contact our Assistant Dean, Tracey Lauder, directly using her contact form.

Thanks for your feedback!



Posted October 16, 2014

IEEE Day will be on Thursday, October 30th, at Kingsbury Hall.

Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Presenter: Ruth Wolfish, IEEE Client Services Manager

IEEE Info Table
9:00am - 10:30am, by Albert’s

Tips & Tricks: IEEE Xplore & more
11:10am - 12:30pm, Kingsbury N233
(FREE Pizza and prizes!)

Online Scavenger Hunt
Begins Friday, October 24th
Win a t-shirt! More details at the library (Kingsbury S236)

Have fun and connect with your resources!
Information about IEEE, networking, job searching, library resources, and more!

Contact Emily Poworoznek if you have questions about this event.

Presented by the IEEE in partnership with the UNH Library