UNH Welcomes Five New Librarians

Posted September 26, 2016

We are pleased to welcome five new faculty librarians to the UNH Library: Megan Bresnahan, Wendy Jo Girven, Hannah Hamalainen, Eugenia Liu, and Benjamin Peck.

Megan Bresnahan

Megan comes to us from the Tisch Library at Tufts University where she coordinated library support for research, teaching, and learning for departments in the sciences, social sciences, and engineering. Prior to Tufts, Megan worked at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she was the Head of the Gemmill Library of Engineering, Mathematics & Physics, and she started her career as a Medical Librarian at Boston University.

Her research focuses on emerging services for scholarly communication and research data management in libraries and developing practical learning opportunities to help subject librarians provide support in these areas. She is the co-director of the DataQ Project and a member of the New England E-Science Program Advisory Board.

Visit Megan's profile for contact information.

Wendy Jo Girven

Wendy Jo recently joined the Library as the Business and Data Reference Librarian. She serves as the subject librarian for the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, providing reference services for business disciplines and for social and health sciences data.

Prior to joining UNH, Wendy Jo was the Director of Library Services at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME. Wendy Jo holds an MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and an MS in International Logistics Management from Maine Maritime Academy. She received her undergraduate degrees from Penn State University.

Visit Wendy Jo's profile for contact information.

Hannah Hamalainen

Hannah recently joined the Library as our Geospatial and Earth Sciences Librarian. With a background in both geology and the humanities, Hannah joins UNH from Stanford University where she was the Earth Sciences Librarian.

Previous to that she worked at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the RTP Environmental Protection Agency Library and was a rural newspaper reporter in North Carolina. She is currently the VP/Pres-Elect of the Geoscience Information Society. Originally from southern Maine—after 15 years away—she is glad to be back home!

Visit Hannah's profile for contact information.

Eugenia Liu

With experience at the Health Sciences Library at SUNY Buffalo and the College of Pharmacy at Western New England University, Eugenia is eager to bring her dedication to collaboration and evidence-based practice into her role as Health and Human Services Librarian. Eugenia earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Georgia State University and a Master of Library Science degree from SUNY Buffalo.

Visit Eugenia's profile for contact information.

Benjamin Peck

Ben has joined the faculty as our First Year Instruction Librarian. He will lead initiatives focused on teaching foundation level information literacy and research skills to first-year students and assist subject librarians in delivering instruction for other first-year undergraduate courses and programs across the university. As an instruction librarian he brings a passion for information literacy and experience with innovative lesson planning to the UNH Library.

Ben earned a bachelor’s degree in Music from Bates College and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Indiana University.

Visit Ben's profile for contact information.



Multimedia Display: Music for Studying

Posted September 21, 2016

To highlight our large music collection, the Library Multimedia Room presents Music for Studying. This display features mostly classical and instrumental music that provide a calm study environment.

The display includes:

and many more from Mozart, Bach, Brahms, Pachelbel, and others.

UNH professors gave their own recommendations for what students might listen to while studying:

Our student workers also contributed their favorite CDs for studying, which adds some modern music to the collection.

Also check out the online classical music database, the Classical Music Library, or one of the many more music databases available to UNH students, faculty, and staff!

This display will be open until mid-October, so make sure to stop by when studying for classes!

Celebrate 150 Years: Library Events and Exhibits

Posted September 9, 2016

UNH 150: 1866-2016 Throughout the anniversary year the Library will host exhibits and programs that will highlight this special occasion. Please join us!

Who Knew? Fun Facts You May Not Know About UNH

Who Knew? Where: University Museum, Dimond Library, Level One
When: September 29, 2016 – November 18, 2016

What do an alien abduction, a popular cereal brand, and Disney’s Olaf have to do with UNH? Come to the University Museum and find out about these and other UNH fun facts. You’ll be asking yourself, “Who knew?”

A Campus Built Twice

A Campus Built Twice Where: Dimond Library Foyer
When: September 29, 2016 – December 16, 2016

The exhibit is a brief history of UNH’s beginnings in Hanover, NH in 1866 and the move to Durham in 1893. A period model of the proposed 1920s landscape and building campaign is featured.

Celebrating the Student

Celebrating the Student Where: Dimond Library Foyer
When: September 29, 2016 - Spring 2017

A selection of full-sized photo images of students from several eras will mingle in the foyer and invite “selfies.”

Ben Thompson’s Vision

Ben Thompson Where: Dimond Library Foyer
When: September 29, 2016 - Spring 2017

This year long series examines the evolution of benefactor Thompson’s vision for the College.

ED Talks: UNH Celebrates 150 Years of Learning In and Beyond the Classroom

Where: Dunleavy Reading Room, Special Collections, Dimond Library, Level One
When: Fall and Spring Semesters

Sponsored by the UNH Library, in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire’s Celebrate 150, this series of six lectures will feature members of the University community –faculty, emeriti, and alums – who explore its rich heritage of fostering inquiry in the classroom and beyond. Presentations will explore this culture of learning across the curriculum and are intended to be thought provoking and engaging. ED Talks will be held in in the Dunleavy Reading Room of Special Collections on the last Wednesday afternoon of the month, with the exception of the first, which will take place on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Refreshments will be served. Each is scheduled from 4:00 to 5:30 P.M.

Professor Erik Swartz (Kinesiology)

Football Tackle When: September 29, 2016

“Reducing Head Impacts in American Football: The HuTT® Helmetless Tackling Training Technique”

Professor Meghan Howey (Anthropology)

Students at Dig Site When: October 26, 2016

“Using Geospatial Technologies to Create Better Understanding of Ancient Sites”

Professor Emeritus Arthur Borror (Biology)

Students at Microscope When: November 30, 2016

“Students Getting their Feet Wet and their Vision Widened”

Rebecca Rule (Writer/Humorist)

Donald Graves and Donald Murray When: February 22, 2017

“Writing With the Dons: Donald Graves and Donald Murray, My Life as a Writer”

Professor Neil Niman (Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Paul College, Economics)

Pokemon Go When: April 12, 2017

“Pokémon Go: A Harbinger for the Future of Higher Education?”

Professor Nancy Kinner (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Ready Set Go When: April 26, 2017

“Ready, Set, Go! Preparing Engineering Students for the Work Place”

Arts 651 - Alternative Photographic Arts Student Exhibition

Photographic Arts Student Exhibit Where: Reference Area, Dimond Library, Level Three
When: Fall and Spring Semesters

The combination of modern photographic digital technologies with historical processes will be featured in this year’s revolving and evolving library exhibition. The student work on display will reveal the course’s conceptual current topics and historical photographic methods in use today, which requires the mixing of light sensitive emulsions and coating paper by hand.

Celebrate 150 Mural

Mural Where: Dimond Library, NSRC Room, Level Two
When: Fall Semester

Professor Jennifer Moses (Art & Art History) will teach a Fall 2016 undergraduate class in mural making and design. The class will research, design, and paint a mural whose theme will celebrate UNH’s 150th anniversary. The project, supported by UNH Celebrate 150 and the UNH Library, will be unveiled early Spring semester, 2017.

Equine Sesquicentennial: Riding Through the Years

Students with Horse Where: University Museum, Dimond LIbrary, Level One
When: November 28, 2016 – December 16, 2016

The students of Equine class ANSC 795 will curate a special exhibit for the University Museum. This exhibit will be underwritten by UNH Celebrate 150.

Pop-up Collections

Pop Up Collection Where: Dimond Library foyer, Kingsbury Library, Chemistry Library & Physics Library
When: Fall and Spring Semesters

Ever-changing “pop-up” displays will feature examples from collections in the University Museum, University Archives, and Special Collections.

150 Years of Technology at UNH

150 Years of Technology Where: University Museum, Dimond Library, Level One
When: January 24, 2017 – June 5, 2017

Explore examples of technology used at UNH such as 1910s Ediphone, a 1980s laptop, and Virtual Reality!

Librarian Bob Morin Gifts $4 Million to UNH

Posted September 2, 2016

Robert Morin was a cataloger in Dimond Library for almost 50 years. A campus icon, everyone recognized him in Murkland courtyard smoking his pipe.

When he died last year, he left a generous $4 million gift to UNH and $100,000 to the Library specifically. Here in the Library, this money will provide scholarships to our student employees, staff members who continue their studies, and help renovate one of our multimedia rooms.

Bob's demonstrated commitment to UNH through his philanthropy is tremendously inspiring. His generous gift allows us to address a number of university priorities.
President Mark Huddleston

UNH is using $2.5 million to launch and expand a career center for use by students and alumni. They will also be using $1 million to help fund the video scoreboard for the new football stadium. UNH is grateful for the money and is putting it to use on their highest priorities.

Morin was a voracious reader, which might be expected as a librarian. Extraordinarily, he read every book published in America from 1930 to 1940 — besides children's books, textbooks, cook books, and books about technology — which amounted to 1,938 books!

For more, read the article in the Washington Post.


New Databases Added Over the Summer

Posted August 31, 2016

We've added new databases over the summer! See what's new:

Thomson Databases

Biosis Citation Index
Unique BIOSIS content that is critical to life sciences research with powerful citation indexing.

Data Citation Index
Connects digital research to powerful new discovery tools, giving researchers the ability to quickly and easily identify and access the most relevant digital research.

Derwent Innovation Index
Value-added patent information from Derwent World Patent Index as well as patent citation information from Patents Citation Index.

Book Citation Index (Science Edition)
Access the citation network between books and the wider world of scholarly and scientific research. This index allows you to measure the contribution of books in specific disciplines and identify potential collaborators.

Zoological Record Current and Archive
The world's leading taxonomic reference and oldest continuing database of animal biology.

Current Chemical Reactions
Current Chemical Reactions delivers the latest synthetic methods reported in over 100 of the world's leading organic chemistry journals. Each reaction provides complete reaction diagrams,critical conditions, bibliographic data, and author abstracts.

Index Chemicus
Covering more than 100 of the world's leading organic chemistry journals, Index Chemicus is text- and substructure-searchable, and offers full graphical summaries, important reaction diagrams, and complete bibliographic information.

Conference Proceedings Citation Index Science
Access the published literature from the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions worldwide in the sciences.

Conference Proceedings Citation Index Social Science & Humanities Edn.
Access the published literature from the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions worldwide in the social sciences and humanities.

Additional Databases

Kanopy Streaming Service
12,473 streaming titles are available. Partners with some of the world’s most creative filmmakers and respected distributors, offering tertiary institutions access to an ever-growing library of videos across diverse content areas like architecture, teacher education, health and safety, culture and politics in media, health studies and more.

Colonial America Modules 1-5
Consists of all 1,450 volumes of the CO 5 series of Colonial Office files held at The National Archives in London, plus all extracted documents associated with them. This unique collection of largely manuscript material from the archives of the British government is an invaluable one for students and researchers of all aspects of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American history and the early-modern Atlantic world.

Colonial America will be released in five modules, organized thematically:

  • Module 1: Early Settlement, Expansion and Rivalries (2015)
  • Module 2: Towards Revolution (2016)
  • Module 3: The American Revolution (scheduled 2017)
  • Module 4: Legislation and Politics in the Colonies (scheduled 2018)
  • Module 5: Growth, Trade and Development (scheduled 2019)

Shakespeare in Performance
Showcases rare and unique prompt books from the world-famous Folger Shakespeare Library. These prompt books tell the story of Shakespeare’s plays as they were performed in theaters throughout Great Britain, the United States, and internationally between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.

Springer Journal Archive Online
Access to all Springer journal backfiles from their first issue to 1996.


Featured Resource: Pomological Watercolor Collection

Posted August 31, 2016

Government Information presents its latest featured resource, the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection.

These pomological paintings were created in response to the rise of fruit breeding and production by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the mid 1800's. The site includes over 7,000 paintings that document fruits and their variety. These paintings were used in bulletins and yearbooks which were distributed to farmers and growers.

These paintings are now preserved in the National Agricultural Library and used for research. The digitized versions are available in high definition and are free to view and download.

Readers can learn more about the history of this collection, the artists, and find paintings of specific fruits using their common or scientific name.

Visit our Government Information page to learn more about our collections, services, and more.

Multimedia Display: Bicycle Month

Posted May 4, 2016

For the month of May, the Library will be celebrating National Bicycle Month with a new Multimedia display. This display, located in the Multimedia Room (Dimond Level 2), features movies that are bicycle themed or have famous bicycle scenes.

Movies on display include:

Also, remember to participate in Bike to Work day, which is held on May 20th!

Multimedia Display: Celebrating Shakespeare

Posted April 8, 2016

This month is Shakespeare's birthday and to celebrate it the UNH library is featuring a display of Shakespeare DVDs, audiobooks, and music. This display will be in the Multimedia Room of Dimond Library (Level 2) and will be split up into sections of different plays. Each play has many different movie versions and almost all plays have an audiobook available.

In addition to the display, we will be showing a play a day in the Multimedia Room from April 19-22, beginning at 11:30 AM each day.

  • Tuesday, April 19: King Lear
  • Wednesday, April 20: As You Like It
  • Thursday, April 21: Macbeth
  • Friday, April 22: Hamlet

Films on display include:

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Othello
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Taming of the Shrew

Some plays even have modern movie adaptions like Macbeth and Othello. So come to the Multimedia Room and celebrate Shakespeare with us by watching films inspired by his plays!

Magna Carta exhibit comes to the UNH Law Library

Posted April 6, 2016

An exhibition about the Magna Carta is coming to the UNH School of Law in Concord from April 11 to April 22.

Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015 is a traveling exhibit created by the American Bar Association and the Library of Congress. It is open to the public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Groups larger than 10 interested in viewing the exhibit should contact Sue Zago, Law Library Director, for an appointment. There is no admission fee.

The exhibit includes up to 16 large banners with images of objects from the Library of Congress collections, an interpretive video, and other artifacts highlighting the impact of the Magna Carta on modern democracy.

In celebration of the visit, the law school’s chapters of the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy will be hosting a symposium, open to the public on Tuesday, April 12. The evening will begin with a reception with refreshments at 5:15 pm in the Intellectual Property Library on the 3rd Floor of the UNH Law Library in Concord. Lectures at 6:00 pm in Room 204 will follow. The exhibit will be installed in Intellectual Property Library for the event. RSVPs to Sue Zago are much appreciated.

Further details about the Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015 traveling exhibit are available from the American Bar Association online. The exhibit is sponsored by the American Bar Association, Library of Congress, and Law Library of Congress.


Library Contributes to Humanities in the Digital Age

Posted April 6, 2016

Library faculty Bill Ross and Eleta Exline are just a couple of the dozens of UNH faculty exploring digital humanities projects and potential.

Digital humanities (often abbreviated as DH) looks at traditional disciplines like philosophy, linguistics, language, history, and others, through the lens of computing, digital materials, and other scientific areas. Digital humanities is unique and exciting because it requires more than just thinking outside the box - it requires collaboration and expertise across multiple disciplines.

Collaboration between faculty members working in digital humanities is already taking place. The Digital Scholarship Working Group, co-chaired by Ross and associate professor and scholarly communications coordinator Eleta Exline, began meeting last year. The group is “focused on trying to figure out what the Library’s role might be in providing digital scholarship support,” Exline says.

Support from the Library might take different forms, according to Exline, from connecting faculty to different resources, maintaining digital exhibits and databases, or helping to train the next generation of researchers in the digital humanities.

Read more about "Humanities in the Digital Age" in the The College Letter, news from the College of Liberal Arts.