News & Exhibits
May 23, 2014
The University is implementing a new VPN (virtual private network) service called Connect VPN. While this VPN service is easy to use, it is currently incompatible with our system of authenticating users for off-campus access to our electronic resources and some services.
The Library IT team is working with UNH IT to come up with a solution to this issue. In the meantime, we suggest one of the two following methods for successfully accessing the Library’s electronic resources or our interlibrary loan system (ILLiad):
- Avoid using the VPN to connect to the Library while off-campus. Access databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and interlibrary loan through the Library’s website and authenticate with your UNH username and password.
- If you must use the VPN to access other UNH resources and want to access Library resources at the same time, please use the Faculty/Staff VPN located at vpn.unh.edu. This is the older VPN system and it still works with off-campus access to library resources.
May 20, 2014
The UNH Library film collection includes just about every Academy Award, Best Picture winner since 1970 plus some from earlier years. For your summer movie entertainment you will find them all in the display area of the Multimedia Center.
The newest addition to the Best Picture collection arrived just recently. Twelve Years a Slave, the 2014 Oscar winner, is available to borrow from Multimedia Room on Level 2 in Dimond Library. Browse the display and bring home a film guaranteed to please.
- 2013 12 Years a Slave
- 2012 Argo
- 2011 The Artist
- 2010 The King's Speech
- 2009 The Hurt Locker
- 2008 Slumdog Millionaire
- 2007 No Country For Old Men
- 2006 The Departed
- 2005 Crash
- 2004 Million Dollar Baby
- 2003 Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
- 2001 A Beautiful Mind
- 2000 Gladiator
- 1999 American Beauty
- 1998 Shakespeare In Love
- 1997 Titanic
- 1996 The English Patient
- 1995 Braveheart
- 1994 Forrest Gump
- 1993 Schindler's List
- 1992 Unforgiven
- 1991 The Silence of the Lambs
- 1990 Dances with Wolves
- 1989 Driving Miss Daisy
- 1988 Rain Man
- 1987 The Last Emperor
- 1986 Platoon
- 1984 Amadeus
- 1982 Gandhi
- 1981 Chariots of Fire
- 1980 Ordinary People
- 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
- 1978 The Deer Hunter
- 1977 Annie Hall
- 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- 1974 The Godfather: Part II
- 1972 The Godfather
- 1971 The French Connection
- 1969 Midnight Cowboy
May 8, 2014
is now has completed hiring for summer, 2014.
Our summer starting rate is $8.00 an hour. We typically offer raises to students who return to work for us each academic year.
Successful candidates should:
- Be eligible for the Federal Work/Study program
- Have library or related experience (retail, office, bookstore, or food service)
- Pay close attention to detail
- Deal effectively and courteously with the public
- Be able to lift, reach, grasp, kneel, climb on step stools, bend, and push/pull possible heavy (up to 325lbs) book carts to move items around the various library buildings
- Complete all pages of the application thoroughly and accurately
The UNH Library has positions for student employment in various departments within the library. In addition to Dimond Library, the main library, there are four branch libraries located on campus and a library storage building located on the edge of campus.
May 8, 2014
Annie Donahue, dean of the Library, is asking people to return any materials taken from the recycle bin near the library’s loading dock during the week of April 21 so the art history faculty can review them.
April 29, 2014
Dimond Library will again be open 24 hours a day during finals this semester.
Beginning at 7:30am on Monday, May 5, Dimond Library will be open 24 hours a day until we close at the end of finals at 12am on Thursday, May 15. There will be limited services in the building during the early morning hours (2am-7:30am) each day, but most of the building will be open for study space. There will also still be access to print and online materials.
Good luck with finals!
April 29, 2014
Government Information presents its latest featured resource, Preliminary Flood Hazard Data.
Access all of your preliminary flood hazard data in one place. This resource provides Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, and FIRM Databases that show the projected risk of flood hazards in your community.
Preliminary data includes new or revised FIRMs, Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, and FIRM Databases:
- A FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map) is the official map that shows Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) and the risk premium zones applicable to a community. Risk zones indicated on FIRMs provide a basis for establishing flood insurance coverage premium rates offered through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
- FIS reports provide background information on the analysis performed and more precise data on the flood elevations in a community.
- A FIRM Database is a collection of the digital data that are used in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications for creating new FIRMs. These datasets cover a county or a community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!