News & Exhibits
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!
March 18, 2014
Government Information presents its latest featured resource, NOAA's Civil War Coastal Surveys.
In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson established the Survey of the Coast to produce the nautical charts necessary for maritime safety, defense, and the establishment of national boundaries. Within years, the United States Coast Survey was the government’s leading scientific agency, charting coastlines and determining land elevations for the nation. In 1861, the agency adjusted quickly to meet the needs of a country at war.
March 18, 2014
The UNH Traditional Jazz Series presents Luciana Souza: Brazilian Duos featuring Romero Lubambo on Monday, March 31 at 8pm in the Johnson Theater at the Paul Creative Arts Center.
Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the PCAC box office, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., by calling (603) 862-PCAC (7222), by purchasing tickets online, and at the door one hour prior to performance.
Luciana Souza is one of Jazz's leading singers and interpreters. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil into a family of Bossa Nova innovators. Luciana's work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, covering jazz, world music, and venturing into classical repertoire and new music.
Romero Lubambo's guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound. From the cool, sophisticated rhythms of his native Brazil to hard bop, Romero is a guitarist who's comfortable in any musical setting. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist and musical improviser with a knack for unpredictable and creative musical thoughts.
The Traditional Jazz Concert Series is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Jazz. The library, established in 1978 by Dorothy Prescott, comprises books, recordings, and memorabilia and is housed in Dimond Library. Prescott’s generous endowment funds its activities including the Traditional Jazz Series concerts.
For more information, call the UNH Music Department at (603) 862-2404.
March 17, 2014
Join humorist Rebecca Rule on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 2pm in Dimond Library when she interviews poet Sharon Olds.
The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To register, please use our online form.
Sharon Olds is the winner of several prestigious awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2013 and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has several published volumes of poetry and is known as "a poet of constant linguistic surprise."
Light refreshments will be served and Olds will be available to sign her 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 862-1540.
March 13, 2014
March 6, 2014
The Library is doing a usability test of our space and we need a few participants during March 19-21. It will take about an hour of your time in Dimond Library.
For your participation, you will receive a $15 Dining Services card, good at any Dining location on campus, or a USB flash drive.
If you’re interested and available, please contact Kristin Parker.
February 26, 2014
We are pleased to announce a new trial database, Historic Map Works. This trial provides access to over 200,000 high-resolution, full color antique and historic maps that trace the "residential genealogy" of families and locations over time.
If this database is useful to you, please contact our Collection Management Librarian, Jen Carroll, or comment here.