News & Exhibits

November 27, 2012

If you're in Dimond Library at closing time, you might just hear writer and television host Fritz Wetherbee or UNH a capella group Off the Clef remind you to bring your study materials to the circulation desk for check-out.

For those not in Dimond Library at closing time, listen to the announcements:

November 27, 2012

The staff offices for our online publishers in New York and New Jersey have been affected by the storm. If there are any problems accessing e-journals or e-books we will make every attempt to troubleshoot the problem; please use our online help form. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

November 27, 2012


The UNH Traditional Jazz Series presents the Taylor Haskins Quartet on Monday, November 12 at 8pm in the Johnson Theater at the Paul Creative Arts Center.

General admission tickets are $8 each and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the UNH Paul Creative Arts Center Ticket Office and at the door one hour prior to the performance. You may also order tickets online or call 862-PCAC (7222).

Taylor grew up in the quiet woods of New Hampshire, where he began his musical life around the age of 4 by plunking out television and movie themes by ear on the family piano. Taylor studied classical trumpet with Dr. Robert Stibler at UNH, and there he found a mentor in the great Clark Terry, who frequented the university. In 1994 he relocated to New York City to study with trumpet legend Lew Soloff at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1997 he was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition.

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.

November 27, 2012

Dimond Library will open for reduced hours from 11am-8pm on Tuesday, October 30th with very minimal services. Please call the Circulation desk at 862-3125 between 11am-8pm if you have questions about what services will be available.

November 27, 2012

The University of New Hampshire has curtailed operations effective 4:00 am Thursday, January 2. UNH Library (Dimond and all four branch libraries) will be closed. We plan to re-open at 7:30 am on Friday, January 3, but please call the library hours' line (603) 862-1534 or check back here to confirm.

For more information, please see UNH Emergency and Storm Information.

November 27, 2012

The University is curtailing operations Monday, 10/29 and Tuesday, 10/30 due to expected inclement weather.

Dimond Library expects to be open 11am-8pm both Monday and Tuesday provided the campus has power and conditions are safe. The science branch libraries will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Please check back for updates.

Update: Dimond Library will be closed on Monday, October 29. We expect to open on Tuesday, October 30 provided the campus has power.

November 27, 2012

We're happy to announce another UNH student art exhibition! This exhibit will be during spring semester in the exhibit space on Level 3 (Main Floor) in Dimond Library. It is open to all UNH students, both art and non-art majors.

This is a juried exhibit. Each artist may submit two entries. All submissions must be framed and ready to hang.

If you'd like to participate, please submit your entry form online. You will also need to send an accompanying photo to library.displays@unh.edu. Entries must be received by November 30, 2012.

If you prefer, you may send or deliver a paper copy to:

University Museum, Dimond Library
18 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824-3592

If you have any questions, please contact Dale Valena.

November 27, 2012

October 22-26, 2012 is International Open Access Week.

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. Authors participating in Open Access benefit from greater distribution of their work to a more diverse audience. Readers and researchers benefit from having access to the best and most up-to-date information available, including medical research and scientific discoveries. Open Access Week is a campaign to broaden awareness and understanding of how scholarly publishing models are changing and the impact on researchers at all levels.

The University Library is celebrating Open Access Week by distributing information in Dimond Library and the branch libraries throughout the week. Library staff will be available at the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, October 23 to answer questions about Open Access.

For more information about Open Access, please visit the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Library Guide.

November 27, 2012

UNH IT Academic Technology and the UNH Library present an event on open and low cost educational resource options on October 22 at the Strafford Room in the MUB.

Outline of the day:
10:00 to 12:30 – Open House
12:45 to 2:00 – Vendor Panel discussion
2:00 to 3:30 – Open House/QA

You are welcome to come for any part of the Open House or Vendor Panel, even if you cannot stay for the entire duration.

Please RSVP at this site.

According to a College Board report, students at typical public, four-year universities spend almost $1200 per year on textbooks. As the cost of textbooks continues to rise, it puts a serious financial burden on students by taking a larger percentage of the overall cost of their education.

Several states have issued reports advocating alternative textbook models for students and faculty. Most recently, California became the first state in the nation to enact laws around the creation and distribution of free open digital textbooks.

With the rising interest in alternative models for textbooks and related course material, we are inviting several textbook vendors to the UNH Durham campus to present their offerings. These vendors have business models ranging from completely free downloadable books, to free ebooks supported by advertising, to existing commercial publishers that offer low cost ebook options of their print textbooks. In addition to the textbook, these vendors also provide supplementary material (e.g test banks, presentations etc.) to support faculty in course delivery.

This event is a great opportunity to learn about some of the new and emerging issues in the textbook space and to get your questions about these new options answered.

Later in November, Academic Technology will be hosting another event titled 'Practical advice for creating eBooks'. We are hoping to have a couple of vendors present about their ebook authoring tools to help you plan any eBook development work you may be considering.

October 10, 2012

You talk… we’ll listen!

All UNH faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a survey to help us improve our services. As an incentive, you will be entered to win one of thirty $15 Cat's Cache cards.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes. Take our survey now. To be eligible to win, please be sure to put your e-mail in at the end of the survey.

Named LibQUAL+, the survey measures your perceptions of service quality and identifies gaps between desired, perceived, and minimum expectations. It is a national Web-based library survey designed to define and measure library service quality across academic institutions.

This will be the third time this survey is administered in eight years; ultimately, who can evaluate library service better than you? Previous responses resulted in several important changes for library services on both campuses, including:

  • Collections – increased all electronic resources, over 5700 e-journals and 60-plus databases added,
  • Services – increased wireless capability in every library on each campus, and
  • Facilities – extensive renovation in Dimond Library to create more flexible public space; increased group study space in the libraries on the Durham campus; and conversational zones created on the Manchester campus to distinguish group study from quiet study space.

Once again, we'd like you to tell us how we measure up to your expectations. The UNH Library will conduct the LibQUAL+ survey from October 9-30, 2012 and your feedback is critical as we plan for the future. We need to understand your perceptions, expectations, and experiences so that we can provide you the best possible services. The resulting data will help us:

  • understand how the UNH community rates library resources and services,
  • identify areas of library service that need improvement, and
  • benchmark results against other libraries to determine best practices.

Please complete the online survey at your earliest convenience and before October 30th. Your participation is voluntary, and you may simply check "not applicable" (N/A) to any questions you do not wish to answer. All responses are held in complete confidence and there are no links identifying responses with individuals.

If you have any problems accessing or taking this survey, please contact us at libqual.survey@unh.edu.

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