News & Exhibits

September 24, 2014

Chinese Bamboo Scripts from Hunan: A Recording of Early Chinese Civilization

September 24th-26th in Dimond Library, near Circulation Desk on level 3
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at UNH

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For over 2,000 years, bamboo and wood scripts played an important role in Chinese history. The culture of bamboo script writing has had a far-reaching impact on Chinese civilization. The exhibition will display 60 pieces of bamboo and wood script replicas (excavated from Hunan Province of China) dating back to Qin, Han Dynasty, and the State of Wu during the Three Kingdoms Period.

The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Bryant University in Rhode Island, Hunan Antique Archaeology Institute, and Changsha Museum of Bamboo Scripts in Hunan, China.

To learn more about the exhibit, please visit the Chinese Bamboo Script Exhibition page, or find out more about the Confucius Institute at UNH.

September 24, 2014

Story Maps Illustrate Metro Area and County Population Change
Have fun exploring two interactive thematic maps on population change, just released by the Census Bureau.

The first map allows data users to explore the difference a decade has made in patterns of population change in metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas across the country. This is possible through swiping between two interactive maps – one covering the 2002-2003 period, the other 2012-2013. The second map permits users to determine the extent of population growth in each county between 2012 and 2013, and to quickly identify the primary source of that population change (such as natural increase or net migration.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

Visit the Government Information page to see other Government Information resources.

September 23, 2014

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

September 21st - 27th

This week, Banned Books Week, is a time for celebrating your right to read!

Banned Books Week brings national attention to the issue of censorship, and the harm of restricting information.

To celebrate our freedom here at UNH, we will be displaying some of the most frequently challenged and banned materials in libraries and schools. Check the main entrance of Dimond Library (level 3) for frequently banned/challenged books, and visit the Multimedia room (level 2) for banned/challenged movies and audiobooks.

Want to learn more about Banned Book Week?
Start here:

September 17, 2014

September 18 - December 12, 2014
A new University Museum exhibit celebrates the 100th year of UNH Cooperative Extension.

The exhibit, "Bringing the University to You: A Century of Service to the Granite State," will be on display at the University Museum in Dimond Library.

Reception:
Thursday, September 18, 4:00-6:00pm with refreshments - all are welcome.

Exhibit Hours:
Monday - Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday, 10:00am-8:00pm

Visit the University Museum page to learn more about current and past exhibits.

September 16, 2014

Over 50 of the Granite yearbooks are available to download or read online!

Digital Collections has scanned a large portion of yearbooks ranging from 1943-2012 so that you can access them online. Many of them are also searchable online.

You can start viewing The Granite now!

September 2, 2014

Milne Special Collections and Archives unit will be changing its reading room hours beginning on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Reading room hours for the fall semester will be:

  • Monday: 10am-4pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-8pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-4pm
  • Thursday: 10am-4pm
  • Friday: 10am-4pm

Milne Special Collections and Archives will continue to open by appointment for those who are unable to make regular reading room hours.

Special Collections is generally not open on holidays or during curtailed operations.

For more information, contact Special Collections, Archives, and Museum staff.

September 2, 2014

The Library is currently subscribed to a new database trial, through October 31, 2014: PolicyMap.

PolicyMap is a US-National web-based Geographic Information System used to understand communities. It is a “GIS tool for non-GIS experts” for those who need to visualize large amounts of data quickly and easily, often down to the census tract or block group level. Included in the tool is access to PolicyMap’s extensive data collection, with 15,000+ indicators used to understand communities, organized into general categories including demographics, income and spending, housing, lending activity, quality of life, economy, education, health, federal guidelines, and other analysis. In addition, students and faculty can easily upload and incorporate their data into and leverage it against the thousands of indicators already available in PolicyMap.

As always, if this database us useful for your research, please leave a comment here or contact our electronic resources librarian.

August 26, 2014

Health Services provides pet-assisted therapy and activities services free on-campus. Pet-therapy is an evidence based activity proven to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Hamilton (aka Hammy) is a 4 year old Great Dane mix and a certified Canine Good Citizen, a certification offered through the American Kennel Club. He is also a nationally certified therapy dog through Pet Partners. He works out of Health Services with his owner and handler Maria Caplan MS, RD Nutrition Counselor/Educator.

Hamilton will visit Dimond Library and Engineering, Math, and CS Library in Kingsbury Hall this fall on the following days:

Monday, October 20 at Kingsbury: 12:30-2pm
Monday, October 27 at Dimond: 12:30-2pm
Monday, November 3 at Kingsbury: 12:30-2pm
Monday, November 17 at Kingsbury: 12:30-2pm
Monday, November 24 at Dimond: 12:30-2pm
Monday, December 1 at Kingsbury: 12:30-2pm

August 20, 2014

Multimedia has put together a small display of films to honor Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, who sadly passed away this week.

Check out these movies in the Multimedia Room on Level 2 of Dimond Library.

August 20, 2014

The cost of print textbooks are outrageous, and librarians are trying to help! Join us for a two part webinar exploring e-books for education and first event in the Faculty Brown Bag series.

Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn

September 10th, 1:00-2:30 in Dimond 352

The session will explore the notion of just what an electronic textbook is. Are e-textbooks an interactive "courseware" website, an application for mobile devices and tablets, or self-contained digital files? Or is there a place for all of these and if so, how do they fit together and combine with a course syllabus? Also addressed will be issues of affordability and usage.

Topics and speakers are:

  • Advocating for Change: Open Textbooks and Affordability – Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • Open Your Books and Turn to Page 10: Getting Students to Use Their E-Textbooks – Reggie Cobb, Biology Instructor, Nash Community College
  • A Proof of Concept Initiative: The Internet2/EDUCAUSE Etextbook Pilots – Monica Metz-Wiseman, Coordinator of Electronic Collections, University of South Florida Libraries

Open Textbook Initiatives

September 17th, 1:00-2:30 in Dimond 343

This session will focus on the efforts to make textbooks electronically available under free open copyright licenses as part of the broader open educational resources movement.

Topics and speakers are:

  • The Library Publishing Landscape for E-Textbooks – Faye Chadwell, Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and Press Director, Oregon State University
  • Student-Funded Textbook Initiative at Kansas State University – Brian Lindshield, Associate Professor, Human Nutrition, Kansas State University and Beth Turtle, Associate Professor/Head, Scholarly Communications & Publishing, Kansas State University Libraries
  • Using Open Resources to Expand Access to Education – Molly Lindsay, Vice President of Content, Boundless

Faculty Brown Bag Series: Improvements to Ebrary

This series from Academic Technology starts on September 18. Join us in Dimond 352 from 12-1:30pm with a brief talk from collection management librarian Jen Carroll about recent improvements to the ebrary ebook system available to all faculty. Open discussion to follow.

We hope you can join us to learn more about this important topic!

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