News & Exhibits

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!

Posted May 3, 2016

UNH Research Data Services Librarian Patti Condon's dissertation, Digital Curation through the Lens of Disciplinarity: The Development of an Emerging Field, was highlighted by American Libraries Magazine this month. Hers was one of ten Notable Dissertations.

Condon explores the emergence of digital curation as a possible discipline by scoping literature, content analysis, and interviews. Five key themes emerged from the data analysis. First, the terminology of the field is fairly well known, but a specific language has not coalesced. Second, collaboration among individuals and across social networks has evolved—in part from the need to partner for sustainability of projects. Third, there is evidence of multiple discipline engagement in digital curation practices. Fourth, education and training are evolving. Programs are offered through some library and information science departments. And fifth, the theme of professional and scholarly focus refers to the body of accumulated knowledge and skills related to a discipline.

American Libraries said, "While the topics vary, these 10 dissertations can help inform practice in different types of libraries. And with that, we want to shine light on those scholars and the notable work they bring to the field." Congratulations to Patti for this contribution to the Library field.

Posted April 25, 2016

A new student art installation is on display in Dimond Library. Just walk in the main entrance and look up - you'll see what the buzz is about.

Gold Rush
Steel, casted foam, paint, nail lacquer, fishing line
Artists: Maria Tiano, Kelsey Fleet, Shannon Robertson, and Melanie Allen

This installation for Paul College is a conceptual exploration of individuals working together towards a common objective, while at the same time steadily aiming for “the top” in their personal ambitions – in this case, a bustling hive of bees as a business or economy. The bees are painted gold to indicate both commodity in the fiscal sense, as well as the fact of actual bees rapidly becoming a commodity in the face of the environmental crisis.

This sculpture was made in Sachiko Akiyama’s installation class and was originally on display in Paul College.

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!

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.

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.

Posted April 4, 2016

The University has curtailed operations for Monday, April 4 at 3:00 pm. Dimond Library will be open reduced hours and close at 9:00 pm. All other locations will close at 3:00 pm.

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

Posted March 30, 2016

All of the Granite yearbooks are now available to read or download online.

Digital Collections has scanned all 106 volumes of the Granite to the UNH Library website. You can view any UNH yearbook from 1909 to 2015 — that's about 30,000 pages!

You can start viewing the Granite now.

Posted March 30, 2016

UNH is working to cut costs on educational material by introducing the Open Educational Resources (OER) Ambassador Project. This project encourages instructors to use open resources rather than having students pay for material, such as using a free online textbook rather than requiring students to purchase one.

This project just finished its pilot year which began in spring 2015, with the help of the UNH Library, Academic Technology, and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Nine ambassadors were chosen to use OER in their courses and share their experiences. Each ambassador received a grant of $3,000 and a support team to assist with course design, copyright issues, locating OER, and implementing the plan. Students and faculty attitudes about the project have been positive and test scores are comparable to scores from previous years.

The OER Pilot is evaluates its success by making sure this criteria is met:

  • Students are saving money.
  • Students are learning as much or more than in previous courses.
  • Faculty are able to find and incorporate OER materials.
  • Faculty are satisfied with support and services.
  • Student are satisfied with course materials.

The OER Ambassadors Project is continuing this year. UNH has accepted 15 faculty OER Ambassadors, 11 projects in total, to participate. These Ambassadors will receive $2000 summer grant to support the OER implementation, attend a three day workshop, and will have a support team to help put it all together.

Posted March 28, 2016

UNH IT's newsletter Signals sat down with Kevin Gardner and Eleta Exline to discuss a software called Elements, a research information system. In this interview, Kevin and Eleta talk about the problem of getting researcher information, like publications or grants. Elements is a software that can help solve this problem by creating Researcher Profiles which will organize all of this information in one place, allowing easier access for the public as well as for the researchers themselves. Many other universities are beginning to use this software and it saves researchers time by searching databases for their publications, allowing them to build their profile easily, and keeps all of their research in one place.

You can listen to or read the entire interview.