Penrose Library Blog

The Office of LGBTQIA+ and PRISM’s Media Guide

by Emily Pearson  Feb 8 18

The Office of LGBTQIA+ and the student group P.R.I.S.M. have put together a list of digital media with LGBTQIA+ characters, actors, or creators. If you’re looking for something to watch or listen to, this can be a great way to find media with positive LGBTQIA+ representation. If you have suggestions to add to the list, you can submit them here for the Office’s consideration.

At Whitman, the library subscribes to Kanopy, where you can stream movies featured on this list as well as other films with LGBTQIA+ characters or creators.

If you are looking for more academic work relating to the LGBTQIA+ community, we subscribe to the database LGBT Thought and Culture, which contains both primary sources (including letters, periodicals, interviews, memoirs and ephemera) concerning the the political history of LGBTQIA+ rights as well as poetry and works of fiction by LGBTQIA+ writers.

You can also search our catalog for books, articles, and other resources. Because of the often-changing language within the LGBTQIA+ community, one way to make sure you are capturing the most resources appropriate to your research and potentially covering a wider time period is to add (homosexual* OR lgbt* OR queer) to your searches, such as: representation AND (homosexual* OR lgbt* OR queer). The asterisk captures anything that starts with the word it’s attached to, so in this case it captures homosexual, homosexuality, homosexuals, or lgbt, lgbtq, lgbtqia+, etc.

If you have any questions about the office of LGBTQIA+ or would like to be added to their mailing list, you can email Program Coordinator Vari Robinson at [email protected]. PRISM, a group for students that are LGBTQIA+ can be contacted at [email protected]. If you have any questions about library resources or want help with research, you can contact librarians here.

Introducing Sherlock 2.0

by Emily Pearson  Jan 12 18

Through Spring 2018, Penrose will be doing a soft launch of a new interface for Sherlock. You can choose this new interface by using the slider under the search box on the library home page, switching between Sherlock and the new interface, Sherlock 2.0. This new interface will be the default option in Fall 2018.

This interface offers a lot of new functionality and we hope you will find that it adds to your searching experience. The biggest change is your search will now be more intuitive with a more streamlined display. Whereas before you had to choose between seeing more details and requesting the resource or finding its location, now that is all in one central screen once you’ve clicked on the title, highlighted with the #1 in figures 1 and 3 and depicted in figure 2 (click to enlarge). Deciding between what you want to search (Whitman only, articles, Summit, etc.), course reserves, and Special Collections options are still available but have slightly moved (marked with the #2 in figures 1 and 3). You will still be prompted to sign-in, but can also do it in the top right corner (marked with the #3 in figures 1 and 3). This is also where you will find any items you pin.

Sherlock 2.0 has some new or updated features, including:

  • Pinning items you are interested in, then easily sending your pinned list to your email or citation manager. (Marked with the #4 in figures 1 and 3)
  • Seeing and exporting citations with one click from the record.
  • More functionality and easier browsing from your mobile device.

To note, if you switch between the two interfaces in the same session, you will need to log back in to see everything and to get to your account.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected], or you can click on the feedback tab on the right of the screen, circled in the first screenshot.

Library Hours during Winter Break

by Amy Blau  Dec 15 17

Penrose Library hours between Fall semester 2017 and Spring semester 2018 will be as follows:

Friday Dec. 15:  close at 5 pm

Saturday Dec. 16 – Thursday Dec. 21:  9 am to 5 pm

Friday Dec. 22 – Monday Jan. 1:  CLOSED

Tuesday Jan. 2 – Friday Jan. 5: 9 am to 5 pm

Saturday Jan. 6 – Sunday Jan. 7: CLOSED

Monday Jan. 8 – Tuesday Jan. 9: 9 am to 5 pm

Wednesday Jan. 10: 3 pm to 5 pm; otherwise CLOSED for Academic Affairs Staff Retreat

Thursday Jan. 11 – Sunday Jan. 14: 9 am to 5 pm

Monday Jan. 15:  9 am to 10 pm

Tuesday Jan. 16:   9 am; 24/7 schedule begins for Spring 2018

Read a local newspaper!

by Kun Lin  Dec 6 17

By Steve Morgan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Access World News is a current Penrose Library database subscription that provides newspaper articles from 6,365 different sources and from 135 different countries. It is a great tool to research local issues across the country and the world. Recently, Access World News began producing full-page images of The Oregonian (Portland, OR) shown in its original arrangement.  This view allows for browsing content and displays the print layout of the paper complete with articles, sections, and advertisements.  Back issues will continue to be available in a text-only version.

Local newspapers are an important element of the journalism ecosystem. Original reporting on local issues can provide an important check on local governments and informs local communities. Their content frequently feeds into national media outlets for discussions about issues on a bigger scale.  Other local newspapers available through Access World News includes Tri-City Herald, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, and Seattle Times.

Come on, get happy!

by Julie Carter  Nov 17 17

Feeling the “winter blues”?  Penrose Library houses six light therapy lamps for those who feel light deprived or are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Our “happy lights” provide daytime light intensity by replicating early morning or late afternoon spring-time light levels.  Lamps are available on the first, second, and third floors of the library.  Please consult the instructions for proper use provided with each lamp.

Lamps furnished by ASWC Savings Fund Grant.

Dedication of CLOUD, a new installation by artist and Whitman professor Michelle D. Acuff.

by Julie Carter  Nov 2 17

Cement book, part of CLOUD art installation.In the Penrose Library foyer this Friday, November 3rd, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Sheehan Gallery, Penrose Library, and the Whitman College Art Advisory Committee invite you to attend the dedication of CLOUD, an interactive sculpture installation by artist and Whitman faculty member Michelle D. Acuff. Professor Acuff will offer additional insights on both this piece and her process. Following Professor Acuff’s comments there will be a small reception to welcome this new work into the campus collection.

This addition to the College’s art collection was made possible by support from the Gaiser Art Endowment.

Halloween in the Archives

by bronsodm  Oct 30 17

Whitman College Pioneer, October 29, 1987

In the Whitman College and Northwest Archives, you can see how Whitman students have been celebrating Halloween throughout the decades.

Whitman College Photograph Collection, Box 42

From Halloween recipes in the student newspaper to costume party photographs from the 1950s, we can gain a unique insight into the student experiences of Whitman College.

Whitman College Pioneer, October 29, 2009

Whitman College Photograph Collection, Box 42

Come visit us in the archives to see more snapshots of student life at Whitman College!



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