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Fall 2009

Trinity Reporter Fall 2009
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3. Image Collections and Services: Consisting of about 40,000 Trinity library-owned digital images, this collection is hosted by the national academic site, ARTstor, which provides an additional 750,000 digital images primarily illustrating the history of art and architecture. The system has been expanded over the past year and a half, and now images can be accessed, and classroom presentations created, from offices or dorm rooms. “The ability to easily access and use these digital images is transforming the classroom experience,” says Image Collections Librarian Nancy Smith. “It’s possible to zoom into image detail while lecturing, to view, for example, the sculpture detail of a Gothic church’s entry portal, the details and labels of maps and plans, or the brush strokes in a contemporary work of art.”

4. Tripod archives online: Access to Trinity Tripod archives (pdf files) from the years 1960-2008 is newly available on the library’s Web site. Search by a name or key word, or browse all issues from a particular year. Visit http://library.trincoll.edu/tripod.htm.

5. “First Friday Training” and “tech talk”: Library staff members meet monthly for technology training and for technology-focused discussions. Recent topics have included e-textbooks (staff members have been taking turns testing out an Amazon Kindle 2 and a Sony Reader) and the viability of sending library messages to mobile devices such as cell phones and PDAs—for instance, to alert a student when requested materials have arrived.

6. Leadership gifts: Recent gifts have included an endowed fund established by the late Richard Edwin Gager ’43, providing ongoing support for the library, and in-kind donations of historic publications to the Watkinson Library by Dr. William Bronson P’88 and John William Pye ’70, both members of the Watkinson Library Board of Trustees.


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