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  • Did You Know?

    New students weren’t called first years till the late ‘80s. At right: the last “freshman” and first “first year” handbooks (published by the junior class for new students in 1988 and 1989, respectively). The course catalogue still referred to “freshmen tutorials” as late as the 1990- 91 academic year.

    Where’s my Moodle course? Don’t see a Moodle site for your course? Contact your professor. Not all instructors use Moodle, or your instructor may not have made the site visible to students yet. If a site is avail- able for your class but you still can’t see it, contact We heard you! LITS is now open starting at 9am on Sundays during regular semester hours: Mon-Thu 8:00am - 2:00am Fri 8:00am - 10:00pm Sat 9:00am - 10:00pm Sun 9:00am - 2:00am

    A Mount Holyoke Woman in Macedonia, a new Archives & Special Collections exhibit curated by Liz Knoll ‘16, tells the fascinating story of alum Mary Matthews, who taught at the American School for Girls from 1888-1920. Come to the introductory talk by Matthews’ grandniece, Peggy Hanson, on Thursday, Sept. 15 4:30pm in Dwight 101. Followed by a reception with refreshments.

    The Class of 1920: A Peek into the Past Curated by Archives & Special Collections Lynk

    intern Shannon Reilly ‘17, this new exhibit looks back to the Class of

    2020’s great-grandmother class. Learn about the lives of MHC

    students in 1920: what’s the same and what’s different! In the atrium till Sept. 30. Create a website! LITS offers WordPress for

    personal websites, student organization sites, and class

    projects. No fees, no ads, and you can use your MHC login!

    Visit to explore and create a site. Questions?

    Click on “Consult the help guide” to get started.

    Librarians are here to help! Did you know that for every subject there is an expert librarian who is available to help you navigate LITS resources and services, and assist you with your research? Visit the LITS home page and click

    to contact/locate the librarians.



    A monthly publication brought to you by LITS staff and students.

    Volume 9, Issue 1 September 2016

    Image credits: MHC Archives & Special Collections

    Library carrel sign-up for seniors is on Sunday, Sept. 18, 9-11am in the Whiting Alcove (6th floor South). Carrels are assigned first come, first serve so line up early. We have a limited number of accessible floors and height-adjustable carrels. Let us know at sign-up if you need one. Can’t be there? Pick up a proxy form at the Circulation Desk and a friend can wait in line for you!

    Party with the Language Resource Center! The LRC offers a variety of super fun language and culture events throughout the year, starting with our Language Festival on Thursday, Sept. 29, 7:30-9:30pm in Blanchard. Join us for internation- al games, refreshments, music and more. Follow us on Facebook (MountHolyokeLRC) and Twitter (@mhc_lrc) for details and updates.

    Homemade dorm room sign by Dorothy

    Upham 1920.

  • Did You Know?

    October Break wasn’t part of the college calendar until the mid 1980’s. Before then, Mountain Day was the only break until Thanksgiving. We’re thankful that changed!

    Crafternoon in the Archives Dahlias were among the first flowers to be grown at MHC under Mary Lyon’s guidance. On Oct. 20 at 4:30pm, archives student assis- tant Misha Ali ‘17 will show you how to make paper dahlias to decorate your dorm or office, or to give as a gift during Friends & Family weekend! Gadgets to go! Need to borrow a laptop, scientific calculator, iPad, headphones, portable optical drive, or charger? Want to know what equipment is available right now? Check Gadgets-to-Go at, or on the touchscreen across from the Circulation Desk!

    Independent study support Are you working on an independent study? Want to learn more about resources within your field and ways to conduct your research more efficiently? Make an appointment with your LITS subject specialist! If you aren’t sure who your subject specialist is, email and the person with expertise in your topic area will get back to you!

    New art in the library Congratulations to Emily Silverman ‘81 prize winner Amy Chen ‘17,

    and runner up Veronica DeJesus ‘16! You can view their outstanding creative

    works (pictured at left) hanging near the elevator on library

    level 4 north and in library room 620A, respectively.

    Upload all the things! It’s early in the semester, which means it’s time to build

    good backup habits! Protect yourself against disaster in the

    event of a failed hard drive and protect your data by saving copies

    of important files to Google Drive or an external hard drive.

    Upgrade your tech skills Want to learn how to use Photoshop, WordPress, Powerpoint, or Excel? Sign up for a Peer2Peer workshop and learn to use these useful tools. Topics, times, dates, and locations are available at the Information Com- mons Help Desk or online at www.mtholyoke. edu/lits/tech/student_workshops.



    A monthly publication brought to you by LITS staff and students.

    Volume 9, Issue 2 October 2016

    Image credits: MHC Archives & Special Collections, Mary Stettner

    Beverages, buttons, and ‘brarians Bring your loved ones to meet your friendly RIS Librarians for Donuts and Coffee during Family and Friends Weekend! Connect with subject specialists who can help with your papers and research projects. Friday Oct. 21st 10am-12pm outside the Williston Library main entrance. Rain location: Library Atrium.

    Don’t pay for it! Did you click MH Links and see that the item you want isn’t available electron- ically or in print at MHC? Use “Request from an- other library via ILLiad.” ILLiad, our Interlibrary Loan service, can provide books, videos, articles and book chapters from across the country and sometimes further! Books and videos usually arrive in 1-2 weeks, articles within 12-24 hours.

    Veronica DeJesus ‘16

    Amy Chen ‘17

  • Did You Know?

    The first woman to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States was Shirley Chisholm in 1972. After serving in Congress from 1969-1983, Chisholm (pictured at right with arms resting on podium) taught at MHC from 1983-1987.

    Participating in NaNoWriMo? November is Na- tional Novel Writing Month and LITS provides lots of different kinds of spaces for writing your novel. Find your new favorite writing nook on the LITS web site > About Us > Study and Meeting Space Finder. Get comfy and start your masterpiece! No laptop? No problem! Forget your computer but still need to get some work done? Borrow one from the loaner laptop pool! Now with Chromebooks as well as Macs and PCs. We have 40 available for 3 hour loan, 27 for 3 day loan. Ask at the Circulation Desk!

    Don’t get phished! Don’t click on links in email unless you’re certain a link is something you were expecting. Hackers can hijack or mimic email accounts so even a message from a professor or friend could be fake and trying to get you to give away your username and password. Ask before you click! Call the Help Desk at 538-2600, and see examples at

    Overnight reserves Borrow a 3 hour reserve book 3 hours before closing time and keep

    it until the next morning! We will also hold it for you. Fill out a form at

    the Circulation Desk on the day the item is needed to ensure it

    will be held for the overnight request. Questions? Ask at the Circulation Desk! New leisure videos Check out these and other fresh leisure movies on the

    shelves by the Circulation Desk! You

    can suggest new titles for

    the collection, too.

    Jewelry Crafternoon Before the invention of photography, paper silhouettes were shared to remember loved ones. These were often kept in lockets by students who were away at college and soldiers who were away at wartime. Come over to Archives on Nov. 16 at 4:30pm to see his- toric silhouettes and create pendants and rings using silhouette portraits from the collections!



    A monthly publication brought to you by LITS staff and students.

    Volume 9, Issue 3 November 2016

    Image credits: MHC Archives & Special Collections, Karen Mehl

    Got a video, digital story, or other multimedia assignment? Video Consultants are available to help in the MEWS Teaching Area. The MEWS equipment includes video and audio capture tools as well as editing software. Learn more about our work and make an appointment online at:

    Thanksgiving Break hours

    Tuesday, 11/22 8:00 am- 5:00 pm Wednesday, 11/23 8:30 am - noon Thursday, 11/24 - Saturday, 11/26 CLOSED Sunday, 11/27 6:00 pm-2:00 am

    Regular hours resume Monday, 11/28.

    Students demonstrating for women’s right to vote during

    1916 commencement activities.

  • Did You Know?

    Before 1971, Fall semester finals were scheduled for January - after the holidays. Imagine how much more restful your win