2016 Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners Selected

Now in its third year, the Library Undergraduate Research Award (LURA) recognizes undergraduate students who have demonstrated exemplary original research and scholarship, including remarkable skill and creativity in the use of the library and information resources. A team of librarians, staff, and faculty review and score each submission and provide their recommendations to the Award Committee. The winners' Reflective Essays, in which they articulate their engagement in the research process and with the people and resources that supported and enhanced it, demonstrate the many ways that the library's staff, services, and information resources are vital to undergraduate research.

Award Ceremony: Thursday, April 28, 6:00 p.m., Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room

Senior Awards:
Anna Kramer, Pomona 2016
The Power of the Tower: Contesting History at Bear Lodge/Devils Tower National Monument

Simone Prince-Eichner, Pomona 2016
Embodying the Empire: Singing Slave Girls in Medieval Islamicate Historiography

Junior Award:
Henrietta Toivanen, CMC 2017
Diplomacy of Alienation as a Fundamental Threat to International Security: The Case Study of Iran

First-Year Award:
Yuxi (Candice) Wang, Pomona 2019
Mozi: Universal Love and Human Agency

Claremont Discourse Lecture: Shakespeare's Tragic Relief

Glenn Simshaw, Assistant Professor of Writing & Director of the Writing Center, Scripps College
4:15PM, Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library

In our third and final lecture on Shakespeare this semester, Scripps Professor Glenn Simshaw, a graduate of Claremont Graduate University, will discuss a pattern in Shakespeare's middle comedies in which painful scenes disrupt conventional comic progress. These moments of tragic relief stage social crises by presenting heroes (or would-be heroes) with dangerous opportunities to become separated from their most important human ties. These catastrophes give the men a chance for introspection, clarification, and growth as they move towards becoming fathers for their immediate families and their larger communities. Their confrontations with mortality occasion structural ruptures but also epiphanies that bind.

Many other Claremont Discourse Lectures are available for viewing in The Claremont Digital Library

The Claremont Colleges Library Joins the Greater Western Library Alliance

The Claremont Colleges Library has been granted membership into the
Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of 36 research libraries located in the central and western United States.

GWLA is a dynamic, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the
transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies in libraries serving higher education.

"We're excited to be joining the GWLA network of academic libraries," said Kevin Mulroy, the A.J. McFadden Dean of the Claremont Colleges Library. "Membership in the consortium will bring immediate and substantial benefits to our faculty, students, and staff through increased access to information resources."

GWLA membership benefits include:


  • Cost savings brought about through cooperative negotiation of discounts and licensing terms and conditions.

  • Interlibrary loan (ILL) reciprocity between GWLA members.

  • News and discussions via listservs, webinars, virtual workspaces, and newsletters.

  • Participation and membership in an array of standing committees and task forces dedicated to specific projects or areas of focus, including content development, resource sharing/document delivery, cooperative collection management, student learning outcomes, and digital collections.

  • A united voice to promote and advocate for scholarly communication, national print and digital preservation initiatives, and continuous improvement of ILL and document delivery.


During the membership assessment, a three-person GWLA team visited the Claremont Colleges Library for an on-site evaluation that is similar to a college accreditation visit. The team members were impressed by the library's collection size and scope, public services, new strategic initiatives, and potential contributions to the alliance.
David Carlson, GWLA Board Chair and Dean of University Libraries at Texas A&M University noted, "As the Claremont Colleges Library was considered for membership in GWLA, it became clear that the institution would bring unique perspectives to the consortium, in their emphasis on liberal arts education, and a distributed approach to organizational structure. These qualities are matched by a library with a distinguished collection of resources and a professional staff with a national reputation for quality service and leadership on issues related to librarianship and scholarly communication."

For more information: Press Release


Shakespeare in International Films

Global Shakespeare, a lecture by Arthur Horowitz (Theatre and Dance, Pomona College)
Thursday, March 31, 4:15-5:30pm, Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room

Please join us as Professor Horowitz discusses representations and reinterpretations of Shakespeare's plays in international films. This lecture is an event in The Claremont Colleges' Spring 2016 celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy.

Many of the films he will discuss are available from Honnold/Mudd Library.

Available on DVD from Honnold/Mudd Library


  • Shakespeare Wallah (India, 1965)-- AV 5236

  • King Lear (USSR, 1970)-- AV 3747

  • Maqbool (Macbeth, India, 2010)-- AV 5607

  • Omkara (Othello, India, 2006)-- AV 4578

  • Haider (Hamlet, India, 2014)--AV 5944

  • Ye Yan: The Banquet (Hamlet, China, 2006)-- AV 5945
    (U.S. title: Legend of the Black Scorpion; Also available from Pacific Basin Institute, Pomona College: PB AV Ch 0431)

Available online though the Library's Kanopy subscription (Search by film title.)

  • The Bad Sleep Well (Hamlet, Japan, 1960)

  • Caesar Must Die (Julius Caesar, Italy, 2012)

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