New Book Display: Counternarratives

A new book display is now available on Mudd 2, near the main Services Desk. This display is a joint effort of jill moniz, The Pomona College Museum of Art's curator of Alexandra Bell's Counternarratives public art project, and several librarians from The Claremont Colleges Library.

Bell's artwork highlights the hidden language codes, picture choices, and headlines that expose editorial bias in main stream media. Bell "radically reedits" New York Times articles by adding racially neutral language and visual imagery that is more descriptive of the headlines she investigates.

All of these books are available for you to check out!

For more information about the Counternarratives art installation and to see a list of these books as well as e-books and streaming videos that the library makes available, go to:

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On display at The Claremont Colleges Library north entrance lobby is a selection of East Asian rare books and art works ranging from the early 11th century to the early 20th century that are held in The Claremont Colleges Library's Asian Library and Special Collections, and in the Denison Library and Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College. These works exemplify the unique features and characteristics of traditional East Asian books and prints. These valuable collections came to Claremont via a variety of channels, but mostly through the generosity of private donors. They have been indispensable resources to faculty and students' research, teaching, and learning. The exhibition highlights the teaching and research value of these resources and acknowledges donors whose generosity created the collections and keeps them in pristine condition.

Curated by Xiuying Zou, Head of the Asian Library, The Claremont Colleges Library.
On display through May 31, 2018.

For more information, contact Ashley Larson at 909-607-3987 or

Library selected as one of 3 sites for COUNTERNARRATIVES art installation

The Pomona College Museum of Art is pleased to welcome New York artist activist Alexandra Bell to the Claremont campuses. Bell will mount three works from her public art project Counternarrative. Bell's work explores how language perpetuates racist narratives; she highlights the hidden language codes, picture choice, and headlines that expose editorial bias in main stream media. Using articles from The New York Times, the paper of record presumed to be a liberal voice, Bell "radically reedits" the articles. She reads, redacts and erases the loaded text and images, revising the stories with racially neutral language and visual imagery that is more descriptive of the headlines she investigates. Her work underscores the importance of examining the veracity and demanding improvements in our news publications.

Throughout the day on Friday, Mar. 2, 2018, Bell, with the assistance of student volunteers, will mount three Counternarratives at selected locations. Look for "A Teenager
with Promise," on the north wall of the Claremont Colleges Library building. The other two Counternarratives, "Olympic Threat" and "Charlottesville," will be displayed at other sites throughout The Claremont Colleges. The works will be on view through May 13, 2018.

Simultaneously, The Claremont Colleges Library will host a curator-created book display and will document and archive the installation and reception of the works. The library will provide opportunities for viewers to give reactions to the artwork and the books.

For more information, see the full press release from the Pomona College Museum of Art.

New Book Display: Celebrating Women in STEM


We have a new book display celebrating women in STEM, with a special focus on women of color in STEM, sponsored by Library's Dean's Action Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Women have been in STEM fields since the beginning (the term "scientist" was coined for mathematician and astronomer Mary Somerville in 1834!) but their contributions have often been overlooked.

Check out this book display on Mudd 2, near the Main Services Desk. All of them are available for checkout, so stop by and grab one that interests you to learn more about the long history of women in science.

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