March 2015 Archives

Our New Discovery Gateway

The Claremont Colleges Library has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management System (WMS) as its next generation platform for delivering library services. WMS will provide the library with the opportunity to expand discovery of information resources and increase the ease of access to library content. While the look and some of the functions will be a bit different from our current system, we are confident that this change will provide our users with improved library service.

Implementing WMS will...

  • Allow the library to integrate more of our resources and services into the "one box" search function which will reduce barriers to discovering and accessing content.

  • Enable users to be able to move more easily from locating information resources to accessing full text content in electronic form.

  • Empower users to be able to quickly and easily order information resources (books, articles, etc) that are not immediately available but are owned by other libraries.

The library targets to go live with WMS in July 2015. In preparation for this transition, we are offering "sneak preview" sessions to introduce faculty and students to the new system, using examples drawn from other WMS libraries. We invite you to join in on one of the following sessions to learn about WMS and to ask questions.

Honnold/Mudd Library's New Discovery Gateway- Introduction Sessions
Tuesday, April 14, 12:15-1pm | Aviation Room, Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons, HMC (Bite of Learning)

Wednesday, April 22, 8-9am | KLR, Honnold/Mudd Library (register online)

Tuesday, April 28, 12-1pm | KLR, Honnold/Mudd Library (register online)

Thursday, May 7, 4-5pm | Keck 2, Honnold/Mudd Library (register online)

Monday, May 11, 2:30-3:30pm | KLR, Honnold/Mudd Library (register online)

Meet Our First Artist in Residence

LAIR-logo.jpgThe Claremont Colleges Library is pleased to welcome its first Library Artist in Residence (LAIR), Steve Rowell. During his residency, Rowell will create new artwork that addresses/engages with the Library building, spaces, collections, history, and/or people. This artwork will be displayed in the Library at the end of the residency in a short-term exhibition, for which there will be a public reception on Thursday, April 23, from 5-7 pm. In addition, he will collaborate with Pitzer Prof. Tarrah Krajnak's Art 110 Intermediate Photography classes and will hold open studio hours Mondays and Thursdays 2-5 PM each week through April 30 (except March 23 and 26). The LAIR studio is on Mudd 3rd floor, next to Keck 2.

Steve Rowell.jpgSteve Rowell is a research-based artist who works with still and moving images, sound, installation, maps, and spatial concepts. Currently based in Los Angeles, he has lived in Berlin, Chicago, and Washington DC, over the past 20 years. His transdisciplinary practice focuses on overlapping aspects of technology, perception, and culture as related to ontology and landscape. Rowell contextualizes the built environment with the surrounding medium of nature; appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer, archeologist, and seer.

For his LAIR project, he will be visiting the Bernard Field Station and in the Library is working with the Water Resources Collection in Special Collections, the California Water Documents collection in the Claremont Colleges Digital Library, as well as with various maps and atlases in the Library's general collection.

The inaugural LAIR program is funded by a generous grant from the Pitzer College Campus Life Committee's Strategic Initiatives Fund.

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