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The Claremont Colleges Library, with the guidance of Pomona Advancement and the collaboration of six other Southern California libraries, has received a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant for the project "Digitizing Southern California Water Resources," which will digitize and help preserve primary source documentation of water history in California. This is one of 17 projects awarded a CLIR 2016 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant, a program funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This project will create a digital archive of California and U.S. western water that will support and inspire scholarship through multiple disciplinary lenses, including public health, engineering, urban planning, legal history and the array of disciplines that fall under environmental studies. The grant team will gather together documents from public and academic libraries across Southern California, making them available digitally for scholars everywhere.

Library personnel involved in this successful grant include Carrie Marsh, Director of Special Collections and Libraries, who is one of the principal investigators on the grant; Lisa Crane, Western Americana Manuscripts Librarian, who will serve as project director; and Tanya Kato, digital project manager for the CLIR grant.

For full details, see the press release on the Pomona College website.

Statement of Commitment to Privacy

Statement of Commitment to Privacy

The Claremont Colleges Library ("The Library") is committed to protecting the privacy of all library users in accordance with the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics. The Library has policies in place to ensure that we "protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted." (ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom)

The Library also has procedures in place to enact these policies. The Library will continuously assess and amend procedures as technology and legal changes arise.

The Library may store personally identifiable information in its computer systems including, but not limited to, the integrated library management system, in order to perform essential tasks such as facilitating circulation of materials and providing access to online resources. We do not archive or otherwise maintain the borrowing history of our users in our main library system.

The Library collects anonymized data on user behavior and usage of information resources in order to best serve our community of scholars. We are committed to ensuring that our external vendors and other partners protect the privacy of our users.

In accordance with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. 1861, as amended by the USA PATRIOT ACT (Public Law 107-56), the Library may be obligated to release personally identifiable information to federal law enforcement agents, if requested. This same law prohibits the Library from informing individuals if such a request has been made. We endeavor to have no personally identifiable information to release.

Use of the Library's website and linked information resources implies agreement with this policy.


More than Meets the Eye: The Videos of Tran, T. Kim-Trang
Book Launch Event

Thursday, October 27 | 4:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Digital Tool Shed, Claremont Colleges Library

This born-digital Scalar book reflects on the extensive body of video-based work created by Tran T. Kim-Trang, internationally recognized media artist and Professor of Art at Scripps College. It collects essays from leading figures in the media arts community, who offer nuanced assessment of the work, and it promises to jumpstart a conversation about the relevance of video as a form of critical authoring, a practice undertaken at a moment when the tools were in their infancy, but shared now at a time when authoring in media has never been more accessible nor the ability to disseminate one's ideas through video more possible.

Join us for a reception to celebrate the launch of More than Meets the Eye. Presenters include:
Michelle Dizon, Artist and Educator
Lucas Hilderbrand, UC Irvine
Jesse Lerner, Pitzer College
David Lloyd, UC Riverside
Tran, T. Kim-Trang, Scripps College

Refreshments will be served. For more information: Ashley Sanders | (909) 607-0894 |

View the book online here:

Public Art, Identity, and Space: Celebrating the CCDL's Murals of Northern Ireland Collection

Save the Dates 3-6 October

The Murals of Northern Ireland collection at the Claremont Colleges Digital Library (CCDL) forms an archive of images of murals in Northern Ireland painted from 1979 continuing through the present day. The images record the representation of history, the expression of political standpoints, the articulation of community concerns, the formations of memory, and modes of ideological address. The murals range from overtly political declarations, to graphic depictions of conflict, to comments on the peace process, to humor and irony. The Murals collection and project began as a collaboration with Dr. Tony Crowley, Professor of English Language at the University of Leeds, during his time at Scripps College. Dr. Crowley worked as a journalist in Northern Ireland earlier in his career and has written widely on both the murals and the politics of language in Ireland. Dr. Crowley will visit Claremont for a week of events examining the Murals and the topic of public art, co-sponsored by Pitzer College.

Please join us for the events of the week:

Monday, 3 October: Panel, "Public Art, Identity, and Space" with Tony Crowley, Jessica McCoy (Pitzer College), Frances Pohl (Pomona College), and documentarian Tadashi Nakamura. 11-12:15 in the CCL Founders Room. Co-sponsored by Pitzer College Art Galleries.

Wednesday, 5 October: Tony Crowley Lecture, "Understanding The Contemporary Murals of Northern Ireland." 12:15-1:15 in the Pitzer College Founders Room.

Thursday, 6 October: Interactive workshop led by CCL librarians and special guests, 2-4pm in the CCL's new Collaborative Commons. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with images from the collection and capture images from the Colleges using equipment from the Digital Tool Shed. More details and RSVP link to follow soon.

Visit the collection at

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