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New in Special Collections - The Noblest Roman

Roman1.jpgIn Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony names Brutus the "noblest Roman of them all." New in Special Collections, The Noblest Roman: A History of the Centaur Types of Bruce Rogers (Z232 R67 K45 2016) offers another candidate for that title.

For more information, visit Pictures & Conversations, the Special Collections Blog.

Japanese Internment during World War II

During World War II many Japanese Americans were relocated and detained in camps, most located in western states, including California. Special Collections holds several collections of materials focused on Japanese internment. Recently, Hilary Blum, a CGU student, discovered materials in one of those collections, the Carey McWilliams War Relocation Authority Records. Read what she had to say about her discovery and learn more about Japanese internment collections in Pictures and Conversations, the Special Collections blog.

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


New Video Tutorials Available on How to Use Library Search

The library has uploaded a series of video tutorials on how to use the new Library Search to our Library Search FAQ page. These videos, created by one of the library's student workers, Meredith Simpson, demonstrate how to conduct a basic search (searching for a known title), how to conduct an advanced search, how to access the library's databases, and how to access Resource Sharing.

We hope you find these new videos useful.

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