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Dear Spartan community,

Your library staff misses you!  But, we are working remotely and are still “here” virtually to help you with your research needs or any questions you may have.

We are still available to help!

You can…

  • email reference@castleton.edu
  • call us at (802) 468-6409
  • use the chat feature from the library website or here 24/7
  • make an appointment with a librarian for help by phone or Zoom
  • request interlibrary loans of journal articles and other materials we can send by email

Library books checked out

If you have materials borrowed from the library that are overdue or due soon, just let us know and we will renew them, including interlibrary loan items.  You can hold onto them until we are open again.  If you are in the area, you can put books (but not CDs or DVDs or other non-print media please) in the outdoor book return bin in front of the library. If you are not in the area, you can mail materials to this address:

Calvin Coolidge Library
Castleton University
178 Alumni Drive
Castleton, VT 05735

We are no longer able to get physical items through interlibrary-loan for you, but we can still obtain digital materials for you. Use this link or the link to “Interlibrary Loan System” under Research Help on the library’s website to make a request.

Resources

And a large portion of our resources are online anyway!  Please explore our website if you haven’t already to see what’s available to you.

Additional Resources

Ebooks

In addition to our regular resources, several publishers have been generous in allowing access to ebooks and additional content during this emergency.  You can access thousands of additional ebooks now through our EBSCO ebook platform, for example. These ebooks will be searched and included in OneSearch for the rest of the semester.

Textbooks

Several textbook publishers have offered access to textbooks and other learning materials online for free for the rest of the semester.

Learn more about all of these free-for-now materials as well as open educational resources available to you on the library’s Teaching and Learning guide. Contact us through the channels above if you’d like us to see if a particular textbook is available.

Please stay safe and be in touch if we can help with anything, or if you just miss your Castleton people.  We are thinking of you!

 

Coronavirus Information

Here are links to up-to-date, reliable information on Covid-19, the coronavirus:

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
from Castleton University

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month
This year’s theme is Valiant Women of the Vote

Two key resources on Women’s History Month are

The Women’s History Month site from U.S. government cultural organizations like the Smithsonian Institution.

The National Women’s History Alliance, the organization that founded Women’s History Month and chooses the theme each year.

You can see resources on this year’s theme of women’s suffrage here,
on the CU library’s Women’s History Subject Guide

Take a look at some books in the CU library on women’s suffrage.

See the books on display in the library this month on Women Making History.

Castleton has a slate of events scheduled for the month.  You can see all of Castleton’s Women’s History Month events here.

And, of course, all of today’s valiant women should take advantage of their enfranchisement and VOTE!

 

Mental Health Resources

As the semester wears on, so does the stress.  Your library staff are aware that college is stressful and that our students face any number of mental health challenges in addition to the usual stress of college. Library staff are collaborating with Wellness Center staff to get trained to help students in distress, and to compile  resources for guidance and education.

Your emotional health and mental health are important as you move through your college years and deserve attention and care, along with your physical health and academic well-being.  We wish our students much success, and much health, of all kinds, and offer these resources for anyone who wants to access guidance or information to learn about attaining and maintaining emotional and mental health.

Mental Health Subject Guide

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Black History Month

The 2020 theme is African Americans and the Vote

From https://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/about:

“The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.”

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH) started the celebration of Negro History Week in 1926. The week ASAALH chose was the one that contained the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  Now they celebrate Black History Month.  (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) also calls it Black History Month.)

About this year’s theme:

“The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. The theme speaks, therefore, to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote”

From https://asalh.org/project/asalh-announces-2020-black-history-theme-african-americans-and-the-vote/

The CU library’s new book display is a tribute to African Americans’ struggles and a celebration of their contributions to American culture, with an emphasis on prominent individuals, including writers, artists and musicians, and newer books which have garnered awards and considerable recognition. You can see a list of the books included in the display here.

Black History month book display

Books on display for African American History Month

Not everyone is a fan of Black History Month.  In an interview on “60 Minutes” actor Morgan Freeman said, “I don’t want a Black history month. Black history is American history.” You can learn more about this concern in this short video from the PBS Newshour.

https://www.pbs.org/video/pbs-newshour-why-not-everyone-supports-black-history-month/

Since 2016 you can learn more about African American history by visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAHC) in Washington DC, part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Lucky for anyone interested in learning more about African American history, the NMAHC and the library’s book collection–and the vast amount of information on the Internet–are available all 12 months of the year.   See #CharlestonSyllabus and the library’s Race Matters: A Castleton Dialogue guide for links to many more resources.

National Day of Racial Healing

January 21 has been designated a National Day of Racial Healing by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as part of their Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation effort. The American Library Association (ALA) is joining forces on this.

From https://healourcommunities.org/day-of-racial-healing/:

“On Jan. 21, 2020, we invite everyone to join us for the fourth annual National Day of Racial Healing – rooted in experiences for truth telling and trust building that lead to racial healing for a more just and equitable future. Racial healing is not only important, it is essential. Because healing is at the heart of racial equity.”

From ALA:

“The National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) is an opportunity for people, organizations and communities across the United States to call for racial healing, bring people together in their common humanity and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.”

More info and to follow:

Also from https://healourcommunities.org/day-of-racial-healing/:

“It is not the responsibility of one person, one group, or even one organization to drive this work. The responsibility belongs to all of us to participate in these honest, powerful and moving experiences and, pursue this journey together. Through racial healing, we can all forge deep, meaningful relationships, lay the groundwork to transform broken systems, and create a world in which, together, we are a new force for positive change.”

The Castleton University Library is compiling relevant resources on a guide called

Race Matters: A Castleton Dialogue

One way to get involved for students, faculty and staff here at CU is to join the public Canvas course CU See Me.  Castleton’s Access and Equity Committee is supporting this campaign to celebrate the diversity of our campus community and encourage curiosity about each other’s stories.

Cookies and Cocoa Study Break

Students, come take a sweet study break in the library!  We’re offering cocoa and cookies to decorate tonight, Monday, December 16, from 5:00 pm until supplies run out.  Come feel the warm support of your library staff, and get creative with frosting and decorations for your cookies if you want.  Bring your friends or make new ones!

Best of luck with finals and happy holidays from your library staff!

Book Sale! Treasures and bargains

Come shop during library hours, through Dec. 20.  We have hundreds of books.  Most are donated to us, some are ones we have de-accessioned (removed) from the library collection.  Many are in like-new condition!

Hardcovers  $1.00 

Paperbacks  .50

 DVDs  $1.00 

Childrens books  .25

Many thanks to those who have donated books to the library.  If you are considering donating books, please read our Gift and Donation Policy.

Best Books of 2019

It’s that festive time of the year! No, not the holidays, the release of best books of the year lists! The New York Times and Washington Post just released their lists of the top 10 notable books of 2019, for example. The CU library has a guide that links to a variety of these lists from book editors, as well as award winners like the National Book Award.

To get your hands on some of these notable books, see books on these lists that the CU library has or has on order, in the library catalog.

Check the Vermont State Colleges libraries’ catalog to locate or request award-winning books, or any books. The Castleton library doesn’t own all of the books on the best books lists, but if there is one you think we should purchase, let us know. To borrow an item owned by the Johnson, Lyndon or Hartness libraries, click on “Place Request (Castleton)” and log in.

Of course there are plenty of books written before 2019. If you need ideas for a good read, try the Books & Authors database. You can browse by genre, or put in the title of a book or name of an author you like and you’ll get recommendations of similar books.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a stack of books to tuck into!