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Libraries Close at Noon Wednesday for Thanksgiving Recess, Reopen Sunday

Young, Hillyer and Josten will close at 12 noon on Wednesday. Young reopens at 1 p.m. and Josten at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. Regular hours resume on Monday for all locations.

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Meet Rose Reynolds, New Head of Collection Development & Management

We are excited to have Rose Reynolds as the libraries new Head of Collection Development and Management. Rose will be taking over the collection development duties that Pam Skinner performed until her retirement in August.

Rose has been the Electronic Resources Librarian for the past four years managing the libraries vast electronic and serials collection. In her new role, Rose coordinates the development of the Smith College Libraries general collections. She is currently getting to know our collections and their users, so that she can craft strategic directions and guidelines for the future.

  • New Neilson

Neilson Library Construction Update, November 12, 2018

Construction crews and equipment will be working in close proximity to Hatfield Hall on Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday November 21. There will be a crane arriving on the site between Hatfield and Wright Hall on Monday.

Delivery of structural steel for the north addition below grade roof will be arriving on the site. A crane will unload the steel from the flatbeds onto the concrete floor of the north addition. The sketch above shows the positioning of the flatbed truck delivering the steel and the crane that will be unloading it. 

The steel delivery drivers have been instructed that they will not idle their vehicles on the sight. This delivery will involve one flatbed truck per day arriving around 7 a.m. Crew will escort the vehicles in and out through John M. Greene gate. If schedules hold we expect deliveries of the steel deck to arrive in similar fashion on Monday November 29. Work to erect the steel and install the decking will run from November 19 through December 10. When that work is completed we'll have another large concrete pour for the roof deck. The dates will be provided once they are confirmed. None of these activities are particularly noisy or disruptive, but will be more noticeable to the campus than the activity currently underway down in the hole. Read more...

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Meet Esther Roth-Katz, New Social Science Librarian

Esther Roth-Katz has joined our team of teaching librarians as Social Science Instruction Librarian. Esther will serve as the library’s teaching liaison to faculty and students in Anthropology, Economics, Education & Child Study, History, Sociology, and Study of Women & Gender.

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Volume 2 of "The Letters of Sylvia Plath" Published November 6, 2018

The Letters of Sylvia Plath Vol. 2: 1956-1963 was published in London on September 6, 2018 by Faber & Faber and is now available in the United States on

Karen Kukil, Associate Curator of Special Collections at Smith College, is co-editor of both Volume 1 (1940-1956) and Volume 2 (1956-1963) of Plath’s Letters, along with Plath scholar and biographer Peter K. Steinberg.

  • New Neilson

Neilson Library Construction Update, November 5, 2018

There will be truck traffic through the John M. Greene Gate and the Neilson Library north construction entrance today, Monday, November 5. The main impact is on Hatfield Hall. Crews will be preparing grades on the east side of the 1909 Neilson building for the installation of staging to support the masonry cornice. This will allow continued work installing steel beam supports on the inside of that masonry wall. There was excavation work on Sunday between Alumnae Gym and Bass Hall to explore for existing utilities in that area. Due to regular construction traffic during the week the contractor needed to do this on the weekend.

  • Events

Undertale - Gaming Archives Project Playthrough, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Gaming Archives Project is hosting a playthrough event on Wednesday, November 7, at 7 p.m., Seelye B4. Players control a child who has fallen into the Underground, a large, secluded region under the surface of the Earth, separated by a magic barrier. All experience levels welcome! 

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Smith College Special Collections Research Fellowships for 2019-2020

Special Collections at Smith College offer four extended-term fellowships: the Margaret Storrs Grierson Fellowship, the Friends of the Smith College Libraries Fellowship, the Ruth Mortimer Fellowship and the Carel B. Germain Fellowship. Successful applicants will receive awards of $2,500, intended to support research visits of a minimum of four weeks. Recipients are expected to present an informal work-in-progress colloquium to the Smith College community during their residency.

Special Collections also offers Madeleine L’Engle Travel Research Fellowships, short term grants of up to $1,000 each. These fellowship are intended to help offset the travel expenses of researchers engaged in studies that will benefit from access to, including initial survey and exploration of, the holdings of Smith College Special Collections.

Application deadline is February 15, 2019. Awards will be announced April 1, 2019.

  • Events

Otelia Cromwell Day is November 1, 2018

Otelia Cromwell Day is an annual slate of workshops, lectures, films and entertainment to honor Smith’s first African American graduate. The first Otelia Cromwell Day was held in 1989 to provide the college community with an opportunity for further education and reflection about issues of diversity and racism. Scholar and activist D-L Stewart will deliver the keynote address at this year’s celebration of Otelia Cromwell Day at 1 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Afternoon and evening classes are cancelled, but the Libraries will remain open.

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"Creativity and the Creature: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at 200" Open House, November 2, 2018

On Friday Nov 2, 2018 from 1-4 pm, "Creativity and the Creature: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at 200," a Kahn Institute Symposium, will kick off with an open house in the Special Collections Classroom, Young Library 2nd Floor. 

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