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March 5, 2014

Alumni Now Have Free Access to JSTOR

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Lafayette’s 28,000 alumni around the globe now have free access to JSTOR (Journal Storage), a growing digital library of back issues of more than 2,000 scholarly journals. The same high-quality archival journal collections available to current students and faculty are now fully searchable by the alumni community. Search JSTOR This service is funded by Friends of [...]

Skillman Library at night

January 24, 2014

National Honor for Skillman: Tops Among College Libraries

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Skillman Library has received the 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  The award highlights the library’s commitment to digital scholarship, its pioneering of new models for collaborative content acquisition, and the impact of its Information Literacy and Special Collections programs on student learning.  Receiving this award [...]

Robert Young '14 speaks at the exhibit opening reception.

December 5, 2013

Robert Young ’14 Reveals Lafayette’s Pioneering Past

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By Sean Grim ’14 Twenty-seven years before the passage of the 13th Amendment, two slaves were admitted to Lafayette College. One went on to become a physician in New York City, while the other took up missionary work in Liberia. These young men, David and Washington McDonogh, were two of the 10 African-Americans who matriculated [...]

Skillman Library at night

October 10, 2013

Skillman Library Celebrates 50 Years of Providing Innovative Services and Resources

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Skillman Library occupies a worthy place on Lafayette’s campus: the center. This academic year, it celebrates 50 years of being at the center of innovation in the way it provides resources and services and enables the high-level scholarship that is such an integral part of the Lafayette experience. Retrospective of Skillman Library View more images [...]

Eric Luhrs, center, head of digital scholarship services, has helped the library develop the infrastructure it needs to support research in the digital humanities. Here he works with Miguel Haruki Yamaguchi '11 on MetaDB, a software program that Luhrs created to allow scholars and librarians to collaborate on the creation of metadata.

August 16, 2013

Lafayette Explores Digital Humanities with Mellon Foundation Support

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Lafayette is poised to become a national leader among liberal arts colleges in the area of digital scholarship thanks to a four-year, $700,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will support the training of faculty and students in digital humanities methods, fostering collaborative projects, and integrating the digital humanities further into the [...]

Literary Flash Mob

October 1, 2012

Video and Photos: Celebrating “Freedom through Literature”

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In observance of the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, Lafayette students, faculty, and staff took part in a literary flash mob in Skillman Library. They read passages aloud from 30 of the American Library Association’s top banned books including To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Harry Potter, Beloved, Grapes of Wrath, and [...]

Professor James Woolley

September 25, 2012

Prof. James Woolley Awarded Major NEH Grant to Edit Swift’s Poems

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James Woolley, Frank Lee and Edna M. Smith Professor of English, has received a major three-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to edit the poems of the 18th century Irish writer Jonathan Swift. Woolley’s collaborators in the project include Eric Luhrs, head of digital scholarship services at Skillman Library, Paul Miller, digital production [...]

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April 10, 2012

Photo Gallery: Edible Books Contest Is a Tasty Treat

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Skillman Library hosted its second annual Edible Books Contest April 2. The competition celebrates the birthday of French gastronome and author Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin and April Fools’ Day.  Entries must be consumable and relate to books—either by form, inspiration, or subject. Awards are presented for most book-like, creative, humorous, people’s choice, and best in show. Check [...]

Paul Barclay, left, associate professor of history and Eric Luhrs, digital initiatives librarian, pose in Special Collections with the Warner family postcard collection.

September 23, 2011

Professor Paul Barclay Chronicles the Culture and Politics of East Asia through Postcards

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Almost a decade ago, an unexpected gift led Paul Barclay, associate professor of history, to a line of research that would pioneer the field of colonial media studies. Now attracting international attention, his research—which is supported by the staff at Skillman Library—is revealing insights into the cultural and historical impacts of East Asian political propaganda. [...]

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September 7, 2011

The Search for the Marquis’ Sword: Skillman Library Hosts a QR Code Scavenger Hunt

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The Marquis de Lafayette’s heirloom sword from 1792 went missing Tuesday night, and it was up to a group of first-year students to find it. Skillman and Kirby librarians and information technology staff hosted a high-tech scavenger hunt where clues were left around Skillman and Kirby libraries to reveal the location of the lost treasure. [...]