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Smith College Libraries Centennial Celebration

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Please join us in celebrating the Smith College Libraries - where ideas live - past, present and future.

The following centennial events are sponsored by the Friends of the Smith College Libraries.

Spring 2010 Events & Exhibitions

Neilson Library 1909 The Heart of Our Place of Learning: William Allan Neilson Library 1909-2009 (Online Exhibition) - Neilson Library opened for research and discovery on November 22, 1909. To celebrate the Library’s centennial and document the history of Smith's first library building, the College Archives presents this online exhibition.
Young Science Library 1991 Growing Branches: A History of Smith College's Specialty Libraries (Online Exhibition) - Each of Smith College’s branch libraries has its own unique history and place within the scholarly community. The exhibitions give some background of the events and people behind their founding, and the physical spaces they have occupied over the years.
Fat Tuesday Come Sip with Us: Fat Tuesday Tea in Smith’s specialty libraries
Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The day features a rolling teatime during which visitors can have a snack, browse the libraries’ unique collections, and view historical exhibits. Students who visit all three branches during that day will be entered in a drawing to win a special prize. Tea and snacks will be served at the Science Library at 10:00a.m. and Hillyer Library at 2:00p.m., culminating in a special “Tango Tea” (instruction provided) at Josten Library at 4:00p.m. All members of the Smith College community are welcome!
William Allan Neilson

William Allan Neilson: "A King o' Men [and Women!] for a' That"
Thursday, February 18, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room
A lecture on the life and legacy of Smith’s third president by Peter I. Rose, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology. Rose is the editor of The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile (2005), dedicated to the memory of William Allan Neilson. He is the author, most recently, of Tempest-Tost (1997), Guest Appearances (2003), They and We 6th ed. (2006), and With Few Reservations (2009). Read the text (pdf) of the talk.

 

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Sarah Thomas '70 Shake It Up, Baby! The Future of Academic Libraries
Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room
Lecture by Sarah Thomas ’70, Bodley’s Librarian & Director of the Oxford University Library Services; former chair of the Friends of the Smith College Libraries; and Smith Medal recipient, 2010. View a video of the talk, by clicking on the link below.
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Student in study carrel, circa 1940

Centennial Exhibition: The Heart of Our Place of Learning: William Allan Neilson Library 1909-2009 - November 9, 2009 - April 4, 2010, Book Arts Gallery, Level 3, Neilson Library. Learn about the library through letters, photographs, architectural drawings, ephemera, and much more!

Music Library Centennial Exhibitions in Branch Libraries
The mini-exhibits explore the physical spaces and events behind the foundings of the Josten Performing Arts, Hillyer Art, and Young Science Libraries. On display through March 19, 2010.
Fall 2009 Events & Exhibitions
Professor Steve Waksman

Party with "The Distractions", Smith's own faculty rock band!
Friday, September 18, 2009, 8:00 p.m., Neilson Library
Alex Keller, vocals; Kevin Rozario, guitar; Steve Waksman, guitar; Michael Thurston, bass; Floyd Cheung, drums. View a PowerPoint image gallery from the show.

Eszter Hargittai '96 Ensuring Equitable Access to Knowledge: The Role of Academic Libraries in the 21st Century
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room
Eszter Hargittai '96, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. View a video of the presentation (high speed internet access and QuickTime player 7 or higher required).
Student in study carrel, circa 1940

Centennial Exhibition: The Heart of Our Place of Learning: William Allan Neilson Library 1909-2009 - November 9, 2009 - April 4, 2010, Book Arts Gallery, Level 3, Neilson Library. Learn about the library through letters, photographs, architectural drawings, ephemera, and much more!
Gallery Talk - November 12, 2009, 4:30 p.m., Book Arts Gallery, Level 3, Neilson
College Archivist Nanci Young and archivist Leslie Fields '95 will share a wealth of facts and anecdotes about the history of the Neilson Library.  Reception follows.

Smith College mandolin group

"Moving In-Day" Library Tea
Monday, November 30, 2009, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room
Neilson Library opened on the Monday after Thanksgiving in 1909. Enjoy period refreshments and music provided by Mando Mucho, a local mandolin and guitar ensemble, playing classical and popular music of the early 1900s.

Notecards

To purchase Neilson Centennial Notecards, print out the order form and mail with your check to:

The Friends of Smith College Libraries
William Allan Neilson Library
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

You can also purchase them on campus at the Library Administrative Office, Neilson Library, Level 1 North or the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, Level 3 North.

Neilson circulation desk

 

 

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