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SmithScape is a new app for students to find places to study across campus that meet specific criteria, such as lighting and ambient noise, as well as amenities like printers, whiteboards, outlets, and vending machines. The app is free and will be available on May 30, 2017 in pilot mode via the Libraries’ website, as well as via the App Store for iOS and Google Play Store for Android. The app will be officially released to the Smith campus community in Fall 2017.

Nuts and Bolts: A Smith instance was created using Scout, an open source campus wayfinding app developed by the University of Washington.

Team: Brendan O’Connell (contact), Tristan Chambers, Elisa Lanzi, with support from Common Media, a digital agency.

Five College Compass: Digital Collections

Compass brings together digital scholarship with cultural and historical materials contributed by Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. It provides a single point of discovery and establishes a platform that contributes to the stewardship of our digital collections. Compass supports our institutional missions of teaching and research excellence through improved access to unique materials, and creates a resource to engage both scholars and the general public.

Nuts and Bolts: Developed using the Islandora/Fedora Commons repository framework.  A single shared instance of the repository is hosted at Hampshire College. We are exploring the development of a module that would allow metadata in Islandora to be managed in ArchivesSpace.

Team: Elisa Lanzi (contact), Tristan Chambers, Jasmine Jones, in collaboration with Hampshire and Mount Holyoke College teams with support from Common Media, a digital agency.

New Discover

The Discover search tab on the Libraries' homepage is an optimized discovery experience interface with expanded functionality that makes it easier for you to scan search results, connect to online content, and refine your searches. New Discover provides access to millions of resources in the library catalog, journal-article databases, and local primary-source collections.

Nuts and Bolts: Developed using a bento box discovery framework.

Team: Rob O’Connell (contact person), Tristan Chambers, Barbara Polowy, Rose Reynolds

Beyond Bento: a new Discovery Experence for Smith College

Visual Browse

Visual Browse offers an alternate way to explore and discover library materials in the Five College Library Catalog. It pulls in content from outside services including book previews and reviews, descriptions, author bios, movie trailers, and more. Like the traditional catalog, you can search across all five colleges or limit your search to one institution.

Nuts and Bolts: 

Team: Rob O’Connell (contact person)

Smith ScholarWorks

Smith ScholarWorks is a repository of digital scholarship and research materials created and curated by faculty, students, and staff at Smith College. ScholarWorks is sponsored by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty and administered by the Smith College Libraries.

Nuts and Bolts: A Smith instance of Bepress DIgital Commons

Team: Elisa Lanzi (contact), Barbara Polowy


The KnowledgeLab is interpretive, experiential, and generative in character, offering a range of media and materials for the Smith community to interact with as we design new ways of conceptualizing and engaging with the library and all things related to books, the technology of reading and writing, and the creation of knowledge.

The KnowledgeLab is located in Seelye Hall B4.

Nuts and Bolts: Equipped with rolling tables, beanbag chairs, Apple Airplay mobile TVs chairs, whiteboards, a typewriter and more!

Team: Brendan O’Connell (contact), Miriam Neptune, Barbara Polowy

New Neilson Library

The intellectual heart of the campus, the New Neilson Library advances and celebrates learning, benefitting all who come to Smith. In October 2016 Maya Lin unveiled designs for a New Neilson Library, incorporating the original 1909 structure and reimagining the complex as an intellectual commons. The project will begin in summer 2017 and will be completed for the fall semester of 2020.

Nuts and Bolts: Learn more about the project from documents and reports of the planning process along with participating community committees.

Team: Susan Fliss (contact)