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F. W. Olin Library Exhibition – August 1- October 5, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Thirty-Six Leaf Books from the        F. W. Olin Library

Leaf books repurpose incomplete or defective copies of books by inserting a leaf from the original work into a new book. The resulting book is generally a fine press limited edition with additional scholarly commentary and information. This exhibition features a number of examples from Special Collections in the F. W. Olin Library with leaves ranging in date from the 14th to the 21st centuries. Included is a 1420 specimen from Korea, which predates printing in Europe by several decades, as well as two "matched" leaves that compare Samuel Johnson's celebrated Dictionary of the English Language (1755) with the first American dictionary (Noah Webster, 1828).

Contact Janice Braun for more information.

Summer Hours and Displays

Summer is here and the library is still open! The new hours are 1:00-5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Stay tuned for extended summer hours starting June 18.

Come check out the summer book display! "Spice up your summer/ Read banned books" highlights some of the many books challenged throughout history.

For more information on the history of banned books, visit the American Library Association's webpage.

Native American Heritage Month Display

"Mills College Celebrates Native American Heritage Month." Come and see our Library display celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Many thanks to Melinda Micco, Ph.D., and the Mills College Art Museum, for allowing us to showcase items from their collections.

Visit our Flickr page to see the display online!

Library Book Display

Come check out the library display case titled "Judge a book by its cover!," featuring highlights from the circulating collection. We've selected our favorite book covers to showcase the gems in print that occupy our stacks. Many titles date back to the Victorian age and beyond.

If you can't come to the library to see the display, visit our Flickr page for more information.

Library Exhibition

"Lead, Educate, Inspire: The Presidents of Mills College," September 19-28, 2011

This exhibition features photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the Mills College Archive that document the history of the thirteen presidents of Mills College. The exhibition is in the Library cases and continues into the Heller Rare Book Room.

Welcome New Librarians

You may have noticed some new faces at the reference desk this month. We are excited to introduce two new reference librarians, Leia Casey and Sarah Naumann!

Both Sarah and Leia are recent graduates of San Jose State's School of Library and Information Science. Leia comes to us from the Berkeley Public Library and holds a BA in Studio Art from UC Santa Cruz. Before joining the library team at Mills, Sarah worked at the Academy of Art University Library and as a Library Literacy Instructor for Berkeley Reads' Adult Literacy program, a service of the Berkeley Public Library. Sarah holds a BA in Liberal Studies with an Option in Art History from CSU East Bay.

They are happy to answer your questions, research related or otherwise. Feel free to stop by and say hi!

New Electronic Resource Page

For your researching convenience, the library has divided the electronic resources into three easy to search list: Title, Subject, and Type. Check it out today!

Introducing ScienceDirect College Edition

ScienceDirect College Edition offers over 350 Social & Behavioral Science Full Text Journals delivering trusted peer-reviewed information not available elsewhere. In this comprehensive database you will find journals covering: Political Science, Business, Language, Education, and Psychology amongst other wide ranging topics. To provide the user with a broad perspective the journal collection includes1995 issues up to current volumes. To locate ScienceDirect, go to the library web pageand search under our list of databases. For further help using ScienceDirect please consult the handy tutorial. Explore this new valuable research tool today. If you have any questions ask a librarian!

Mills Oral History Project Wins Prestigious Award

The Oral History Association recently awarded the Elizabeth B. Mason Project award to Mills College and Friends of Negro Spirituals for the best small project in 2008. The prize winning project, Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers, is a video documentation of ten men and women living in Oakland who are engaged in the music as performers, arrangers, educators, or cultural historians.

The Oakland Living History Program partnered with the Friends of Negro Spirituals to train interviewers, and to archive and catalog ten video interviews. Interviews are transcribed and now available to check out at the library to anyone with a Mills College library card. To find the oral histories, go to Minerva, and type "Friends of Negro Spirituals" into the search box.

Interviewees include:

William "Bill" Bell, jazz pianist and the conductor of the Oakland Bay Area Community Chorus;
Lyvonne Chrisman, vice-president and co-founder of the Friends of Negro Spirituals;
Marcella Conley, retired college professor;
Helen Dilworth, professional soprano and music professor at San Francisco City College;
Doug Edwards, jazz programmer and producer, radio station KPFA;
Sam Edwards, president and co-founder of Friends of Negro Spirituals;
Jacqueline Hairston, pianist and composer;
Autris Paige, baritone singer and professional narrator;
Linda Tillery, cultural historian and artistic director of the Linda Tillery Cultural Heritage Choir;
Cleophas Williams, retired ILWU president; and his wife Sadie Williams.


Past events

Introduction To Oral History Workshop

This one-day workshop will introduce you to oral history methods. The workshop is designed for beginners as well as those who would like a refresher course, and no experience is necessary.

Topics Include:

What is oral history

Designing an oral history project

Identifying and contacting potential narrators

Conducting background research

Preparing interview topics and questions

Interview techniques

Legal and ethical issues in oral history

WHEN: Saturday, February 5, 2011, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

WHERE: Mills College

COST: FREE to Mills students, $75 to community members

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Kathryn Nasstrom is associate professor of history at the University of San Francisco. She has served on the governing council of the Oral History Association (2004-2007) and as consultant and adviser to numerous oral history projects. Her oral history-based publications have appeared in the Journal of American History and the Oral History Review, and her first book, Everybody’s Grandmother and Nobody’s Fool: Frances Freeborn Pauley and the Struggle for Social Justice (Cornell University Press, 2000), is based on a life history interview project with southern civil rights activist Frances Pauley.

TO RESERVE A PLACE: Complete registration form on the reverse of this flyer. If you are not a Mills College student, enclose a check for $75, payable to Mills College. Send check and registration to:

QUESTIONS? Contact Nancy MacKay, mackay@mills.edu, 510.430.2028

Ebrary Update

Ebrary, a collection of over 30,000 electronic books, is now available in the library online catalog, Minerva. Now you can simultaneously search for printed books and e-books at the same time using keyword, author and title. In addition, ebrary is also still available as its own unique collection on the Library's databases webpage.

Classical Music At The Library

Start out the semester with opera and other classical music, thanks to a generous donation of CDs from the estate of James Q. Biggs. Browse through the newest acquisitions, located on the new CD truck in the reference area of the library A complete list of CDs from the Biggs gift is available from the library catalog. 


The Library is pleased to announce a new subscription for ebrary. Ebrary Academic Complete is a database of 38,000 electronic books in all subject areas. Most titles were published within the past 10 years. Initial response to ebrary has been very positive among faculty and students who used in during September. Ebrary is found on the Library's database page.

To use ebrary successfully you must download the Java reader which is available on the front page of the site.
Off-campus users please note that the College has just upgraded the EZProxy software to allow full functionality of the database. Please let Alma Garcia (almag at mills.edu) know if you experience difficulties using ebrary outside the campus. Please also be aware that cookies must enabled. Check the system requirements.

Featured Lists

Take a moment to browse the Library's FEATURED LISTS webpage.

The following lists are currently available:

Selected New Books added to the Library collection
Spanish Language Videos
Latest issues of Shhh! the Library Newsletter
List of selected oral histories available at Mills
List of Mills theses sorted by author
List of dance videos sorted by title
List of circulating DVD and video titles
List of music CDs sorted by title and artist
List of LP records sorted by title
New lists may be added periodically so be sure to check back!


Library Newsletter Archive

Shhh! a once monthly issue covered book reviews, highlights of new materials added to the collection, profiles of authors, and … the Miss Nomer column. 

Past issues of Shhh!



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