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Roundtable a Part of (Re) Considering the Commons

Lecture: 7:30 p.m.  Monday, Nov. 18, Rosenfield Center Room 101
Roundtable: 10 a.m.  Tuesday, Nov. 19, Burling Library Lounge

In conjunction with the lecture series (Re) Considering the Commons, sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies, Grinnell College Libraries will host an open roundtable discussion with guest speaker David Bollier at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Burling Library lounge.

David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and consultant focused on the commons as a paradigm of economics, politics and culture. He is the author of the widely cited article, “Why We Must Talk about the Information Commons” (Law Library Journal 2004 (96:2). In 2010, he co-founded the Commons Strategies Group, a consulting project that works to promote the commons internationally. He was founding editor of Onthecommons.org in 2004, and was the Croxton Lecturer at Amherst College in 2010, when he taught The Rise of the Commons. His most recent books on the commons are The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State (September 2012, Levellers Press), co-edited with Silke Helfrich; and Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Commons (2013, Cambridge University Press), co-authored with Professor Burns H. Weston.

Bollier will also give a lecture in Rosenfield Center Room 101 at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, on "The Insurgent Power of Digital Knowledge Commons—and How They are Transforming Academia and Markets." 

Both of the events are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Libraries Study Breaks

Enjoy homemade cookies and milk at the Libraries study breaks, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, and Tuesday, Dec. 17.

In the Burling Library Lounge, Ritalin Test Squad will perform on Monday and the Neverland Players will perform on Tuesday.

Cookies will be delivered to Kistle Library, as well.

Please join us for a quick break from studying. This event is co-sponsored by the Libraries Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC), the Student Government Association, and the Libraries.

New Electronic Resource: Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980

As part of America's Historical Newspapers, Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 provides a collection of full text newspapers from 14 states that reflect Hispanic American history, culture, and daily life between 1808-1980.

America's Historical Newspapers contains electronic editions of record for local, regional, and national newspapers compiled in a single database. Covering 1690-1998, these searchable newspapers enable users to explore North America's past.

Available in America's Historical Newspapers are: 

  • Early American Newspapers Series 1–3;
  • 20th-Century American Newspapers Series 1 and 3;
  • African American Newspapers, 1827–1998; and 
  • Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808–1980.

Libraries Student Employment Handbook

As an academic library, we rely heavily on our Student Assistants to help with many tasks such as processing and shelving library materials, and staffing public service desks at Burling, Kistle, the Listening Room and Special Collections/Archives. Our Library Student Assistants are an important part of our staff.

This handbook has been prepared to give student employees an understanding of what they can expect from us as faculty, staff, and supervisors, and what we, in turn, expect of ALL student employees in the Libraries.

The Burling Media Room

The Burling Media Room, located on the lower level of Burling Library, houses a collection of nearly 7000 documentary and feature films in DVD, VHS and Blu-ray formats as well as a collection of over 22,000 audio recordings primarily in compact disc format.   The facilities offer eight viewing stations with high-definition monitors for individual use or for small groups of up to six persons and two listening stations connected to a variety of playback equipment--from turntables to a reel-to-reel audiotape player--housed in the Media Room office.