Celebrate the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

 The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Washington Monument. Photo by Alan Karchmer.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Washington Monument.  Photo by Alan Karchmer.

Please join us in celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum: A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture poster set.

A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture poster set. Explore African American history, culture, and community through a preview of the Museum’s inaugural exhibition galleries and collections.


(1) Bible belonging to enslaved minister Nat Turner, 1830s. (Gift of Maurice A. Person and Noah and Brooke Porter.) (2) Portrait of a couple in Greenville, Miss. by Rev. Henry Clay Anderson, ca. 1960. (3) Grand Dame Queenie by Amy Sherald, 2012. Copyright Amy Sherald.







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KNOW LibGuide

KNOWLearn more about resources to support the KNOW initiative.  Courses in Knowledge, Identity and Power provide a distinct site for students to develop their understanding of the dynamics and consequences of power differentials, inequalities and divisions among social groups, and the relationship of these issues to the representation and production of knowledge. In these courses, students also develop their capacity to communicate meaningfully about issues of power, disparity, and diversity of experiences and identities.

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A New Tradition is born! Library Cords

library_cords_closeupGraduating Senior Addison “Addi” Mercer, Communication Studies, University of Puget Sound said the Collins Library was such a large part of her college life that she wanted to have some sort of visual way to represent the library during this spring’s Commencement. Addi created library cords for graduating students that were worn proudly at the university’s graduation ceremony. Jane Carlin, Library Director of Puget Sound, thinks the idea was pure brilliance! She states, “so many of our students spend their 4 years working at the library and mCALLOUT_LibraryCords-gradany go on to graduate school. The library really becomes a home away from home for many students. Addi’s simple gesture to create these library honor cords is the start of a new tradition for the library. We look forward to next year’s cording ceremony for the class of 2017.”

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Sound Ideas Login Process Changing

Sound Ideas Banner CaptureEffective June 21, the login process for Sound Ideas is changing in order to ensure the security and dependability of the service.  In the past, Sound Ideas accounts used the same username and password as users’ Puget Sound network account, however, we are moving to a process where the two will no longer be linked and synchronized.

This change will require current users to reset their password before their next login.

In order to login to Sound Ideas you will have to reset your password using the following steps:

  1. Go to http://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/cgi/login.cgi
  2. Click “Forgot Password”
  3. Enter @pugetsound.edu email address and click “Reset Password”
  4. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password
  5. Create a new password
  6. Login with your email address and newly created password from this point on

This change will have no impact on any works you have previously submitted to Sound Ideas, or any other features of the repository.

Individuals new to Sound Ideas can register as a new user at our login page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ben Tucker at btucker@pugetsound.edu or by phone at (253) 879-3667.

-By Ben Tucker, Coordinator of Sound Ideas Institutional Repository


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New in the Popular Reading Collection: Anna Quindlen’s Miller’s Valley

MillersValleyThe Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley for decades. The most recent generation’s story is told through the eyes of Mimi Miller, an intimate and honest narrator. As Mimi listens and observes her parents and the people around her, she learns more about everyday life’s intricate complexities; the toxicity of family secrets, the perils of gossip, the imperfections of marriage, and the vulnerability required in friendship, passion, love, and loyalty.

Anna Quindlen brings her hallmark insight and emotional depth to Miller’s Tale. An examination of family, memory, loss, and personal discovery, Miller’s Tale reminds us all of the indelible mark our hometowns leave on us.

Get a jump start on that summer reading list and find this title and many more in the Popular Reading Collection!

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Matt Hufford Wins Library Art Award 2016

Collage-of-9-Oil-PaintingsMatt Hufford is the 2016 recipient of the 14th annual Library Art Award for his series of 9 paintings. His artwork will be on display in the library for a year starting this summer. Congratulations, Matt!

Artist Statement:

Portraits of Humanity
Matt Hufford

I hit refresh and it’s happened again. “Transgender Man With Asperger’s Shot Dead by Arizona Police.” Refresh. The articles flood my screen as the media grieves the loss of a person they misgender. Refresh. The news is forgotten like last week’s gossip. Refresh. Another death. Refresh. A suicide, a life drowned out by the sea of hatred. Refresh. This cycle doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. Refresh. This has to stop.

AnMatt educational article about gender appears on my feed. Pronouns are woven into orientation introductions and more people feel safe sharing who they are. I watch as people devour the information, consuming it so rapidly that our identities are discredited, accused of being a “fad.” Refresh, another death. Our smiles are buried beneath the sensationalized headlines, the statistics so dark that our colors are eclipsed by night. Haunted by fear, hatred, and stigma, these warped perceptions rob us of our names, our lives, and our humanity. I’ve had enough. Our smiles are forgotten, so I’m immortalizing them on canvas. Society tries to mask our shine, so I’m sculpting us with a thousand different colors. And because they don’t see that we’re human, I’m painting portraits of our humanity.

I began this project with the intention of painting a series of portraits of transgender and non-binary individuals who attend the University of Puget Sound, but when I put out a call to the trans community on campus, no trans women contacted me. Although many non-binary individuals and a few trans men expressed interest in participating in my project, the silence of “her” struck me. The representation felt inadequate, so I decided to create portrait-less paintings that will serve as temporary placeholders inviting future participation in my project, mourning the lives lost within the trans community, and waiting for the day when trans women who would like to participate in my project feel safe enough to be visible.

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For a daily dose of inspiration: When Breath Becomes Air

BreathBecomesAirAt the age of 36 and with nearly a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon under his belt, Dr. Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. In an instant, he went from a doctor treating the sick to a patient struggling to live and the life that he and his wife had imagined for themselves disappeared. As a result of the diagnosis, Kalanithi delved into some profound questions: What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future becomes a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child and cultivate one life as another quickly fades away? In When Breath Becomes Air, Dr. Kalanithi answers these questions, incorporating his own personal transformations throughout the years.

Paul Kalanithi died last year in the process of writing this book. However, his incredibly poignant words live on as a beacon for us all. When Breath Becomes Air tells the story of Kalanithi’s ability to face mortality; letting it change both everything and nothing about life at the same time. Find it in the Popular Reading Collection today.

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Morgan Ford ’17, Peer Research Specialist in the Archives & Special Collections, Presented at the Northwest Archivists Conference

CALLOUT_MorganFordConferenceMorgan Ford ’17, peer research specialist in the Archives & Special Collections, presented “Archives, Social Media, and College Students,” at the Northwest Archivists Conference on April 30th in Seattle. The presentation covered the A&SC’s use of the social media platform Tumblr as outreach to students on campus and beyond.

Morgan was part of the “Outreach All-Stars” panel with Trevor Bond, head of Manuscripts, Archives, & Special Collections at WSU, and Donna McCrea, head of Archives & Special Collections at UM-Missoula.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Good Habits 101

CALLOUT_GoodHabits101Education has changed a lot over the past eighty years, so to get an idea of what was taught in elementary school during that time we are going back to 1935 when the book Good Habits by Charters, Smiley, and Strang, the fourth book in the Health and Growth Series, was written. This book, along with five others, tells short stories of children and how they form good habits in their lives. Throughout the book, there are vocabulary words that are defined in the index. The purpose of this was to teach children health related words so that they were prepared to “read intelligently popular health articles after graduation and in adult life.” As mentioned in the foreword, the authors’ intentions for writing this book was to “make its mastery so interesting that it becomes a favorite subject of study…GoodHabits_brushingestablish habits of health…and furnish the child with latest scientific information about health and disease.” This book is very much an old fashioned lesson book used by teachers to teach their students about healthy living.

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Sierra Scott

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Collins Library – End of the Semester Services to Help You!


  • Extended Library Hours:
    Ready for the end of spring semester? Collins is here for your late night study needs with extended hours through reading period and finals. The library is open 24 hours, May 1-3  and May 8-12. You’ll find all our hours posted on the library’s website.
  • Research Help:
    Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your subject liaison librarian for help with their research needs.
  • Peer Research Advisor:
    Melanie Schaffer, our peer research advisor is available to help first year students find resources for research paper in the Seminars in Scholarly Inquiry and other classes. She can also help with evaluating sources and citation styles. You’ll find her hours and contact information on the peer research guide.
  • A Reminder to Graduating Seniors:
    Don’t forget to pay your fines and replacement fees. Graduating seniors with a balance remaining may have a hold placed on their diploma and transcripts. Payments can be made with cash, check, or credit card.
  • Research Management Tools:
    Collins Library supports two research management tools: RefWorks and Zotero. They are programs designed to help collect, organize, and cite the resources you’re using to support papers, lab reports, and position statements. Contact us for more information and assistance.



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