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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Collins Library links: Puget Sound Joins Lever Press: Open Access Scholarship


Puget Sound Joins Lever Press:  Open Access Scholarship
Supporting Publication of Research in the Liberal Arts

I’m writing to make you aware of this new publishing initiative that the Collins Library, the Dean, and the Library, Media and Information Services Committee are supporting and to encourage you to consider submitting ideas for publications to this press.

The Lever Press is a peer-reviewed, digitally native, open-access press supported by a consortium of 44 liberal arts college libraries. Undertaken in partnership with the Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan, the Lever Press offers scholars a press with the highest scholarly standards, yet “aligned with the mission and ethos of liberal arts colleges.” All works will appear in print, and will equally be available both as web-readable and downloadable titles.

Lever Press has recently announced its inaugural editorial board and has opened an online pathway at this link for receiving proposals for both individual works and series of works. I encourage you, as your summer research plans take shape, to consider submitting your ideas for consideration in what I believe will become a voice in scholarly publishing distinguished by the rigor and accessibility that is the mark of excellence in liberal arts colleges.

Puget Sound, along with other colleges such as Amherst, Dartmouth, Grinnell, Middlebury, Pomona, Reed, Spelman, Vassar and Whitman, takes the scholarly communication crisis seriously and is willing to step forward with a solution that will certainly advance the mission of liberal arts colleges. A summary of the project, authored by Barbara Fister of Gustavus Adolphus College, appeared in Inside Higher Ed.

-Jane Carlin
Library Director

Need Information? Don’t forget the Collins Memorial Library – Library Guides
Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, library director
Remember – Your best search engine is a librarian!

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Collins Library Congratulates Puget Sound Seniors 2016!

 Commencement 1951 - Academic Procession to Memorial Fieldhouse

Commencement 1951 – Academic Procession to Memorial Fieldhouse

Congratulations! Your success is well deserved and all of your hard work does not go unnoticed by your fellow Loggers. Now is the time to take all of what you’ve learned here at the University and use that knowledge to spread your wings and make your dreams a reality. You are all such unique, talented, intelligent individuals, and you have support from all of us here at Puget Sound. Good luck with all of your future endeavors as you enter the next exciting chapter of your lives. You rock class of 2016!

And remember… once a Logger, always a Logger! Hack hack, chop chop!

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Books One and Two of the Red Queen Trilogy, in the Popular Collection Now!

redqueen_trilogyThe Red Queen trilogy follows the life of Mare Barrow, a lowly red blood in a world run by the supernatural silver-blooded elite. In book one, Red Queen, Mare gambles everything to win the freedom of her friend who has been conscripted into the army, ending up in the Royal Palace in front of the King himself. Here, she is shocked to discover a supernatural ability of her own.

After leaving the royal court, Mare sets out to find other impossibilities-people of her kind-in order to join rebel forces against the silvers in Glass Sword. Her journey is a dangerous one as she is pursued by a vindictive King who seeks to control her.

Find both of these electrifying titles today in the Popular Reading Collection.

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Celebrating Shakespeare: A Man in Love with Words by Ellen Knowles

BIGCALLOUT_ShakespeareIn honor of William Shakespeare we are celebrating the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 2016. What better way to do this, than by highlighting the writing done by first-year students in Associate Professor of English John Wesley’s first-year seminar, A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare? This first-year seminar in scholarly inquiry studies four remarkable plays Shakespeare wrote or saw into production in 1599, the same year he opened the Globe Theatre. In the first half of the course, students were introduced to the myriad ways in which Shakespeare’s 1599 plays are shaped by and give shape to the political and cultural intrigues of that year. In the second half of the course, students turned to a play (and year) of their own choosing, the historicist analysis of which is the basis of an independent research project. As part of this project, students were asked to prepare a blog post that reflected on aspects of Shakespeare’s life, a specific work, or a resource or organization associated with Shakespeare, or to provide a personal interpretation of a play. During the month of April, we’ll feature the posts from students that celebrate all things Shakespeare!

Congratulations to our wonderful first-year writers. For additional online resources about Shakespeare, check out these sites:

A Man in Love with Words
by Ellen Knowles

The Telegraph, 2014.

The Telegraph, 2014.

When people picture William Shakespeare, they imagine a man filled with passion. To envision Shakespeare as a passionate man is not wrong either, but where he placed his passions is where most people are lead astray from the truth. Most would assume that Shakespeare must have had such a burning passion for love, that he must release it out onto paper. How else could Shakespeare write about a love as great as Romeo and Juliet if he himself had not experienced passion like that before? However, the reality is that Shakespeare’s true love was probably not any person, but writing.

People like to imagine Shakespeare writing his works motivated by deep love. The movie “Shakespeare in Love” is a perfect example of this idea of an intensely romanticized Shakespeare. The beginning of the movie starts with him frustrated as he has no ideas for what to write his next play about. The movie shows him finding inspiration through a woman named Violet, who he falls deeply in love with, and born from that love, Shakespeare writes one of his most famous plays to this day, Romeo and Juliet. The love we see between Shakespeare and Violet mimics that of Romeo and Juliet’s. Shakespeare and Violet are two lovers who do not belong together just as Romeo and Juliet were. The movie even shows Violet on the balcony reciting the famous lines, “Romeo, O Romeo,” (Shakespeare in Love). This movie assumes that in order for Shakespeare to have written Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare must have had a love similar to that of the famous star crossed lovers. This assumption is most likely hollow, though.

In truth, most evidence points to Shakespeare’s truest love being language. While the movie shows a handsome Shakespeare out dancing at a party attempting to woo a lady, what we know about Shakespeare, from those that knew him, is that he denied many invitations to parties. Most of Shakespeare’s days were filled with the work that came along with being both a playwright and an actor. If Shakespeare had any free time in his busy schedule he prioritized writing over women (Shapiro xviii).

Shakespeare fell in love with language at a young age. He would have met his true love at around the age of five, in his hometown of Stratford when he saw his first play. He fell further in love at the grammar school he attended as a child in his neighborhood where he learned Latin. At the grammar school was where he would have first been introduced to performing in plays, as school teachers thought the best way to learn the ancient language was to perform Ancient Roman comedies in Latin (Greenblatt 23-29). This love for literature continued throughout his life.

Although amusing to play with the idea of Shakespeare drawing from a deep love in his personal life to write his magnificent plays, it is more realistic to recognize that Shakespeare’s true love was writing. He wrote not because he was in love, but merely for the fact that he loved to write. In the marking of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death we must honor his life with what he loved most: words.

Works Cited

Greenblatt, Stephen. Will in the World. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2004. Print.

Shakespeare in Love. Dir. John Madden. Perf. Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, and Geoffrey Rush. Universal Pictures, 1999. Film.

Shapiro, James. A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006. Print

2014. The Telegraph. JPEG file.

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