April is National Poetry Month: “i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

eeCummings[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
By E. E. Cummings 1894–1962

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)





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Popular Reading Collection: “Acts of God: Stories”

ActsofGodEllen Gilchrist, winner of the National Book Award, is back with her first short story collection in over eight years.

In this collection, 10 unique scenarios depict people dealing with forces beyond their power and control.  Somehow, they manage to survive and thrive despite the unfavorable odds.  From a Fayetteville, Arkansas teen whose life changes when she joins friends in an effort find survivors of a destructive tornado, to a beautiful and blessed woman without a worry in the world Acts of God gives life and a common sense of strength to each of these survivors.

Recently featured in the Washington Post, Gilchrist’s Acts of God is a truly inspiring collection of tales.  See for yourself in the Popular Collection!

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Start a Protest in Your Library

Micah White

Micah with google glass

Recently at Puget Sound, we had the opportunity to brainstorm with social activist and library supporter, Micah White. Micah is one of the founders of Occupy Wall Street and a former editor of Adbusters. His unpublished dissertation, Post-Search: Libraries, Search Engines and the Organization of Knowledge reflects his innovative thinking and challenges us all to consider some fundamental questions about the future of libraries.

Read more of the Huffington post article “Start a Protest in Your Library“, written by Jane Carlin and Barb Macke.

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What You Are Saying About Collins!

libraryThanks for these warm and fuzzy comments. We are so glad you like Collins! When asked what you like about Collins – here are some of the comments:

  • The Rocking Chair Lounge
  • Books
  • Summit
  • The way the sun warms up the desk cubicles on the 2nd floor ( cozy)
  • Private study rooms
  • Working in the Archives
  • Quiet
  • The Collaboration Corner
  • Everyone is Super helpful
  • Lots of comments about friendly staff
  • Tech Service Room
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Collins Library Links: New Library Search – Important Information for Faculty



New Library Search – Important Information for Faculty

You recently received an email message concerning the new library system that will be implemented in early June.  This email provides additional information associated with the system and its implementation.

  1. Summer Classes:  There will be a short period in early June (the exact date is yet to be determined) when library services will be interrupted for approximately 2 days.  We recommend, for those of you teaching this summer, that you utilize Moodle as much as possible for required readings.  During our implementation there may be minor disruptions to reserve services.  We will send updates to all faculty teaching this summer as more information becomes available.
  2. After Implementation:  The following systems will be replaced by the new system and will no longer be available:  Collins Catalog, Journal Locator and Puget Sound WorldCat.  The new system will provide an integrated search to resources held by Puget Sound, Alliance Libraries and from most of our subscribed databases.  The search interface will be different, and we will provide user guides and offer information sessions.
  3. Summit Borrowing:  Summit borrowing will still be available.  However, the process will be a little different.  Once the final cohort of Alliance libraries implement the system in January 2015, we will have a new method of requesting Summit materials.
  4. Request a Hold:  A new feature in the system will provide the opportunity for users to place holds on items currently checked out.  This feature is now available only for items required for reserves.
  5. Overdue Materials:  There’s still time to return material that you currently have checked-out, and this would be greatly appreciated as we prepare for this transition.  Especially if you have any long overdue materials.
  6. Fines and Bills:  In preparation for implementation, the library has completed an inventory of long overdue books.  This has resulted in identifying hundreds of items that have been out of circulation, often for years.  We have also been reviewing the costs associated with late return of ILL items and lost Summit items.  The Library is responsible for covering the cost of these items. This not only impacts our budget, but involves staff time.  Prior to implementation, we will complete the inventory process and update all user records.  In some cases, we will have to declare items missing and remove them from the collection.  Once we complete implementation, all users will receive reports that document costs incurred by the library.  This action has been discussed by LMIS.

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 Links: A New Library System Will Debut in Mid-June 2014!



A New Library System Will Debut in Mid-June 2014!

We are moving with our partner libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance from 37 stand-alone systems to one powerful, shared system. Through a single search box on the library home pageyou will be able to search across a much broader array of content from our collections, including journal articles, our local collections, along with regional and global resources.

Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. We are working together to unlock opportunities that will help us build our collections as one unified collection, share services and resources with each other, and take advantage of new technologies. This single, shared library system is a hallmark of our innovative collaboration, which brought you Summit, our shared lending/borrowing system, a decade ago. Now, by moving from 37 library systems to one integrated system, we will improve the research experience for you—our students and faculty members—and better manage and access the resources you need.

University of Puget Sound will join 18 other libraries that have already migrated. Because this is a big migration from many systems to one, it will be January 2015 before all 37 alliance libraries are up and running. If you would like to see the system in action, you can check out the Lewis & Clark and Willamette University catalogs.

We are committed to providing you the same excellent services you have come to expect from us, including the delivery of Summit and ILL items, during this implementation period. We have created this guide which provides detailed information on the implementation and answers some of your questions.

We appreciate your patience and support as we move to this new next-generation system. This is an ambitious undertaking: 37 libraries to one—expanding our support for your research and discovery.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jane Carlin, library director, for further information.

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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April is National Poetry Month: Hijab by Soraya Bodaghi


A thin black scarf
hides hair, nose and lips
my eyes must speak
a thousand words I cannot say.

Lessons: how to make khoresht,
clean lace curtains
in buckets of bleach.
My only education.

Stealing Bijan’s Qur’an
to study by flashlight.
I look for my lost words
in ancient pages.

I walked that street
in my dreams
cradling thick bound books
with delicate fingers.

This morning I watched them burn
through the plastic screen
of my father’s television
as if it’d been scheduled to happen
like the 11 o’clock news.

I watched my dream
drift down to earth
in a thousand fiery pieces
and I danced in the ash
until my scarf burned
and my lips could breathe.
Fingers clasped pen
my story spoke.

-Soraya Bodaghi

Read about the event in The Trail article Students Gather to Commemorate Al-Mutanabbi Street where this poem was read.

About the poem author:

My name is Soraya Bodaghi and I was born in Tacoma, Wa. I’ve lived on Fox Island, WA since the age of six. I went to Charles Wright Academy in University Place, WA before coming to the University of Puget Sound. Now, I work at Celebrity Cake Studio in downtown Tacoma designing cakes.

I was brought up with a multi-cultural background with my father being Iranian and my mother being part German. I have always loved to highlight these cultures in my poetry and short stories. I was inspired to write this poem in recognition of the bombing that happened on Al-Mutanaabi Street in Baghdad. Unlike my peers, I chose to write from the perspective of a young girl in Tehran. I chose this perspective because I felt capable of imagining her emotions authentically. Although some people felt that my poem was unsympathetic, I felt that I had liberated my speaker. The poem of course is purely symbolic but it was meant to show that the unceremonious burning of ancient texts, specifically those written by men, gave this girl the opportunity to create her own place in literature’s history. Thus the bombing does free her emotionally from her oppressive society and gives her the encouragement necessary to put herself out there and to create a foundation for female writers of the Middle East to build upon.

This was important for me to address as someone with family still living in the Middle East because women’s rights need constant attention much in the way that they do in America. I wrote this in hopes of contributing to the larger conversation about the oppression of women throughout the world.

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Music & Performing Arts Database

Untitled-1Music & Performing Arts combines audio and video that spans all time periods, hundreds of thousands of seminal artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles to provide an unparalleled learning environment for the teaching of music. Contemporary world music, classical music, popular music, jazz, American song, and theatre in video are included. A playlist feature is also available.

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From the Archives: Homer T. Bone papers

BoneHomer T. Bone served Washington State as an attorney, house representative, and state senator.  Included in his papers is an original work seen here, painted on canvas.

Interested in getting a close-up look at some full size history? Stop by the Archives & Special Collections during our open hours, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

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Food for Fines! April 21 – May 11, 2014

FoodForFines_flyerThis spring, Collins Memorial Library and Backpacks of Hope are co-sponsoring Food for Fines. Pay off your library fines with food instead of cash, April 21st – May 11th. Donate to a worthy cause AND clean up your library debt at the same time. Bring in 1 can of food and we will waive $1.00 of your library fines (for returned items). That’s right! $1 per can! No limit!

Welcomed Items:  Peanut Butter, Canned meats, Canned dinners, Canned vegetable & fruits, Dry beans & pastas, Stuffing mix

  • One – 6 ounce can or larger = $1.00 of fines. (Unlimited waived)
  • Canned food accepted for fines on returned items only, not for replacement fees of lost items.
  • Bring cans to the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library.
  • Only non-perishable, un-dented, and labeled cans will be accepted. (Additional donations are welcome. Please, no jars/glass containers. Thank you.)
  • All canned food will be donated to the St. Leo Food Connection.
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