Preserving Memories: Creating a Personal Archive

Join us!
4 classes, Wednesdays, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, 4-4:50 p.m.

Learn how to plan and create a family archives project. Stay-at-home directives have given many of us the opportunity to think about our family history and the need to preserve old photographs, documents, ephemera, and other keepsakes. This four-part series will provide you with practical advice for creating your own family archive, as well as offer suggestions for inspiring projects that utilize these precious artifacts.

Registration link:

  • Session 1, July 8: Learning the basics of archival practices
  • Session 2, July 15: Becoming an at-home-archivist
  • Session 3, July 22: Diving into format-specific preservation
  • Session 4, July 29: Sharing your archives with others

Class fee: $70, plus $10 registration

Participants will receive a mini toolkit of archival supplies and samples from top-of-the-line archival suppliers.

Instructor: Adriana Flores

Additional Information
The class will be taught in a virtual online format. Internet access is needed for this workshop. You will be contacted by the instructor before the first class date regarding details.

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Maker tip brought to you by Collins Makerspace.


As many businesses and organizations begin the process of re-opening after shutdown and members of the community begin to increase their interactions with others,  it is important to remember that the pandemic is not completely over and that safety needs to be of the utmost concern for all.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Please visit the CDC cloth face coverings page for helpful information on how to best wear a cloth face covering as well as instructions for making cloth masks.  The instructions provided include both sew and no-sew face coverings and use materials that can already be found in many households.

Sewn Mask example:

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No Sew Mask example:

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No Sew mask using a sock.


Other sources for mask instructions and tutorials:

There are also many tutorials for several different styles of face covering available on the Joann fabrics and crafts site.

The Makerspace has used the instructions found here to make the pleated masks seen below:


To learn more about how the Makerspace has supported local caregivers click here.

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Check out how Puget Sound Research is being used by remote learners around the world!

Visit your Digital Commons Dashboard

March 2020 Readership Snapshot
Sound Ideas

Monthly Readership Totals:
Last month, Sound Ideas had 22430 full-text downloads and 6 new submissions were posted, bringing the total works in the repository to 7493. University of Puget Sound scholarship was read by 1638 institutions across 163 countries.

The most popular papers were:

The most popular publications were:

To learn more about usage reports available from Digital Commons, see:

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Prospective Students: Our doors may be closed, but our services and staff are available to you!

Dear Prospective Students and Visitors:

We are very proud of our beautiful Collins Memorial Library.  While you can’t visit us in person right now, please feel free to browse our web page and learn about all our great resources.  Check out our remote access page that outlines all the amazing services you can receive from our experienced team of librarians.  Read our blog and learn about library events and resources.  All of us at Collins look forward to opening our doors soon and in the meantime, if you have any questions about the library and our services, please email me directly at

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3D printing: In Support of Health Care Workers – The Makerspace Responds

(From top): Mask strap extender;
Strap in use by a nurse.

The Internet is full of stories about how Makerspaces across the country are using 3D printers to assist with making parts for ventilators, masks and other items to support health care workers. Here at Puget Sound, we are monitoring guidelines to ascertain the best way our Makerspace can contribute to this movement. Jada Pelger, our Makerspace Manager and 3D printing expert, has been closely reviewing options to identify a project that we could sustain and produce in a relatively short time frame.

Jada is currently working with a nurse at a local hospital to test out some of the printing options. She printed a mask and while the end result was great, it took many hours to print and required a lot of finishing work to smooth the edges and prepare for clinical use. The Makerspace can produce more of these masks as needed if the situation arises. To provide more immediate assistance to our healthcare workers, we also experimented with printing mask strap extenders. Officially called “surgical mask tension release bands for ear comfort and extended use,” these mask strap extenders have been reviewed and approved by the National Institutes of Health. These take less time to print and can be put to immediate use to alleviate strain on health care workers who have to wear masks all day and all night. The nurses used them last night and the response is YES! Please print more!

Full Masks

We will continue to produce as many as we can to help our community health care workers.

What we have learned from this experience is that new technology such as 3D printing has the power to solve problems and contribute in many ways to our world. We hope Loggers will continue to embrace this opportunity when we are able to reopen our space!

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National Poetry Month: “Hope” Is The Thing With Feathers

Poems can offer solace, enrich our lives and some even offer hope.  Emily Dickinson’s poem “Hope” Is The Thing With Feathers is one of the best known of Emily Dickinson’s poems. An extended metaphor, it likens the concept of hope to a feathered bird that is permanently perched in the soul of every human. There it sings, never stopping in its quest to inspire. (source:

Several years ago, members of the Collins Library staff  hand printed this small keepsake under the direction of local printer Taylor Cox.  We think the message resonates today and we hope you do as well.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers
By Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

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Collins Library Links: Reading and Relaxing in the Time of COVID19


Reading and Relaxing in the Time of COVID19

During this stressful time for our community, please be reminded that Collins Library offers you a number of resources that might provide some escape from the worry that we are all facing.  Before you leave for spring break, and/or while you’re away from campus, consider the following:

Check out a Popular Reading Book:  We have extended our loan policies for our Popular Reading Collection.  Explore a biography, a mystery or recent work of non-fiction.  The books are located in the Learning Commons.

Are your children home from School?  In addition to your local public library, Collins Library has a nice collection of books for Children and Young Adults.  For fiction, browse the PZ’s up on the fourth floor.  For non-fiction, search Primo for a topic of interest and add the word “juvenile” to your search.

Read the Classics!  Consider catching up on Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Hemingway, Charles Dickens and more.  Browse the PR and PS section of the Library on the 3rd floor for classic favorites.

On the Go?  Check out an Ebook:  Our electronic book collections offer a number of great books to occupy your mind for a few hours of relaxation.  A few titles come to mind, like:  An Introduction to Yoga by Annie Besant, Festive Ukrainian Cooking by Marta Pisetska Farley, Seed Libraries And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People by Cindy Conner or Out of the Woods: A Bird Watcher’s Year by Ora E. Anderson, Deborah Griffith, Jean Andrews, and Jean Andrews.  You can search Primo for electronic books or browse individual collections like the Ebook Central collection offered by ProQuest.  But remember, you do have to login with your Puget Sound account information.

Music:  We all know the power of music to inspire and relax. Check out the  Naxos Music Library.  It is a comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes thousands of tracks. Select works by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. Playlists can also be created. Includes information about the works, artists and composers.

Craving travel but your plans have been cancelled?  Check out the travel programs on Films on Demand like:  Patagonia, Chile: Don’t Forget Your PassportOn Holiday in Germany or Rick Steves’ Europe.

Take Some Time to Explore Your Local Public Library:  There are many excellent collections available online from your local public library.  Tacoma Public Library recently sent this out as an excellent reminder of some of the online resources they offer:

We encourage you to maximize the eResources available with your Tacoma Public library card to continue your library experience from home: 

  • Stream movies, TV, and the Great Courses with Kanopy and Hoopla
  • Download eBooks and Audiobooks with the Overdrive/Libby apps and Hoopla
  • Stream music on Hoopla

Both Hoopla and Kanopy (and OverDrive/Libby) also offer content for children

  • Brush up on your skills with Lynda, from LinkedIn Learning

All Tacoma Public Schools students’ ID cards act as library cards in the Tacoma Public Library system. We recommend these eResources to continue learning outside of the classroom:

  • Worksheets and educational activities for elementary-age students through Scholastic Teachables
  • Literacy and learning for younger learners from BookFlix and TrueFlix
  • Educational lessons for all ages via HelpNow – check out the “Skill Surfer” section

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 is delighted to have copies of two recent novels by Puget Sound English Graduates! 

Collins Library is delighted to have copies of two recent novels by Puget Sound English Graduates!  Congratulations to Kevin Nguyen and Ryan Chapman!  The books are on display in the library – but we imagine they will be checked out soon!

Nguyen, Kevin. New Waves : A Novel. First ed. New York: One World, 2020. PS3614.G888 N49 2020  

Read about Kevin’s book in the New York Times.

Summary provided by the publisher:  Lucas and Margo are fed up. Margo is a brilliant programmer tired of being talked over as the company’s sole black employee, and while Lucas is one of many Asians at the firm, he’s nearly invisible as a low-paid customer service rep. Together, they decide to steal their tech start-up’s user database in an attempt at revenge. The heist takes a sudden turn when Margo dies in a car accident, and Lucas is left reeling, wondering what to do with their secret–and wondering whether her death really was an accident. When Lucas hacks into Margo’s computer looking for answers, he is drawn into her secret online life and realizes just how little he knew about his best friend. With a fresh voice, biting humor, and piercing observations about human nature, Kevin Nguyen brings an insider’s knowledge of the tech industry to this imaginative novel. A pitch-perfect exploration of race and start-up culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship, New Waves asks: How well do we really know each other? And how do we form true intimacy and connection in a tech-obsessed world?

Chapman, Ryan. Riots I Have Known. First Simon & Schuster Hardcover ed. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2019. PS3603.H37428 R56 2019

Find out more about Ryan’s book by reading this NPR interview.

Summary provided by the publisher:
An unnamed Sri Lankan inmate has barricaded himself inside a prison computer lab in Dutchess County, New York. A riot rages outside, incited by a poem published in The Holding Pen, the house literary journal. This, our narrator’s final Editor’s Letter, is his confession. An official accounting of events, as they happened. As he awaits imminent and violent interruption, he takes us on a roller-caster ride of plot and language, determined to share his life story, and maybe answer a few questions. How did he end up here? Should he have remained a quiet Park Avenue doorman? Or continued his rise in the black markets of postwar Sri Lanka? What will become of The Holding Pen, a “landmark of post-penal literature” favored by Brooklynites everywhere? And why does everyone think the riots are his fault? Can’t they see he’s really a good guy, doing it for the right reasons?

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month in the United States. Puget Sound has hosted some incredible women on campus over the years. Here are some highlights from the archives:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the Jones Hall Inside Theater on November 2, 1978. At the time, Ginsburg was the general counsel for the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Ginsburg would go on to become an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court in 1993, a position she still holds today.

Fannie Lou Hamer visited campus in February 1969. Hamer was one of the most powerful voices of the civil rights movement. She was the co-founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and was very involved with the NAACP and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi. The photo on the left is of Hamer meeting with Puget Sound students Lou Smith, George Neely, and Al Roberts. She gave a lecture that was written about in the February 28, 1969 issue of The Trail (page 7). Another article in the same issue of The Trail (page 12) discusses how Black Student Union president Lou Smith was so inspired by Hamer’s speech that he asked university president R. Franklin Thompson, “Are you moved enough now to sanction a separate, autonomous black studies course curriculum here at UPS?”

Nikki GiovanniPoet, educator, and civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni visited the Puget Sound campus on at least three different occasions in 1981,1984, and 2019. Following her 1981 visit, The Trail published an interview with Giovanni in which she said, “We know that in any emergency we all pull together…because we understand each other more than we understand the unknown. So we should begin work on ourselves, getting rid of race, gender, and religious hang-ups that separate us.”

The Archives & Special Collections is currently open by appointment only. Please email to schedule an appointment.

By Laura Edgar, Assistant Archivist

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You are not alone: Is it a promise? Or a threat?

Shay Miller has three strikes against her: no job, no apartment, no love in her life. But when she witnesses a perfectly normal looking young woman about her age make the chilling decision to leap in front of an ongoing subway train, Shay realizes she could end up in the same spiral. She is intrigued by a group of women who seem to have it all together, and they invite her with the promise: “You are not alone.” Why not align herself with the glamorous and seductive Moore sisters, Cassandra and Jane? They are everything Shay aspires to be, and they seem to have the keys to getting exactly what they want. But what secrets do they, and Shay, have that will come to a deadly confrontation?

Find thrilling books in the Popular Reading Collection!

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