Collins Library Links: Open Stacks and More!


Open Stacks and More!

We are so pleased to share some updates on our Collins Library collections, spaces, and services.

  1. Mark Monday, August 9!  We will be reopening our library stacks on all floors for our users. If you have missed the serendipitous discoveries made through browsing, the stacks await you!
  2. Hold Requests:  If you have enjoyed having your books ready for pick up in the front of the library, we are retaining this great service.  You still can request books through PRIMO and request a pick up at the Library.  Just note that as of August 9, the books will be available at the front circulation desk and will be checked out to you at that point, so please remember to bring your Logger or other photo ID with you.
  3. HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) ends on August 9:  When our stacks were closed and so many of our students were studying remotely, we activated ETAS in our HathiTrust subscription, which made over 160,000 print titles available in digital form to University of Puget Sound faculty, staff and students.  As we resume providing full access to the print collection, the conditions for the fair use of digital copies of these materials has ended.  Note that the University of Puget Sound remains a HathiTrust member, and you may log in to HathiTrust using your institutional login and password to access and download full PDFs of materials in the public domain or licensed under Creative Commons.  Please contact your liaison librarian with any questions.
  4. There will be some reconfiguration of spaces on the first floor of the library:
    The new Faculty Development Center will be located in the space adjacent to the East Reading Room.
    The space that used to be the Mac Lab will be updated to serve as a collaboration and meeting space, with a focus on student use.  We have been fortunate to receive a grant from the Washington State Library to help update this space. 
    Open print reserves will be relocated at the north end of the Learning Commons.
  5. A reminder about OCR for Canvas:  Nick Triggs is our library contact for OCR for Canvas and you can find details of the request process here: Since June, Nick has digitized and/or OCR-processed over six dozen requests from faculty for articles and book chapters, and has sent links for the many materials the library already owns in electronic format!  Please continue to use this service to help make digital materials more accessible in Canvas for our students!
  6. Open Education Resources Institute/American Association of Colleges & Universities:  Over the summer, Collins Library formed a team, led by Scholarly Communications and Digital Services Librarian Ben Tucker, to participate in this important national discussion.  Thanks are extended to Prof. Heidi Morton, Prof. Melvin Rouse, and Educational Technologist Margot Casson for joining Ben and Library Director Jane Carlin to raise awareness of and to promote OER at Puget Sound.  You will be hearing from us!​

Need Information? Don’t forget the Collins Memorial Library – Library Guides
Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, library director
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Art Moment at Collins Library – June 25, 11:00-1:00pm, Celebrating the Kelmscott Press and our new Book Arts/Printing Press Studio!

At the end of the month, Collins Library will be joining other libraries and museums around the world to celebrate William Morris’s Kelmscott Press and the 125th anniversary of the Kelmscott edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer.  Four years in the making, with illustrations by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones and designed by Morris in every detail, the Kelmscott Chaucer, as it is commonly known, was published in 1891 and is universally considered one of the most beautiful books ever printed.

On June 25th between 11:00 and 1:00 pm visit the Collins Library Reading Room and take a moment to view some of our unique materials associated with William Morris and the Kelmscott Press as well as visit our new Book Arts/Printing Press Studio in the lower level of the Library!

Collins Librarian Jane Carlin will be giving 2 short presentations (10 minutes) on Morris and his books at 11:00 and 11:45.  To comply with social distancing, if you would like to join one of the presentations, please email Jane directly at:  

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Collins Library Updates for Summer and Fall


Collins Library Updates for Summer and Fall

Dear Faculty:

Collins Library staff hope your summer is off to a good start!  We want to update you on just a few library-related matters:


We will continue most of our current COVID-19 practices during the summer.  Library stacks will remain closed, but we will continue to offer the hold/pick up and digitization services.  Librarians remain available for virtual research consultations and also can be reached via email.  However, we have made a few changes:

  • We are no longer requiring seat reservations for individual study on the first floor; instead, students, faculty or staff can simply find an individual study spot.
  • To accommodate students who are on campus during the summer term, we are open seven days a week, including until 8:00 pm on Mondays and Thursdays, and both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  The library homepage always provides information on current hours.
  • All aspects of interlibrary loan borrowing have resumed, including, when necessary, requesting loans of physical materials from libraries outside the United States.  
  • We are pleased to announce a ​​New Service! OCR for Canvas is a collaborative effort between departmental administrative assistants, Collins Library, Student Accessibility and Accommodation, and faculty, to ensure the accessibility of course readings made available to our students via Canvas.  Please refer to this guide for more information and a link to the request form:

Looking ahead to the Fall:

  • We anticipate, with no small measure of excitement, that in early August we will re-open our stacks on all floors.  The majority of our staff will also be back on campus, too.
  • Reserves:  We encourage you to integrate electronic full text resources, when available, and/or scanned portions of our print collection (using the new OCR for Canvas service) into your Canvas pages for classes.  However, we will offer a limited print reserves option for materials that cannot be accommodated in that way.  We will be transitioning to an open reserves system, where students may browse print materials placed on reserve by their professors without first needing to go to the Circulation Desk.  Libraries that have implemented open reserves report that more students actually use the materials on reserve when there is less of a barrier to accessing them.  Please look for more specific information later in the summer.
  • We will continue to offer the new services we created in response to the circumstances of the pandemic.  When you or your students need a book, you’ll be able to retrieve it yourself in the stacks or simply place a hold on it and we’ll retrieve it and check it out to you for pickup.  Similarly, you and your students may continue to request digitization of portions of the print collection.  (Please note that this service is intended to support personal research.  If you need materials digitized for posting on Canvas, please use the new OCR for Canvas service.)
  • Teaching and Learning:  Librarians are eager to continue collaborating with you to offer course-integrated information literacy instruction.  However, if you are interested in including an Archives & Special Collections session in the fall, please reach out to your liaison librarian as soon as possible.  Due to space limitations, and review of our collections, as well as our desire to reduce wear and tear to some of our primary source materials, we encourage the use of digitized primary sources, when available, and would like to work with you to develop new approaches to your classes.
  • Media:  We will be moving forward with de-accessioning our VHS tape collection, as the obsolete technology has made the materials inaccessible to our students.

Need Information? Don’t forget the Collins Memorial Library – Library Guides
Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, library director
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Puyallup Tribe Lushootseed Land Acknowledgement

University of Puget Sound is on the traditional homelands of the Puyallup Tribe. The Puyallup people have lived on and stewarded these lands since the beginning of time, and continue to do so today. We recognize that this land acknowledgement is one small step toward true allyship and we commit to uplifting the voices, experiences, and histories of the Indigenous people of this land and beyond. 

Puyallup Tribe Lushootseed

To learn more about the Puyallup Tribe, please visit this website:

To listen to the the Puyallup Tribe Lushootseed Land Acknowledgement, please visit:

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Collins Library receives INSPIRING WOMEN PORTFOLIO

INSPIRING WOMEN PORTFOLIO was created in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The women featured here are from many time periods, all possessing a radical spirit of creating change in the world. The portfolio was printed during the 2020 Covid19 Pandemic and was organized by Kathryn Hunter, Blackbird Letterpress. May these women continue to inspire as the uncertain future unfolds.

On August 18, 1920, the US Constitution’s 19th Amendment was ratified—declaring no citizen could be denied the right to vote based on their sex. For more than 100 years, women’s suffrage supporters had fought for this right among others, including equal pay and access to education. However, the racially divided movement did not address the intersecting inequalities of race, class, and ethnicity. Intimidation, laws, fraud, and violence blocked women of color from voting. The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 granted voting rights, but many states denied this right to Indigenous women through the 1950s. Black women faced barriers until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As we acknowledge the movement’s flaws, we also celebrate all women who organized, marched, and risked their lives to bring the US closer to universal suffrage. Their efforts gave women the chance to politically, socially, culturally, and economically transform this country.

This list corresponds to the above images left to right by rows.

  • Susan B Anthony – Jessica Peterson • The Southern Letterpress
  • Daisy Bates – Kate Askew with Perrion Hurd Yella Dog Press & Hurd Wired Studios
  • Shirley Chisholm – Nancy Hill • Hazel and Violet
  • Eugenie Clark – Yuka Petz • Letter Box Studio
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Tammy Winn • The Red Door Press
  • Joy Harjo – Kelly McMahon • May Day Studio
  • Frances Ellen Watkins Harper – Allison Chapman • Igloo Letterpress
  • Anita Hill – Kathryn Hunter • Blackbird Letterpress
  • Grace Hopper – Shelley Barandes • Albertine Press
  • Molly Ivins – Dori Boone with April Bryant • Side Track Press
  • Marsha P. Johnson – Allison and Jamie Nadeau • INK MEETS PAPER
  • Flo Kennedy – Lynda Sherman with Leigh Riibe • Bremelo Press
  • Sister Corita Kent – Rachael Hetzel • Pistachio Press
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink – Mandolin Brassaw • Grapheme
  • May Morris – Masy Chighizola • Press Relief
  • Lucretia Mott – Sarah McCoy • The Permanent Collection
  • Pauli Murray – Jessica Spring & Chandler O’Leary Dead Feminists at Springtide Press
  • Susan O’Malley – Stephanie Carpenter Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
  • Michelle Obama – Molly Douma Brewer • Ice Pond Press
  • Sylvia Rivera – Kadin Henningsen • Meanwhile…Letterpress
  • Eleanor Roosevelt – Cathy Smith • Boxcar press
  • Janet Rowley – Jennifer Farrell • Starshaped Press
  • Nina Simone – Kyle Durrie • Power and Light Press
  • Ida B Wells – Ben Blount • MAKE Studio
  • Judy Woodruff – Kseniya Thomas • Thomas Printers

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Sound Ideas Readership

University of Puget Sound’s institutional repository, Sound Ideas has logged more than 1.3 million text downloads over its nearly decade-long lifespan. Every month we log the repository’s usage statistics by researchers around the world.

April Readership Totals
Last month, Sound Ideas had 27,347 full-text downloads and 6 new submissions were posted, bringing the total works in the repository to 7,848. University of Puget Sound scholarship was read by 1,759 institutions across 159 countries.

Most popular papers of April

Most popular publications of April

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Spring Update from Lever Press

Lever Press reports, “This February we were delighted to have Richard Benson, Associate Professor of Education from Spelman College, join our Editorial Board. Dr. Benson’s research interests combine a wealth of experiences and scholarship in critical pedagogy, history of American and African-American education, hip-hop history and youth popular culture, critical race theory and education, history of social movements, and school-community relationships.”

A new translation of Sophokles’ Women of Trachis by Vassar authors Rachel Kitzinger and Eamon Grennan is now live on Fulcrum and available for print purchase. The Fulcrum version of the volume includes a voice recording of the translation by Vassar students. 

Be on the lookout for additional releases in the coming months. Academic Pipeline Programs: Diversifying Pathways from the Bachelor’s to the Professoriate, by Curtis D. Byrd and Rihana S. Mason, in 2021 and Culture & Content in French: Frameworks for Innovative Curricula, edited by Kathryne Adair Corbin and Aurélie Chevant-Aksoy, in June.

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The Beauty of Volvelles

Back in January, I was able to participate in a short class on crafting volvelles taught by book artist Stephanie Wolff. She led us through the creation of three different variations on the structure as well as shared examples of how various contemporary artists are using volvelles to convey a wide variety of concepts.

Examples of Stephanie Wolff’s volvelles
Examples of Stephanie Wolff’s volvelles

Volvelles, also known as wheel charts, are movable charts that when aligned in certain ways reveal a variety of information as decided by the creator. These were used in the past to communicate important information such as the positions of the sun and moon at certain times of the year, a vital task to many cultures. They were also used as teaching tools for early astronomers and mathematicians, as can be seen in an amazing book held in Collins library’s rare books collection- a copy of The Cosmographia by Peter Apian from 1584! For full disclosure, the first thing I did when I got a chance to peruse it was smell it; how often do you get to smell a book that was created over 400 years ago?! This book was an incredibly important resource of its time for helping people understand the known world and as such was reprinted and improved upon in a number of editions. 

The main reason the copy of The Cosmographia belonging to the university’s library is so special is that the volvelles inside are still intact and working. This is rare because they are paper instruments and as such, incredibly fragile to begin with. When you imagine how many hands this book might have encountered in its 400+ years, it is all the more incredible that you can still pick up and work the instruments that students used to understand the workings of the universe as they knew it in 1584. There are three working volvelles in the Cosmographia. They are all unique structures that allowed the students to interact with some of the material being taught in the book. These teaching tools are an incredible reminder that 400 years ago scholars were just as fascinated with understanding the universe they inhabited as we are today.

Another incredible thing to note about these instruments is that they are made from recycled paper- by looking on the backs of the volvelles you can see that they were printed on what were discarded pages of text! It might seem like a little thing, but it is 437 year old evidence of material being thoughtfully repurposed, which is pretty special in my view. A close inspection of the wheels will also reveal that whoever cut the pieces out wasn’t the most precise with scissors and the edges are a bit ragged, further evidence of a human hand’s involvement in the construction of this book, living so long ago. 

After viewing these historic volvelles and comparing them to the contemporary artist’s versions I was shown in the class, I am struck by the wide variety of forms they can take and the information they can be used to express. Books have existed in so many forms for thousands of years and it is amazing to know we can still construct and adapt their many styles to meet the needs of artist’s today.

Instructions for making a simple volvelles are as follows:

Step 1 – Cut out 2 circles of different circumference

  • Ex. One circle with a circumference of  6 inches and another circle with a circumference of 4 inches
  • Using a compass is going to aid you greatly in creating nearly perfect round circles (depending on your cutting skills) but there are no rules in my opinion and you can make a wonky circle if you so choose
  • Step 2Decide where you will make your cutouts on the topmost circle to reveal the information you choose to put on the bottom circle. You can make this easy and precise by measuring accurate spaces on both the bottom and top circles.

Step 3Decorate your volvelle however you see fit, making sure to at least put down all the information you want on the bottom circle before you assemble it in the next step.

(yours will have cut outs like
the pink/white examples)

Step 4To assemble, you will need a needle and sturdy thread – I used waxed bookbinding thread. Tie off a knot at one end and then thread through from the back of the volvelle. Tie off as close to the base as possible. You want a snug fit between the knot and the paper.

– By Kendyl Chasco, Library Assistant, Studio Art ‘22

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Writing Resources for the Aspiring Poet

Throughout National Poetry Month, we’ve featured a variety of poets and their writing, as well as tools for discovering new poetic works. By now, you may be inspired to experiment with writing your own poems! This post features guides to the craft of poetry available at Collins Library. Search these titles in Primo or use the subject heading Poetry — Authorship to find additional titles. Happy writing!

 A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built-meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space in this classic guide.

The Poetry Toolkit: For Readers and Writers by William Harmon

This guide provides readers with essential intellectual and practical tools necessary to read, understand, and write poetry. Drawing on examples from a range of poets from more than 1,500 years of English literature, Harmon encourages students and general readers to think critically about poetic writing. This accessible guide provides the confidence to read, write, and gain a richer appreciation of the artistry and pleasures of the poetic form.

Writing Poems by Michelle Boisseau, Hadara
Bar-Nadav, and Robert Wallace

The gold standard of poetry writing books, Writing Poems is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that will help aspiring poets to create meaningful works. The authors, themselves published poets, eagerly share their knowledge and love of poetry throughout, and introduce readers to poetry’s traditions, teaching the essentials for developing your craft.

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Science Stories: A unique collaboration of artists and scientists

What happens when a book artist and scientist get together? The answer:  a lot!   

Science Stories is a unique project supported by the University of Puget Sound that brings together Pacific Northwest scientists and book artists with the end result being the creation of engaging and unique artists’ books that offer new ways to interpret science and to tell a story.  

The project is the brainchild of Evergreen’s Emeritus faculty member Lucia Harrison, Puget Sound Library Director Jane Carlin, and Professor of Biology at Puget Sound Peter Wimberger. ​ Over 18 months ago they started talking about the many connections between art and science.  The University of Puget Sound created the Art & Sci Initiative to bring together ideas and concepts to promote greater understanding of science.  Wimberger, a founding member of this initiative, was eager to find opportunities to engage scientists in new ways of thinking.  Harrison, an educator with a rich history of teaching art using science as a platform has seen the impact that combining art and science in educational settings ​has had on her students at The Evergreen College as well as work she has done with the community.  And Library Director, Jane Carlin has been an advocate for local books artists as well as for integrating artists’ books into the curriculum.  As Carlin states, “These artists’ books promote unique opportunities to share ideas and to enhance understanding of science.  Combining art, text and formats in innovative ways engages the reader/viewer in ways that a traditional book can’t.”  Lucia Harrison agrees: “So often, we as the public, are removed from the important work scientists are doing.  This project offers the opportunity to showcase the important scientific work being done in our community and make it more accessible to the public.”

The Science Stories website is a wealth of information.  Artists and scientists have created videos that provide insight into their work and process, in addition to resources and reference information.

The exhibit was planned to be displayed at the University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library in winter 2021, but as we all know, Covid intervened.  As Harrison states, “We had to pivot and rethink how to find ways to share this information.  It has been amazing to see how the community of artists and scientists have come together to create these amazing video stories.”

The curatorial team is planning to display the books this fall, October 1 – January 15, 2022.  And as Carlin states, “We are hopeful that we will be able to welcome members of the community to Collins to see these incredible books. We want as many as possible to see the many ideas reflected in this project.”

A number of Puget Sound faculty were involved with the Science Stories project representing a wide range of research and expertise:  Dan Burgard: Working Upstream, Rachel E Pepper: Vorticella Convallaria: 1676-2020), Stacey Weiss: Striped Plateau Lizard, Peter H Wimberger: Castor and Sapient and Timeline: A View from Washington Pass, Alyce A DeMarais: Tensile: A Sublime Love Story, and Steven Neshyba: Field Study: Ice Crystals of Antarctica. In each case the collaboration took a different path and together artist and scientist contributed to the unique design.

Striped Plateau Lizard by Dorothy McCuistion

Professor Stacey Weiss, who worked with local Tacoma artist Dorothy McCuiston reflects on her experience:
“Working with Dorothy was a wonderful experience and I was struck by both the depth and breadth of her research about the natural history of my lizards and the ecology of their environment. We had been hoping that she could visit my field sites in Arizona with me, but the pandemic prevented both of us from traveling there. When she decided to use a dying process with plant materials, I reached out to my friend and Director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwestern Research Station, Geoff Bender, and requested that he send us a bundle of plants from my study site, which he did. The result is just incredible! The colors that transferred to Dorothy’s art book are so reflective of the place that I love, it really blew me away.”

Alyce DeMarais Professor Emerita, Department of Biology shares thoughts about her experience.  She worked with local artist and letterpress printer, Jessica Spring: 
“I have always appreciated the melding of art and science.  I view science as a creative endeavor and marvel at the science that underlies artistic processes.  Working on this project with Jessica Spring provided new insights–it was fascinating to see how Jessica approached the project and how she connected data with words and images.  Her work captures the complexity of the science and its place in the world.”

Working Upstream by Jim Oker
Working Upstream by Jim Oker

Dan Burgard, Professor of Chemistry worked with artist Jim Oker and Suze Woolf. Oker writes: “Through the Working Upstream book project, book designer, Suze Woolf and I strove to explore the nature of this work and the issues it raises through images that evoke the notion of seeing aspects of the world in and through water. Water can become a lens through which the world can be seen, both figuratively and literally.”  The book’s form and materials also makes reference to a scientist’s microscope lens.  In discussions of this work, viewers will see a way of studying drug use in a community without violating individual privacy.”

All of the artists used images, innovative book structures, and tactile materials to seduce their audiences to engage in a dialog about issues raised by the scientists’ research.  Each one offers insights in the research being conducted in our region and helps foster a greater understanding of science and the connection that art has in helping us understand this complex work.

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