News and Exhibits

On Display in Schow: STEM Zines!

Even though they live in Sawyer, there are many zines in the circulating collection that focus on STEM related topics. Explore a curated selection on display at Schow library – we welcome you to browse and check out zines that interest you. Continue reading »

Join our Team! Public Humanities Archivist

Williams College is hiring a Public Humanities Archivist to play a key role in supporting research on the history of Williams College and its relationship to land, labor, and systemic inequities. The Archivist oversees collection development and all aspects of campus and public engagement with the College Archives, including… Continue reading »

Now Open and On Display: Seed Library

The seed library is now open for its inaugural growing season. Please stop by Sawyer to browse our re-purposed card catalog holding hundreds of seeds for you to grow this spring and summer. To celebrate the opening, we have picked books ranging from seed saving traditions, food ways, regenerative agriculture, … Continue reading »

Your opinion counts! Take the library survey today

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Your opinion counts! Take the LibQUAL survey.As we plan for Williams Libraries’ future, it is important that we understand the perceptions and expectations of our campus community so that we may provide the services and resources that you need to be successful. Your participation means a lot to us. Continue reading »

Prof. Jessie Ann Owens – Class of 1960 Music Lecture

Poster with title page of Morley volume

April 7, 4:15pm - Free and open to the publicJessie Ann Owens, Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at UC Davis, will lecture on: “How to Write a Research Paper: Thomas Morley’s Sources for A plaine and easie introduction to practicall musicke (1597).” Members of the Williams Chamber Choir with Anna Lenti, director, will also contribute live musical examples. Continue reading »

Libraries release ODI Conformance Statement

Libraries are encouraged to take specific measures to assert their conformance with the recommended practice of NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative. These measures are voluntarily made by each organization, in an effort to increase transparency and communications around pre-indexed or “web-scale” library discovery services. The ODI Conformance Checklists enable standardized methods for content providers, discovery service providers, and libraries to assert their ODI conformance to each other. See the Libraries' ODI Conformance Checklist. Continue reading »

Transcribe-a-thon: Help Write the History of Williams

On Wednesday March 1, join us in the Stetson Reading room from 7:00-9:00 pm to learn to transcribe historic documents. Turning handwritten manuscripts into typed documents helps to make them more discoverable, readable, and searchable. We will focus on documents relating to the early history of Williams College, including… Continue reading »

Williams Goes Modern: Architectural Drawings from the College Archives

Modern architecture came slowly to Williams College. Colonial Revival was the rule until the building of Driscoll Hall in 1963. But long before this, the college was experimenting with modern ideas, and it was often students who took the initiative. A student campaign persuaded the college to build its first modern infirmary, complete with a surgical operating room. And it was a student-run fraternity that tried to give the campus its first completely modern building (but which gave it one of its ugliest). Continue reading »