Hathi Trust Digital Library

Bard is now a member of HathiTrust, a not-for-profit collaborative of over 200 academic libraries.

HathiTrust preserves and provides access to a collection of 17 million digitized items that includes over 8 million digitized books, and over 400,000 serial titles (book series, journals, magazines, etc.). It “offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection.”

Access to this rich resource is through the library’s Databases list [link]. All users on campus and off must login with their Bard credentials to gain access.

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Logo for the FOSL program: Friends of Stevenson Library

We are excited to announce the launch of Friends of Stevenson Library (FOSL). To learn more about about this program, head to the FOSL website.
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Library Services Update

Library services will continue this week as follows:

Until December 17

  • Research help and information through Ask-a-Librarian available 9:30am to 7:30pm, Monday through Friday and from 12n to 5pm on Sundays
  • Contactless pick up of books from our catalog, ILLIad and ConnectNY available until 7:30pm, Monday through Friday
  • Senior Study Space open from 10am to 7:30pm, Monday through Friday
  • First Floor Study Space open from 8:25am to 7pm, Monday through Friday. Masks and social distancing will be required, and no food or drink is permitted. Space is limited. Please stop at the library’s Front Desk before entering

Friday, December 18

  • Research help and information through Ask-a-Librarian available 9:30am to 5:00pm
  • Contactless pick up of books from our catalog,, ILLIad and ConnectNY available until 5:00pm
  • Senior Study Space open from 10am to 4:30pm
  •  First Floor Study space open from 8:25am to 4pm

All November, December and January return dates for books from our collection (not ILLiad or ConnectNY) have been changed to February 1.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, suggestions or concerns. We wish everyone a smooth end-of-semester!

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Election 2020 Resources

The 2020 election is finally here. As the results come in, there is sure to be plenty of confusion and misinformation to sift through. We’ve updated our Misinformation Resource Guide to help you navigate the news over the next few weeks, with new information on  on the 2020 election. You may also want to check out our guide to Civics and Activism. For help identifying misinformation, you can always ask a librarian!

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Shut Up & Sproj!

A fountain pen writing cursive on lined paper.

Start being accountable to your Senior Project! We host a Zoom room four times weekly where you can work quietly on your project in the virtual presence of your peers: https://bard.zoom.us/j/94131442602. We check in with each other at the beginning and end of the session; in between, we mute ourselves.

Monday: 2:00-3:30 pm
Tuesday: 1:30-4:30 pm
Thursday: 2:30-5:30 pm
Friday: 2:00-3:30 pm

“Work” means anything that pushes your project forward—like making to-do lists, freewriting, composing emails to professors, taking notes on sources, researching. Whatever helps. If you get stuck, someone will be on hand to meet with you in a breakout room to listen to your ideas and offer guidance.

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Bard bookworms meeting this week!

Are you looking for a way to connect with others during this socially distanced time? Do you love to talk about books and reading, but don’t have time for a lot of extra leisure reading during the semester? Consider joining the Bard Bookworms!  We are an informal virtual book discussion group that meets biweekly on Zoom to chat about all things books and reading. No reading or preparation required! Our first meeting of the semester is this week. Take a study break and join us!

What: Bard Bookworms
When: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 994 5940 9079
Passcode: 756865
One tap mobile
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New service! Request scans of Stevenson materials!

We’re pleased to announce that you can now request scans of Stevenson Library materials!

If you need a single chapter of a book, an article from one of our print periodicals, or a section of a reference book, simply place an article or book chapter request through ILLiad. To use this service, simply fill out an ILLiad book chapter or article request form.  You will receive an email notification from ILLiad when your document is ready. Requests will be filled within 1-3 business days.

This service is intended to increase access to our collection while the library building is closed.

Due to copyright restrictions we are not able to scan entire books for our patrons. If you need more than a few chapters of a book please consider checking it out through our contactless pickup system.

Questions about this service can be directed to Shea Wert at swert@bard.edu .

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A pandemic of misinformation

The problem of misinformation has gotten worse — and it’s making the pandemic worse. Read about the dynamics at play with misinformation, and how we can fight it, in this essay by librarians Alexa Murphy and Jeremy Hall. You can also check out our Fake News resource guide for tips and tools for dealing with misinformation.

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Revising Your Online Senior Project Submission

Go to http://digitalcommons.bard.edu/ and click on My Account on the top right.

Log on to revise your submission. Select your project from the section titled Senior Projects (plus the correct Semester and Year). Click on the name of your submission.

Click on Revise thesis/dissertation – this will allow you to provide information about your project and upload an updated version of your project.

If you want to include supplemental files, click on Manage additional files. Now you can click on Choose file and upload your content. Click Save when you are finished.

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Celebrate Submitting Your Senior Project!

Make sure you visit the following links after you’ve submitted your senior project:

Congratulations from President Leon Botstein

Read a note from Jane Brien ’89, Director of Alumni/ae Affairs, and be sure to fill out the “Don’t Get Lost” form.

Download the 2020 Senior Project Day Cookie Book – Congratulations from the Library staff to all students submitting projects this semester!

Join faculty and staff on Zoom to celebrate finishing your Senior Project  (schedule coming soon)
Meeting ID: 992 8678 4714
Password: 284696

This has been an unprecedented time full of challenges for this year’s graduating class. The whole Bard community—from staff and faculty to alumni/ae and parents— are proud of how you have risen to the occasion to complete your degree. This is your time to shine. Help us create a digital yearbook to celebrate a truly extraordinary senior class.

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