Friday, November 17, 2017

November: Commemorating Native American Heritage Month & Thanksgiving

"Aboriginal Ways of Knowing"

November in the United States is Native American Heritage Month (established in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush). No coincidence that the commemoration and celebration of Native American history, culture, traditions, and ways of knowing takes place during the same month many of us celebrate Thanksgiving.

"Plimoth Plantation" by Jennie Brownscombe c. 1914

Most of us learn a Eurocentric version of the first Thanksgiving in elementary school, acting out the parts of Pilgrim and Indian, learning to valorize European ancestors that benefitted from the kindness of indigenous residents. Our schooling also teaches us to value Western epistemology and methodologies. But there are other ways of knowing, other forms of inquiry. For many of us, we don't encounter alternative epistemologies and methodologies until we take specific courses in college. If you are interested in learning about Indigenous, specifically Native American, knowledge practices, check out these books.

Find these books and more searching Armacost Library resources.

At the University of Redlands, we live, study, and work on the unceded traditional lands of Yuhaviatam (one of the indigenous peoples collectively called, by the Spanish settler colonials, the Serrano in Southern California).

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Sexual Harassment

In the past days and months, allegations of sexual harassment have been a regular part of the news cycle. The spotlight has shone on figures in politics, media, and Hollywood:  Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, John Besh, Mark Halperin, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Dustin Hoffman, and Michael Oreskes. Yet sexual harassment is more pervasive rearing its ugly head as the #MeToo movement shows that survivors are activists, poets, athletes, graduate students, and scientists

If you'd like to learn more about sexual harassment, non-disclosure agreements, and more take a look at the following library resources.

A Few Books on Sexual Harassment



A Few Journals That Cover Sexual Harassment


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tales Dark and Dreary

Greetings ghouls,

For those who relish tales dark and dreary,
Of strangers and wandering shades, now weary,
Ascend the steps to the Armacost Library,
Such hauntings you shall find in this sanctuary.

Here lies a sampling of dreaded VISIONS:

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and TOMES:

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Art makes the library an inspiring study space...

The computer area on the second floor of Armacost Library is perfect for students who thrive off of a quiet and engaging study space.

Photo credit: Jack Dimmock

There are also tables nearby for students who have homework that requires more space. Writing tutoring hours and the Armacost Career Education (ACE) collection are great resources available to students here, as well. The two murals in this study space contrast and complement each other as one is in color and the other is grayscale. These murals are well placed by the computers because they aren’t blocked by bookshelves and have connection to graphic design. 

Photo credit: Jack Dimmock

Art evenly distributed throughout the library not only serves as decoration, but also inspires and engages students in the creative process. The drawing, fabric samples, and photos of “Refashioning the Doctor: a ‘Make-Over’ for a Sci-Fi Icon” shows some of the many extensive steps in the creative process. This serves as a good visual reminder that breaking a project down into small chunks to make consistent progress on overtime is a good way of making the work process less overwhelming. 

Photo credit: Jack Dimmock

Additionally, unexpected art is found through the massive windows of Armacost Library. Our beautiful campus was a deciding factor for many students who attend University of Redlands and serves as a captivating environment that brings out the best in students during their time here.

Guest post: Jack Dimmock '20, Armacost Library Student Assistant (Instruction & Research)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Shaun King - Social Justice

Journalist and Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King visits the University of Redlands on Wednesday, September 27. He will speak at the Chapel at 6:00pm. He writes for, or has written for, the Daily Kos, the Daily News (New York), and recently joined the Fair Punishment Project.

Here are some resources available at the Armacost Library related to racism and social justice issues that Shaun may address while visiting us. Click on any image to see Armacost Library Primo access information.