Thursday, September 29, 2022

Armacost Library adds lending tablets

 


These are the droids you've been looking for!

Armacost Library is delighted to welcome five Surface Pro 8 tablets to the lending collection:

  • R2-D2
  • C-3PO
  • R5-D4
  • BB-8
  • K-250
They are available on 7 day loans, first-come, first served. Each comes with a detachable keyboard, stylus, power charger and stylish carrying case. 

All University of Redlands students and employees can check out a tablet using your University ID card. Search the library for "lending tablet" or click here to see how many are currently available. 

Borrowers are responsible for following Armacost Library's technology borrower agreement and returning items on time and intact to avoid overdue fines and lost/damaged item fees. Click here to learn more about our technology lending policies

Tablets can be used on or off campus with MyRedlands login. Please allow several minutes to set up your local account profile before leaving the library with your tablet. 

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Lending laptops have landed!


That disturbance in the Force you felt was lending laptops arriving at Armacost Library! 

For the Fall 2022 semester, we now have 15 Dell laptops available for 24 hour, seven day or semester long checkout. 

All current University students and employees can check out a laptop. You'll need your student ID card. 

Laptops are available first-come, first-served. Search the library for "Dell laptops" or click here to see how many are available. 

Borrowers are responsible for following Armacost Library's technology borrower agreement and returning items on time and intact to avoid overdue fines and lost/damaged item fees. Click here to learn more about our technology lending policies

Computers can be used on or off campus with MyRedlands login. Please allow up to 15 minutes to set up your local account profile before leaving with a laptop. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Welcoming the Class of 2026

This week across campus, we are welcoming the incoming class of 2026 to the University of Redlands! At Armacost Library, we will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, August 25, 2022 from noon-3pm on the second floor of the Armacost building. Whether you are a new or continuing student, we look forward to seeing you in the stacks. 

Librarians will be giving tours, answering questions about the Library, and handing out raffle tickets for cool Redlands goodies. Swing by to say hello, and enter for your chance to win U of R swag like a lanyard, bulldog stuffed animal, and even a few Bookstore gift cards. Family and friends are welcome, but only those with Redlands emails are eligible to win. 

Welcome Bulldogs!

Monday, July 11, 2022

7/13 - 7/20: Redlands Emergency Services Academy (RESA)

 



Be advised that the Redlands Emergency Services Academy(RESA) will be at the University from Wednesday, July 13 through Wednesday, July 20. RESA is an annual academy designed for teens. It was founded in 1999 as a partnership between the Redlands Police Department, Redlands Fire Department, Redlands Unified School District, and Crafton Hills Community College as a proactive effort to provide graduating high school seniors with positive exposure to the challenges, benefits, and rewards of a career in public safety or emergency fire services. The weeklong, live-in academy also stresses the development of leadership skills and teamwork and the value of meaningful contribution to one’s community in either a paid or volunteer position. During the academy, participants will engage in a multitude of simulated activities.

As in previous years, the participants wear matching attire with logos. On-duty officers who may be uniformed and armed will be present. At various times, there will be emergency rescue vehicles, fire trucks, and police cars on campus to support the simulated activities. The University’s Event Services and Public Safety departments are aware of all their activities and Public Safety will be available on-campus throughout the duration of the training.


Friday, April 15, 2022

Behind the scenes of "Meraki"


Throughout April, the University of Redlands Art Gallery is hosting “Meraki,” an exhibition featuring the work of twenty-five graduating student artists. The exhibition was planned by students enrolled in the Studio Art capstone seminar. Earlier this month, I spoke with two of the students, Alicia Lopez and Calvin Originales, to learn more about what went into staging this exhibition.

Where are you from and what have you studied at University of Redlands? How would you describe your art?




Alicia Lopez: My name is Alicia Lopez, born Alicia Ortiz in Southern California. I raised a family before becoming a returning student. I started at Crafton Hills College, then transferred to Redlands, double majoring in Liberal Studies and Studio Art. My goal is to become an elementary school teacher who integrates Art with all other subjects, bringing it back to the elementary school classroom.




Calvin Originales: My name is Calvin Originales, and I have been living in Redlands for most of my life. I studied at Crafton Hills College for two years before transferring here to University of Redlands to study for another three years. My concentration is Graphic Design, but I have been working in many different mediums of art.

Alicia Lopez: My art is abstract, based off emotions I am feeling or struggling with. I work mainly with acrylic paints on canvas, and tend to use my fingers, hands, and arms to apply the paint at times. I am a very tactile person and like to bring texture to my pieces.

Calvin Originales: I believe that the work I create follows a very different idea than a lot of my classmates. As someone who was born with a hearing disability, I always focused on the visual aspects of everyday objects to live a comfortable life. Because of this, I enjoy seeing things that are easy to understand and translate.

Alicia Lopez: For the show, I created four body imprints (two are displayed) where I covered most of my body in paint (still trying to get it all out of my hair!) and lay in different positions on panels of cloth. Faceless Beauty is an acrylic painting displayed where I layered paint on top of paint to bring texture to the piece, using palette knives along with brushes to apply the paint. Torn Serenity, not in the show, is a piece where I took paper clay to create fingers, which I poked through the canvas to create a 3D piece. For myself, many times it is the process of creating, and not necessarily the outcome, that I am looking for.

Calvin Originales: My recent projects have consisted of visual graphics, architecture, landscaping, and sculpture to design an environment that is not only visually appealing, but also easy to navigate and understand. These environments I have been designing include parks, a beach, and even a section of a college campus.

What was involved in setting up the senior art show? 

Calvin Originales: Our 2022 Senior art show has been a class effort when it comes to putting it together. Professor Penny divided our class of 25 students into 4 different committees. We are on the exhibition committee and we have quite a few tasks. We led the discussion in coming up with a title that would represent our work and ourselves as artists. We also communicated with other classmates about the work they wish to present in the show and the space they need to effectively display their work. After we were able to get a better idea of what was being put in the show, a few of us on the committee brainstormed ideas on where we would want to place our classmates’ work, and others took charge in getting artwork labels and artist statements from our class.

Alicia Lopez: There are other committees involved who created a catalog and an online exhibit of the artists and their work, along with fliers, banners, and postcard invitations each of us involved could send out to loved ones. It was a huge group effort, and with everyone so willing to support each other in what they were trying to accomplish, I believe it to be a wonderful success for us all.

Calvin Originales: All this week, our class has been installing their work in the gallery. It was our committee’s job to make sure everything would run smoothly, but it took effort from our whole class to prepare it into how it is now. We all helped each other hang our artworks, adjust lighting, figure out placements of pedestals, and overall, design a space that would allow all our artworks to intrigue people the moment they take a step in the gallery.

What was something you learned about yourself, or other graduating artists, during the process of getting ready for this show?

Alicia Lopez: There is much collaboration and compromise involved with creating a successful group show. Last semester, we did set up an art show at a local pizza place, which gave us a little insight on what to expect for the show for this semester.

Calvin Originales: It is exciting to me to finally be able to see everyone’s work. Because our class has a variety of concentrations, a lot of us have never really shared a class with each other. I have taken intro classes with some but never shared another class with them until now, and it is interesting to see the work that they specialize in.

Alicia Lopez: I learned to become more forgiving with myself and more confident in the work that I create. Planning a show like this, you learn things about each other that you might not have otherwise. This great group of artists can be very intimidating at first when one sees how talented they all are. I was very intimidated and thought my work wasn’t “up to par” per se. Realizing that we all face the same fears/struggles in life, that we are all human and all could use a little help/support, reminded me to be proud of my own accomplishments and confident enough to attempt things I may have never considered otherwise. Being able to bounce ideas off of each other, especially those from other concentrations, helped in being able to see things from different perspectives and in solving issues where I was able to talk out where/why I was stuck.

The closing reception for “Meraki” is Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 pm at the University of Redlands Art Gallery. Selected works are available on the exhibition website: https://www.redlands.edu/study/schools-and-centers/college-of-arts-and-sciences/undergraduate-studies/art/gallery/2021-2022/senior-art-show-2022-meraki2/  

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Reading About Women Who Inspire Us (2022)

Popularly known for many special reasons, March is commonly known for Women's History Month. Looking of the inspiring and beautiful trailblazers who have made equality and rights an agenda item for many years, the collection at the Armacost Library has many titles that can help you explore and learn about some of these women from history all around the world. 

Looking at women in the middle ages, "Gendering the Master Narrative: Women and Power in the Middle Ages" explores how women came to be in and use power. It covers the progress of women toward power during the times and how women used practices and institutions to erode the authority that stood in their way. In the library, the book "Re-envisioning Egypt 1919-1952" captured how women were empowered and how gender roles changed even in the ancient times. There are names of writings by women pioneers who shaped their civilization and watched it thrive. Even "Muslima Theology: the Voices of Muslim Women Theologians" covers the theories and philosophies of Muslim women theologians and scholars discussing their cultures, traditions, and thinkings. Women in history and globally have been working hard to fight for their freedom to think, impart wisdom to their communities, and further help the development of their nations. 


In more of the current times, the gender conversation continues. On our shelves, we have "The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World" which is a book written by Melinda Gates, a pioneering woman of our times. Another title of interest is "Why Women Will Save The Planet" which covers the environmental deeds and activism going on that helps the world recover from the devastation of having its resources mindlessly plundered and how gender equality affects this. Digitally, you can discover "The Most Powerful Women You've Never Heard Of" and read more about them. Names from all around the world and the works they have done are summarized for you to think about. Of course, reading more about them is possible after you know their names, right?

Of course, many good reading lists are out there about women and empowerment, as well as inspiration. Goodreads has a list of over a thousand books you can sink your reading teeth into. Our collection has a wide range of books, all very inspiring, female centered, and beautifully illustrated.  

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Celebrating Black History Month 2022

While we should celebrate, commemorate, and learn more about Black history all year round, February in the U.S. is set aside for highlighting the lived experiences, culture, history, social movements, individual and community achievements, and more, of Black Americans. 

While looking into our collection as well as lists mentioned by others, a few titles come to mind.

"Killing Rage: Ending Racism," by bell hooks talks about the connection between racism and sexism and the public discourse on it. Brittney Cooper's "Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower," explores powerful Black women whose power comes from how they handle themselves when they face adversity. In the collection of stories in "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women Of Color," a "complex confluence of identities" is explored in greater detail when it comes to race, class gender, and sexuality (as written by the coeditor CherrĂ­e Moraga). And Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres brings forward a new way to talk about race in the 21st century in "The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy".  

From the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson writes about stories from the early days in history in "Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption". Zora Neale Hurston writes about the life of Cudjo Lewis, one of the last people alive who was on the last transport from Africa to America in "Barracoon: The Story Of The Last "Black Cargo". Or, to read more about the Civil Rights Movement as it emerges, "The Fire Next Time" covers many historical events that are both detailed and alarming as to how relevant it is to today. 

Jumping into a more current title, in "The Hate U Give", Angie Thomas writes about the complex feelings and situations Starr Carter faces in life. Adapting the Octavia E. Butler novel into a graphic novel, "Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation" draws out the journey of Dana across time and space, into history to meet one of her ancestors. 

There are many  more titles in the Armacost Library and available through InterLibrary Loan. Search through our collection in person or online and you can always ask a Librarian for more recommendations and locations.