Monday, May 10, 2021

InSPIRe is Migrating to a New Platform in June

Armacost Library is pleased to announce that we are migrating our digital collections and publishing presence, InSPIRe, to a new platform. 

What will be affected by this migration?

All Our House material, student theses and dissertations, Journal of Computer Science Integration (JCSI) articles, and more will operate on a different platform beginning July 2021. 

How will this impact new submissions?

To prepare for the migration, we will halt all deposits in the month of June. You are welcome to deposit your work through the end of May or wait until July.

Will this result in broken links? 

Existing work will receive a new URL; old URLs will not work. However, works for which the Armacost Library has minted a digital object identifier (DOI) will be little affected. Anyone trying to access a work via a DOI URL (e.g., will be taken to the new URL. 

Will I still receive monthly download reports?

Unfortunately, those accustomed to receiving monthly download reports will have to do without for the time being. However, the attention that a work is receiving will be publicly available. Authors of JCSI articles will see something like this example. Authors and creators of Our House work and student theses and dissertations will see a more modest version of the example provided. 

Also, when this kind of attention data is migrated to the new platform, its chronology will be lost. That is, downloads recorded for January 2021 (100 downloads), February 2021 (200 downloads), and March 2021 (300 downloads) will be lumped together in July as 600 downloads. 

Why did you decide to migrate to a new platform?

There are several reasons for this migration, that also align with our library's values and manifesto

The platform we were using was acquired a few years ago by Elsevier. As observed by many, Elsevier and its parent company RELX time and again prioritize power and profit over than the academic communities it purports to serve. Elsevier's and RELX's market dominance, profit margins which exceed those of Big Tech, aggressive business tactics, and contracts with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raise considerable concerns. As a result, the Armacost Library has been actively looking to migrate to a new platform for years. 

Our new vendor, Ubiquity Press, has a better reputation with those of us in the library community, offers much more transparency in its business practices, uses open source software, is an open access advocate, and adopts open standards which reduce the lock-in strategies used by many vendors.

What will the new site look like?

Glad you asked! It's still being developed at this point, but the site will go from this

to this

What if I have questions? 

Feel free to reach out to anyone in the library or contact InSPIRe personnel directly by emailing

I hope you're as excited about this as we are! :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award 2021


ALURA 2021

University of Redlands students: Submit work you've already completed, or is in progress, for a class or capstone project or honors thesis. You could win $500.00 and demonstrate your research abilities in your resume

Learn more about the submission process:

Remember these dates

Submissions due - Sunday, April 4, 2021

Winners notified - Friday, April 16, 2021

Award ceremony - Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 4pm

Awardees announced @ Honors Convocation - Friday, April 30, 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Interlibrary Loan: New Look & Feel

Armacost Library will go-live with a new interlibrary loan (ILL) system, Tipasa, on Friday, January 15, 2021. If you have any electronic copies of articles waiting to download, or other information from your account you'd like to record, please do so by then. You may want to save information on prior requests; navigate to ILLiad login and View Requests. 

*Note that unfilled requests will migrate to Tipasa, so there is no need to resubmit.

After Friday, January 15th, all links to interlibrary loan (ILL) will connect you to the new system, Tipasa.

Tipasa will look a bit different from ILLiad, our current system (both hosted by OCLC). The patron interface is simplified and enables more integration between library accounts. You will be able to view borrowed items and due dates in one account (Alma). First time requesters will no longer be required to fill out a registration form as Tipasa integrates with the university-wide single-sign on directory. 

For library staff, the new cloud-based system, enables more flexibility in processes and workflows.

If you have questions, please contact your librarian.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Native American Literature & Film

For Native American Heritage Month we're highlighting literature and film created by indigenous peoples of North America.

Remember that you can utilize curbside pickup for any physical items you'd like to read below. Enjoy!

Poetry and Plays


Novels and Short Stories

Graphic Novels & Comics

Short Film
A short film by Blackhorse Lowe:


This is "SHIMASANI" by Blackhorse Lowe on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Feature Film
A feature film by Sterlin Harjo:

Four Sheets to the Wind (2006)

An Oklahoma Indian deals with his father's death in accordance to his very specific burial wishes, which creates a family crisis.

Monday, October 26, 2020

American Archives Month


When the University of Redlands Archives was established in 2001, its mission statement emphasized that the goal of the Archives was, first and foremost, to contribute to the “sense of place” for those connected to the University, “by emphasizing the importance of history and that each individual has a place within that history.”

What better reason is there for observing American Archives Month than to celebrate that each of us deserves to be seen -- by acknowledging our “place within that history.” Your Archives is open to all to donate the artifacts that will commemorate your time here, as well as being open for you to learn more about others associated with the University. It’s a celebration of the continuity of our “place” within this institution and our shared story. The Archives are here to preserve materials which have been handed down from those who came before us, from people like you who make up the U of R today, and from those who will follow.

We who care for the items in the University Archives organize and catalog them so that we can easily access them for your use. Archives of any type provide an opportunity for you to use original research called primary sources, or firsthand facts, data, and evidence, from letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, audio and video recordings, and more.

The University Archives contains more than 1,000 linear feet of collections which currently includes more than 20,000 photographs, an almost complete run of the student newspaper and other student publications, documentation about student life, clubs and organizations, and Greek life, yearbooks, faculty committees, and a collection of architectural drawings for every building on campus including the working drawings for the Administration Building (1909) and Memorial Chapel (1927).

One of these items is a very early pamphlet entitled, “Opening Exercises of the University of Redlands,” dated “Wednesday, September 29, 1909.” The document outlines a modest opening to the great undertaking of establishing a university. The lyrics to “The University of Redlands” song are printed within it. Sung by a male quartet, the story of our Redlands ancestors and their hope for their endeavor, was sung on that day in September,


Then shout for the vict’ry before us,

Our colors are orange and white,

For we are a band of co-workers

All striving to do what is right.

Skipping ahead 111 years to 2020, the original story continues (though our official campus colors did change!); we’re still striving. This year, in particular, we’re striving to overcome an extraordinary amount of obstacles. The Archives continues to add to the documentation of our story, for example with this image taken in August of a closure sign on the Quad.

Yes, archives are the stewards of the dusty and yellowing stuff which seem to come from another world, but we must also be stewards of the history being made today. We want our authentic story, our “sense of place,” to continue for our descendants to discover, to learn from, to be inspired by, and to enjoy.

For those whose research goes beyond the scope of the University of Redlands Archives, the City of Redlands offers the archives known as the Heritage Room at A.K. Smiley Public Library Special Collections. Here is also a list of samples of online databases and archives that may also be of use:

v  ArchiveGrid

ArchiveGrid allows you to search by topic and receive results from over 1000 archival repositories.

v  National Archives Catalog

Online Catalog of National Archives holdings.

v  New York Public Library Archives Finder

Provides information and detailed indexing to manuscript collections from over 5,000 U.S. repositories.

v  Online Archive of California

Public access to detailed descriptions of primary source collections from more than 200 contributing institutions in California.


Teresa Letizia, University Archives

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Mid-Autumn Merriness in 2020

In 2020, the Mid-Autumn Festival is on October 1st. This festive day falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Lunar Year (a.k.a. the Chinese Calendar). Second only to the Chinese New Year, the Mid-Autumn Festival holds agricultural importance because of the harvest and season of growth for a new year of crops. On this special day, the moon cake is popular and families gather to eat hot pot as well as dumplings and more traditional Chinese dishes. 

Available in the Armacost Library and in the digital holdings:


More literature is available when searching other terms such as "moon cake" and "Chinese festivals", so take a look through our catalogs and when we don't have that you want, let us know and we can see if we can find it through InterLibrary Loan

Also, feel free to join an event that the UofR Asian Student Association is putting on:

Happy eating and exploring! 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Banned Books Week Events

Banned Books Week celebrates our freedom to read, by highlighting banned or challenged books! Lots of events are happening virtually during Banned Books Week, and anyone is welcome to attend.

Banned Books Week Events

Redlands Community Readout     
    Tuesday, September 29, 6:00–7:30pm    
    Via Zoom, Meeting ID: 839 9254 4422, Password: 898064 
Help to build a virtual reading community at the U of R and across the city by sharing a “banned” book to raise awareness of censorship in the U.S. Read aloud a passage from your favorite challenged book. Novels and Nonfiction, pre-select 2-3 paragraphs; Picture books and Graphic Novels 2-3 pages. Listeners welcome!
    Sponsors: Diversity Initiatives, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, Armacost Library, and Friends of the A.K. Smiley Public Library

Redlands Community Book Drive
    Monday, September 28 – Friday, October 2, 10:00–12:00pm 
Drop- off your gently worn books in a bin at Hunsaker Lounge. ALL books will be donated to high schools in Redlands and in Ghana. Lavern Clerk’23 (in photo, left side), a global business major has been collecting and donating book since she was in high school.

Bless Me, Ultima: A Banned Book Discussion
    Wednesday, September 30, 6:00–7:30pm 
    Via Zoom, Meeting ID: 890 8579 5230, Password: 898064

Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima (Warner Books, 1972) is classic coming-of-age novel with strong elements of magical realism. It is consistently challenged for reasons including: “occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, violence” as reported by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Join a panel conversation on the rich literary heritage of Anaya’s work in an age of censorship. This program is open to the whole city of Redlands.
    Sponsors: Diversity Initiatives, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, ├ôrale, Armacost Library, and Friends of the A.K. Smiley Public Library

Banned Books Week 2020: Virtual Art Workshop with Duan Kellum from SKOOL BOIZ
    Thursday, October 1, 5:00–7:00pm
    Via WebEx
    Literary expert Jeffery Summers says it best, “Fahrenheit 451 is a novel based in a dystopian society that burns books to control dangerous and unhappy concepts.” The burning of books is the ultimate form of censorship. By evolving the iconic number 451, the temperature at which paper burns, we are stating that we understand that there are still elements that want to censor what we read, say, hear and even think.
    Our project will be broken up into two parts. In part one participants will create a stencil and put it on a shirt. University of Redlands community members can download and print the stencil image here. You can either wait until the workshop to cut it out or feel free to do this before our meeting. Secondly, we will create a message about censorship as it relates to a piece of literature. Participants are asked to select a book that is/was banned and recreate the book cover or take a favorite quote from a piece of literature that is/was banned. In addition, participants are also encouraged to create an original image/graphic depicting censorship. This will culminate in taking either the image/graphic or original art piece and create iron-on. Using basic materials participants you will transfer the image onto a garment, tote or other material.
    What you will need: Crayons, sand paper (medium grit), scissors, newspaper/scrap paper, iron, construction paper, X-acto knife, fabric paint/ink, stencil/dabbing brush, table covering/protection, drawing paper, pencil/pen, banned book, and -t-shirts, tote bag, or material to print on (2 per participant). 
    Sponsor: Diversity Initiatives and Johnston Center for Integrative

And Tango Makes Three
    Monday, October 5, 4:00–5:00pm 
    Via Webex 
For Banned Books Week and Coming Out Week, the Pride Center will host a reading of “And Tango
Makes Three,” a children’s book about gay penguins living at the Central Park Zoo. These penguins, Roy and Silo, mate for life and raise a family together. Following the reading, we will discuss the story. Why was it challenged, and what effect does banning LGBTQ+ books have on queer youth? 
    Sponsor: Pride Center

Finally, the top 10 most challenged books of 2019, from data collected by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, are as follows. When available at the Armacost Library, a link is provided to the book record - make use of our curbside pickup program to check out these books:

  • George by Alex Gino Reasons: challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and “traditional family structure”
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin Reasons: challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased
  • A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller Reasons: Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning
  • Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth Reasons: Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content; for discussing gender identity and sex education; and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate” 
  • Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis Reasons: Challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint
  • I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas Reasons: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged”
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones”
  • Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier Reasons: Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling Reasons: Banned and forbidden from discussion for referring to magic and witchcraft, for containing actual curses and spells, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals
  • And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson illustrated by Henry Cole Reason: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content