FSU Campus Community Edition - September 2021

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Welcome to the Whittemore Library Newsletter! I hope you, your family, and friends are doing well and healthy.

Kudos to our amazing Library admin, Kate Burt, editor of this wonderful fall newsletter. As you skim through the newsletter, notice all the incredible activities done by our staff. We have been very busy creating a welcoming Library; hope you enjoy it. Please stop by your Library – check out some books, look at the exhibits, say hi to our student assistants, and pick up some free items as you exit the Library.

We appreciate your feedback on the newsletter and the Library.

Take care,


*** Latest News ***

New! Primary Resources, Graphic Novels, Business Cases and More!

The Library has new resources:

Archive Unbound and Digital Scholar’s Lab

With Archive Unbound, Whittemore library now offers its users an extensive library of digitized primary source documents which includes collections on historically black businesses, the federal surveillance of African Americans, the Roosevelt’s administration’s relationship to race in America, and the papers of poet laureate of the Black Power Movement: Amiri Baraka. Additionally with Digital Scholar’s Lab, all of this material is immediately available alongside digital humanities analytical tools.

Comics Plus

With Comics Plus: Library Pass, our users will have access to thousands of digitized comics, manga, and graphic novels available without any need for check out or reservations. Once users create an account, they can log in without even having to use our website and access anything in the database. This collection includes popular, award winning, and seminal classics. In addition, through Library Pass we have access to hundreds of Spanish Language comic books.

Fashion Business Cases

Bloomsbury Fashion Business cases provides patrons with hundreds of fashion related business case studies. With cases based on historical data, insider knowledge, and expert speculation, users have access to a wide variety of real-world expertise to help their studies. Focusing on more than just financial viability, the business cases include studies of the complex challenges facing modern fashion businesses including sustainability, ethics, and leadership.

HeinOnline Social Justice Suite and Military and Government

Over the course of the summer, HeineOnline added two new databases to our existing resource. The database now includes The Social Justice Suite (four collections of materials related to topics in the history of Civil Rights) and Military and Government (a collection relevant to the institutions which administer and govern the armed forces of the United States).

Faculty: If you have any questions about any of these resources, please get in touch with Abe Newell, E-Resources and Digital Services Librarian at or your department’s Librarian Liaison.

The Library is grateful for the generous donation from an alum to fund Comics Plus and several, of the inclusive primary resources from Archive Unbound. We appreciate the support from the Dean of Arts and Humanities who funded the Digital Scholar’s Lab and the Fashion Business Cases.

Library Awarded $441k Grant!

Exciting news! Six Massachusetts colleges, led by FSU, and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education were awarded a $441k federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop Open Educational Resources (OER) textbooks! Our Interim Dean of the Library Millie Gonzalez will lead this project that addresses inequity and affordability issues for higher ed students.

Per Millie: "We are excited about the project’s potential and outcomes for our students. We will track performance measures, including numbers of courses, sections and faculty using new OER materials, student grades and satisfaction in those courses."

More details about this project can be found in the press release and on the Grant webpage.

Learn about OER in our OER Libguide - and look for our regularly published OER Newsletter from OER liaison and Reference Librarian, Rebecca Dowgiert, to keep up with the latest news.

And Another Grant!

The Library was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the BIG Read!

The Library, in partnership with the Danforth Art Museum, MassBay, Framingham Public Library and the Smithsonian Institute, was awarded a $19k grant from the NEA to support a community reading program featuring the book "An American Sunrise" by Joy Harjo, the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States. Several events are planned for this Fall including a keynote on 12/8/21 featuring the author. Copies of the book will be made available by the Library and its partners.

For additional details regarding the awarding of the grant and this program, please go to the FSU website.

For more info about the NEA Big Read, please visit their site .

Research & Learning

New Name, Same Great Service!

The Library's Reference Department is now called the "Research & Learning Department" to better reflect the approach and services the Librarians provide for our patrons.

Need research assistance? Got questions? Send them to us by filling out the form here , email us at, call us at (508) 626-4654 or text us at (508) 882-6225. You can even use the chat box found on our website during reference hours for research assistance, help with citations, or any other library assistance you might need!

Research and Library Instruction

Hi! I'm Sandra Rothenberg, the Coordinator of Library Instruction and a Research Librarian

If you have any questions, please reach out to me. I'll be happy to assist you!

Research and Digital Pedagogy

Hello! I'm Hedda Monaghan, Research and Digital Pedagogy Librarian.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please let me know.

Did You Know ... ?

Celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with the Library!

image of Fall leaves - text National Hispanic Latino Heritage Month 9/15/21-10/15/21

The Library is celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. Please look at our online guide that contains links to many resources from our library and also from the Minuteman Library Network. Don’t forget to view the PBS series Latino Americans, a six-hour documentary detailing 500 years of Latinx history. Here are some key facts about U.S. Latinos from the Pew Research Center.

On the first floor of the Library, check out the series of bilingual posters “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964” from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service which honors the impact of migrant farm workers by sharing the history of this little known program. Attached is a press release about the poster collection. (click on link below)

Please enjoy two curated playlists on Spotify. Alexander Young, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator, is a music enthusiast and curated this playlist. Here is another playlist curated by Interim Dean of the Library Millie Gonzalez from a previous library event “Latinos in Baseball”.

Sí, se puede

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Explore the history and relationship of the Latinas/os communities and baseball. Visit to learn more. View baseball artifacts from the Library’s own archives.

image of brick wall with posters Bracero Posters

9/11/01 - Twenty Years Ago

Now on display in the Library's Gallery: a poignant 14-poster exhibition from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum commemorating the 20th anniversary of "The Day That Changed The World".

Our Archives Department created displays of artifacts, a bulletin board and curated books related to this day in America's history.

text Framingham State Remembers September 11, 2001

Climate Preparedness Week

The Library once again joined Massachusetts Library System members in partnering with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) during Climate Preparedness Week. Climate Prep Week prepares our communities for extreme weather events through educational events that increase emergency preparedness and also understanding of intersection of climate change and social justice. Climate Prep Week is held each year from 9/24-9/30.

We are committed to social justice and climate change efforts. We offer resources to the campus community on climate change and partner with organizations/groups who are concerned about social justice and climate change. The Library is a member of CREW and is a CREW Climate Resilience Hub.

The Library subscribes to Docuseek’s Global Environmental Justice Film Collection. The collection provides a library of 34 documentaries on the 21st Century’s most pressing scientific, social, and economic challenges. Spanning topics and problems from all over the world this collection provides students with knowledge and experience of a wide range of ecological crises, causes, and movements. The Global Environmental Justice Collection is available through the Library’s A-Z list (Docuseek) or via the direct link: For questions about library access, please contact Abe Newell, E-Resources Librarian at

Code Red!

We want to let you know about an exciting free resource for the FSU community regarding climate change.

Project MUSE has launched a new MUSE in Focus: Humanity’s “Code Red” on Climate Change. According to Project MUSE: “The content is a curated selection of scholarship on Project MUSE exploring the human causes and effects of climate change, and the urgency of action to avert future catastrophe."

To learn more, please go to their website.

Banned Books Week 9/26-10/2/21

Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us

On display on the Upper Mezzanine in the Library:
Censorship by the numbers and challenges:
Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020

*** Upcoming Events ***

Framingham Reads Together!

Tuesday, Oct. 5th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Author Nic Stone will join the Framingham community virtually on 10/5/2021 at 7p to discuss her book "Dear Martin" and its sequel "Dear Justyce". Register for this 1-hour, all-ages, community-wide discussion. Zoom link emailed to all who register 3 hours before the event.

Register at:

Image of poster with picture of young woman, young man, books on shelves - text Nic Stone author discussion Dear Martin

Seeking Truth: Verifying Online Information

Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 4:30pm

Alumni Room

Please join student Emily Rosenberg (Arts & Features Editor at the Gatepost) and Emily Sweeney (Journalist at the Boston Globe) for a 1-hour discussion analyzing the growing concern about the health and truth of online news and (mis)information in the age of the internet.

This event is organized by Librarian Sandra Rothenberg in partnership with the New England First Amendment Coalition.

Image of poster - text Seeking Truth: Verifying Online Information Oct. 20 Alumni  Room McCarthy Center 4:30-5:30pm

Student Library Assistant Profile

I’m Onica Smith. I’m originally from Atlanta but came to Massachusetts in 2010. I am currently a Junior and my major is Fashion Design. I will graduate in the Spring of 2023. I aspire to obtain a high paying job in my major and hope to someday run my own boutique.

I love to cook, follow fashion, shop, dance and practice self-care. My time is pretty full right now with work and school, so I don’t have much time to participate in any extra-curricular activities. My favorite TV shows are “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” and “Martin”, and movie is “All About the Benjamins”. Right now I am reading “Poems to Friends” by Venantius Fortunatus. I enjoy lots of different music like Dancehall/Bashment, Rap/Trap/Drill, Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Soca and Kompa. If I could have dinner with 3 people they would be Blac Chyna, Chris Brown and Martin Luther King, Jr.

I work in the Library as a circulation desk assistant. My favorite thing about working in the Library is helping students with whatever they may need. My typical shift consists of putting books back on the shelves, page listing and putting books in the bins, shelf reading, and assisting students. And when things are not too busy, I like that I can catch up on schoolwork!

♫...Until We Meet Again ...♫

Reference Librarian Marion Slack retired in June after more than 42 years of devoted service as a Librarian at FSU. Her vast knowledge and expertise in her craft will be missed by students, coworkers and colleagues. We have all benefited from her hard work and dedication to the Library and came to depend upon her willingness to put in extra time and effort. She is sorely missed and impossible to replace.

Library Assistant Alicia O'Neill retired in June after 31 years at FSU. We are indebted to Alicia for her commitment and outstanding service to the Library. Her positive attitude helped to make the Library a pleasant place to work. We miss her good humor, her abundant energy and her friendship.

This past year we also said farewell to part-time Reference Librarian Lani Smith and Circulation Supervisor Maureen Reynolds. We wish them well and much success in all of their future endeavors!

The Library just won't be the same without these awesome colleagues! We enjoyed working with them and thank them for the positive impact they have had on the Library and the staff, both personally and professionally.

♪ Button..Button..Who's Got The Button♫

Our Student Engagement Committee, led by Librarian Colleen Previte and Periodicals Supervisor Debbie Hogan, organized a button making event in the Library on Thursday, September 30th. Joined by committee member, Nancy Hanley, the staff assisted students (and some staff and faculty!) in making a personalized button from the various images available, including a picture of everybody's favorite child, Grogu, "I ♥ FSU", vintage pictures of FSU, and smiley faces! Judging by the enthusiastic students who stopped by, I think it's safe to say, it was a fun event for all!

Stay tuned for an announcement about another button party in the near future...

As Seen In The Curriculum Library:

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Covid-19 Precautions

Masks must be worn in the Library at all times by staff, faculty, students and patrons. If you forget your mask, please check the dispensers outside every classroom or stop by the front desk and we'll give you a disposable mask.

Our Hours - Fall 2021

Library -

Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 9:00pm

Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Research & Learning -

Librarians are available to answer questions and book in-person or remote research appointments during the following days/times:

Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 9:00pm

Friday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

* For complete listing, please see our hours page - days/hours may vary for holidays and intersessions.

Library Policies

Information about the Library's policies regarding access, borrowing, reference, interlibrary loan, circulation of materials, reserves, confidentiality of records, fines, public computers, diversity, and censorship can be found in this guide.

Answers to frequently asked questions are available in this guide.

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We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

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Coming soon: Check out upcoming posts on our blog written by Library intern Patrick Brady!

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This newsletter is created and published by the Library's Social Media Committee and the Interim Dean of the Library. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about this newsletter, please reach out to us. Thank you.

Chair of the Social Media Committee: Kate Burt.