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LITS Joins Computer Science in celebrating Computer Science Education Week

Dec 07, 2011 by Mary Glackin

LITS is joCome play the pianoining MHC's  Computer Science students and faculty in celebrating National Computer Science Education Week this week. LITS is hosting several interactive games programmed by our computer science students to highlight the students' work and invites everyone to visit the Computer Science Expo, Tuesday December 6 through Thursday December 8 noon to 1:30pm.

The popular "play with your body" piano has returned to the entrance to the library. Try it on your way into the library. The LITS permanent computer science display in the Information Commons is currently hosting an interactive game that lets you help a bee collect flowers. And we've added a new game near the Circulation Desk computers.

 Computer Science Expo in Kendade AtriumVisit the CS expo to talk to computer science students and faculty and hear about Computer Science at Mount Holyoke. The Computer Science Department Expo  web site  has additional information about the exhibits, other events, and the student projects. Learn more about the Computer Science major at Mount Holyoke and the department resources at the department web site.

The library has many resources to help you learn more about computer science including access to the ACM Digital Library. The MHC LibGuide for Computer Science is a good place to start your search.


LITS Celebrates Women in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology on Ada Lovelace Day

Oct 07, 2011 by Mary Glackin

A. Ada Byron King, Lady LovelaceJoin LITS on Ada Lovelace Day, October 7, 2011 in celebrating the often under-appreciated women who have pioneered and advanced a wide range of disciplines in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Augusta Ada Byron King (1815-1852), Countess of Lovelace,  is arguably the founder of modern computer science. She supported and collaborated with Charles Babbage in his development of the analytical and difference engines, early computer models. Lady Lovelace published the first computer program, a step-by-step plan for calculating Bernoulli Numbers with Babbage's engine. She speculated that such an engine could do more than just add numbers: it could "manipulate symbols according to rules", presaging the modern computer age.

 To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, bloggers around the world are asked to blog about a woman who has advanced any of the STEM fields. Women may be under represented in these fields but their contributions receive even less recognition. Write an entry in your blog, Facebook, or Google+ page and help spread the word about all of the women who have grown these fields and supported the next generation of scholars.

Read more about Ada Lovelace in our library collection

Follow Ada Lovelace Day via the Twitter feed @FindingAda


LITS Celebrates National Computer Science Education Week with Interactive Toys

Dec 06, 2010 by Mary Glackin

LITS is helping celebrate National Computer Science Education Week by hosting a display of interactive programs produced by some of Mount Holyoke's computer science students.

Play the virtual piano in the Library entrance & play in the snow on the fourth floor. Enjoy the fun!

For more information about the scheduled events, check out the CS web site.

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Jorge Knows: what proteins, paper frogs and airbags have in common

Apr 06, 2010 by Mary Glackin

Jorgegami knows foldingJorge knows that proteins, paper frogs, telescope lenses, medical stents and airbags all fold or unfold to function. Join Jorge in checking out the Mount Holyoke Origami Festival during April. Learn how Mathematics and Computer Science relate to the art of paper folding.

Come to Tea and Origami on April 7 at 4:15 PM to learn simple paper folding. Refreshments, instructions and supplies provided. No experience needed.

View the work of MHC's own origami artist, Charlene Morrow, at an exhibit in the library courtyard.

Learn more about origami artists by watching the award-winning PBS documentary "Between the Folds," showing in Gamble Auditorium on  April 14 at 7:30 PM.

On April 21, a day long set of workshops given by Dr. Robert Lang, origami artist and scientist, will culminate with Dr. Lang's  Jean Sammet '48 Lecture: "From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern Science of Origami" at 7:30 PM in Hooker Auditorium.

For more information about origami and its intersections with mathematics and computer science, check out the Origami Festival Library Research Guide.

These events are sponsored by the Computer Science and Mathematics & Statistics departments with support from LITS.

Photo Credit: Mary Stettner.(Jorge is also available as a guest lecturer on Jorgegami)

A Valuable Partnership: LITS and MHC Faculty

Jul 20, 2009 by Leigh Mantle

LITS is pleased to announce the acquisition of several new scholarly resources: Dance in Video, Women and Social Movements in the United States, and an extension of Biological Abstracts.  These electronic resources are available to all current faculty, staff, and students through the E-Resources A-Z, and more information is available below.  LITS is appreciative of faculty input in suggesting these resources as the collections at Mount Holyoke College are continually changing and LITS is always striving to meet the needs of faculty.  Faculty input to the collection development process is crucial and LITS invites each faculty member to contact a LITS Liaison for a conversation about collection needs and interests.   

Dance in Video (requested by dance faculty) searchable database containing streaming video files of dance
productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies
of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary,
experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.
Videos can be browsed by people, role, ensemble, genre, and venue.
Material types include documentaries, editorials, instructional,
interviews, and performances. Database users may create their own
custom playlists and video clips.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 (requested by history faculty) a resource for students and scholars of
U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of
women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this
collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding at the
same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible to
teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The
collection currently includes 89 document projects with more than 2,800
documents and 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, and more
than 2,060 primary authors. It includes as well book, film, and website
reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. (Globe image from the cover of the The World's Congress of Representative Women (1893))

Biological Abstracts has been extended back to 1983.  This resource offers global journal coverage of every area of the life sciences with over 4,200 journals from 100 countries and over 350,000 records added annually.  (Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II)

In addition, LITS has purchased a number of films requested by film studies faculty.  A feature of the library catalog is the ability to only search Mount Holyoke College's collection of DVDs/Videos/Films by following these steps: 

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