AntiRacism Reading Knook Discussion Event – May 2021

AntiRacism Reading Knook

ARRK May 2021 Discussion with Brittany Liu

Please join Brittany Liu on Tuesday, May 18th from 4 – 5 p.m. for a discussion of Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

For further details such as this month’s chapter of focus, time, and where to join the discussion, see the ARRK (AntiRacism Reading KnooK) – May 2021 Discussion post on the Inclusive Excellence website.


The AntiRacism Reading KnooK (ARRK) is a collaboration between the K College library staff and our Inclusive Excellence (KCIE) leadership team. This initiative is NOT a book club, but seeks to facilitate campus-wide engagement with the books in the KCIE Reading for Change book collection. This collection was created to encourage learning about and facilitate greater access to antiracism information to all members of the campus community.

ARRK aims to:

  1. reduce barrier to entry into reading antiracism books,
  2. identify and highlight campus facilitators with experience teaching and/or disciplinary expertise who can provide context and guide discussions of specific texts,
  3. foster broader relationships among faculty and staff, and thus
  4. build greater capacity for an inclusive campus through sustained and focused engagement with shared texts.
  5. help catalyze members of the campus to engage in small group discussions of entire books in the collection (self-organized book clubs, if you will).

For further information on #ARRK see the KCIE AntiRacism Reading Knook page. To volunteer to lead one of these sessions complete the ARRK Discussion Leader application.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Check out some resources highlighting AAPI heritage:

SIP Research Workshops

Toy dinosaurs on books

Students! Join your friendly neighborhood Reference Librarians for a thirty-minute workshop to help you get started (or finished!) with your SIP research work.

Seventh Week: Join the meeting in Teams
Tuesday, May 11th at 7 p.m.

Eighth Week: Join the Meeting in Teams
Wednesday, May 19th at 7 p.m.

Librarians are also available for individual consultations via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Make an Appointment or email us at reference@kzoo.edu!

Want to know more about using your library? Check out our helpful videos on Microsoft Stream!

New: Virtual Book Displays

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Now you can see what the library has on display on the first floor — even months later!

We are keeping track of the books on our first floor display shelves and have created virtual displays so you can find these books later.

These virtual displays also include new books we’ve added to the collection.

Check out our ERACCE Resources, Native American Heritage Resources, Climate Change Resources, and more!

Resources: Sexual Assault Survivors Library

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Library has (virtually) gathered titles to help people who want to learn more about sexual assault survivorship. Check out our Virtual Book Display on Sexual Assault Survivors for some of our library’s resources and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center for more on Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Need more information? Reference Librarians are here to help you! Email reference@kzoo.edu or use the Ask a Librarian
online form to make an appointment.

Faster access to scholarly articles – LibKey Nomad

Discovery Starts Everywhere.

LibKey Nomad connects resources available from your K College Library to the scholarly articles you find in PubMed, Wikipedia, and hundreds of scholary publisher websites! The LibKey Nomad browser extension embeds links within your browser to the access services made available through the library. The extension is vailable for Chrome, FireFox, Microsoft Edge, Brave and Vivaldi browsers.

For more information and instructions on how to install, please visit our LibKey page!

Spring 2021 Rare Book Room Exhibit Now Open

Image of a rare book illustration

Interested in the history of books or printing? Or maybe you’re looking for something new to do in between classes? Come to the A.M. Todd Rare Book Room on the third floor of the library to view our Spring 2021 exhibit, Incunabula: An Exploration of Books from the Infancy of Printing.

The exhibit runs until June 11 and is available for viewing Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 PM, Friday 1:00-4:00 PM, or by appointment. We are open only to students, faculty, and staff who are participating in the college’s COVID-19 surveillance testing. Two people will be allowed to enter the room at a time. Masks are required.

Mallory Heslinger
Rare Book Room Curator
rarebookroom@kzoo.edu
(269) 337-5762

AntiRacism Reading Knook Discussion Event – April 2021

AntiRacism Reading Knook

ARRK April 2021 Discussion with Laura Furge

Please join Laura Furge on Tuesday, April 20th from 4 – 5 p.m. for a facilitated discussion about moving from theoretical antiracist discussions to strategies to disrupt white supremacy. During the discussion we’ll look at the recent case of the Georgetown Professor Fired for Statements About Black Students as well as the article Are You Supporting White Supremacy?

For further details such as this month’s chapter of focus, time, and where to join the discussion, see the ARRK (AntiRacism Reading KnooK) – April 2021 Discussion post on the Inclusive Excellence website.


The AntiRacism Reading KnooK (ARRK) is a collaboration between the K College library staff and our Inclusive Excellence (KCIE) leadership team. This initiative is NOT a book club, but seeks to facilitate campus-wide engagement with the books in the KCIE Reading for Change book collection. This collection was created to encourage learning about and facilitate greater access to antiracism information to all members of the campus community.

ARRK aims to:

  1. reduce barrier to entry into reading antiracism books,
  2. identify and highlight campus facilitators with experience teaching and/or disciplinary expertise who can provide context and guide discussions of specific texts,
  3. foster broader relationships among faculty and staff, and thus
  4. build greater capacity for an inclusive campus through sustained and focused engagement with shared texts.
  5. help catalyze members of the campus to engage in small group discussions of entire books in the collection (self-organized book clubs, if you will).

For further information on #ARRK see the KCIE AntiRacism Reading Knook page. To volunteer to lead one of these sessions complete the ARRK Discussion Leader application.

Spring 2021 Library Hours and Services

The Library is here for you this Spring Quarter! Things may look different, but our services are available.

Masks and Distancing

Masks are required in the Library building.

Please remember to socially distance while you are in the Library building, especially on stairways, the elevator, and in seating areas. Six foot distances are marked at service points like the Circulation Desk.

For more information about expectations and College plans, see the Kalamazoo College COVID-19 Information website.

Spring Quarter 2021 Hours

The Library is CLOSED Week 1 (March 28 – April 4).

Starting Week 2 (April 5, 2021):
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 3pm – 9pm

Circulation Services

You may request Kalamazoo College Library items through Library OneSearch.

  • We will retrieve the books for you, and you will get an email when your materials are ready. 
  • You may pick up your items on a cart by the Reference Desk in the Library lobby during building open hours (expect a 24 hour processing delay).
  • Locate items by your name and take your books from the cart. They have already been checked out to you!
  • Please wear a face mask when picking up items to keep Information Services staff safe. Patrons are welcome to use the available hand sanitizer near the pick up cart when picking up items.
  • At this time, we cannot mail materials. If you are not in or near Kalamazoo, please contact reference@kzoo.edu and a Reference Librarian will help you identify libraries and services in your area.

If you have a concern about your requests or need assistance placing a hold, please email circulation@kzoo.edu.  

MeLCat and ILL

MeLCat and ILL will be available for faculty, staff, and students. You will receive an email when your materials are ready. Please follow the instructions above for pick up.

The MeLCat Visiting Patron service is temporarily suspended. Patrons from other MeLCat libraries are still able to request our books through MeLCat, but will not be able to check out materials in person at the Circulation Desk. Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff are temporarily unable to borrow materials in person from other MeLCat Visiting Patron participating libraries as well.

Returns

Please return all items (including MeLCat and ILL) in the Book Drop on Academy Street. They will be quarantined for 72 hours.

Reserves

Print reserves are suspended during Spring 2021. Your instructor may have materials for your course on Moodle, Teams, or another platform.

Study Space

We realize students need spaces for study, and are making some limited seating available. Study rooms and classrooms are not available for study during Spring 2021, but there is limited seating for study and at computers throughout the first, second, and third floors. Seating is first come, first served.

Please:

  • Do not move furniture
  • Stay six feet apart
  • Wear your mask correctly at all times
  • No eating or drinking
  • Wipe down your study area when you leave with the cleaning wipes provided

Reference Services

Reference services continue remotely. Make a Research Rescue appointment with us and we can meet with you on Zoom or Teams! You can also email us at reference@kzoo.edu.

Archives and Rare Book Room

You can make an appointment to use materials in person in the Archives or Rare Book Room, or we can answer your questions via email, Teams, or Zoom. Contact us at archives@kzoo.edu or rarebookroom@kzoo.edu.

Other Services

Other services in the building (Writing Center, ESL Help, Center for New Media Design, Media Services, Help Desk, etc.) have other hours and service changes. Please check their websites for details.