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Faculty Resource Guide

Your guide to the Hampshire College Library!

Whether you are new faculty or have been here at Hampshire since the founding, we know you are always updating your skills and taking on new responsibilities. Your librarians are right there with you!

The tabs on the left can help you with a variety of questions you may have, and when in doubt you can always send us an email, or stop by our offices, under the sign that says "Research Help" on the main floor of the library.

Research Consultations for Students!

Students and faculty alike can email librarians with questions, call us to discuss strategies or problems they're having, or drop into our office corner (under the sign that says "research help"), or by making an appointment (recommended for Div III students and any detailed questions).

Librarians also hold drop in hours at the InfoBar each week during the semester, Monday-Friday, 2:30-5

What do the librarians do?

  • We provide outreach about the library's resources and services at orientations and events, and we teach information literacy sessions at all levels to Hampshire College students, in collaboration with faculty.
  • We provide drop-in help at the library's InfoBar Monday-Thursday from 12-5 during the school year, when any student, staff or faculty member can stop by and consult with us for advice about using the library or doing research in general. We also are available by appointment, via email.
  • We can collaborate with you to develop research assignments that enable students to build their research skills in hands-on ways, or recommend readings for students that provide a new perspective on information literacy.
  • Librarians create research guides on a variety of topics (such as this one!). We can make a specialized guide for your course, or recommend an existing guide that might be useful for your students. If you have ideas for additions or updates to our resource guides, please let us know.
  • As you are planning your class, check with us if you'd like us to order library materials for course reserves and/or films to screen during class.
  • We purchase books, DVDs, games, zines, and more for the library collection to support the Hampshire College curriculum and the intellectual, emotional, and social growth of students.
  • We collaborate to choose databases, stewarding limited funds to ensure the widest possible access to academic journal, magazine and news articles (most often through databases, but sometimes in print as well) within the limits of our budget. If you know of a great database or an important journal in your field that we don't subscribe to, we are always open to recommendations!
  • We conduct research and present at conferences on topics relating to all aspects of information science. Some particular interests of librarians at Hampshire include: Zines, Comics, and Artists' Books, Information Literacy as a building block for resilience and critical thinking, Cultural Humility, Relational Librarianship, and Peer Mentoring models.
  • We serve on Hampshire College and Five College Committees relevant to our work, such as the First Year Experience working group at Hampshire, or the User Experience committee at the Five Colleges level.


Div III archive