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Library Orientation: Fall 2020

Welcome to Hampshire College! This guide will give you a brief overview of all the Harold F. Johnson library has to offer you as students.

Have Research? We Can Help!

Help will generally be available to students, faculty, and staff from Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 5:00, and there will be several options for connecting with us (phone, email, Zoom, and chat) so that you can learn in whatever way works best for you.

Our Library Chat is available from the library home page and is a quick way to get in touch with one of our research staff. If no one is available to chat, one of us will follow up by email as soon as we can!

We’re always evaluating technology options to figure out what tools will provide the best possible experience for our users, so keep an eye on our website and social media for forthcoming announcements! In the meantime, you can always reach us at or by calling 413-559-5440.

How to Access E-Resources

E-books, and e-journals, and e-resources, oh my!

The world of accessing online information is incredibly important right now, but can also be confusing and intimidating. We hear that! If you have questions about using any of the online resources that Hampshire has to offer, we recommend checking out this research guide. It will teach you:

  • What IS an e-resource?
  • What e-resources can I use as a Hampshire community member?
  • How to I connect to them?

As always, you can also reach out to for research help or for any technical problems you encounter in the process.

Meet Our Librarians

Rachel Beckwith: Library Director | Librarian for Arts and Humanities

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Rachel came to Hampshire College in 2007 from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston where she was a Public Services Librarian. Prior to that, Rachel worked at Dumbarton Oaks Museum & Library, Haverford College, and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. She received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.A. in Art History from Bryn Mawr College, and her M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. Rachel first came to Hampshire as the Arts Librarian and then Associate Librarian for Access and Arts. When not at work, Rachel enjoys spending time with family in the Berkshires, cooking, traveling (when possible!), watching professional basketball and tennis (especially the Williams sisters!), going to museums, and reading.


Amedeo DeCara: Librarian for Sciences and Social Sciences

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Amedeo DeCara is the Science Librarian for Hampshire, and helps students and faculty with research in the natural, cognitive, and social sciences (and beyond!). He’s also responsible for the library’s game and seed collections, and is always looking for recommendations for what to play next! He started his career at Springfield College in Massachusetts, and joined Hampshire in December 2018. He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Wheaton College (MA) and his MLIS from Simmons College. Amedeo is an avid gamer, and loves good fantasy novels, ice cream, and octopuses.


Jen Bolmarcich: Systems & Discovery Librarian

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Jen is keeper of all of the behind-the-scenes technology that it takes to run a library! She previously worked at Amherst College, where she was the Bicentennial Project Archivist, working on large-scale processing and digitization of college history collections. She loves trouble-shooting and solving problems, and is committed to making systems and metadata more accessible and inclusive. Jen received her MSLIS from Simmons University in 2017, and had a prior career in biotech. She loves knitting, gardening, and amusing her cats.