Holy Cross Libraries Receive Stipend to Support Climate Change Programming

The Holy Cross Libraries have received a $500 stipend from Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), that will help the libraries engage our communities in programs and conversations on climate change.

Resilient Communities strives to raise awareness and provide accurate information about climate change to all. The pilot project has been funded by a generous grant from Andrew and Carol Phelps, the parents of a public librarian and a library master’s student.

“The College on the Hill is no stranger to severe winter storms, dangerous wind chill, or challenging heat waves. As climate change worsens, Worcester anticipates even greater weather fluctuations and an increase in extreme temperature events.” – Eileen Cravedi, Head of Access and Discovery Services

Resilient Communities programming will kick off this winter with a non-fiction short story contest and continue through Purple Goes Green Week in April 2021. Stay tuned on the Libraries’ social media accounts for upcoming events, and check out Decoding the Weather Machine in the interim.

“The College’s Libraries look forward to supporting our community in accessing resources and information that fosters carbon mitigation and climate resilience.” – Eileen Cravedi

About the American Library Association: 
The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.

Project Q+, a new digital repository for LGBTQIA+ related materials from across Holy Cross’ history

Discover the history of the HOly Cross LBGTQIA+ community online

The Holy Cross College Archives and Special Collections is proud to share a new digital archive, Project Q+, with the Holy Cross community. Project Q+ serves as a digital repository for LGBTQIA+ related materials from across Holy Cross’ history. These items portray all aspects of the rich LGBTQIA+ history here on campus and they reflect moments of protest, courage, and community support. http://hcdigitalscholarship.com/lgbtqia/

Project Q+ was established in 2016 by Molly Brown-Heidemann and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. With the help of many Holy Cross students, the project began to collect physical and digital items from throughout the College’s history and worked to digitize the items in hopes of making this history as publicly accessible as possible. Individually, each artifact tells a personal story, but when combined provides a timeline of LGBTQIA+ history at the College. These stories are made possible by generous contributions from students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The name of the archive stems from the commitment to adding queer voices back into the mainstream history of the College of the Holy Cross. The LGBTQ+ Community has always been here, and our goal is not only to uncover and preserve the history of queer students both past and present, but to establish their legacy in the overarching, complicated past of our institution.

Project Q+ was transferred into the College Archives’ care in 2019 and the college archivists worked to organize the physical materials, create research guides, and update the metadata on the project’s website. Now, Project Q+ is officially available online, with over 300 items to explore! This project is dedicated to Holy Cross’ LGBTQIA+ community, who always had the courage to be out and make themselves heard. It is the Archives’ hope that this project amplifies the voices of this community and encourages more stories to be told.

The Holy Cross Archives and Special Collections department is still collecting items related to LGBTQIA+ history at the College. A complete list of items can be found at this website: https://www.holycross.edu/sites/default/files/Dinand/holy_cross_lgbt_research_guide_feb_2020.pdf . Some items in the complete list have not been digitized and are not on this website, but can be found at the College Archives. Please contact the Archives Department for more information or with donation inquiries at archives@holycross.edu.

Virtual Office Hours – Worcester Art Museum Library

The Worcester Art Museum Library is happy to announce virtual office hours to be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 11:00-1:00 and the third Wednesday of each month from 3:00-5:00. Drop in to ask the librarian your questions via Zoom video conference. You’re welcome to drop in at any time and stay as long as you like.

Join the Zoom room: https://holycross.zoom.us/j/98071936247 OR via phone, call 646 558 8656 and enter Meeting ID: 980 7193 6247

Join with or without video, and feel free to use the chat box to ask questions if you prefer text!

Profs. Giovanni Spani & Ji Hao – Authors on the Hill Presentations

The Holy Cross Libraries are pleased to present two “Authors on the Hill” presentations this semester.

Wednesday, October 28, 5 pm, Professor Giovanni Spani will present his work on the multimedia educational app for Android and iOS, “Dante’s Florence.” Join us on Zoom: https://holycross.zoom.us/j/95561170037

This event will be available to Holy Cross students, faculty, and staff.

Thursday, October 29, 3:30 pm, Professor Ji Hao will present his recent article, “A Newly Discovered Song Sculpture at the Worcester Art Museum in the United States and Its Relationship with Xiyou ji Stories.” The Journal of MingQing Fiction Studies, (2):153-175. Join us on Zoom: https://holycross.zoom.us/j/95561170037

This event will be available to Holy Cross students, faculty, and staff. Guests from the Worcester Art Museum Community as well as the general public are welcome to watch this presentation live on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/uddwunnhBBw