March 3 – “Basquiat: A Graphic Novel” Book Discussion with Worcester Art Museum Library

March 3, 5:30 pm, Basquiat a Graphic Novel Book discussion.  Zoom.

The campus libraries and the Worcester Art Museum Library invite all Holy Cross students, faculty, and staff to an online book discussion for, “Basquiat: A Graphic Novel” by Paolo Parisi. A copy of this book is available on reserve in Dinand Library. This discussion will be facilitated by Rebecca Morin, Worcester Art Museum Librarian, Janis DesMarais, Visual Literacy and Arts Librarian, and Dr. Jorge Santos of the English Department.

This discusion will be March 3rd at 5:30 pm on Zoom. The Zoom meeting information is as follows:

Meeting ID: 963 6454 9298
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If you have any questions, please contact WAM librarian Rebecca Morin at or Janis DesMarais at

Douglass Day Transcribathon, Feb. 12, 12:30 – 2pm

Douglass Day Transcribathon, Feb. 12, 12-2 pm on Zoom.

On February 12, the Libraries, the History Department, OME, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will collaborate to host a virtual event, “Douglass Day Transcribathon.”

This online event will take place on Zoom from 12 – 2 pm. During this time, participants will read handwritten documents by Mary Church Terrell, and transcribe the handwriting into typed text. This transcription will enable researchers throughout the world to easily access this information through keyword searches that are currently impossible.

The schedule for the event will be:
12-12:30: Welcome activities by the National Douglass Day Team, including an overview of the national program and speakers on Douglass and Terrell. An HC librarian will be available during this time should you need help getting set up to use the online transcription program.

12:30 – 2: Transcription of documents. Holy Cross Librarians will be available in the Zoom to assist with any questions. Each participant will transcribe a different document.

We welcome you to drop-in for some or all of the event. To join the event on 2/12, use this Zoom link:

You can read more about the national event on the website: Our local instance will be open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Additionally, there will be a brief informational session about the national event tomorrow, Friday, February 5th at 12 pm EST. This session will offer information about the virtual program format and the transcribing activities on the Library of Congress’s transcribing platform, By The People. Register for the infromational session:

If you have any questions, please email Outreach Librarian Laura Wilson at

Spring Semester Library Hours

Effective February 1, Dinand and the Science Library will be open to all students, on or off-campus, who are HC Clear. Please be certain to bring your ID with you to swipe into the library.

The Music Library and the Archives and Special Collections Department will be open by appointment only. View the libraries hours on the “Holy Cross Libraries Hours” page:

Win $250 – “Climate Resilient Everyday” Story Contest

Climate Resilient Everday Story Contest


Everyday, ordinary people are making decisions to fortify their livelihood and personal values against the possible negative impacts of climate change – The family making an emergency kit with essential supplies for an upcoming extreme weather event; the teen lobbying for a idling truck policy to limit poor air quality days; the employee participating in an earthquake drill. What does climate resilience look like in everyday life? The Holy Cross Libraries and the Office of Sustainability invite you to submit a short non-fiction story to the 2021 Climate Resilient Everyday Short Story Contest. Let’s explore how everyday people are demonstrating climate resilience and let’s amplify those voices.

All College of the Holy Cross students, alumni, faculty, and staff as well as anyone holding a Holy Cross Libraries card are eligible to participate.

Entry Rules
~ Short stories must be non-fiction and somehow answer the question, what does climate resilience look like in everyday life? Personal stories or stories about others are accepted.
~ Participants must complete the digital submission form and may only submit one story. No paper entries will be accepted.
~ Stories must be original and previously unpublished, including online blogs.
~ Stories used for course or work assignments may be submitted as long as they were not published elsewhere.
~ Please submit non-fiction stories with 1,500 words or less, in Times New Roman font size 12 and one-inch margins. Single, 1.5, or double spacing are all accepted. ~ The title of the story should be in the header of each page, and stories must be written in English.

~ Due February 24
~ Submit :

Notification of the Winner
The winner will be notified by Holy Cross’ director of sustainability by mid-March. All contestants will be notified shortly thereafter, via the email address provided during submission.

The winning story will get added to CrossWorks, Holy Cross’ open access institutional repository. In addition, the contest winner will receive $250 and an announcement on the Libraries’ Newsfeed.

The Climate Resilient Everyday Short Story Contest is financially supported by a grant from the Resilient Communities program within the American Library Association.


More information:

VIRTUAL Job opportunity in Dinand Library!

Peer Research Consultant - open to classes '22 and '23. Remote for spring 2021. Contact

If you like the idea of learning new research skills, are comfortable presenting to groups and enjoy helping fellow students, consider applying to be a Peer Research Consultant!

Peer Research Consultants or PRCs assist librarians in library instruction sessions, contribute to outreach and other projects relating to research support, and provide personalized research assistance to their fellow students through Peer2Peer Research Consultations.

This position is open to interested members of the classes of 2022 and 2023. Work-study eligibility is not required.

No prior experience working in the Libraries is required; however, you should be familiar with very basic library research skills such as checking out a book, using CrossSearch and recognizing scholarly sources. Schedule is flexible, beginning with 4-6 hours per week of training in the Spring 2021 semester and moving to 8-10 hours per week once training is completed. PRCs will work remotely in Spring 2021. Residence on campus during the Spring 2021 semester is not required  to apply.

For more information, and to apply, visit Applications are due by Monday, January 25, 2021. Applicants who successfully pass the first round will be contacted in early January and invited to an in-person interview between Sunday, January 31 – Wednesday, February 3, 2021.