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UMass Amherst Introduces "Green Monstah" E-Waste Recycling Center at Library

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The Campus Sustainability Initiative is partnering with the UMass Amherst Libraries to provide an easy, centralized way for the campus community to recycle electronic products. Beginning in April, the vestibule of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library will be home to the “Green Monstah” Electronic Waste Recycling Center.

The project has been in the works for several years and is now ready to be introduced to the campus. Waste Reduction Fellows in the Campus Sustainability Initiative and students from the Building and Construction Technology Department constructed the wooden receptacle in the UMass Wood Shop, painted it a “Fenway Green,” and designed signage that makes it clear and easy for any member of campus to recycle their e-waste.

The campus community will now be able to recycle small electronics like phone chargers, USB cables, iPods, and calculators, as well as light bulbs, ink cartridges, and non-alkaline batteries. UMass Amherst Earth Day Keynote Speaker Annie Leonard, creator of documentary films the “Story of Stuff” and the “Story of Electronics,” claims that each year “we make 25 million tonnes of E-Waste.”

“We are grateful that the Library has agreed to house the ‘Green Monstah’ because we wanted it to be centralized and easy to access for anyone on campus,” says Madison Burke, the current Waste Reduction Fellow for the Campus Sustainability Initiative. “This project has been in the works for a long time, so it’s rewarding to see it come to fruition,” adds Student Sustainability Coordinator Sarah Hebert, who will be receiving her master’s degree in Sustainability Science in the fall of 2013.

Students like Burke will be monitoring the bins at the recycling station on a weekly basis and will be working closely with the Office of Waste Management to transport the e-waste to the recycling facility on campus. “As you enter the library, keep a look out in early April for the station with the sign, ‘The Green Monstah,’ says Hebert. “He will be hungry for electronics recycling.”

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Libraries Accepting Applications For Fellowships in Digital Humanities

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Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) in the UMass Amherst Libraries is accepting applications for fellowships in digital humanities. In an initiative designed to provide students with structured, hands-on experience using and interpreting historical documentary resources, the Libraries announce Experiential Training in Historical Information Resources (ETHIR). Graduate students from any department enrolled at UMass Amherst are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2013. For more information and to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/ethir_fellowship.

As part of an effort to integrate Special Collections more fully into the learning and research mission of the university, the Libraries offer an opportunity for select undergraduate and graduate students to work in SCUA and develop research ideas, while gaining first-hand experience in historical and archival praxis. ETHIR Fellows will take part in a range of activities in the digital humanities tied to primary source material, including curating exhibits, building digital corpora, or developing other interpretive materials.

Two Fellows will be selected from the pool of applicants based upon a statement of interest, a curriculum vita, a letter of support, and the ability to contribute to the work of Special Collections and University Archives. Fellows will receive an honorarium of $500, plus hourly compensation for 150 hours of work.

For more information, contact Aaron Rubinstein, University and Digital Archivist, at arubinst@library.umass.edu or (413) 545-7963.

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Libraries Accepting Applications for Du Bois Library Fellowships

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The UMass Amherst Libraries offer short-term residential fellowships to assist younger scholars in conducting research in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Full-time graduate students, faculty, or independent scholars (with a PhD) are eligible to apply. Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,500 for a four-week residency. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2013. For more information: http://bit.ly/dubois_fellowship.

Among the approximately 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts held by SCUA are many valuable collections for the study of social change in the United States, including the papers of the most important exponent of the politics and culture of the twentieth century, W.E.B. Du Bois. Fellows may come from any field and any perspective, and they may work on any topic, but their research should explore the major themes that characterize Du Bois’s scholarship and activism. This includes the history and meaning of racial, social, and economic justice; the problems of democracy and political inclusion; the role of capitalism in world affairs; and the global influence of African cultures.

In addition to the Du Bois Papers, the UMass Amherst Libraries house over three million volumes and a rich suite of electronic resources to support advanced research in the humanities. Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to SCUA’s collections are available online at http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/.

Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants interested in conducting original research in the Du Bois Papers and other SCUA collections. The criteria for selection will include the potential of the proposal to contribute to scholarship; its fit with Du Boisian themes; the need for the use of SCUA’s collections; and a letter of support. The application will consist of a brief (up to three pages) description of the research project, curriculum vitae, and the letter of support. At the end of their consecutive four-week residency, fellows will deliver a public talk on their research.

For more information, contact Rob Cox, head of Special Collections and University Archives, at rscox@library.umass.edu, or (413) 545-6842.

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Libraries Call For Submissions For Student Awards

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The UMass Amherst Libraries invite submissions for two student awards: the Emily Silverman Book Collecting Contest for undergraduates and graduate students, and the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award. The deadline for both contests is March 1, 2013. Winners will be announced in early April and first place recipients will receive their awards at the Library’s Dinner with Friends on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Submission guidelines and evaluation criteria for both awards are available at: http://bit.ly/contest_award.

The fourth annual Emily Silverman Book Collecting Contest celebrates reading and the pleasure of creating personal book collections around a theme or interest. UMass Amherst undergraduates and graduate students are invited to participate. Entries should consist of an essay describing the collection and an annotated bibliography. There will be two first-place awards of $1,000 ($750 and a $250 gift certificate to the Brattle Book Shop), for both the undergraduate and graduate winners. The recipients may be invited to display selected items from their collections in an exhibit in the Du Bois Library.

The fifth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA) recognizes excellence in the use of primary sources in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers or projects that represent work completed for a class or independent study in any field within the 18 months prior to the application deadline of March 1, 2013 and while the student was enrolled as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst. The first place recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship and there is an honorable mention award of a $250 scholarship. Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) will post the winning papers/projects to http://bit.ly/contest_award and add them to the University Archives.

A primary source is a record of an event, an occurrence, or a time period produced by a participant or observer at the time, such as letters, diaries, writings, speeches, photographs, and scrapbooks, or the historic records (archives) of an organization (such as correspondence, memoranda, minutes, annual reports, etc.). Primary sources can also include government documents, artwork, artifacts, maps, music, audiovisual materials (film, audio and video tape), and computer files.

The awards are sponsored by the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries, the Library Director’s Council, and the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Prizes are made possible thanks to generous donations from Friends of the Libraries. Panels of faculty and community experts will judge the anonymous entries.

For more information, contact Special Collections at askanarc@library.umass.edu.

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