In celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, Tutt Library is once again happy to be asking for your original, library-themed haiku. Before April 30th, please submit no more than a dozen entries to the reference desk (or email them to email@example.com, or comment on this post). Winners will receive fabulous prizes and their haiku will be creatively immortalized.
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The fine print: If you use more or less than seventeen syllables, if you aren’t a CC student or employee, if you don’t talk about libraries or your experience in them, or if you submit pseudonymously, you are unlikely to win any prizes (but we’d still like to read your poems).
Use your imagination! Embrace your poetic nature! Tell all your friends!
Want to know more before you take the plunge? Well, this is a library -- we can help!
The online Oxford English Dictionary defines haiku here and senryu here, and you will make Jessy Randall, our resident poet-librarian, quite happy if you remember the difference. Steve Lawson, Tutt humanities liaison, explains further:
A poem is not a haiku If it celebrates robots or shoes. You must mention the season or at least throw some bees in! Unnatural haiku's "senryu."
(The astute or anxious reader may now be wondering whether senryu are also allowed in our contest. Absolutely!)
One of our research desk librarians, Mimi Wheatwind, put together a beautiful research guide for exploring all kinds of poetry: you can visit the haiku page of the Ars Poetica guide for inspiration, information, and links.
We also have books of haiku by Basho, Shiki, Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser, and Jack Kerouac - and our Curator of Special Collections, the above-mentioned Jessy Randall, has published several haiku, including this one. You can find thousands of examples of and scholarly articles on haiku in Granger's, JSTOR, MLA Bibliography, Humanities International Complete, and more, via our English Subject Guide.
We hope all this haikuphilic information serves as an inspiration for you to get started writing your own, and sharing them with us.
procrastinating? put your daydreams to good use send us a haiku
When you clean house, sometimes you find strange things! This morning, a substantial amount of old metal shelving was moved out and recycled. Curious library staff looked around the basement area and found 9 boxes of biscuit tins from 1962. These were rations for bomb shelters; apparently Tutt Library's sub-basement was considered eminently suitable for a bunker. 1962 was the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis and fears of an Atomic War were rampant at this time.
Inside the boxes: beautiful gold cannisters or tins, completely sealed, and probably meant to be opened with a "key" or old-fashioned can opener. We found no such items in the boxes we examined. Apparently you were supposed to bring your own to the bunker.
Two of our more intrepid staff will attempt to open one of these canisters and create an exhibit on the 2nd floor of Tutt North. Stay tuned!
The renovation has begun in earnest, as the bound periodicals began moving onto carts on the last Wednesday of Block 6 and continued through Spring Break. We're using a professional library moving company, which brought in 400 carts, many of them newly made. The carts will wait on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Tutt Library until Creekside is ready to receive them. The metal shelving is being recycled into shelving at Creekside. Tables and chairs have been reset in the atrium for student study.
CC's Tutt Library has acquired a large package of Elsevier e-books through the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries consortium. This includes book series, one-off books and Major Reference Works (MRWs), from 2007-current. You can find the 8,000+ titles in our online catalog Tiger, or by searching or browsing ScienceDirect.
These e-books reside on the same platform as the ScienceDirect journals, so you can search both journals and books at the same time. Chapters download as PDF files with no DRM restrictions so they're easy to print and email. Authorized CC patrons can access the e-books any time, anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection and use the library's links.
Did you know that Booker T. Washington delivered a speech to a standing-room-only crowd at Colorado College in 1900? Yes, he did! To learn more about the history of African-Americans at Colorado College, we invite you to view a mini-exhibition in the Tutt Library atrium during the month of February. Here's the Black Student Union in 1979:
Tutt Library now offers expanded access to Wiley journals online. This covers access from 1996 or 1997 to the most current articles of almost every journal on the Wiley platform. One highlight of the newly acquired titles are the Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Click here for the full list of titles.
Wiley journals comprise nearly 2,000 titles. The primary focus is on science, but social sciences and humanities journals are also included.
Tutt & Music Libraries jointly subscribe to several collections on Music Online, a streaming music database from Alexander Street Press. Recently we noticed that we had free access to the Popular Music Online collection.
Alexander Street Press doesn't offer records we can load into our catalog, so you won't find this crazy stuff in Tiger. Instead you'll just have to search around the somewhat klunky interface and find that random album that'll make your day.