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On January 1, 2001, three hundred citizens of Colorado Springs gathered in Tutt Library for the opening of the 1901-Century Chest. The Century Chest has spent the last 100 years on the Colorado College campus and the last thirty-plus years in Tutt Library. The tightly sealed Chest contained over 150 envelopes and packages filled with hundreds of individual letters, pamphlets, clippings and photographs. They represent a cross-section of life in Colorado Springs, including life at Colorado College. The citizens of 1901 took care to preserve their items in linen envelopes, real tin foil or heavy waxed paper; thus the materials are in excellent condition.
The opening of the Century Chest has stirred great interest in the media across the country and Canada. Archivist Ginny Kiefer has received numerous calls and e-mails about the chest. Many of these callers have also called to thank us for providing access to the materials on our Web site. The digital images of the letters and photographs are being added to the Web site daily. Please follow our progress and enjoy this wonderful insight into the life of the citizens of Colorado Springs and Colorado College in 1901.
CC patrons who connect to the internet without going through the CC modem pool can now access TIGER and (most of) our subscription databases from a remote location through a proxy server. (Instructions are on the "Article Access" page).
TIGER Catalog Enhancements
For a complete list of Tutt databases, see "Article Access" page.
The Tutt Library Staff participated actively this fall in the colleges new First Year Experience program. Staff were active in the planning sessions last year, participated in the faculty retreats during the spring and summer, and worked with faculty to plan and present library instruction sessions which were tied directly to course content. Library staff also participated in a variety of new student orientation activities, including an ice cream social/open house the week before classes began. Our goals were to familiarize students with library resources and to teach them the basic skills necessary to operate in an academic library environment. We also sought to make students feel comfortable in the library and to encourage them to think of it as a friendly place where they can get help with their research.
By all counts, Tutt Library had a much greater impact on First Year students (and vice versa) during Blocks 1 and 2 this year than it has during the same time period in previous years. Four measures of library use from Blocks 1 and 2 this year and Blocks 1 and 2 in 1999 showed dramatic increases.
overall gate count (i.e., number of patrons entering the library) - up
Please welcome three new staff members:
Karl Henson joined the Tutt staff as Library Systems Administrator in October. Karl was Systems Librarian at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania from 1996-1999. His previous experience includes head of Library Systems and the University of Texas at El Paso, and Automation Librarian at San Antonio Public Library.
Charity Hall has joined the Circulation Department as a part-time Circulation Assistant. Charity is a 1999 CC graduate and worked in the Documents Department of the library as a student. She has also worked for the CC Arts and Crafts Program, the Biology Department and the Palmer Foundation.
Daniela Kroon has transferred from Advancement Services, where she worked as a Records Specialist to a part-time position in the Cataloging Department.
Library Staff and Student Workers Get Physical:
All work and no play is not a phrase that pertains to the Tutt Library Staff.
This fall, organized by senior Amy Vasquez, the Dewey Decimators roused themselves and once again took to the intramural volleyball court. With the support of three library staff, three library student workers, and a number of guest players, the Decimators had a stellar season .their best ever. The Decimators lost only one game during the regular season and entered the tournament as the top-seeded team! Though they were eliminated early in the tournament and did not win that coveted Intramural Champions t-shirt, the season had to be counted a great success.
Then, in December, Tutt Library staff once again organized a Tiger Claus team to compete in the Arthritis Foundations annual Jingle Bell Run. In all, 7 library staff members pledged money or ran in the race and three student workers also participated (along with a significant number of other Colorado College students and staff). Unfortunately, we won neither the largest team award nor the best costumed (in spite of Robin Satterwhites creative efforts to fashion tiger tails for each runner on the team). But it was a beautiful day and all who participated had a great time.
What lies ahead? Several library staff members are training for marathons in the spring - watch this space for more details to come!
maintained by Susanne Felber; last revised, 3-12-02, ca/keh.