Student Spotlight – Rachael Barrett ’17

RachaelBy: Jewell Porter, ‘16

In the next decade or so, you might find Rachael Barrett ‘17 leading tours around one of the most prestigious museums in the country: the Smithsonian Museum in the nation’s capital.

Or at least, that’s one career path that the history and international studies double major is thinking about pursuing after she earns her master’s degree. “It would be a cool place to just be part of articulating [history],” she said.
Like many college students, Rachael, who works at Denison Library’s Circulation Desk, is still figuring out the process to achieving this goal. Luckily for her, she’s already figured out and executed some of the steps to make her a compelling candidate for her aspiring career as a historian, including having conducted her own research with Professor Megan Threlkeld last summer about the difficulty women faced during the Great Depression to both get and keep jobs.

But this isn’t where her research started. She had originally wanted to look at the effects that the Social Security Act 1935 had on women’s labor but soon discovered that this was not the heart of the issue, according to primary source documents articulated by women during the time period. “As a result, I decided to focus on how women who wrote in periodicals responded to laws that barred married women from working,” she said.

Rachael found from her research that the government “tailored their arguments to changes in public opinion.” While women were often granted more rights after they were granted the right to vote in 1920, these rights were largely subdued during the Great Depression because the public became more focused on the economy than equal rights for women.

“While I knew that it was difficult for women to get and keep jobs during the Great Depression, I was surprised by the extent to which the government actively barred married women from the workforce, citing that men had families to provide for and women did not,” she said.

Rachael noted that, in a way, this fight still continues today with women’s fight to earn the same pay as men when completing the same work.

After Rachael’s ten week research experience was finally completed in July, Rachael returned home to Downers Grove, Ill. for some much needed rest. The research was “tiring, but a really good experience,” she said.

Denison Students Emily Metcalf and Sarah Altimore Receive Library Service Awards

ffIn honor of former library student employee, Carolyn Craig Franklin, and in recognition of her significant relationships as a student with the library staff, the Carolyn Craig & Carl M. Franklin Student Service Award is presented annually to two outstanding student  workers.

This year’s applicant pool is a testament to the numerous student workers that provide excellent service in their roles at circulation, the reference desk, and technical services.  The committee had a very difficult time awarding only two student workers!


Emily Metcalf

emilyQuoteThe 1st 2015 Franklin Student Service Award is presented to Emily Metcalf. During her time at Denison, Emily has learned almost every student function in the circulation department – from shelving to inventory. She has even learned how to repair the books!

Her attendance, work ethic, reliability and job performance are exemplary. Emily’s attitude is helpful and positive, and is always willing to help others in the campus community.

Her nominators write, “Emily maintains a positive attitude and cheerfully approaches every tasked assigned to her, from the mundane to the complex.” We wish her the best of luck as she pursues a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.


Sarah Altimore

sarahquoteThe 2nd 2015 Franklin Student Service Award is presented to Sarah Altimore. Sarah has been a friendly face
behind the circulation desk and reference desk during her time at Denison.

She has displayed a mature attitude towards his library position, earning the trust and respect of his supervisors. His attention to detail, work ethic, and overall demeanor are exemplary.

Her nominators write, “Sarah is very personable, outgoing, and dependable. In the spirit of Carolyn Craig Franklin, she puts outstanding service above all else.”

We wish her the best of luck next year as she begins her career in D-Town (Detroit).

This Day in History @ Denison: The Declaration of War (1917)

1917Up until March 1917, the United States had maintained a policy of neutrality in the First World War, and Woodrow Wilson had been re-elected with a neutrality platform in spite of the growing outrage at German offensive tactics.

But with Germany’s unrestricted maritime warfare tactics being leveled against American interests at sea, it seemed neutrality could no longer be maintained.

The final straw came on April 1, 1917, when the armed U.S. steamer Aztec was torpedoed and 28 of its crew members drowned. The next day, Wilson came before Congress to deliver his historic war message.

What was Denison doing during this time? Make history come alive by putting the Denison face on it.

You can do this by looking through our Five Colleges of Ohio Digital Collections. The Denisonian‘s 1917 issues are a great place to start!



Library Staff provide a little warmth through donations to #NewarkLove project

Personal note attached to a scarf.

Some items carried personal messages. (Photo: Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate)

It started with a random picture on Facebook of trees wrapped in winter scarves. In this record cold and snowy winter the idea to provide free winter accessories for people in need has taken off across the country. The YES Club (a program of Mental Health America) and the South Newark Civic Association both became involved in a project for Newark, Ohio.

Mary Prophet, Deputy Director of the Library, found out about this project and brought it back to her colleagues. Some of the staff members of Denison’s William Howard Doane Library were able to help by providing both new and gently used hats, gloves and scarves.

Go to http://ohne.ws/1DOtT8Q for a complete article on the event.


Meet Sasha Griffin

griffinSashaDenison University Libraries has a new archivist. Sasha Griffin came to Denison from Luther College in Iowa where she was serving as the Interim College Archivist. Previously she had been the Digital Archivist at Luther. Sasha has a B.A. in History from Capital University and her Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. We are very pleased to have this Buckeye coming home to work with us! Sasha is kept busy at home by her 3 year old daughter, and she enjoys discussing pop-culture. Please say hello to Sasha when you see her on campus.

Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa Collection

Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa Collection

is brought to you by Aluka, an international, collaborative initiative building an online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa.

The struggles for freedom in Southern Africa were both a regional and global phenomenon. As such, documentation of the struggles is scattered around the world, reflecting the history itself: colonial rule, dispersion of exiles, international intervention, and worldwide networks that supported successive generations of resistance within the region.

This collection brings together materials from various sites throughout the world and makes them available online.

By providing sample materials, the Collection also publicises the rich collections of partner institutions, helping make them more widely known to researchers.

At present, the Collection consists of more than 180 000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, oral testimonies, life histories, and speeches.

How to access library databases while you’re away

Remember: No matter where you are during Spring Break, as long as you’ve got Internet access, you’ve got full access to the library’s many databases.

Whether you access the databases through the catalog or the databases/online resources page, all  you need to do is authenticate by providing your name and Denison ID number. This is the 14-digit number on the back of your ID card that starts with 251080, and then ends with the 8 digits that make up your D-number.

Bits of American History: Broadsides and Ephemera

From corset ads to Civil War announcements, this collection, American Broadsides and Ephemera, offers a wonderful glimpse into the American past through print media.


Based on the American Antiquarian Society’s collection–the most extensive in existence–this digital edition offers fully searchable facsimile images of approximately 15,000 broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900 and 15,000 pieces of ephemera printed between 1760 and 1900. The diverse subjects of these broadsides and ephemera range from contemporary accounts of the Civil War, unusual occurrences, and natural disasters to government proclamations, tax bills, trade cards, menus, playbills, and stock certificates.

For researchers of nineteenth-century social and cultural history, these materials provide essential information on a wide variety of local and national organizations and societies that were established to promote industrial and mechanical arts, agriculture, science, public education, fine arts, and various reform movements.

Annual Reviews and BioOne to be down March 1

ComputerCodeOn Saturday, 1 March 2014 beginning at 11:00AM (EST), Annual Reviews is planning website maintenance. They expect the work to take up to 16 hours, during which time you can expect the website to be unavailable. This will affect all Annual Review journals.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

BioOne journals will also be unavailable during this timeframe. Please plan accordingly.