Campuses throughout the Northeast begin work toward shared library solutions

Even in a time when 80 percent of college and university library acquisitions are electronic, new books and other print materials still take up an increasing amount of space in campus collections, pushing libraries to explore new ways to maintain access to their print collections while repurposing space for new collections, media centers and even cafes. That is the issue driving the 90 colleges and universities participating in the Northeast Regional Library Print Management Project, an 18-month planning effort funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Twenty-four hour game creation workshop to be held at Hampshire College

The Five Colleges consortium and HitPoint Studios, an Amherst-based independent game company that counts Disney, 20th Century Fox, Sony and Hasbro among its clients, are collaborating in sponsoring a 24-hour game-creation workshop at Hampshire College’s Adele Simmons Hall beginning Friday, September 27 at 6pm.

Campuses restrict outdoor evening activities in reponse to EEE threat

The Town of Amherst has been identified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to be at “high” risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a rare viral infection that is dangerous and often fatal to humans and spread by mosquitoes that are most active from dusk to dawn.

While there have been no human cases reported in the state for EEE this year, two horses in neighboring Belchertown have died from the disease during the past week and mosquitoes caught in Amherst have tested positive for the virus.

National Digital Stewardship Alliance Releases National Agenda for Digital Stewardship

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), a voluntary membership organization of leading government, academic, and private sector organizations with digital stewardship responsibilities, has announced the release of its 2014 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship.

Beyond Plymouth Rock: Educating educators on Native Americans in New England

Just about the only time Native Americans of New England are mentioned in K-12 classrooms, it’s as part of the Thanksgiving story, according to Alice Nash; they are considered centuries-old artifacts with little relevance to American culture today. "Even Native American communities in other parts of the country don't realize there are Native American communities in New England,” Nash says. “They are still here and they are still vital."

Five College’s Maria Cartagena receives Holyoke community leadership award

Maria Cartagena, a Holyoke resident and Five College’s community partnerships coordinator, has been named the 2013 Latino Scholarship Association's Carlos Vega Community Champion. The award, named for a longtime community activist, recognizes local residents for their leadership and service to the community.

Five College Ethnomusicology Symposium presents student work and keynote address

Five College Ethnomusicology Symposium celebrates student work and presents “Listening like a Dancer,” a keynote address by Brown University’s Kiri Miller.

From East Los Angeles musical histories to the pedagogy of India’s classical music, the projects of this year’s Five College ethnomusicology certificate recipients engage with a diverse array of musical subjects across disciplines and the globe. The six graduating students will be honored in a celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the Amherst College Alumni House on Churchill Street in downtown Amherst.

Five College Multicultural Theater presents the WORD! Festival of staged student readings

WORD!, an annual presentation of student-written scripts dealing with issues of race and diversity, will be presented on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. at Smith College’s Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.