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DiPietro Library Newsletter

News and notes from the DiPietro Library

A Note from the University Librarian

Change is in the air! The library is excited to announce a few innovations for the Fall. The basement portion of the library (also known as the Bray Collaborative Technology Center) now serves as a 24 x 7 study area. For more details of its features, including a short video that instructs students where to enter the facility when the library proper is closed, see this link. Library 207 is now a large, quiet study space and will also serve as an Archives Reading Room. Come up and check out the display cases there that feature artifacts from Pierce history! Lamps designed to help students' mental health have been added to the 24 x 7 space, as well as to one of the individual study rooms (223) on the second floor. Finally, we have added numerous collections to our existing and popular JSTOR resources. 

We want to hear from you regarding how we can continue to improve the library. Please stop by my office (Lib 107) or contact me via email with your suggestions.

Hope to see you in the building soon! POJ

Welcome New Library Faculty - Cam McDermid

We welcome Cam McDermid to the library team as our new Reference and Instruction Librarian! Prior to joining Pierce in July, Cam served in a similar capacity at Grand Canyon University. He earned a BA in History from Humboldt State in 2018, and a Master's in Library Science from UCLA in 2021. Cam speaks Spanish as a second language and has worked with students to start a Spanish Club at FPU. He enjoys writing fiction, reading non-fiction, and is a huge history nerd and metalhead.  After moving from Southern California, he is eagerly awaiting his first winter in New Hampshire. Please contact him at or x4149 if you're interested in scheduling library instruction or would like research assistance.

Faculty Research Spotlight

Brantley Palmer, the Technical Services Librarian & Archivist, has been working on a documentary film entitled Everything to Entertain You: The Story of Video Headquarters. The 60 minute documentary was recently completed this Spring and has been accepted to the following film festivals: the Holly Weird Film Festival, the Vermont Film Festival, the Monadnock International Film Festival, and the New Hampshire Film Festival where it has racked up a number of awards including Best Director and Best Film at the Holly Weird Film Festival and NH Filmmaker of the Year at the New Hampshire Film Festival. He also did a class visit to Keene State College to discuss the documentary on October 3rd. He is currently working to put together additional footage and material for a future physical media release.

Brantley has a background in film and television, having graduated with his BA from Keene State College in Film. He worked for five years in the film and television industry in Boston, primarily at NESN (New England Sports Network) but also working on films like Moneyball. Despite growing up down the street from Ken Burns in Walpole, NH while Brantley was in high school, the idea of making documentaries wasn't his original plan. However, when he heard his old employer, Video Headquarters, was going out of business, he grabbed a camera and began filming as much as he could in an effort to document the closing of the store. Throughout the process, Brantley has come to love the genre, especially utilizing his research skills as a librarian and archivist to dig up materials to help shape stories. He is particularly interested in the possibilities the documentary genre holds and how it can be used to tell hyper local stories that still have universal appeal. 

Documentary filmmaking isn't without its challenges though and Brantley thinks the primary challenge for him is time. Whether that's preparation, filming, researching, editing, etc. time is the biggest issue when it comes to documentary filmmaking, especially when you're doing it on your own. Outside of documentary films, Brantley's favorite filmmakers include: Samuel Fuller, Curtis Hanson, Wes Craven, Karyn Kusama, John Carpenter, and Mary Harron.


Library Faculty and Staff Professional Development & Scholarship

Technical Services Librarian and College Archivist, Brantley Palmer did a presentation on DIY AV Digitization at the New Hampshire Archives Group's Fall Workshop on October 18th. And at the annual meeting on that same date, Brantley assumed the role of President of NHAG. 

Electronic Resources Librarian, Leslie Inglis attended the OCLC Northeast Regional User Group Meeting at Bryant College and the Connecticut Academic Libraries Online Conference in June.

University Librarian Paul O. Jenkins served as Head Judge for the New Hampshire Writer's Project Poetry award.
Jenkins also had a flash fiction piece, "ChatBots in Love: A Brief Epistolary Romance" published in the August 21, 2023 edition of the literary journal BarBar.

Reference Librarian, Mary Anne Blauert is researching Women Artists and the Periods of Art beginning from the Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts to Contemporary Art.  Mary Anne is creating a LibGuide that will include this information.

What we're reading / listening to / watching...

Leslie Inglis recommends the podcast, The Ancients (available on many podcast services.)  Each week is a new topic related to ancient history.  Recent topics have included: Harappan Civilization, Pompeii, Stonehenge, and Chichen Itza.  Each episode is about 45 mins to an hour and features historians on a wide variety of subjects.