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March is Womens' History Month Join Salem Academy College as we celebrate the diverse women who have contributed to history, culture and society! Student Life at Salem College [if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 </xml><xml> </xml>...

    March is Womens' History Month

Join Salem Academy & College as we celebrate the diverse women

who have contributed to history, culture and society!

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Student Life at Salem College

Today, the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. ranks Salem College as the oldest women's college in the nation by founding date and the 13th oldest college overall. Salem Academy, a college preparatory/boarding school for girls in grades nine through 12, also shares our 64-acre campus.


Believing that women deserved an education comparable to that given men -- a radical view for that era -- the Moravians began a school for girls in 1772. In its early years, Salem was run by the unmarried women of the Moravian community, who were known as "Single Sisters." Elisabeth Oesterlein, who would be the first teacher of what is now Salem College and her fellow Sisters were economically self-sufficient, a rare condition for women of the 18th century. The meticulous records of the Moravians show that Salem educated girls of African-American heritage as early as 1785, and that in the 1820s, the daughter of a Cherokee Indian chief attended the school but left to join the Trail of Tears.

Take a trip through history and learn about your other "sisters"!

Gramley Library Book List

- Library of Congress's resources on Women's History Month - Women's History Month on the History Channel -  National Womens History Project Website 



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February is African American History Month! 

Join Salem Academy & College Libraries as we honor the generations of African Americans who struggled in order to achieve full citizenship in American society.

Recommended Reading and Viewings:

Title/Author Call #
Freedom riders : 1961 and the struggle for racial justice / Raymond Arsenault E185.61 .A69 2006
The breakthrough : politics and race in the age of Obama / Gwen Ifill E185.615 .I34 2009
I am a man [videorecording] E185.86 .I16 2006
All bound up together : the woman question in African American public culture, 1830-1900 / Martha S. Jones E185.86 .J663 2007
Marcus Garvey [videorecording] : look for me in the whirlwind / E185.97.G3 M364 2001
On the altar of freedom [electronic resource] : a black soldier's Civil War letters from the front / James Henry Gooding E513.5 54 th .G66 1991 eb
Dancing many drums : excavations in African American dance / edited by Thomas F. DeFrantz GV1624.7.A34 D38 2002
The unlevel playing field : a documentary history of the African American experience in sport / [edited by] David K. Wiggins and Patrick B. Miller GV706.32.U65 2003
Ella Fitzgerald [videorecording] : Live in '57 & '63 M1366.F58 2006
Born musicians [videorecording] : traditional music from the Gambia  M1830.R46 2000 cass.1 
Black women and music : more than the blues / edited by Eileen M. Hayes and Linda F. Williams ML82.A37 2007
Carolina clay : the life and legend of the slave potter Dave / Leonard Todd NK4210.D247 T63 2008
Lift every voice [videorecording]  NX164.B55 I44 1999 v.1
Dreamgirls [videorecording] PN1995.9 .M86 D74 2007
Small steps, big strides [videorecording] PN1995.N4 S615 1997 
Writing the future of Black America : literature of the hip-hop generation / Daniel Grassian PS153 .N5 G69 2009
Gay voices of the Harlem Renaissance / A.B. Christa Schwarz PS153.G38 S39 2003
Harlem crossroads : Black writers and the photograph in the twentieth century / Sara Blair PS153.N5 B563 2007
Harlem speaks : a living history of the Harlem Renaissance / edited by Cary D. Wintz PS153.N5 H267 2007
Scarring the Black body : race and representation in African American literature / Carol E. Henderson PS153.N5 H46 2002
Afro-blue : improvisations in African American poetry and culture / Tony Bolden PS310 .N4 B65 2004
"After Mecca" : women poets and the Black Arts Movement / Cheryl Clarke PS310.N4 C48 2005
Inventing black women : African American women poets and self-representation, 1877-2000 / Ajuan Maria Mance PS310.N4 M36 2007
Black feminism in contemporary drama / Lisa M. Anderson PS338.N4 A48 2008
A beautiful pageant : African American theatre, drama, and performance in the Harlem Renaissance, 1910-1927 / David Krasner PS338.N4 K73 2002
Belabored professions : narratives of African American working womanhood / Xiomara Santamarina PS366.A35 S26 2005


December 2009 - New eBooks!!!

Beginning December 14, 2009, Gramley Library will offer library patrons 318 new eBooks made available through NC LIVE with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the State Library of North Carolina.  The new eBooks, with subjects focusing primarily on classic literature, history, biography, language learning, health, and medicine, are available to library patrons both within Gramley Library, and remotely via any Internet connection.

Just Click below!

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New Databases and Online Resources!

African-American Band Music and Recordings, 1883-1923  - Offers popular music by African-American composers for two types of instrumental ensemble: for band and for what musicians call "theater orchestra" or "hotel orchestra."

BioOne a global, not-for-profit collaboration bringing together scientific societies, publishers, and libraries to provide access to critical, peer-reviewed research in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.

FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) - leades international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information.

FAO Corporate Document Repository - houses FAO documents and publications, as well as selected non-FAO publications, in electronic format. It enables users to easily access the accumulated knowledge and information produced by FAO directly on the Internet.

SocINDEX   - offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study.

Virtual Instrument Museum - Online museum of the World Musical Instrument Collection of the Music Department at Wesleyan University


News - Fall 2009

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Click on the link below for Influenza Information




Displays in the lobby  - Summer 2009


"The Hero's Journey" - information on author Joseph Campbell and artists Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson and Jasper John, all of whom influenced Salem graduate, Tonnie Thomas, class of 2008.

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Ms. Thomas' artwork is on permanent display in the Gramley Library lobby as a gift from Salem graduate Adrienne A. Livengood-Baker, class of 2009.




January 2009

The Salem Academy and College community now has access to several new database resources as provided by NC LIVE. They are as follows:

Career Library - Includes career interest assessment tests, college and career profiles, a résumé building tool and much more.

SimplyMap - A web-based demographic, business and marketing data mapping tool. USERS MUST "CREATE PERSONAL WORKSPACE" TO SAVE WORK. See also: brochure description and the "Quick Reference Guide" to get started.

Auto Repair Center - Information related to automotive parts & procedures for almost any make & model of car or truck from 1945 to present.

Literary Reference Center - Detailed information on the most studied authors and their works - from antiquity to present day.

Newspaper Source Plus - Full text for 149 national & international newspapers and selective full text for 410 U.S newspapers; also, full-text television & radio news transcripts.

We hope that you find the new databases useful! To locate a listing of all of our databases, follow this link . Please contact the reference librarians if you need assistance using these great resources.

NEWS - December 2008

  • Collaboratories are now available for the Salem academic community's use!
  • NEW BOOKS are available for your perusal.
  • FINAL EXAMS WEEK: Gramley Library's doors will be open 24 hours a day over the exam period. Doors will open at 8:30am on Reading Day (12/10) and will remain open until the library closes at 5:00pm on Monday, December 15. For additional information about library hours and closings during December, please check our Google Calendar.


NEWS - November 2008

CITATION WORKSHOP (FREE!): Tuesday, 11/18/08, and Friday, 11/21/08, from 4-5pm in the VCC (Video Conference Center), a room located in the Fine Arts Center. Learn about some useful citation tools as well as general citation guidelines. Bring your specific questions, too! Contacts: Sarah Rothstein Smith (917-5420) or Sydney Davis (917-5381).

NEWS - September 2008 

Effective as of September 1, 2008:

According to the agreement with the Triad Academic Library Association ("TALA"), current Salem College students, staff, and faculty may borrow circulating books directly from any of the following libraries:

  • NC A&T's Bluford Library
  • Elon University's Belk Library
  • High Point University's Smith Library
  • UNCG's Jackson Library
  • Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library
  • Winston-Salem State University's O'Kelly Library
  • the libraries of Alamance, Forsyth, and Guilford Technical Community Colleges

More information about the TALA agreement is available here.

All will be asked to show a valid photo ID AND be prepared to confirm your status as a currently enrolled or employed Salem College community member. For example, a Salem student may be required to confirm enrollment by looking up her course schedule in SIS; Salem staff and faculty members may be asked to find their names in the Salem Directory (link is located on the Salem College's home page, next to "MySalem") and/or on a department's home page. 

Questions? Please call (336) 721-2649 for assistance.


NEWS - July 2008 

EBSCOhost databases, such Academic Search Premier, PsycArticles, Business Source Complete, etc., received a web 2.0 upgrade this summer. To learn more about how to navigate the updated interface, here's a flash demonstration:

Some of the key new features include an improved "visual search" function, a cite button, and more transparent limiting options. Find a complete list of enhancements and more tips for using the new interface at the following site:

NEWS - May 2008 

"CATALOG ACCESS" computer stations have arrived at Gramley Library!  Mac computers located on the Basement, Ground, 2nd, and 3rd floor levels allow patrons to access the library's catalog from these floors without having to backtrack to the first floor computer stations.  No login is required for use, making catalog searching easy.

These "catalog access" stations were installed in response to students and faculty members who wanted to be able to search the library's catalog from any floor. We hope that these stations fulfill this need. We would love to hear your feedback about them - submit it here!


NEWS - April 2008

SPECIAL EVENT: "The Googlization of Libraries"
Thursday, April 10 at 7pm - Shirley Recital Hall, Salem Fine Arts Center  

Leonard Kniffel, author of the travel memoir, A Polish Son in the Motherland: An American's Journey Home, and editor-in-chief of American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, will be speaking about his work and "the Googlization of Libraries."  Please join us! 


NEWS - February 2008

A free CITATION TOOLS WORKSHOP will be offered in the Library's Assembly Room on Friday, Feb. 8 from 4-5pm and Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9-10am. Learn about EndNote Web, Zotero, and other tools that make managing your bibliographic records easier. Salem College staff, students, and faculty are welcome to attend. Contact Sarah Rothstein, 917-5420, for more information.

NEWS - January 2008

   Now available from the NC LIVE Media Collection -- online access to over 250 PBS programs, including "The American Experience," "Frontline," and several of Ken Burns' documentaries. [Note that Flash Media Player 9 or higher and a high speed Internet connection are required to view these programs.]

New books have arrived this January - browse the ground floor bookcases by the fireplace while brewing your coffee or tea.

NEWS - Fall 2007

CHAT REFERENCE VIA NCknows is a new service being offered to Salem's community. Salem patrons can use the service obtain research assistance from professional librarians any time of day, seven days a week.  See: Ask A Librarian to discover all the ways that you can obtain research assistance.

NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES, provided for use within the library, may be checked out for (3) hours from the circulation desk with a current Salem ID. 

LOCKERS are now available on the ground floor (street level) of the library. Need a secure place to store your books while in class? Check out a locker key from the circulation desk.  Keys circulate for three (3) day periods.

ACADEMIC GROUP STUDY ROOMS - a policy modification, based on feedback received from students and other Salem community members, provides for advance,  self-scheduled, reservations to be made for the second floor study rooms.  Sign-up sheets with instructions are available outside the study room entrances.

NEWS - Summer 2007

Gramley Library's remodeling continued over the summer.  Some of the major changes include: 

  • 16 Computer workstations were added to the Reading Room
  • Two rooms on the second floor were converted into group study areas, which may also be used for general study.  As a result, the second floor now features glass barriers to the noise downstairs, creating additional quiet study spaces.
  • Doors were added to the Reading Room entrances, providing barriers to the noise generated outside of the room.


DISPLAYS in the Lobby 

Salem Academy and College owns a unique and valuable collection of Seagrove pottery, thanks to a generous gift from Mamie Hegwood Braddy.  Many of the most beautiful pieces on display at Gramley Library were created by famed Jugtown Ware potter, Ben Owen.


Spring and summer 2008 features the display on Sarah Childress Polk, a Salem alumnae and wife of former U.S. President James Knox Polk.