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This week, we offer a behind-the-scenes peek at some of our new acquisitions and favorite titles of our Technical Services staff, the Fleet peeps responsible for ordering, processing and cataloging our many collections, and this week's guest contributors to See Also. 
Acquisitions of library materials is truly a collaborative effort between library staff and the rest of the RISD community. Please keep those requests and suggestions coming, and enjoy this week's selection of highlighted collections and individual items to be found in your Fleet Library (virtually and IRL).
Margot McIlwain Nishimura
Dean of Libraries


New titles for the Fleet Library’s collections arrive weekly in our Technical Services department. Our acquisitions, which aim to support the curriculum in 20+ academic departments and the curatorial programs of the Museum, typically include art and design monographs, exhibition catalogs, feature films and documentaries, ebooks, graphic novels and periodicals. These are thoughtfully selected by our librarians, with input from faculty, staff and student requests. 

Do you have a recommendation for the library’s circulating collection (book, ebook, DVD or periodical)? Complete our Order Request Form and if it’s a good fit, we’ll make it happen!
A variety of new titles, including Natural PalettesWomen War Photographers, Modern Artifacts and Becoming RBG, have been received and processed by Technical Services staff, and are ready for our shelves. Conduct a search and arrange for contactless pickup of books you'd like to borrow, or make an appointment to come in and browse.  

Did you know that, thanks to the Walter Lorraine Children’s Book Fund, the library has a collection of illustrated children’s books? Two recent acquisitions highlight the Native Cherokee community (We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga) and the artwork of RISD alumna and faculty, Kelly Murphy (Together We Grow).

FAR OUT! This new addition, Soviet Space Graphics: Cosmic Visions from the USSR, contains over 250 eye-popping illustrations from wildly successful Cold War-era Russian popular-science magazines meant to promote state ideology. 

We subscribe to four streaming databases: ArtfilmsArt and Architecture Streaming Video Collection, Kanopy and UbuWeb. As with our other online resources, you must be logged in to our website in order to access them. It's a good idea to "Know Before you Go". Please see our Online Resources page on Streaming Films and Video for important details.

Working remotely? Our growing eBook collection, through databases like Project Muse, EBSCO, Library Stack, Open Access Resources and even your own public library, offers thousands of titles to choose from. To access eBooks, you must be logged in to the library website. eBooks can also be found by using Fleet Search, which will search across most of our databases at once. See our Online Resources page on eBooks for more information.


Our Zine Library lives on the mezzanine level of Fleet, in the far right corner. They may be small, but they're mighty, and include timely titles, such as This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Graphic Guide to Governance by Dan Nott and James Sturm. (Free PDF copies of This is What Democracy Looks Like can be downloaded here.) See our Collection Guide for a list of zines by title and/or call number, and browse the Zine Cover Gallery on Digital Commons for some incredible artwork.

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