Database of the Week: National Library Week

This week is National Library Week, which runs from April 4 until April 10. For over 60 years, National Library Week has been an annual celebration that highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. 

From the American Library Association: The [2021] theme for National Library Week, “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building... During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.

In honor of NLW, this week, the Kenyon library is highlighting resources in our online collection that are about libraries & information science or are unique & special collections from other libraries:

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text 
Indexes hundreds of journals plus books, research reports and proceedings on librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. 

Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library 
Contains unique prompt books from the Folger Shakespeare Library. These prompt books describe key performances in Great Britain and the United States, between the 17th and 20th centuries. This resource also contains curated case studies built around 17 selected performances with supplementary materials.

Testaments to the Holocaust 
Digital collection from the Wiener Library in London, offers searchable personal accounts of life in Nazi Germany, photographs, propaganda materials such as school text books, small publications and rare serials reflecting Jewish life in Germany from 1933 to after the war, life in the concentration camps, in hiding, emigration and refugee life. Items are arranged in five categories and include over 1,200 eyewitness accounts, about 4,000 photographs, over 400 Nazi propaganda materials (many of which are very rare), various Wiener Library publications from the 1930s to the 1960s, and the library's biographical index cards.

 Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library (ProQuest History Vault) 
The Women's Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College consists of materials focusing on voting rights, national politics, and reproductive rights.

When you are off campus, you will need to login with your Kenyon username/password and DUO to access the library's online resources. For more information on off-campus access, please watch our video on Off-Campus Login and Linking to Full-Text, one of the Middle Path Minute videos in the library's tutorial series on YouTube. 

To find any of the 460 databases available in the library's online collection, go to The library's entire collection of research databases may be found in this alphabetized list. Databases can help you find journal articles, video, audio, current & historical news, and much more.

If you ever have any questions about using any of the library's databases or on how to find more library resources, don't hesitate to contact the library's Research & Reference Desk or email a librarian

We are available to help you, wherever you are. The Research & Reference Desk is open Sunday through Friday (hours vary each day) via chat, text (740-444-4031), and email ( You may also make an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one help.