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Climate Resilient Everday Story Contest


Everyday, ordinary people are making decisions to fortify their livelihood and personal values against the possible negative impacts of climate change – The family making an emergency kit with essential supplies for an upcoming extreme weather event; the teen lobbying for a idling truck policy to limit poor air quality days; the employee participating in an earthquake drill. What does climate resilience look like in everyday life? The Holy Cross Libraries and the Office of Sustainability invite you to submit a short non-fiction story to the 2021 Climate Resilient Everyday Short Story Contest. Let’s explore how everyday people are demonstrating climate resilience and let’s amplify those voices.

All College of the Holy Cross students, alumni, faculty, and staff as well as anyone holding a Holy Cross Libraries card are eligible to participate.

Entry Rules
~ Short stories must be non-fiction and somehow answer the question, what does climate resilience look like in everyday life? Personal stories or stories about others are accepted.
~ Participants must complete the digital submission form and may only submit one story. No paper entries will be accepted.
~ Stories must be original and previously unpublished, including online blogs.
~ Stories used for course or work assignments may be submitted as long as they were not published elsewhere.
~ Please submit non-fiction stories with 1,500 words or less, in Times New Roman font size 12 and one-inch margins. Single, 1.5, or double spacing are all accepted. ~ The title of the story should be in the header of each page, and stories must be written in English.

~ Due February 24
~ Submit :

Notification of the Winner
The winner will be notified by Holy Cross’ director of sustainability by mid-March. All contestants will be notified shortly thereafter, via the email address provided during submission.

The winning story will get added to CrossWorks, Holy Cross’ open access institutional repository. In addition, the contest winner will receive $250 and an announcement on the Libraries’ Newsfeed.

The Climate Resilient Everyday Short Story Contest is financially supported by a grant from the Resilient Communities program within the American Library Association.


More information:

Peer Research Consultant - open to classes '22 and '23. Remote for spring 2021. Contact

If you like the idea of learning new research skills, are comfortable presenting to groups and enjoy helping fellow students, consider applying to be a Peer Research Consultant!

Peer Research Consultants or PRCs assist librarians in library instruction sessions, contribute to outreach and other projects relating to research support, and provide personalized research assistance to their fellow students through Peer2Peer Research Consultations.

This position is open to interested members of the classes of 2022 and 2023. Work-study eligibility is not required.

No prior experience working in the Libraries is required; however, you should be familiar with very basic library research skills such as checking out a book, using CrossSearch and recognizing scholarly sources. Schedule is flexible, beginning with 4-6 hours per week of training in the Spring 2021 semester and moving to 8-10 hours per week once training is completed. PRCs will work remotely in Spring 2021. Residence on campus during the Spring 2021 semester is not required  to apply.

For more information, and to apply, visit Applications are due by Monday, January 25, 2021. Applicants who successfully pass the first round will be contacted in early January and invited to an in-person interview between Sunday, January 31 – Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Dinand and the Science Library will be open to those with permission to be on campus during the J-Term / Winter Break, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  All libraries will be closed Saturdays & Sundays during this time.

For more information, visit the libraries’ hours page:

Questions?  Email a reference librarian at

Next week, Dinand Library and the Science Library will be open to those who have approved access Monday 12/21, and Tuesday, 12/22, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Wednesday, 12/23, the library buildings will be closed, but library staff will be available online should you need assistance.

The library buildings will be closed from Wednesday, December 23 – Sunday, January 3.   The full hours calendar is available on the Libraries’ Hours page:

Access to online materials including databases, online journals, and e-books, will still be available during this time.  If you need immediate assistance, please visit our research help chat service at, open 24/7 except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Due to the weather, the library buildings are closed today. However, we are still offering live remote help via chat and Zoom! If you need assistance, you can contact a librarian on the “Ask a Librarian” page:
You can also still access all of our electronic databases and resources. Stay warm!

Starting Friday, December 11th, Dinand Library will have special hours for finals.  Please remember that ALL students are REQUIRED to check in at the circulation desk before being allowed entry, and to present your Holy Cross ID card for verification of approved access.

For the full schedule, visit the library hours page:

For virtual assistance, book a PRS appointment or chat with a librarian on the “Ask A Librarian” page:

Virtual Citation Frustration Station dates and times, link included.

The Libraries and the Writer’s Workshop* will offer virtual drop-in citation help via Zoom for Holy Cross students during the following days and EST times:
*Tuesday, December 8, 3 pm – 5 pm
*Thursday, December 10, 4 pm – 6pm; and 7 pm – 9 pm 
*Monday, December 14, 3 pm – 5 pm 
Wednesday, December 16, 4 pm – 6 pm 
Thursday, December 17, 7 pm – 9 pm 

*Dates marked with an asterisk will include a representative from the Writer’s Workshop.  

We can help you cite any source in any citation style – drop-in with all of your citation questions!  We hope to see you there! 

Interlibrary loan services from the Worcester Art Museum Library are currently postponed until Friday, December 4th. ILL services from the WAM Library will resume on 12/4.

During this time, if you have any questions, please email .

The Circulation Desk of Dinand Library. A staff member wears a surgial mask due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Dinand and the Science Library will have special hours during the week of November 22.   View the full schedule:
Please note that Dinand and the Science Library will be closed Wednesday 11/25 – Saturday 11/28.  Access to online resources will still be available during this time via CrossSearch and the electronic databases.

The libraries have a new resource guide for Native American Heritage Month. This guide includes links to print and ebooks, relevant databases for further research, and more!


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