Hours Today: 08/29/16
8 am - Midnight | see all hours

Ask a Librarian

Want fashion?

August 29th, 2016

The UVM Libraries provides access for UVM affiliates to resources with contemporary and historic appeal to fashion lovers.

Beyonce 2015 Vogue cover

Vogue Archive
The Vogue Archive contains full issues of Vogue magazine from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, with high-resolution page images.  The Archive is meticulously indexed and can be searched by photographer, fashion item (kimono, scoop neckline, Breton jacket), person pictured, company/brand, designer name, or material (chiffon, wool, taffeta).

Sample image from Brooklyn Museum exhibit in Berg

Berg Fashion Library
The Berg Fashion Library is an interdisciplinary portal to integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. It covers all aspects of clothing, dress, fashion, and textiles around the world and includes access to comprehensive reference sources, as well as images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Bath Fashion Museum, the MoMu Fashion Museum (Belgium), the Commercial Pattern Archive Database and more.

Restrooms for all!

August 26th, 2016

Restroom signage

The UVM Libraries are proud to be introducing some new non gender-segregated restrooms (also sometimes known as “all-gender,” “gender-neutral,” or “gender-inclusive” restrooms) as we start the fall 2016 semester.

These restrooms are the result of student demand, a campus-wide effort to expand access to restrooms that aren’t segregated by gender, and the library’s long-standing commitment to ensuring that all people have equitable access to information.

A few of the benefits of non gender-segregated restrooms are:

  • Safer spaces for trans and gender non-conforming library users
  • Less waiting for restroom availability based on gender
  • Easier access for caretakers of different gender presentations
  • Easier access for custodial staff

We’re also proud to uphold guidelines from the Department of Justice ensuring that trans students can use the restroom that’s consistent with their gender identity.

Basically, you get to choose what’s right for you!

You can find new non gender-segregated restrooms on the second and third floors of Bailey/Howe, near the elevators at the top of the main stairway (Rooms 251 & 252; 351 & 352). We’re currently completing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant renovations to room 252 to increase accessibility.

We also have a pre-existing, non gender-segregated restroom on the ground floor (Room 026). To find it turn right at Media Services and follow signs for Acquisitions. It’s across from Acquisitions and next to the Free Book shelf.

To learn more about the importance of non gender-segregated restrooms and their locations on campus, please see: http://www.uvm.edu/~lgbtqa/?Page=transinfo.html&SM=programsmenu.html

New Books at the Bailey/Howe

August 26th, 2016

Cool off from a summer of beach reads with some new non-fiction! These works can be found on our New Book shelf in Bailey/Howe, an ever-rotating sampling of things we’re adding to our collection. You can also review all our newest books online, and subscribe via RSS to receive alerts about acquisitions, by discipline.

artdark

Artificial Darkness: An Obscure History of Modern Art and Media by Noam M. Elcott

“Darkness has a history and a uniquely modern form. Distinct from night, shadows, and artificial light, ‘artificial darkness’ has been overlooked—until now. In fact, controlled darkness was essential to the rise of photography and cinema, science and spectacle, and a century of advanced art and film. Artificial Darkness is the first book to historicize and theorize this phenomenon and map its applications across a range of media and art forms.” -The University of Chicago Press

wilsex

Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom by Dr. Carin Bondar

“In this chatty and engaging account, science communicator Bondar takes readers on an encyclopedic tour of sex across the animal kingdom…she succeeds by taking a thoroughly evolutionary perspective, describing often shocking actions (various forms of sexual violence are remarkably common in nature) and offering explanations for those behaviors…she also explores topics of particular interest to humans, including monogamous pair bonding (which is very rare) and homosexuality (which is very common). Stories about sex are fun to read, and Bondar makes them informative, too.” -Publishers Weekly

psche

Psychedelia and Other Colours by Rob Chapman

“In Psychedelia and Other Colours, acclaimed author Rob Chapman explores in crystalline detail the history, precedents and cultural impact of LSD, from the earliest experiments in painting with light and immersive environments to the thriving avant-garde scene that existed in San Francisco even before the Grateful Dead and the Fillmore Auditorium. In the UK, he documents an entirely different history, and one that has never been told before. It has its roots in fairy tales and fairgrounds, the music hall and the dead of Flanders fields, in the Festival of Britain and that peculiarly British strand of surrealism that culminated in the Magical Mystery Tour… Psychedelia and Other Colours documents these utopian reverberations – and the dark side of their moon – in a perfect portrait.”-Goodreads

culshake

Culinary Shakespeare: Staging Food and Drink in Early Modern England edited by David B. Goldstein and Amy L. Tigner

“Eating and drinking — vital to all human beings — were of central importance to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Culinary Shakespeare, the first collection devoted solely to the study of food and drink in Shakespeare’s plays, reframes questions about cuisine, eating, and meals in early modern drama… The essays in Culinary Shakespeare build upon that prior focus on individual bodily experience but also transcend it, emphasizing the aesthetic, communal, and philosophical aspects of food, while also presenting valuable theoretical background… Culinary Shakespeare seeks to open new interpretive possibilities and will be of interest not only to scholars and students of Shakespeare and the early modern period, but also to those in food studies, food history, ecology, gender and domesticity, and critical theory.” -Amazon

Copying Nature

July 27th, 2016

Flowers400

In the 1830s and 1840s, John Henry Hopkins, Vermont’s first Episcopal bishop, and his son, John Henry Hopkins Jr., produced the Burlington Drawing-Book of Flowers, and a portfolio version, titled The Vermont Drawing Book of Flowers. The book was designed to be an instructional tool to teach drawing, but Hopkins also hoped that sales would raise much needed funds to support his struggling Vermont Episcopal Institute, a secondary school for boys. This summer, the beautifully hand-colored plates of domestic flowers are on display in the Special Collections reading room in Bailey/Howe Library.

100 Years: Let’s Celebrate!

July 19th, 2016

nationalpark

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration.

The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.

This exhibit includes materials selected from our Government Information collection.  The UVM Libraries are proud to be part of the Federal Depository Library Program.

fedsymbol

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

New Exhibit: On the Waterfront

July 6th, 2016

blog_camps_image

For the 2016 Vermont History Expo, UVM Special Collections responded to the event theme of “the power of water” with an exhibit drawn from the rich resources about Vermont summer camps in the Vermont Research Collection. “On the Waterfront,” which focuses on camp waterfronts and water activities, will be displayed in the Baily/Howe Library lobby for the summer.

Vermont’s lakes, ponds and reservoirs have provided the setting for children’s summer camps since the late 1800s. For over a century, camp promotional materials have promoted their beautiful and safe waterfront locations. Staff and campers agree that the waterfront has been central to the camp experience. As one camp proclaimed, “Swimming and boating are the crowning delights of camp life.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 802-656-2138.

Government Documents closing through October of 2016

April 13th, 2016

Federal_depository_library_logo.svg

The Government Information area will be closed for construction through October. Materials will be temporarily stored off-site. Patrons needing to use government publications over the summer should contact Government Information personnel (govdocs@uvm.edu, 656-2542).

If needs for government publications arise, we will do our best to obtain the materials. Staff will be available throughout the construction period.

Sugar on Snow, April 26, 11-2:30

April 12th, 2016

Maple syrup, pickles, donuts and coffee will be served at UVM’s annual maple celebration in front of Bailey/Howe.

SUGARONSNOW-sm

Holocaust Stories

April 11th, 2016

milman

As part of her spring semester internship in Special Collections, senior Perri Moreno created a new exhibit for the department, “Holocaust Stories.” The exhibit includes powerful stories of Holocaust experiences in works by book artists Barbara Milman, Tatana Kellner, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Jeffrey W. Morin, and Jacques Fournier. These books are just some of the titles that Special Collections has acquired to support the work of UVM’s Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year.

Spring Exhibits in the Bailey/Howe Lobby

March 18th, 2016

From Pyramus & Thisbe, with woodcuts by Chris Nurse.

Our Special Collections librarians created two exhibits for the Bailey/Howe lobby this semester, “Shakespeare in Print” and “John Johnson: Surveyor, Master Builder, Civil Engineer, and More.”

Shakespeare in Print: Interpretations of the Bard’s Theatrical Works at the Quadricentennial of his Death

This exhibit, curated by Jeffrey Marshall, Director of Special Collections, presents a variety of approaches to Shakespeare in print using examples from the Rare Book Collection.

At the death of William Shakespeare on April 23, 1616, his literary and theatrical reputation was etched in the memories of the general public, but little of it was reflected in print.  Some of his plays had been published individually in “quartos,” but apparently the Bard had little or no active participation in their publication.  Two of his stage colleagues decided to remedy this deficiency by publishing the complete works of Shakespeare in “folio” format.  Working from Shakespeare’s notes, the published quartos, and their own memories, the two prepared thirty-six plays for publication.  Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Tragedies, & Histories (London, 1623), popularly known today as The First Folio, was published in an edition of about 750 copies.  Second, Third, and Fourth folios followed later in the century, and thousands of editions, of varying format and content, have been published in the centuries since.

John Johnson: Surveyor, Master Builder, Civil Engineer, and More

The second exhibit sheds light on the extensive talents and activities of John Johnson (1771-1842), who came to northwestern Vermont in 1790 and settled in Burlington in 1809.

As a surveyor, Johnson played an important role in land development during Vermont’s early years. He served as Vermont’s surveyor general from 1813 to 1823, and again from 1832 to 1838, and supervised surveys of the eastern section of the Canada-U.S. border from 1817 to 1820. Johnson designed a wide variety of building types and structures, including, including the first and second College Buildings at UVM.  He was also an agent for the Vermont Mutual Fire Insurance Co., served in the legislature in 1803, and helped organize associations that sponsored lectures and debates and supported lending libraries. The exhibit includes maps, surveys and drawings from Special Collections’ extensive John Johnson Collection.

uvm1829

Johnson’s drawing for UVM’s Middle Building, 1829