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Courier Delivery and LRA Document Delivery Canceled: Tuesday, March 14

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Library courier service and the LRA document delivery service will be canceled today (Tuesday March 14) due to dangerous road conditions and short staffing.

Our apologies for any inconvenience that this creates.

Dear Diary: Women’s Lives in Their Own Words

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 6:00 pm
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Special Collections librarians and Preservation Burlington members will showcase the words of Vermont women who wrote about their experiences attending, working, and teaching at colleges and universities. Drawing from the UVM Libraries manuscripts collection, they will read selections from diaries and letters written by Ellen Hamilton Woodruff, one of UVM’s first female students, UVM Dean of Students Mary Jean Simpson, Genieve Lamson, a Randolph, Vermont woman who attended the University of Chicago, and Katherine Fletcher, who graduated from the Johnson State Normal School. Audience participation is strongly encouraged. Please bring your own journal to read.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.

Visitor parking information.

Photo: October 26-27 entries in Mary Jean Simpson’s 1937 diary, shortly after she became Dean of Students at UVM.

Fair Use Week at UVM Libraries

Friday, February 17th, 2017

UVM Libraries Celebrate Fair Use Week! February 20- 24th

What is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week?

By Jeanene Light of the Dana Medical Library

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions. Under these terms, copyrighted materials are allowed use without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use is one of the traditional safety valves intended to balance the interests of copyright holders with the public interest in the wider distribution and use of creative works by allowing certain limited uses that might otherwise be considered infringement.

While students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material employ fair use and fair dealing on a daily basis, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week celebrates this important right.

How do you determine fair use in your research or education?

To determine if a use is “fair use”, there are typically four factors used to evaluate the work in question. Read more and find more information, about these four factors at the University of Texas Libraries website page on Fair Use. Also learn about Fair Use in a Day in the Life of a College Student in the poster below.

Contact Jeanene Light at 656-0521 with questions about Fair Use Week at UVM.

 

Scholarly Metrics – Research by UVM Library Faculty

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Hot off the presses! Check out this article on UVM Faculty attitudes towards, and use of scholarly metrics by Bailey/Howe Librarians, Daniel DeSanto and Aaron Nichols. Congratulations Dan and Aaron.

Abstract:

This article presents the results of a faculty survey conducted at the University of Vermont during academic year 2014-2015. The survey asked faculty about: familiarity with scholarly metrics, metric-seeking habits, help-seeking habits, and the role of metrics in their department’s tenure and promotion process. The survey also gathered faculty opinions on how well scholarly metrics reflect the importance of scholarly work and how faculty feel about administrators gathering institutional scholarly metric information. Results point to the necessity of understanding the campus landscape of faculty knowledge, opinion, importance, and use of scholarly metrics before engaging faculty in further discussions about quantifying the impact of their scholarly work.

Citation and link:

DeSanto, D., & Nichols, A. (2017). Scholarly Metrics Baseline: A Survey of Faculty Knowledge, Use, and Opinion about Scholarly Metrics. College & Research Libraries, 78(2), 150–170. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.78.2.150

Fall in Love with a New Book!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Stop by the first floor New Books section of the Bailey/Howe Library and take a look at some of these gorgeous new art books!

 

Alex Janvier

“Many of his masterpieces involve an eloquent blend of both abstract and representational images with bright, often symbolic colours. As a First Nations person emerging from a history of oppression and many struggles for cultural empowerment, Janvier paints both the challenges and celebrations that he has encountered in his lifetime. Alex proudly credits the beadwork and birch bark basketry of his mother and other relatives as influencing his art.” – from Alex Janvier’s website.

      

 

The Edge of the Earth : Climate Change in Photography and Video

“Increasingly and forebodingly, artists are turning their attention to the subject of climate change, in poignant and often confrontational ways. The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video features recent and historic work by a range of pioneering and visionary artists from around the world. Photojournalism from the RIC’s famed Black Star Collection is also included, contextualising artistic reflections alongside half a century of historical reportage on the environment.” – from the Ryerson Image Centre website.

      

 

Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius

“Hieronymus Bosch is a world-class artist. His characteristic work full of illusions and hallucinations, bizarre monsters and nightmares, depicts the great themes of his time: temptation, sin and judgement. His work was no less popular after his death and it has inspired innumerable artists to the present day. It also means that Bosch is one of the most important artists of the late Middle Ages. His popularity is, of course, connected with the puzzling character of his images. You remain fascinated.” – from the Bosch Exhibition website at the Noordbrabants Museum.

      

 

Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest

“Over the past thirty years, Rist (b. 1962) has achieved international renown as a pioneer of video art and multimedia installations. Her mesmerizing works envelop viewers in sensual, vibrantly colored kaleidoscopic projections that fuse the natural world with the technological sublime. Referring to her art as a “glorification of the wonder of evolution,” Rist maintains a deep sense of curiosity that pervades her explorations of physical and psychological experiences. Her works bring viewers into unexpected, all-consuming encounters with the textures, forms, and functions of the living universe around us.” – from the New Museum’s website on the latest Pipilotti Rist exhibition, Pixel Forest.

      

Information Literacy – Now More Than Ever

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

INFORMATION LITERACY AT UVM

University of Vermont students have more access to information now than they have ever had in their lives. Yet rarely do students come to us with a complex understanding of the information they encounter. As teachers, how do we guide our students through a complicated information landscape and help them become better researchers and more informed writers?

Information literacy is more than a discrete set of skills. Students must understand the context in which information resides. A request to find appropriate information on a topic assumes that students will understand why a certain resource may or may not be appropriate for a given audience. A request to find scholarly articles on a topic assumes that a student understands how scholarly articles are produced and contribute to disciplinary conversations. To be effective teachers of information literacy is to explicitly attend to the contextual questions of “how” and “why” that are so often overlooked. Information literacy is an iterative, progressive, and scaffolded set of skills, abilities, and habits of mind.

INFORMATION LITERACY AT UVM IS:

> taught across all years of the student experience.

> embedded throughout the process of identifying topics, posing questions, reading, research, and synthesizing information to create final products.

> relevant to all disciplines and across all disciplines.

> collaboratively taught in partnership between librarians, faculty, and students.

> assessed through assignments and coursework.

The Association of College and Research Libraries, which guides and supports information literacy in higher education, defines information literacy as: “The set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.”

UVM’S INTEGRATED APPROACH TO INFORMATION LITERACY

Expectations for understanding information literacy, conducting research, and writing are different in all disciplines. As learners and practitioners, our understanding of information literacy is constantly developing.

Students learn about information literacy most effectively when it is integrated throughout the curriculum. UVM’s Writing and Information Literacy General Education outcome helps address the teaching and learning of information literacy, and writing through the collaboration of librarians and faculty.

At UVM two initiatives are in place to structure this progression by combining the interrelated practices of writing and information literacy:

Foundational Writing and Information Literacy (FWIL) is designed to meet the needs of first-year students. Courses that fulfill this requirement address information literacy, critical reading, revision, and the ability to adapt one’s writing to a particular audience and situation.

Writing and Information Literacy in the Disciplines (WILD) works with departments to develop a curricular approach to teaching information literacy and writing across a student’s four-year undergraduate experience.

As students move past college they will continue to engage with the concepts of information literacy and use the skills that they have developed at UVM. In many professions, information literacy manifests itself through the use of evidence-based practices that help inform decisions and actions.

INFORMATION LITERACY BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

As citizens in a complex global society, UVM graduates will face demands to critically engage with information, generate knowledge, and solve problems in a variety of personal, professional, and civic contexts. UNESCO’s Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning describes information literacy as a basic human right in a digital world that promotes social inclusion. In this larger context, information literacy can be transformative and provides a means for understanding the economic, political, and social forces that impact people’s ability to access information in order to educate themselves and facilitate change.

AN INVITATION TO COLLABORATE

We invite you to work with your subject librarian to integrate and sequence information literacy into your classes and across the curriculum. Contact your librarian to start the conversation.

Librarians can work with you to:

> develop information literacy outcomes for your course.

> support specific assignments through targeted instruction.

> create tutorials and guides to enhance student learning outside the classroom.

> collaborate to create and assess effective assignments.

Continuum of Librarian Support for Information Literacy

> Point-of-need assistance is available through various Ask A Librarian reference services.

> Student research support is available through individual and group consultations with librarians.

> Library instruction is available for individual courses to support specific research needs.

Programmatic information literacy is integrated into the curriculum in cooperation with faculty across campus.

FURTHER READING

> Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Association of College and Research Libraries. (2016).

> Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2015.Wolff, C., Rod, A.B., & Schonfeld, R.C. (2016).

> Project Information Literacy. Information School, University of Washington. (2016).

Come Celebrate!

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Government Information Open House and Groundhog’s Day Celebration

Thursday February 2nd

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Government Information, Ground Floor of Bailey/Howe

 

Come celebrate the opening of our brand new Government Information area and Groundhog Day! There will be tours, groundhog themed snacks, prizes, button making and plenty of fun.  We hope to see you there!

 

The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript

Friday, January 13th, 2017

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The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript: Theories on Its Origin and Use

Presented by Ray Clemens, Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts, Yale University

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 6:00 pm

Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library

 

Ray Clemens will talk about the Voynich manuscript, an early 15th-century codex that has been called the world’s most mysterious book. The book was written by hand in an unknown language that no one has yet been able to decipher. Colorful illustrations of unidentifiable plants, zodiac signs, astronomical and cosmological diagrams, and naked women in bathing pools add to the mystery.

Clemens is the editor of The Voynich Manuscript, which was published by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Yale University Press in 2016. The facsimile volume, with new color photographs of the original manuscript and reproductions of its unusual folded sections, includes six essays that provide historical, cryptographic, forensic, and alchemical perspectives on the manuscript’s origins, owners, and meaning. The manuscript can also be viewed online.

Ray Clemens is the Curator, Early Books & Manuscripts at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. He previously served as Acting Director of the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies and was an Associate Professor of History at Illinois State University. Clemens is the co-author, with Timothy Graham, of Introduction to Manuscript Studies.  His research interests include medieval hagiography, Renaissance cartography, and the history of the book.

The presentation is sponsored by UVM Special Collections and the College of Arts and Sciences Medieval Studies Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.

Visitor parking information.

Illustration credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Resources on the “Smallest Freedom Fighter”

Friday, January 13th, 2017

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Explore materials celebrating the “Smallest Freedom Fighter,” Sheyann Webb-Christburg, before she comes to present at UVM on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel. Check out our wide selection of books and documentaries detailing various stages of the Civil Rights Movement.

Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Movement, by Sheyann Webb-Christburg

Selma’s Peacemaker, by Ralph Schmeltzer

Selma, 1965, by Charles E. Fager

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Selma, Lord, Selma and Eyes on the Prize (DVD 9176 and DVD 5909)

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New Films from Bailey/Howe’s Media Resources

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Don’t forget to de-stress with some new films from Bailey/Howe Library’s Media Resources, located on the Ground Floor. A complete list of new movies can always be found here, but below are a select few!

 

The Wailing –  DVD 11866

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“The Wailing” is an expansive and often excruciating horror film from South Korea. It is the work of the director Na Hong-jin, whose 2009 debut feature, the action thriller “The Chaser” made a huge impression not least for its almost staggering flouting of genre convention. “The Wailing,” about demonic possession, is similarly uncompromising… I was so invested with Jong-gu and his family that as the suspense, violence and worse ratcheted up, I was not merely scared, but heartbroken…Handle with care.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – DVD 11894

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The coming-of-age tale, the on-the-run road movie, the buddy comedy, the boy’s adventure story — all genres that require a steady hand and a singular sensibility, and all of which you’ll find in Taika Waititi’s goofy, giddy mash-up about two fugitives fleeing authorities in the New Zealand bush. – David Fear, Rolling Stone

 

Night Will Fall – DVD 11872

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As the WWII tide turned in their direction in 1944-45, the Allied forces had more than military liberation on their minds: They wanted to win the propaganda war as well, to forever discredit Nazism in Germany and around the world. Commissioned by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, shot by combat and newsreel cameramen accompanying troops as they liberated occupied Europe, and supervised by a remarkable team, the film “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey” was intended to be their weapon. But politics prevented the pic’s completion and distribution, as recounted in British helmer Andre Singer’s powerful, must-see documentary “Night Must Fall,” which chronicles the untold story of the film’s history. – Alissa Simon, Variety

 

OJ: Made in America –  DVD 11874

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Ezra Edelman’s stunningly ambitious, eight-hour documentary is a masterpiece, a refined piece of investigative journalism that places the subject it illuminates into the broader context of the end of the 20th century. You may think you know everything about The Trial of the Century, …but “OJ: Made in America” not only fills in details about the case but offers background and commentary that you’ve never heard before. It is an examination of race, domestic abuse, celebrity, civil rights, the LAPD, the legal process and murder over the last fifty years, using the OJ Simpson story as a way to refract society. Its length may seem daunting, but I would have watched it for another eight hours and will almost certainly watch it again before the summer is over. It’s that good. – Brian Tallerico, Rogerebert.com