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She’s All That

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

She’s All That
DVD 10388
She’s All That might not be the best teen romantic comedy out there. It might not even be the best one released in 1999 (especially compared to the likes of the crowd-pleaser 10 Things I Hate About You). But of all the films about social transformation and prom queens and 25-year-olds playing 17-year-olds, She’s All That is certainly the one nearest and dearest to my heart. Starring Rachel Leigh Cook, who has sadly since been relegated to Video-on-Demand releases ever since the disastrous release of the criminally underrated Josie and the Pussycats, and Freddie Prinze Jr., whose last theatrical release set the record for lowest grossing film of all time, She’s All That seemed to have unwittingly set a lingering curse on the careers of its cast and crew. Did I mention that this film was written by M. Night Shyamalan?
In the second paragraph I would normally explain the premise of the film, but will I have to? This film’s take on stage classic Pygmalion has been digested, recycled, and spoofed in so many other films that it has almost become a genre unto itself. After pretty boy Zack (Prinze) gets dumped for an MTV star (wow, it really does feel like 1999!) he accepts a bet from his friend (the late Paul Walker) that he can turn *any* girl at their school into the next prom queen. That girl winds up being none other than Laney (Cook), whose sins against high school popularity seem to be little more than nerdy trivialities like wearing glasses or enjoying art. You can easily surmise the rest of the film: They get close, she finds out his deception and rejects him, but they manage to reunite at the big dance- and everything hinges around Hart’s Cinderella-like transformation.
It’s pretty amusing to consider the gravity the film awards to Laney’s make-over sequence. The camera draws up her body as she descends the stairs, like debutante at a ball. Freddie Prinze Jr. is flabbergasted. She took her glasses off! She’s wearing a tight red dress! She wears make-up now, though the actress was clearly doing so already! Honestly, it’s a pretty patriarchal notion to think that a slight change of attire can redefine a woman’s entire image, but that hasn’t prevented the same trope from being repeated every year by newer teen movies- such as last year’s The DUFF. I believe (more like hope, really) that the “ugly duckling transformation” is supposed to be subversive indictment of the cluelessness of the male leads, with true happiness only being reached once they realize that, you know, inner verve is what’s important. Regardless, the cast is positively magnetic, and their on-screen presence is a welcome one. She’s All That is a perfect watch anytime you want to bathe in brightly colored nineties melodrama, and I would never bet against that.

Persistent Link

Panel discussion on UVM faculty work with immigrant and refugee communities

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Spirit Catches You book cover

Please join us for a panel discussion with University of Vermont faculty members on their work with New American and refugee communities. The panel discussion will take place on February 18th at 4:30 p.m. in the John Dewey Lounge (Old Mill 325). The event is organized in conjunction with the library’s current exhibit, and was inspired by the 2015 First Year Read, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Both the event and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

“The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read” was curated by Emily Crist and Megan Allison, members of the Information and Instruction Services department at Bailey/Howe Library. Crist and Allison conducted in-depth interviews with a dozen UVM professors and affiliates about their work with refugee and immigrant populations. The exhibit provides interview excerpts and directs viewers to full videos, transcripts and accompanying resources online via QR codes.

Featured faculty members and panelists include:

• Linda Berlin, Ph.D., is the Director of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Her current work includes building better understandings about the food security situation of refugees.
• Pablo Bose, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor of Geography and the Interim Director of the Global & Regional Studies program. His work focuses on government and non-profit organizations placing refugees in non-traditional resettlement sites (like Burlington, Vermont) and the implications of these placements for refugees and communities.
• Susan Comerford, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Social Work who spent many years working in refugee camps on the Thai Cambodian Border and later went on to advocate for refugees in the United States.
• Karen Fondacaro, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychological Science and the Director of New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) and Connecting Cultures. NESTT takes a holistic approach to helping New Americans and offers psychological services, legal services, and physical therapy.
• Dr. Andrea Green, M.D., a pediatrician and Director of the Pediatric New American Clinic at UVM. Her team educates themselves on both disease and the political, social, and religious environments of the New Americans they work with.
• Others to be announced.

“The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read” exhibit runs through March 6th, 2016 and is free and open to the public.

A detailed online resource accompanying the exhibit is available at: http://researchguides.uvm.edu/firstyearread

In and Out of Print

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Steve Kostell: In and Out of Print

Public Lecture, Tuesday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont

On March 1 at 5:30, Special Collections will host UVM art professor Steven Kostell for a discussion of his work investigating forms of mediation, production and collaboration through explorations in art, design and the artist book.

Steven Kostell is an intermedia artist and designer whose work explores the convergence of traditional and experimental techniques in print and digital media, resulting in hybrid forms. His work is grounded in material-based production and image processing, involving papermaking, printmaking, artist books, and multi-channel audio/video installations.

Kostell’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the Center for Book and Paper at Columbia College, Chicago; the Qijiang International Printmaking Festival, Chongqing, China; Ozu Washi Gallery and the Oji Paper Museum, Tokyo, Japan; New Forms Festival, Vancouver, BC and the Laura Haber Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received his BFA from Indiana State and his MFA from Arizona State University. Before coming to Vermont, Kostell taught at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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

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Citation Manager Workshops, Spring 2016

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Student studying

Fall 2016 Workshop Dates

Come learn about tools that can help you to keep track of research materials, collaborate with classmates and colleagues, take notes, format citations, and create bibliographies for papers in a variety of styles. All workshops are one hour and are free and open to UVM students, faculty, and staff. No registration is required.


Introduction to Zotero

Learn how to keep track of research materials, organize note-taking, and format citations and bibliographies using this easy-to-master, open-source solution.

Location: Bailey/Howe Library Classroom (Room 123)

Facilitators: Daisy Benson,Emily Crist,Daniel DeSanto, & Graham Sherriff

• January 25 (Monday), noon-1:00pm
• February 4 (Thursday), 4:00pm-5:00pm
• February 8 (Monday), 1:00pm-2:00pm
• February 11 (Thursday), 3:00pm-4:00pm
• February 17 (Wednesday), 3:00pm-4:00pm
• March 16 (Wednesday), 3:00pm-4:00pm
• March 18 (Friday), 1:00pm-2:00pm
• March 24 (Thursday), 3:00pm-4:00pm

Contact Daisy Benson (daisy.benson@uvm.edu) to arrange for a customized workshop on Zotero for your class, lab, or other group.


EndNote workshops

Learn how to use EndNote (a software program) to keep track of research information, organize notes, and insert citations into your papers.

Location: Bailey/Howe Classroom (Room 123)

Facilitators: Laurie Kutner & Graham Sherriff

• February 3 (Wednesday), 3:30pm-4:30pm
• February 18 (Thursday), 4:15pm-5:15pm
• February 29 (Monday), 3:30pm-4:30pm
• March 18 (Friday), noon-1:00pm
• March 29 (Tuesday), 3:00pm-4:00pm
• April 12 (Tuesday), 3:00pm-4:00pm

Additional EndNote workshops can be scheduled upon request. Send requests to Laurie Kutner (laurie.kutner@uvm.edu).


Introduction to Mendeley

Come learn about Mendeley, a free reference manager that helps to organize your research, collaborate with colleagues, create in-text citations and bibliographies, and discover new research.

Location: Bailey/Howe Library Classroom (Room 123)

Facilitators: Elizabeth Berman

• January 27 (Wednesday), 11:00am-noon
• February 5 (Friday), 1:00pm-2:00pm
• February 16 (Tuesday), 10:00am-11:00am
• March 3 (Thursday), 9:00am-10:00am

Contact Elizabeth Berman (elizabeth.berman@uvm.edu) to schedule one-on-one consultations or on-demand workshops.

Student studying

Burlington’s Ravine

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

The current exhibit in Special Collections looks at the great ravine that once cut dramatically across downtown Burlington. The ravine served as the first railroad route into Burlington during the 1850s, and subsequently as the location for the city’s main sewer line. The maps and photographs in the exhibit depict the ravine at numerous points in the nineteenth century, before most of it was filled in or modified to facilitate urban development.

The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Spirit Catches You book cover

“I have always felt the action most worth watching is not at the center of things but where edges meet. There are interesting frictions and incongruities in these places…”
From the introduction to The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

A new exhibit at Bailey Howe Library, inspired by UVM’s 2015 First Year Read, shares the stories and research of UVM faculty and staff who are working with local New American and immigrant communities and offers insight on how culture may come into play in professional practice. The exhibit runs from November 11th, 2015 through March 6th, 2016 and is free and open to the public.

“The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read” was curated by Emily Crist and Megan Allison, members of the Information and Instruction Services department at Bailey/Howe Library. Crist and Allison conducted in-depth interviews with a dozen UVM professors and affiliates about their work with refugee and immigrant populations. The exhibit provides interview excerpts and directs viewers to full videos, transcripts and accompanying resources online via QR codes.

All first year students, and many campus community members, have joined in the conversation about this year’s First Year Read, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. The book tells the story of Lia Lee, a Hmong child, and her family, Lao refugees living in California. As a severe epileptic, Lia’s life becomes intertwined with the American medical community. The story explores the cultural collisions that arise and the devastating consequences of cultural misunderstandings.
Read interview quotes and get a sense of how themes from the book span disciplinary boundaries.

DIVE DEEPER into the subjects and disciplines that interest you.

LEARN MORE or GET HELP on related research with a Subject Guide devoted to the exhibit.

Pardon the Interruption

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Due to construction, the water will shut off and therefore, Bailey/Howe Library will be closed Monday, November 23rd. The library will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, November 24th at 8am.

Services interrupted:

–       Courier Service will not occur

–       Interlibrary loan requests submitted on Friday, November 20 will be processed on Tuesday, November 24th

The University Archives

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Maya Angelou (center) and other honorary degree recipients at UVM’s 1985 commencement. Governor Madeline Kunin and President Lattie Coor are on the right. Photo from the University Archives.

A UVM alumnus, class of 1985, recently inquired about the speech that writer and poet Maya Angelou delivered at convocation that year. We found the text of the speech, and a wonderful photograph of Angelou and other honorary degree recipients, in former President Lattie Coor’s papers in the University Archives. Over 200 years of UVM’s history are documented in the Archives, available to anyone seeking information about the university.

What is the University Archives?
The University Archives is a collection of official records (e. g., Board of Trustees meeting minutes) and information about the University of Vermont. Note: Most printed UVM publications (e.g., the Vermont Quarterly) are retained as part of the Vermont Research Collection, not the Archives.

Who is the University Archivist?
Chris Burns.

Who handles questions about the UVM Archives?
Staff at the reference desk in Special Collections. By phone, 656-2138; by email, uvmsc@uvm.edu.
Staff may refer patrons to archivist Chris Burns in some cases.

Are there records for UVM Archives materials in the library catalog?
At this time, mostly no, so patrons should contact the Special Collections reference desk. One exception is print theses and dissertations.

Are there any other inventories of UVM Archives collections?
Yes. A few collections have finding aids. Patrons can view them at  http://cdi.uvm.edu/findingaids/. More finding aids will be released soon, and eventually each collection will have a record in the library catalog.

Where is the University Archives?
The University Archives is not a publicly accessible location. Material is stored in the Library Research Annex (LRA) and in the Special Collections closed stacks.

How do patrons access UVM Archives material?
For theses and dissertations, look in the library catalog, request from the LRA, and use the item in Special Collections. For other items, contact a Special Collections librarian. When requested, materials will be transferred from the LRA for patron use in Special Collections.

What Archives collections are frequently used?
The building information reference files and building (and campus) photograph collection—both stored in the Special Collections closed stacks—are consulted often. And researchers come from distant places to use the Raul Hilberg papers.

More questions? Email them to uvmsc@uvm.edu.


Commons Hall, 1929. The dining hall, also known as the Hash House, stood where the Fleming Museum is located now. Photo from the University Archives.

The Wicker Man (1973 version)

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

DVD 2473

The Wicker Man 1973 Version

By Peter Bushman

Religious horror has been a steady fixture of Western cinema since the 1970’s, with films like The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Omen splashing new fears of demons and antichrists into the public imagination. However, as of late the genre has devolved into the low-budget exorcism flicks released each January, the graveyard of popular taste. In times such as these we should look back at possibly the greatest religious horror film of all time, freed from the Christocentric paradigm of mysterious priests and hellish young girls. This small British film from 1973 relies not on demonic boogeymen for cheap scares, but rather on the most frightening kernel of all: the incomprehensibility of the other.

A police sergeant is sent to a small isle in Scotland with simple instructions. A girl has been reported missing, and her safety must be confirmed. What should be a rote investigation is complicated by the island’s bizarre inhabitants- when they aren’t busy singing or free-loving they toy and mislead him. What bedevils him most of all, however, is their unusual neo-pagan worship practices. Naked pregnant women leap through flames. School children recite fertility rites. Beetles are nailed to school desks. Throughout his investigation Sergeant Howie suspects more and more that this missing girl is set to be slaughtered for a summer harvest festival led by the island’s aristocratic patriarch, played ominously by Christopher Lee.

The Wicker Man is not a spooky film. It never jumps out at you, nor does it smatter gore everywhere in a weak attempt to shock. The horror is experienced for the audience through the protagonist himself. These May Day rituals, animal masks, and nature worship are all so alien to Howie, the embodiment of western Christian order, that one can’t help but be similarly unnerved. He struggles on for the sake of the girl, but when the climax finally forces Howie to blaspheme “Oh my God! Oh Jesus Christ!” the viewer is washed with the same terror. To this day, The Wicker Man remains one of the most enduring examples of British horror. The 2006 Nicolas Cage remake, on the other hand, replaces everything memorable about this film with awfulness and misogyny, and probably should only be watched as a reminder of how not to produce a horror film.

Watch The Wicker Man on DVD.

Peter Bushman is a senior Film and Television Studies and Japanese major from the far-off metropolis of Kansas City. His passions are collecting VHS tapes (being too poor to afford Betamax) and watching the dregs of cinema. He believes that George of the Jungle and Josie and the Pussycats are the very pinnacle of film-making, and desperately, desperately hopes that one day Krull will get a sequel.

Open Access Week & ScholarWorks @ UVM

Monday, October 19th, 2015


The University of Vermont Libraries are proud to participate in Open Access Week (October 19 – 25) with an introduction to faculty self-submission features in ScholarWorks @ UVM, our new resource to preserve and provide access to UVM’s scholarly and creative work.

What is ScholarWorks @ UVM?

ScholarWorks @ UVM serves as the institutional repository of the University and provides an open access venue for faculty and student research. Launched in October 2013, it has grown to include over twenty collections such as public health projects, historic botanical research, occasional papers on Vermont policy, student dissertations and theses and open access journal projects. With ScholarWorks, UVM joins most major research institutions in providing an institutional repository where faculty can deposit their work.

Why deposit research in ScholarWorks @ UVM?

ScholarWorks @ UVM is a great place to share pre-prints, publications and “gray literature” such as grant reports, white papers, technical reports, conference presentations, posters and unpublished writings.

Participation can:

• increase discoverability of your scholarship
• provide you with additional metrics for use in the RPT process
• help you meet public access funding requirements
• bring scholarship to researchers and practitioners in lower-income institutions and countries

How do I submit research?

Visit our Author FAQ page and the Submit Research link. You can also contact Donna O’Malley or your library subject specialist for assistance.

What is Open Access?

Open access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. Encouraging the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, the open access movement is gaining momentum as libraries, higher education institutions, research funders and policy makers put their weight behind it. Learn more about Open Access Week.