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New Books: Quiet Heroism

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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.

Courage has no color: the true story of the Triple Nickles: America’s first Black paratroopers
, by Tanya Lee Stone

Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers, who fought against attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II.



Stranger in my own country : a Jewish family in modern Germany,
by Yascha Mounk

A moving and unsettling exploration of a young man’s formative years in a country still struggling with its past As a Jew in postwar Germany, Yascha Mounk felt like a foreigner in his own country. When he mentioned that he is Jewish, some made anti-Semitic jokes or talked about the superiority of the Aryan race. Others, sincerely hoping to atone for the country’s past, fawned over him with a forced friendliness he found just as alienating.



Slavery’s exiles : the story of the American Maroons, by Sylviane A. Diouf

Over more than two centuries men, women, and children escaped from slavery to make the Southern wilderness their home. They hid in the mountains of Virginia and the low swamps of South Carolina; they stayed in the neighborhood or paddled their way to secluded places; they buried themselves underground or built comfortable settlements. Known as maroons, they lived on their own or set up communities in swamps or other areas where they were not likely to be discovered.


Announcing ScholarWorks @ UVM

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013


In celebration of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21st – 27th, 2013), the UVM Libraries are proud to announce ScholarWorks @ UVM, a new digital repository that provides for the organization, dissemination, and management of digital materials created by UVM faculty, staff, students, and their collaborators. Our goal is to increase access to the scholarly and creative output of the university and to preserve these works in digital form.

We invite you to look at the first collections created. You’ll find recent theses from environmental studies students, family medicine articles, library science presentations, and specimen notebooks and drawings from the Pringle Herbarium.

Most importantly, we’re hoping you’ll consider contributions of your own. ScholarWorks @ UVM can help make your increase the discoverabilty of your scholarship on the Internet.

Though the publisher’s PDF of your published article may be behind a paywall, you can make the preprint or postprint available through ScholarWorks, increasing access to your scholarship. Many leading publishers now allow the deposit of journal article preprints and postprints into the author’s institutional repository (see the Sherpa/Romeo database for a summary of publishers’ permissions. http://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/).

Grant reports, white papers, posters, presentations, newsletters, annual reports, and other publications of enduring value can be published in ScholarWorks @ UVM. Student work, such as College Honors Theses, may also be deposited. ScholarWorks accepts materials in multiple formats, including audio and video. ScholarWorks @ UVM offers customizable web sites for conference proceedings, both to accept papers for an upcoming conference, and to display the proceedings after the event is over. Publications in ScholarWorks @ UVM are indexed by Google and Google Scholar.

For more information:

See ScholarWorks @ UVM Policies and Guidelines http://scholarworks.uvm.edu/about.html

Contact your library liaison at Bailey/Howe
or Dana Medical Library

Contact Associate Library Professor Donna O’Malley
donna.omalley@uvm.edu, (802) 656-4415

Reflection & Vision: 200 Years of UVM Libraries

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013


Check out the new exhibit in the Bailey/Howe Lobby, “Reflection and Vision: 200 Years of Libraries at the University of Vermont,” which depicts the history of library collections and spaces at the University of Vermont.


Highlights include:

    • The University’s earliest efforts to create a library, including Professor Joseph Torrey’s nine month book collecting mission in Europe
    • The construction of Billings Library, designed by famed architect H. H. Richardson
    • The creation of the Bailey/Howe and Dana Medical Libraries
    • The future of library spaces and digital collections

Excerpts from a portfolio documenting the Billings Library after its dedication in 1885 are also on view. The complete set of photographs can be viewed in Special Collections.

The entire Billings Portfolio can also be viewed on Flickr.

Jeff Nichols’s “Mud”, A Film Review by Phil Cheney

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Mud (2012) is an excellent film, excellently executed by its writer/director Jeff Nichols. I believe Nichols is at the beginning of a long road as a great American auteur in film. His last film Take Shelter, came out in 2011 to critical acclaim. I consider it the best American thriller to be released in the last decade with one of the greatest endings in film history. Nichols’s follows-up strongly and doesn’t let down with his writing and direction. Mud stars Matthew McConaughey as a charming outlaw on the lam. Hiding out in an island on the Mississippi river, he is discovered by two young local boys who eventually decide to help him reunite with his true love and escape.

I really have nothing critical to say about this film. I enjoyed the writing, characters, setting and aesthetics of the film immensely.  It can be funny, touching, heartbreaking and heart pounding, all in one adventure. Nichols utilizes similar techniques in the story as he did in Take Shelter, such as enigma, ambiguity and uncertainty of the truth. The cinematography and lighting is beautiful, with the Arkansas sun beaming through trees to warm the side of a character’s face for a vision of sharp intensity.

All of the actors carry out their roles effectively, including McConaughey, but the true praise belongs to the two young actors playing the boys. Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland make a great and charismatic duo who carry the film despite being minors. Michael Shannon, who played the main character in Take Shelter also reappears in this film for a minor role that he knocks out of the park with hilarity and depth.

If Nichols keeps up this quality of writing and directing, he could soon rank among American film giants such as Kubrick and Scorsese. He is currently in development of a new film that supposedly has supernatural premises. In Mud he seems to propose that love is the most destructive force around, and I would have to agree.

Link to CatQuest record

The Past as Present: Making Art from Ephemera

Thursday, October 17th, 2013


November 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm
Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

Book artist Maureen Cummins will talk about her career and how it evolved from digging in dumpsters and searching flea markets to being a visiting artist in research archives. She will show slides from book projects based on historical subject matter such as slave narratives, turn-of-the-century homosexual love letters, the Salem witch trials, and the Triangle Factory Fire. Using found printed matter and historical research, her works look at the past in new, and sometimes challenging, ways.

Maureen Cummins is a New York-based artist who has produced over thirty limited edition artist’s books during the last two decades. Her work is represented in more than 100 public collections. UVM Special Collections has an especially extensive collection, with 28 of her books. Cummins has been an artist-in-residence at Weir Farm and the American Antiquarian Society. She has received numerous awards, including the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair Critics Award (2008) and the Pollock Krasner Award (2009). Her book Accounting (shown above), produced on the centennial anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire, was awarded a special recognition of merit in the 2013 MCBA Prize competition.

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


Salem Lessons


Crazy Quilt


Burlington Fire Insurance Maps 1869-1919 Available Online

Friday, October 11th, 2013


The Fire Insurance Maps of Burlington, Vermont collection now includes over 200 maps that provide a remarkably detailed record of the city’s development from 1869-1919.

The earliest insurance maps cover the commercial, industrial, and residential area from the Lake Champlain waterfront east to Church and Shelburne Streets and from Pearl Street on the north to Howard Street on the south. Coverage gradually expands to include the growing downtown, the University of Vermont and the manufacturing area at Winooski Falls to the east, and new residential and commercial areas to the north and south.


One of the mill buildings at Winooski Falls.

The colored 21 x 25 inch sheets show building footprints, construction methods and materials, size and number of floors, and uses. They also show streets, railroads, wharves and slips, property boundaries, street numbers, water systems and fire hydrants. Except for 1869, each map set includes an index sheet showing the mapped area and sheet numbers, a list of streets and addresses, a “specials index” of businesses and organizations, and a detailed key that lists the symbols used to indicate building features.


In 1919, the Coon Ice Cream Factory occupied
a 3-story brick building at 84 South Winooski
Avenue where City Market is located today.


Multimedia Equipment Survey

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Multimedia Resources and Services is conducting a survey to gauge your experience with the media equipment service. If you have borrowed equipment from Multimedia please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. The information you provide will enable Multimedia to improve services and make informed equipment acquisitions.  The survey is anonymous and should take less than ten minutes to complete. We appreciate your help!  Click here to participate in the survey.


Media Equipment




Special Collections Items Included in “Eat” at the Fleming Museum

Thursday, September 12th, 2013


A student-curated exhibit at the Fleming Museum, Eat: The Social Life of Food, examines the dynamic relationship between people and food. In addition to a wide-ranging group of objects from the Fleming Museum collections, the exhibit team found several items in Special Collection’s trove of Vermontiana. These include cake recipes from an 1845 cookbook and two articles from an 1869 issue of The Household, a magazine published in Brattleboro for American housewives.

Eat: The Social Life of Food will be on display from September 17, 2013-May 18, 2014. The museum is sponsoring programs related to the exhibit throughout the semester.

Photo: Hardtack signed by a Civil War soldier in the 12th Vermont infantry.

Etched in Wales–Lecture and Exhibit

Thursday, September 5th, 2013


Etched in Wales: Shirley Jones and the Red Hen Press

Friday, Sept 20, 2013, 5:30 pm
Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont

Welsh printer Shirley Jones returns to UVM to celebrate thirty years of printing under the imprint of the Red Hen Press. On September 20 at 5:30pm, Jones will talk about her books, which are characterized by the artful marriage of text and images.  During the month of September, a selection of Jones’s books will be displayed in the Bailey/Howe Library Lobby.  In addition, one work, Etched Out (2002), will be shown in its entirety in Special Collections, on the ground floor.

A poet and storyteller as well as a printer, Shirley has produced more than two dozen major works.   The images that accompany her poetry and reflections in her early works convey mood, drama, and wistfulness through the magic of the etched and engraved plate and the careful selection of color.  With the 1983 publication of Scop Hwīlum Sang—the first under the Red Hen Press imprint—Jones began a series of interpretations of Welsh and Old English folktales and poems.  Selections from Beowulf, the tales of King Arthur and Merlin, and other folk legends deeply rooted in Welsh tradition, reflect her abiding interest in her Welsh heritage.  The theme of place, particularly the landscape of Wales, appears throughout her work and is often the dominant visual motif. UVM Special Collections has one of the major American collections of Jones’s work.

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

Interlibrary Loan Pilots New PDF Delivery Options

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

University of Vermont faculty, staff and students may request scans of articles and book chapters from materials available in University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library regular print and microform collections. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) staff will scan articles or book chapters and deliver them as a PDF to users’ Illiad accounts.

This is a pilot program to study the feasibility of providing document delivery services at Bailey/Howe Library. The pilot will begin August 26, 2013 and end June 20, 2014.

This service is currently offered free of charge.

What can be requested?

Book chapters and journal articles from the Bailey/Howe Library main stacks and Library Research Annex.

Book chapters and journal articles from the Bailey/Howe Library microform collections.

Are there limits on what can be copied?

The Library has established copyright guidelines based on the copyright law of the United States and current practices in other academic libraries.

“The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research”.

If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use”, that user many be liable for copyright infringement.

In order to operate within the guidelines of “fair use” while striving to provide access to research materials, copyright policies for article and book chapter requests are as follows.

The Library will not scan:

  • More than one chapter from a book.
  • More than one article from a journal issue or newspaper.
  • Articles or book chapters longer than 50 pages or more than 10% of the journal/book.
  • Microfilm or microfiche scans longer than 30 pages.
  • Material from Government Documents.
  • Material from Special Collections.
  • Any request that violates the University of Vermont copyright policy.
  • Users who need more than one chapter from a book or article from a journal issue are encouraged to visit the Library to use these materials in person.

How long does it take for material to arrive?

Items are usually delivered in 2-3 business days.

How will articles be delivered?

Articles will be delivered in PDF format to requestors’ ILLIAD accounts. Users will receive an email notification when an article has been scanned and delivered to their account. Once delivered, articles are stored for 30 days.

How do I place a request?

Requests are placed in your Illiad account. After logging in, choose Document Delivery request and fill out the form with citation information.

A separate request must be placed for each article or chapter to be scanned.

First time Illiad users should register for an account.


Email: bhlibill@uvm.edu
Phone: 802-656-2242
Location: Bailey/Howe Library, 201C, Second Floor