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Fall 2015 Workshops

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Study group

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: Daniel DeSanto, Emily Crist, & Graham Sherriff

• September 18 (Friday), 2:00pm-3:00pm
• September 23 (Wednesday), 1:00pm-2:00pm
• October 1 (Thursday), 3:00pm-4:00pm
• October 5 (Monday), 4:00pm-5:00pm
• October 9 (Friday), 4:00pm-5:00pm
• October 15 (Thursday), 4:00pm-5:00pm
• October 21 (Wednesday), 12:00pm-1:00pm
• October 30 (Friday), 4:00pm-5:00pm
• November 5 (Thursday), 12:00pm-1:00pm

Contact Daniel DeSanto (daniel.desanto@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

• September 17 (Thursday), 4:15pm-5:15pm
• October 2 (Friday), 2:15pm-3:15pm
• October 14 (Wednesday), 3:30pm-4:30pm
• October 29 (Thursday), 4:15pm-5:15pm
• November 10 (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 reference manager that helps to organize published research and create in-text citations and bibliographies and a tool for research collaboration and discoverability.

Location: Bailey/Howe Library Classroom (Room 123)

Facilitators: Elizabeth Berman

• October 6, 3-4pm
• October 12, 11am-12pm
• October 21, 2-3pm
• October 30, 12-1pm
• November 2, 3-4pm
• November 11, 11:30-12:30pm

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

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Be Our Friends!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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Did you know you can FRIEND, TWEET, POKE, & FOLLOW UVM LIBRARIES on social media?

We have a myriad of fun ways for you to interact with UVM Libraries, including:

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Click on the icons above to find out about new books, exhibits, events – or just explore student life in the libraries!


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We look forward to you interacting with us on social media!

Books for a Warm Season

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Always a Nerd

What do we recommend if you’re lucky enough to spend a few of these dog days of summer curled up by a pool or a pond? Check out our eclectic, library-approved picks.

Last dog on the hill : the extraordinary life of Lou by Steve Duno
Recommended by Wendy Gunther, Collection Development

“This is the true story of a man and his rescue dog Lou. While on vacation, driving through a rugged California countryside Steve Duno spots a half dozen feral dogs on the crest of a hill. The pack bolts for the trees, all but one flea infested, tick riddled puppy, the last dog on the hill, who pauses a moment, then runs towards the man, a decision that will forever change the life of the author, the 6 month old Rottweiler mix and hundreds of other people the pair come in contact with. Author Duno drew me in and quite frankly, still hasn’t let go. This is the kind of book you will not want to put down. A great summer read! I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

Eats, shoots & leaves : the zero tolerance approach to punctuation by Lynne Truss
Recommended by Kristin Florian, Dana Medical Library Collection Management

“This book is a light read despite being about grammar. The examples of mistakes are often hilarious; and you will find yourself laughing your way through the book, while learning a lot about punctuation. I particularly liked the chapter on semicolons, and the frequent blurbs about how grammar use has changed over time.”


Clothes, clothes, clothes : music, music, music : boys, boys, boys by Viv Albertine
Recommended by Sharon Thayer, Special Collections & Government Information

“This memoir by the lead guitarist of the British punk band The Slits, is a glimpse into her world. Becoming a musician at the same time as The Clash and The Sex Pistols were forming, not to mention hanging out with them, she and her band mates were fearless in staking a claim in this male-dominated music scene. Told in Albertine’s raw, honest, funny and totally personal voice, you feel you are along for the ride. Being just slightly younger than the author and living in London in 1975, this book resonates with me. “

The Summer book by Tove Jansson ; translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal
Recommended by Angus Robertson, Access Services

“The author was a painter, writer and overall fascinating person who lived most of her life in Finland. She is probably best remembered as the author of the Moomin books for children which are very popular in Europe. It is a very wise, charming little book about an elderly artist and her six-year-old granddaughter as they spend the summer together on a remote island off the coast of Finland. The story explores themes of change and loss, and aging with a very deft, subtle tone. It is also written in very simple, beautiful language. It also happens to be a very quick read.”

Tove Jansson & Tuulikki Pietila

Tove Jansson & Tuulikki Pietila

Dry bones : a Walt Longmire mystery by Craig Johnson
Recommended by Mary VanBuren-Swasey, Resource Description & Analysis

“When the largest, most complete fossil of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is discovered in Absaroka County, it would appear to have nothing to do with Walt Longmire, Sheriff of the county. That is, until the Cheyenne rancher who finds her is found face down in a turtle pond. As a number of parties vie for ownership of the priceless remains, including rancher Danny Lone Elk’s family, the Cheyenne tribe, the Deputy Attorney General, and a cadre of FBI men, Walt must recruit undersheriff Victoria Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, and Dog (his faithful four-legged companion) to investigate a sixty-six million year-old cold case that’s starting to heat up fast.”

Feeling good : the new mood therapy by David D. Burns
Recommended by Jane Hendley, Resource Description & Analysis

“This book about cognitive therapy, though several years old, is still popular. I called it in at the recommendation of a sibling and it was overdue! For us perfectionists and those with obsessive compulsive disorder tendencies it tells us sadly that our feelings and impulses are not always rational though we may absolutely certain they are. The book helps one to think more rationally so as to be able to act more rationally. “

Station eleven : a novel by Emily St. John Mandel
Recommended by Susan Mower, Collection Management Services

“Not ANOTHER Post Apocalyptic book you might say? But trust me, this one is worth it. My gut reaction on finishing it was to sit down and re-read it immediately. As a library worker I do have to point out that there is NO time-travel in this book despite the subject assigned to it of: Time travel–Fiction.”

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Robert Frank and The Americans

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Image from The Americans

A rich new profile of photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank and his seminal work The Americans appeared in the July 2nd, 2015 New York Times. In 1955, with support secured by his mentor Walker Evans, the Swiss native Robert Frank began a series of road trips across America, visiting cities such as New Orleans and Los Angeles and more remote locales like Butte, Montana. Along the way he took 27,000 photographs and culled the lot down to 83 in his photographic monograph, The Americans, which was published in France in 1958 and the U.S. in 1960, with an introduction by Jack Kerouac.

Robert Frank

Times reporter Nicholas Dawidoff calls Frank (at 90), “the most influential photographer alive” and writes that art critic Peter Schjedahl considers The Americans “one of the basic American masterpieces of any medium.” Writing about the perceptive work in the New Yorker Anthony Lane asks, “was there ever a book as full of looking as Robert Frank’s?”

On publication, The Americans was panned for its critical gaze. Over time it has been praised for its unflinching look at race relations and for seeking out moments that were typically unseen.

Learn more about The Americans and Robert Frank:

Books at Bailey/Howe

The Americans book cover

The Americans by Robert Frank, with an introduction by Jack Kerouac

Robert Frank's The Americans by Jonathan Day

Robert Frank’s The Americans : the art of documentary photography by Jonathan Day

“Jonathan Day revisits this pivotal work and contributes a thoughtful and revealing critical commentary. Though the importance of The Americans has been widely acknowledged, it still retains much of its mystery. This comprehensive analysis places it thoroughly in the context of contemporary photography, literature, music, and advertising from its own period through the present.”

Looking in: Robert Frank's The Americans

Looking in : Robert Frank’s The Americans by Sarah Greenough

“Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans” celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of this prescient book. Drawing on newly examined archival sources, it provides a fascinating in-depth examination of the making of the photographs and the book’s construction, using vintage contact sheets, work prints and letters that literally chart Frank’s journey around the country on a Guggenheim grant in 1955-56.”

Postcards from the Road book cover

Postcards from the road : Robert Frank’s ‘The Americans’ by Jonathan Day

“Jonathan Day has created a book that expounds, explores, and examines Frank’s work pictorially. Taking Frank’s iconic images as his point of reference, he shot new photographs that comment on the road and contemporary America.”

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An American journey : In Robert Frank’s footsteps

“Filmmaker Philippe Séclier decided to follow in Frank’s footsteps, retracing his path step by step. From Texas to Montana, from Nebraska to Louisiana, from New York to San Francisco, An American Journey is a 15,000 mile odyssey through contemporary America, moving between past and present, photography and cinema – beautifully capturing the wandering spirit of Robert Frank’s legendary journey.”

[UVM and FAHC affiliates can watch this documentary-length film online].

Image from The Americans

Around the web

The Man Who Saw America by Nicholas Dawidoff
New York Times, July 2, 2015

Road Show by Anthony Lane
New Yorker, September 14, 2009

Robert Frank’s Elevator Girl Sees Herself Years Later
NPR, August 30, 2009

Robert Frank's Elevator Girl

Popular Historic Tours of Campus Resume July 4

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
One stop on the tour: Billings Library, designed by leading 19th century architect H.H. Richardson, completed in 1885. (Photo: Sally McCay)

One stop on the tour: Billings Library, designed by leading 19th century architect H.H. Richardson, completed in 1885. (Photo: Sally McCay)

By Jeffrey Wakefield

The University of Vermont launched the 2015 season of its popular historic tours on July 4. Led by UVM emeritus professor William Averyt, the free, weekly tours take place Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon through Oct. 10. The tour begins at the statue of Ira Allen, just to the south of the fountain on the UVM green. There is no tour on Aug. 15.

UVM was founded in 1791, the fifth oldest university in New England, and it boasts both an array of historic buildings, including more than a dozen on the National Register of Historic Places, and a collection of fascinating personalities.

The architectural highlights of the tour include the Old Mill, completed in 1829, whose cornerstone was laid by the Marquis de Lafayette; the Billings Library, completed in 1885, which leading 19th century architect H.H. Richardson considered among his finest buildings; and Grasse Mount, a brick Federal style mansion built in 1804 by a local merchant, which later served as the residence of Vermont governor Cornelius P. Van Ness.

Tour guide Averyt also brings to life the fascinating personalities who animate UVM’s long history. Founder Ira Allen, for instance, was both a revolutionary war hero and sometimes slippery real estate speculator. UVM’s third president, James Marsh, introduced Coleridge’s philosophical work to America, influenced Emerson and other transcendentalists, and made innovations leading to the modern university curriculum.
Royall Tyler, a member of Vermont’s Supreme Court in the early 19th century, taught jurisprudence at the university and is said to be one of the models for the villain of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables, Judge Pyncheon. And 1879 alumnus John Dewey, whose grave is on campus, is considered one of America’s greatest philosophers.

“UVM’s history is a great yarn to be sure, but it also resonates with significance,” said Averyt. “Through figures like Marsh and Dewey, the university played an important role in shaping modern American thought.”

For more information on the tour and to register, visit www.uvm.edu/historictour.

For more news from UVM Communications, visit http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/.

New Log-on Info for ILL accounts

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015


The InterLibrary Loan Office at Bailey/Howe will soon be changing the way patrons sign in to their ILL accounts. Starting the weekend of July 3, changes will be made to the system; it will be shut down for part of the weekend and possibly on July 6-7, so please take that into account as you’re doing your research.  Thank you for your patience as we make this change.

Cycling through the News

Thursday, June 4th, 2015



Bicycle racers at a fair in White River Junction, Vermont, August 1895.

Exhibit. The current exhibit in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby looks at the rise of bicycling in America from 1870 to 1920. Newspapers contributed to the nation’s bicycle mania with articles, advertisements, and announcements for cycling events. Stories about health effects (good and bad), adventurous cyclists, cycling etiquette, bicycles and the modern woman, and the need for better roads were common. Advertisements promoted bicycle sales and repair shops, touring opportunities, and sporting events.

“Cycling through the News” was curated by librarians Erenst Anip, Jeffrey Marshall, and Karyn Norwood, who staff the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project. They searched Chronicling America, the national newspaper database of the Library of Congress, to find an amazing collection of materials on all aspects of the bicycling phenomenon that swept the country. The exhibit includes period photographs, advertising and brochures, as well as artifacts. Glenn Eames and Burlington’s Old Spokes Home generously loaned lamps, bells, a flask, a brass horn and other items.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.


The Babadook

Friday, May 29th, 2015

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                                                 The Babadook


The Babadook is a 2014 horror film directed by Jennifer Kent. The film revolves around a mother and her son and the difficulties surrounding their lives. The mother, Amelia, is forced to raise her son, Samuel, on her own after a devastating accident takes the life of her husband. The film depicts the struggles of raising a child on your own as well as the physical and mental repercussions that it many times has. It also details the overwhelming impact that the death of a parent may have on a young child.

From the beginning, the film shows the struggles that Amelia faces on a day to day basis. She works a dead end job while taking care of Samuel who is very troubled. Samuel is consistently acting out in school and getting himself in trouble. One night, Amelia decides to read Samuel a bed time story. The book that Samuel picks is called The Babadook. Amelia does not recognize this book but decides to read it to him anyway. The book turns out to be a disturbing tale of an entity that you cannot get rid of. “If it’s in a word, or if it’s in a look you can’t get rid of the Babadook.”

As the film progresses, the presence of the Babadook becomes more apparent. What starts seemingly as Samuel’s paranoia eventually manifests itself into visual and auditory encounters with the entity. Unexplained knocks, sounds, and sightings of the apparition add to the feeling of dread that this film brings about. Even more disturbing is the radical transformation that takes place within Amelia. The presence of the Babadook changes the once patient mother to a mean and aggressive shell of the parent she once was.

The Babadook is a testament to the power that horror cinema can hold. Many times, horror films are not taken seriously because of the many films that have not worked. However, The Babadook does work. It works because it exposes the trauma that can be inflicted through a death within the family. The Babadook is a representation of anguish, sorrow, anger, and all the other emotions that attach themselves to those involved in such a tragedy. The Babadook, just like these negative emotions, starts to take a stronger hold on everything around you when it is not dealt with. The abundance of metaphors and the overwhelming sense of dread add to the effectiveness of this film. This film is one of my favorite films because of its ability to draw emotion from the viewer. It is also a substantial achievement because it is Jennifer Kent’s debut film. A debut film receiving substantial praise is not common in the horror industry. It is even more uncommon for a female director who is producing a film in an industry that is mainly male driven. I highly recommend this movie to anybody who is a fan of the genre or who wants to see one of the top films that the genre has to offer.

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UVM Librarian Edits New Intellectual Freedom Manual

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015


UVM Library Professor Trina Magi served as editor of the recently published American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Manual, ninth edition. This important reference work has been published since 1974 and serves as the library profession’s definitive guide to policy and practice in promoting and defending intellectual freedom in libraries. Intellectual freedom—the right of every individual to seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction—is one of the core values of the library profession, as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights.

Professor Magi revised and reorganized the ninth edition of the book to be more user-friendly, arranging content in 9 topical chapters covering access, censorship, children and youth, collections, copyright, law enforcement visits, meeting rooms and exhibit spaces, privacy, and workplace speech. The book includes practical checklists and guidelines, essays about relevant library law, and policy statements of the American Library Association. A copy of the book is shelved in the Bailey/Howe Library reference collection at call number Z711.4.I57 2015.

Professor Magi is a reference and instruction librarian at Bailey/Howe. She has chaired state and regional intellectual freedom committees, served on the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, and published a number of articles on privacy. She has won numerous awards for her intellectual freedom advocacy and led the successful effort to create a Vermont law protecting the privacy of library users.

Bernard Sanders Mayoral Papers

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The Bernard Sanders Mayoral Papers housed in Special Collections are now open for research.

Bernie Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont in 1981. As a self-styled socialist, he did not identify with any formal political party and ran as an independent. Sanders won the office over the Democratic incumbent, Gordon Paquette, by a margin of ten votes to become Burlington’s first independent mayor. He served as mayor from 1981 until 1989.


The Sanders Mayoral Papers include correspondence, memos, meeting minutes and agendas, election campaign material, reports, financial documents, clippings, photographs, speeches, notes, legislation, press releases, proclamations, newsletters, flyers, publications, and ephemera that document issues and accomplishments of the Sanders’ administration. During his tenure, Burlington successfully tackled taxation reform, health care, and lower utility rates and started new programs in the arts, youth, women’s rights, affordable housing, and environmental protection.


Some noteworthy projects represented in the collection include the Southern Connector; the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont; healthcare costs; the Burlington International Airport; utility rates (including cable television, telephone service, and heat); and Central America (including Burlington’s sister city in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua). The papers include much material related to development projects in Burlington during the 1980s, particularly plans for the Burlington waterfront.


To learn more about the Sanders Mayoral Papers, consult the collection inventory.

Bailey/Howe Library also has books about Mayor Sanders and reports issued during the his administration. Check the library catalog for a complete list.

The socialist mayor : Bernard Sanders in Burlington, Vermont
The people’s republic : Vermont and the Sanders revolution
Challenging the boundaries of reform : socialism in Burlington
Health care in crisis : new directions for Vermont and the Nation / report of Mayor Bernard Sanders’ Task Force on Health Care

Seven myths about the city of Burlington : an analysis of trends in local finances