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Robert Frank and The Americans

Friday, July 10th, 2015

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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

New Log-on Info for ILL accounts

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

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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.

UVM Librarian Edits New Intellectual Freedom Manual

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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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.

Multimedia Resources student assistant Matt Lipke’s film premiere of “Elixir”

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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Multimedia Resources #UVM student assistant Matt Lipke says:Tickets for the premiere of my film, Elixir, are now on sale. We are encouraging as much pre-sale as possible. The event will likely sell out. If we sell out far out in advance, we can organize additional screenings.

https://elixirfilm2015.eventbrite.com/

The film is premiering May 1st at Roxy Cinemas in downtown Burlington, VT. We are partnering with Oxfam America and donating proceeds from the event to one of their programs (Wash) that bring clean, freshwater to those in need.

7 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Library

Friday, December 19th, 2014

We asked library faculty and staff for their top tips and here’s what they told us:

#1 ASK for help

Stop by the reference desks in Bailey/Howe and Dana Medical Library, email a question, chat, text, call or make an appointment with a subject specialist in your area.

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#2 Use subject guides

Our team has created guides in each subject area to help you get started with the absolute best sources – from online databases to books to websites.

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#3 Borrow stuff

Our fabulous interlibrary loan team will borrow anything we don’t own from another library and get it to you as quickly as possible.

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#4 Kick back with culture

Bailey/Howe Library’s Media Resources is home to thousands of CDs and DVDs. De-stress with popular TV series and find fantastic documentaries to support your research.

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#5 Search everything with CATQuest

Our online catalog let’s you search books, articles and items at other libraries, all at once.

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#6 Study in teams

Our popular group study rooms allow two or more students to study together or work on group projects.

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#7 Use one-of-a-kind digital collections

Check out our unique digital collections of historic images and documents and UVM’s student and faculty research.

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Keeping the Air Clear

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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The front entrance to Bailey/Howe continues to be a smoke-free corridor. UVM maintains a policy of no-smoking withing 25 feet of a building’s entrance or window.