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Historic McAllister photos of Burlington available online

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Construction of Burlington City Hall

Construction of Burlington City Hall

Construction of Burlington’s City Hall, photographed by Louis L. McAllister

The Louis L. McAllister photographs will be made available online through the University of Vermont Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives. This ambitious project will make photographs documenting over 40 years of Burlington history available to researchers around the globe. With over a thousand images already available, the digital collection will continue to grow over a period of several years.

Louis Lloyd McAllister was born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 16, 1877, the son of Rosa (Gould) and William G. McAllister. His father, a native of Warren VT, was a maker of tintypes in Bristol prior to the Civil War. L.L. returned to Vermont and began photographing in Randolph in 1897. In a few years he moved to Burlington and became a well-known photographer in the Burlington area with his business at 47 North Winooski Avenue.McAllister’s “trademark” was his panorama camera which made him familiar to all sorts of groups ranging from graduating classes to state police to summer camp groups. In addition he did print 8 x 10 photos, many of which document building construction and Burlington Street Department projects, as well as group and individual portraits.McAllister died April 28, 1963, ending a sixty-year career as a Burlington area photographer.The L.L. McAllister Collection includes portraits, construction projects, buildings, businesses and events in the Burlington area covering the period ca. 1920-1960. The collection also includes photos of street, bridge, airport and sewer construction and repair, as well as group portraits of clubs, schools, etc.

Librarian recognized for intellectual freedom advocacy

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

On Tues., May 13, at the Vermont Library Conference, Associate Library Professor Trina Magi was presented with the 2008 Vermont School Library Association Award in recognition of her “dedication, leadership, and collaboration with the Vermont School Library Community.”

Trina was specifically recognized for her work this past year as chair of the Vermont Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, which successfully worked with school, public, and academic librarians, the state library, parents groups, and state lawmakers to introduce legislation that would strengthen Vermont state law regarding the confidentiality of library records.

Gov. Jim Douglas signed the legislation into law this week. The new law (S. 220, “An Act Relating to the Confidentiality of Library Patron Records”) will take effect on July 1, 2008. The law specifies that only a court order from a judge could force the release of a library patron’s records. The previous law allowed librarians to release the records on their own volition.

Access Science 2.0

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Venomous Fish
A core reference resource in the sciences for many years has been the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. We are pleased to announce the acquisition of McGraw-Hill AccessScience 2.0 — the enhanced online version of this product.

This database, available now on our website under Articles and More — Alphabetical List, provides full text access to over 8500 online articles, 110,000+ definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 15,000 illustrations and graphics, as well as a host of value added features such as RSS feeds, access to podcasts, all with a great new interface and search engine to make finding information easier. Questions regarding this product may be referred to the library liaison for engineering Elizabeth Hassemer elizabeth.hassemer@uvm.edu

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries

Thursday, May 1st, 2008


This full-text database, from Alexander Street Press, should be of interest to individuals working in a variety of disciplines including gender studies, history, and politics. With coverage starting in 1675, including items ranging from such things as a letter describing a smallpox epidemic in Virginia in 1792 to diaries, journals, and other materials through the 1950s, this should be an invaluable resource for people interested in understanding the experience of women in America.

This product is available now on the UVM Libraries website http://library.uvm.edu under Find Articles and More–Alphabetical List as well as Subject List–History and Subject List–Women’s and Gender Studies. Questions about this product can be referred to the liaison librarian for Women and Gender Studies, Daisy Benson — daisy.benson@uvm.edu.

UVM Libraries’ Alphabetical List of Databases


Thursday, May 1st, 2008


The UVM Libraries is pleased to bring our users this important resource. ARTstor is a collection of over 700,000 images of paintings, drawings, photographs, architecture, etc. Images can be printed, downloaded or grouped into shared folders and shared with other users.