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Science Archives Now Available

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Station 3

UVM Libraries is pleased to announce that patrons now have access to Science, one of the most influential scientific publications, back to 1890. The Science Classic back file includes the very first issue of Science published under founder Thomas A. Edison and complements Science Online, which covers issues from 1997 until today.

Publishers say this about Science Classic:

“Science readers may now access a wealth of scientific literature. This archival content includes groundbreaking Research Articles and Reports, News of the Week and News Focus, Letters, Books et al., Policy Forum, Reviews, Perspectives, Association Affairs, Technical Comment Abstracts, Brevia, even advertisements found in the print issues published before 1997. Readers will have at their fingertips key articles in the history of science from the late 19th, the 20th, and the early 21st centuries such as the human genome, the genes for breast and colon cancer, and the Bose-Einstein condensate in physics.”

Access this archive as you would any Science article through the publisher’s website or UVM Libraries Online Catalog and Electronic Journals List.

Station 3 photograph by Casey J. used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

What We’re Reading (and Watching)

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Library Associate Professor Linda Brew is a Reference and Instruction Librarian who serves as a subject liaison to departments of Communication Sciences, Education, Integrated Professional Studies, Psychology, and Social Work. She shares some of her recent favorites books and DVDs from the Bailey/Howe collection.

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Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Muslim Eye by Tamim Ansary
If you’ve ever longed to be able to sit down with a thoughtful, articulate, patient Muslim to discuss the state of the world and how we got here – this is the book for you. Ansary takes the reader from the birth of Mohammed and Islam to 2001, and he does it so clearly that even someone with no background in the subject at all can follow the thread. He’s a storyteller with experience as a textbook writer, and his obvious passion for the subject makes this book a page-turner right from the start. Highly recommended.

Hear Tamim Ansary read an excerpt from his memoir West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story.

Unpacking the Bozes

Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry by Donald Hall
Hall is a well known New Hampshire poet with many books and honors, including Poet Laureate of the United States (2006-2007), to his credit. In this volume, he “unpacks,” shares and considers his memories — the combination of an elderly man’s idiosyncratic recollections with a poet’s sense of language is distinctive and moving. And what a life — he took classes at Harvard with John Ciardi and Archibald MacLeish, rejected Allen Ginsberg’s work for the Paris Review, taught during the 1960’s at Ann Arbor. I’ve studied gerontology from the traditional viewpoints of sociology, psychology and biology — Hall’s work is a poetic lens on what he calls “the thin air of antiquity’s planet.”

Watch Hall’s 2007 poetry reading at the University of Virginia.

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The Closers by Michael Connelly
Connelly, a former crime reporter in Los Angeles, writes fast-paced gritty detective novels featuring an ensemble cast who appear and reappear in each others’ stories. I’m particularly fond of Harry Bosch, his updated version of the classic hard-boiled, heavy-drinking LA investigator with a hidden vein of idealism that keeps him on the job. Harry’s motto is “Everybody counts or nobody counts.” He will investigate the deaths of society’s lost souls with the same attention he gives to the rich and famous — even when his supervisors tell him to lay off. Great summer reading (is this summer?).

Watch Michael Connelly give a video tour of some the locations featured in The Closers:

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The Chinese Box (DVD) directed by Wayne Wang
This movie traces events in the the lives of several characters in Hong Kong during the transition year, 1997. John (Jeremy Irons) is an expat journalist from Britain, in love with Vivian (Gong Li), a bar manager from mainland China. John documents life on the streets with a video camera and becomes involved with a young Chinese woman named Jean (Maggie Cheung) who tells conflicting tales about her scarred face. Images, stories, truths and lies – all interwoven like the complex history of the great city itself. I visited Hong Kong in 2007 and this portrait feels vividly accurate to me.

Watch the trailer for Chinese Box:

What We’re Watching

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

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Wendy Gunther, who works in Bailey/Howe Library’s Collection Development and Acquisitions, has a great love of vintage horror and sci-fi movies. She shares her affection for Sam Katzman’s The Giant Claw:

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When I was a kid growing up in South Jersey one of the best parts of summer was heading off to the Rialto every Saturday afternoon and watching the newest sci/fi double feature. Most of these movies were so bad they never stayed more than a week so there was an ever-changing string of titles on the theater marquee. The use of the word “bad” is certainly relative since I loved them all whether it was the classic The Day The Earth Stood Still or B thrillers like Attack of the Crab Monsters and Teenagers From Outer Space. As a result of this early passion for science fiction flicks I tend to throw one of these blasts from the past on my DVD player at least once a week (preferably Saturday morning) and attempt to recapture those heady days of summer matinees. This week it is to be 1957’s The Giant Claw.

Sam Katzman DVD Cover

The Giant Claw, and gee, I really don’t want to give away too much of the plot and ruin it for you, is about a UFO that turns out to be an antimatter space buzzard that has flown millions of light years to earth in order to lay an egg. Oh, I should not forget to mention that the buzzard is “as big as a battleship.” The film features some of the shoddiest special effects, sound effects and dialogue you will ever encounter. And to further assault your senses, there is a character whose French Canadian accent is to die for. And this, of course, is what makes The Giant Claw so much fun. Now wait kiddies. You’re probably thinking to yourself, well, yeah, it sounds great, but where can I get hold of a copy? The answer is simple. The Giant Claw is available in the media department as part of the Sam Katzman: Icons of Horror Collection. Also in this collection is The Werewolf, a hidden gem of a movie which takes a somewhat serious look at lycanthropy. So do yourself a favor. Check out The Giant Claw for the week-end, rev up the DVD, microwave some popcorn, sit back and prepare for some major laughs. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

Watch the original trailer for The Giant Claw:

RefWorks Available

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

RefWorks logo

The University Libraries now have a one-year subscription to RefWorks, a tool to help you cite resources and create bibliographies for your research.

RefWorks is a citation management software program, similar to EndNote or Zotero, that allows you to collect and store references from online databases or websites, and organize the citations from books, articles and other sources in folders according to topic area or assignment. It automatically converts citations into properly formatted bibliographies in a variety of formats (e.g. MLA and APA).
RefWorks is free to the UVM community – all you need to get started is a UVM email address and internet access.

For assistance with RefWorks, or to share any feedback you have on the resource, please email elizabeth.berman@uvm.edu.

Temperance and Prohibition in Vermont 1800-1933

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Travis Puller, a project archivist in Special Collections, has assembled a fascinating exhibit that examines temperance and prohibition in Vermont from 1800-1933. He selected pamphlets, letters, photographs, broadsides and ephemera that document the successful efforts of temperance organizations to ensure statewide prohibition for over fifty years (1850-1902). The materials also reveal the unprecedented illicit production, sale and transportation of alcohol that flourished during the shorter period of national prohibition (1920-1933). The exhibit can be viewed in Special Collections (ground floor) Monday-Friday from 9-5 throughout the summer.


What We’re Reading

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Government Documents Librarian Scott Schaffer shares some of his recent favorites from the Bailey/Howe book collection.

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True believers : the tragic inner life of sports fans by Joe Queenan
Why do we root for incredibly inept teams? Why do we pass up the finer things in life to witness our favorite squad fall to yet another ignominious defeat? Joe Queenan attempts to answer these questions in this hilarious work. Queenan grew up in Philadelphia home to some of the most wretched franchises in the history of sports. He documents his unfailing loyalty to the Phillies, Eagles, Seventy-Sixers, and Flyers. Front runners, miscreants, true believers, and other bizarre manifestations of the sports fan are considered and analyzed. Queenan even discusses his attempt at psychotherapy to “cure” himself of his awful condition. This a great book for anyone with a modicum of interest in sports.

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A long way down by Nick Hornby
A TV talk show host’s life is ruined by his affair with a teenager. A 51 year old mother spends all her time caring for her disable son. A musician upset over the breakup of his band and a smart mouthed young woman with a host of issues. They all attempt to end their lives. This probably sounds dark and depressing. But it’s not in the world of Nick Hornby. The story of these four disconsolate and mismatched London characters unfolds with humor and unexpected twists and turns. I highly recommend this tale of a suicidal group of individuals who realize that in some odd sense they need each other.

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In a sunburned country by Bill Bryson
Do you want to go to Australia but you don’t have the money and/or time? Reading this book by Bill Bryson is the next best thing. Bryson, a self-professed Australophile, tells us all about the country’s wonderful cities, the Great Barrier reef, and Ayer’s Rock. In often hilarious fashion he imparts us with stories of the many deadly Aussie animals and the harsh climate and landscape covering the majority of the continent. He also provides incredible historical tidbits. Underlying the entire text is the sense of how little most of us know about this extraordinary and eccentric place.