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New Policies for a Quieter Library

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Samana

Last year we conducted a survey, asking library users to tell us what they thought of our services, building, collections, and discovery tools.

You gave us lots to work on, and a few very clear messages – the Bailey/Howe Library has been too loud for many of you to study in effectively, and cell phone usage throughout the building hasn’t helped.

We’ve clarified policies for Bailey/Howe and ask you to help by observing these “Expectations of Library Patron Behavior.”

Expectations of Library Patron Behavior

• The Bailey/Howe Library is a place for UVM students, faculty, and staff, and for the community-at-large to perform research and study. Patrons will behave in a respectful manner, toward library staff and faculty, and toward one another. Patrons will refrain from behavior which proves unsafe or disruptive to the study environment.

• Food and drink permitted, except in Special Collections and Maps. Please keep all food and drink away from contact with library materials, computers, and audio-visual equipment. If food and/or drink is causing a distraction, we will ask you to remove it to the Cybercafé.

• Cell phones must be turned to vibrate upon entering the building. Cell phone conversations are permitted in the Cyber Café, the lobby, or outside the library.

• The second and third floors are designated for quiet study: any communication will happen in a hushed tone, and prolonged conversations must be moved to the first floor. Cell phones must be turned to vibrate and cell phone use is prohibited on these floors. Calls may be taken to the Cyber Café, the lobby, or outside the library.

• For their safety, children must be supervised.

• No bicycles are permitted inside the building.

• Clearly identified service animals only are permitted. If animals are left unattended outside the library building, library staff will notify police services.

• Shirt and shoes are required.

• Patron behavior must conform to additional University of Vermont policies, such as Facilities and Ground Use and Code of Students Rights and Responsibilities, available at: http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/

When a library patron has violated these expectations, the library reserves the right to ask the patron to leave, or we will call campus security.

Samana by said&done used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Documentaries on Poverty in America

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Two recent documentaries provide insights just in time for National Poverty in America Awareness Month. Both are available at Bailey/Howe’s Media Resources.

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Living broke in boom times : lessons from the Movement to End Poverty DVD produced, directed, and edited by Kathleen Dara Kell ; original films produced and directed by Pamela Yates and Peter Kinoy.

“It is a wonderful documentary, heart-rending in its depiction of homelessness and desperation, yet inspiring in what it shows about the magnificence of people fighting back… I think it can play an important role in arousing people to action.” -Howard Zinn

Learn more: http://skylightpictures.com/site/film_detail/lbibt/

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The two nations of black America produced by June Cross ; correspondent: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; written by June Cross and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; WGBH Educational Foundation.

“In this FRONTLINE report, correspondent Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a Harvard scholar, explores the gaping chasm between the upper and lower classes of black America and probes why it has happened: “How have we reached this point where we have both the largest black middle class and the largest black underclass in our history?” –Producer information

Learn more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/race/

Streaming 1940s Hay Harvesting Films

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Film: Hand Methods of Harvesting Hay

Thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, three films documenting hay harvesting techniques have been digitized by the UVM Libraries.  These silent films are a result of rural sociologist Robert M. Carter’s 1940s study at the UVM Agricultural Experiment Station. Carter researched the efficiency and costs of various haying techniques, from older hand harvesting methods to mechanized processes. The films capture farming equipment and techniques rarely seen today.

Watch all the Hay Harvesting films streaming online at the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives.

Louis McAllister’s Historic Burlington Photos Now Online

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Audio Slideshow: Louis McAllister

It has been said that the 25,000 photographs in Special Collections’ Louis McAllister collection “span the marvelous (circus sideshows with signs promising ‘Viking giants,’ ‘freaks,’ and ‘strange people’) to the mundane (serene shots of bank interiors and children’s dance recitals).”  This heavily-used collection of commercial photography is now available online.

Researchers will appreciate the collection’s “museum-level cataloging” created by library faculty and staff. Extremely detailed records for individual photographs will aid scholars, genealogists, and history buffs.

See the Louis L. McAllister Photographs for yourself at the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives. New materials are constantly being added.

CDI Collaborates with Service-Learning Course

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

This Spring, the CDI is partnering with Dr. Barri Tinkler’s EDSC 225: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools

Students in this service-learning course will use our collections to create webquests for Burlington High School classrooms. A webquest is a web-based inquiry activity that allows students to pursue answers to essential questions through the investigation of digital resources. After the course, their work will be publicly available to students at teachers at other schools.

It is the CDI’s goal to make primary sources available for K-12 students in Vermont and beyond. Collaborating with EDSC 225 will allow us to better reach high school students. This partnership also allows UVM Education students to learn about curriculum development and online learning resources in a hands-on, professional environment.

Want to sign up for this course? Matriculated and Continuing Education students can now use CRN 11333 to enroll. Contact the registrar for more details.

Interested in similarly collaborating with the Center for Digital Initiatives? Email us!

Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristic/ / CC BY 2.0

CDI’s Top Ten Most Viewed Items of 2009

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Presenting the year’s most used materials in the Center for Digital Initiatives online research collections:

10. Circus People, McAllister photographs

9. Burlington Lakefront, McAllister photographs

8. A.D. Pease Grain Co., McAllister photographs

7. Using the One-Man Pick-Up Baler, Hay Harvesting in the 1940’s

6. Andrew Craig Fletcher to Andrew and Ruth Fletcher, 1864 October 20, Fletcher Family papers

5. Burlington Dump, McAllister photographs

4. Deer Hanging Upside Down Surrounded by Hunters, Tennie Toussaint photographs

3. Hand Methods of Harvesting Hay, Hay Harvesting in the 1940’s

2. The Buck Rake, Wind Stackers, and Field Chopper in Use, Hay Harvesting in the 1940’s

1. Horses Pulling a Snow Roller, Tennie Toussaint photographs

New Book Highlights

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Pakistan book cover

Pakistan : eye of the storm (3rd ed.) by Owen Bennett Jones

“This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Bennett Jones’ market-leading account of this critical modern state includes fresh material on the Taliban insurgency, the Musharraf years, the return and subsequent assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and the unlikely election as president of Asif Ali Zardari.” –Publisher’s information

I'm a Lebowski book cover

I’m a Lebowski, you’re a Lebowski : life, The big Lebowski, and what have you by Bill Green … [et al.] ; foreword by Jeff Bridges.

I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski is a treasure trove of trivia and commentary, hilarious throughout and illustrated with photos from the film, including dozens taken on the set by Jeff Bridges. It includes interviews with virtually every major and minor cast member including John Goodman, Julianne Moore and John Turturro, as well as the real-life individuals who served as inspiration for the characters such as Jeff Dowd and John Milius.” –Publisher’s information

Children of Marx book cover

Children of Marx and Coca-Cola : Chinese avant-garde art and independent cinema by Xiaoping Lin

“Informed by the author’s experience in Beijing and New York–global cities with extensive access to an emergent transnational Chinese visual culture–this work situates selected artworks and films in the context of Chinese nationalism and post-socialism and against the background of the capitalist globalization that has so radically affected contemporary China.” –Publisher’s information

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Beyond ideology : politics, principles, and partisanship in the U.S. Senate by Frances E. Lee

“The congressional agenda, Frances Lee contends, includes many issues about which liberals and conservatives generally agree. Even over these matters, though, Democratic and Republican senators tend to fight with each other. What explains this discord? Beyond Ideology argues that many partisan battles are rooted in competition for power rather than disagreement over the rightful role of government.” –Publisher’s information