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Interlibrary Loan Gets Easier

Friday, July 30th, 2010

ILLiad, a new Interlibrary Loan system, will make it easier than ever to use Interlibrary Loan services. ILLiad is designed to give patrons more information on their requests and where they are in the borrowing process.

How ILLiad makes borrowing more user-friendly:

  • You will find it easier to submit your Interlibrary Loan requests. With ILLiad, you enter your name, address, and other personal information into the system only once, at the time of your first request.
  • Your request will be handled more rapidly and accurately.
  • You can get many of your photocopies through Electronic Delivery.
  • You can get information about the status of your request through the Web at any time from any location without having to call the ILL Department.
  • Library personnel are able to serve you better because all data about your request and its handling is stored in a searchable database. We are able to respond quickly to your inquiries about your request.

Read more about Illiad here: http://illiad.uvm.edu/illiad/VTU/faq.html

Daily Interlibrary Loan Delivery by Beverly Public Library used in accordance with Creative Commons.

Images for Academic Publishing (IAP)

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) is a collection of over 10,000 images from ARTstor for use in scholarly publications. Images are available for a wide variety of disciplines.

Images are from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Mellink Archive at Bryn Mawr College.

To locate Images for Academic Publishing in ARTstor simply include the term IAP as one of your search terms and click on the IAP icon below the image you wish to use in order to request permission.

For more information on IAP and terms and conditions visit ARTstor.

Early Images of the Long Trail

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Hiking on Mt. Abraham

“To attract the public, we must show them pictures,” wrote Green Mountain Club President Mortimer Proctor in 1928. Between 1910 and 1930, dedicated members of the Green Mountain Club established Vermont’s Long Trail, a footpath in the wilderness that extends along the ridgeline of the Green Mountains. Club members actively promoted the trail, and their presentations and publications relied heavily on photographs to attract hikers and club members.   Long Trail photos  are featured in an exhibit in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby this summer.

UVM’s  Special Collections holds several collections of glass slides that document construction and use of the Long Trail during its first three decades. The collections illustrate widespread enthusiasm for the Long Trail project, and for hiking in general. The image collections chronicle the views and landscapes seen by early hikers and provide a record of people associated with the Green Mountain Club’s formative years.

Over the years, images from the collections have been used to illustrate publications about the trail, but the obsolete slide format limited general use. This year, the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives greatly improved access by creating the Long Trail digital collection. The collection was launched in March to coincide with the Green Mountain Club’s centennial celebration.

For more information about the Long Trail and Green Mountain Club research collections, visit Special Collections on the ground floor of Bailey/Howe. View the Long Trail Collection online at http://cdi.uvm.edu.

Literary Broadsides from Fine Presses

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The Book Arts Collection housed in the UVM Libraries’ Special Collections department includes numerous literary broadsides designed and printed by fine presses.  Broadsides are printed only on one side of a sheet, often to make announcements or proclamations but also to share poems and prose.

Although the broadsides collected in libraries are carefully stored in drawers waiting for viewers, broadsides are intended to be hung and displayed. For this exhibit, Special Collections librarians selected literary broadsides that celebrate or meditate on the natural world and our place in it to complement the exhibit of Long Trail photographs on the other side of the lobby.

Text and illustration are frequently combined on literary broadsides to create a visual representation of the text.  Some of the broadsides are the results of collaborations between artists and authors, such as “Brockport Sunflowers.” Others are commemorative, like “Wild Wool,” which celebrates John Muir’s 150th birthday. The broadside featuring Josephine Miles’ poem “Paths” was commissioned from Enid Mark at ELM Press for the Miles House at the University of California.

The limited edition broadsides are frequently finely printed using letter press on handmade paper.  Here, Walter Hamady’s mauve Shadwell rag paper is ideally suited for Diane Wakoski’s poem, “Purple Finch Song.” Galway Kinnell’s “The Geese” is printed on a paper pulp painting from the Janus Press that features what one observer has called “a goose’s-eye view of the land” for the birds migrating north up the Connecticut River valley.  For the quote from Thoreau’s essay “Walking,” Carolee Campbell employed an unconventional arrangement of the words that challenges the viewer to interact with what may be a familiar text in a new way.

The selection of broadsides in these cases include examples from notable printers and their presses, including Walter Hamady’s Perishable Press in Wisconsin, the Brighton Press and  Carolee Campbell’s Ninja Press in California, Michael McCurdy’s Penmaen Press in Massachusetts, and Claire Van Vliet’s Janus Press in northeastern Vermont.  Visit Special Collections to see additional broadsides and books from these presses and to learn more about the artists and their works.

Brockport Sunflowers

Brockport Sunflowers.  Poem by William Heyen; relief cut by Peter Schumann.  Edition of 160. Printed by Janus Press for William B. Ewert Publisher, 1986.

Libraries Receive Grant to Digitize Vermont’s Historic Newspapers

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

The University of Vermont of Vermont Libraries has been awarded funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the amount $391,552 to support the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project.

The UVM Libraries will work collaboratively with partners in the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Ilsley Public Library of Middlebury, and the Vermont Historical Society to select, digitize, and make available up to 100,000 pages of Vermont newspapers, published between 1836 and 1922, from the collections of the Vermont Department of Libraries and the University of Vermont. The digitized newspapers will be made freely available to the public via the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database.

The project builds upon work of the NEH-funded Vermont Newspaper Project which, from 1997 to 2001, identified, cataloged and microfilmed close to 1,000 historical Vermont newspaper titles in over 3,000 libraries, historical societies, and other repositories throughout the state.

By 1830, many towns in Vermont had their own local newspapers. Examples include Brandon’s Vermont Telegraph, a reform newspaper that supported women’s rights, temperance, vegetarianism, anti-slavery, and the abolishment of capital punishment, and Woodstock’s Working Man’s Gazette, a voice for farmers, mechanics, and artisans in the 1830’s.

The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project will provide a window into Vermont’s participation in key moments in American history, such as abolition of slavery, the Civil War, westward expansion, the influenza pandemic, and the First World War.

Project partners talk about the immeasurable impact digital access to these materials will provide for researchers.

Project Director Birdie MacLennan, of the UVM Libraries says, “This will go a long way in dissolving information barriers by offering an important link to Vermont history, for scholars, researchers, historians, genealogists and the general public. It’s a dream come true for users, who have been asking us for years when Vermont newspaper content will be made available online. We are pleased to now be able to say: Coming soon, to a computer near you!”

“We’re really thrilled to be partnering with UVM and others,” says State Librarian Martha Reid. “The Vermont Newspaper collection is one of the state library’s most widely used. It will wonderful to have it freely available to the world. Particularly to Vermonters who are doing local history or family research, this will be an invaluable resource.”

Chris Kirby, of the Ilsley Public Library says, “We have lots of patrons who come in doing genealogical research and this will greatly enhance their abilities. They’ll be able to search ancestors by last name and call up any stories about them.”

Vermont Historical Society Librarian Paul Carnahan says, “It will have a tremendous impact on local history research in Vermont. A lot of research boils down to information found in newspapers and until now there has been no easy way to get at it except sitting in a dark room with microfilm and winding your way through reels one at a time. It will be like day and night.”

Spreading the Word: Posters from the Acorn Press

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The summer exhibit in Special Collections features posters that the Acorn Press produced for events and businesses in Chelsea, VT during the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1965 two cousins, Brad and Tom Brownell, bought the venerable Chelsea Press (1916-1965) and ran it under the name Acorn Press. Until his retirement in 1984, Brad Brownell did a variety of printing work in both letterpress and offset using modern equipment and the old hand presses once operated by former owner Bill Underhill.  The visually appealing posters honor the firm’s heritage, using mixed typefaces, stock cuts for images, and bold colors to catch the viewer’s attention.  At the time of his retirement in 1984, the Chelsea town history paid tribute to Brad Brownell, concluding that he “has shown both skill and imagination in fulfilling local printing needs.”