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Want More Cornel West?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

If you’re excited about Cornel West’s visit to UVM in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (soon to be rescheduled!) and want to learn more, check out the nearly forty titles by or about West in the library collection.

Here are some sample books and videos:

The African-American century : how Black Americans have shaped our country by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West

Cornel West : a critical reader edited by George Yancy

Keeping faith : philosophy and race in America by Cornel West

Jews & Blacks : a dialogue on race, religion, and culture in America by Michael Lerner & Cornel West

Prophetic fragments by Cornel West

Cornel West : the politics of redemption by Rosemary Cowan

Examined life [DVD] : philosophy is in the street written and directed by Astra Taylor ; producer, Bill Imperial, producer (NFB), Lea Marin

Upcoming Workshops on Zotero and EndNote

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Come learn about tools that can help you to keep track of research materials, take notes, format citations, and create bibliographies for you papers in a variety of styles. All workshops are free and open to UVM students, faculty, and staff. No registration is required.

Zotero Workshops
Learn how to use Zotero (a browser plug-in) to keep track of research materials, take notes, and insert citations into your papers the easy way.

  • Tuesday September 20, 4-5 pm (Library Classroom)
  • Thursday September 29, 4-5 pm (Library Classroom)
  • Tuesday October 11, 4-5 pm (Library Classroom)
  • Wednesday October 12, 4-5pm (Library Classroom)

Contact Daisy Benson for more information about Zotero workshops.

EndNote Workshops
Learn how to use EndNote (a software program) to keep track of research information, organize notes, and insert citations into your papers.

  • Wednesday September 21, 4-5 pm (Library Classroom)
  • Tuesday October 4, 4-5 pm (Library Classroom)
  • Tuesday October 18,  4-5 pm (Library Classroom)
  • Wednesday November 2, 4-5 pm (Library Classroom)

User support for the EndNote program has recently been expanded in the
UVM Libraries and now includes 3 members of the Information and Instruction Services Department who are available to answer EndNote questions. They are:

Jake Barickman (james.barickman@uvm.edu)
Karl Bridges (karl.bridges@uvm.edu)
Laurie Kutner (laurie.kutner@uvm.edu)

Please contact EndNote Coordinator, Laurie Kutner, if you would like to schedule instructional sessions on EndNote for a particular department, group of students, staff, or faculty.

Learn more about citation software on our page: Introduction to Managing Information

Need Help Finding Articles on Literature or Film?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Do you need to find “scholarly” articles and books about an author or literary work? Did your professor tell you not to include anything that was found using Google? Literature Resource Center and MLA International Bibliography can help.

Literature Resource Center is a portal to full-text scholarly articles, essays, and biographical sketches on authors worldwide (including selected filmmakers) and their works from every time period and literary discipline.

MLA International Bibliography is an important database of citations to scholarly journal articles, books, and book chapters on literature, film, and related topics.

Learn the basics of using these two important databases for your research. No previous knowledge is required for these introductory workshops.

Dates:

  • Literature Resource Center, Tuesday, March 1 : 4:00-5:00
  • MLA International Bibliography, Tuesday, March 1 : 5:00-6:00
  • Literature Resource Center, Tuesday, April 5 : 4:00-5:00
  • MLA International Bibliography, Tuesday, April 5 : 5:00-6:00

Location:

  • Library Classroom (main/1st floor of the library)

Questions? Contact: Patricia Mardeusz

New Book Highlights

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

God in the details : American religion in popular culture edited by Eric Michael Mazur and Kate McCarthy, 2nd ed.

“Exploring the blurred boundary between religion and pop culture, God in the Details offers a provocative look at the breadth and persistence of religious themes in the American consciousness. This new edition reflects the explosion of online activity since the first edition, including chapters on the spiritual implications of social networking sites, and the hazy line between real and virtual religious life in the online community Second Life. Also new to this edition are chapters on the migration of black male expression from churches to athletic stadiums, new configurations of the sacred and the commercial, and post 9/11 spirituality and religious redemption through an analysis of vampire drama, True Blood. Popular chapters on media, sports, and other pop culture experiences have been revised and updated, making this an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.” –Publisher’s information

The hungry world : America’s Cold War battle against poverty in Asia by Nick Cullather

“A pioneering and transformative work that tracks the politics of hunger from the invention of the calorie to Asia’s Cold War ideological battlegrounds, The Hungry World explores, with a sharp, lively sense of irony, American scientists’ and policy-makers’ relentless and often futile efforts to transmute the conflictual politics of rural deprivation into a technocratic politics of agricultural production.” –Paul A. Kramer, author of The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States and the Philippines

Daniel by Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Steven T. Murray

“Set in the 1870s, this earnest and heartbreaking story opens with the unsolved murder of a mentally retarded Swedish girl, but this isn’t a mystery in the mode of Mankell’s international bestselling Kurt Wallander novels (Firewall, etc.). Hans Bengler, a Swedish entomologist, travels across southern Africa in search of undiscovered insects. In the desert, he finds an orphaned native boy, whom he adopts on impulse and calls Daniel. Bengler brings Daniel back to Sweden to exhibit him for money. A link eventually emerges between the girl’s murder and Daniel’s story, which dramatically illuminates the evils of colonialism (Bengler notes that he “had to make the important decisions for these black people”) and the cultural chasm between Europeans and Africans. Mankell fully understands Daniel’s radically different cultural perspective and indelibly captures the boy’s longing to return to his homeland and the tragic consequences of his forced exile.” –Publisher’s Weekly

Sheila Hicks : 50 years by Joan Simon and Susan C. Faxon ; with an essay by Whitney Chadwick

“Sheila Hicks (born 1934) is a pioneering artist noted for objects and public commissions whose structures are built of color and fiber. This volume accompanies the first major retrospective of Hicks’s work; it documents the remarkable versatility and dramatically divergent scale of her textiles as well as her distinctive use, and surprising range, of materials. Hicks deliberately and provocatively engages what are often considered mutually exclusive domains, rethinking and pushing the limits of generally accepted contexts, conditions, and frameworks. These include distinct objects and temporal, performative actions; studio works and commissions for public buildings; and textiles made in artisanal workshops as well as for industrial production in places as different as Chile, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Sweden, and the United States.” –Publisher’s information

Free Cake and Cider!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

McAllister Photographs Digitization Complete

It’s taken three years, but we have finally digitized over 9,000 photographs by Louis L. Mcallister!

Come celebration the culmination of this huge collection.

McAllister Photographs Reception
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Bailey/Howe Library
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Meet the folks who worked hard on this collection, view some of the images, and enjoy free cake and cider!

The cake will even feature one of the photographs from the collection.