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National Darwin Exhibit Comes to Dana Medical Library

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

An exhibit celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species will be on display at Dana Medical Library beginning July 24th, 2011. Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory explores Charles Darwin’s vision—“from so simple a beginning, endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved”—a vision that now forms the foundation of the biological sciences. Radical in sweep, Darwin’s idea of naturally innovating and endlessly changing webs of life undercut all previous sciences.

Charles Darwin’s 1859 work, On the Origin of Species, was instantly seen as a potent sign of a new science, a new way of conceiving the world. His theory was an immediate threat not just to those who were wedded to an older conception, but to all who relied on a given and settled order for meaning and for power. Emerging just as liberal reforms in western society seemed headed for radical explosion, just as technological change provided a social and economic motor that sped up life beyond all imagining, changes in science portended changes in society: “things fall apart; the center cannot hold.”

That Darwin’s thought could be so fertile should not surprise us. On the Origin of Species evoked life in all its intricacy, fecundity, and creativity. This is the world that Darwin explored and surveyed, described and explained — his enduring legacy to science, and to us.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Office of History. It was curated by Paul Theerman and Michael Sappol.

Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory will be on display at Dana Medical Library from July 24 to September 7, 2011. Complementary exhibits also on display around campus include Evolutionary Medicine, at Dana Medical Library, and Darwin’s Worms, at Bailey/Howe Library.

Image from: Charles Darwin, The expression of the emotions in man and animals (London, 1872), 140-41.

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Delivery of LRA Requests Might Encounter Delays

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Beginning on Thursday, July 13, 2011, through the end of July, the delivery of article requests submitted to the LRA (Library Research Annex) might be delayed. Bailey/Howe Library is working with a contractor to move library materials from Cook/Chemistry Library to the LRA and Bailey/Howe. During this move, staff might not access to the journal collection at the LRA. Staff will do whatever they can to expedite delivery of items; nevertheless, there will be delays. Please contact Paul Philbin, Director of Access, Technology and Media Services with questions at (802) 656-1369 or by email. Apologies for any inconvenience.

New Guest Borrower Senior Discount

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The Bailey/Howe Libraries now offer a Guest Borrower Card to senior citizens (65 years and older) at the discounted price of $20.

Guest Borrowers may:

  • Use any library on campus subject to the policies governing that library.
  • Check out a maximum of 10 books from the circulating collections of UVM Libraries at any one time.
  • Use non-circulating materials (reference, periodicals, microforms, and resources in Special Collections) in the library.
  • Use other library services, such as reference assistance, photocopy machines and printers, as well as reference assistance in Government Documents and Special Collections.
  • Use library resources that are marked for public use.

Learn more about other types of guest library cards.

Vermont History Online

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Interested in Vermont? Visit our digital library to find scores of online resources about the history of the state!


No Water

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

There will be no water in the Bailey/Howe Library today, July 7, until 4:00 PM. All bathrooms and drinking fountains are out of operation.

The closest bathrooms and water fountains are in the Davis Center. Please plan accordingly. We will let you know when the water is back on.