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Speak Up and Write Down

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Bailey/Howe needs your input as we re-vision the building to better serve our patrons. Please feel free to write down your answers to the questions posted on flip charts around B/H. See this video for more details!

Sunset Boulevard

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Sunset Boulevard

DVD 3688

Gloria Swanson

I watched Sunset Boulevard over a year ago. It’s still fresh in my mind as one of the best movies I’ve seen. There are a few scenes in particular I remember, the same few everyone knows: Gloria Swanson (as Norma Desmond) dramatically and deliriously descending the staircase, announcing she is ready for her close-up. Plus, I vividly recall William Holden floating face down in the pool, and the scenes shot on the lots at the Hollywood studios. But it’s really the atmosphere that sticks, the spooky, shadowed, faded Hollywood noir that director Billy Wilder and Co. present. The movie is a classic but it feels modern. In screenwriting class I remember wishing I could write a script as cleanly as Sunset Boulevard. I will never be able to, but at least I can watch this movie over and over and pretend I could. As Norma Desmond said, “No one ever leaves a star.” Sunset Boulevard will not be leaving my memory anytime soon. And if anyone can name Norma’s car in the movie (including the model) without looking it up, I will give him or her three dollars.

-Elias Baldwin

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In Circulation now available

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The first issue of In Circulation, the University Libraries’ newsletter, is available in PDF format.

Read about:

  • New digital content created by the Center for Digital Initiatives and the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project.
  • Recent programs, such as Maple Week events and exhibits on artists books and stuttering.
  • A grant project to improve healthcare information access.
  • Billings and Learning Commons capital projects.
  • Library faculty research.
  • New acquisitions, from rare books to streaming video.
  • You can pick up print issues of In Circulation at campus libraries.

Film Studies’ Picks

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

A still from Jean Luc Godard's Contempt

Film Studies Department faculty from the University of Vermont share some of their favorite films in the Bailey/Howe Media Resources collection, in this Slide Share presentation.

Get Organized! Zotero & EndNote Workshops

Wednesday, September 14th, 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 or to schedule a workshop for a group.

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

Digital Media at the Crossroads

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

On Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Champlain College, Alumni Auditorium, Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy will speak on how marketers track online and digital footprints, threats to privacy and dramatic changes in the delivery of news, information and entertainment. Digital Media at the Crossroads: Content & Control in the Internet Era is free and open to the public.

Chester explores the latest developments in technologically advanced personalized data targeting, the role of the leading online marketing companies, new approaches to policy, its impact on diverse and progressive media content, and implications for the future of democracy and human rights.

Jeff Chester is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a Washington, DC-based organization dedicated to “fostering democratic expression and consumer protection in the digital media era.” He has been referred to by Bill Moyers as the “Paul Revere for the media reform movement.” He brings 20 years of media reform activism and experience from his work promoting the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act to his naming in 2011 as the “Domestic Privacy Champion” by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Register here: http://mymediavt.net/

Presented by VCAM, RETN & Channel 17/ Town Meeting Television in partnership with CCTV Center for Media & Democracy, ACLU-Vermont, Cham­plain College/Emergent Media Center, Vermont Library Association, Vermont School Library Association, and UVM Libraries. Media Sponsors include: Seven Days, The Radiator, Front Porch Forum, Vermont Commons, and Big Heavy World

New Book Highlights

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

These works can be found on our New Book shelf in Bailey/Howe, an ever-rotating sampling of things we’re adding to our collection. You can also review all our newest books online, and subscribe via RSS to receive alerts about acquisitions, by discipline.

The new cool : a visionary teacher, his FIRST robotics team, and the ultimate battle of smarts by Neal Bascomb

When Dean Kamen, a millionaire inventor, realized that most kids couldn’t name a living scientist, he created the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition to encourage high-school students to consider scientific careers. Bascomb follows team 1717, the D’Penguineers, from Goleta, California, during the 2009 season. The team of high-school seniors, all rookie robot builders, is led by Amir Abo-Shaeer, a physics teacher and the founder of a fledgling engineering academy.

Pages from a black radical’s notebook : a James Boggs reader edited by Stephen M. Ward ; with an afterword by Grace Lee Boggs.

Born in the rural American south, James Boggs lived nearly his entire adult life in Detroit and worked as a factory worker for twenty-eight years while immersing himself in the political struggles of the industrial urban north. During and after the years he spent in the auto industry, Boggs wrote two books, co-authored two others, and penned dozens of essays, pamphlets, reviews, manifestos, and newspaper columns to become known as a pioneering revolutionary theorist and community organizer. –Publisher’s information

Ruta Tannenbaum by Miljenko Jergović ; translated from the Croatian by Stephen M. Dickey

Set in the Croatian city of Zagreb, then a part of Yugoslavia, in the period between the world wars Ruta Tannenbaum’s central character is an ingenue inspired by the real-life figure Lea Deutsch, the now-forgotten Shirley Temple of Yugoslavia who was murdered in the Holocaust. Using their shared Jewish heritage as a starting point, Jergovic´ constructs a fictional family history populated by historical figures with the precocious Ruta at the center. –Publisher’s information

Unlikely friends : bridging ties and diverse friendships by James A. Vela-McConnell

There are those individuals who have established deep, lasting relationships with others from very different backgrounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Research indicates that such friendships are a relatively rare phenomenon. While many study the reasons for this pattern, the research presented here focuses on the successes of the few: ‘How have you broken down the social distance between you and bridged the social distance that separates you?’

Literature and Film Resource Workshops

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

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.


  • Literature Resource Center, Wednesday, September 14 : 4:00-5:00
  • MLA International Bibliography, Wednesday, September 14 : 5:00-6:00
  • Literature Resource Center, Monday, November 7 : 4:00-5:00
  • MLA International Bibliography, Monday, November 7 : 5:00-6:00


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

Questions? Contact: Patricia Mardeusz

Back-to-School Movies

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

We’ll admit it. Even though most of us librarians are not exactly in the target demographic, we’re kind of absolutely loving the back-to-school vibe in Tavi Gevinson’s new online magazine Rookie. Maybe that’s because some of us are old enough to have lived through the days of Sassy, the mid-1990’s call-to-girl-power magazine that serves as partial inspiration for Gevinson’s work (What? We already said we were old.)

Maybe it’s Joss Whedon’s advice about how to survive your first year of high school (incidentally, pretty applicable to the question of how to survive your first year of college, or your first year of law school, or whatever), or the DIYish fashion tips that are all Plaid!, Knee Socks!, Belt Your Books!, or maybe it is just the rain that never stops, but we’re already planning a weekend back-to-school, best-teen-movies-ever marathon.

Alternately, we’re thinking about the real implications of all this rain, and how to help our fellow Vermonters. But say you want to reward yourself after a day of hard labor with the sort of nostalgia and excuse for popcorn that only a teen movie provides. Here’s some of the best the UVM media collection has to offer (we like to think Gevinson and Co. would approve):

Bend it Like Beckham

The Breakfast Club

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2

N.B.: The library owns the complete run of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but in our humble opinion it’s season two when things really get going (Evil Angel! Spike and Dru! Oz!). Not that we have spent a lot of time thinking about it or anything.

Freaks and Geeks


Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love


Mean Girls

Real Women Have Curves


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Virgin Suicides

Library staff and faculty share research

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Event coordinator Alison Armstrong and Ruth Farrell compare notes.

The UVM Libraries’ first Research Conference was held on August 2nd, 2011 in the Bailey/Howe Library. Library faculty and staff shared details of research initiatives ongoing within the libraries, through oral presentations and poster sessions.

Ruth Farrell, Associate Vice President for Research Administration, opened the event by questioning why research gets done at a university, despite the challenges presented by time constraints, lack of funding, and the burden of associated administrative tasks. “What you do,” she assured assembled library faculty and staff, “impacts every single student and every single faculty member.”

Fred Pond, of the Dana Medical Library, presented Old Vermont Film, New Opportunities for Research, describing his efforts in collaboration with the Vermont Historical Society (VHS) to preserve and digitize items from the VHS’s collection of 16mm films. To date 24 films have been digitized, some of which can be viewed at http://www.vermonthistory.org/index.php/library/moving-images-collection.html.

In An Analysis of Clinical Questions Asked at Professor Rounds, Nancy Bianchi, of the Dana Medical Library, described a study that analyzed 213 questions posed at the College of Medicine’s Pediatrics professor rounds, reviewing the types of information resources consulted to discover answers. 91% of questions were answerable, but Bianchi cautioned that in the context of the pedagogical model of professor rounds, “sometimes not finding an answer is as important as finding an answer.”

Fred Pond, Nancy Bianchi, and Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Domenico Grasso

The Bailey/Howe Library’s Scott Schaffer examined possible impacts of higher education on census data with College Students and the US Census. Citing examples of counties such as Alachua, FL, Tuscaloosa, AL, and Brazos, TX, with poverty rates significantly higher than the national average, despite hosting large research universities, Schaffer raised questions about the ways college students’ habitats and finances are reported via census data, and how they might affect overall data about population, income, and ethnicity.

Daisy Benson, of Bailey/Howe Library, reported on A Portrait of UVM Students: the 2010-2011 First-Year and Senior Library Surveys, two surveys administered in 2010 and 2011 to measure the technology behaviors, confidence in information-seeking skills, and actual research skills of incoming first time first year students and outgoing seniors. A report on the 2010 first-year survey is available at http://library.uvm.edu/services/faculty/fyls2010/fyls2010report.pdf.

Donna O’Malley and Fran Delwiche, of Dana Medical Library, reported on Aligning Library Instruction with the Needs of Basic Science Graduate Students, a project to improve the library’s existing model by working in greater collaboration with basic science faculty and significantly revising workshop offerings, which resulted in increases in average information session attendance from twenty to 138 by 2010.

Researchers Say the Darndest Things

Researchers Say the Darndest Things: Using Semi-structured Interviews to Uncover the Unique Information Behaviors of Basic Sciences Researchers in an Academic Health Center, presented by Laura Haines, of the Dana Medical Library, presented data from a qualitative study of semi-structured interviews with basic science researchers that indicated interests in advanced searching skill building, institutional repositories, and targeted communications.

Marianne Burke, of Dana Medical Library, presented Finding the Evidence for Patient Care: Results of an Education Intervention with Vermont Primary Care Providers. Burke was the principal investigator for a project funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine that surveyed nearly 300 primary care providers about their use of information resources. Courses were developed for local providers, based on the resulting data.

Bailey/Howe Library’s Birdie MacLennan, Tom McMurdo, and Prudence Doherty co-presented on From Reel to Real: the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project, detailing the progress made to date in this National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to make digitally-available 100,000 pages of Vermont newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, and discussing possible avenues for further research, such as analysis of optical character recognition technologies or the social and agricultural history represented by titles such as St. Johnsbury’s Vermont Farmer. Digital newspapers from Vermont and beyond are available via http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.

Mingling between presentations

Selene Colburn, of Bailey/Howe Library, and Paul Besaw, of the UVM Dance Program, co-presented Incorporating Information Literacy and Site Specific Dance, a case study of a course the presenters co-taught in the spring of 2011 that integrated place-based historical and related topical research with somatic and choreographic practices, as students created works in localities on and around UVM’s campus.

Bailey/Howe Library’s Karl Bridges’ The Fragility of the Internet examined the United States technology and network infrastructures from the point of view of national securities challenges, with attention paid to the potential cyberterrorist threats.

Daniel DeSanto, of Bailey/Howe, presented Developing a CDI Long Trail Collection iPhone App: Process and Implications. DeSanto has been working on the creation of a mobile application that would feature the more than 900 digitized images created from lantern slides in the Bailey/Howe’s Special Collections. View historic Long Trail images at http://cdi.uvm.edu/collections/getCollection.xql?pid=longtrail&title=Long%20Trail%20Photographs.

Empirical finding: snacks!