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Marbled Paper Exhibit

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Visit the Bailey/Howe Library Lobby to see an exhibit about marbled paper, drawn from the University of Vermont Libraries Rare Books collection. The extraordinary samples range in age from the middle of the 18th century to the early 21st century.  Some show how marbled paper has been used in the book trade, some show marbling as art, and some show designs created for everyday objects like tissue boxes and lampshades.

For more information, call 656-2138 or email uvmsc@uvm.edu.

New Printing and Scanning Policies Take Effect

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012


As of August 3, the printers and copiers in Bailey/Howe Library will only accept Cat$cratch for transactions. For added patron convenience, Cat$cratch machines in the lobby can dispense cards in $1.00 allotments. The cost of print copies has been reduced to 5 cents for black and white and 25 cents for color copies. Scanning services, in black and white and color, are now offered free of charge at machines on the first and second floors of Bailey/Howe. As always, please ask for assistance if you have any questions. Click for more information on Cat$cratch.

Let the Games Begin!

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The 2012 Olympics begin today in London, and we have lots of great resources about the history, legacy and impact of the Games. Here’s a sampling from our collections:

Understanding the Olympics, by John Horne and Garry Whannel.

The Olympic Games is unquestionably the greatest sporting event on earth, with television audiences measured in billions of viewers. By what process did the Olympics evolve into this multi-national phenomenon? How can an understanding of the Olympic Games help us to better understand international sport and society? And what will be the true impact and legacy of the London Olympics in 2012?

Fighting the current : the rise of American women’s swimming, 1870-1926, by Lisa Bier

In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first female to swim the English Channel–and broke the existing record time in doing so. Although today she is considered a pioneer in women’s swimming, women were swimming competitively 50 years earlier. This historical book details the early period of women’s competitive swimming in the United States, from its beginnings in the nineteenth century through Ederle’s astonishing accomplishment. Women and girls faced many obstacles to safe swimming opportunities, including restrictive beliefs about physical abilities, access to safe and clean water, bathing suits that impeded movement and became heavy in water, and opposition from official sporting organizations.

Beijing Taxi, a film by Miao Wang

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games serve as the backdrop for this story–a coming out party for a rising nation and a metaphor for Chinese society and its struggles to reconcile enormous contradictions while adjusting to a new capitalist system. Candid and perceptive in its filming approach and highly cinematic and moody in style, Beijing Taxi takes the viewer on a lyrical journey through fragments of a society riding the bumpy roads to modernization.


Vermont Picture Books Exhibit

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The Vermont Department of Libraries recently identified 125 authors and illustrators of children’s books who live in Vermont. Many of those authors and illustrators are represented in Bailey/Howe Library’s Wilbur Collection of Vermontiana.

A display in Special Collections highlights the work of three notable authors and illustrators whose connections to Vermont’s people and landscape influence the stories they tell and the pictures they create, including Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Mary Azarian, and Tracey Campbell Pearson.

Author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock’s deep Vermont roots are reflected in her chapter books and picture books.  A seventh-generation Vermonter writing from the Northeast Kingdom, Kinsey-Warnock often depicts events in her life or the lives of her family and ancestors. Her stories, whether contemporary or historical, involve the natural world, rural life and family relationships.

Artist and illustrator Mary Azarian moved to a small hill farm in northern Vermont in the late 1960s. Her woodcuts reflect the landscape where she lives and the activities and rhythms of rural life. She has illustrated over 50 books with woodcuts, including a number of outstanding picture books.

Tracy Campbell Pearson discovered her calling in art school, when she took a children’s book illustration class taught by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. She has created over 30 books for children since that art class. She has lived in Vermont since the early 1980s, and several of her picture books are inspired by people, businesses, and scenery in her hometown of Jericho.

During the summer, Special Collections is open from 10-5, Monday-Friday.  For more information, call 656-2138 or email uvmsc@uvm.edu.

Libraries’ Staff Member Wins ALANA Honor

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Libraries’ staff member Juliet Young was recently honored by the ALANA Coalition for her excellent efforts toward creating a more inclusive community at UVM. 

Young’s Citation reads: The ALANA Coalition honors you for your leadership, outstanding service and dedication to the ALANA Community and the University of Vermont in creating a more welcome and inclusive community for all. Presented May 2012.

On the Shelf

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

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 Vanishers: A Novel, by Heidi Julavits

Is the bond between mother and daughter unbreakable, even by death? The Vanishers is a stunning meditation on grief, female rivalry, and the furious power of a daughter’s love. The book defies genre and has been called everything from a “paranormal detective story” to a “hilarious satire of academic politics.”



The Theology of Battlestar Galactica: American Chiristianity in the 2004-2209 Television Series, by Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Battlestar Galactica (2005 to 2009 on the Sci Fi Channel) featured religion and theology among its central concerns, says the author of this new book about the acclaimed series. Over the course of 87 episodes and two television movies, Battlestar Galactica explored the meaning of salvation, prophecy, exile, apocalypse, resurrection, and messianism. Wetmore counters with the Christian theology for each of Battlestar Galactica’s imagined religions.



Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved: Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum, by Stuart M. Frank

The 700 photographs in this volume, attests the Boston Globe, highlight the artistic output associated with New Bedford’s role in the 1800s as the whaling capital of the world. “Putting their idle hours to use, whalers took painstaking care to carve teeth and bones from whales. Many of the pieces were made as gifts for loved ones at home. Yet scrimshaw was never purely a decorative art. Whalers, frequently adding a touch of whimsy, also made practical objects, such as canes, pie crimpers, and letter openers.”


Prospect Fellowship Recipients at Bailey/Howe

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

On July 16, the first cohort of Prospect Practitioner Fellows will gather at Bailey/Howe Library for a week-long residency to study the rich Prospect Archive of Children’s Work. The participants will receive stipends from the Prospect School and Center for Education and Research Fund, which is managed by UVM Special Collections.

From the day it opened its doors in 1965, the Prospect School in North Bennington, Vermont was committed to documenting children’s growth and learning, the school’s curriculum, and the school itself. Prospect developed a methodology for describing children and their works that traveled far beyond Prospect in the capable hands of teachers who attended summer institutes, seminars and conferences sponsored by Prospect. In 2006, the cumulative documentation now known as the Prospect Archives was donated to Special Collections at the University of Vermont. The gift included funds to support two research fellowship initiatives designed to encourage educators to continue to benefit from the Prospect experience.

The first recipients of the Practitioner Fellowships include Barbara Burrington, principal at the Alburgh (VT) Community Education Center; Jed Norris, the Program Director at the Children’s Space in Burlington; Lara Ramsey, a fourth grade teacher at the Smith College Laboratory School in Northampton, Massachusetts; and Amanda Terreri, a classroom teacher and pedagogical coordinator at the UVM Campus Children’s School. Special Collections selected mentor Ellen Schwartz to guide the fellows during the residency and after they return home and implement what they have learned in their own classrooms and schools. Schwartz’s long association with the Prospect School and Center began in 1984, when she attended her first Summer Institute and was amazed at how much is revealed about a child through description of her works.

In addition to the Practitioner Fellowships, Special Collections awarded the first Prospect Research Fellowship to Amy Robertson, a graduate student in elementary education at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.  Robertson will use the Prospect Archives to gather information for her research on how peer learning can positively influence learning communities.

Learn more about Prospect and the Descriptive Processes

Prospect Research and Practitioner Fellowships

Prospect School and Center for Research and Education Archives

Prospect Archive of Children’s Work–Online

Jenny’s Story: Taking the Long View of the Child, Prospect’s Philosophy in Action (2010)
LB1115 .C278 2010 (B/H 3rd floor)

Starting Strong: A Different Look at Children, Schools, and Standards (2001)
LB1117 .C28 2001 (B/H 3rd floor)

From Another Angle: Children’s Strengths and School Standards, The Prospect Center’s Descriptive Review of the Child
LB1117 .F735 2000 (B/H 3rd floor)


Reduced Hours at Dana Medical Library

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Hours of operation will be reduced at the Dana Medical Library to accommodate flood damage recovery efforts. Please check the Dana Medical Library website for exact hours.

Alternatively, Bailey Howe Library welcomes library patrons and is particularly quiet, clean, cool and uninhabited at the moment! All Dana patrons have access to the same databases and electronic materials at Bailey Howe as they do at Dana; there is no difference in service.

The storm on Wednesday, July 4th, caused flooding in the Library. Serv Pro, UVM campus physical plant and building managers are working hard to assess and repair the damage. While the work is slow, Dana hopes to be returned to its normal quiet soon.

We will keep you informed of our status.

Please contact danaref@uvm.edu with any questions.