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Announcing ScholarWorks @ UVM

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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In celebration of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21st – 27th, 2013), the UVM Libraries are proud to announce ScholarWorks @ UVM, a new digital repository that provides for the organization, dissemination, and management of digital materials created by UVM faculty, staff, students, and their collaborators. Our goal is to increase access to the scholarly and creative output of the university and to preserve these works in digital form.

We invite you to look at the first collections created. You’ll find recent theses from environmental studies students, family medicine articles, library science presentations, and specimen notebooks and drawings from the Pringle Herbarium.

Most importantly, we’re hoping you’ll consider contributions of your own. ScholarWorks @ UVM can help make your increase the discoverabilty of your scholarship on the Internet.

Though the publisher’s PDF of your published article may be behind a paywall, you can make the preprint or postprint available through ScholarWorks, increasing access to your scholarship. Many leading publishers now allow the deposit of journal article preprints and postprints into the author’s institutional repository (see the Sherpa/Romeo database for a summary of publishers’ permissions. http://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/).

Grant reports, white papers, posters, presentations, newsletters, annual reports, and other publications of enduring value can be published in ScholarWorks @ UVM. Student work, such as College Honors Theses, may also be deposited. ScholarWorks accepts materials in multiple formats, including audio and video. ScholarWorks @ UVM offers customizable web sites for conference proceedings, both to accept papers for an upcoming conference, and to display the proceedings after the event is over. Publications in ScholarWorks @ UVM are indexed by Google and Google Scholar.

For more information:

See ScholarWorks @ UVM Policies and Guidelines http://scholarworks.uvm.edu/about.html

Contact your library liaison at Bailey/Howe
http://library.uvm.edu/specialists/
or Dana Medical Library
http://library.uvm.edu/dana/about/staff/specialist.php

Contact Associate Library Professor Donna O’Malley
donna.omalley@uvm.edu, (802) 656-4415

Reflection & Vision: 200 Years of UVM Libraries

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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Check out the new exhibit in the Bailey/Howe Lobby, “Reflection and Vision: 200 Years of Libraries at the University of Vermont,” which depicts the history of library collections and spaces at the University of Vermont.

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Highlights include:

    • The University’s earliest efforts to create a library, including Professor Joseph Torrey’s nine month book collecting mission in Europe
    • The construction of Billings Library, designed by famed architect H. H. Richardson
    • The creation of the Bailey/Howe and Dana Medical Libraries
    • The future of library spaces and digital collections

Excerpts from a portfolio documenting the Billings Library after its dedication in 1885 are also on view. The complete set of photographs can be viewed in Special Collections.

The entire Billings Portfolio can also be viewed on Flickr.

Jeff Nichols’s “Mud”, A Film Review by Phil Cheney

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Mud (2012) is an excellent film, excellently executed by its writer/director Jeff Nichols. I believe Nichols is at the beginning of a long road as a great American auteur in film. His last film Take Shelter, came out in 2011 to critical acclaim. I consider it the best American thriller to be released in the last decade with one of the greatest endings in film history. Nichols’s follows-up strongly and doesn’t let down with his writing and direction. Mud stars Matthew McConaughey as a charming outlaw on the lam. Hiding out in an island on the Mississippi river, he is discovered by two young local boys who eventually decide to help him reunite with his true love and escape.

I really have nothing critical to say about this film. I enjoyed the writing, characters, setting and aesthetics of the film immensely.  It can be funny, touching, heartbreaking and heart pounding, all in one adventure. Nichols utilizes similar techniques in the story as he did in Take Shelter, such as enigma, ambiguity and uncertainty of the truth. The cinematography and lighting is beautiful, with the Arkansas sun beaming through trees to warm the side of a character’s face for a vision of sharp intensity.

All of the actors carry out their roles effectively, including McConaughey, but the true praise belongs to the two young actors playing the boys. Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland make a great and charismatic duo who carry the film despite being minors. Michael Shannon, who played the main character in Take Shelter also reappears in this film for a minor role that he knocks out of the park with hilarity and depth.

If Nichols keeps up this quality of writing and directing, he could soon rank among American film giants such as Kubrick and Scorsese. He is currently in development of a new film that supposedly has supernatural premises. In Mud he seems to propose that love is the most destructive force around, and I would have to agree.

Link to CatQuest record

The Past as Present: Making Art from Ephemera

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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November 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm
Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

Book artist Maureen Cummins will talk about her career and how it evolved from digging in dumpsters and searching flea markets to being a visiting artist in research archives. She will show slides from book projects based on historical subject matter such as slave narratives, turn-of-the-century homosexual love letters, the Salem witch trials, and the Triangle Factory Fire. Using found printed matter and historical research, her works look at the past in new, and sometimes challenging, ways.

Maureen Cummins is a New York-based artist who has produced over thirty limited edition artist’s books during the last two decades. Her work is represented in more than 100 public collections. UVM Special Collections has an especially extensive collection, with 28 of her books. Cummins has been an artist-in-residence at Weir Farm and the American Antiquarian Society. She has received numerous awards, including the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair Critics Award (2008) and the Pollock Krasner Award (2009). Her book Accounting (shown above), produced on the centennial anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire, was awarded a special recognition of merit in the 2013 MCBA Prize competition.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.

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Salem Lessons

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Crazy Quilt

 

Burlington Fire Insurance Maps 1869-1919 Available Online

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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The Fire Insurance Maps of Burlington, Vermont collection now includes over 200 maps that provide a remarkably detailed record of the city’s development from 1869-1919.

The earliest insurance maps cover the commercial, industrial, and residential area from the Lake Champlain waterfront east to Church and Shelburne Streets and from Pearl Street on the north to Howard Street on the south. Coverage gradually expands to include the growing downtown, the University of Vermont and the manufacturing area at Winooski Falls to the east, and new residential and commercial areas to the north and south.

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One of the mill buildings at Winooski Falls.

The colored 21 x 25 inch sheets show building footprints, construction methods and materials, size and number of floors, and uses. They also show streets, railroads, wharves and slips, property boundaries, street numbers, water systems and fire hydrants. Except for 1869, each map set includes an index sheet showing the mapped area and sheet numbers, a list of streets and addresses, a “specials index” of businesses and organizations, and a detailed key that lists the symbols used to indicate building features.

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In 1919, the Coon Ice Cream Factory occupied
a 3-story brick building at 84 South Winooski
Avenue where City Market is located today.

 

Multimedia Equipment Survey

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Multimedia Resources and Services is conducting a survey to gauge your experience with the media equipment service. If you have borrowed equipment from Multimedia please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. The information you provide will enable Multimedia to improve services and make informed equipment acquisitions.  The survey is anonymous and should take less than ten minutes to complete. We appreciate your help!  Click here to participate in the survey.

 

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