Hours Today: 10/21/14
8 am - Midnight | see all hours

Ask a Librarian

Archive for August, 2014

The Smithsonian Wants You!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The Smithsonian Institute is looking for crowd-sourced volunteers to help make its online collections accessible via a massive transcription project. Get your nerd on for the public good!

Smithsonian Digital Volunteers who sign up at the projects’ Transcription Center can help decipher handwritten archival collections from bee specimens to field notes from an Arctic journey to a study of Native American vocabularies.

Diary of William Dall

1866 diary of 21 year old Arctic explorer William Dall.

Pamela Henson, a historian at the Smithsonian says, ““These volumes open a window on the past and allow those who lived in the past to speak directly to us today…The Smithsonian has relied on the kindness of strangers to assist with its work since the 1840s, when volunteer weather observers began to send climate data to our Meteorological Project. In some ways we are continuing that tradition.”

New books in Bailey/Howe

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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 Gay Essay cover

The gay essay by Anthony Friedkin ; [edited by] Julian Cox

“For more than forty years, American photographer Anthony Friedkin (b. 1949), creating full-frame black-and-white images, has documented people, cities, and landscapes primarily in his home state of California. During the culturally tumultuous years of 1969 and 1970, Friedkin made a series of photographs that together offer an eloquent and expressive visual chronicle of the gay communities of Los Angeles and San Francisco at the time. This is the first book to explore the series, titled The Gay Essay, in depth, within the broader historical context that gave rise to it.” –Publishers information

Last Stories and Other Stories cover

Last stories and other stories by William T. Vollmann

“Creatively sourced, boldly imagined, and incandescently written supernatural stories. . .Throughout this ingeniously fabulist, erotic, musing, and satirical treasury, Vollmann gives monstrous and alluring form to the forces that haunt us, from desire and love to regret and loss, as he contemplates with ardor, sorrow, bemusement, and wonder the beauty and terror of life and death and the vast mystery of the hereafter.” –ALA Booklist

Cambrian Ocean World cover

Cambrian ocean world : ancient sea life of North America by John Foster

“This volume, aimed at the general reader, presents life and times of the amazing animals that inhabited Earth more than 500 million years ago. The Cambrian Period was a critical time in Earth’s history. During this immense span of time nearly every modern group of animals appeared…The evidence of this Cambrian ‘explosion’ is preserved in rocks all over the world, including North America, where the seemingly strange animals of the period are preserved in exquisite detail in deposits such as the Burgess Shale in British Columbia. Cambrian Ocean World tells the story of what is, for us, the most important period in our planet’s long history.” –Publisher’s information

Inventing Ethan Allen–Sept. 4 in Special Collections

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

inventingcrop

Thursday, September 4, 5:30 pm
Special Collections Reading Room
Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont

Ethan Allen has legendary status in Vermont and beyond. Historians John Duffy and H. Nicholas Muller III explore the man and the myths about him in their fascinating new book, Inventing Ethan Allen. Join Duffy and Muller on September 4 as they explain how they unraveled a complicated web of memories, myths and history to understand the story of Ethan Allen in the context of Vermont’s history.

John Duffy is emeritus professor of English and the humanities at Johnson State College. He edited Ethan Allen and his Kin (1998) and The Vermont Encyclopedia (2003) and has written many articles on Vermont topics. H. Nicholas Muller III taught history at the University of Vermont, was president of Colby-Sawyer College, director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, and president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. He has published widely on Vermont history.

Find a copy of Inventing Ethan Allen in Bailey/Howe Library on the second floor or in Special Collections. The call number is E207 .A4 D84 2014.

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