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Laureates Kochalka and Lea to Speak

March 19th, 2014

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Vermont Double Laureate Team-Up

April 8, 2014, 5:30 pm in the Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library, UVM

James Kochalka, Vermont’s first cartoonist laureate, and Sydney Lea, the state’s poet laureate, will talk about their unique collaboration during the fall of 2013. Sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council and the Center for Cartoon Studies, Lea and Kochalka exchanged drawings and verses to produce a book of illustrated poetry, Vermont Double Laureate Team-up. Called “a book of poetic cartoons,” it contains two stories, “Garnett and Leon in December,” and ” Squiggle: Tonight’s the Night.” Copies of the book printed especially for this event will be available to those who come to the April 8 presentation.

James Kochalka is a cartoonist, musician, and a faculty member at the Center for Cartoon Studies. He is well known for his Monkey vs. Robot series and for American Elf, which he produced daily for ten years.

Sydney Lea has published eleven collections of poetry, including the most recent, I was Thinking of Beauty. His nonfiction works include Notes on Rambling, Hunting the Whole Way Home, and A Little Wilderness. In 2013, Lea collaborated with Fleda Brown, a former poet laureate of Delaware, on a book of essays, Growing Old In Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives. Lea has taught at several colleges and universities in New England and contributed to many literary journals and magazines. He founded and edited the New England Review from 1977-1989.

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

 

 

 

Remembering Birdie MacLennan

March 12th, 2014

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It is with great sadness that we share that our colleague, Library Professor Birdie MacLennan passed away on March 10, 2014, after a brief illness.

Birdie began working in the Libraries’ Cataloging Department in 1990, after working at Harvard University and Merrimack College and receiving a Master of Library Sciences from Simmons College. Since 2008, she served as Director of the UVM Libraries’ Resource Description and Analysis Services Department. Her service to the library profession resulted in widespread recognition from her peers around the world. She was also an active member of the UVM faculty, with many years of service on the Faculty Senate’s Professional Standards Committee.

In 2005 she received a Master of Arts in French from UVM; these studies greatly informed her teaching and scholarship. She was the Libraries’ subject liaison to the Romance Languages department, where her growing proficiencies in French and Italian benefited faculty and students and satisfied her deep intellectual curiosity. Birdie was an accomplished and internationally recognized scholar, with particularly strong ties to Québec. Her in-depth research on the Grande Bibliothèque of Québec resulted in published works on libraries and cultural identity. She was an active member of the Burlington Italian Club and the Alliance Française Lake Champlain Region Chapter.

Birdie leaves behind a powerful and passionate legacy as a steward of Vermont history. Through projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, she helped to ensure preservation copies and digital access for Vermont’s historic newspapers. Most recently, she served as Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project, securing multiple rounds of funding and overseeing the creation of 250,000 pages of digital content, much of which is now available on the Library of Congress Chronicling America website.

Birdie was a devoted colleague and mentor, dedicated to serving students, faculty, staff, and librarians-in-training. She was compassionate, generous, and supportive to all who knew her. She will be profoundly missed in the faculty and staff of the University Libraries and as a valuable faculty member at the University of Vermont. She is survived by her sister Anne MacLennan Perkins, her niece Dominika Perkins, and her brother-in-law Donald Perkins of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

The Libraries are establishing a fund to further Birdie’s work preserving Vermont’s newspapers and will create a local digital collection in her name. Checks can be made payable to the UVM Foundation and directed to the UVM Libraries, in honor of Birdie MacLennan (The University of Vermont Foundation, 411 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401).

Birdie after a Chinese calligraphy lesson in Singapore last year. She wrote, "The character represents: Longevity, Life, Vivacity 壽 in the traditional Chinese script."

Birdie after a Chinese calligraphy lesson in Singapore last year. She wrote, “The character represents: Longevity, Life, Vivacity 壽 in the traditional Chinese script.”

Dana Medical Library: HERStory Exhibit

March 11th, 2014

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The Dana Medical Library is currently displaying “American Women in Medicine and Health Care Sciences” in celebration of UVM Women’s HERStory Month. The exhibit highlights some of the extraordinary achievements and famous firsts by women, and is on view throughout the month of March 2014. The exhibit is also on display at the College of Medicine Hoehl Gallery in the Given Medical building.

“Fruitvale Station”, A Film Review by Phil Cheney

February 20th, 2014

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Fruitvale Station is the true day-in-the-life story of Oscar Grant, a young struggling father who was shot to death by a police officer in Oakland, California on New Year’s Day of 2009. Most film review writers would find a witty sentence to convey how moving the film is, I will state most simply that it is nothing short of heartbreaking. The whole film builds to create a character that is kind, compassionate, and under a lot of stress from responsibility. While the character wins the audience over with charm, there is a building anticipation of dread and doom leading up to a devastating finale of loss and regret. All of which is beautifully shot with mostly natural lighting and very simple yet intricate compositions.

Besides being the emotionally driven and politically oriented film it is; Fruitvale Station is also one of the best film debuts from a writer/director that I have ever seen. The talented individual who brought this film to life is 27 year old Ryan Coogler, a graduate student from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Growing up in the East Bay area north of Oakland, CA, Coogler was part of the community that was emotionally shocked by the murder of Oscar Grant by a police officer, which inspired him to write this screenplay about injustice and prejudice. Despite all of the sadness and melancholy of the film there is just as much love, tenderness and sense of community which is what makes the well-structured script so impactful. In an interview on the film Coogler stated that the scene where Oscar Grant is shot was filmed on location at the real station and the crew noticed that the bullet hole from the actual murder was still in the ground.

Aside from the fantastic direction and writing, the performances are also superb. Rising star Michael B. Jordan carries out the martyr-like role with sensitivity, compassion and anger. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer carries out her heart-wrenching role of Oscar’s mother with a competence equal to her award winning status; besides playing this key role she was also a major supporter in producing the film.

In our current period of cinema, where bland superhero movies or romantic comedies seem to be pumped out like a mindless conveyer belt; it is refreshing to see a beautiful film whose content is directed towards extreme social importance and humanist emphasis.

Persistent Link

Seeking Will Thomas’s The Seeking

February 19th, 2014

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March 13, 5:30 pm, Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

Mark Madigan of Nazareth College will talk about his research on writer Will Thomas for a new edition of Thomas’s book The Seeking, published by Northeastern University Press in 2013 as part of the Northeastern Library of Black Literature.

After  Will Thomas abandoned a plan to move to Haiti to escape racial prejudice in the United States, he made the improbable decision to relocate his family to Westford, Vermont in 1946. The Seeking offers not only a remarkable account of the Thomases’ experience as the only non-white members of their rural community, but also gives insight into race relations in New England in the first half of the twentieth century. Well-received upon publication in 1953, the book soon faded into obscurity, as did its writer, whose other work includes a novel and a substantial body of journalism for African-American newspapers and pulp magazines.

To write his introduction to the new edition, Madigan consulted letters in the papers of Irene Allen, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, and Bradford Smith in Special Collections. Dan Gediman, the executive director of This I Believe, Inc. contributed the afterword. His interest in Thomas was prompted by an essay that Thomas read on Edward R. Murrow’s radio show, This I Believe, in 1953.

Madigan received his B.A. from St. Michael’s College, an M.A. from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. He is the editor of Youth and the Bright Medusa in the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition, Seasoned Timber by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (UP New England, 1996), The Bedquilt and Other Stories by Fisher, and Keeping Fires Night and Day: Selected Letters of Dorothy Canfield Fisher. He is currently  writing an essay on Charles Chesnutt’s short story “The Passing of Grandison” and co-directing “Cather and Europe/Europe and Cather”, a symposium being held in Rome in June 2014.

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

Free Film screening event! A DEMON IN MY VIEW

February 4th, 2014

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A Demon In My View

UVM Media Resources student assistant and Junior Environmental Science student Matt Lipke is premiering his horror/thriller feature-length film here at UVM this Friday, February 7th at Billings Ira Allen Lecture Hall. The doors open at 6:45pm and the film will begin at 7:00pm. The event is FREE!!

Inspired by the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe, A DEMON IN MY VIEW is a horror/thriller film about a young college student struggling with her tragic past.

Produced and filmed in Syracuse, New York, the film took 21 months to produce and had a budget of about $6,000.

A DEMON IN MY VIEW has just been picked up by Tugg, a theatrical and non-theatrical distribution partner!

Join us to see a student’s work on the big screen!

Refreshments will be provided by the UVM Film Club!

New Exhibit: Cartoon Studies

January 31st, 2014

The Art of the Center for Cartoon Studies

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Bailey/Howe Library is currently hosting an exhibit which features work by students, faculty, alumni and fellows of the Center for Cartoon Studies. The Center is a college located in the village of White River Junction, Vermont where students and teachers crank out comics. The Center’s two-year Masters of Fine Arts Program has turned White River Junction into a bona fide international comics nexus. The curriculum of art, graphic design, and literature reflect the wide array of skills needed to create comics and graphic novels. The CCS Production Lab is a constant buzz of printing, silk-screening, and book-binding. Jon Chad, a center faculty member, curated the exhibit of original art and completed publications for the UVM Libraries.

“The Art of the Center for Cartoon Studies” runs through April 12, 2014.

Multimedia Workshops For All in February

January 29th, 2014

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Are you creating a multimedia class project, or curious about the operating cameras and other media equipment?

On Friday, February 7, 2014, 11:30 – 12:30, student Multimedia Lab Assistants Elley and Ben will offer a workshop on our media equipment collection.  The workshop is hands-on to provide attendees with experience using equipment and computers in the Multimedia Lab.

Workshop attendees will learn:

  • How to select the best equipment for a particular project
  • How to use equipment such as digital cameras and digital camcorders
  • How to upload media  from equipment to a computer
  • How to upload and digitize media from formats such as VHS and DVD
  • How to use the importing hardware located in the Multimedia Lab

The workshops are open to the entire UVM community: staff, faculty and students alike.

Where: Bailey/Howe Library – ground level, 001B Media Classroom
When: 2/7/14 at 11:30 am  – 12:30 pm

The Multimedia Resources Department
Bailey Howe Library
Phone: 656-1947

 

Zotero & EndNote Workshops for Fall 2014 Semester

January 22nd, 2014

This semester the Bailey/Howe Library is offering numerous workshops on Zotero and EndNote.

Check out the schedule and mark your calendars now!

Learn More About MLK Speaker Julian Bond

January 21st, 2014

Want to learn more about the inspirational life and work of Julian Bond, UVM’s keynote MLK celebration speaker? Check out these library books and movies. Bond was an activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

In his own words

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Julian Bond: reflections from the civil rights movement written and directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley

This documentary in the Bailey/Howe Library’s media collection features a detailed interview with Bond about his reflections on the civil rights movement, his election to the Georgia state legislature, and his presidential nomination at the age of 28.

Bond the legislator

Two works published in the early 1970’s reflect on Bond’s preliminary work in the Georgia state legislature, after his 1965 election was made possible by the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. In 1966 Georgia legislators voted to unseat Bond for his opposition to the Vietnam War, a decision that was overturned by the United States Supreme Court. He went on to serve four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and six in the state’s Senate.

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Julian Bond: Black rebel by John Neary

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A time to speak, a time to act; the movement in politics by Julian Bond

Telling the story

Bond remains critically active in the movement for social justice. He has lent his voice to many important works in the Bailey/Howe Library that document the Civil Rights movement. Search CATQuest to find more examples.

I Must Resist cover

I must resist : Bayard Rustin’s life in letters introduced and edited by Michael G. Long ; foreword by Julian Bond

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Freedom’s sword : the NAACP and the struggle against racism in America, 1909-1969 by Gilbert Jonas ; with a foreword by Julian Bond

Lift Every Voice and Sing cover

Lift every voice and sing : a celebration of the Negro national anthem : 100 years, 100 voices; Julian Bond and Sondra Kathryn Wilson, editors