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Participate in Bailey/Howe’s Annual Halloween Costume Contest!

October 5th, 2016

2016 Halloween Promo

This year on Monday, October 31st, 2016, the Bailey/Howe Library will be hosting its Annual Halloween Costume Contest. Students, staff, and faculty are all encouraged to participate by wearing a costume, stopping by for a photo, and leaving their email address so that we can notify the winners. Photos will be posted on the Libraries’ social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), and will be judged by the number of “likes” they receive! Start planning your costume now in order to win some sweet UVM Libraries swag!

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All-Night Study is Open at the Bailey/Howe

October 5th, 2016

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The Bailey/Howe Library’s ‘All-Night Study’ is open and ready for all of your late night studying and printing needs. This space is available to UVM affiliates between midnight and 8 am on Sunday – Thursday evenings. Just remember to bring your UVM ID card to access the Cyber Cafe space. For all holiday and break-related hours changes, please check the UVM Libraries’ website: Library Hours.

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New Books at the Bailey/Howe

October 3rd, 2016

Get ready for the Halloween season with some *spooky* reads! 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.

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Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives by Prof. Lester D. Friedman & Prof. Allison B. Kavey

Monstrous Progeny takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the Frankenstein family tree, tracing the literary and intellectual roots of Shelley’s novel from the sixteenth century and analyzing the evolution of the book’s figures and themes into modern productions that range from children’s cartoons to pornography. Along the way, media scholar Lester D. Friedman and historian Allison B. Kavey examine the adaptation and evolution of Victor Frankenstein and his monster across different genres and in different eras. In doing so, they demonstrate how Shelley’s tale and its characters continue to provide crucial reference points for current debates about bioethics, artificial intelligence, cyborg lifeforms, and the limits of scientific progress.

Blending an extensive historical overview with a detailed analysis of key texts, the authors reveal how the Frankenstein legacy arose from a series of fluid intellectual contexts and continues to pulsate through an extraordinary body of media products. Both thought-provoking and entertaining,Monstrous Progeny offers a lively look at an undying and significant cultural phenomenon.

 

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Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment by Lizanne Henderson

Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment represents the first in-depth investigation of Scottish witchcraft and witch belief post-1662, the period of supposed decline of such beliefs, an age which has been referred to as the ‘long eighteenth century’, coinciding with the Scottish Enlightenment. The late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries were undoubtedly a period of transition and redefinition of what constituted the supernatural, at the interface between folk belief and the philosophies of the learned. For the latter the eradication of such beliefs equated with progress and civilization but for others, such as the devout, witch belief was a matter of faith, such that fear and dread of witches and their craft lasted well beyond the era of the major witch-hunts. This study seeks to illuminate the distinctiveness of the Scottish experience, to assess the impact of enlightenment thought upon witch belief, and to understand how these beliefs operated across all levels of Scottish society.

 

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Seven Skeletons by Lydia Pyne

Over the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of fossils. While most of these discoveries live quietly in museum collections, there are a few that have become world-renowned celebrity personas—ambassadors of science that speak to public audiences. In Seven Skeletons, historian of science Lydia Pyne explores how seven such famous fossils of our ancestors have the social cachet they enjoy today.

Drawing from archives, museums, and interviews, Pyne builds a cultural history for each celebrity fossil—from its discovery to its afterlife in museum exhibits to its legacy in popular culture. These seven include the three-foot tall “hobbit” from Flores, the Neanderthal of La Chapelle, the Taung Child, the Piltdown Man hoax, Peking Man, Australopithecus sediba, and Lucy—each embraced and celebrated by generations, and vivid examples of how discoveries of how our ancestors have been received, remembered, and immortalized.

 

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Murder, Inc. and the Moral Life by Robert Weldon Whalen

The Murder, Inc., story is as much a tale of morality as it is a gangster history, and Murder, Inc., and the Moral Life by Robert Whalen meshes both topics clearly and meticulously, relating the gangster phenomenon to modern moral theory. Each chapter covers an aspect of the Murder, Inc., case and reflects on its ethical elements and consequences. Whalen delves into the background of the criminals involved, their motives, and the violent death that surrounded them; New York City’s immigrant gang culture and its role as “Gangster City”; fiery politicians Fiorello La Guardia and Thomas E. Dewey and the choices they made to clean up the city; and the role of the gangster in popular culture and how it relates to “real life.” Whalen puts a fresh spin on the two topics, providing a vivid narrative with both historical and moral perspective.

 

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 12th, 2016

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Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for young adults. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1 in 13 young adults in the United States ages 18 to 25 had serious thoughts of suicide between 2013 and 2014.

As September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we at the Libraries would like to remind you of all of the fantastic resources that the University has to offer. Most notably, the Center for Health and Wellbeing offers a wide range of services to support your mind, body, and soul while you’re at UVM. The Center for Health and Wellbeing offers care at several locations; including Living Well on the ground floor of the Davis Center, Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS) located at the Jacob’s house on South Williams Street and in the Christie/Wright/Patterson Complex on Redstone, and Student Health Services; located in the UHC building on Pearl Street. For more information or support, stop by Living Well on the ground floor of the Davis Center and meet with their friendly and welcoming staff – including Tucker, UVM’s own therapy dog!

Also, keep an eye out for our regular de-stress events here at the Bailey/Howe, usually during midterms and finals!

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For More Information…

If you are looking for information on suicide prevention from a research perspective, check out the following journals below. And as always feel free to stop by the Reference Desk for assistance!

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

American Journal of Psychiatry

Archives of General Psychiatry

Wellness Perspectives

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Breaking the Deckle: Using the Paper Arts for Social Justice

September 9th, 2016

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Breaking the Deckle: Using the Paper Arts for Social Justice
Drew Matott, Peace Paper Project
October 11, 5:30 pm
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library

Drew Matott is a master papermaker with an expertise using traditional papermaking as a form of trauma therapy, social engagement, and community activism. In this presentation, Mattot will discuss how he became involved with the paper arts and describe the genesis of the community papermaking programs he has co-founded, including Green Door Studio, Combat Paper Project, Peace Paper Project, Papermaking as Art Therapy, and Panty Pulping.

Matott directs the vision and strategy of Peace Paper Project, which utilizes traditional hand papermaking as a means of engaging communities in art practices which bring people together, broadcast their stories, and transform their fibers into meaningful art pieces. The project operates everywhere from private workshops to public demonstrations in order to perpetuate the art of hand papermaking while adapting to the needs of each specific community. Peace Paper merges its skill set of papermaking, bookbinding, printmaking, and creative writing with the unique practices and concepts of host communities as a way of empowering  collaboration.

Other local colleges will also be hosting Peace Paper Project activities.In Panty Pulping workshops at St. Michael’s College on October 10 and at Champlain College on October 13, participants will confront sexual and domestic violence by transforming underwear into handmade paper. Champlain will also host an exhibit from October 9-29.

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

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Check out our Instagram!

September 7th, 2016

Follow @uvmlibraries on Instagram today! For behind-scenes glimpses at library life, interesting reads, selections from the free book shelf, libraries’ news and events, and much more- check out our Instagram!

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Mindfulness and natural medicine

August 30th, 2016

There’s growing interest in the benefits of mindfulness techniques and alternative medicines. The UVM Libraries provides affiliates with up-to-date, research intensive information on best practices.

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Mindfulness journal

“This journal publishes peer-reviewed papers that examine the latest research findings and best practices in mindfulness. It explores the nature and foundations of mindfulness, its mechanisms of actions, and its use across cultures. In addition, Mindfulness features papers that address issues involving the training of clinicians, institutional staff, teachers, parents, and industry personnel in mindful provision of services.” –Publisher’s information

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Natural Medicines

Natural Medicines is a database dedicated to comparing the efficacy of alternative therapies, that provides information on the safety, effectiveness.and interactions of over 1200 naturally-sourced vitamins, herbs, minerals and other supplements. It includes access to patient handouts, and topical overviews on health and wellness, sports medicine and medical conditions.

PolicyMap

August 30th, 2016
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Map showing numbers of farmers’ markets in the United States in 2015.

PolicyMap is an online mapping and data tool with extensive U.S. datasets on demographics, socioeconomics, mortgage and home sales, health, employment, crime, and more. It’s valuable for research, market studies, business planning, site selection, and grant applications.

“Help students across disciplines understand geographic data without having to take a specialized class. Use PolicyMap to bring sophisticated data, mapping and analytics to fields beyond traditional GIS and planning departments.  From public health to sociology and law, students can use PolicyMap to create maps, reports and analyses to enable a deeper understanding of crucial areas in their fields.” –Publisher’s information

The UVM Libraries provides subscription access to PolicyMap for UVM affiliates.

Want fashion?

August 29th, 2016

The UVM Libraries provides access for UVM affiliates to resources with contemporary and historic appeal to fashion lovers.

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Vogue Archive
The Vogue Archive contains full issues of Vogue magazine from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, with high-resolution page images.  The Archive is meticulously indexed and can be searched by photographer, fashion item (kimono, scoop neckline, Breton jacket), person pictured, company/brand, designer name, or material (chiffon, wool, taffeta).

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Berg Fashion Library
The Berg Fashion Library is an interdisciplinary portal to integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. It covers all aspects of clothing, dress, fashion, and textiles around the world and includes access to comprehensive reference sources, as well as images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Bath Fashion Museum, the MoMu Fashion Museum (Belgium), the Commercial Pattern Archive Database and more.

Restrooms for all!

August 26th, 2016

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The UVM Libraries are proud to be introducing some new non gender-segregated restrooms (also sometimes known as “all-gender,” “gender-neutral,” or “gender-inclusive” restrooms) as we start the fall 2016 semester.

These restrooms are the result of student demand, a campus-wide effort to expand access to restrooms that aren’t segregated by gender, and the library’s long-standing commitment to ensuring that all people have equitable access to information.

A few of the benefits of non gender-segregated restrooms are:

  • Safer spaces for trans and gender non-conforming library users
  • Less waiting for restroom availability based on gender
  • Easier access for caretakers of different gender presentations
  • Easier access for custodial staff

We’re also proud to uphold guidelines from the Department of Justice ensuring that trans students can use the restroom that’s consistent with their gender identity.

Basically, you get to choose what’s right for you!

You can find new non gender-segregated restrooms on the second and third floors of Bailey/Howe, near the elevators at the top of the main stairway (Rooms 251 & 252; 351 & 352). We’re currently completing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant renovations to room 252 to increase accessibility.

We also have a pre-existing, non gender-segregated restroom on the ground floor (Room 026). To find it turn right at Media Services and follow signs for Acquisitions. It’s across from Acquisitions and next to the Free Book shelf.

To learn more about the importance of non gender-segregated restrooms and their locations on campus, please see: http://www.uvm.edu/~lgbtqa/?Page=transinfo.html&SM=programsmenu.html