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Three New e-Resources Added to Catalogue

June 3rd, 2013

Three new e-resources have been added to our robust collection:
Digital Theatre Plus
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Provides online access to a digital streaming video collection of unique films of current, leading British theatre productions. Includes behind-the-scenes documentaries as well as teaching and learning resources to facilitate a deeper understanding of the productions and texts. Learning resources include a detailed introduction, plot summary, character biographies, a relationship map, language analysis, scene study, performance background and historical context for each play.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
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Presents easy-to-understand information on countries and dependencies from around the world. Entries discuss a variety of topics in detail, from banking and securities to climate, from government data to demographic statistics. Also includes biographical essays on national leaders.

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Selected reviews listed annually in outstanding academic books and nonprint materials.

Growing Fields in the Bailey/Howe Lobby

May 10th, 2013

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The Bailey/Howe Lobby is host to a colorful summer collection of farm and food images in a new exhibit called “Growing Fields.”  The gallery features UVM’s Farmer Training Program, as well as historical snapshots from the Center for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections and the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project.

Image reproductions, broadsides, and books document the changing face of farming in Vermont, from traditional practices of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to the back to the land movement, to a new generation of farmers working in the model of sustainable agriculture.

To learn about the nutritional value of Vermont’s local foods, visit the related exhibit at Dana Medical Library entitled Super Foods of Summer.

Announcing New Summer Hours For Bailey/Howe

May 10th, 2013

timeBailey/Howe Library has changed closing hours for Monday-Thursday during the summer session (May 20-August 9). The new closing time for Monday-Thursday is 8 p.m. Below is a snap-shot of the hours for Bailey-Howe Library this summer.

Summer Session, May 20-August 9
Monday-Thursday…………….8 am-8 pm
Friday…………………….8 am-5 pm
Saturday…………………..Noon-5 pm
Sunday…………………….CLOSED

Messages to Maude

May 3rd, 2013

The Lauren Pomeroy postcard album in the University Archives provides  a glimpse of student life at UVM from 1908-1910.

Group Study Rooms Are Ready for You

April 29th, 2013

Please check out this video about our new group study rooms:

Thanks to Philip Cheney, Aubry Norman, and Coco Zephir for putting this video together.

Porch Life

April 25th, 2013

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Porch Life: An Exhibit from the Louis McAllister Photograph Collection
Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

With thousands of pictures of buildings and people, the McAllister Photograph Collection contains many images of porches  of all sorts in northwestern Vermont. Inspired by UVM professor Thomas Visser’s book, Porches of North America, this exhibit includes photographs of people relaxing, socializing and meeting on porches, porch furnishings, and “porch portraits”–portraits of individuals, families and groups gathered on porches.

Free and open to the public.

 

 


Porches of North America

April 2nd, 2013

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April 23, 2013, 7 pm, Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library, UVM

Thomas Visser, associate professor of Historic Preservation and director of the Historic Preservation at the University of Vermont, will discuss his latest book, Porches of North America. His slide presentation will explore how this well-loved building feature has evolved in the United States and Canada. He will also discuss his research into many curious social uses, traditions, customs, and special activities associated with porch life.

While porches have a long history and are a familiar feature of the landscape, Visser and his students discovered that there were relatively few real studies of porches. He has filled the gap with Porches of North America, a 304-page book that includes sections on the history of porches as well as their many forms and functions.  The book is loaded with illustrations of porches of all kinds, many from UVM Special Collections. For a preview, check out this short video.

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

Take our library survey & raise money for the food shelf

March 25th, 2013

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Please take our library user survey now by selecting your most frequently-used library:

Bailey/Howe Library
Dana Medical Library

The University Libraries care about what you think. We want your voice to be at the heart of our planning efforts.

Every four years we run a very important, nationally-benchmarked electronic survey that helps us learn how our user community views library services, collections, and facilities.

Help us raise up to $2,000 for the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf by participating in this year’s survey. We’ll donate 50 cents for every response until we reach our goal. It takes approximately ten minutes to complete the survey – in that time you’ll be providing multiple meals to a hungry neighbor. Additionally, participants can enter a drawing for gift certificates to UVM’s bookstore.

Your responses will be held in confidence. No identifying links between responses and the individual responding will be retained. The survey is called LibQUAL+ (TM) and is administered by the Association of Research Libraries. If you have any difficulty in accessing or taking the survey, please contact Selene Colburn at Selene.Colburn@uvm.edu.

Historical Maps of Burlington and Winooski Now Online

February 25th, 2013

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The Center for Digital Initiatives has launched its first collection of Vermont maps, “Historical Maps of Burlington and Winooski.” Ten of the most frequently used maps in Special Collections are now available online.

The collection contains wall maps, city plans, and atlas sheets published between 1830-1890, a period when Burlington became the largest city in Vermont and a center of commerce and industry on Lake Champlain. The earlier maps show the village and rural sections of the town of Burlington, which extended from Lake Champlain on the east to Muddy Brook on the west, and from the Winooski River on the north and the town of Shelburne on the south. Later maps cover the City of Burlington, which was established in 1865 when most of the rural areas were set off to create the town of South Burlington. Maps of the neighboring village of Winooski are also included in the collection.

The maps show streets, buildings and lots, building owners’ names and functions, parks, cemeteries, wards, railroads, and some natural features. Some of the maps include illustrations of prominent buildings and business directories.

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A zoom function makes it possible to extract detailed information, such as the horse racing track at Howard Park in the southern part of town on the 1890 map of Burlington.

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The University of Vermont as shown on one of the 1869 maps.

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A section of the business directory on the 1869 map of Winooski Falls.

 

Interlibrary Loan Provides E-Documents on E-Readers

February 19th, 2013

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B/H’s Interlibrary Loan Department announces that two e-readers are available for use by patrons seeking access to electronic documents that otherwise are unavailable. Patrons using this service will receive an e-reader preloaded with their requested information. The lending period is two weeks. Click here to make a lending request.