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Growing Fields in the Bailey/Howe Lobby

Friday, 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.

Porter Thayer Photos Online

Friday, December 10th, 2010

This collection is being digitized through a collaboration between the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives and the Brooks Memorial Library.  The collection launched with 100 initial photos in December 2010, after which batches of 50 images will be added to the collection on a continuous basis.  This work is supported in part by a grant from the Windham Foundation.

When completed, the collection will contain 1300 photographs of Windham County made from silver gelatin prints by this early 20th century itinerant town photographer. The prints were made in 1980 from the 5×7 glass plates negatives held at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, Vermont.

“During the time period Porter worked, Vermont was extremely poor and rural, yet held a close-knit population that shared the labors of life. Farmers helped one another to survive in a subsistence and barter economy. For women, men, and children, life meant constant work. Thayer’s images describe the work and the tools involved. His landscape images reveal this working landscape, which today is mostly hidden by trees.” (by Jessica Weitz and Forrest Holzapfel)

Read more about this collection in a recent article from The Commons News.

Hay Films Now Narrated by Retired Extension Prof

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The Center for Digital Initiatives is pleased to announce an exciting new addition to our popular Hay Harvesting in the 1940s films. Lucien Paquette, retired UVM Extension faculty member, spoke with UVM Extension Annual Fund Officer Kurt Reichelt on January 21, 2010 in Middlebury, VT. Paquette’s insights and comments bring these silent films alive!

Watch for yourself on our Vimeo page.

These three silents films were originally digitized by the UVM Libraries in 2008, thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. The films were a product of the UVM Agricultural Experiment Station research conducted by rural sociologist Robert M. Carter in the 1940s. Carter studied the efficiency and costs of various haying techniques, from older hand harvesting methods to mechanized processes. This collection captures farming equipment and techniques rarely seen today.

View the original silent films online in the Hay Harvesting collection in the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives.

Maple Madness Cook Off

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Do you have a favorite dish featuring maple? Enter your torte, flan, taffy, pork loin, cheesecake, yam, bread pudding, parsnip, or polenta recipe in the UVM Libraries’ first-ever Maple Cook Off.

On Sunday, March 28, from 4-6pm, the University of Vermont Libraries will be hosting a Maple Cook-Off to celebrate the launch of its Maple Syrup Research Website, created by the UVM Libraries in partnership with the National Agricultural Library. The doors will open at 4 PM. The Growlers, an acoustic trio that plays upbeat rock, blues, and country music, will provide musical entertainment from 4-5pm, while the judges are evaluating the entries. Guests can browse maple displays and children’s activities. After the judging is complete, all attendees are invited to sample the buffet of maple delicacies. Winners will be announced at 5:30pm.

Confirmed judges include: Suzanne Podhaizer, Seven Days Food Editor; Sarah Lyons, maple producer, Square Deal Farm; Sue Bette, owner of Bluebird Tavern; and Kate Turcotte, UVM ecological agriculture major and organizer of the Vermont Food Summit.

Prizes, donated by local eateries, include gift certificates to Magnolia, Penny Cluse, August First, and Hen of the Wood.

Registration to participate is free and open to the public. You do not need to enter a dish in order to attend. Register now! Get more information.

The Maple Cook Off is the first in a week of events that include the Bailey/Howe Library exhibit It’s Always Maple Time in Vermont, and “A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky,” a talk by Middlebury College Professor John Elder on March 31st at 5:30 PM.

For more information, please call 802-656-9980 or e-mail selene.colburn@uvm.edu.

Bisquick Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Syrup and Bacon Frosting by cupcakequeen, used in accordance with Creative Commons.

A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

John Elder, a Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, will present “A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky,” co-sponsored by the University of Vermont Libraries and Special Collections. The talk will take place in Bailey/Howe Library’s Special Collections on March 31st, at 5:30 PM.

Elder will discuss maple sugaring as a traditional rural lifeway that both illuminates contemporary challenges like climate change and exemplifies the need for celebration within environmental thinking today. It will weave together and reflect upon excerpts from his book-in-progress, In Hardwood Groves, a work he is expected to complete later this year.

John Elder is an accomplished writer and professor whose work marries literature and environmental studies. He has been a member of the faculty at Middlebury College for over 30 years, and has won numerous awards, including, most recently, the Vermont Campus Compact Excellence in Community-Based Teaching Award, the Carnegie Foundation’s Vermont Professor of the Year Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His published works include numerous articles, in publications ranging from Orion to the New England Review, and books such as The Frog Run: Words and Wildness in the Vermont Woods, an account of building a sugaring house with his sons, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa: From Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh.

The talk will follow a 4:30 PM reception to celebrate the Maple Syrup Research Website, created by the UVM Libraries in partnership with the National Agricultural Library. The reception will be held beside It’s Always Maple Time in Vermont, an accompanying exhibit in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby.

The presentation and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 802-656-9980 or e-mail selene.colburn@uvm.edu.

Maple Sugaring Time by deCadmus used in accordance with Creative Commons.

Maple Madness: A Week of Celebration

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Maple Madness: A Week of Celebration at the UVM Libraries

The University of Vermont Libraries are celebrating the creation of a new Maple Syrup Research Website with a week of programs, exhibits, and food, beginning March 28th, 2010. The website is a comprehensive subject guide in the field of maple syrup, including historical publications and photographs related to maple syrup research at the University of Vermont.

Cook Maple, Win Prizes

A Maple Cook-Off will be held at UVM’s Davis Center on March 28th, from 4 to 6PM, featuring a buffet of maple delicacies, music by acoustic trio The Growlers, maple displays, children’s activities, and prizes of gift certificates to local eateries (awarded by food critics, activists, and producers). The event is free and open to the public. Register now! Get more information.

A Party in the Woods

John Elder, a Professor at Middlebury College, will present “A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky,” on maple sugaring as a traditional rural lifeway that both illuminates contemporary challenges like climate change and exemplifies the need for celebration within environmental thinking today. The talk will take place in Bailey/Howe Library’s Special Collections on March 31st, at 5:30 PM, and is co-sponsored by Special Collections and the UVM Libraries.

Elder’s talk will follow a 4:30 PM reception to celebrate the launch of the Maple Syrup Research Website in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby.

Maple Exhibits

Maple exhibits in the Bailey/Howe Library include images of sugaring-off parties, historic recipes, the story of Helen Nearing, and much, much more. The exhibits are located in the Bailey/Howe Library Lobby and in Special Collections. They will be on display through June 2010.

For more information, please call 802-656-9980 or e-mail selene.colburn@uvm.edu.

Homemade Maple Syrup by Chiot’s Run, used in accordance with Creative Commons.

Streaming 1940s Hay Harvesting Films

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Film: Hand Methods of Harvesting Hay

Thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, three films documenting hay harvesting techniques have been digitized by the UVM Libraries.  These silent films are a result of rural sociologist Robert M. Carter’s 1940s study at the UVM Agricultural Experiment Station. Carter researched the efficiency and costs of various haying techniques, from older hand harvesting methods to mechanized processes. The films capture farming equipment and techniques rarely seen today.

Watch all the Hay Harvesting films streaming online at the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives.

SourceOECD: A Focus on Global Issues

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Big Blue Marble


A great online source on economics and social issues worldwide, that can be used by students and scholars working in a broad range of disciplines, including economics, business, social sciences, development, statistics, environmental science and studies, education, agriculture, and politics.

SourceOECD provides access to the publications of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an international governmental organization (IGO) with 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries, NGOs and civil society, it has a global reach.

Publications can be accessed by theme in the advanced search mode.

Sample books on energy include Act Locally, Trade Globally: Emissions Trading for Climate Policy, Biofuels for Transport: An International Perspective, and World Energy Outlook 2009.

Data sets can be downloaded into Microsoft Excel.

Want tips on how to use SourceOECD?

Check out the Emory University Libraries “A (Relatively) Quick Guide to Using SourceOECD” or Ask a Librarian at UVM for help.

See also: Official SourceOECD user guide.

“The Blue Marble,” a public domain NASA photograph was taken in 1972 from Apollo 17. It was accessed via NASA’a Visible Earth website.