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July 29, 2009

Preserving Digital Collections

For information science students who are interested in digital access and other digitization projects, you might want to check out the following title:Digital Scholarship edited by Marta Mestrovic Deyrup [Dewey ZA 4080 D549 2009].

This book is a collection of essays written by fellow librarians and archivists concerned with digitization efforts. Each essay presents a challenge or success study about establishing and maintaining digital collections in humanities-based environment. All IST tracks will find at least one chapter of interest. Here are some essays of interest in the book:

The “Russian Doll Effect��?: Making the Most of Your Digital Assets/ James Bradley
Bradley studies Ball State University Libraries in Indiana to show that digital objects may have been created to be used in a certain way but were utilized by diverse populations in others ways. He points out that creating any digital object or collection is subject to the Russian Doll Effect: “…objects being utilized outside of their original context, repurposed and embedded within secondary envionrmnets and access by a diverse user group using a variety of ever-changing information pathways and technologies��?.

The Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online / Bradley L. Schaffner
This chapter discusses a Harvard digitization project dealing with extensive interviews carried out by the Harvard University’s Russian Research Center, studying Soviet Union émigrés who fled to displaced person camps after WWII. This project, known as the Harvard Project on the Soviet System, resulted in over 700 interviews, 60 psychological tests and thousands of questionnaires that sought to understand what life was like in the Soviet Union from 1917-1940.

GIS Technology as an Alternative Way of Access to Historical Knowledge/ Albina Moscicka
This technically-illustrated chapter, perhaps of interest for GIS students, describes how GIS functions can place historical collections and information on a map. Spatial features are studied in presenting researchers with another facet of gaining historical information.

Illuminating the Manuscript Leaves: Digitization Promotes Scholarship and Outreach / Rachel I. Howard, Delinda Stephens Buie and Amy Hanaford Purcell.
For those in the archives track and who love rare books, this chapter will be of interested as it discusses illuminated manuscripts and their digitization. The University of Louisville faced the issue of striking the balance between preserving valuable manuscript leaves and making them highly accessible to anyone, including inner-city school children. Howard et. al. marries these issues with the digitization solution: using ContentDM-based Digtial Collections so valuable manuscripts can be seen digitally in high-enough quality to demonstrate the intricate details medieval manuscripts contain without sacrificing stress on the original manuscript leaf.

This title is currently shelved in the downstairs circulating collection at Dewey. Ask at the Reference Desk if you need any help.

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

July 22, 2009

New Resource Examines Impact of Aging on Families

Students and Faculty interested in Gerontology will be interested in a new addition to the Dewey collection:Family Ties & Aging, 2nd edition/ Ingrid Arnet Connidis [Dewey HQ1064 C38 C66 2010].

For perhaps the first time ever in our society, we are dealing with multiple generations coexisting at the same time. Furthermore, these generations are so diverse in their lifestyles and views that middle-aged and older adults are discovering new challenges with their families as they age. This title seeks to discuss these important issues and more.

Ingrid Arnet Connidis , Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University or Western Ontario, Canada explores groups and relationships of aging adults, focusing on populations that have received less attention such as single, unmarried older adults or divorced adults. She also compares these populations to their younger counterparts and how relationships exist within multi-generational families. The second edition is updated to include issues of gay and lesbian partnerships and how they play a role in the aging population’s traditional or alternative family lifestyles.

Connidis has published many papers in peer-reviewed publications in social welfare on family ties and aging. She has particularly focused on��? work-family balance, sibling ties, family ties, ties across generations, the family ties of gay and lesbian adults, and step relationships��?. Her research on up-to-date issues is presented in the second edition of this text, giving any student a contemporary view on multi-generational and aging family issues.

This book is in the New Books area of the library, if you need help finding it, ask at the Reference Desk!

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

July 20, 2009

History of Dewey III

Here are some 1950 scenes from Hawley Hall, now home to the Dewey Library. The basement of Hawley was used at that time for social events.

Hawley Commons Balcony Chorus 1950.jpg

Here is the chorus singing on the balcony, where the mezzanine classroom is now located.

Hawley Commons Ping Pong 1950.jpg

The basement was often used as a gym and recreational area, as evidenced by the ping pong tournament shown here.

Hawley Commons Lunch Dance 1950.jpg

Dances were also held at Hawley, here is a lunch time dance

Hawley Commons Pan Amigos Dance 2 1950.jpg

This event was called the Pan-Amigos Dance.

Images furnished by the Special Collections department

July 14, 2009

TV Crime Shows: How Real Are They?

If you enjoy watching TV shows such as CSI, Law and Order and Cold Case, may we suggest the following book:
Round Up the Usual Suspects: Criminal Investigation in Law & Order, Cold Case and CSI/ by Raymond Ruble [ Dewey HV8073 R79 2009]

Ruble’s book explores these three television series, as well as Boomtown and Without a Trace, and the differences in how they get the answer to those crucial crime questions: Who did it, why and how? Law and Order follows a more legal structure in solving a crime case while CSI introduces the viewing audience to forensic science, a cocktail of biology, chemistry and physics lab investigating. Ruble takes each show and analyzes their different crime-solving tactics, emphasizing these shows capture audiences for several seasons. Crime shows have always been radically successful on American television and Ruble demonstrates how viewers are even more hooked on today’s television crime shows than ever.

Interested in reading this title? Find it at the Dewey library on the New Books shelf, located to the right of the color printer.

July 8, 2009

History of the Dewey Library II: The Van Ingen Murals

Visitors to the Dewey Graduate Library are often struck by the expansive murals covering the walls of the Dewey Library. Have you ever wondered where they came from, who painted them, the subjects depicted?

The murals were created by William Brantley Van Ingen, an artist who worked in stained glass as well painting many murals. Van Ingen, a Pennsylvania native, was based in New York City and painted murals for many public buildings, including the Library of Congress, the state Capitol buildings in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. He is most well known for painting the murals in the Panama Canal Administration Building.

The Dewey Library murals were created in 1937 and 1938, funded by the Works Progress Administration, a “New Deal��? program instituted by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to help pull the country out of the Great Depression. The murals cover over 4,500 square feet, and depict notable moments in the history of New York State as well as the teacher’s college which later became our University.

For more detail about the history of the murals, and the scenes depicted in them, check out our online tour. (You may need to update your Adobe FlashPlayer to see the tour.)

More information about William Brantley Van Ingen can be found at the Pennsylvania Capital Preservation Committee web site.

July 3, 2009

Happy Independence Day


Even though it's supposed to be a rainy weekend, enjoy the holiday!