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Outreach and Instruction Librarian. Lover of coffee, as well as 19th century photography, painting, tourism and print.

Janet Weaver wins 2017 ACRL WGSS Significant Achievement Award

Janet Weaver PortraitJanet Weaver Portrait

via Association of College and Research Libraries: http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2017/02/weaver-wins-2017-acrl-wgss-significant-achievement-award

Janet Weaver PortraitCHICAGO – Janet Weaver, assistant curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives at the University of Iowa, is the winner of the 2017 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship. The WGSS award honors a significant or one-time contribution to women’s studies librarianship.

A plaque will be presented to Weaver at a WGSS event during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

“The Awards Committee was greatly impressed by Weaver’s creation of the Migration is Beautiful website, which is a project constructed from oral histories and other archival material housed at the Iowa Women’s Archives,” said award chair Stacy Russo, librarian and associate professor at Santa Ana College. “Migration is Beautiful was developed from the Iowa Women’s Archives’ Mujeres Latinas project that launched in 2005. The committee especially noted Weaver’s level of collaboration with her colleagues and undergraduate students. The students selected documents for the website and also wrote vignettes. The introduction on the website reads: ‘Migration is Beautiful highlights the contributions Latinas and Latinos have made to Iowa history. Migration is central to understanding and interpreting the past, shaped first by Native Americans, and later by immigrants from around the world.’”

The Migration is Beautiful digital humanities project highlights the contributions of Latinas, their families, and their organizations to Iowa history. Visitors can navigate the site in multiple ways to access hundreds of digitized primary documents and audio clips from oral history interviews through historical topics, life stories, and a migration map.

“Weaver’s work has brought accessibility to primary source documents that were previously only available to visitors at the Iowa Women’s Archives,” continued Russo. “After its launch in 2016, Migration is Beautiful debuted with a travelling exhibit at the national League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) convention in Washington, D.C. In her continued emphasis on outreach, Weaver has made presentations to Latino groups around Iowa regarding the project. Her work has also been featured on Hola Iowa, a news outlet that focuses on Latinos in the Midwest.”

Weaver received her M.A. in Modern History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.


Migration is Beautiful


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Special Collections News & Updates 2/2/2017

Students designing for Codex ConquestNews of Interest: Old Gold: Researching Seymour Gray Jr., civil rights activist and Hawkeye. UI archivist seeks info about 1965 alumnus. https://now.uiowa.edu/2017/01/old-gold-researching-seymour-gray-jr-civil-rights-activist-and-hawkeye Adventures in Book Studies: Taking a Class inside Special Collections […]
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IWA Graduate Assistant Rachel Black Graduates from SLIS

Image of Rachel Black holding a bookRachel Black, IWA graduate assistant completed her studies and graduated from the School of Library and Information Science. She will walk tomorrow at graduation.

Earlier this month, Rachel successfully defended her poster, “Community Building and Humanizing Social Media.”

Earlier we highlighted Rachel’s work on her blog, “@ Your Local Library.” You can read more about the project here.

Please join us in congratulating Rachel and wishing her the best in her future career.
Two SLIS students at their poster sessions

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Special Collections News & Updates 12/8/2016

20161207_110017News of Interest: Something Really Cool that You’ve Never Heard Of  http://blog.admissions.uiowa.edu/mina/2016/12/something-really-cool-that-youve-never-heard-of/ Before & After Treatment: Keith’s New Theatre clipping book  http://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/preservation/2016/12/01/before-after-treatment-keiths-new-theatre-clipping-book/ Events: Arthur Bonfield, “The Why, How, What, and […]
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Special Collections News & Updates 11/30/2016

collections  News of Interest: UI earns No. 1 ranking in university website accessibility: https://now.uiowa.edu/2016/11/ui-tops-in-university-website-accessibility A Snapshot of Cook’s Point (with a shout out to Migration is Beautiful): http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2016/10/13/a-snapshot-of-cooks-point/ Staff Publications: Instruction Librarian […]

“At Your Local Library” Interviews with IWA

Image of Rachel Black holding a bookImage of Rachel Black holding a book

Image of Rachel Black holding a bookRachel Black is a graduate assistant in the Iowa Women’s Archives. As part of her graduate work in the School of Library and Information Science she has been working on a project called “@ Your Local Library.”

“@ Your Local Library” is a series of photo essays bringing to life stories of the important work going on behind the scenes in libraries around the area, and posting about them on a WordPress site as well as Tumblr and Facebook.

On the “About” page for her website, Black describes her goals:

“Unfortunately, a lot of people aren’t aware of everything their local library has to offer. They see the books and the computers, but not the new programs or initiatives librarians are working to provide in order to create a happy and healthy community. I started this website in order to share with everyone the different ways librarians are working to benefit their communities.”

As part of the project, Black posted a six part series featuring librarians and staff from the Iowa Women’s Archives. The posts are embedded as a series below. Be sure to check out her pages to read all of the compelling stories of work going on in libraries around The Corridor.