Stewart Stern, 1922-2015

Yesterday I walked into a meeting to discuss an upcoming exhibition we are putting together on World War II. On the book truck I pushed in front of me were several boxes from the papers of Stewart Stern. Stern was a World War II veteran, a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, who went on to a long career as a Hollywood screenwriter (of films such as Rebel Without a Cause) and a teacher. My colleague who greeted me saw the boxes and said that Stewart had passed away, at the age of 92.

My heart immediately sank. Just this past summer Stewart had visited us from his home in Washington state, making the drive across the country with his wife. He came to visit us in the library where his papers are housed, to answer some lingering questions he had about his work that only his own papers could answer, and to see where his legacy was cared for. The visit with Stewart was the kind of occasion that makes this job among the most meaningful occupations a person could have—sitting with someone like Stewart, listening to his stories about Jimmy (James Dean), his days as an actor in theatrical productions at Iowa, about his friends from the war, experiences that still made him choke up so many decades later. He was thrilled to see his papers, and he was so full of life. When I asked if I could take his picture in the stacks as he surveyed his boxes, I thought I would get a nice shot of him smiling. Instead, as I pointed the camera, he sprang into action, sweeping his arms open to proudly display his life’s work. He laughed like a child.

After this meeting with Stewart, I thought about how enjoyable the experience was, and how much I looked forward to seeing him again. The sadness in knowing that will now not be possible is tempered by the knowledge that he entrusted us with his papers, and we have the ability, and the responsibility, to tell others of his accomplishments. This summer a piece or two from Stewart’s wartime papers will be on display in the University of Iowa’s Mobile Museum—please visit us if we are in your town, and help us remember the life of a fascinating man.

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Stewart Stern in the stacks at the University of Iowa Libraries, August 2014

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The cast of Rebel Without a Cause at the first read through of the script, written by Stewart Stern, who is seated at the far left, next to Nick Ray.

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The telegram informing Stewart Stern’s parents that their son had been listed as Missing in Action during the Battle of the Bulge. Stern was later located safe in a hospital, suffering from frostbite.

 

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Student Work in the Public Sphere: A Learning Commons Workshop

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Time: Friday, February 20th from 1:30-4:30pm

Location: Main Library Learning Commons

Students look at and treat assignments differently when those assignments culminate in the dynamic presentation of their work in a public space. Faculty can use assignments and projects to encourage students to engage with the spaces and people around them

This workshop hosted by the Main Library Learning Commons will provide instructors the opportunity to reimagine how their classes can perform or display student works in the Learning Commons space. Participants will

  • tour the Learning Commons facilities.
  • learn how faculty and campus partners have used the Learning Commons
  • have time to rework a current or previous assignment into something that can be displayed or performed in the Learning Commons.

Guest instructors will share their insights and experiences in using the Learning Commons to promote their student’s work. Participants will leave with a variety of project ideas for classroom use and will be well on their way towards reimagining a current or old assignment to be hosted in the Learning Commons. The institute is open to all faculty and instructors. There is no cost to attend, although pre-registration to the institute is required. Please register here.

 

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the University of Iowa Main Library

Have you been searching for a good book to spend Valentine’s Day with? Want to use your card game skills to attract a mate? Looking for a rare book to discuss over dinner with that special someone? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should stop by the UI Main Library this week to check out some of our Valentine’s Day events!

Play with Hearts
Tuesday, February 10th
12:00pm-2:00pm

Come to Group Area D (across from Food for Thought Café) to learn how to play the game, Hearts. You can also enjoy some vintage baked goods made from recipes from special collections’ historic recipe collection. There will even be recipes available for you to plan your own Valentine’s meal!

Blind Date with a Book
Wednesday, February 11th
12:00pm-2:00pm

Stop by Group Area D to check out a book. But this time, there will be no judging by the cover.
We’ll set you up with a blind date that you get to take home with you for some Valentine’s reading. A Spinster’s Tale or Love in the Time of Cholera: Which one will you take home tonight?

Love in the Stacks
Thursday, February 12th
12:00pm-4:00pm

Drop into Group Area D and we’ll help you out with some Valentine’s gifts! View items from the University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives while you make buttons from prints of our more romantic books, or send an e-card to your loved ones.

You never know where love will find you, but you do know where to find us. We’ll see you in Group Area D!

Looking for Love in the Library

Have you been searching for a good book with which to spend Valentine’s Day?  Want to use your card game skills to attract a mate?  Looking for a rare book to discuss over dinner with that special someone?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should stop by the UI Main Library this week to check out some of our Valentine’s Day events!

Pants 4 U "My heart pants 4 U," August 1, 1907

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“My heart pants 4 U,” August 1, 1907

Play with Hearts–Tuesday, February 10th

12:00pm-2:00pm

Come to Group Area D (across from Food for Thought Café) to learn how to play the game, Hearts.  You can also enjoy some vintage baked goods made from recipes from special collections’ historic recipe collection.  There will even be recipes available for you to plan your own Valentine’s meal!

Blind Date with a Book–Wednesday, February 11th

12:00pm-2:00pm

Stop by Group Area D to check out a book.  But this time, there will be no judging by the cover.  We’ll set you up with a blind date that you get to take home with you for some Valentine’s reading.  A Spinster’s Tale or Love in the Time of Cholera: Which one will you take home tonight?

Love in the Stacks—Thursday, February 12th

12:00pm-4:00pm

Drop into Group Area D and we’ll help you out with some Valentine’s gifts!  View items from the University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives while you make buttons from prints of our more romantic books, or send an e-card  to your loved ones.

 

You never know where love will find you, but you do know where to find us.  We’ll see you in Group Area D!

 

Learn to format references in APA Style with our free workshop @Hardin Tuesday, Feb. 10 1-2pm

Learn how to format your papers and references in American Psychological Association (APA) Style, version 6.

You will learn how to do basic formatting with APA style and how to apply APA formatting to journal, book, and web references.  Speed up your writing with our free workshop!

Tuesday, February 10th, 1-2pm, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Register for this or any of our other workshops online, or by calling 319-335-9151.

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Aldus Manutius: A man with a plan, a printshop, and a pretty sweet colophon

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Aldus Manutius was born in Italy during the Italian Renaissance.  He became the leading printer of his time and is responsible for many literary accomplishments, including the invention of italic type for use in a printing press and the semicolon.  Most importantly, Manutius was one of the first people to publish small, pocket editions of books that more people could actually afford.  This month, we’ll be featuring a few of the books in our collection which were published by this incredible scholar on our Tumblr, so we thought we would give you all a little more background information.

Manutius’ goal was to preserve ancient Greek literature by printing personal, usable editions for everyone to own.  He accomplished this by organizing the famous Aldine Press.  Through the Aldine Press, Manutius was able to produce the first printed editions of many Greek and Latin classics.  These included works such as The Odyssey, The Iliad, and The Divine Comedy.  Aldus Manutius’ work is always recognizable by the colophon (or inscription, which gives details about the book, usually found at the end of a work), which pictures a dolphin wrapped around an anchor.

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Here at the University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives, we are honored to house such an incredible collection of his works.  Keep an eye out for posts about Manutius on our Tumblr, as well as other social media.  If you have any questions about these items, feel free to ask us on our social media, or email us at lib-spec@uiowa.edu.

-Kelly

*Photo of Manutius from www.aldussociety.com

**Photo of Colophon taken from the UI Special Collections and University Archives edition of The Odyssey

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I arrived here about an hour ago and am at Harry’s

Joseph Culver Letter, February 9, 1865, Letter 2, Page 1

Carlisle, Penna.1
Febr. 9th 1864[5]
10 A.M.
My Dear Wife

I arrived here about an hour ago & am at Harry’s; found all well & Sister Hannah here. I will go out to Mother’s after dinner.2 All the friends so far as heard from are well, & all I have seen wonder why you are not with me.

The snow is very deep, about 18 or 20 inches, & the sleighing, of course, excellent. The meetings are still in progress in the lower charge with glorious results. I shall doubtless be busy while here.

I have seen but few acquaintances yet. I shall certainly expect to hear from you at New York if not here. I shall leave for N.Y. on Monday morning [the 15th] if not sooner.

Jennie says that Harry & her wrote to us over two weeks ago. I presume you recd. the letters before this. She is very anxious to hear from you. All send much love. I will write again soon. Kiss Howard for me. May the richest of Heaven’s blessings rest upon you. Enclosed is a photograph for Mrs. & Dr. Capron.3 Please deliver it.

Good Bye,
Your affect. Husband
J. F. Culver

  1. J.F.C., his leave due to expire in four weeks, was en route to rejoin his unit. When last heard from, the 129th Illinois, along with other units General Sherman had led on the “march to the sea,” was encamped near Savannah, Ga. J.F.C. planned to proceed to New York City by railroad and there board a ship for Savannah and a rendezvous with his regiment. Harry Cheston was married to J.F.C.’s sister, Jennie C. Hannah M. Culver was J.F.C.’s youngest sister.
  2. Mrs. Martha Dunmire Culver, J.F.C.’s widowed mother, was currently living in the family home in Carlisle’s east ward.
  3. Dr. and Mrs. Elisha Capron of Pontiac were close friends of the family. While J.F.C. had been on leave, Dr. Capron had treated him for piles, which had plagued him since June 1864. Pension File, J.F.C, NA, Application No. 960, 772, Certificate No. 766492.
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IRO January 2015 usage

Content in Iowa Research Online was downloaded 131,084 times in January, a 19% increase over January 2015. The items receiving the most use were all theses:

The items with the greatest percentage increase in use compared with the previous month were

These include theses as well as an article in Medieval Feminist Forum and a book review podcast.

If you are interested in all of our usage data for all series, we have links to the data on our website.

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Database of the Week: Redbooks

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Redbooks

Redbooks includes over 10,000 Advertising Agencies with accounts, specializations, billings by media, and contact information for personnel. Advertiser profiles for companies are also included. Rebooks

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under R in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Ad Agencies’ accounts / clients
  • Advertiser profiles
  • Contact information
  • News about Ad Agencies

Tips for searching:

  • Use the search bar at the top to search by Ad Agency or client
  • Browse by: Ad Agency OR Advertisers
  • Use the Advanced Search to search by: advertising expenditure, brand, target market, industry codes, etc.
  • Once in a profile, use the tabs across the top: key contacts, clients, social media, news
  • View the super useful PDF help guide here

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Want help using Redbooks ? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

Celebrating Weatherpeople!

John Jeffries

John Jeffries Source: Wikipedia

Because the weather has a significant impact on our daily lives, National Weatherperson’s Day recognizes the scientists who track our major storms and atmospheric climate changes. The day commemorates the birth of John Jeffries who was born in Boston in 1745. He was a Harvard graduate and surgeon who became fascinated with observing the weather. Beginning in 1774, he daily measured and recorded the weather in Boston. Then, in 1784, he made a historical balloon flight across the English Channel to observe atmospheric conditions up close.

Weather balloons, anemometer cups and rain gauges have since been replaced with earth-orbiting satellites and computer-aided atmospheric modeling used for gathering data to predict long- and short-term meteorological events which will significantly impact our global atmosphere in terms of ozone levels and and movement of storms. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the United States governmental body responsible for monitoring and forecasting the weather and conducting meteorological research. NASA, too, is instrumental in researching and mapping atmosopheric changes using telescopes and space stations.

Take a moment and think of your favorite and trusted meteorologist…big hint…she is your very own engineering librarian.

 

 

 

 

Satellite Weather Radar Source: IIHR

Satellite Weather Radar Source: IIHR Hydroscience & Engineering University of Iowa

References

infoplease: meteorology

infoplease: weather balloon

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration http://www.noaa.gov/

National Aeronautics and Space Administration http://www.nasa.gov/

Meteorological Technology World Expo 2015 http://www.meteorologicaltechnologyworldexpo.com/

 

 

Atmospheric Change book cover

Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Change Engineering Library QC879.6 .A85 1999

Books

Atmospheric chemistry and global change. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Engineering Library QC879.6 .A85 1999

Wallace, John M. Atmoshperic science: an introductory survey, 2d edition. Boston: Elsevier Academic Press, 2oo6. Engineering Library FOLIIO QC861.3 .W3 2006

Understanding Weather and Climate, 6th edition. Engineering Library QC861.3 .A38 2013. Engineering Library QC861.3 .A38 2013

 

 

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