We in Digital Research & Publishing sadly bid fond farewell to Christine Tade. Christine’s involvement in DRP extends back almost to the beginning of the department, to a 2006 professional development internship, where Christine learned the ins-and-outs of applying descriptive metadata to Iowa Digital Library materials. Afterward, Christine was the point person for digital collection metadata in the Cataloging department, training and supervising staff there, finding ways to bend the software to her will and making more archival collections usable online.
Christine officially joined Digital Research & Publishing in 2012, six months after the launch of DIYHistory, the Libraries crowdsourcing transcriptions project. While continuing her digital collection work, Christine transitioned into the role of chief correspondent with transcribing participants, answering questions and also transcribing and reviewing many manuscripts herself. In July, DIYHistory reached a major milestone, 35,000 pages transcribed.
Christine has contributed greatly to the success of many projects and collection initiatives. We wish her the very best in her retirement!
Mauricio Lasansky, the innovative printmaker and founder of the printmaking workshop at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, died last week at the age of 97. Lasansky studied and worked at the Atelier 17 workshop prior to his arrival in Iowa City where he continued to influence the course of printmaking in the United States.
With a few items from the Iowa Digital Library, we celebrate Juan Gris 125th birthday, known for his cubist style and working alongside Picasso (a fellow countryman) and Braque whose cubist work was largely monochromatic. Juan Gris, on the other hand, painted his cubist designs with a brighter palette more in keeping with his friend Henri Matisse.
–Ann Khan, Digital Research and Publishing
Nothing goes together with summertime like root beer. And given this summer, the colder the better. The Nourished Kitchen blog published a recipe for homemade root beer, and in describing the history of the beverage, pointed to a delightful 1891 pamphlet for Hires’ Root Beer from the Szathmary Recipe Pamphlet digital collection from the Iowa Digital Library. Check it out, and grab a cold one!
Digital Initiatives Librarian
On November 4-6, 2010, the Department of English hosted NonfictioNow 2010, the third Bedell Nonfiction Conference. About 450 writers and readers met in the Iowa Memorial Union to explore the past, present, and future of nonfiction in its myriad forms.
The Iowa Digital Library has extended the reach of those discussions to online users everywhere through the Virtual Writing University Archive. The archive has catalogued recordings of the 2010 convening, which are available for streaming as .mp3 files.
Nonfiction fans can indulge in the talks by the 2010 keynote speakers, which include Alison Bechdel, the autobiographical cartoonist behind Dykes to Watch Out For; Rebecca Solnit, author of 13 books about art, landscape, community, ecology, politics, hope, and memory; and John Edgar Wideman, author or more than 18 books and two-time winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award.
The conference also welcomed back alumni from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop like David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: a Manifesto. Other renowned and burgeoning writers joined him in dissecting their craft and sharing their learning. Topics covered several sub-genres of nonfiction like memoir, journalism and travel writing, as well as creative nonfiction from Australia and Ireland. The archive also includes recordings from the readings given throughout the conference.
The collection was developed through the assistance of The University of Iowa’s School of Library and Information Science.
Developers of the Writing Universtiy at the University of Iowa have released a new iPhone app that focuses on Iowa City’s place as a UNESCO City of Literature. The app can be downloaded through the iTunes App Store. More information can be found through the UI News Service.
The Virtual Writing University Archive is another resource that brings together hundreds of audio and video recordings of emerging and renounded writers of the International Writing Program, Live from Prairie Lights, NonfictioNOW, and more.
Barbara Hamby’s “Lester Higata’s 20th Century” was announced as the winner of the 2010 John Simmons Short Fiction Award winner from the University of Iowa Press. The John Simmons Short Fiction Award — named for the first director of the University of Iowa Press — was created in 1988 to complement the existing Iowa Short Fiction Award.
Winning entries from 1970-2000 can be freely accessed through Iowa Research Online, the University of Iowa’s Institutional Repository. Books by more recent award winners can be purchased from the University of Iowa Press.
Take a trip back 80 years with a few homecoming memories from the Iowa Digital Library.
…but homecoming wouldn’t be complete without the parade