- Outreach and Instruction Librarian. Lover of coffee, as well as 19th century photography, painting, tourism and print.
- Edward Gorey’s Reawakening of Dracula by Hannah Hacker: http://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/speccoll/2016/10/24/edward-goreys-reawakening-of-dracula/
- Keith/Albee Vaudeville Collection in DIY History! by Justin Baumgartner: http://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/preservation/2016/10/26/keithalbee-vaudeville-collection-in-diy-history/
- 15 Vintage Recipe Collections to Explore (Check out #7!): http://mentalfloss.com/article/87451/15-vintage-recipe-collections-explore
- 200-Year-Old Historic Books Reveal Hidden Fore-Edge Paintings (Check out the final GIFs): http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/hidden-paintings-on-edge-of-books
- Why Do We Still Care About Shakespeare? Talk of Iowa from Iowa Public Radio with English Department Professor Adam Hooks: http://iowapublicradio.org/post/why-do-we-still-care-about-shakepeare
Join us in congratulating Amy Chen, Alonso Avila, and Margaret Gamm on the successful completion of their 2016 First Year Seminar classes. Amy Chen taught, “The History of the Book: The Game,” Margaret Gamm taught, “Constructing Reality in Fiction: Using Primary Sources to Write More Creatively,” and Alonso Avila taught, “Liberation: A Hip-Hop State of Mind.”
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— Andrew Steck (@HawkeyeSteck) October 28, 2016
Upcoming Special Collections Events & Events of Interest:
Iowa Bibliophiles Present Blaine Greteman:
Shakeosphere: Visualizing Shakespeare’s Networks
This event is part of SHAKESPEARE AT IOWA (August 29 – December 30), a celebration hosted by the University of Iowa Libraries.
Refreshments at 6:30pm – Program at 7:00pm – Special Collections Reading Room – Third Floor, UI Main Library
What can new digital technologies tell us about old books and the people who made them? Renaissance scholar and UI English Professor Blaine Greteman will discuss and demonstrate his digital project, “Shakeosphere,” which has mined information about publishers, booksellers, printers, and authors from half a million books published between 1473 and 1800. Shakeosphere uses this data to map relationships between these people, so that we can discover how Shakespeare and his contemporaries were connected by a rapidly changing communications network. By employing some of the same algorithms that Facebook uses to find your friends – or the NSA uses to find potential terrorists – Greteman and the team working on Shakeosphere are also able to identify the “hubs” in this network. This talk will explain some of the ways that such work reveals a hidden history of the printers, publishers, and booksellers who gave us Shakespeare.
UI Libraries’ and UICB William Anthony Conservation Lecture with Barb Korbel
Location: 2032 Main Library
Join us at the Main Library for the third annual William Anthony Conservation Lecture featuring Barbara Korbel. Korbel is the Collections & Exhibitions Conservator at Newberry Library in Chicago, IL.
University Lecture Committee: An Evening with Lois Lowry
Date: November 16, 2016 7:30pm
Location: Englert Theatre
Shakespeare Creepy Campus Crawl, October 28, 2016
Special Collections partnered with the Old Capitol Museum this year for a Shakespeare themed Creepy Campus Crawl. Despite the Cubs’ World Series game, 750+ kids and parents from across the region wandered from room to room, played in a Renaissance village, learned a period dance, played games like throwing skulls with Hamlet, made crafts like paper ruffs, wrote with quill pens, made Shakespeare buttons with a University of Iowa Librarian, and even met The Bard himself (played by Shakespeare Professor Adam Hooks from the Department of English). Many thanks to the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau whose grant funding helped make this year such a success.
ICON Science Fiction Convention, October 28-30, 2016
University of Iowa Special Collections made our yearly trip to the ICON Science Fiction Convention in Cedar Rapids, now in its 41st year. In addition to running an information table about our science fiction collections and the Hevelin Fanzine Digitization Project, special collections librarians updated the community on the progress processing and digitizing the Rusty Hevelin Science Fiction Collection, taught sessions about Gene Wilder, and along with UI Librarian Lisa Martincek, taught a session about using University Library resources as a writer. The ICON community designated The Hevelin Collection digitization as one of the recipients of proceeds from their annual charity auction. A previous fundraising effort from the community in 2014 raised $1955.
Halloween Guests in Special Collections:
Princess Elsa and the Winter Soldier visited the library this week.
From the Web and Social Media:
Twitter recently announced that they will be closing down Vine, a social media platform for short looping videos that we have been using to bring you “box opening” videos showing our new acquisitions as they arrive. Stayed tuned to this space as we soon reveal our new plans to bring you similar content in a new way.
Our delightful Hawkeye Ghost says goodbye to Vine and expresses our feelings better than we can do in this space:
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