About Author: Colleen Theisen

Website
http://www.twitter.com/libralthinking
Description
Outreach and Instruction Librarian. Lover of coffee, as well as 19th century photography, painting, tourism and print.

Posts by Colleen Theisen

0

Special Collections Curator Peter Balestrieri Featured in “Archival Outlook”

Image of Peter Balestrieri in Archival OutlookCurator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture, Peter Balestrieri is featured in the Cover Story of the May/June issue of Archival Outlook from the Society of American Archivists.

“Archivists are artists,” Balestrieri remarks, reflecting on his punk rock gig with the Violent Femmes and how a life with music and libraries intertwined eventually led him to Special Collections.

Read the whole feature here on pages 8-9 and 26.

 

 

0

Special Collections Weekly Update 5/13/2016

Important Announcements:

The Iowa Women’s Archives will be closed May 16-27th for painting.

 

Newsfeed:

  • The University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science and the Center for the Book made a video advertising their dual program called BLIS. Special Collections staff members Peter Balestrieri and Lindsay Moen, both graduates of SLIS, are featured in the video along with Andrea Kohashi, a former Olson Graduate Assistant, and many other familiar faces from around the UI Library system. You can even get a peek into one of our class sessions in action!

 

Upcoming Events:

Nicholas Meyer on set with Leonard Nimoy

Nicholas Meyer on set with Leonard Nimoy

Nicholas Meyer

Friday, May 20 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm, University of Iowa Main Library, Shambaugh Auditorium 125 West Washington St. Iowa City

Meyer will deliver a brief talk, titled The Last Man To Understand Anything.

There will be a Q&A session afterward.

Free and Open to the Public

More details on the University Calendar.

 

New Acquisitions:

The feminin’ monarchi’, or, The histori of bee’s, 1634. The music is half upside down so the singers can gather around.

 

 

A Parting Shot:

 


Donate to the University Libraries’ Special Collections Fund

Want to stay connected?  Follow us on social media:

facebookInstagram logovinetumblrTwitteryoutube

 

0

Special Collections Weekly Update 5/6/2016

Important Announcements:

The Iowa Women’s Archives will be closed May 16-27th for painting.

 

Newsfeed:

 

Congratulations to our Graduates!

Kelly Grogg, Laurel Rhame, Ella von Holtum and Amanda Rasmussen, graduate student employees from Special Collections and the Iowa Women’s Archives, presented their posters last week as part of their Masters in Library Science. Both Amanda and Ella received ‘distinguished poster’ awards. Congratulations to Kelly, Laura, Ella, Amanda, and to all of the students graduating this month from the School of Library and Information Science.

 

Heather WachaCongratulations also to Heather Wacha who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in history this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

1. Iowa Bibliophiles Book Club Meeting

thumbnail2Wednesday, May 11th, Snacks at 6:30pm, Discussion from 7-8pm in the Special Collections Reading Room, 3rd Floor Main Library.

Find a copy of “The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio” and join us for a book club.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/597571477057785/

 

2. Stong Minded Men Make Music For Strong Minded Women: A Fundraiser for the Iowa Women’s Archives

CaptureThursday, May 12, 6:30PM at The Mill

Music performances featuring Tom Mason and Homebrewed.
Suggested donation: $10 a the door, $20 with a “Strong Minded” t-shirt
Students $5 (or $15 with “Strong Minded” t-shirt)

Proceeds will go to the Iowa Women’s Archives
Donations can also be made at: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/giving

RSVP on Facebook or the University Calendar.

 

3. Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer on set with Leonard Nimoy during the shooting of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The photo is archived in the University of Iowa Libraries' Special Collections as part of a collection donated by Nicholas Meyer.

Nicholas Meyer on set with Leonard Nimoy

Friday, May 20 at 6:30pm to 8:00pmUniversity of Iowa Main Library, Shambaugh Auditorium 125 West Washington St. Iowa City

Meyer will deliver a brief talk, titled The Last Man To Understand Anything.

There will be a Q&A session afterward.

Free and Open to the Public

More details on the University Calendar.

 

Event Recap:

1. Making Tribbles at “Break from Busyness” in the UI Main Library Learning Commons:

The Break From Busyness was an event in the Learning Commons everyday giving students a chance to do something creative to take a break from studying for final exams. Colleen Theisen was there with tribbles the students could stuff and stitch to add to the 50 Years of Star Trek exhibition. Students making a tribble received an “I’m a tribble maker” button and an entry to win the life size Captain Kirk cutout that is slowly being overcome by tribbles in the front case of the exhibition. Watch for more tribble making opportunities throughout the summer months!

 

2. Peter Balestrieri’s Report from the DemiCon Science Fiction Convention:

It was my pleasure to attend the 27th DemiCon Science Fiction Convention in Des Moines last week. The UI Libraries had a table in the hotel lobby that was seen by everyone in attendance. I gave out our coveted retro robot and rocket ship squeeze toys and dozens of our self-made zines that advertise our Star Trek and Doctor Who collections, along with a zine explaining the Hevelin Fanzine Digitization Project. I also spoke on a panel (one that fans called the “best panel in years”) on Victorian Horror with Artist Guest of Honor, Alan M. Clark. Finally, I delivered our annual, “State of the Hevelin Collection,” presentation to people who knew Rusty Hevelin and loved him. All the news regarding digitization of fanzines and the progress made cataloging pulp magazines and books from the collection was very well-received. All in all, it was another great opportunity to reach out to the people of Iowa to let them know what we do in Special Collections (and have some fun).

 

 

Social Media & Online Community:

New Acquisition Vine Videos Pass 1.5 Million Views

Acquisitions & Collections Management Librarian Margaret Gamm’s 6 second Vine videos opening new acquisitions have been viewed over 1.5 million times total. Congratulations to Margaret Gamm and Colleen Theisen on their continuing work to deliver information about our holdings in online communities.

Seen below is Deep in the Yellow Woods from 2015.  It is a carousel format book hand sewn by the artist, Lois Morrison, and featuring a fantasy poem also written by the artist and is one of 20 copies.

 

This Week’s New Video:

This week we posted a new episode of Staxpeditions exploring the F850 call number range requested by our follower Dana Gerber-Margie.

 


Donate to the University Libraries’ Special Collections Fund

Want to stay connected?  Follow us on social media:

Facebook linkTwitter LinkInstagram LinkTumblr linkYouTube linkVine link

 

0

Special Collections Weekly Updates 4/29/2016

Newsfeed:

 

Launched this week:

1960’s Digital Exhibition
1960's exhibition front pageUptight & Laid-back: Iowa City in the 1960s
, an ongoing collaborative project developed by University Archivist David McCartney and The Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, brings to life a dynamic and turbulent decade for the University and for Iowa City. The curated topics pages and interactive map invite the public to explore an array of material associated with the campus and the community. The public is also welcome to contribute materials! We’ll be adding to the site over the coming months. Stay tuned!

 

Deadlines:

May 1, 2016:  The Olson Graduate Assistant

The Olson Graduate Research Assistant position in Special Collections is a two year 50% position for incoming or current graduate students at the University of Iowa to join the department and support reference, instruction, outreach, processing, and exhibitions, while having opportunity pursue individual projects.

Apply today: http://www.grad.uiowa.edu/graduate-assistant-job-postings/7181/olson-graduate-research-assistant

June 3, 2016: Proposals for RBMS Seminars for the 2017 Conference in Iowa City

Seminars are 90-minute sessions, given in a variety of formats. They constitute an important educational component of each conference and are a valuable forum for the exchange of ideas and information on particular topics of relevance to rare book and manuscript librarians. Read more.

 

Upcoming Events:

Break from Busyness (Become a #tribblemaker)

Heather Bain hugging TribblesMonday-Friday, May 2nd-5th, 12-3pm

This finals season we challenge you to find time for breaks in your studying. To help, librarians at Main Library have set up a handful of challenge activities designed to help take your minds off of finals, just for a bit. Special Collections staff will be on hand with fur fabric and supplies if you want to become a tribble maker and add to the Star Trek exhibition! Get an “I’m a tribble maker” button and an entry to win the life size Captain Kirk cutout currently in the front case of the gallery. More info.

 

Guest Speaker: Author Michael Blanding

the map thief book coverThe Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries will host Michael Blanding, author of bestseller The Map Thief, the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium. Blanding’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a reception and book signing to follow at 7:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. More info.

Iowa Bibliophiles Book Club Meeting

thumbnail2Wednesday, May 11th, Snacks at 6:30pm, Discussion from 7-8pm in the Special Collections Reading Room, 3rd Floor Main Library.

Find a copy of “The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio” and join us for a book club.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/597571477057785/

 

Stong Minded Men Make Music For Strong Minded Women: A Fundraiser for the Iowa Women’s Archives

CaptureThursday, May 12, 6:30PM at The Mill

Music performances featuring Tom Mason and Homebrewed.
Suggested donation: $10 a the door, $20 with a “Strong Minded” t-shirt
Students $5 (or $15 with “Strong Minded” t-shirt)

Proceeds will go to the Iowa Women’s Archives
Donations can also be made at: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/giving

More information or RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1030900993623678/

 

Instruction:

Portrait image of Amy ChenThis week we had ten classes in to special collections. Just because it’s close to the end of the semester doesn’t mean we’re slowing down!

While you may be more focused on ending the academic year strong, if you are an instructor, this is the right time to start thinking about requesting class dates and times for summer or fall 2016. Please use our instruction request form to request your upcoming sessions: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/forms/speccoll_class/. It’s especially important to be the early bird if you work with early materials, as our medieval manuscripts are limited to five class uses per semester on a first come-first serve basis.

Also note that Instruction Librarian Amy Chen will be out on vacation for three weeks from May 9 through May 27. During this time, the instruction request form will be forwarded to the Olson Graduate Assistants, John Fifield and Kelly Grogg. They will handle the booking of your courses until Amy returns. Other questions or correspondence to Amy will be answered as soon as possible upon her return to the office at the end of May.

 

Social Media & Online Community:

You can revisit our third annual Shakespeare Livestream:

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and never miss a video!

 


Donate to the University Libraries’ Special Collections Fund

Want to stay connected?  Follow us on social media:

Facebook linkTwitter LinkInstagram LinkTumblr linkYouTube linkVine link

0

Special Collections News 4/25/2016

Newsfeed:

Deadlines:

May 1, 2016:  The Olson Graduate Assistant position in Special Collections is a two year position for incoming or current graduate students at the University of Iowa.

Apply today: http://www.grad.uiowa.edu/graduate-assistant-job-postings/7181/olson-graduate-research-assistant

 

50 Years of Star Trek Exhibition Opens Today

Celebrate 50 years of Star Trek with the University of Iowa Libraries, featuring an exhibition of rare materials documenting the history of Trek and Trekkers. With a focus on the Original Series cast on television and in film, the exhibition highlights the early years of the franchise and illustrates the key role fans played in shaping its future.

More information: https://www.lib.uiowa.edu/gallery/

Exhibition title on the front window "50 Years of Star Trek"

Photo by Jennifer Masada

Zines and Star Trek toys

Photo by Jennifer Masada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

1. Stong Minded Men Make Music For Strong Minded Women: A Fundraiser for the Iowa Women’s Archives.

Thursday, May 12, 6:30PM at The Mill

Music performances featuring Tom Mason and Homebrewed.
Suggested donation: $10 a the door, $20 with a “Strong Minded” t-shirt
Students $5 (or $15 with “Strong Minded” t-shirt)

Proceeds will go to the Iowa Women’s Archives
Donations can also be made at: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/giving

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1030900993623678/

 

Cover of The Millionaire and the Bard2. The next Iowa Bibliophiles meeting is a BOOK CLUB!

Find a copy of “The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio.”

Read it, and join us Wednesday May 11th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instruction:

IMG_7658Two weeks ago, we supported seven classes, including Johnna Sturgeon’s class from Cornell College. Sturgeon is teaching a course on the transition from manuscript to print. Her students wanted to see medieval manuscripts, incunabula, and early printed books. During their visit, Sturgeon’s students also tried out our new book analysis curricula jointly designed by Acquisition Librarian Margaret Gamm and Instruction Librarian Amy Chen. This curricula teaches students to identify features in rare books. We were happy to host their visit and we look forward to using this curricula with more book history classes in the future!

With double digit class sessions scheduled this week, we are sprinting to the end of the semester. In the next few weeks Instruction Librarian Amy Chen will be compiling data about our blockbuster 2015-2016 academic year.

 

Event Recap:

Iowa Bibliophiles met on April 13, 2016.

Jane Murphy and Mark Brookfield, 36 year partners in Murphy-Brookfield Books, talked to a crowded room about the enormous changes brought on by Internet bookselling in the last 20+ years.

 

New Acquisition:

This Folio Society reproduction lavished attention on the Kelmscott Press’ News from Nowhere.

Social Media:

Our Instagram passed 5000 followers!

 

New video: In the new episode of Staxpeditions, our follower Elaine Harrington sends us exploring the Dewey call number range in Special Collections.


Donate to the University Libraries’ Special Collections Fund

Want to stay connected?  Follow us on social media:

Facebook linkTwitter LinkInstagram LinkTumblr linkYouTube linkVine link

1

Special Collections’ Student Worker Wins UI Libraries’ Scholarship

Stacy

University of Iowa Libraries’ staff this year donated to a new Libraries’ Student Employee Scholarship fund to support competitive scholarships open to students working in the University of Iowa library system. Special Collections’ own Stacy Garrard was awarded one of the two scholarships.

Stacy is a freshman majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences and works in Special Collections where she loves looking at the historical pieces of art, literature, and letters as well as assisting patrons with general inquiries and more in-depth research.

Stacy has been invaluable to us in Special Collections. Stop by the Reading Room on the third floor to join us in congratulating Stacy!

1

3rd Annual Shakespeare Livestream Event Friday 4/22/2016

THIRD Annual Shakespeare Livestream
Tune in live April 22, 10:30am-1:30pm CST [Central time in the USA is GMT -5:00]

We’re back! Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday week by joining us – live on the internet! – for our THIRD annual Shakespeare’s 400th Death Anniversary & Birthday Week Commemoration Livestream, featuring University of Iowa Shakespeare professor Adam Hooks, alongside Colleen Theisen, Special Collections Outreach & Engagement Librarian.

Colleen and AdamNow is your chance to Ask a Shakespeare Scholar anything about Shakespeare, about being a Shakespeare scholar, and maybe even about your least favorite Shakespeare plays. We will also have a selection of historic, unusual, beautiful, and forged editions of Shakespeare’s works from Special Collections which we’ll be showing and telling stories about LIVE!

Use the hashtag #shxlive to ask a question, or type one here in the comments, or tune in live to ask a question. The event will be added to the UISpecColl YouTube channel as a video after the completion of the event. (See past livestreams).

This year in preparation for the “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” exhibition arriving August 29th, 2016 the Livestream event will be bigger than ever with:

 

Cutting a quill

Cutting a quill

Heather Bain cutting quills and writing sonnets in calligraphy LIVE.

Students creating poetry using Shakespeare’s works.

And more surprises including guests!

 

 

 


Check back here, on our Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube for the URL on Friday.

Here’s the URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRAbuuDh4IE

1

Prickman honored with Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence

[Reposting from UI Libraries]

Image of Greg PrickmanGreg Prickman, head of Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries, was honored March 31 with the 2015 Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence.

The Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence recognizes a member of the UI Libraries’ professional staff who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership in furthering Libraries’ mission serve the University community.

The honor includes a $1,500 award for professional development that will support the recipient’s research projects or publications related to library services. This award was made possible by an endowment from Dr. Arthur Benton, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Neurology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

In letters of support for this award, the selection committee noted Prickman’s commitment to furthering the Libraries’ role in the University’s academic mission, as well as his professionalism and responsiveness to researcher needs.

Timothy Barrett, Director of the University of Iowa Center for the Book and Associate Professor in the UI School of Library and Information Science, nominated Prickman for the award. Barrett notes that Prickman’s work “resulted in the UI being selected as the site for the Folger Shakespeare First Folio traveling exhibit. Greg’s leadership shines in the midst of a complex but very promising event for the UI Libraries, all participating units, and the UI overall.”

Prickman also earned praises from Adam Hooks, Assistant Professor of English, who notes a climate of accessibility that Greg has created for scholars.

“Greg’s vision for the library has transformed the learning experience for students at the University of Iowa,” says Hooks. “Thanks to the significant digital projects sponsored by Special Collections, the intellectual and material resources at Iowa are accessible to students around the world.” Prickman was the catalyst for the Civil War Diaries Transcription Project that led to crowdsourcing platform DIY History, and he is the creator of The Atlas of Early Printing.

 Jennifer Burek Pierce, Associate Professor in the UI School of Library and Information Science, writes of Prickman’s ability to empower his staff to assist researchers. Burek Pierce notes that “those with whom we work in Special Collections clearly feel empowered to do their best work, to look for interesting and new ways to connect with users. As the head of Special Collections, Greg is instrumental in allowing this to happen, in the example he sets, in his development of responsive policies, and in hiring.”

The Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence Award is given annually. Past recipients include Kari Kozak, Jen DeBerg, Dottie Persson, John Forys, Edward Miner, Kathy Magarrell, Kären Mason, Dave Martin, and John Schacht.

Please join us in congratulating Greg Prickman!

0

Special Collections Update 4/8/2016

Newsfeed:

Events:

  • Wednesday, 4/13: Iowa Bibliophiles, Jane Murphy and Mark Brookfield, 36 year partners in Murphy-Brookfield Books, will talk about the enormous changes brought on by Internet bookselling in the last 20+ years. (Refreshments 6:30 PM, Talk 7:00 PM, Special Collections Reading Room).
  • Saturday, 4/30: Music & Magic Lanterns at CSPS in Cedar Rapids. More information: http://bestevents.us/cedar-rapids-music-and-magic-lanterns/1087032

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Extended to 4/15: Apply for the Linda and Richard Kerber fund for financial support for those traveling to do research in the Iowa Women’s Archives. Read more.
  • Friday, 6/3: Proposals for seminars for the 2017 Rare Books and Manuscripts Conference held in Iowa City. Read More.

Instruction:

Last week, we had eight classes in special collections plus a visit from Twinrocker Paper’s Kathy and Howie Clark on Friday afternoon. The Clarks spoke to an audience of Center for the Book faculty and students and generously shared examples of their work.

New Acquisition:

Poems of Thomas Gray, illustrations by William Blake

This Folio Society reproduction is absolutely gorgeous, and while we’ve posted about it before on social media, I couldn’t resist another go. “Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Golden Fishes” also seemed to deserve highlighting.

Social Media:

 


Donate to the University Libraries’ Special Collections Fund

Want to stay connected?  Follow us on social media:

Facebook linkTwitter LinkInstagram LinkTumblr linkYouTube linkVine link

0

Felicia Rice and Guillermo Gómez-Peña Artwork Doc/Undoc on Display

Last week Special Collections the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professors Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Felicia Rice stopped by Special Collections for a performance and their collaborative work Doc/Undoc is now on display.

Rice performed “DOC/UNDOC: Collaboration and Metamorphosis,” followed by a conversation with Guillermo Gómez-Peña on March 31st.

Gómez-Peña is a performance artist whose live art, video, radio, photography, and writing have earned acclaim — and many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship — over the past thirty years. He is the artistic director of the transnational performance collective La Pocha Nostra.

Rice’s design, printing, and publication work for her Moving Parts Press (Santa Cruz, CA) has been exhibited at major book fairs in New York and Frankfurt, and collected by the Whitney Museum, the Bodleian Library, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, among others. Rice is also an educator who teaches courses in letterpress printing, typography, printmaking, typography, and bookmaking at institutions ranging from UC-Santa Cruz to the Santa Cruz YWCA.

Together with their collaborators, Gómez-Peña and Rice have published artists’ books including DOC/UNDOC: Documentado/Undocumented, Ars Shamánica Performática (2014), a copy of which is held by UI’s Special Collections.

Doc/Undoc as well as selections of work from the Moving Parts Press on loan from Felicia Rice are on display in the third floor hallway gallery cases outside of Special Collections until May 20th, 2016.

Event 3/31:

 

Doc/Undoc Exhibition:

Display created by Ellen Wrede.

 

DOC/UNDOC : Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática / texts Guillermo Gómez-Peña, images & bookwork Felicia Rice, video Guillermo Gómez-Peña & Gustavo Vazquez, critical commentary Jennifer González, sound art Zachary Watkins.  Santa Cruz, CA : Moving Parts Press, 2014.

Special Collections x-Collection N7433.4.G644 D63 2014 

 

Thanks to the UI Deparment of English, The Department of Theater Arts, The University of Iowa Center for the Book, The Obermann Center, Jennifer Buckley, Tim Barrett, Ellen Wrede, Giselle Simón, Candida Pagan, Heidi Bartlett and everyone from Special Collections who worked to make the event and exhibition possible.