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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.


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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Updates on History of the Book: The Game

By Amy Chen

Amy Chen hosted the fifth play test for the History of the Book: The Game. Four library staff played this time: Heidi Wiren Bartlett, the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio Designer; Colleen Theisen, Outreach Librarian for Special Collections; Kelly Grogg, senior Olson Graduate Assistant for Special Collections; and Laura Hampton, Digital Project Librarian for Special Collections. Greg Prickman, head of Special Collections, sat in on the play test.

While the game is likely going to have a name change at some point in the future, you can continue to follow its development on Twitter by following Amy at @amyhildrethchen or the hashtag #hotb. In the next few weeks, following a short period for a few minor revisions, the game will be available for broader play testing either during the work day or for at-home check out. If you are interested in “checking out” the game, please contact Amy.

Heidi Wiren Bartlett and Colleen Theisen play History of the Book: The Game.

Heidi Wiren Bartlett and Colleen Theisen play History of the Book: The Game.

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Special Collections Weekly Update 4/1/2016

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).

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Extended to April 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.

Instruction:

  • March instruction count: 37 class sessions
  • We’re starting to see an uptick in students beginning their research on final projects, so we wish to remind students interested in working with primary sources to contact Instruction Librarian Amy Chen (amy-chen@uiowa.edu) if they need help identifying and/or analyzing materials. Faculty, feel free to give students Amy’s contact information if you feel they need research assistance.

Event Recap:

Last Thursday, we celebrated Women’s History Month in the Iowa Women’s Archives with a reception and presentation by IWA Graduate Assistant Jeannette Gabriel. Jeanette works on the Jewish Women in Iowa Project, an initiative focused on collecting and preserving the history of Jewish women in our state. Jeannette’s presentation, We Did So Much Beyond the Home: Jewish Women & Community Life in Iowa, highlighted the accomplishments of women whose papers have been donated to the Archives, including Joan Lipsky, Gusti Kollman, Miriam Canter, Mildred Lavin, Elizabeth Cohn, Lillian Brodkey, and Blanche Redman.

After the talk, there was a question and answer period that touched on the history of Jewish refugees and the current refugee crisis, as well as Jewish migratory patterns across the state.

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Special Collections Weekly Update 3/25/2016

Newsfeed:

  • Blog post: Norwalk High School Artists Connect with History to Inspire New Creative Work by Heather Wacha. Read more.
  • Blog post: March 30: Felicia Rice “Doc/Undoc” performance followed by a public conversation with Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Read more.
  • Old Gold: The View From Above: UI archivist shares websites that feature aerial photos of campus, state by David McCartney. Read more.

Events:

  • Doc/UndocWednesday, 3/30: Felicia Rice, Doc/Undoc (lecture performance), followed by a public conversation with Guillermo Gόmez-Pẽna (5 PM, Special Collections Reading Room). Read more.
  • Wednesday, 3/30: Historic Foodies Meeting (6:00-8:00 PM, Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room B).
  • 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).

 

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15, 2016: 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.

Instruction:

Students from Norwalk High SchoolSpring Break week we had two class sessions: one from Grinnell and one from Coe College. Special collections staff co-taught a one credit museums studies spring break course with campus museum curators.

This week, we’re clearly back in business! We’ve supported 12 class sessions including: a graduate Spanish class, a graduate English class, a high school visit to see medieval manuscripts, English as a Second Language, Center for the Book, undergraduate English, and a class for the School of Library and Information Science. – Amy Chen

New Acquisitions:

These broadsides have been here for some time, but haven’t made it all the way through processing yet, so I’m still counting them as new! I’ve been walking by them every day admiring the color and fine lines of the illustrations. -Margaret Gamm xf PS3569 P48 R3 1986

Social Media:

  • In this episode of Staxpeditions a trip to the DQ call number range does lead to book exploration, but also to thoughts that drift to another DQ…


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Norwalk High School Artists Connect with History to Inspire New Creative Work

By Heather Wacha

Students from Norwalk High SchoolOn Tuesday March 22, 2016 Special Collections welcomed 28 students from Norwalk High School, Norwalk, IA.  The students were those of art teacher Maggie Harlow-Vogt. They had traveled all the way from Norwalk to Iowa City seeking inspiration from Special Collections and the Library’s Conservation Lab for their next art projects!

The Norwalk students have been tasked with using their experiences and insights from the Special Collections visit to think more profoundly about what makes a book a book. Their conversations and interactions with the books will be used to inspire pottery, metal-smithing and 3D design projects. The group of 28 split into two smaller groups so that while one was was visiting the Conservation Lab, the other was able to learn about and experience an array of rare books, manuscripts and artists’ books from the twelfth to twenth-first century. Of special note on display was a 1699 Spanish will, the manuscript at the heart of this collaboration.

 

Students from Norwalk High SchoolHeather Wacha, a graduate student in the Department of History, has been working to introduce area high school students to the value and importance of resources held in Special Collections. The Norwalk visit is part of a larger project that involves University of Iowa students transcribing and translating a 1699 Spanish will held in Special Collections for digital publication.  The art students from Norwalk High School, along with Spanish students from Central Academy in Des Moines, are interacting with the Spanish will in a variety of ways that both fit their class curriculum and simultaneously generate enthusiasm and creativity. Each student’s final project will be able to be published on the  same website that will hold the manuscript’s digital publication created by the UI students.

 

Students from Norwalk High SchoolFrom Harlow-Vogt’s perspective, Tuesday’s visit sparked amazing conversations in the bus on the way home. The following day in their art classes, Harlow-Vogt noted that “The students who did not go to the University of Iowa were a bit overwhelmed by the passion and excitement that the other students brought back with them. Those that could not go felt that they had really missed out on a great adventure!”

 

 


 

Portrait of Heather WachaHeather Wacha is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History researching the history of the book and 12th/13th century women in northern France. She is also a Specialist Researcher in Special Collections working to identify and describe Medieval manuscript leaves. You can see her work with History Corps and view her If Books Could Talk videos on the UISpecColl YouTube channel.  She tweets @hgwacha.