#University Libraries

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Blacks find genealogy ever more accessible

It just might be the best of times for African Americans to search for their family history. Today's family researchers are standing on the shoulders of giants, said Timothy Pinnick, an expert on African American genealogical research. He spoke during a virtual conference Saturday hosted by the Allen County Public...
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I Set Out to Build the Next Library of Alexandria. Now I Wonder: Will There Be Libraries in 25 Years?

When I started the Internet Archive 25 years ago, I focused our non-profit library on digital collections: preserving web pages, archiving television news, and digitizing books. The Internet Archive was seen as innovative and unusual. Now all libraries are increasingly electronic, and necessarily so. To fight disinformation, to serve readers during the pandemic, and to be relevant to 21st-century learners, libraries must become digital.
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“Building the Future We Want: Centering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Libraries”

The Kelvin Smith Library 25th anniversary events series continues with a lecture by Elaine L. Westbrooks, vice provost for university libraries and university librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Westbrooks will discuss “Building the Future We Want: Centering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Libraries” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m., focusing on how library staff and faculty have a responsibility to dismantle the systems of oppression within their organizations. She will talk about her experiences launching a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and how to make DEI initiatives strategic, transformational and an integral part of a library’s mission.
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A Library Chicken, WonTon the Bookstore Cat, and Literacy Funding: Your Weekly Dose of Good Bookish News

Lately, Book Riot has been covering a lot of book challenge and censorship news. We always have, but it’s skyrocketed recently. It’s necessary to shine a spotlight on this, but it’s also disheartening. It seems like bookish news stories are always about a beloved author’s death, library funding being cut, or book bans. It’s enough to make you feel hopeless.
The Daily Collegian

Libraries completes online catalog update, will retire CAT interface on Dec. 19

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Libraries has integrated updates to its online catalog into the library search experience over the past two years. The improved catalog replaces the 20-year-old previous version — called the CAT, which will be retired at the end of the Fall 2021 semester — with a new interface, enhanced features and a new URL,

Celebrate Together: Photo Gallery

Many student organizations, university departments and community vendors set up tables at Celebrate Together on the Armstrong campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. Many of the tables offered games or activities for attendees to participants to play or handed out free merchandise The event also featured a mechanical bull, archery tag, a dunk tank, free Celebrate 2021 t-shirts for students and alumni, a dance team performance, a live DJ, and a rock wall.

Animation Students: Do you know about THE BIG LIE?

ANIMATION STUDENTS: Do You Know About The Big Lie?. You’ve chosen a good school to go to. You’re doing well in your classes… Once you graduate, you’ll get a job and be started on your career in animation. Can you spot the huge error in these simple statements? If you’re an animation professional, I bet you can! If you’re an animation student and you don’t see it, read on…

National search for director of the Ohio University Press launched

Ohio University has launched a national search for the next director of the Ohio University Press, the oldest scholarly publisher in Ohio. The Press has been realigned to report to the dean of University Libraries effective Oct. 15, 2021. Both the Press and University Libraries have expertise in scholarly publishing and communications, creating important intersections between their work and exciting opportunities for collaboration for the new director of the Press. The Press previously reported to an associate provost.
University of Arkansas

Fowler's Nook Coming to Mullins Library

U of A students, faculty and staff will have a new spot to gather in Mullins Library, thanks to a $500,000 gift from Kim and Chris Fowler of Key West, Florida. Their contribution will help fund the renovations currently underway in the facility and create a café called Fowler’s Nook.

Fall 2021 Research Support Newsletter: Find tools & assistance now

The Fall 2021 edition of the Research Support Newsletter is here! In the report, you’ll find details on tools to assist with research and support available at every stage of the research and publication process. These resources are available to faculty, clinicians, students, and staff through a site-wide license paid for by the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries.

Celebrating Kanta Kapoor: 2021 Internet Archive Hero Award Recipient

Kanta Kapoor was the first in her family to go to a university. Growing up in New Delhi, she was determined to become an independent woman, and she knew education was the key to success. “I understand the value of knowledge—to survive in this world, to make a living and...
University of Arkansas

Join the Libraries for Open Access Week Events

Open Access Week is set for Oct. 25-31, and the U of A Libraries are celebrating with a slate of events to inform the campus community of what "open access" means and its importance. Information will also be provided about the services and programs the libraries offer to make higher education more accessible and affordable for all and to make U of A research more widely available to scholars.
Loyola Phoenix

Limited Hours at Study Spaces Caused by Worker Shortages

As students adjust back to in-person classes, many are spending time studying in campus facilities. However, students have noticed Cudahy Library and the Information Commons (IC) are operating under different schedules than they were before the pandemic began. The Director of the Information Commons, Paul Voelker, said this is due...

Libraries will survive in a digital age. Here’s why

For centuries, libraries adopted new ideological agendas and physical structures as societal values changed. What is the role of a library in today’s digital age?. This is a question that communities across the country are asking, and it seems that the very concept of the library — a physical space for the storage and consultation of books — is under threat. But libraries have endured for centuries because each generation has reshaped the library in its own image, with new intellectual agendas and new buildings that reflect the priorities of the community and the day. As libraries today embrace redesigns, making room for computers, meeting spaces, culinary learning centers and coffee shops to serve their patrons, they are following in a long tradition of adaptation, from the first medieval libraries that chained their books when visitors surged, to 19th-century libraries that had to make new space for women and children.

FSU Libraries awarded grant to train librarians on inclusive archival practices

FSU Libraries has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant by the Florida Division of Library and Information Services to train archivists on how to incorporate inclusive and conscious descriptive practices in their online cataloging. The grant of $33,289 will allow the Sunshine State Digital Network (SSDN),...

Libraries to celebrate Open Access Week

In celebration of International Open Access Week, Oct. 25-31, University Libraries is offering a variety of drop-in informational sessions and workshops on the workings and benefits of Open Access. The celebration includes a new webpage, where users can explore resources that support Open Access for the university community. “Open Access”...