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Delta Conference 2014

Registration is going strong for the 9th annual Delta symposium scheduled for Thursday, June 5, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and hosted by Willy Bearden! Join us for a full day of distinguished speakers, images and music and learn about the Delta regions while supporting the University Libraries. Click here for a full schedule.

Conferees will be eligible to win door prizes during the buffet lunch, including books by Julia Reed and a stay at the Peabody Hotel, and all will receive discounts to area museums and cultural institutions. Afternoon presentations feature Tyler Fritts on Delta Blues; Tiffany Momon on African American Genealogy; Ed Frank on Photographs of the Delta from the Libraries’ Special Collections; Will Staley on Business in the Delta; Dr. Jeannie Whayne on the Lee Wilson Plantation; and Sterling Withers on Catfish Farming.

Please see our previous post or Facebook page for morning speakers. We’re also pleased to announce a special morning presentation by Jimmy Ogle, who returns to us as the new Shelby County Historian. Congratulations, Jimmy!

Don’t miss out on this fun and educational day. Register today to secure your place!


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Now in its ninth year, The Delta Symposium has drawn hundreds of people for the day-long celebration of the history, culture, and life of the Delta region.  This year’s Delta is themed  “Two Sides of the River,” and will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the Fogelman Executive Center and Holiday Inn Ballroom on the University of Memphis campus.

The Delta 2014, hosted by writer and filmmaker Willy Bearden, includes an outstanding lineup of speakers and entertainment.  The morning will begin with a continental breakfast, followed by presentations by Brooks Museum of Memphis curator Dr. Stanton Thomas on “Carroll Cloar’s Delta,” renowned author Julia Reed on “A Taste of the Delta” and Southern Foodways Alliance assistant director  Melissa Hall on “Lebanese Culture in the Delta.”  The buffet luncheon at the Holiday Inn will include humorous entertainment by John Pritchard (a shuttle service will be available between Fogelman and the Holiday Inn).  The afternoon–comprised of panel sessions held in Fogelman allowing for close interaction with our speakers–will continue with presentations on the blues, genealogy, catfish farming, and more.

Every year, The Delta helps to raise funds for the University Libraries and to support our many educational exhibitions and events.  Early bird registration ($65) is available online until May 6; regular registration ($75) is available online until May 30.  Reserve your place today!

The Delta has its own Facebook page! Visit us for updated information about the symposium, videos from past conferences,  and stunning photos from the Delta region!

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Maxine Smith and Miriam DeCosta-Willis, 1969

Maxine Smith and Miriam DeCosta-Willis, 1969

Please join us on Tuesday, March 18, 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the rotunda of McWherter Library as U of M students honor women writers, artists, and activists of the 1960s by reading aloud from speeches, letters, poems, fiction, and government documents. The event is free and open to the public.

Highlights include Betty Friedan’s “The Problem That Has No Name,” Shirley Chisholm’s “The 51% Minority,” Joan Baez’s anti-war letter to the IRS,  Nikki Giovanni’s poem “For Saundra,” and Daisy Bates’ speech during the 1963 March on Washington. The program will conclude with a tribute to this year’s MLK Human Rights Award recipient Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis and the late activist Mrs. Maxine Smith. Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, chair of the Department of History and author of Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014), will serve as emcee.

The event is co-sponsored by the University Libraries (with support from the Friends of the University Libraries), the Department of English, the Department of History, and the Center for Research on Women (CROW). Special thank you to Dr. Beverly Bond, Dr. Peggy Caffrey, Dr. Ladrica Menson-Furr, Dr. Sarah Potter, and Dr. Lynda Sagrestano for their scholarly contributions.

“Inspiring Women of the 1960s” was created in celebration of Women’s History Month and inspired by the “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: How Far Have We Come?” exhibition on view on the first and fourth floors of McWherter Library until June 15. For more information, please visit the Libraries’ online research guide.

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The University Libraries commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with an exhibition of historical documents, newspaper clippings, and photographs from our collections. Displays on the first floor focus on the struggle for civil rights in the Mid-South, and the fourth floor display highlights the history of African American newspapers in Memphis with original digital collages of headlines from the year 1964.

“The Civil Rights Act of 1964: How Far Have We Come?” will be on view in the rotunda and on the fourth floor of McWherter Library until June 15, 2014. Free and open to the public.

Presented with the support of Friends of the University Libraries. For additional resources, please visit our online research guide at  http://libguides.memphis.edu/civilrightsact1964.

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“The Civil Rights Act of 1964: How Far Have We Come?” Reflection Project

We encourage you to reflect on the failures and triumphs of the tireless struggle for civil rights in the mid-20th century. How far have we come?

Please comment on this post or message the Libraries’ Facebook page. You can also visit the reflection tables located near the first and fourth floor displays in McWherter Library. Any comments you make may appear in the University Libraries’ publications and/or on the Twitter Feed, digital repository, and digital sign located in the rotunda of McWherter Library. Thank you for participating!


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Daniel Kiel event

Posted by: | February 10, 2014 | No Comment |
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Daniel Kiel


Lecture and exhibition opening
February 18
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Professor Daniel Kiel of the U of M Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will discuss his research and the creative process behind his documentary, The Memphis 13. The lecture will mark the opening of the exhibition, “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: How Far Have We Come?” on view in McWherter Library until June 15, 2014. Free and open to the public. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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Euromonitor Passport–TRIAL

Posted by: | February 7, 2014 | No Comment |

Passport is a tool which allows users the ability to identify a consumer market, see all of the players in that market, and understand all relevant consumer dynamics of that market. It covers consumer products and services in 80 countries and has over 100 million exportable statistics and 18,000 regularly updated qualitative reports on industries, companies, countries, and consumers. 85% of Fortune 500 companies use data and analysis from Passport for strategic marketing decisions.  The trial access runs through February 28, 2014.

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Euromonitor Passport

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ProQuest Digital Microfilm

Posted by: | January 21, 2014 | No Comment |

The ProQuest Digital Microfilm collection provides access to digitized images from the ProQuest microfilm collection of newspapers. The newspapers included in this collection are The Guardian (2010-Present), The New York Times (2008-Present), The Tennessean (2010-Present), The Wall Street Journal (2008-Present), and The Washington Post (2008-Present).

Check out this demo from ProQuest if you would like to learn more about using this resource.

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New Stat!Ref Nursing Books

Posted by: | January 21, 2014 | No Comment |

Stat!Ref, a healthcare reference database with core Nursing textbooks, now includes the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and the ICD-10-Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS). It is the only place to find both the ICD-CM and ICD-PCS Conversion Tools.

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