Each year, the University Libraries at the University of Memphis hosts an exhibition of the faculty’s scholarship from the previous year. This year, Faculty Scholarship Week will be observed April 13-17. The event celebrates the outstanding research, writing, performance and other scholarly works of the University’s faculty. Faculty-authored and created publications and works in a variety of media from numerous U of M colleges and departments will be displayed in the Ned R. McWherter Library rotunda beginning at noon on Monday, April 13. The exhibition will close on Friday, April 17, at 4 p.m.
The 2015 exhibition includes scholarship from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, College of Arts and Sciences (including Political Science, Sociology, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Earth Sciences, English, Foreign Languages and Literature, and History), College of Communication and Fine Arts (including Architecture, Art, Communication, Music, and Theater and Dance), College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (including Counseling, Education Psychology and Research), Fogelman College of Business and Economics (including Economics, FIR, and Management Information Systems), Herff College of Engineering (including Biomedical Engineering), Loewenberg School of Nursing, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the University Libraries.
Faculty Scholarship Week is sponsored by the University Libraries with the support of the Friends of Libraries.
In honor of our new exhibition, “Woven Into Words: Tennessee Women Making History,” we will host a reception on Tuesday, March 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of McWherter Library; Dr. Christine Eisel, Department of History, will share “Lessons Learned in the Archives.” Guests can explore several display cases which illustrate the impact of women like Roberta Church, Elizabeth Meriwether, Sister Hughetta Snowden, Cornelia Crenshaw, and Maxine Smith and highlight government documents relating to women’s suffrage and political history. Presented with the support of the Friends of the University Libraries.
Then, on Wednesday, March 18, 11:30 a.m., Jazmin Miller will present her original one-woman show, “The Journey of Truth,” about the life of abolitionist and activist Sojourner Truth in the rotunda of McWherter Library. Free and open to the public.
The faculty and staff of the University Libraries wish you pleasant and relaxing Winter Break and a happy New Year! Congratulations to the December 2014 graduates and their families. For our interim hours, please click here. Don’t forget to visit our exhibition, “From Active Duty to Veteran: Honoring Military Service in America,” on view in the rotunda and on the fourth floor of McWherter Library until January 16.
The Libraries continues to encourage and support undergraduate research at the University of Memphis. This semester, the Libraries was part of two honors research forums taught by Dr. Pam Dennis and Cody Behles. Professor Dennis’ class, “Surviving the Research Blues: A Historical Approach,” focused on local history and civil rights issues. The students consulted the Libraries’ special collections and other primary resources to inform their final projects, which they presented at the December meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society. Professor Behles introduced his students to issues concerning scholarly communication in the 21st century. The class spent time in the Memphis and Shelby County Room at the Memphis Public Library examining and mapping communication networks of Memphians throughout history. For more information about undergraduate research on campus, visit the web site of QuaesitUM, a peer-reviewed annual publication that showcases students’ work in all disciplines.
We’re pleased to announce we have subscribed to Browzine, an app which allows users to access our paid electronic periodical content through their mobile devices in a display that emulates physical bookshelves. Thank you to all across campus who participated in the trial; your feedback was appreciated. If you have not already, download the app and follow these instructions to start browsing the Libraries’ collection of journals! Feel free to contact Cody Behles (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Finally, the University Libraries is thrilled to welcome Athena the tigress back to her home in front of McWherter Library. Athena had been away receiving much needed repairs, and she returns to the University of Memphis as a powerful symbol of wisdom. We thank artist Pam Cobb and the Friends of the University Libraries for their generous support of her care.
We look forward to serving our University of Memphis communities in 2015!
The University Libraries proudly presents “From Active Duty to Veteran: Honoring Military Service in America,” an exhibition of letters, maps, photographs, pamphlets, oral histories, posters, and ephemera from the Libraries’ special collections and government publications departments. Displays are located on the first and fourth floors of McWherter Library and will be on view until January 16. Click here for the Libraries’ hours.
The exhibition was the focus of a special Veterans Day lecture, “War, Peace, History, and Memory: Military Service in the American Experience,” presented by historian and cataloging librarian Dr. Mark Danley in McWherter Library. Danley, who helped choose materials from the collections to include in the displays, challenged our collective tendency to regard American military history as a narrative that merely “goes from war to war.” This simplified version of our experience, Danley argued, causes us to downplay the violence faced by our military personnel during other time periods of apparent peace (like the Cold War). He suggested as examples the continued casualties on the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean peninsula since 1953.
To illustrate his point further, Danley (a veteran himself) referred to a Press-Scimitar photograph from the Libraries’ special collections taken during the 1971 Veterans Day Parade in Memphis. The poignant image features a Spanish War, a World War I, and Vietnam War veteran standing together, hands clasped. He remarked, however, that even though that grouping was clearly significant, the photographer would likely not think it as significant to capture a meeting between a veteran of the Vera Cruz campaign in 1914, a veteran of the U.S. garrison in Shanghai in the 1920s, and a veteran of the Berlin garrison of the 1960s. The reasons why underscore the point that the reality of American experience with military service is more variegated than common public impressions convey. A question and answer session followed the presentation, which was the final event of the daylong campus celebration of the nation’s veterans lead by the U of M Veterans Resource Center.
Check back shortly to watch a video of Dr. Mark Danley’s full lecture.
In addition to the physical displays in McWherter Library, visitors can access a comprehensive online research guide for additional resources about the time periods covered in the exhibition. We thank the Friends of the University Libraries for their continued support of our exhibitions and programs.
The University Libraries will celebrate national Banned Books Week and the freedom to read September 21-27, 2014. This year, we will focus on comics and graphic novels with special programs and a one-of-a-kind exhibit in McWherter Library. Remember to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages during Banned Books Week and throughout the year for event updates, new resources, research tips, and featured images from our Special Collections.
Webinar: Regional Issues on Banned Books Wednesday, September 24, 11:00 a.m.-noon Room 226, McWherter Library
Travel to London, South Carolina, Texas and California to learn about efforts to un-ban books. Free and open to the public.
Panel Discussion: Comics and Graphic Novels in the Academy Wednesday, September 24, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Room 226, McWherter Library
Dr. Stephen Tabachnick (Department of English), Dr. Linde Brocato (University Libraries), Dr. Melanie Conroy (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures), and Esther Saltzman (Department of English) will explore the path to acceptance of the graphic novel in academe. Topics include the history of comics and caricatures, censorship, teaching graphic adaptations of literary works, and cataloging graphic formats for most effective access by all library users. Moderated by Community Engagement Librarian Jennifer Schnabel. Free and open to the public.
Comics/Graphic Novels Meetup for U of M Students Friday, September 26, 1:00-2:30 p.m. The Fishbowl (first floor of McWherter Library)
Drop by and meet other students who share an interest in comics and graphic novels! Bring your own comics and novels to inspire discussion or browse the Libraries’ collections on display. Hosted by Library Assistant Casey Parkman. Free and open to all U of M students.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Schnabel at email@example.com or 901.678.8210.
The faculty and staff in the University Libraries are pleased to welcome you back to campus! We look forward to supporting your research, answering your questions, and offering you a comfortable and stimulating learning environment. Our Fall Semester hours for all branches are posted here, and we will resumeonline chat hours beginning September 2.
In addition to our collection of more than 1.4 million books and e-books, 10 million manuscripts, 10,000+ periodicals, more than 300 databases, and over 600,000 government documents, we are happy to announce new and upcoming programs and services. To reserve spaces and sign up for most workshops and events in the Libraries, you can now use this link! Highlights include:
RefWorks Training Workshops: Learn how to manage your citations and format your paper and bibliography. Full schedule available here.
3D Printing Lab: Students, sign up for a ten-minute training session in the library and you’ll be ready to print in 3D for free!
New Technology: Students can use the new touch-screen monitors in the Fishbowl and in the Learning Commons. Faculty members and students can reserve the Fishbowl for groups of 9-25 here. Coming soon…GoPro cameras!
The Center for Writing and Communication (CWC): The Libraries welcomes Dr. Will Duffy and his talented team of tutors to the first floor of McWherter Library. Now, when you come to the library for research help, you can also polish your writing, editing, and oral communication skills. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please visit the CWC web site.
“From Active Duty to Veteran: Honoring Military Service in America”: The University Libraries will present an exhibition of diaries, letters, photographs, and ephemera from the Preservation and Special Collections department along with Government Publications which tell powerful stories of Americans who served in the armed forces. Displays will be on view November 3-January 16 in the rotunda and on the fourth floor. Accompanying public programs will be announced shortly.
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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.
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.
“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 theLibraries’ 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!