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Let’s go to the videotape (and photos)

SCRC News - Tue, 2013-11-19 16:02

This post is contributed by Lori Harris, Project Archivist, Animal Welfare and Animal Rights Collections.

What comes to mind when you combine the Mistress of Darkness, a Hollywood media personality and a renowned visual artist? The short answer would be animal rights activism. However, a more in depth answer can be located within the Ron Scott Animal Rights Videotape Collection. Ron Scott was a retired Air Force pilot who also served in the New York State Air National Guard. During the 1980s and 1990s, Scott videotaped hundreds of hours of footage at conferences, demonstrations and protests related to animal rights. He also traveled extensively throughout both the United States and Europe videotaping and raising awareness regarding issues of cruelty toward animals and animal sanctuaries. Primarily consisting of moving images in a variety of formats such as VHS, Video 8, U-matics and open-reel tapes, the Ron Scott Animal Rights Videotape Collection provides both research and educational materials that highlight advocacy for the rights of a variety of animal species. Whether advocating for improved treatment of circus animals, or protesting against vivisection, the trajectory of this movement is highlighted through the support of known advocates such as Elvira (Mistress of Darkness), Regis Philbin (Hollywood media personality) and Andy Warhol (visual artist). Organizations represented in the collection include Argus Archives, the Animal Rights Network, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The collection is a rich resource of historical information captured through photographic and video imagery.

Photos by Vito Torelli

Faculty, it’s time for your Spring Reserve Requests

VetMed News - Tue, 2013-11-19 11:41

Reserve lists for DVM courses will be taken from the online course syllabus published as of  Sunday, December 1st. Required and optional texts and library reserve titles will be entered in Reserves Direct, the Libraries’ online reserve management system.

If you need to put materials on reserve at the Vet Med Library for other courses, please give us a reserve list (or email it as an attachment to libraryvetmed@ncsu.edu) by Tuesday, December 3rd. To help us expedite your request, please specify the email subject as Spring Reserve Request.   In addition to your name and course name/number, provide complete citations (title, author, edition) for titles desired.

All personal materials (both books and media) listed on the syllabus or reserve lists should also be brought to the Library by Tuesday, December 3rd. For digital items to be placed on reserve, we will enter them in the system with a link to the full text.

For information on VML reserves services and the online reserve management system, go to http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/vetmed/services/reserves. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Jackie Gadison at libraryvetmed@ncsu.edu or phone 919-513-6218.

Hunt Library robot named for former presidential press secretary, N&O editor

“In memory of Jonathan Worth Daniels”

Jonathan Worth Daniels

“I was a terrible strain on the library—I did much more reading outside of class than inside.”  So claimed Jonathan Worth Daniels (1902-1981) in an oral history recorded at the University of North Carolina in 1977.

If the statement is a true one—hardly a given to anyone acquainted with Mr. Daniels’ usual wit—it certainly would not be the first time that the treasures in a good university library set a bright person on a great path.  White House press secretary to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, long-time editor and publisher of The News & Observer, and author of twenty-one novels and books of history and cultural criticism, Jonathan Daniels left a strong legacy of tough-minded, progressive work that any library would be proud to claim.

The Josephus Daniels Charitable Foundation has made that legacy part of the Hunt Library by naming one of the four robots in the bookBot in memory of Jonathan Daniels, who served as president of the Friends of the Library in 1967-68.

Frank Daniels, Jr.—Jonathan Daniels’ nephew, 2012 North Carolinian of the Year, and himself a long-time N&O editor and force in the economic and cultural life of North Carolina—explained the thinking of the Foundation as they chose to honor his uncle:

Our principal thrust is in education, and we primarily give in eastern North Carolina and the Triangle.  I knew we wanted to give to the Hunt Library; my uncle Jonathan was always involved with the libraries at NC State.  And I was fascinated by the bookBot. It’s just the sort of innovative technology that should be strongly associated with our engineering school.

Frank Daniels, Jr. honors his uncle with Hunt Library robot

Citing the boon a great university is to the economy of a community, especially if the school is located in a state capital, Daniels sees the Hunt Library as an especially effective way to raise the profile of the College of Engineering:  “we need to do what needs to be done to accomplish that.”

Asked what his uncle’s response to the library might have been if he had been around for the Hunt Library opening, Frank Daniels, Jr. concluded: “Well, his first reaction to this grand building would have been to make a smart aleck comment to bring folks down to earth. But then he would have had something to say about how the building uplifts Centennial Campus and provides a center for it, how it is almost like the sun with its planets and satellites surrounding it—a point of inspiration.”

Jonathan Worth Daniels was named in honor of his grandfather, Jonathan Worth, North Carolina governor from 1865-1868.  His father, Josephus Daniels, was editor and publisher of the N&O, which he acquired in 1894, as well as Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of the Navy during World War I and United States Ambassador to Mexico during the Roosevelt administration.

In addition to editing the N&O, serving in a number of positions during the New Deal era, and gaining a national reputation as writer and historian, Jonathan Worth Daniels wrote for Fortune magazine, published a weekly column in The Nation, won a Guggenheim Fellowship, and served on the United Nations Subcommission for the Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities.

Hunt Library featured in “Year in Architecture 2013″

Citing the Hunt Library as setting “a new benchmark for access to immersive technologies,” Library Journal features Robot Alley in its 2013 “Year in Architecture” issue.

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video trial

NRL News - Wed, 2013-11-13 11:41

The NCSU Libraries has a trial to Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video until December 30. Please take a look and let us know if this product interests you.

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video is the most extensive video collection ever assembled in the areas of fitness and health assessment, disease management, injury treatment, nutrition, medical fitness, sport science, work-site wellness, exercise adherence, and much more. Developed through an exclusive partnership with Healthy Learning, the world’s leading producer of sports medicine videos, the collection features an array of internationally renowned physicians, exercise scientists, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, registered dieticians, sport psychologists, personal trainers, and health/wellness experts who share information, ideas, and insights on the principles, techniques, and modalities of modern exercise science and sports medicine.

Please send your comments and feedback on this product to Karen Ciccone.

New Vet Library beanbags popular with the Pack!

VetMed News - Mon, 2013-11-11 11:52

Members of the Class of 2017 were happy to try out the new Vet Med Library beanbags made here in North Carolina by Artisans’ Guild. The four beanbags should be floating around the Library in a variety of locations as they are our most flexible furniture. Let us know if you notice any problems with a beanbag–we want to keep them nice for you!

Wolfpack howls for the new bean bags

Students in GD 203 (History of Graphic Design) Explore Special Collections Materials

SCRC News - Mon, 2013-11-11 10:37

During the last few weeks, students enrolled in GD 203, History of Graphic Design, have been visiting the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) to study items from the rare book collections. The SCRC continues to work with more and more faculty members who seek to make use of the collections for their classes.

For Professor Deborah Littlejohn’s Graphic Design course, students have been asked to select an item from a pre-selected list and reflect on some questions which are subjective in nature:

  • What is my first visual impression of the artifact?
  • What is the physical nature of the artifact? Size, weight, binding, paper, etc.
  • How do I sense the artifact?
  • What about the physical nature of the artifact interests me?
  • What is interesting about the design of this artifact? Typography, images, cover, layout, etc.

The students are then considering more objective questions:

  1. Why is this artifact in the collection? Why is it important enough to collect?
  2. What is this artifact valued for? (may be more than one thing) subject matter, author, design, age, writing, illustrations, printing, previous owners, where produced
  3. Is this artifact mentioned in books about the history of books and printing?
  4. How does this artifact fit in with history? Printing history, art/design history, history of a discipline, etc.
  5. Is this artifact an example of something special? A beginning, an end, etc.?
  6. Is this artifact part of the development of something?
  7. If there are important individuals involved in the making of this artifact – who are they?
  8. Is this artifact connected with any other artifact in the collection? In a series, by the same author? by the same designer? about the same subject? etc. Does this add to its importance?

The end result will be a paper that incorporates their findings. Some of the items that the students are examining that have proven to be especially popular include:

The Art of Illumination and Missal Painting by Henry Noel Humphreys. The author created this book as a manual for students to learn the technique of illumination. It contains splendid examples of high-quality chromolithographs, some of which were printed in fourteen different colors. It is an excellent example of Victorian binding using white leather and gold lining.  http://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/record/NCSU1086276

Peter Piper’s Practical Principles of Plain & Perfect Pronunciation by Paul A. Bennett. This book includes the work of forty-one designers, foremost among whom is Bruce Rogers, one of the most influential book designers of the early-twentieth century. The artists, designers, and printers were each given the task to produce one page in the volume independent of seeing the work of the other designers. The results of the project reveal great diversity of design. Rogers designed the title page and the ampersand page, which he printed on sandpaper. The binding, designed by W. A. Dwiggins, uses typography to illustrate the figure of Peter Piper. http://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/record/NCSU347837

The birth, life and acts of King Arthur, of his noble Knights of the Round Table by Sir Thomas Malory (with designs by Aubrey Beardsley). This book, from 1909, includes illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley. Beardsley (1872-1898) was a leading English illustrator of the 1890s associated with the artistic movement known as Aestheticism. He was commissioned to design the book in 1893. Beardsley died several years later of tuberculosis; he was only 26.  http://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/record/NCSU399938

To learn more about Special Collections, go to: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/specialcollections/

Ruminant Health Resources Workshop Handout Online

VetMed News - Fri, 2013-11-08 11:27

Did you miss the Ruminant Health Resources Workshop at the NC Veterinary Conference?
The combined handout for the two sessions is available online as a PDF file. If you have questions or would like a customized library workshop for your subject area, please contact us online or call us at 919-513-6218.

Printing of this handout for the North Carolina Veterinary Conference was funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Vet Med Library Thanksgiving Holiday Hours (Nov. 28 – Dec. 1)

VetMed News - Thu, 2013-11-07 13:09

The Veterinary Medicine Library has the following Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:

  • November 28 (Thursday): CLOSED Enjoy the holiday!
  • November 29-30 (Friday – Saturday): 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • December 1 (Sunday): 11:00am – 10:00pm  (Regular Hours Resume)

See all NCSU Libraries Hours.

VML Extended Hours prior to and during DVM Final Exams (11/17-27)

VetMed News - Thu, 2013-11-07 13:04

These are the Vet Med Library Pre-finals, Reading Day and Examination Hours. Good luck with your exams!

  • November 17 (Sunday) : 11:00am –midnight (Pre-finals start)
  • November 18 – 19 (Monday-Tuesday) : 6:00am –  midnight
  • November 20 (Wednesday) : 6:00am –  midnight (Reading Day)
  • November 21 – 22 (Thursday-Friday) 6:00am – midnight (Finals start)
  • November 23 (Saturday) : 6:00am – 7:00pm
  • November 24 (Sunday): 8:00am- midnight
  • November 25-26 (Monday – Tuesday) :  6:00am – midnight
  • November 27 (Wednesday) : 6:00am – 6:00pm

During the period November 20-24, we will be doing the walk-through each hour counting the use of library spaces to see if the seating is adequate for high-demand study times. Come to the VML for studying comforts–-earplugs, snacks, and tissues; you can borrow headphones, blankets, or Snuggies. Have suggestions for how we can improve your library study environment? Please let us know!

Longer hours are available at the D.H. Hill Library and James B. Hunt Library. See all NCSU Libraries Hours.