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Journalism Faculty to Look Back at 1968

Journalism Revolt

In a year with a history-making presidential election, faculty at the Marshall University School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) will reflect on another year that changed America: 1968.

The public is invited to the symposium, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 13 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in room 402 of the Drinko Library. A reception follows the event.

It was a year in which people clashed on all sides of issues such as free love, clenched fists at the Olympics, poverty, civil rights for black Americans, equal rights for women, an unpopular war in Vietnam and an unpopular president because of the war. The media were in the thick of it, and they were changed with America, too, said Robert Rabe, assistant professor of journalism and one of the organizers of the symposium. Journalism faculty and other researchers at the symposium will highlight the impact of such major issues from 1968 and their impact on America 40 years later.

For further information, persons may contact Rob Rabe by phone at 304-696-4636 or by e-mail at rabe@marshall.edu, or Burnis Morris by phone at 304-638-3322 or by e-mail at morrisb@marshall.edu. (11-11-08)

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International Programs Display

International Display

The Center for International Programs traditionally celebrates its Annual International Festival this month.  This year, during the month of November, a beautiful display of items from around the world can be seen at the John Deaver Drinko Library.  For more information about the display, festival, or International Programs contact Elizabeth Lee, Public Relations Assistant, or visit the Center for International Programs online or at Old Main room 320.  (11-07-08)

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Banned Book Week

Ron Titus with the Banned Books display

From September 27 to October 4, 2008, the Marshall University Libraries will be observing Banned Book Week with a display in the Drinko Library and an updated web site. The theme this year is "Closing Books Shuts Out Ideas" Visit the web site or stop by the display near the Reference Desk in Drinko to see what has been challenged or banned over the past year. Contact Ron Titus at 696-6575 or library@marshall.edu with questions.

Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose and the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, stressing the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them. It is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress' Center for the Book. (9-18-08)

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One Book program display in Drinko Library

The Things They Carried
In conjunction with this fall’s One Book Marshall program, there will be a display located on the 1st and 3rd floors of Drinko Library, beginning August 22nd and running through October 31st. The display currently contains a brief history of the Vietnam conflict, excerpts from a soldier’s diary, books and videos available from MU Libraries and items they carried. Also included are items carried by soldiers in recent operations in Iraq. For more information on the One Book Marshall program and related events, go to http://webcontent.marshall.edu/sites/fye/onebook/Pages/default.aspx (8-25-08)

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Confederate history collection at art museum July 27-

General Lee We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with the Huntington Museum of Art on their upcoming exhibit entitled Civil War Photographs from the David L. Hack Collection. Materials from the Libraries’ Rosanna A. Blake Confederate History Collection will be on display. During her life, Rosanna Blake, who was born in Proctorville, Ohio, and later moved to Huntington assembled one of the finest private collections of Confederate history in the United States. Blake was an honor’s graduate of Marshall College (now Marshall University) in 1934. The collection contains historic documents and manuscript items, including soldiers’ diaries and letters; sheet music; song books and dance notices printed in the South during the Civil War, and so forth.For more information on the collection, go to http://www.marshall.edu/library/speccoll/virtual_museum/blake/default.asp (8-1-08)

The opening reception for the exhibit is on July 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

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Ken Hechler film premiers September 20, 2008

The South Charleston Museum and West Virginia Labor History Association will be celebrating Ken Hechler’s 94th birthday on September 20th, at 7 PM, with birthday cake provided by Mrs. White. Ken will introduce the new feature documentary, “Ken Hechler – In Pursuit of Justice” and autograph copies of his books in the lobby. Russ Barbour, the director of the film, will also be present. DVD copies of the film will be for sale. There is no admission charge for this event.

About the film - Ken Hechler - In Pursuit of Justice

Ken Hechler Barbara Winters, dean of the Marshall University Libraries, is the producer for this film about West Virginia’s most distinguished civil servant, Dr. Ken Hechler. For several years she led a group of individuals that raised the funds and assisted director Russ Barbour in producing the 120 minute documentary. Staff members of her library assisted Barbour and Morgantown filmmaker Chip Hitchcock in their work. Richard Fauss, film archivist for The West Virginia State Archives in Charleston, also provided much assistance in finding footage, photographs, and other materials that were used in the film.

The film had its world premiere on April 5th at the Marshall Student Union in Huntington. 250 people attended the free screening and celebrated Ken’s life including more than 50 years devoted to the people of West Virginia. Dr. Hechler first came to WV to teach at Marshall College in 1957. He later served 18 years in Congress in the House of Representatives and 16 years as secretary of State at the WV Capitol.

DVD copies of the film will be available for purchase as well as copies of Hechler’s books on President Truman, The Bridge at Remagen, his newest book, "Super Marine!" and others.

The West Virginia Labor History Association inducted Hechler into its Labor Hall of Honor in fall 2006 along with Bill Blizzard, leader of The Battle of Blair Mountain. WVLHA will present a display about its Labor Hall of Honor that includes many WV labor leaders including Mother Jones and Walter Reuther. (7-10-08)

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Highlights from the Dahesh Museum Collection

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"Highlights from the Dahesh Museum Collection" will be on display May 12 through June 30, 2008. The display includes prints of artwork by artists from around the world and books about the Dahesh Museum Collections. Items are currently on display in the entrance Foyer and the Law Alcove on 1st floor and the Display Cases on 3rd floor of the Library. For more information you may contact Paris Webb, Digital Resources/Systems Support Librarian. (6-6-08)

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Online Renewals Discontinued Until Summer

With the end of the semester near, library materials can no longer be renewed online. If your books are due and you need a few extra days, bring them to the Circulation Desk of the Library you checked them out from and we will check them in and then check them back out to you. The new due date will then be May 9, 2008. (4-20-08)

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Nelson Bond's Television Plays: A Retrospective

He met President Calvin Coolidge, studied under Page Pitt himself, and was sued by Orson Welles! And his writing career spans seven decades. Nelson Slade Bond may be the only graduate of the Page Pitt School of Journalism to have had a career in each of the seven specialties taught in the School. And, he deposited his papers with the Marshall University Libraries in 2003.

Join us as we celebrate the life and work of Nelson S. Bond the week of April 14-17. Details below!

The week will be crowned with the dedication of the newly-renovated Nelson S. Bond Room on the 2nd floor of the Morrow Library at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Please RSVP to Dena Laton (dcallicoat@marshall.edu) if you plan to attend the dedication.



APRIL 14-17, 2008 — 3:00 to 4:00 P.M.
Drinko Library 4th Floor (DL 402) Auditorium, Marshall University

"AL HADDON'S LAMP" — Monday, April 14
Starring Buddy Ebsen
A magic lamp brings the unexpected to a struggling salesman.
First aired on NBC's Gruen Guild Playhouse, 1952.

"BACULAR CLOCK" - Tuesday, April 15
Starring Buddy Ebsen
What would happen if you could turn back the clock?
First aired by Revue Productions, 1952

"MASK OF MEDUSA" - Wednesday, April 16
Starring Raymond Burr
A visitor to a wax museum finds that all is not as it seems.
First aired on NBC's Tales of Tomorrow, 1953

Starring Edward R. Murrow, Ed Asner,
James Colburn, Warren Beatty and Warren Oats.
Terror grips the U.S. in 1938 when it is invaded by Martians.
The first full length (60 minutes) live television play aired on CBS's Studio One, 1957 (4-10-08)

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Documentary on Hechler to be shown April 5

"Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice," a two-hour documentary focusing on the life, career and legacy of the former West Virginia congressman and secretary of state, will have its first public showing on Saturday, April 5 on Marshall University's Huntington campus. Barbara Winters, dean of Marshall University Libraries, said the documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. It is free and open to the public.

Country music singer-writer Lionel Cartwright, composer, performer and producer of the documentary's soundtrack, will perform during the event. Created by filmmakers Russ Barbour and Chip Hitchcock, who began work on the project in July 2005, "Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice" is a two-part, two-hour examination of the role of political office in 20th century America. (4-4-08)

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The NEW Music Industry - A Chat with Lionel Cartwright

The NEW Music Industry - A Chat with Lionel Cartwright Friday, 4/4, Smith Hall Atrium, 1 pm (A light lunch will be served.)

Having spent over 30 years in the music business as a singer-songwriter-composer and producer, Lionel Cartwright will chat with us about the Internet revolution, how it has empowered creative people, and the future of the music business:

"The combination of hard disc/software recording programs and the global access of the Internet has produced a paradigm shift of unprecedented proportions for musical artists. It has turned a century old music business model on its head and put the keys to the information highway squarely in the hands of the creators. It certainly brings new challenges, but never before have artists had this kind of access to world class production and global distribution. As a result, I believe the next decade could produce some of the freshest new music we've heard in a long time." -- Lionel Cartwright

About Lionel Cartwright

A native West Virginian originally from Mason County, singer-songwriter-composer Lionel Cartwright scored a #1and several top ten country hits including "Leap of Faith," and "I Watched It All On My Radio" following his signing as a recording artist by MCA Nashville in 1989. As a composer for Film and TV projects, Lionel has written theme songs and scored music for over 100 television shows. His recent work includes the popular theme for Rachel Ray's "30 Minute Meals." Lionel's latest project is the documentary, "Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice," is premiering Friday, April 4 in the Don Morris Room in the Marshall University Memorial Student Center. "Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice" is scheduled to begin airing on PBS stations beginning mid - 2008. Lionel's MySpace page can be found at http://www.myspace.com/officiallionelcartwright. (4-3-08)

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Library Catalog Sports New Look

Updated over Spring Break, the Marshall University library catalog has a new look and features:

The name "MILES Catalog" has been dropped to be less confusing. Send your comments about the catalog to Floyd Csir. (3-30-08)

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Grove Art Online Trial

Evaluate Grove Art Online between now and April 24 from any on-campus computer. Grove Art Online is an online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day. To access Grove Art Online, visit http://www.groveart.com. Send your comments about Grove Art Online to Christine Lewis. (3-27-08)

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Genealogy "Lock-in" April 5 in Special Collections

Bring your own lunch and explore the genealogy collections in the NEW Special Collections Department in a daytime lock-in on the second floor of the James E. Morrow Library on Saturday, April 5th, 2008, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, call 696-3174 or 696-2343.

Please note: This is not a workshop. There will be no presentations — just an opportunity to use our collections with an exclusive group of genealogists. Free parking will be available on the Third Avenue parking lots directly across the street from the Morrow building. Entry will be through the metal door in the north-west corner of the building, past the double metal doors.

Registration deadline is March 28 and is limited to 25 individuals. See Registration Form (pdf) for more details. Registration fee is $15.00. (3-20-08)

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Libraries closed Monday, March 24

Marshall University Libraries will be closed Monday, March 24, 2008, due to a holiday added to the University's calendar. All University offices will be closed on this day. (3-18-08)

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Ground-breaking French Women Artists Display in Drinko

Overcoming all Obstacles graphic

The display "Overcoming all Obstacles: The Women of the Academie Julian and Other Women Artists in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century" will run for three weeks at the Drinko Library, starting March 2, 2008.

Presented by College of Fine Arts Program Assistant Helen Majdalany, the display is inspired by a past exhibition at the Dahesh Museum of Art entitled: "Overcoming All Obstacles: Women of the Academie Julian." The curator of that exhibition was the well known art historian Gabriel Weiberg, who clarifies the meaning of "obstacles" in the show's title: "The French art establishment did not exactly roll out the red carpet for women. In fact, it didn't even open the door." Women were denied entry into the government-sanctioned and career-making École des Beaux-Arts until 1897. But in 1876, the new private studio school Académie Julian, established by Rodolphe Julian in 1868, did. Prints by these ground-breaking artists are on display on the first and third floors of the Drinko Library. (3-4-08)

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One Room School Collection displayed at the Capitol

The One Room School Collection of oral histories and artifacts was on display at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston last week. The exhibit was set up as part of the West Virginia History Day event and was well attended by the public as well as state employees and legislators. The collection is part of the University Archives housed in the Morrow Library and consists of nearly 400 oral histories of former teachers and students in one room schoolhouses across the state. Keith Brown, the Morrow Library's Graduate Assistant in History, has been responsible for processing this collection by indexing all of the oral histories and transferring the audio recordings into a digital format. In addition, he has written a grant proposal seeking funding to transcribe the audio recordings so that they will be more accessible to the public. (2-27-08)

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Oxford English Dictionary now online

The mother of all English language dictionaries - the Oxford English Dictionary (also known as the OED) - is now available online to students and faculty through the Marshall University Libraries.

The OED is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

As the OED is a historical dictionary, its entry structure is very different from that of a dictionary of current English, in which only present-day senses are covered, and in which the most common meanings or senses are described first. For each word in the OED, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence, i.e. the senses with the earliest quotations appear first, and the senses which have developed more recently appear further down the entry. In a complex entry with many strands, the development over time can be seen in a structure with several 'branches'. (2-7-08)

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In Memoriam - Dr. John Deaver Drinko

Marshall University mourns the passing of Dr. John Deaver Drinko. (2-5-08)

Dr. John Deaver Drinko

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50 Years Ago Today: As Seen on WSAZ-TV News web site launched

50 Years Ago Today logo

The Marshall University Libraries launched a new Web site Monday called 50 Years Ago Today: As Seen On WSAZ-TV News at a news conference in the Special Collections Department of Morrow Library on MU's Huntington campus.

The Web site is accessible at www.marshall.edu/50yearsago/.

"With the click of a mouse, 50 Years Ago Today: As Seen On WSAZ-TV News will allow viewers on the Internet to watch vintage film and video of local, state and national news that occurred 50 years ago on that exact date, as written and reported by the WSAZ-TV news staff of 50 years ago," said Barbara Winters, dean of University Libraries.

Winters said 50 Years Ago Today: As Seen On WSAZ-TV News is a collaborative effort between WSAZ-TV and Marshall University, literally 32 years in the making.

"WSAZ-TV gifted Marshall with its film, video and paper archival materials beginning in 1976, and we gladly continue to be the repository and custodians of these priceless film and video images to this very day," Winters said.

Winters said Andrew D. Earles, Technical and Content Supervisor for Special Collections, originated the concept for the 50 Years Ago Today project. Winters said Earles, who is in charge of digitizing the WSAZ news footage from fragile film and video to sturdy DVD, came up with the Web site idea the day before the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik.

"Andy mentioned to Special Collections Curator Lisle Brown that he and Media Technical Assistant Lori Thompson had WSAZ news stories from the year 1958 already digitized and 'in the can,' " Winters said. "Andy's idea of putting it on the Internet for the entire community to 'tune in' and enjoy was a winner, and when Lisle passed along Andy's concept for the Web site to me, I heartily concurred."

Winters said Libraries Web Services Librarian Floyd Csir worked with Earles, Information Technology Video Services Producer/Director Eric Himes, Information Technology's Daniel Saez and Brian Williams of Marshall's Center for Information Technology to arrive at ideas for a Special Collections "destination Web site" that would make the community history fun and accessible to Internet users.

Saez served as the Web site's Conceptual Designer and Project Coordinator, with Williams providing the technical know-how and creative input as the site's Programmer and Art Director.

Seeking to give context to and complement the vintage news images that appear on the Web site, Marshall Libraries received permission from noted area author and media producer David E. Carter to showcase images from his 1999 book, "Friends We All Grew Up With: A Fifty Year History of WSAZ TV," published by London Books Ltd.

The film to digital media process at Special Collections

  1. The WSAZ 16mm news film is run through a special projector that takes the light and images and converts both into digital data. The film runs in "real time," which is time consuming but necessary for quality and clarity.
  2. The digital data is then transferred onto a DVD, which has the capacity to hold two hours of film/video content. (NOTE: Two hours equals four newsreels equals between 15 and 30 clips)
  3. The information on the DVD is then fed into a computer and run through an image editing program, which breaks each clip apart and assigns each its own appropriate clip number, and converts that information to Windows Media video for eventual streaming online.

Representation of actual news scripts

Scripts that appear in this presentation are scripts actually written by the news department and read on air by the on-air personality for that particular story. Once we film and video, clips are matched to their respective scripts whenever possible.

Selected scripts are retyped in a Microsoft Word document. Each individual script has its own file on the Marshall server, which relates to the appropriate clip.

For more information about Marshall University Libraries Special Collections in particular, contact curator Lisle Brown at (304) 696-2344) or visit www.marshall.edu/LIBRARY/speccoll/.

For more information about the Marshall University Libraries in general, contact Dean Barbara Winters at (304) 696-2318 or visit http://www.marshall.edu/LIBRARY/. (1-8-08)

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