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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.

NELSON S. BOND

TELEVISION PLAYS: A RETROSPECTIVE

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

"THE NIGHT AMERICA TREMBLED" — Thursday, April 17
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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Test Your Technology Skills!

Sign up to take the iSkills (Information and Communication Technology) Assessment test. The test takes approximately 74 minutes.

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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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"We Are Marshall" Exhibit in Logan

A "We Are Marshall" exhibit will open Thursday, Nov. 15 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Chief Logan State Park on Route 10 near Logan. The exhibit features items used as props in the "We Are Marshall" film, including a cheerleader's megaphone and uniform, four license plates from West Virginia and North Carolina, and many other items. The props are on loan from the MU Libraries' Special Collections. After completion of filming, the memorabilia was donated to Marshall by Warner Brothers, which produced and distributed the film. The exhibit will run through Feb. 17, 2008 and is free and open to the public. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. (11-13-07)

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Faster Article Delivery

Article delivery is now dramatically faster through a new service called RAPID ILL. This free service, which has already been implemented behind the scenes at Information Delivery Services, has resulted in more efficient article delivery. IDS provides access to journals not (or no longer) available at Marshall.

Articles requested through Rapid ILL are sent electronically and are delivered to IDS accounts as soon as they arrive - normally within 8 work hours of making a request. By comparison, the average turnaround time for traditional delivery averages 4-5 business days – which, in itself, is well above national norms and yet still too long to support the research needs of Marshall faculty.

Marshall University is participating in RAPID ILL as a member of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium – the same group which provides E-Z Borrow for books. (11-12-07)

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Do You Library? Do You Google? Take the survey. Win books and pizza!

Attention Undergraduate Students! The Marshall Libraries want to know!

Please take five minutes to fill out our online survey and tell us how the Marshall Libraries can better help you connect to all the accurate information that you're looking for online as well as on campus! Your participation will be anonymous!

Register for Special Prize Drawings!

When you register for the Marshall University Libraries online survey between November 5 and 17 you can also register for prize drawings which include gift cards from the Marshall University Bookstore and Pizza Hut! (11-8-07)

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Copyright Seminars

Copyright @ Marshall

All faculty, staff, TA/GA students, are invited to attend any of the following copyright seminars designed to keep us abreast of Title 17 copyright law and the application of fair use guidelines to the higher education environment. If you are using any kind of A/V and electronic curriculum support materials in a traditional or online classroom, we can help provide some tools to aid you in making informed copyright use decisions. No RSVP is needed; just join us!

Location: Drinko Library Presentation Room 349

Dr. Monica Brooks, Associate Dean of Libraries, DL304, x6613, brooks@marshall.edu

(11-7-07)

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Restored Centennial Mural Panels Unveiled

Mrs. Helen Chambers poses beside Fors mural

The Marshall University Library Associates proudly announce the completion and unveiling of the final two restored panels of the mural painted during the celebration of the Marshall University Centennial in 1937 by MU faculty member, Marion Vest Fors.

A reception to celebrate the unveiling will take place Sunday, November 11, 2007 from 2-4 p.m. on the Marshall Campus in the Hoffman Conference Room, located on the Second Floor of the Morrow Library.

The three murals were dedicated and hung in the reading room of the Morrow Library in 1937 during Marshall's centennial celebration. The three panels, chronicling Marshall and West Virginia history, are entitled Marshall University, West Virginia Literature, and American Literature.

The paintings were removed and placed into storage during a renovation of the Morrow building in the 1960s. Although in safe cold storage, library staff discovered that some deterioration had occurred to the paintings, which prompted the need for a comprehensive restoration of the panels.

The first of the 3 panels was restored and unveiled to the public in May 2005, with Mrs. Helen Chambers Hensley (model for the Marshall University 'Alma Mater') in attendance.

Mrs. Hensley is also scheduled to attend the November 11 unveiling, as are Mrs. Fors' two children, Jack Fors and Peggy Fors Grimes. Fine Arts Conservator Michael Ruzga, who completed the delicate restoration work, is also scheduled to attend.

Parking will be available on the Third Avenue parking lot directly across from the Morrow Library, and a golf cart will be provided to transport guests with mobility problems to the Morrow Library building.

For more information, please contact Barbara Winters, Dean, Marshall University Libraries at 304-696-2318. (10-26-07)

Mrs. Helen Chambers poses beside the painting of the Alma Mater, for which she served as model for the 1937 mural painted by Professor Marion Vest Fors (May 2005).

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Standardized Test Takers Benefit From New Resource

Studying for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, or PRAXIS? Then check out Learning Express Library, a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help students succeed with academic or licensing tests. Tests have immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of results. Tests include GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, AP, TOEFL, PRAXIS, CBEST, as well as grammar, writing, and math skills improvement, and many others.

This resource is available courtesy of the WV Library Commission. On- and off-campus access is available through the Libraries' Article Databases page. (10-19-07)

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New Multimedia Encyclopedia

The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia offers short articles on a variety of topics such as geography, history, government, language, literature, religion, technology, the arts and sciences. It includes links to articles, web sites, periodicals, and bibliographies. Extensive media resources include photographs, videos, and interactive maps. Illustrated, interactive time lines chart the course of world history.

This resource is available courtesy of the WV Library Commission. On- and off-campus access is available through the Libraries' Article Databases page. (10-19-07)

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Employee Earns Kudos

Patsy Stephenson (right) with Dean Barbara Winters

Patsy Stephenson, Library Associate with the Marshall University Libraries (standing right), holds the Certificate of Merit she was awarded by the West Virginia Library Association (WVLA) for 2007 at their recent fall convention. Standing with Stephenson is Barbara Winters, Dean of the Marshall Libraries. Winters said Stephenson, a 25 year Marshall library employee, received the award in recognition of Stephenson's hard work in connection with past and ongoing WVLA marketing efforts. (10-8-07)


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Banned Book Week

Ron Titus with the Banned Books display

From September 29 to October 6, 2007, 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 "Banned Books Ahoy!: Treasure Your Freedom to Read." 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. (9-24-07)

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1907 Display in Drinko

U.S. fleet image

Is living in 2007 leaving you breathless? Slow down and take a break. Visit the "It Was Only 100 Years Ago" display on 1st and 3rd floors of the Drinko Library this semester. The display contains facts from, images of, and information about people, places, and events of 1907, (including a little MU history).

For more information, contact Paris Webb, Librarian. (9-6-07)


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Drinko Library Tour Videos

Need to learn about the Drinko Library? Take the online tour! This four-minute video shows students where things are located. Do you need more in-depth information about each floor? Check out the videos for the 1st floor, 2nd floor, and 3rd floor. (8-24-07)

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Political Science Books Moved in Drinko

In order to better distribute the collection, all books in the Drinko Library with call numbers starting with "J" (J, JA, JC, JF, JJ, JK, JL, JN, JQ, JS, JV, JX, and JZ) have been moved to the west end of the second floor. These are books dealing with political science, political theory, public institutions and administration, local governments, international relations, and international law. The locations of journals in these subjects, and books in the Morrow Stacks, have not changed. (6-6-07)

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Faculty Loans and Renewals

Any books checked out after May 15 will be due in one year from the date of checkout. Books may be renewed once, for 180 days, but realize that for the full benefit of renewal, it is best to renew in the last week the book is due. Renewing close to the due date gets you closer to a full additional period of 180 days.

Any books already checked out for the summer will remain due August 21, with an option to renew.

A reminder that items can be renewed online.(5-16-07)

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Last updated August 27, 2008.

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