“Student Picks” added to Main Library display; Malcolm Mitchell picks first

September 29, 2014 – 10:06 AM - Amy Watts

Earlier this year, we began a display of “Staff Picks” at the Main Library. Now it’s time for students to weigh in and tell us, and their classmates, what books are good.glasscastle

To help inaugurate “Student Picks” we asked noted book club member and Bulldog football player Malcolm Mitchell to make our first pick. He’s chosen The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. In a rather timely coincidence, we received his pick at the beginning of Banned Books Week and Walls’s book is often challenged at libraries, according to data collected by the American Library Association.

If you’d like to recommend a book, please follow Malcolm’s lead and fill out our submission form. The only limitation we have on which book you can pick is that it has to be one we own. (Check our catalog.) But since we have more than four million items in the UGA Libraries, we hope that it won’t be a problem…


Libraries closed on UGA home game day

September 26, 2014 – 5:51 PM - maryp

The Main and Science Libraries will be closed on Saturday, October 4, for the UGA home game vs. Vanderbilt.  The libraries will resume their regular semester hours on Sunday, October 5.

Saturday, October 4 – Closed

Sunday, October 5 – 1PM to 2AM


Annual Parthemos Lecture Hosted at Special Collections

September 26, 2014 – 3:30 PM - Richard B. Russell Library

David MayhewThe Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia will host its annual Parthemos Lecture on October 15th from 3:30-5:00 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 271. This year’s invited speaker is Dr. David Mayhew.

Mayhew is one of the world’s leading authorities on Congress and American party politics. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, Congress: The Electoral Connection, which is one of the most widely read and cited books in political science. His other award-winning books include Divided We Govern (2005) and Partisan Balance: Why Political Parties Don’t Kill the U.S. Constitution (2011). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been a member of the board of overseers of the National Election Studies of the Center for Political Studies, and has served as a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hoover National Fellow, a Sherman Fairchild Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. He received the Samuel J. Eldersveld Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association in 2004.

For more information about the event contact John Maltese at 706-542-2057


Small Spaces, Big Ideas Design Contest

September 23, 2014 – 11:38 AM - Amy Watts

Both the Main and Science Libraries buildings have seen considerable renovations in recent years. However, there are still some spots we think could use some improving. We want to know what YOU would do with the spaces, given the chance.

The Spaces

 

The Big Ideas

We want you to show us what you’d do with the space. Lighting, furniture, wall coverings, floor coverings, decorations – all these and more are fair game.

And did we mention the prizes? First place: $100, Second place: $50, Third place: $25, AND every entry will also qualify the entrant for a random drawing for a $25 gift card to the UGA Bookstore.

Entries will be accepted until October 31, 2014.

Visit the contest web page for more details…


Banned Books Week, Sept 21-27

September 22, 2014 – 4:15 PM - Amy Watts

bannedbooksThe Main Library, Science Library, and the Curriculum Materials Library in Aderhold are all hosting displays this week of  Banned or Challenged books to celebrate Banned Book Week. Each book, while wrapped, has a label with a brief description of its plot/content, its publication date, and whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. The tag also tells you where, when, and why it was banned or challenged. We’ve included books banned around the world, historically and presently. The CML in Aderhold will have an extra display consisting specifically of children’s books that have been banned or challenged.

So stop by and pick up a book someone, somewhere thought you shouldn’t be allowed to read.

From the American Library Association:

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Read the ALA proclamation regarding Banned Books Week.

 


Main and Science Libraries Closed Saturday

September 19, 2014 – 2:01 PM - maryp

The Main and Science Libraries will be closed on Saturday, September 20, for the UGA home game day. The libraries will open with their regular semester hours on Sunday, September 21.

Saturday, September 20 – Closed

Sunday, September 21 – 1PM to 2AM

 


Athens Science Cafe to Discuss Nutrition and Childhood Obesity Oct. 22

September 18, 2014 – 11:30 AM - Richard B. Russell Library

scicafe-logoATHENS, GA – University of Georgia foods and nutrition professor Caree Cotwright will speak about nutrition and childhood obesity at the October meeting of the Athens Science Café on Oct. 22 at Chase Street Elementary School. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the event will start at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Science cafes are informal meetings commonly held in coffee shops, pubs or community centers where people have an opportunity to learn from and interact with a scientist. Unlike traditional lectures, science cafes involve more open discussion and debate among the audience.

For this event, organizers of the Athens Science Café decided to branch out from their traditional downtown venues. “While we typically hold our cafes at bars and coffeehouses, we welcome the occasional opportunity to develop community partnerships,” said ASC representative Stephanie Pearl. “ASC is excited about partnering with the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Clarke County School District for this edition of the cafe.”

On Sep. 26 the Russell Library, a political archives at the University of Georgia, will open the new exhibition, “Food, Power, and Politics: The Story of School Lunch” examining the complicated history of the National School Lunch Program. “We approached the organizers of Athens Science Café about developing an event connected to the issues explored in this exhibit,” said lead curator Jan Levinson. “It seemed only fitting that a discussion about childhood nutrition should take place in one of our local schools.”

The event will take place in the cafeteria of Chase Street Elementary School. Cotwright will give a short introductory talk before leading an informal discussion among participants about nutrition and innovative interventions to combat the problem of childhood obesity. Healthy snacks will be generously provided by Heirloom Café and Fresh Market.

For more information about this event visit the Athens Science Café website at http://athenssciencecafe.wordpress.com or follow @AthScieCafe on Twitter. For more information about the new exhibit “Food, Power, and Politics: The Story of School Lunch” visit the Russell Library’s website at http://www.libs.uga.edu/russell or follow @RussellLibrary on Twitter.

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UGA observing Constitution Day

September 17, 2014 – 11:59 AM - Jean Cleveland

Personal letters of Abraham Baldwin and William Few, Georgia’s two signers of the U.S. Constitution, are on exhibit at the University of Georgia Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in observance of Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

Few and Abraham Baldwin, who were close friends, were appointed as two of six state delegates to the Constitutional Convention, two of whom never attended and two others of whom did not stay for the duration.

This exhibition features original manuscripts and correspondence written by Few and Baldwin. The Hargrett Library owns more than 250 letters of William Few and his wife, Catherine, and their daughter Frances. These letters reveal much about his activities in the state of Georgia until he moved permanently to New York about 1800. Baldwin, the first president of The University of Georgia, is mentioned frequently in Catherine Few’s letters. The exhibit will be on display through September.

As the first president of UGA, Baldwin’s papers are located in the University Archives within the Hargrett Library. After being elected to the Georgia state legislature, he developed a comprehensive educational plan that ultimately included land grants from the state to fund the establishment of the University of Georgia (at the time also known as Franklin College) in Athens. Through Baldwin’s efforts, the state approved a charter for the University of Georgia in 1785. Baldwin served as the first president of the institution during its initial planning phase, from 1786 to 1801 when it was opened to students.

The Hargrett Library is part of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at 300 S. Hull St.


Research Round-up for National History Day

September 16, 2014 – 1:17 PM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

The University of Georgia Libraries will host a special National History Day Round-up Event on Saturday, October 11th from 1-4 p.m. in the Russell Special Collections Building located at 300 South Hull St. in Athens, Georgia. The event is designed to give students as well as their mentors and teachers assistance with locating, and using amazing and credible primary sources to create wonderful and winning National History Day Projects.

The event will begin with a showcase of some of the amazing range of sources available that support the 2015 theme, “Leadership and Legacy.” Following this there will be a session designed to help students find great topics and develop them for the competition. To wrap up the day, students will have opportunities to meet with archivists and librarians one-on-one to get personal assistance with research on their projects.

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Detailed schedule:

1-1:45 p.m. Welcome and introduction to UGA special collections and research
1:45-2 p.m. Break
2-2:45 p.m. Wrangling a great topic
2:45-3 p.m. Break
3-3:45 p.m. One-on-one project assistance
3:45-4 p.m. Wrap-up and questions

The event is free, but space is limited. Please call 706-542-5766, or email russlib@uga.edu to reserve space(s) at the event. For questions and more information, please contact Jill Severn at 706-542-5766 or jsevern@uga.edu

Parking is free on UGA surface lots and parking decks on Saturdays. For more information about directions and parking please visit: http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl/visit/maps.html


Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: Talk on Thursday 18th

September 10, 2014 – 10:09 AM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

As part of its Fall Lecture Series, the University of Georgia Institute for African American Studies will host a talk on Thursday, September 18, 2014 to mark the publication of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality.

Please join us at 4 PM at Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries Auditorium (room 271), 300 S. Hull Street., as co-authors Dr. John Morrow, Franklin Professor of History at The University of Georgia and Jeffrey T. Sammons, Professor of History at New York University, discuss the storied African American combat unit that grew out of the 15th New York National Guard. As noted by Dr. Morrow, “The “Harlem Hellfighters” are the most famous African American fighting unit of World War I and compiled a record unmatched by any other Regiment in the American Expeditionary Forces.” Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War by Jeffrey Sammons and John Morrow is the definitive study of this famous regiment known to have “never lost a man to capture or a foot of ground.”

The program will also include a screening of William Miles’s acclaimed documentary “Men of Bronze,” in which the Regiment detail their experiences. A book signing and reception will follow.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Location: Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries Auditorium (Room 271), 300 S. Hull Street

For those of you who cannot attend the entire event, the schedule is as follows:

4:00–Welcome and introductions

4:15-5:15—screening of “Men of Bronze”

5:15-6:15—Authors John Morrow and Jeffrey Sammons on Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War

6:15-6:45– Q and A

6:45-7:15– book signing and reception