As we look forward to a new fiscal year starting in July, the UGA Libraries are seeking your recommendations. We have limited funds for major purchases like new journal subscriptions or databases, so we would like to make sure that we choose the resources best suited to your needs. If you’re a UGA student, faculty member, or employee, you can help us by completing this brief survey: Library Collections Survey. The survey will be open through the end of spring semester, so please take the survey soon to make sure your voice is heard. Thank you in advance for your participation!
Since 2007, the UGA Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards have recognized excellence in library research and academic inquiry. Applicants describe their research journeys, challenges, and discoveries in short essays and five winners are awarded cash prizes each year which many use to support further development of their projects and presentation of their work at conferences around the country.
This year we had a record-breaking number of candidates from across the disciplines and the judges remarked on the exceptionally high quality of the essays. Applicants described how the Libraries’ resources, services, and personnel helped them make their discoveries and explore new lines of inquiry in creative ways.
Beginning with the First-Third Year category, our winners this year are: Runner-Up Gabrielle Stetcher for her project describing her inquiry into Victorian artists’ appropriations of Shakespeare’s Desdemona in oil paintings and First Prize winner Elizabeth Hardister for her research into developing accurate hurricane forecasting in order to more safely evacuate coastal healthcare facilities.
In the Senior division we have two runners up: Andrew Disharoon for his research developing soybean resistant to mosaic virus and Andrew Jarnigan for his exploration of the Sadrist movement in Iraq in which he explored resources both here and at the Hoover Institution archive at Stanford University. Our first prize winner is Brooke Martin, who described her project researching the history of reed organs and composer Stephen Foster’s music. Her research informed the new musical arrangements she created and performed at her Senior recital at the Hugh Hogdson School of Music. These awards were presented Monday, April 4th at the CURO Symposium during the awards and keynote ceremony.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all our candidates, their faculty and librarian mentors, and the judging committee. The winning essays can be found here.
- April is National Poetry Month: The CML has a long list of poetry titles and here are some other ways to celebrate National Poetry Month: National Poetry Month Website & Teachers’ Materials; Classroom ideas from GPB; Poetry Writing From Scholastic–Featuring Jack Prelutsky and ReadWriteThink from NCTE.
Join the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia for a spring exhibits reception next Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. The event will include live music from local band Hog-Eyed Man; a custom print station operated by Double Dutch Press; light refreshments and gallery tours. The reception is free and open to the public.
Exhibitions highlighted include: “The Greatest Bulldog of Them All: Dan McGill,” “Seeing Georgia: Changing Visions of Tourism in the Modern South,” “Selections from the Disability History Archive,” “John Abbot, Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist,” “Celebrating 75 years of excellence: The George Foster Peabody Awards,” and “Olympic Legacy.”
RSVP to email@example.com or call 706.542.3879. For more information about the Special Collections Libraries call 706.542.7123 or visit www.libs.uga.edu/scl
The West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive now provides access to thirteen newspaper titles published in seven west Georgia cities (Butler, Carrollton, Dallas, Douglasville, Fayetteville, LaGrange, Newnan) from 1843 to 1942. Consisting of over 67,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site is compatible with all current browsers and the newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads.
The archive now includes the following west Georgia newspaper titles: Fayetteville Advertiser (1845), Fayetteville Chronicle (1886), Fayetteville News(1888-1925), Herald and Advertiser (Newnan) (1887-1909), Newnan Herald (1865-1921), Newnan Herald & Advertiser (1909-1915), Newnan News(1906-1907) and Newnan Weekly News (1905-1906), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive: Butler Herald (1876-1942), Carroll Free Press (Carrollton) (1883-1922), Douglas County Sentinel (Douglasville) (1917-1922), LaGrange Herald (1843-1844), LaGrange Reporter (1857-1914), and Paulding/Dallas New Era (1883-1908).
The West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, a part of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Digitization was also made possible through the generosity of the Taylor County Historical-Genealogical Society and the Flint Energies Foundation.
Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1809-1880), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1850-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html
A talk by ecologist John Pickering about using photography to explore the biology of moths will be the first in a new series of natural history lectures at the University of Georgia. “Why fly now? Photographing moths at porch lights helps us understand their biology and potential environmental threats,” will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library auditorium, and is free and open to all. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History.
The talk coincides with an exhibit featuring rare watercolors from, John Abbot, one of Georgia’s earliest naturalists, part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the James W. Woodruff, Sr. Center for the Natural History of Georgia.
“There is a wondrous diversity of over 2,700 moth species in Georgia,” said Pickering, an associate professor in the Odum School of Ecology and the director of Discover Life, an online encyclopedia of biodiversity. Discover Life’s mothing project is studying how weather patterns, urbanization, and other factors affect insects. Participants have photographed over 500,000 insects in North America and Costa Rica, documenting nightly differences in the activity of over 3,000 species across years and sites. Novel results show how body size of a species can change, how smaller moths are relatively less active than larger moths at colder temperatures, and how moths with larvae that feed on lichens are detrimentally affected by urbanization.
Pickering’s talk will focus on flight seasonality, diapause, pupa banks, latitude and climate change. “We wish to involve the public in the project,” he said. “We are developing Moth Math to teach students how to collect and analyze real-time moth data. Use your cell phone to help us find and map the dark dozen!” More information about the project is at www.discoverlife.org/moth.
There will be a reception prior to the talk.
The Natural History Lecture Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, a non-profit organization that supports and advances the mission and programs of the Museum by increasing public awareness, supporting service and outreach programs, fundraising and mobilizing other resources. The Series is co-sponsored by the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Special Collections Libraries.
Rare watercolors from one of Georgia’s earliest naturalists will be exhibited beginning in April at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the James W. Woodruff, Sr. Center for the Natural History of Georgia.
Of the thousands of drawings Abbot made, fewer than 200 of his butterfly and moth illustrations and none of his bird drawings were published, according to curator Beth Fowkes Tobin, UGA professor of English and Women’s Studies. Abbot’s original watercolor drawings of insects and birds along with the engravings of Abbot’s drawings that were published in 1797 in The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia are included. “This book was praised as one of ‘most beautiful and valuable’ natural history publications of his era,” Tobin said.
In addition to selections from the Hargrett Rare Book and Mansucript Library collections, Emory University, the University of South Carolina and the Morris Museum have loaned drawings for the exhibit.
John Abbot (1751-1840), an Englishman, arrived in Georgia in 1776, planning to stay only a few years. Abbot hoped to use his time in Georgia to jump-start a career as a natural history illustrator, supporting himself by collecting insect and bird specimens for London’s natural history collectors and dealers. Abbot intended to return to London after he had made enough drawings to establish his career. But Abbot never left the South, living the rest of his long life in rural Georgia, where he continued to collect and draw insects and birds into his 80s, producing more than 7,000 watercolor drawings.
“One factor in his decision to remain in Georgia was what he called his ‘peculiar liking for insects.’ His love of insects took Abbot off the usual path followed by natural history illustrators, who lived and worked in urban centers of natural history inquiry, places such as London and Philadelphia, where they oversaw the publication of their artwork,” Tobin said.
A series of public programs accompanies the exhibition; the kick-off events in April will all be held in the Russell Special Collections Libraries:
April 22, 6 p.m.: Exploring the Edge: Scientific Illustration and Natural History Collections in Contemporary Art Artist-scientist Nancy Lowe will explore contemporary artists who use scientific illustration and/or natural history collections in artworks. Featured artists will include Walton Ford, George Boorujy, Brandon Ballengée, Rosamond Purcell, and Suzanne Acker.
April 23, 10 a.m.: Scientific illustration in black and white media with Nancy Lowe In this workshop, participants will learn scientific illustration techniques in graphite and pen.
April 23, 2 p.m.: Scientific illustration in watercolor with Nancy Lowe In this workshop, participants will learn watercolor techniques specific to scientific illustration.
April 28, 5:30 p.m.: The Virtual Roach Project Joseph McHugh will discuss the Virtual Roach Project, a web resource focused on insect anatomy that was developed as a technical reference and an instructional tool. The project links morphological terminology with an extensive image archive, including scientific illustrations, scanning electron micrographs, and photomicrographs. Users are able to explore the anatomy of a cockroach through a virtual dissection.
The Woodruff Center for the Natural History of Georgia collects and preserves for scholarly research historical resources that reflect and document the natural history of the State of Georgia. The Center includes the James W. Woodruff, Sr. Natural History of the Chattahoochee Valley Collection.
As part of the 2016 Big Read celebration of Robinson Jeffers, Josh Calhoun, an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present at the biannual Symposium on the Book with his lecture, “Papermaking in Utopia: Poetry & Place” April 8 9-10:30 a.m.
Calhoun is an expert on the natural history of texts and papermaking, as well as Renaissance lyric poetry and drama. In his presentation, Calhoun notes that we rarely acknowledge that the natural resources needed to make books are provisional, seasonal, and geographically specific. To accept them as givens is to miss out on a vibrant history of the ecological negotiations and technological contrivances used to store and transmit human ideas. These negotiations-what environmental writer Aldo Leopold might call “biotic interactions”- are especially apparent in an archive like UGA’s Special Collections Library, where we are surrounded by animals, vegetables, and minerals in the forms of old books. In this talk, he will explore how we might expand our field of vision to include the world of things in the stories we tell about media.
His presentation will link the natural contexts of bookmaking to the natural world referenced in Jeffers’ poetry, which is celebrated as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read grant.
Georgia Children’s Book Awards Nominees & Speakers. The Georgia Children’s Book Awards Conference takes place March 18th & 19th and the Curriculum Materials Library has the nominee titles on display. Stop by and be ready for the Conference! Below are links to what the Libraries own by the Conference speakers. Also visit the Literature Resource Center in GALILEO to brush up on background info.
Got a basketball itch? Need to think more about your brackets? Need a break from your brackets? Let the Libraries help! We have hundreds of books on basketball. Find books on women’s basketball and children’s books as well. There are even some films. Visit our brief guide to basketball titles, Hoops Reading to either get fired up or to take a break from the madness….