The Curriculum Materials Library (CML) will be closed Sunday, May 29th & Monday, May 30th, for the Memorial Day Weekend. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, May 31st at 8am. Visit our webpage for the complete list of hours.
Beth Fowkes Tobin, University of Georgia professor in English and women’s studies and curator for the exhibit “John Abbott: Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist” at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will describe what she has learned about Abbot through her research.
Abbot was born in London in 1751 and came to Georgia in 1776 to collect birds, butterflies, and other insects. Although he intended to return to Britain after he had made enough drawings to establish his career as a natural history illustrator, Abbot never left the South, according to Tobin. He lived the rest of his long life in Georgia, where he continued to collect and draw insects and birds into his eighties. He died in 1840, outliving his wife and his son who was childless.
Tobin will speak at 6 p.m. June 23 in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. A reception and tours of the exhibit will follow.
Abbot had no family in Georgia to protect his legacy and to keep safe for posterity his personal papers, letters, notebooks, journals, account books, and legal documents. Anything that he might have had in his possession when he died has disappeared. Only a handful of documents remain that can shed light on his life.
“However, we should be grateful that so much of his art survives today along with his notes on birds and insects, the actual specimens he collected, and his letters to naturalists in Britain and the U.S. If we are looking for some sense of the man, who he was as a person, then these are the best documents to examine because they can tell us about the quality of his mind, his relationship with the natural world, and his amazing artistic accomplishments,” Tobin said.
“John Abbott: Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist” will be on view through August.
The MLC will be operating a shortened schedule during Maymester.
MLC Maymester Hours (May 16 – May 31)
Monday – Thursday
7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
1 – 8 p.m.
Are you walking in the graduation ceremony Friday, May 13? Come on by in your cap and gown and let us take your picture on the steps of the Main Library. You can pose solo, with friends, with family, and even with a library gnome. We’ll be there with camera and tripod from 2:30 – 5:30.
We’ll share the the photos on social media for you to tag and share and we’ll upload a hi-res version of the photo that you can download for free. (Print it out and frame it for your mother. Trust us, she’ll love it.)
We’ll also have gift bags available for the first 50 graduates – handy for all the stuff you tend to accumulate on graduation day and you can choose a free UGA Press book as a graduation gift from us.
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from the University of Georgia!
Before leaving campus, please check your library account and clear all outstanding obligations by doing the following:
Check your “My Account” record.
Return all books (including GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan books) before leaving campus even if they are not due.
Pay all fines and fees. Payments may be made by cash, check, or credit card.
If you have any questions about your account, please contact:
Access Services – Main Library
Access Services – Science Library
After graduation, you can borrow books from the UGA Libraries through the following programs:
Due to licensing agreements and vendor restrictions, alumni and outside borrowers do not have remote access to GALILEO databases through the University of Georgia.
Ecologist Richard Hall will present the second talk in the Natural History Lecture Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. His presentation, “Birding Through the Seasons in Athens-Clarke County,” will take place in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library, preceded by a reception with coffee and cookies. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History and the Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and is free and open to all.
Nestled between the two forks of the Oconee River, on a migratory corridor connecting Latin America to the boreal forest, Athens is blessed with a great diversity of bird life.
“Thanks to the rich history of ornithology at UGA, the museum collections, and pioneering efforts of citizen scientists recording their sightings online, the Athens-Clarke County bird list totals over 250 species,” said Hall. “This talk will survey the breeding, wintering and migratory birds found in Athens, including tips on when and where to find them, and speculate as to which species we can expect to see more of (and less of) in a warmer world,” he said.
An associate research scientist in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology and College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Infectious Diseases, Hall uses mathematical models to predict how migratory species respond to global change. He is a former president of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, a member of the Georgia Ornithological Society Checklists and Records Committee and editor of From the Field, a quarterly report of noteworthy Georgia bird sightings.
The Natural History Lecture Series is organized 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.
To learn more about the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, see http://www.gmnhfriends.org/.
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.
The pups are coming back for your stress relief on the first day of finals! They’ll be at the Main library, Science library, Miller Learning Center, Adherhold, and Ramsey!
All locations will host the animals outdoors from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Main Library animals, including a goat, will be on the lawn of North Campus. Science Library will be set up on the north side of the building. Miller Learning center will be a long stretch of dogs on the second floor Colonnade. Aderhold animals will be on the Green Street side of the building. Ramsey will host dogs AND cats near the main entrance.
For a complete rundown of what animals will be where (and for pictures!) check our Facebook page for the event.
A look at a fun collection examining all facets of science fiction fandom. Included are representative fanzine titles from the 17,000+ issues to be found in the Brooks zine collection. They represent a variety of times (including the zine some hold to be the earliest Science Fiction zine in the U.S., Planet #1, from July of 1930), a myriad of international locales, and a broad spectrum of specialized Fandom communities and their interests. Mementos from Brooks’ 38-year career with NASA’s Langley Research Center, along with a vintage typewriter and early reproduction equipment.
The exhibit, in the Rotunda of the Russell Special Collections Libraries, will be up through July.
“Making a Scene,” the theme of the 24th annual meeting of the British Women Writers Conference, is illustrated in a student-curated exhibit examining writings by 18th and 19th century women. The exhibit will be on display in the Hargrett Gallery of the Russell Special Collections Libraries through June.
Using memorabilia, photos, books and journals, broadside advertisements, and theatrical cabinet cards, students Holly Gallagher and Maria Chappell, highlight the work of Fanny Kemble, a British actress and writer, whose memoir drew attention to life on her husband’s Georgia plantation and the mistreatment of slaves. The exhibit also focuses on other writers, including Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Inchbald and Susanna Centlivre, and actresses Ellen Terry and Sarah Siddons.
This year’s conference is being hosted by the UGA English Department June 2-5 and held at the Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Begun in 1991 by graduate students at two northwestern U.S. universities, the BWWC was established as a forum for the sharing of ideas among students of literature, regardless of college affiliation or status as students. The conference focuses on the literary figures and writings of the 18th and 19th centuries, which the conference’s founders note as a distinct time in British women’s history. Those centuries mark the beginnings of the feminist movement, and event founders established the conference to highlight lesser-known female writers or those who have been historically overlooked for their achievements.
More information on the conference is available here: https://bwwc2016.wordpress.com/
Explore the anatomy of the cockroach, 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.
The talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the auditorium of the Russell Special Collections Libraries.
A tour of the “John Abbot: Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist” exhibit will follow the talk. This exhibit includes modern scientific illustrations and specimens of cockroaches along with rare watercolors from the 18th century.