Thanks to generous support from the McLean Contributionship and many faculty and staff, the Slide Library was moved from the damp, awful basement to a newly renovated and climate-controlled space on the mezzanine level of Anderson Hall in late August. The Libraries' staff is very pleased with the new space and hope that you will be, too. Although finishing touches continue to be made, the renovations are complete and the space and collections are getting heavy use.
We have many people in the university to thank for everything, from securing funding for this important initiative, to moving and assembling furniture and equipment. Thanks go to Eugene Bolt and Kathe Scullion from Development, Jan DeVries in the President's office, Joe Garbarino, Jim Beaumont, and Andrew Angiolillo from Facilities, and the Facilities and Housekeeping crew for their many efforts in making the move we've dreamed of for so many years a reality. Jeannine Keefer, the former visual resources coordinator, deserves special thanks for the time and effort she spent in planning the new space and preparing all the materials, equipment, and furniture for the move. We also thank the faculty who lobbied in support of this move.
Please note: Students who need to use slides for class presentations need to make an appointment with Laura. Call 215-717-6290 or e-mail email@example.com. Or just stop by if you haven't met Laura yet and say hello.
With the recent move and renovation of the Slide Library, we have taken the opportunity to rethink its name. When the Slide Library was created it, indeed, was made up of only slides. New technologies and image formats have since been added. The new name, Visual Resources Collection, is a name that better reflects the entire collection that comprises digital images and mounted pictures, as well as slides. Although the Libraries' Picture File continues to be housed in the Albert M. Greenfield Library, it is developed and maintained by the Visual Resources Librarian. We hope the new name will be appropriate for the future as even newer technologies are developed and adopted.
This new occasional feature of the newsletter looks at the people frequently found in the library. Our first frequent user is School of Theater Arts junior, David Sweeny.David really was found reading in the library; this photo is only semi-posed.
Question: David, what brings you to the library today?
David: I'm looking for commentary on [playwright] Sam Shepard. For my directing class with Aaron Posner I'm directing a scene from "Curse of the Starving Class," so I wanted to be better prepared and read some criticism.
Q: Why are you in the library so often? Why not go to Borders?
D: The books here are free! And there's an overwhelming amount of information here that I can either take with me or use here. If I come in for research I always leave with 6 or 8 different things that my favorite librarian helped me find. The staff are really helpful, and I think the drama section is really good.
Q: How would you improve the UArts Libraries?
D: Hmm. I don't know. If I can't find something here the staff will help me find things in other libraries. A private or quiet study area would be great; group study rooms would be nice, too. Maybe light classical music playing softly? It would be great if the library could host small student-oriented events, like a string quartet or jazz combo, or maybe short poetry or drama readings. Something to bring the students together. Because the one things students have in common is they all use the libraries. Students don't get to see other students much outside of their majors, and they could come together as a student community in the library.
Thanks, David!! Compare David's remarks with the "Overheard in the Stacks" remark below.
The University Libraries, with the smooth assistance of Eugene Bolt in the Development Office, recently received a new addition to its special collections: the Jac and Miriam Lewis Costume Design Collection. Jac Lewis graduated from the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (now The University of the Arts' College of Art and Design) in 1935, moved to New York, New York, and began a highly successful career as a costume and fashion designer.
Mr. Lewis' career as a prominent costume designer flourished during the pre-World War II era when New York nightclubs staged lavish and extravagant productions featuring leading stage, film, and singing stars. Mr. Lewis designed costumes for many prominent nightclubs in New York, including the Copacabana, the Latin Quarter, and the St. Regis Hotel. He also designed costumes for the Schubert Organization's plays and operettas. Among the stars who wore Mr. Lewis' costumes were Danny Kaye, Perry Como, Kay Starr, Donald Cook, and Doris Day. In a letter to Mr. Lewis, Ms. Day recalled that she launched her career in a gown created for her by him. He complimented his success as a theatrical costume designer by also designing couture clothing for private clients.
Watercolor on blue ribbed drawing paper, depicting a black polka-dotted evening dress
with sheer, spangled tulle over full, black underskirt,
the bodice banded at the bosom with fuchsia and lavender accents...
Following his professional retirement from the industry, Mr. Lewis remained active by becoming the costume advisor to the High School of Performing Arts in New York. He served as an inspiration to many of the school's graduates, including clothing designer Isaac Mizrahi. During this time he co-authored with wife, Miriam Striezheff Lewis, Costume: The Performing Partner. Summaries of this popular theater book describe it as a book for actors and lovers of theater, as well as costume designers, covering all aspects of costume art for stage, television, and film. Although out of print, the book remains widely available. Noted actress Julie Harris wrote the foreword to the book, which has been used by actors and acting schools throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Australia.
Mr. Lewis died April 12, 1999 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Miriam Striezhoff Lewis, who established a scholarship in his memory at his alma mater. A few years later, Mrs. Lewis graciously donated a collection of about 180 illustrations of his work plus assorted memorabilia to the University in the fall of 2002. Mainly drawn in pastel or watercolor, the illustrations are colorful and representative of their era. The collection is being housed not in the Greenfield Library, but in archival flat files in the 6th floor gallery, which Mrs. Lewis has also generously funded. This room, which is the domain of the School of Theater, will be formally known as the "Jac and Miriam Lewis Costume Design Gallery." Graduate students from the University's Museum Exhibition Planning & Design program are creating the window display that will greet visitors to the sixth floor when they get off of the elevators.
The Library is in the process of organizing the collection so that it will be available to the University community. Over the summer, Autumn Kietponglert and I began sorting the drawings by year and name of show. We matched each drawing to a photograph, an appraisal description, and a detailed inventory sheet prepared by Mrs. Lewis. We will eventually label each illustration, give it a unique number and create a finding tool for easy access. We haven't completed this phase as many of the pieces are currently being displayed on the 2nd & 4th floors of Terra.
The Jac Lewis collection will be available to the University of the Arts community by the Spring 2004 semester. Anyone interested in viewing it should contact me to set up an appointment. I can be reached at 215-717-6283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Louise Castaldi, Reference Librarian
Have you always wanted to search the subscription databases from home? Thanks to Technical Services Librarian Sheryl Panka-Bryman and her work with Network Services and Academic Computing, now you can. Please note you will need your library barcode number, and your library record needs to be current. What? You don't have a library barcode? Present your VALID UArts ID at the Music Library or Greenfield Library circulation desk and staff will put one on your ID and update your library record.
If you're unfamiliar with the databases, please contact Mary Louise Castaldi orSara MacDonald in the Greenfield Library or Mark Germer in the Music Library and ask for a demonstration. We will be happy to sit down with individuals, or we can do computer lab demonstrations for groups, whether for your class or your department.
There are 2 ways to access the Libraries' subscription databases: through a title search in the catalog (http://catalog.library.uarts.edu/search), or through the Libraries' Web pages:> http://library.uarts.edu/
The "Access Databases Directly" page skips the descriptions and search advice and saves you a click.
If you use the catalog, search by TITLE for the title of the database such as WilsonWeb or LexisNexis. (Note that both of these titles are one word, not two!) When viewing the proper record you will see a link that says "Connect to Š" whatever the database is. When you do so from off-campus you will be prompted for your NAME and your LIBRARY BARCODE NUMBER. Type these in as instructed, and you're in.
IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE CONNECTING:
If you still have trouble connecting please contact Sheryl at email@example.com.
Last spring trials of the library systems' electronic course reserves (ECR) module began. ECR allows us to scan photocopies of articles and link to them to course reserve records in the library catalog. Since our catalog is Web-based, students can then access these materials anywhere via the Internet by logging in with their name and library barcode number. We began our trial with Dr. Jamer Hunt's class, "The American Suburbs," in the spring of 2003. We needed to test the best resolution mode for viewing and printing, test file sizes, and see if students would prefer electronic course reserves over print reserves. Guess what students liked? The convenience of electronic course reserves, of course! Rama Chorpash, Industrial Design, reports this fall that his students in two classes are also very enthusiastic about this service. We hope to have this service available for all courses by Fall 2004. Thanks and recognition go to Autumn Kietponglert, Greenfield Circulation & Reserves, for all of her hard work on this project.
If you'd like to see ECR in action, you'll need your library barcode number and Adobe Acrobat Reader ® software:
The University Libraries were recently awarded a Technical Assistance Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission in order to assist in the development of a long-range plan for the University Archives. The grant money was used to hire a consultant who conducted a survey of current archival holdings and made recommendations for preservation needs. Thanks go to Eugene Bolt in Development for his work on the grant.
A number of interesting questions from outside the UArts community came in during September:
- A Doylestown woman has a piece of pottery made by former faculty member Marcus Aurelius Renzetti (1896-1975) and wanted to know more about him. Apparently Renzetti was quite a teacher and quite a character--anyone who knew him laughs and tells a story about him. Renzetti was on the faculty from 1930 to 1973 and taught sculpture, ceramics, dimensional design, "basic science and engineering", and the courses that eventually became Foundation.
- A graduate student from North Carolina e-mailed to ask about architect Charles Barton Keen, stained glass artist Nicola D'Ascenzo, and ironworker Samuel Yellin, all of whom either studied or taught at the Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art & Design), and all of whom worked on Reynolda House, an estate built in 1917 in Winston-Salem by the Reynolds family of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company fortune, or on the church built nearby by the Reynolds family. Keen studied at PMSIA in the late 1890s after receiving his architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and D'Ascenzo and Yellin were both PMSIA students and faculty members. We were able to supply the researcher with mentions of all these former students from the old annual reports and catalogs.
- A UArts dance alumna e-mailed looking for information on painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, and a painter alumnus e-mailed looking for the Joffrey Ballet's reconstruction of "Le Sacre du Printemps", a dance piece choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes. The dance graduate is creating a piece based on the life and art of Basquiat, and the painting graduate often looks to dance for painting inspiration.
Sara J. MacDonald, Public Services Librarian
New staff: Laura Grutzeck joined the University Libraries staff on September 18 as our new Visual Resources Librarian. Laura comes to us from Swarthmore College where she worked as the Acting Director and Assistant Director of the Visual Resources Collection since June 2001. Before her tenure at Swarthmore College Laura worked at the Winterthur Museum Library as the Associate Librarian of the Visual Resources Collection from 2000 to 2001; and as Associate Librarian, Printed Books & Periodicals from 1996-2000. She holds a Masters in Information Studies from Drexel University and a BFA in photography and art history from Tyler School of Art. Laura was instrumental in a pilot project at Swarthmore College to bring digital images into the classroom. We look forward to her developing a similar project here at UArts. Laura can be reached at 215-717-6290 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeannine Keefer, Laura's predecessor, resigned at the end of summer to pursue her PhD. in art history at SUNY-Binghamton University. We thank Jeannine for her wonderful contributions over the last four years to the slide collection including assisting many faculty and students, and introducing image study pages to the Libraries Web site. We will all miss her but are pleased that her association with the University has not ended--Jeannine will continue teaching art history in the Division of Liberal Arts and will be a regular user of the slide collection.
Barbara Danin exhibited watercolors in a one-person show at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts during August and September.
Autumn Kietponglert (Greenfield Circulation) and Shawn Moriarty (Technical Services) assembled a beautiful display of University Libraries Special Collections and Book Arts materials in the hallway exhibit cases of Anderson Hall.
This Chinese dragon robe from the Special Collections textile collection was a highlight of the exhibit cases organized by Autumn and Shawn.
Autumn, an alumna of the Crafts Department, and Shawn, who minored in art history at the University of Pennsylvania, were eager to show some items from the textile collection within Special Collections, and their artistic eyes and attention to detail helped to create one of the loveliest library exhibits ever done. The UArts community gave a great deal of positive feedback. Shawn also organized a small in-library exhibit of Sonia Delaunay materials from Special Collections.
Lars Halle, Aaron Meicht, and Matt Mitchell all performed in various music venues at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in September. Lars, Aaron and Matt performed together as Kaktus, and Matt played music for UArts faculty member Peter Rose's films shown at the Fringe. Matt continues working on his solo album and can be heard on the new CD by the band Thinking Plague entitled A History of Madness. Lars, an alumnus of the School of Music, recently had a big band composition, "Familiar Secrets," published by Kendor Music. One of Lars' previous compositions, "Switching Gears," ranked #3 in sales in Kendor's category of new big band works. Lars and Matt also continue to play at Chris' Jazz Cafe as the Lars Halle Trio (Brian Howell is the third member).
Aaron will be doing a series of concerts of electro-acoustic improvisations with Brendan Dougherty in Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Paris in late November and early December 2003.
OVERHEARD IN THE STACKS: "Now I'm going to a REAL library!"
I'm not too sure what a "real" library is, but this remark inspired me to explain the raison d'être of the University Libraries, and to remind our users that if you don't readily find what you need in our libraries, please ask. You may be surprised at what we do have or to what we can provide access.
The University Libraries' mission is to select, acquire, facilitate, and promote access to information resources central to the teaching and learning of the University of the Arts community, and to provide information services that meet the challenge of educational and technological change through organization, interpretation, and education in the use of those resources.
In plain English, we support what is taught at the University by collecting and providing access to materials (books, scores, CDs, Web sites, etc.) needed for learning and teaching in those subject areas. We also teach students how to find and use materials and information in any subject area.
The fact that we concentrate on collecting library materials covering the arts does not mean that we don't collect materials covering subjects outside of the arts. In fact, we do collect such materials and also provide access to them through our online database subscriptions. However, we cannot serve as a public or large academic research library (people have asked why aren't we like the University of Pennsylvania--their budget is about 22 times the size or ours! UArts has 2,000 students, Penn has 20,000!) so you may have a need for materials we don't have. If that happens, we can provide assistance to help you find and get what we don't have through services such as interlibrary loan, or, better yet, help you find materials we do have that will be suitable and appropriate to your need. We can also help you search other library catalogs before you go, find out what their policies are so you're not turned away, and more. Again, don't hesitate to ask a library staff member for help--that's what we're here for.
Carol Graney, Director
Last updated 11/21/2003 sjm
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