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As you know, Dr. Gerald Saxon will be stepping down from his role as Dean of the UT Arlington Library as of August 31, 2011*. After a year’s leave to prepare for his duties in the classroom, Dr. Saxon will be returning to the faculty in the history department. I am pleased to announce that Ms. Julie Alexander has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the UT Arlington Library effective September 1, 2011. Ms. Alexander has worked in UTA’s library since 1978, and as associate director since 1995, so her years of executive experience will be a valuable benefit for the University’s administration.
Ms. Alexander is a member of the American Library Association and the Library Administration and Management Association, serving on numerous committees for both associations. She received her B.S. degree from Sam Houston State University, her M.L.S. degree from the University of North Texas, and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science also at UNT. Julie has received several honors, including her selection to attend the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute in 2004, and her appointment to the UNT Library Capital Campaign Steering Committee which is helping raise more than $1 million.
I look forward to working with Julie in her role as dean. Please join me in congratulating her on this interim appointment.
Donald R. Bobbitt
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
June 30, 2011
*A note from Gerald Saxon to Library staff on July 28:
As you know, Julie has been appointed Interim Dean of the Library, and I am sure you are as happy as I am about this, knowing that the Library will be in good hands as the University begins a search for a new Dean in the fall. With my tenure as Dean coming to a close, Julie and I thought it would be best if we begin the transition of leadership in August. So effective on August 1, Julie will take the lead in decision-making and guiding the Library into the future.
Second Life Grand Opening and Exhibit
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (CDT)
Link to teleport to the Alamo at UT Arlington: http://bit.ly/alamoexhibitatuta.
The Grand Opening celebration will include a live vocal performance from 5:00-6:00 pm by Jean Munro http://www.myspace.com/jeanmunrosl
As with other public service professions such as teaching and nursing, we all have some experience with librarians. Historically women’s professions, these jobs are now all fully occupied by men and women of all ages.
A few librarians may still have pencils protruding from buns in their hair, but technology marches on and that stereotype is defunct. Many of us now have smart phones bulging in our pockets for easy communication via various media, and it is as easy, probably easier, to send search results to a printer as it is to pull out a pencil to write something down.
Recent librarian representations have been counter to the old stereotype, they are now the pendulum in the other direction, as demonstrated in the article from the web’s Bitch Magazine (I didn’t name it, I just read it). There is a kind of sweet and salty approach – cleavage and horn-rim glasses.
Regardless of how sexy we are, we are smart and do have well-developed senses of humor. I’d hazard a guess that the only thing unchanged about librarians is that a lot of us still probably wear glasses.
Uncle! The Weather Wins!
Feb. 4 Friends of Library meeting cancelled.
The Friends of the Library meeting scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:30pm in Central Library has been cancelled.
The speaker, Joe G. Bax, would have had to drive to Arlington from near Huntsville, TX, and Friends members would have had to drive from their homes and navigate the icy campus from the parking garage to get into the library for the meeting. Neither sounded like a good prospect late on Wednesday afternoon when it was announced that the University of Texas at Arlington would be closed on Thursday, Feb. 3, for a third consecutive day due to the frigid temperatures and icy conditions.
Gerald Saxon, Dean of the UT Arlington Library, announced this afternoon that he plans to reschedule this speaker for later in the year.
Not all Friends members who receive our printed invitations are on our email list yet, so if you know someone who might regularly attends our meetings but might not receive this email, please pass on the word, to save them the trip on Friday. Thanks!
Need to view this online? Visit this page.
Last month Rafia Mirza and I worked on a prolonged photo shoot. Over several days we rattled around the library with a book truck loaded with books from the library stacks and personal books that library staff offered for the occasion. Appointments were made to catch groups, others were simply minding their own business at their desks when we passed by. The books sold themselves – library staff are particularly vulnerable to the sense of indignation that THEIR favorite book might have been banned or challenged. Many who might normally not have asked to have their photos taken happily posed with their friends in print.
The digital photos were processed by me and sent as raw images to Kathleen Houston, who cropped and inserted the information about Banned Books week and named each model. And the slide program looks great! It was a lot of work, and wouldn’t have happened if each of us didn’t give it a lot of thought and time. But I’m pleased to post a link to the 2010 slide show and libguide. Click on the photo to go straight to the slide show, or visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/utarlingtonlibrary/ for the Library Flickr page.
A corresponding exhibit will be in place on the first floor of Central Library during Banned Books Week. Thanks to Kathleen Houston, Rebekah Lee and Angela Johnson for that. And thanks to Rafia Mirza for sticking with this project to keep it moving to completion!
This was a great photo exhibit, but the building owners asked that the web site take down the images. I’ll leave this link because he has some great finds around New York City to take a look at.
I spent two years working at Ellis Island in New York Harbor, back before the big restoration began, and enjoyed unlimited wandering through the buildings. I usually had a camera with me, and loved photographing the interesting features but also what neglect had done to the island. And based upon that enjoyment, you can see why I find this discovery thrilling: The Abandoned Palace on Beekman Street.
The news this morning reports the death of Texas legend Liz Carpenter, aged 89.
Carpenter was born in Salado and is first cousin to Malcolm McLean, whose collection of papers were edited and published as one of the few imprints put out by the short-lived “University of Texas at Arlington Press.” McClean is a scholar whose bailiwick is the early history of Texas, in particular the Robertson Colony, that his family (including Liz) is descended from. (Editors Note: I was friends with his sister, Gladyne McLean Reed, when I worked at the weekly paper the Belton Journal, and when I moved north and started school here at UTA in the mid 1990s I came up to Special Collections to see what those papers looked like. The bound set is on display in the entrance to SpCo.)
Carpenter was the speaker at the first Friends of the Library meeting, October 30, 1987. This photo shows Carpenter, left, with a very youthful Gerald Saxon, library archivist, at that meeting. Click the photo for a larger view of the image. Photographer unknown, in the public domain. Creative Commons license – attribution.
Malcolm McLean finding aid (scroll down).
National Public Radio story (dated March 22, 2010).
The Library-News newsletter was published today. Focus on Faculty is Wednesday (Nov. 11) and Friends of the Library meet Friday (Nov. 13). For all of those details and more, visit this page.
The British Library has made its sound archive available online, free of charge. In an article “Sound archive of the British Library goes online, free of charge,” dated Sept 3, 2009, Mark Brown of the Guardian.co.uk discusses and gives samples of many of the diverse items in the extensive collection. Link.
To say they are diverse may be understatement. There are Geordies banging spoons, Tawang lamas blowing conch shell trumpets and Tongan tribesman playing nose flutes. And then there is the Assamese woodworm feasting on a window frame in the dead of night.
The British Library revealed it has made its vast archive of world and traditional music available to everyone, free of charge, on the internet.
That amounts to roughly 28,000 recordings and, although no one has yet sat down and formally timed it, about 2,000 hours of singing, speaking, yelling, chanting, blowing, banging, tinkling and many other verbs associated with what is a uniquely rich sound archive.
“It is recordings from around the world and right from the beginnings of recorded history,” said the library’s curator of world and traditional music, Janet Topp Fargion. “This project is really exciting. One of the difficulties, working as an archivist, is people’s perception that things are given to libraries and then are never seen again – we want these recordings to be accessible”
I tested this to be sure it works from a U.S. location, and the first few random recordings I selected played quickly and easily. It’s an amazing collection. For UK teachers there is more functionality–they can join in order to download for teaching. The rest of us are invited to listen online. The site tells me “Your location: United States” and it does appear to limit listening from abroad for the usual copyright reasons.
I found such a barrier when testing links to American jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, selecting an oral history recorded in the UK, but apparently not available to US listeners. When browsing any category there is a box to toggle “Only recordings everyone can play.” Nowhere does it say “you can’t listen to this,” but it doesn’t give me any mechanism to select and play that particular recording if it is off limits to me. It does, however, provide an abstract. Scholars may well be able to follow academic library channels to gain access to this material. Here is their statement regarding Legal and Ethical usage:
The recordings have been collected from diverse sources, and many were previously unpublished, simply recordings made by individuals who traveled and made these for their own listening. They go all the way back to the wax cylinders of Alfred Cort Hadden, a British anthropologist who recorded Australian Aboriginal performers in 1898.
The direct link to the Archival Sound Recordings of the British Library is:
British Library: http://www.bl.uk/