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Cherubin Named New University Librarian

Dan Cherubin

Dan Cherubin

Dan Cherubin has been selected as the Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian at Wesleyan, starting on July 1, 2016.

Cherubin has more than 20 years of experience in library and information services, most recently as the Chief Librarian and Associate Dean at Hunter College in New York. At Hunter, Cherubin was responsible for overseeing four libraries and had major roles in facility and space planning, implementation of technology, and the development of a strategic plan for the policies and practices of the library.

At Wesleyan he will work with the library staff to develop a strategic plan to integrate the library more fully into Wesleyan’s broader intellectual community.

“We encourage all constituencies across the University to be thinking of how the library can be engaged in, and enhance, educational and scholarly activities,” said Joyce Jacobsen, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Cherubin has a BA in music from Bard College, an MS in library science from Columbia, and an MA in media studies from New School University.

The search committee members included David Baird, Melissa Behney, Marc Eisner, Sally Grucan, Julia Hicks, Mark Hovey, Ellen Nerenberg, Laura Patey, Gil Skillman, Anjali Tamhankar, Suzy Taraba, student representative Noah Kahan, and committee chair Joe Knee.

“A special thanks also goes to Interim University Librarian Diane Klare, who stepped in and did a great job at maintaining the high standards that we have come to expect from the library,” Jacobsen said. “Please join me in welcoming Dan to the Wesleyan community.”

ITS, Library Offer Wesleyan Community Demonstrations, Lessons

Staff from Information Technology Services (ITS), Olin Library and the Science Library hosted a poster session and demonstration on Nov. 17 and Nov. 19.

ITS staff taught students, faculty and staff about EduRoam (accessing free wireless worldwide at participating institutions using a Wesleyan login); Lynda.com (online training for hundreds of software titles); WFS upgrade (Wesleyan Financial System); WesStation’s green ban on junk mail; cyber security and passwords; and the Master Calendar.

Library staff provided information on Browzine (a way to get alerts and scan through the latest issues of journals on a tablet or laptop using a Wesleyan login); “Not Just Text” (the wide variety of images, streaming videos, sound recordings, CDs, DVDs, maps and open access materials available at the library); customizing resources (class instruction, individual appointments and course-specific online guides or video demos; writing better papers; and ways to preserve the record of scholarly activity on a long-term basis.

Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)

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Berger ’90 Lectures on “Birthright Citizenship” during Constitution Day

Bethany Berger ’90, the Thomas F. Gallivan, Jr. Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, delivered the annual Constitution Day Lecture on Sept. 17 in Olin Library's Smith Reading Room. Her topic was “Birthright Citizenship on Trial — Immigration and Indigeneity.” Egged on by Donald Trump, the majority of Republican candidates have supported ending birthright citizenship. This talk looked at this 14th Amendment right, its constitutional origins, and the different things it meant for American Indians and immigrants.

Bethany Berger ’90, the Thomas F. Gallivan, Jr. Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, delivered the annual Constitution Day Lecture on Sept. 17 in Olin Library’s Smith Reading Room. Her topic was “Birthright Citizenship on Trial — Immigration and Indigeneity.” Egged on by Donald Trump, the majority of Republican candidates have supported ending birthright citizenship. This talk looked at this 14th Amendment right, its constitutional origins, and the different things it meant for American Indians and immigrants.

Berger started her research on birthright citizenship after developing an interest in the different ways the system works for native people and immigrants, and the different ways the process works for these groups—and the similarities. The topic of birthright citizenship, she observed is a topic that has become "unexpectedly open to debate," she said, referring to the Republican presidential runners. "They've opened a debate about the worth of birthright citizenship and whether we really have to do it," implying that the U.S. is the only country that offers this path to citizenship.   Birthright citizenship in the U.S. came out of British Law, when British citizens immigrated to the U.S. If one was born in the U.S., you become a citizen, however this did not apply to slaves. However in 1968, the 14th Amendment was ratified and birthright citizenship became the law of the land, excluding children of Ambassadors, children of soldiers on U.S. soil (fighting against the U.S.), Native Americans and Asians. It wasn't until the 1950s that Asian and Native Americans could naturalize.

Berger started her research on birthright citizenship after developing an interest in the different ways the system works for native people and immigrants, and the different ways the process works for these groups—and the similarities. The topic of birthright citizenship has become “unexpectedly open to debate,” she said, referring to the Republican presidential candidates. “They’ve opened a debate about the worth of birthright citizenship and whether we really have to do it,” implying that the U.S. is the only country that offers this path to citizenship.
Birthright citizenship in the U.S. came out of British Law, when British citizens immigrated to the U.S. If one was born in the U.S., you become a citizen, however this did not apply to slaves. However in 1968, the 14th Amendment was ratified and birthright citizenship became the law of the land, excluding children of Ambassadors, children of soldiers on U.S. soil (fighting against the U.S.) and Native Americans. Native Americans only became birthright citizens by statute in 1924. Although Asians could be birthright citizens, those not born in the U.S. could not become citizens until restrictions on non-whites naturalizing were lifted in the 1950s.

Richard Adelstein, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, introduced Professor Berger to the audience. Berger graduated from Wesleyan in 1990 with a major in government, and from Yale Law School in 1996. After law school, she became the director of the Native American Youth Law Project at DNA-Peoples Legal Services, which serves the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and later the Managing Attorney at Advocates for Children of New York. Her articles on legal history, race, gender and jurisdiction in federal Indian law have been cited in testimony to Congress and several briefs to the Supreme Court. 

Richard Adelstein, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, introduced Professor Berger to the audience. Berger graduated from Wesleyan in 1990 with a major in government, and from Yale Law School in 1996. After law school, she became the director of the Native American Youth Law Project at DNA-Peoples Legal Services, which serves the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and later the Managing Attorney at Advocates for Children of New York. Her articles on legal history, race, gender and jurisdiction in federal Indian law have been cited in testimony to Congress and several briefs to the Supreme Court.

Berger showed a map of the world, highlighting the countries that do have laws in place to grant birthright citizenship. The Americas—South, Central, and North—were prominent. She asked the audience what these countries have in common. "They are immigrant nations; they are Colonial Nations," she said. "People come here and make it great, and traditional people lose land," she said, pointing out the paradoxical quality of the situation created by an influx of immigrants. In 1887, the Davides Allotment Act—divide up tribal lands, all Indians accepting a land allotment would become citizens—which started the boarding school for Indian children, so they would become "good citizens" and lose their native language.

Berger showed a map of the world, highlighting the countries that do have laws in place to grant birthright citizenship. The Americas—South, Central, and North—were prominent. She asked the audience what these countries have in common. “They are immigrant nations; they are Colonial Nations,” she said. “People come here and make it great, and traditional people lose land,” she said, pointing out the paradoxical quality of the situation created by an influx of immigrants. In 1887, the Davides Allotment Act—divide up tribal lands, all Indians accepting a land allotment would become citizens—which started the boarding school for Indian children, so they would become “good citizens” and lose their native language.

In honor of Constitution Day, all educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the U.S. Constitution. The Friends of Olin Library annually supports and coordinates the event, which is free and open to the public. Pictured in foreground is Sam Rosenfeld, visiting assistant professor of government. 

In honor of Constitution Day, all educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the U.S. Constitution. The Friends of Olin Library annually supports and coordinates the event, which is free and open to the public. Pictured in foreground is Sam Rosenfeld, visiting assistant professor of government. (Photos by Will Barr ’18)

Read more about Berger here and past Constitution Day speakers here.

Wesleyan Works on Utilities Infrastructure Improvements, Landscaping Projects this Summer

Physical Plant-Facilities recently enhanced the area in front of Weshop.

Physical Plant-Facilities recently enhanced the area in front of Weshop.

This summer, crews around campus are hard at work on several major maintenance and capital projects designed to support Wesleyan’s ultimate goal of creating a more interconnected and sustainable campus.

Physical Plant-Facilities seeks to foster a synergistic residential and academic experience by creating visual and functional transparency between indoor and outdoor spaces, preserving and enhancing opportunities for informal learning, improving formal learning spaces, showcasing learning and living in action, and integrating learning opportunities with Middletown.

Landscaping projects include replacing the sidewalk in front of College Row, from Wyllys Avenue to Church Street, with a 15-foot-wide asphalt path featuring four seating vignettes; landscape improvements at Andrus Field; landscape renovation, including an outdoor learning space at the Center for the Humanities; Cross Street sidewalk replacement between Fountain Street and Pine Street; and sidewalk replacement throughout the Foss Hill complex, including steam line replacement on High Street; hot and chilled water piping replacement at the Center for the Arts; main electrical equipment replacement at Olin Memorial Library; and transformer replacement at Judd Hall.

Other projects include renovations at Pi Café; waterproofing and new flooring at the Bacon Field House; new academic and office space for the Center for Pedagogical Innovations at 116 Mount Vernon Street; laboratory renovations at Hall-Atwater, Exley Science Center, and Judd Hall; and the replacement of the penthouse roof at Exley Science Center.

All projects are scheduled for completion before the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

Several major maintenance and capital projects are taking place on the Wesleyan campus this summer.

Several major maintenance and capital projects are taking place on the Wesleyan campus this summer.

Students Spread Dance across Campus

On May 4, students from the Improvisational Forms dance class performed at various locations around campus, including inside and outside Schonberg Dance Studio, Exley Science Center and Olin Memorial Library.

Students in the movement-based class study improvisation from a number of perspectives. Improvising in so many different environments challenges the dancers’ ability to focus while exploring the “score” (prompts/rules) they have pre-set for each specific site, continuously relating to each other and to the unique architecture and nature of each space. The class is taught by Susan Lourie, adjunct professor of dance. (Photos by Laurie Kenney)

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Longley ’82 Speaks at Friends of Wesleyan Library Event

Adobe Photoshop PDFOn April 21, Dione Longley ’82 spoke about her new book, Heroes for All Time: Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories, co-authored by Buck Zaidel (Wesleyan University Press), in the Davison Rare Book Room at Olin Memorial Library as part of the 2015 Friends of the Wesleyan Library Annual Meeting Talk. The book uses soldiers’ letters and diaries, and written accounts by nurses, doctors, soldiers’ families, and volunteers on the home front to vividly portray the war. Hundreds of period photographs (most, previously unpublished) add to the narrative.

Longley was director of the Middlesex County Historical Society in Middletown for 20 years.  Now a public historian and writer, she lives in Higganum.

Dione Longley '82 spoke about "Heroes for All Time: Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories," co-authored by Buck Zaidel,  on April 21 (Photo by Dat Vu '15.)

Dione Longley ’82 spoke about “Heroes for All Time: Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories,” co-authored by Buck Zaidel, on April 21. (Photo by Dat Vu ’15.)

 

Students Gather to Mourn Kenyan Victims

On April 9, more than 200 students gathered at Olin Library for a vigil to remember the 147 people—most of them students—killed in the massacre at Garissa University College in Kenya earlier this month. Speakers at the vigil included Arnelle Williams ’17, Giselle Torres ’16, Claudia Kahindi ’18, Geofrey Yatich ’17, Ismael Coleman ’15, Nyanen Deng ’17, Alexandria Williams ’15, and Irvine Peck’s-Agaya ’18.

The vigil was organized to remember those who lost their lives, to raise awareness on campus about issues that happen internationally, to challenge the idea that some news is considered more worthy than others, and to engage the idea that Black Lives Matter--and all lives matter--not only in the U.S., but around the world. Arnelle Williams '17 speaks to the vigil crowd.

The vigil was organized to remember those who lost their lives, to raise awareness on campus about issues that happen internationally, to challenge the idea that some news is considered more worthy than others, and to engage the idea that Black Lives Matter–and all lives matter–not only in the U.S., but around the world. Arnelle Williams ’17 speaks to the vigil crowd.

Geofrey Yatich '17 addresses the crowd from a podium showing just a handful of the many people killed at Garissa University College in Kenya.

Geofrey Yatich ’17 addresses the crowd from a podium showing just a handful of the many people killed at Garissa University College in Kenya.

Mlozanowski Author of Night Flying

Joy Mlozanowski, library assistant/accounting specialist, is the author of Night Flying, published by Port Yonder Press in January 2015.

Abstract: In her diary, Mae questions God as she and her husband confront the news of an abnormal pregnancy and agonize over the decisions they face. Needing time away to think, she visits her childhood home and reconnects with Will, a deaf friend who taught her to sign when they were young. After her visit, Mae and Will continue an intimate written exchange in which she confides her despair, while Will shares his own struggle to honor the wishes of his dying father, and reconcile his mother’s reluctance to let go.

This collection of correspondences between Mae and Will form a powerful, nonjudgmental narrative around faith and the controversial topics of abortion and end-of-life care. Their story is one of understanding and hope, and promises to deeply touch anyone who has faced these difficult and heartbreaking choices.

Mlozanowski has an MFA from Southern Connecticut State University, and also is a visual artist and the assistant editor for Pith Journal. Read more: www.joychristine.com

“Weeding Out” a Success as Olin Makes Room for More

Olin Library.

Olin Library.

The process of removing about 60,000 volumes from Olin Library (to make room for others, including Art Library holdings) is nearly complete, according to University Librarian Pat Tully.

Olin started the work in 2012, guided by faculty and other experts in selecting duplicate, out of date, rarely circulated, and other books for removal as the library anticipated greater demand on the stacks starting in 2014. Olin holds about one million volumes and will continue to acquire books and other material every year.

“Weeding will be on hold through the summer,” Tully said. “Sometime next fall we will begin an ongoing weeding process – we will be weeding far fewer volumes than in the project, but can maintain a certain amount of growth space while we continue to add new print materials.”

The books that were “weeded” – some of which were sold by the Friends of Olin Library, had to satisfy the following criteria:

  • had been published before 1990,
  • was added to Wesleyan’s collection before 2003,
  • has never circulated since 2003 (when Olin migrated to the current online library system and for which there is detailed circulation data)
  • has circulated less than twice since 1996 (that is, for which Olin has summary circulation statistics), and
  • is held by 30 or more libraries in the United States (per WorldCat)
  • is held by two or more of our Connecticut partner libraries with whom Wesleyan shares a delivery service (that is, Connecticut College, Trinity College and University of Connecticut, Storrs).

 

Read more about the project and follow its progress here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends of Wesleyan Library Raises Funds at Book Sale

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library held its annual Book Sale on Nov. 2 at Olin Library. More than 3,500 books were offered at prices from $1 to $10.  Members of the lacrosse team (see last photo) helped by moving more than 100 heavy boxes of books for the sale.

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library is a community of readers dedicated to celebrating and enjoying books of all kinds from vellum bound manuscripts to humble paperbacks to the latest digital innovation. The Friends raise funds to support the library’s important work and activities including lectures, workshops, symposia and exhibitions; Consitution Day speakers; cataloging of hidden or inaccessible collections; special preservation projects; the library newsletter and more.

Photos of the book sale are below (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16):

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WesScholar Reaches 1M Downloads

WesScholar allows users to explore works in 231 disciplines.

WesScholar allows users to explore works in 231 disciplines.

Thanks a million, WesScholar!

The open-access repository of scholarly work at Wesleyan had its one millionth download sometime in the wee hours between Oct. 1 and 2, and the number of downloads now stands at 1,000,082, according to WesScholar’s keepers at Olin Library and ITS. The title or nature of the millionth download, however, remains obscure.

“We’ve been wondering about that ourselves,” said University Archivist Leith Johnson.

Perhaps it was one of the all-time top-10 downloads of faculty work, say, “A Sorcerer’s Bottle: The Visual Art of Magic in Haiti,” by Professor of Religion Elizabeth McAlister, or one of the most frequently downloaded student papers, “Deviance in Disney: Representations of Crime in Disney Films, A Qualitative Analysis,” by Rebecca Celia Rabison ’08.

WesScholar, launched in 2008, stores student theses and papers, faculty research and journal articles, and all manner of creative work on a platform run by Berkeley Electronic Press. It provides Google-able access to this material to anyone with an Internet connection. Useful to scholars worldwide, it proves especially valuable to Wesleyan students who use it to check thesis titles and previous generations’ work as they prepare their capstone projects, or to search out alumni in their field as they start to think about jobs and graduate school. Students have the option to post completed honors theses on WesScholar; the vast majority do.

It’s also useful to faculty who can use it as a “back end “ for research projects or archival materials that aren’t published elsewhere.

“It provides a way to put all of this scholarship in a discoverable place,” Johnson said.

More than 40 professors, including President Michael Roth, use WesScholar to host their “scholar pages,” which can include bios, descriptions of current work or journal articles. Professor of Music Mark Slobin has deposited audio recordings as part of his “American Cantorate” project, for example.

Not all faculty work is deposited in WesScholar, since some publishers and journals have more open-access restrictions or a more complicated permissions process. Olin folks hope that will change.

“I would hope the next big thing for WesScholar is some sort of movement by the faculty to use it even more,” said Dan Schnaidt, manager of academic computing.

WesScholar could also provide a convenient repository for data from grant-funded research now required by the federal government, Johnson said. Any National Science Foundation grant, for example, requires that the resulting research be publicly accessible.

Of the million-plus downloads, more than 400,00 have taken place in the past year alone. Johnson is not sure why that is, although he speculates that linkage with search engines like GoogleScholar, for example, “make the work more findable.”

Some fun facts about WesScholar:

  • The English Department has an updated descriptive list of books published by department members, with links to amazon.com
  • Events and workshops can be “hosted” on the platform, with all collateral materials posted there for easy access by participants.
  • You can browse Wesleyan University Press collections, including the “audio companions” (which used to be included as a CD in a book).

Visit the WesScholar website here.