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Faculty Discuss Educational Expectations at Roundtable

Joe Siry, professor of art and art history, spoke at the Academic Technology Roundtable April 12 in Olin Library’s Devlin Room. The topic was “General Education Expectations in Division I: What should students who are not majoring in the arts and humanities get from their arts and humanities courses?” Siry teaches architecture classes and suggested that history be an expectation of Wesleyan students.

Pat Tully: New University Librarian

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Pat Tully was appointed the Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Patricia Tully, who has been the interim university librarian since June 2009, was appointed the Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian on March 1.

During her interim appointment, Tully has administered the Library with creativity and dedication and has shown the strong leadership needed in these challenging times.

Tully earned her B.A. in philosophy and graduated magna cum laude from Williams College; she earned her M.L.S. degree from the University of Michigan.

Tully brings a wealth of experience to Wesleyan, having served in both public and academic libraries.

“Many of you have worked with Pat during her terms as associate university librarian and interim university librarian, and are well aware of her impressive organizational skills, her dedication to Wesleyan, and her uncompromising commitment to support the scholarly work of faculty and students,” says Joe Bruno, vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I am delighted to have her continue in this important leadership position, and ask you to join me in thanking

3 Staff Members Retire from Olin, Science Libraries

Pat Tully, third from left, hosted a reception March 4 in the Smith Reading Room to honor three long-time library staff members who are retiring from Wesleyan this year. The librarians are, from left, Roberta Raczka, Science Library assistant in circulation; Linda Marquis, Science Library assistant in access services and at far right, Ann Marino, Olin Library administrative assistant and facilities coordinator.

Pat Tully, third from left, hosted a reception March 4 in the Smith Reading Room to honor three long-time library staff members who are retiring from Wesleyan this year. The librarians are, from left, Roberta Raczka, Science Library assistant in circulation; Linda Marquis, Science Library assistant in access services and at far right, Ann Marino, Olin Library administrative assistant and facilities coordinator.

Ann Marino worked in Olin Library 41 years. Marino recalls chats with author William Manchester and playwright, Elia Kazan. "Elia and my Dad had a love for growing vegetables in the garden. They were both proud of what they grew and would quietly compete with each other over who had the better zucchini or tomato. When Elia would find out that my dad didn’t grow a certain vegetable, he would send over one of his to my parent’s and say 'try this.' with a smile on his face. This would go on over the growing season to see who could top each other. It was a barrel of laughs," she says. Marino also was touched when Wesleyan flew a flag at half-staff in honor of her mother, Helen Marino, who was a long-time employee at Wesleyan.

Ann Marino worked in Olin Library 41 years. Marino recalls chats with author William Manchester and playwright, Elia Kazan. "Elia and my Dad had a love for growing vegetables in the garden. They were both proud of what they grew and would quietly compete with each other over who had the better zucchini or tomato. When Elia would find out that my dad didn’t grow a certain vegetable, he would send over one of his to my parent’s and say 'try this.' with a smile on his face. This would go on over the growing season to see who could top each other. It was a barrel of laughs," she says. Marino also was touched when Wesleyan flew a flag at half-staff in honor of her mother, Helen Marino, who was a long-time employee at Wesleyan.

Roberta Raczka worked in the Psychology Library and the Science Library for 21 years.

Roberta Raczka worked in the Psychology Library and the Science Library for 21 years. Pictured, she is speaking to Scott Plous, professor of psychology.

Linda Marquis has worked in the Science Library for 22 years. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Linda Marquis has worked in the Science Library for 22 years. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Alec McLane: Music Librarian Oversees 3,000 Entries in Olin’s Music Catalog

Alec McLane, music librarian and director of the World Music Archives, says Wesleyan hosts a robust sample of Native American, South Indian, Indonesian, African, and East Asian field recordings. (Photo by Stefan Weinberger '10)

Alec McLane, music librarian and director of the World Music Archives, says Wesleyan hosts a robust sample of Native American, South Indian, Indonesian, African, and East Asian field recordings. (Photo by Stefan Weinberger '10)

Q: Alec, when were you hired as Wesleyan’s music librarian?

A: I came in the summer of 1998 to interview for the position, and started work that Fall semester.

Q: Do most universities have a music librarian? Like other librarians, are you involved in cataloging, organizing, acquisitions and assisting patrons?

A: Large universities with separate schools of music often have a branch music library with one or more librarians staffing it. Institutions of Wesleyan’s size vary somewhat, usually according to the relative importance of the music department within the school. In our case, with graduate programs in composition and ethnomusicology, the music collection is quite important and gets its own librarian. Reference, preservation, and cataloging are all part of what I do, but with specific attention to the music collection.

Q: You’re also the director of the World Music Archives, which was first used in teaching in 1953. What would one use the music archives for?

A: The World Music Archives is a collection of field recordings from around the world and also of Wesleyan concert recordings. It began as the personal

Biddle Speaks at Columbia University on Islamic Manuscript Heritage

Michaelle Biddle, head of preservation services, presented a lecture titled “Saving Nigeria’s Islamic Manuscript Heritage” Sept. 17 at Columbia University. Biddle has studied Islamic manuscripts all over the world.

In March 2008, Biddle went on a five-week sabbatical under a U.S. Ambassador’s Cultural Preservation Fund Grant to survey Northern Nigerian private and public collections of Islamic Manuscripts. These manuscripts are similar to those in Timbuktu, a World Heritage Site. Her survey resulted in recommendations for the preservation and conservation of the manuscripts.

She returned to Nigeria in August 2008 training two local conservation teams: one in Sokoto, the home of the Sultan to West African Muslims, and the other in Kaduna at the Nigerian National Archives, under a U.S. State Department Speaker’s Grant.

In March 2009, she returned to head up a team conserving a large, multi-generational family collection in Yola.

Preservation Services Remodeled, Receives Extra 180 Square Feet

A former storage room in Olin Library is now part of the Preservation Services facility.

A former storage room in Olin Library is now part of the Preservation Services facility.

When one of Olin Library’s books becomes tattered or torn, Preservation Services helps restore the book, making it again available for circulation.

In April, the one-room shop located in Olin’s basement received its own facelift.

“We outgrew the space that we had,” explains Michaelle Biddle, head of preservation services. “Our carpet was saturated with dirt and mold, and we needed more space and better lighting.”

The renovation included removing a wall between Preservation Services and a storage room formerly used by Special Collections and Archives. The storage area was merged with the current preservation lab, adding an additional 180 square feet to the working area.

The lab received new paint, new lighting and a Scottish tile floor. The project was funded by the Adelphic Education Fund.

Biddle works in the lab with between five student preservation technicians. She will be hiring eight students for the 2009-10 academic year.

“We now have wonderful light, cleanliness and enough space to be organized,” Biddle says. “Our productivity is up by over 100 percent compared to last year because we can now work on several different projects simultaneously.”

Preservation Services, established in 1999, restores books that have torn binding or pages, mold, page staining, and defacing. The department helps maintain the library’s collections, to ensure their availability to users, and to make items available in different formats when the originals are no longer useful because of severe deterioration of paper or bindings.

Special Collections Honors Earth Day with Exhibition

At left, Suzy Taraba, university archivist and head of Special Collections, speaks to Phil Resor, assistant professor of earth and enviornmental sciences, and Suzanne O'Connell, chair and professor of earth and environmental sciences, director of the Service Learning Center, during the Special Collections and Archives Earth Day Open House April 22. Taraba is explaining printer and publisher Robin Price's "43." Paper maps from locations along the 43rd parallels are bound in an accordion that structurally supports the main text, which is printed on graph paper and joined together as an accordion.

At left, Suzy Taraba, university archivist and head of Special Collections, speaks to Phil Resor, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, and Suzanne O'Connell, chair and professor of earth and environmental sciences, director of the Service Learning Center, during the Special Collections and Archives Earth Day Open House April 22. Taraba is explaining printer and publisher Robin Price's 43 Paper maps from locations along the 43rd parallels are bound in an accordion that structurally supports the main text, which is printed on graph paper and joined together as an accordion.

Rebecca McCallum, cataloging librarian at Olin Library, used old cataloging cards to knit this "fabric," which was on display at the Earth Day event.

Rebecca McCallum, cataloging librarian at Olin Library, used old cataloging cards to knit this "fabric," which was on display at the Earth Day event. Several Olin library employees created recycled art for the open house.

Jones to Retire from Wesleyan May 31

Barbara Jones, the Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian, will retire from Wesleyan effective May 31.

Jones came to Wesleyan from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. As the Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian, she has worked with students, faculty, Information Technology Services, and others to recreate library spaces and services, including the Olin Information Commons, Jakobson Periodical Reading Room, the Conservation Lab, and the renovated Science Library stacks and study areas. She has been a leader in the CTW library group, has helped make the consortium a model for collaboration among member libraries, and played an important role in securing Mellon Foundation grant to aid in the sharing of collections. By reaching out to work with others at Wesleyan and beyond, Jones has developed relationships that have proved essential in providing dynamic, innovative library services for Wesleyan students and faculty.

Jones has been a tireless advocate of intellectual freedom and privacy in the digital age. She has hosted workshops and presented papers on the subject in Africa, East Asia and Latin America. For her efforts, Jones was awarded the 2007 Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Tully to Become Interim University Librarian

Patricia Tully, who has been the associate university librarian since 2004, will become interim University Librarian on June 1. Tully earned her bachelor of arts in philosophy and graduated magna cum laude from Williams College; she earned her masters degree in library science from the University of Michigan. She brings a wealth of experience to her new position, having served in both public and academic libraries. Before coming to Wesleyan, Tully served as head of technical services at the Gettysburg College Musselman Library and at Harvard’s Hilles and Lamont Libraries

At Wesleyan, Tully has worked closely with staff within and outside the library to restructure the library’s budget, implement organizational and policy changes, and provide day-to-day logistical support for library operations and projects.

William Manchester’s Life Discussed at Lecture, Exhibit

Portrait of a Writer" honoring and celebrating Manchester, a writer in residence at Wesleyan whose ties to the university date back to 1955. Manchester died at his home in Middletown, Conn. in June 2004.

Leith Johnson, project archivist for the William Manchester Papers, speaks about author William Manchester's career at Wesleyan Feb. 5 in Olin Library. The Friends of the Wesleyan Library sponsored the event titled "William Manchester: Portrait of a Writer" honoring and celebrating Manchester, a writer in residence at Wesleyan whose ties to the university date back to 1955. Manchester died at his home in Middletown, Conn. in June 2004.

Manchester was most known for his book, <i>The Death of a President</i> (1967). In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy selected Manchester to write about John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Two years later, she sued him to prevent the publication of <i>The Death of a President</i>, setting off a controversy that played out on the front pages of newspapers around the world.

Manchester was most known for his book, The Death of a President (1967). In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy selected Manchester to write about John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Two years later, she sued him to prevent the publication of The Death of a President, setting off a controversy that played out on the front pages of newspapers around the world.

 

1873 Class Album Returns to Wesleyan

Valerie Gillispie, assistant university archivist at Wesleyan University, flips through the pages of a class photo album dated 1873. A gentleman from Newark, Del. found the album in a pile of books and donated it back to Wesleyan this month. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Valerie Gillispie, assistant university archivist at Wesleyan University, flips through the pages of a class photo album dated 1873. A gentleman from Newark, Del. found the album in a pile of books and donated it back to Wesleyan this month. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

When John Chambless was rummaging through a pile of old books at his mother’s home in Newark, Del., one mammoth album with an ornate and intertwined “WU” stuck out. Curious, he opened it up and discovered an album containing more than 50 black and white hand-laid photos of students, staff and campus buildings dated 1873.

Intrigued by the mysterious book that lacked attribution, Chambless began a series of internet searches in attempt of finding the book’s origin.