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Library Exhibit: Scientific Illustration

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A new exhibit, Scientific Illustration: The Art of Looking, is on view through the Fall semester in the Science & Engineering Information Center, located on the 2nd floor of Silverman Library.

The exhibit follows the scientist’s gaze by looking not only at what early scientists looked at, but how they visually recorded what they saw, often creating arresting works of art in the process and providing insights into the way they thought.

As Brian J. Ford in his book, Images of Science: A History of Scientific Illustration notes, the purpose of scientific illustration is to describe and document as well as instruct, but it also serves to record the state of human understanding.

(Image: Galileo’s drawings of the moon, as seen with the aid of the newly-invented telescope).

 

 

Bright Young Librarians: Marie Elia

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Bright Young Librarians: Marie Elia

The website for Fine Books & Collections magazine currently features an interview with our own Marie Elia as part of their Bright Young Librarians series:

http://www.finebooksmagazine.com/fine_books_blog/2014/08/bright-young-librarians-marie-elia.phtml

Here’s an excerpt:

Thoughts on the future of special collections / rare book librarianship?

I think special collections are inherently interdisciplinary; even a collection with the narrowest collecting policy will appeal to interest outside the scope. To continue to broaden our relevance, we have to explore our capacity to serve unexpected needs and to inspire new inquiry. As a processing archivist, I think I do this by creating rich documentation for collections so that people can find our materials through multiple access points. In addition to traditional exhibitions and outreach, I think good cataloging and sharing of resources will be the best way to bring our collections to new users. 

Congratulations, Marie!

Larry Eigner’s Typewriter Featured In AtBuffalo

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Larry Eigner’s 1940s Royal Portable Junior Typewriter. Photo by Doug Levere.

Larry Eigner’s typewriter, donated to the Poetry Collection in 2011 by Richard Eigner, is featured in the Summer 2014 “Objectology” section of AtBuffalo.

In addition to the typewriter, the Poetry Collection holds virtually all of Eigner’s publications and a large selection of the poet’s manuscripts and letters.

UB Libraries Go Green!

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Beginning Monday, August 4, 2014, all public photocopiers in the UB Libraries will be replaced with state-of-the-art scanners for the library public. The new scanners are free, and users can make high quality images that can be easily saved and sent directly to a USB flashdrive, email, or Google Drive.

We are pleased to offer this new scanning service in response to user demand; and moving from photocopying to scanning is environmentally the right thing to do – no paper, no toner, no plastic cards, no waste.

If you have any questions about scanning in the Libraries, or have a print/copy debit card with a remaining balance, please stop by a library circulation desk for assistance.  Non-UB affiliated patrons and visitors, please note that the card reader at the printer will be removed — please plan to make alternate arrangements for printing.

 

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UB Librarian Receives National Award

SusanDavis(1)Susan Davis, Acquisitions Librarian for Continuing Resources at UB Libraries, is one of the inaugural recipients of the ALCTS Honors Award given by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services of the American Library Association.  The award recognizes “outstanding contributions at all levels within ALCTS, stellar dedication to service, uncompromising commitment to excellence, willingness to accept challenges, and a sustained and exemplary record of moving ALCTS forward.” Congratulations Susan for the well-deserved honor!