|| Learning Commons will be open 24 hours
The McWherter Library’s first floor Learning Commons will be open 24 hours from noon
on Sunday, April 28 through 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. Campus Police will require
a University ID for admittance to the building during the overnight hours.
||Friday, June 7, 2013, 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Conference: The Delta - Everything Southern!
Recent News and Events:
|| Exhibition: “Impact and Influence: The Church Family of Memphis”
The exhibition, on view in the rotunda of the Ned R. McWherter Library until May 9,
features more than 30 documents and artifacts from three generations of the Robert
R. Church family and reflects the cultural, political and racial climate of the late
19th and early 20th centuries. Click here for information about each family member.
Prominent Memphians and active members of the Republican Party, the Church family
was influential in business, politics and public service both locally and nationally.
They were heavily involved in the early Civil Rights Movement and gained the respect
and admiration of presidents, activists and key historical figures. In 1976, Sara
Roberta Church donated nearly 100 boxes of material from her family’s personal archives
to the University Libraries. Click here to view additional photos of the Church family.
The exhibition includes souvenir programs from local events honoring President Theodore
Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington, along with personal correspondence from both men.
The first display case features an assortment of letters, pamphlets, and historical
publications, such as an original 1906 issue of W.E.B. DuBois’ The Moon, the first weekly African-American magazine and the precursor to The Crisis.
Another display highlights the achievements of women during the Civil Rights Movement
and includes letters from Ida B. Wells-Barnett, as well as Church’s copy of her 1920
publication The Arkansas Race Riot. For more information on notable Memphis women, click here to read about the AMUM’s exhibition for Women’s History Month, “Muted Belles: A Monument
to Women of Memphis.”Then,test your knowledge of women’s history by taking the online
quiz based on the Art Museum and McWherter Library displays by March 31.
|| New journal titles and databases now part of Libraries' online resources
The University Libraries has expanded its online resources to benefit researchers
across disciplines. Additions for 2013 include access to 1,800 new journal titles,
expanded online access to existing serial subscriptions (including Science, Nature, and The Chronicle of Higher Education), and several new databases. Updates to the collection include: expanded content
and conference proceedings within IEEE Xplore and the Association for Computing Machinery
(ACM) Digital Library, the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library, the Chicago
Manual of Style online, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
(DSM-IV-TR®) online, SportsDiscus database, and Historical Abstracts database. Click
here for a full list of titles.
|| Congratulations to Dr. Mark H. Danley, associate professor and catalog librarian,
on the publication of The Seven Years’ War: Global Views (Brill, 2012) of which is he co-editor and a chapter contributor. The book, available
in the library (click here to get the detailed record), reaches beyond traditional approaches to illuminate the
conflict as world war and includes aspects of the Seven Years’ War beyond the usual
emphasis on Frederick the Great’s campaigns and the war in North America.
||“Know What You Have and Know Where It Will Go:
Some Estate Planning Basics”
U of M’s Director of Planned Giving, Dan Murrell, CFRE
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Ned R. McWherter Library, Room 226
||Journal Writing Workshop: “Women Making History Every Day”
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Ned R. McWherter Library, Room 226
In preparation for the U of M’s Women’s History Month celebration in March, renowned
Memphis storyteller and writer Elaine Blanchard will host a free journal writing workshop
open to all students. Honor the women in your life who will forever be a part of our
history by writing about them in a peaceful and creative environment. Participants
will have the option of submitting their stories to the U of M’s Women Making History Every Day writing project. Bring a notebook, a pen, and an open mind!
||“The Blaxploitation Poster Show”
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Ned R. McWherter Library, Room 226
Dr. Keith Corson, adjunct faculty in the College of Communications and Fine Arts at
the University of Memphis, presents an hour-long exploration of the film cycle (1971-1976)
that places the blaxploitation era in an historical, political, aesthetic, and economic
context. Free and open to the public.
||Special Collections Lecture: " 'Help Me to Find My People': Researching the African
Thursday, February 21, 2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Ned R. McWherter Library, Room 225
Dr. Beverly Bond, associate professor of history and Dunavant Professor of African American History, will speak about the search for family in
the aftermath in the Civil War. Dr. Bond will refer to Heather Williams’ new book
(Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery) and connect her theme with pop culture references found in television programs,
novels like Leonard Pitts' Freeman, and films such as Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. She will also discuss the availability and relevance of primary sources in the University
Libraries’ special collections department. Free and open to the public.
|| TopNotch Tiger Award!
Has a University Libraries’ employee done something that you feel is worthy of praise?
Perhaps someone helped you with your research or showed you an amazing resource. If
so, give him or her a shout-out with a TopNotch Tiger award! This award will let others
know the merits and accomplishments of this person. Please click here to learn more and to nominate someone today!
|| McWherter Library Electronic Reserves Policy
The University Libraries created the McWherter Library Electronic Reserves Policy
in December 2012. The policy contains the guidelines for submission and the Fair Use
analysis checklist. Please click Here to read it.
||Thursday, March 7, 2013
Film screening: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011)
A Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys and Muslims in Memphis event
University Center Theatre
Free and open to the public.
The ninety-minute documentary film directed by Rob Gardner takes audiences on an
epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores themes
such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presents the stories behind
many great masterworks of Islamic art and architecture. For event information, contact
Jennifer Schnabel at 901-678-8210 or email.
Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys is a program from the National Endowment for the
Humanities and the American Library Association that aims to familiarize public audiences
in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims
in the United States and around the world.
||Exhibit of U of M faculty scholarship in the rotunda
The University Libraries and the Friends of University Libraries will celebrate the
quality and quantity of scholarship produced by University of Memphis faculty members
by hosting an exhibit in the rotunda of the Ned R. McWherter Library from April 22-26.
Books, articles, films, CDs, artwork, posters and other materials will be displayed.
The centerpiece of the exhibit will feature opera costumes designed by Janice Benning
Lacek, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. The Faculty Scholarship
Week exhibit in the Ned R. McWherter Library coincides with the recent announcement
of the recipients of U of M’s 2012-13 Faculty Awards which honor outstanding achievement
in teaching, research and engaged scholarship. For more information, please contact
Anna Swearengen at 678-2744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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