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Swarthmore Libraries Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project

From 2017 to 2019, the Swarthmore College Libraries partnered with the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility on Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary, a project that sought to use art to build empathy and belonging for recently resettled Iraqis and Syrians. Specifically, the project employed the book arts to bring archival resources in the college’s Friends Historical Library and the Peace Collection into conversation with the experiences of collaborators. The project hosted more than 20 workshops, led by renowned book artists Islam Aly, Maureen Cummins, Erik Ruin, and the People’s Paper Co-op. Collaborators came together to share their own skills, learn new skills, and make paper-based and book-based art. The libraries recently exhibited work that emerged from the project from both collaborators and professional book artists.

The book Conference of Birds, created by Islam Aly from a 12th C Persian poem and presented In English and Arabic, is part of the Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project. Photograph by Lawrence Kesterton.

The book Conference of Birds, created by Islam Aly from a 12th C Persian poem and presented In English and Arabic, is part of the Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project. Photograph by Lawrence Kesterton.

An expanded multisite exhibition will take place at Philadelphia’s City Hall, the Parkway Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and Twelve Gates Gallery from June 7 through mid-August 2019. Major support for Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, with additional support from the Cooper Foundation and the Mellon Foundation.

Brooklyn Historical Society opens Ronald Shiffman Collection

The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) recently opened the Ronald Shiffman Collection on the Pratt Center for Community Development for research. The collection provides material related to community planning, housing programs and policies, community development corporations, and land use across New York City and internationally. Shiffman is a city planner, architect, and expert in community economic development and sustainable development assistance for community-based groups in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. A graduate of Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture and later its graduate program in City and Regional Planning, Shiffman co-founded the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development, now known as the Pratt Center for Community Development.

The collection includes materials related to community planning projects, including the rebuilding of Coney Island after Hurricane Sandy and redevelopment projects in Red Hook, the Gowanus Canal, the Atlantic Yards, and Columbia University. Many of the community development materials relate to Brooklyn neighborhoods, such as Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and Williamsburg-Greenpoint, as well as the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. As an accompaniment to the collection, the society developed a research guide on neighborhood change and gentrification, which highlights related resources in BHS’ Othmer Library, including oral histories, maps, books, and manuscript collections. The guide is available at www.brooklynhistory.org/research-guides/neighborhood-change-and-gentrification/.

ALA and The Harwood Institute offer Public Innovators Lab for Libraries

The 2019 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held October 15-17, 2019, at the Loudermilk Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Librarians, community partners, and stakeholders in libraries of all types— public, academic, school, and special libraries—are invited to attend.

The Harwood Public Innovators Lab is an intensive workshop that explores the practice of Turning Outward—using the community, not your conference room, as the reference point for library choices and action. Participants will leave the lab as the next class in a group of more than 4,000 library professionals who have learned this approach to community engagement.

Participants must register online by October 15. The cost is $995 per person, which includes a Public Innovator Lab Book, a Public Innovator Toolkit that you can use with your staff and community partners, and three months of post-Lab enrichment support. Team participation is encouraged.

IUPUI University Library holds first annual Open Education Awards

In March 2019, faculty and staff gathered in the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library for the university’s 1st Annual Open Education Awards event. This event was created to recognize the work of IUPUI faculty members who have been committed to integrating Open Educational Resources into their coursework. Robin Janson, clinical assistant professor in the IUPUI School of Health and Human Sciences’ Department of Occupational Therapy, was named this year’s awardee.

Janson uses Thingiverse, a free, downloadable open source repository of digital designs, to create a proportional upper limb bone anatomical model that can be 3-D printed and assembled. Thingiverse is an open website that allows people to make, share, and discover 3-D models. In addition to using the upper limb models during classroom and lab instruction, students are able to check out the models for home study. More information on the award is available at www.ulib.iupui.edu/digitalscholarship/blog/iupui-university-library-holds-first-annual-open-education-awards.

AALL announces 2019 Gallagher Award winners

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) recently announced the 2019 recipients of the association’s highest honor, the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award. The 2019 AALL Gallagher Award recipients are James S. Heller, Kenneth J. Hirsh, Jacquelyn J. Jurkins, and Darcy Kirk. Established in 1984 to acknowledge sustained service to law librarianship, exemplary association support, and outstanding contributions to professional literature, the Gallagher Award is presented to individuals who have completed, or are nearing completion of, an active professional career. For more information about AALL’s Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, visit http://bit.ly/AALL-gallagher.

New Alexander Street video interface launches

ProQuest has announced the launch of a new interface for its Alexander Street streaming video products, including Academic Video Online. The new interface is simpler and faster with a continued focus on content and features for the academic market—including on-screen transcripts, clip-making abilities, and single-sign-on technology for seamless use with learning management systems. During a multi-month “dual access” period, customers will have the option to try out the new experience and become familiar with its features and benefits. In mid-2019, all video-only collections will automatically redirect to the new interface. Preview the new interface at https://video.alexanderstreet.com.

Archival materials of suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt online

The papers of suffragist and political strategist Carrie Chapman Catt, including her time as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The collection includes approximately 9,500 items dating primarily from 1890 to 1920, as Catt helped lead the fight for a federal suffrage amendment.

Catt is perhaps best known for her second stint as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, beginning in 1915. She soon unveiled a two-pronged strategy to coordinate both state-by-state advocacy to win voting rights for women along with an aggressive lobbying effort in Washington for a federal suffrage amendment. Catt also helped found the International Woman Suffrage Association. The Catt Papers are online at http://loc.gov/collections/carrie-chapman-catt-papers/about-this-collection/.

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