The Cary Collection Travels to the Smithsonian
Curator Steven Galbraith delivered two lectures for the Smithsonian Associates(a division of the Smithsonian Institution) as a part of a day-long seminar on the history of the King James Bible. Galbraith was joined by Hannibal Hamlin from The Ohio State University, with whom he had previously curated the exhibition Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. in 2011.
Cary Collection Curator Publishes Rare Book Librarianship
Steven Galbraith published Rare Book Librarianship: An Introduction and a Guide (Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2012). Co-written with Geoffrey Smith, this handbook provides a comprehensive account of the core skills and knowledge needed to be a successful rare book librarian. Topics include best practices for handling, housing, and conserving rare materials; collection development; and user education and outreach.
Edges of Books Exhibition Catalog Available
Featuring a selection of artifacts from 1518 to the present, the Cary Collection’s fall exhibition Edges of Books uncovered a centuries-old tradition in which the edges of books were important sites for information and decoration. Accompanying the exhibition was a catalog of the same title published by the RIT Press
Fore-edge Painting at the Cary Collection
The Cary Collection’s Edges of Books exhibition featured many examples of hidden fore-edge painting, a quirky historical genre where an artist would fan the pages of a book, paint a scene on it, and then, once it was dry, close the book and apply a gold edge over the painting. When the book is closed all you can see is the layer of gold. When you fan the pages of the book, however, a painting appears. The Cary Collection hosted the renowned master of this art, Martin Frost, who gave both a lecture and conducted a workshop attended by book artists from all over the country.
Artist-in-Residence Hugh Bryden at the Cary Collection
From late September to early October, the Cary Graphic Arts Collection hosted Scottish printmaker Hugh Bryden, who worked with the Cary Collection’s Amelia Fontanel and RIT Professor Keith Howard on printing with non-toxic inks. Bryden also guest-lectured in a variety of RIT classes and gave a public talk on his work.
Caption: Visiting Artist Hugh Bryden (right) and RIT professor Keith Howard (left) working on one of the Cary Collection's presses for their ink research project.
Navigating New York City: The History of the Vignelli Transit Maps
In December 2012, the RIT Press published one of its most significant titles to date: Vignelli Transit Maps by Peter B. Lloyd and Mark Ovenden. This richly illustrated book documents the history of the New York City subway system and how it was mapped for commuter use. In particular, the authors focus on the publication in 1972 of one of the most iconic transit system maps of the 20th century. Commissioned from the Vignelli design firm in New York, the new map was a breakthrough in information design and displayed an enormously complex subway route system with great clarity. Despite its innovative solutions, the new map received only lukewarm support from commuters. Peter Lloyd’s detailed account of the map’s creation and reception was based on meticulous research from the authors’ personal map collections as well as in the comprehensive Vignelli Design Archive housed at RIT. Ordering information at RIT Press
RIT Press (formerly Cary Graphic Arts Press) Seeking Scholarship
The graphic theme of Vignelli Transit Maps brought a fitting closure to the Press’s original imprint: Cary Graphic Arts Press. As of 2013, the CGAP imprint will be retired, and all subsequent titles will be published under the name of RIT Press. This exciting new brand identity reflects the Press’s discipline-neutral mission at RIT as a full-service academic publishing enterprise with rigorous peer-review standards. The Press is poised to expand its influence in local and international scholarly communities and is actively exploring a variety of new dissemination technologies. Bolstered by a new and actively engaged faculty advisory board, the Press is seeking new manuscript submissions. If you are interested in having a proposal considered, please contact David Pankow at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information about RIT Press can be found at RIT Press.
Scholarly Publishing Studio Launches Call for Papers for two new journals
The Scholarly Publishing Studio launched a Call for Papers (CFP) for the new Journal of Interactive (JIH) Humanities and Transactions on Information Technology Research (TITR).
Journal of Interactive Humanities
JIH is an open-access journal, led by Elizabeth Goins, assistant professor in the museum studies program. The JIH provides an important forum for the development of new methods of outreach and scholarship within the digital humanities, such as interactive games and media for museums, digitized collections, cultural heritage preservation, and interactive narrative.
Depending on the content submitted, this journal will likely take advantage of the app being developed by SPS’s student worker, Brandon Thivierge, which will enable multimedia content to be viewed from a printed page.
The targeted publish date for the inaugural journal issue is set for May 1, 2013.
The journal website: Click Here
Transactions on Information Technology
TITR is an open access journal led by Steve Zilora, associate professor in information sciences and technology. The journal covers substantive additions, insights and challenges to the theory and practice of programming, networking, information management, web systems, user-centered design and their integration.
The targeted publish date for the inaugural journal issue is set for June 1, 2013.
The journal website: Click here
New Service: Conference Support Services
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Elections, Voting and Campus Collaboration
To highlight the presidential elections, the College of Liberal Arts and The Wallace Center held a special post-election event. Sean Sutton, Amit Ray and Andrea Hickerson—all professors from the College of Liberal Arts—shared their unique perspective on the American political process. Held the day after the election, over 50 students, faculty and staff came together for a roundtable discussion on politics, the media and the 2012 presidential election. The conversation turned emotional and heated at times, with students freely joining in, reflecting a high level of engagement. Participants then visited the RIT Museum on the third floor of The Wallace Center to view the Wiedman Collection of Presidential Papers exhibition.
Summon is a new online tool that enables a familiar web-searching experience of the full breadth of content found in library collections – from books and videos, to databases and articles, and other resources in a "Google-like" environment. Through one simple search within a single unified index, the Summon service provides instant access to the authoritative content, both print and electronic, that is available through RIT Libraries.
The Tiger Bookmobile was started to offer library resources and services closer to the residential side of campus. Several librarians loaded an RIT Production Services’ vehicle with leisure books and DVDs and drove to the sun dial outside Grace Watson Hall. Once parked, for two hours on a Friday afternoon students were able to visit the Tiger Bookmobile to check out items for the upcoming weekend. During each of the bookmobile’s four voyages, over 80 students stopped by, checking out library materials and chatting with the librarians. Feedback from students and Residence Life has been overwhelmingly positive.
RIT Libraries and Henrietta Public Library Collaborate
The Wallace Center is collaborating with the Henrietta Public Library (HPL) to co-sponsor a Get Your Public Library Card event for our campus. With their HPL card, our students will have access to Overdrive, an e-book resource of leisure reading.
Visit to American College of Management and Technology and American University in Kosovo
Susan Mee, global education librarian, returned for her third visit to the American University in Kosovo and to both the Dubrovnik and Zagreb campuses of the American College of Management and Technology this past October. Sue had several individual and group faculty meetings and many class sessions where she was able to introduce library resources to our students. Students were very responsive and impressed with the library resources available to them. Sue continues to support the faculty and students at RIT’s global campuses throughout the year using various technologies including Skype, collaboration grids, Adobe Connect, instant message and email.
RIT Dubai Welcomes New Library Director, Chippy Prem
Ms. Chippy Prem joined the RIT Dubai campus as library director in late October. Prior to joining RIT Dubai, Chippy held the position of deputy director of the library at the American University in the United Arab Emirates. She holds dual Master’s degrees, one in library science and one in English literature. Susan Mee, RIT’s global campus library liaison, has been working closely with Chippy and is helping her become oriented with the RIT Library resources and systems. The RIT Library is happy to welcome Chippy aboard!
Major Overhaul of LIV@RIT Completed This Fall
LIV@RIT is a self-paced interactive tutorial designed to introduce RIT students to a variety of important concepts related to the use of information resources in an academic setting.
RIT Production Services’ Mark Fragale and Sportszone featured in Democrat & Chronicle
On December 10, Mark Fragale, director of RIT’s Sportszone, plus the SZ program itself, were featured in the Democrat & Chronicle. The "Our Town" article highlights a Greece resident who is accomplishing positive things. Mark insisted the interview center on the SZ program and its students. The article outlined Mark’s accomplishments, but also explained how SZ started and the work ethics of SZ’s hard-working students as they gain real world experiences. Mark’s emphasis to spread the word about SZ into the Rochester community fit well with the interview.
Faculty Career Development Services Launches New E-newsletter and Website
In December the Faculty Career Development Services (FCDS) team launched its first e-newslettter for RIT's academic leaders, Upstarts@RIT. The newsletter featured information, resources, and upcoming events hosted by FCDS. View the first edition and learn more about the continuum of faculty support that the FCDS team provides here: http://wallacecenter.rit.edu/faculty-career-development-services