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Rare Books Reloaded: Print Culture in the Digital Age


Friday, November 13
1:30 -2:30 pm
Lovejoy Library
Third Floor Conference Room

Dr. Jessica DeSpain
Assistant Professor, Early American Literature, SIUE

Dr. DeSpain specializes in transatlantic book history and the digital humanities. She is the editor of The Wide, Wide World Digital Archive, a website that collects the cover and illustrations from over 100 editions of Susan Warner's nineteenth-century domestic novel, The Wide, Wide World. She is also working on a project entitled, Streaming Across the Pond: Travel, Transatlantic Literary Culture, and the Nineteenth-Century Book, about how authors and publishers transmitted culture between Britain and the United States in the nineteenth century through the distribution of transatlantically reprinted literary texts.

Focus on Faculty Research is a series of informal lectures on methodologies and resources for scholarly research.

Sponsored by Library and Information Services' & Research, Projects and Development Committee

This presentation is open to all faculty, staff, and students.

Refreshments will be served.

Lovejoy Library on ARTEAST Tour Schedule

Lovejoy Library is once again participating in the ARTEAST Studio Tour on October 17th and 18th, 2009. SIUE's Lovejoy Library and the Department of Art & Design are just two of the more than 40 venues displaying the work of over 200 artists from the Metro East area. "Images and Inspirations from Char's Garden East," digital photos and artist's books created by Charlotte Johnson, the Library's Director of User Services, will be on display through the end of October.

Other exhibits currently on display in Lovejoy Library include the following: "Starting Small: Book Related Items from Our Personal Collections," miniature and small books collected by Charlotte Johnson, miniature libraries collected by Bessie Richards, bookmarks collected by Lynn Fields, and pixi buchs collected by donors Leonard and Marlene Van Camp, as well as "Eighty Moods of Maya Angelou: Images from the Collection of Eugene B. Redmond."

More information about ARTEAST, a program of the Madison County Arts Council, and a map of the self-guided tour are available online.

Lovejoy Library Participating in Try-It! Illinois

Once again, Lovejoy Library will be participating in Try-It! Illinois. This program, now in its 10th year, allows the staff and users of more than 5,000 Illinois libraries the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnership between the Illinois State Library and participating vendors, there is no charge for accessing the more than 450 databases being offered through November 30, 2009. Call Lovejoy Library's Information Desk (650-INFO) for the login and password information for this year's trial.

"Eighty Moods of Maya Angelou" on Display at Lovejoy Library

"Eighty Moods of Maya Angelou", a photographic exhibit from Lovejoy Library's Eugene B. Redmond Collection featuring the poet, educator, performer, and best-selling author Dr. Maya Angelou, will be on display in Lovejoy Library, Monday, September 21, 2009, and will run through the end of October. The exhibit is a testament to the rich and enduring friendship between Dr. Angelou and Dr. Redmond. The photographs showcase Dr. Angelou socializing with fellow artists, performing poetry, celebrating achievements with friends and family, and entertaining guests at her home in North Carolina. The vibrant versatility of facial expressions, body language and hand motions that Dr. Angelou assumes in the photographs confirms Redmond's notion about the eighty-plus "moods of Maya."

Dr. Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, spending part of her childhood there before moving to Stamps, Arkansas, where she endured the effects of racial discrimination but began developing a deep awareness of the value and values of black folk culture and African American artistic thought. Over the years, Dr. Angelou increased her interest in the arts, taking up dance, acting, singing, and creative writing. In 1970, her bestselling autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Angelou has authored dozens of other celebrated books.

Lovejoy Library's Eugene B. Redmond Collection is one of the greatest post-civil rights collections of African American culture ever assembled; it contains hundreds of books, magazines, rare program booklets and flyers, audio recordings and historic posters. The Collection also contains more than 150,000 photographs of literary artists, musicians, entertainers, supporters of the arts and political activists, which Dr. Redmond has taken over the last four decades. Author, literary historian, and arts organizer, Dr. Redmond was named Poet Laureate of East St. Louis in 1976, the same year that Doubleday published his critical history, Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry.


On August 4, 2008, Lovejoy Library released an enhanced library catalog interface. This "next generation" search portal is designed to simplify and expand the search for library resources. Developed by Villanova University, it is being beta tested for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois by SIUE and several other Illinois universities.

Some new features include:
• faceted search results for quickly narrowing and expanding topics
• search results displayed in relevancy-ranked order
• "More Like This" resource suggestions
• current status and availability of items prominently displayed
• book cover art
• book reviews
• links to GoogleBooks for free online content , when available
• links to SFX for rapid access to the full text of journal articles
• ability for users to create an account, mark favorites and bookmark records for permanent access at a later time
• ability for users to contribute tags and comments to resource records
• simplified requesting of resources from other I-Share libraries

Both the Lovejoy Library catalog and the I-Share (statewide) catalog will be available through the VuFind interface. Links from the Library's homepage will route users to the new interface. Faculty who provide links to these catalogs in their courses will need to change them to the following URLs in order to accurately direct students.

Lovejoy Library (SIUE) Catalog link:
I-Share (Statewide) Catalog link:

Not ready to change just yet? The new interface will include a link in the upper right-hand corner of the search screen called "Classic Search" to access the previous catalog interface.

Contact the Library's Information Desk (x2615) if you have questions or comments about VuFind.

IEEE Resources Expanded

Lovejoy Library has greatly expanded access to the IEEE full-text online resources that have been available through the IEEE Xplore portal. The enhanced subscription expands access in the following ways:

Coverage from 1988 (with some from 1950) to 131 IEEE journals, transactions and magazines.

Coverage from 1988 (with some from 1950) to 600+ conference proceedings.

Access to 40 IET journals, transactions, magazines and conference proceedings.

Access to the full-text of Spectrum Magazine & Proceedings of the IEEE.

Access to 9,000 current and active IEEE standards.

The IEEE Xplore search engine (along with the ACM's Guide to Computing Literature) is also useful for searching computer science content. Questions about any of these resources should be directed to the Business and Engineering Librarian, Paul Anthony, at or X3282.

The Rubricator

Lovejoy Library, as part of its "information literacy across the curriculum" program, is providing campuswide access to one of the most complete rubric construction tools available.

The Rubricator is a software application from New Measure. With this tool, faculty can create rubrics and align them to information literacy and curriculum standards. Automatic scoring and report features allow users to view an individual students performance on each task or standard.

Take a tour of The Rubicator at
Get The Rubricator at

Questions about this software should be directed to Lydia Jackson, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Lovejoy Library (618-650-2604 or <read more>

The Historical New York Times Takes You Back to 1851

Lovejoy Library now provides access to The Historical New York Times online via the Newsstand database. Lovejoy Library also provides online access to current issues of The New York Times as well as microfilm backfiles. <read more>