A beta version of the Special Collections and Archives Digital Collections website is now live and available on the Library’s website at http://library.semo.edu:2008. The site features over 300 select images from the University Archives and the Regional History Collections, including historic postcards of the campus and region, and photographs of downtown buildings and Southeast Missouri landscapes. The Sagamore, the yearbook of Southeast Missouri State University, published between 1914 and 1989, is also being digitized for inclusion on the site. Patrons interested in acquiring copies of images from the site for publication may contact Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 573-651-2245. Special Collections welcomes feedback concerning the digital collections.
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During the first half of the 20th century, Europe produced two of the most tyrannical regimes in world history – the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships. Both were products of a general crisis that gripped Europe during the years 1914-1945. Together these two dictatorships were responsible for the deaths of over 60 million people. On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at Noon in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place, Dr. David Cameron will discuss the nature of the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships. Although it is commonly assumed that Nazism and Communism are polar opposites, Dr. Cameron will argue that the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships had much more in common than is often thought to be the case. The presentation is open to all, and refreshments will be served. For more information, please go to http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeumspring2010.shtml.
In some academic disciplines, like physics, women still represent a tiny minority of students and faculty members. Other fields, such as history, have come closer to reaching gender balance, but women remain a minority at the rank of full professor. Research in many fields now includes studies that focus on gender and sexuality.
Do women make a difference in the academic world? Does participation by women change the way people behave in academic departments? Do male colleagues treat women as equals? What can young women—or young men—expect when they pursue advanced degrees?
This panel kicks off a series of upcoming events in celebration of Women’s History Month, March 2010.
The event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.
more information at: http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeumspring2010.shtml
Come see Dennis Courtney, Department of Theatre & Dance, and twenty students majoring in theatre and dance entertain with duets and ensemble numbers from Carousel. Take a peek at some selections of the award winning production. Meet some of the students and faculty behind this upcoming production opening February 24, 2010.
Presented by: Rebecca Martin, Department of Art.
Wednesday, Feb. 17 12:30 p.m. In Sadie’s Place at Kent Library
Have you ever wondered about the story of a work of art? About the origins of ancient objects collected in the world’s museums? As an ancient art historian and Mediterranean archaeologist, I have uncovered many objects of everyday use, more intriguing for their historical than aesthetic value. Most of my work involves long hours in old storerooms studying and reconstructing ubiquitous Greek pots and Phoenician clay figurines.
I have had the rare pleasure of unearthing one museum-quality piece from my home excavation at Tel Dor, Israel: a fragmentary but lush floor mosaic of the highest quality from ca. 100 BCE. I will take you through the process of its discovery, from the dusty day-to-day work at the excavation to that singular incidence of unearthing a fine work of art. We’ll pass through the meticulous restoration and cleaning process before the story culminates in publication and museum presentation — the point at which ancient “trash” may finally become the public’s “treasure.”
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 12:30 p.m. Sadie’s Place, Kent Library.
Classical music is changing along with the rest of culture. It has been forced to come to terms with developments in technology, growing multiculturalism, and changes in society and the economy. Composers Dr. Robert Fruehwald and flutist Mr. Paul Thompson will discuss and demonstrate these developments using examples from Fruehwald’s own works. The presentation will include the live performance of music for flute, piano and video including excerpts from Hymntunes I (solo flute), Hymntunes III (video), Turkish Preludes (solo flute), Irish Fantasies (bass flute), and Sonata Mozartiana (flute and piano). Refreshments will be served.
The background technology for Kent Library’s online book catalog has been upgraded. The catalog will function in the same way as always, but search results will be sorted by relevancy. Links to re-sort by date or title appear on the search screen as well. The other major effect is that results screens will display up to 50 matches per screen instead of 12.
Electronic versions of 260 history books published by Cambridge University Press are now available. They can be searched as a set or browsed by individual title – readable chapter by chapter in PDF format. Cambridge Histories Online is available from the Library Databases A-Z list and Databases by Subject list in the History section.
The children’s author biographical series Something About the Author is available online from the first volume to the most recent, equivalent to over 200 volumes. 12,000 entries provide biographical information about children’s authors and illustrators, including portraits, works, awards and more.
Children’s Literature Review is also available online, starting with volume 143 (mid 2009). CLR provides information on children’s authors, with reviews and commentary.
Something About the Author is available on the Library Databases A-Z page
Children’s Literature Review is available through the Kent Library Catalog by a title search on Children’s Literature Review Online
EBSCOhost has optimized its databases for mobile phone access. You can now access databases such as Academic Search Premier, Health Source Nursing and Professional and over a dozen others with your mobile phone at http://library.semo.edu/mobile
*UPDATE* You’ve read the blog entry, now see the movie: http://library.semo.edu/vid