Milstead Distinguished Librarian Award

Milstead Distinguished Librarian Award

Larry SchmidtLawrence Schmidt, head of the Brinkerhoff Geology Library, is the recipient of the University of Wyoming’s 2014 Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award.

The late Agnes Milstead, a former professor of education and library science at UW, established the annual award in 1993 to recognize significant contributions to University Libraries in scholarships, program development, teaching, fundraising and professional achievements.

Schmidt’s most notable contribution to UW Libraries is with the Digital Herbarium Collection. The Herbarium Collection consists of fragile and unique plant specimens collected from numerous locations from around the Rocky Mountain Region. Under Schmidt’s guidance, the collection has been photographed and high-resolution digitized images and documents made available online to researchers around the world. He worked with numerous individuals to help secure grants and with organizing this unique digital collection.

“I have really enjoyed my time at UW as I have been allowed to focus on areas that I am interested in,” said Schmidt. “I never really expected that I would be able to practice science through helping build digital collections and online databases.”

As head of the Brinkerhoff Geology Library, Schmidt oversees the daily planning, organizing, staffing and budget for the library. In his areas of expertise, science and engineering, Schmidt works to integrate library instruction in university courses in these areas.  Melissa Bowles-Terry, former instruction and assessment coordinator for UW libraries, wrote in her nomination letter, “the work Larry has done to integrate library instruction in these and other science classes demonstrates his noteworthy efforts in information literacy instruction and development of course materials.”

Schmidt, who has a master of library science degree from the School of Library and Information Management Distance Education Program in Portland, Oregon, also earned a master of science, in environmental engineering from Montana State University. When asked what he does in his free time, Schmidt said, “since moving to Wyoming I have enjoyed getting back into skiing both downhill and cross country. Now that my kids are older and have started to race in junior high and high school races I enjoy watching and skiing with them.”

 

UW Toppan Rare Books Library, Muslim Student Association Announce Events in Conjunction with “Muslim Journeys”

Muslim Journeys AHCAn exhibit of rare and beautiful books about the Islamic world is on display at the American Heritage Center in Laramie as part of the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,” program presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council.

Anne Marie Lane, curator of the Toppan Rare Books Library at the American Heritage Center, created the display. The books are mostly English-language and from the 19th through 21st centuries. The selection includes an edition of the “Arabian Nights” from around 1880, and a translation of “Rubaiyat” by Omar Khayyam from 1920.

The Toppan Library also has a small number of Qur’ans in Arabic and other Islamic books that can be viewed by appointment.

Anne Marie Lane will discuss Islamic influences on European bookmaking in Cheyenne at the Laramie County Library on February 24 at 6:30 pm, and in Laramie at the Albany County Public Library on April 23 at 7 pm.

“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Local support is provided by the Wyoming Humanities Council, UW Muslim Student Association, American Heritage Center, Albany County Public Library, and the Laramie County Library System.

A full schedule of events appears below.

Cheyenne:

Contact Jennifer Rife, 773-7218.

February 20, 7 pm: book discussion, “Broken Verses”

February 24, 6:30 pm: Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking”

March 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “Dreams of Trespass”

 

Laramie:

Contact Kathy Marquis, 721-2580, x 5438

March 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “In the Country of Men”

March 27, 7 pm: book discussion, “House of Stone”

April 17, 7 pm: book discussion, “Broken Verses”

April 23, 7 pm: Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking”

May 8, 7 pm: “Dreams of Trespass”

Wyoming Humanities Council Announces “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” in Cheyenne and Laramie

Muslim JourneysThe Wyoming Humanities Council, together with the Albany County Public Library and the Laramie County Library System, announces a five-part reading and discussion series titled “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,” starting in early 2014. The council is one of 125 organizations across the country selected to participate in this project, which focuses on the people, history and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

The titles in the reading series are “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” by Marjane Satrapi, “House of Stone” by Anthony Shadid, “Dreams of Trespass” by Fatima Mernissi, “Broken Verses” by Kamila Shamsie, and “In the Country of Men” by Hisham Matar. Deborah Amos, international correspondent for National Public Radio, developed the series, which features several memoirs.

Clara Keyt is the discussion leader in Cheyenne. Keyt holds a doctorate in public history from Arizona State University and teaches for the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University.

In Laramie, Bonnie Zare and Nichol Bondurant are discussion leaders.  Zare is a faculty member in the Gender and Women’s Studies program at the University of Wyoming. Much of her research focuses on India.  Bondurant teaches world literature at Laramie High School.

In addition to the reading series, both libraries will host the following programs in conjunction with Muslim Journeys: Seth Ward, a faculty member in the University of Wyoming Religious Studies program, will present “An Introduction to Islam for the Equality State,” and Anne Marie Lane, from the Toppan Rare Books Library at the American Heritage Center, will discuss Islamic influences on European bookmaking.

All programs are free and open to the public. To register and borrow books, contact the libraries directly.

“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Local support is provided by the Wyoming Humanities Council, Albany County Public Library, and the Laramie County Library System.

A full schedule of events appears below.

Cheyenne:
Contact Jennifer Rife, 773-7218.
January 9, 7 pm: book discussion, “In the Country of Men”
January 23, 7 pm: book discussion, “Persepolis”
February 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “House of Stone”
February 12, 6:30 pm: Seth Ward, UW Religious Studies Program, “Introduction to Islam for the Equality State”
February 20, 7 pm: book discussion, “Broken Verses”
February 24, 6:30 pm: Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking”
March 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “Dreams of Trespass”

Laramie:
Contact Kathy Marquis, 721-2580, x 5438

January 23, 7 pm: Seth Ward, UW Religious Studies Program, “Introduction to Islam for the Equality State”
February 13, 7 pm: book discussion, “Persepolis” (Nichol Bondurant is discussion leader)
March 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “In the Country of Men”
March 27, 7 pm: book discussion, “House of Stone”
April 17, 7 pm: book discussion, “Broken Verses”
April 23, 7 pm: Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking”
May 8, 7 pm: “Dreams of Trespass”

U.S. Department of Labor launches: Books that Shaped Work in America

From Ben Franklin to Betty Friedan, from “Of Mice and Men”
to “The Devil Wears Prada,” U.S. Department of Labor launches
Books that Shaped Work in America

Centennial project invites public to compile list of books about work, workers and workplaces and learn about department’s mission and history 

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WASHINGTON – From Ben Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Improved” to Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World,” nearly 100 titles of fiction, nonfiction, plays and poetry begin the initial roll ofBooks that Shaped Work in America—a Centennial project of the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

 

The web-based project, www.dol.gov/books, launched today as part of the department’s ongoing commemoration of its 100th anniversary, aims to engage  the public about the Labor Department’s mission and America’s history as a nation of workers as portrayed through published works.

 

“The Books that Shaped Work in America initiative explores the dignity of work and our progress in expanding America’s fundamental promise of opportunity for all through the lens of literature,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Think of this effort as an online book club where people from all walks of life can share books that informed them about occupations and careers, molded their views about work and helped elevate the discourse about work, workers and workplaces. At the same time, the site provides a unique way for people to learn about the mission and resources of the U.S. Department of Labor.”

 

Work, like our nation, is constantly evolving, and so Books that Shaped Work in America is no different. To get it started, 24 individuals, including Perez, eight former secretaries of labor from both Democratic and Republican administrations, department staff (including an intern), civil rights leaders, critics, authors, media personalities and staff from the Library of Congress submitted suggestions. Among the contributors: former Secretaries of Labor George P. Shultz and Robert Reich, authors Daniel H. Pink and Joan Acocella, Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith, Liz Claman of Fox Business News, President of the National Urban League Marc Morial and Scott McGee of Turner Classic Movies. Their recommendations are included on the initiative’s website, along with brief summaries of each book and links to related U.S. Department of Labor resources.

Now the public is invited to expand the list. A simple, online form, which can be found athttp://www.dol.gov/books/form, makes it easy for anyone to suggest a book.

 

image003“From a simple tale for children like ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ to a scholarly tome like ‘Quality, Productivity and Competitive Position,’ the books on the list demonstrate the rich breadth and depth of work in America,” said Carl Fillichio, the department’s senior adviser for public affairs and chair of its Centennial. “As we continue to mark the Department of Labor’s 100 years of service to workers in our country, this project is a terrific way to educate the public about work, workers and the work of the Labor Department. Watching the list grow, and hearing the discussion broaden, is going to be very exciting.” Read Fillichio’s Get Out Your Work Books blog post.

 

The project was inspired by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress’ 2012 Books That Shaped Americaexhibition, which explored the impact of books on American life and culture. Many of the books in that exhibition had work as a central theme, bringing to light the significant role published works have played in shaping America’s view of workers and workplaces throughout its history.

Created in 1913, the mission of the U.S. Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. To learn more about the department’s history, visit www.dol.gov/100.

Riverton Library teens produce catchy “Librarians” tune

Teens at the Riverton Library were encouraged to enter a contest to “write a song.” The kids who won the contest not only wrote their own lyrics, but also produced the song, Librarians.
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The teens who won call themselves “Collect Call” with Sam “Beats” Stagner on vocals, Bekah “The Phresh” Hutchison on vocals, Tommy “Jeans” Amend on keyboard and vocals, and Zach “Attack” Miller on trumpet.

For more information on this project, contact Teri Wiblemo at the Riverton Branch Library, 307-856-3556 Ext. 212 or twiblemo@fclsonline.org.