Join us as we Hop into the Jalopy with Bill Walker

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Tales of “On-the-Road” Geneological Research

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
6:30 p.m.

Otto G. Richter Library, 3rd Floor
University of Miami | 1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33146

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to richterevents@miami.edu or call 305-284-4026

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day 2016, Professor Bill Walker, former university librarian at the University of Miami and the New York Public Library’s Andrew W. Mellon Director Emeritus of the Research Libraries, invites you to join him on his travels to unlock his Irish ancestors’ pasts.

Travel with Bill as he visits cemeteries and courthouses, small-town historical societies and public libraries, and the villages and streets where these early nineteenth-century settlers lived. This adventure delves into the lives of his great grandmothers, Harriet Bogle and Jane McCullough, two very determined and rugged pioneer women. Using his own work as an example, Walker sheds light on the rewarding process of genealogical research using a variety of resources. In addition to making use of online information, Bill Walker is a strong advocate for stepping away from the computer and taking to the road.

Please join us for a festive reception and genealogy presentation.

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Preserving the Present: 2015 Oral Histories Grant Helps Special Collections Document Caribbean Communities

The Caribbean Archive at the University of Miami Special Collections speaks loudly to what community can mean for universities and their libraries.

As one of the oldest archives on campus, its founding materials came from some of UM’s earliest supporters, their donations of rare and historical books and records driving some of the first archival efforts at the institution—then commonly called the “Pan American University.”

Today the archive is an important draw for scholars and researchers from around the world, with materials stretching back to the 1700s.

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Ruby Romero-Issaev, director of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida and daughter of the late Venezuelan composer Aldemaro Romero (left), participated in the Caribbean Diaspora Oral History Project sponsored by Florida Division of Culture. Her interview will available in UM Digital Collections in 2016.

“There has always been a focus on the Caribbean basin at the University of Miami, as it’s a region our faculty and leadership as well as our community have been invested in from the very beginning,” says Beatrice Skokan, manuscripts librarian at Special Collections who leads development and outreach for the Caribbean Archive.

“We have very old and rare maps, books, and correspondence, but we also collect materials that document modern life and families of the Caribbean basin,” Skokan explains. “We’re a resource on the Caribbean as well as the Caribbean diaspora that has led many from the region to South Florida.”

Yet it isn’t always the particularly rare or unique items that Skokan is seeking; she’s most interested in finding materials that are descriptive of the communities they represent. “It’s the everyday items, the recipes, albums, journals, and newspaper clippings that people hold onto as way of preserving their lives and experiences. Their stories help us document the diaspora experience as a part of Caribbean history.”

In 2015 the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs awarded Special Collections with a grant allowing the department to document the modern diaspora through a series of interviews with community members. The initiative, known as the Caribbean Diaspora Oral History Project, expands on the Libraries’ growing database of oral histories from across the Miami and South Florida region. “It combines our objectives with an age-old cultural tradition of the Caribbean basin, that of storytelling,” Skokan explains.

The project, which began recording in November 2015, so far includes artist Firelei Báez, Ron Bilbao (Florida Education Association), artist Edouard Duval-Carrié, Marlon Hill (The Miami Foundation), Gepsie Metellus (Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center), Ruby Romero-Issaev (Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida), and Althea Silvera (Florida International University Special Collections).

The first seven interviews will soon be available online at UM Libraries Digital Collections. There visitors can also access past oral history projects of UM Libraries including the Haitian Diaspora Oral Histories and the Cuban Heritage Collection’s Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project.

This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts, and the State of Florida. If you are interested in learning more about this collection, please visit library.miami.edu or call 305-284-3247.

 

 



Join Us for a Presentation of Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir by Wendy Sue Knecht on January 19

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University of Miami Special Collections cordially invites you to a presentation of the book

Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir
by Wendy Sue Knecht

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Reception 6:30 p.m. | Presentation to follow

Otto G. Richter Library, 8th Floor
University of Miami | 1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33146

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to asc.library@miami.edu or call 305-284-3247

As a “naïve, frizzy-haired college student” Wendy Sue Knecht joined Pan American World Airways in pursuit of a career filled with travel, adventure, and opportunity. Knecht will present her memoir Life, Love, and a Hijacking and share select readings from her book and a trailer for the film Neerja, based on the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73. Life, Love, and a Hijacking recounts Knecht’s own arrival in Pakistan on Flight 73 hours before the hijacking, the event, its aftermath, and the tragic story of heroic flight purser Neerja Bhanot. Knecht’s reading is part of ongoing efforts by Special Collections and the Pan Am community to document and share the stories of people connected to the historic airline.

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Join Us for a Presentation of George Merrick, Son of the South Wind by Arva Moore Parks on January 14

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George Merrick, Son of the South Wind: Visionary Creator of Coral Gables
by Arva Moore Parks

Thursday January 14, 2016

Presentation 6 p.m. | Reception to follow
Otto G. Richter Library, 1st Flr
University of Miami | 1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33146

RSVP to richterevents@miami.edu or call 305-284-4026

As UM kicks off the 90th anniversary celebrations in 2016, Miami historian and University trustee Arva Moore Parks will present her latest book on Coral Gables’ founder and UM visionary George Merrick. Parks’ presentation at the library, co-sponsored by Books & Books, is in conjunction with the official opening of The Pan American University: The Original Spirit of the U Lives On, an exhibition of historical materials from the Libraries’ unique and distinctive collections reflecting the University’s enduring connection to Latin America and the Caribbean.



Save the Date: Upcoming Events at UM Libraries

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The University of Miami Libraries are hosting and co-presenting several events in 2016. Please mark your calendars for the following event(s) and stay tuned for what promises to be a series of stimulating talks and presentations.

January 14, 2016 | Arva Moore Parks Presents George Merrick, Son of the South Wind

6 p.m. | Otto G. Richter Library
As UM kicks off the 90th anniversary celebrations in 2016, Miami historian and University trustee Arva Moore Parks will present her latest book on Coral Gables’ founder and UM visionary George Merrick. Parks’ presentation at the library, co-sponsored by Books & Books, is in conjunction with the official opening of The Pan American University: The Original Spirit of the U Lives On, an exhibition of historical materials from the Libraries’ unique and distinctive collections reflecting the University’s enduring connection to Latin America and the Caribbean.

January 27, 2016 | Firsts at UM

4 p.m. | Newman Alumni Center
A conversation with President Julio Frenk and Miami historian-author and UM Trustee Arva Moore Parks about the University’s history, milestones, and unforgettable moments. UM Libraries will be presenting an exhibit about the University from its archives. Visit inauguration.miami.edu/events for the complete list of inauguration week events.

Featured events are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact richterevents@miami.edu or call 305-284-4026.

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UM to Host First Academic Art Museum and Library Summit

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 30, 2015)—The University of Miami will host the inaugural Academic Art Museum and Library Summit this January, bringing together fourteen pairs of library and museum directors from North American academic institutions to address opportunities for deep intra-institutional collaboration. The summit will focus on the ways that new pedagogical models and technologies are transforming the work of the academy, and the potential for art museums and libraries to engage more fully with faculty, students, and each other.

The two-day summit, which will take place January 27-29 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, will bring together leaders from Arizona State University, Duke University, Oberlin College, Princeton University, Skidmore College, University of Georgia, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of Oregon, University of Texas (Austin), University of Wisconsin, Vassar College, and Yale University, all of which are recognized for the leadership they provide in the fields of academic museums and libraries.

The summit, whose participants represent both private and public institutions of varying sizes from across the nation, will open with a keynote address by Daniel Weiss, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and include sessions led by other distinguished speakers with a profound knowledge of and commitment to excellence in the museum and libraries fields. The agenda will allow the invited teams of directors to engage in interactive, participatory programming designed to facilitate the mining of rich collaborative opportunities. The invitees will propose topics for discussion and develop ideas for a collaborative project on their home campuses in advance of the summit.

“Working together, libraries and museums have the capacity to harness the enormous potential to create strong collaborative networks, share resources, and foster dynamic interdisciplinary scholarship,” said Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts Director and chief curator for the Lowe Art Museum. “We are so proud to host this first summit, which has the critical mission of addressing new and innovative ways that students and faculty seek to integrate library and museum collections into their learning and research agendas,” she added.

“Changes in pedagogy and research occasioned in large part by the digital revolution suggest fertile ground for developing shared practices and strategies across the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums),” said Charles Eckman, UM’s dean of libraries and University librarian. He added that “we are deeply grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their vision and generosity enabling the University of Miami to host this path-breaking summit.”

The Academic Art Museum and Library Summit is being co-organized by the University of Miami Libraries and Lowe Art Museum, with the Association of Art Museums and Galleries, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Coalition for Networked Information. It is being underwritten with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

“We are pleased to support the Academic Art Museum and Library Summit,” said Donald Waters, senior program officer for Scholarly Communications at the Mellon Foundation. “Mellon actively supports collaborative and cooperative efforts such as this one and believes that institutions with diverse but complementary talents that work together are more likely to come up with creative solutions to shared problems than if they worked separately.”

“Academic libraries and museums,” said Max Marmor, president of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, “share a common mission to collect, preserve, and steward cultural collections in the service of education, research, and scholarship. Thanks in part to new and emerging technologies, they have rich opporutnities and compelling reasons to collaborate ever more closely in pursuing this shared mission. We at the Kress Foundation are grateful to the University of Miami for hosting this inaugural summit, which is intended to foster new partnerships in this promising arena.”

The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to the community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of its University family, UM strives to develop future leaders of the nation and the world.

The Lowe Art Museum (www.miami.edu/lowe), a unit of the College of Arts & Sciences, is located on the campus of the University of Miami at 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables.

The University of Miami Libraries (http://library.miami.edu/) provide faculty, students, researchers, and staff with the highest quality access to collections and information resources in support of the University’s mission to transform lives through research, teaching, and service.





Looking for Quiet Study Space?

24-7_banner2-quiet_1194x328The Richter Library is open 24/7 prior to and during exams. Additionally, UML provides access to study space during the day and evenings in its libraries across the Coral Gables and Rosenstiel campuses. Visit each library’s page for hours information and other details.

 

CORAL GABLES CAMPUS

Richter Library
1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables FL 33146

  • Main floors and stacks (floors 4-7 and 9) open 24/7 from December 2 – 16
  • The 3rd Floor Conference Room and Information Literacy Lab from December 9 – 15, 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all day throughout the weekend
  • Special Collections (8th floor) and Cuban Heritage Collection (2nd floor) on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Paul Buisson Architecture Library
223 Dickinson Drive
Coral Gables FL 33146

Judi Prokop Newman Information Resource Center
School of Business Administration, University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library
5501 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

 

MARINE/ROSENSTIEL CAMPUS

Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Library
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

We hope that our around-the-clock library access will provide the flexibility in spaces and services you need to conquer exams.