Tricks and Treats for Richter’s 50th Anniversary

A student grabs a treat on her way out of the Otto G. Richter Library

The Otto G. Richter Library continued its 50th Anniversary celebration with a Halloween exhibition and treats available to students and guests.
On display for Halloween is a small sampling of Special Collection’s The Jackie Gleason Collection that deal with the supernatural and ghostly. Books such as Haunted Houses by CG Harper, Ghostology by William Danmar, and Occult Digest, a Monthly for Everyone from 1925 were on display. Also on view is William Danmar’s Ghostology, where Danmar hypothesizes on the science of ghosts. This exhibition will be on display until Monday, November 5.
As a treat, cookies and candies were available to students and guests at the Library’s circulation desk.
The event was part of Otto G. Richter Library’s on-going 50th Anniversary celebrations. This year Otto G. Richter at the University of Miami celebrates 50 years of supporting scholarship, research, and discovery this fall. Today, the Library offers students and researchers one of the most comprehensive information resources in the Southeast and continues to build its print, multimedia, and networked information resources at a robust pace. The Library promotes the humanities with year-round exhibitions in which exceptional and unique items are displayed and provides noteworthy cultural programming that includes prominent guest speakers from around the world.

CHC honored by the City of North Miami

The City of North Miami, Florida recognized the Cuban Heritage Collection during a regular city council meeting. Mayor Andre D. Pierre proclaimed October 9, 2012 the Cuban Heritage Collection Day. CHC Chair Esperanza B. de Varona and her assistant Gladys Gómez-Rossié were on hand to receive the proclamation.

As part of the City’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we installed two panel exhibitions in the main lobby of the North Miami City Hall: “Keys to Cuba’s History,” an overview of Cuban history; and “In Search of Freedom,” a display about the Cuban Refugee Program. The exhibitions will be on display through the end of the month.

For more information, please visit the CHC news blog.


UM Libraries Partners with UF

The University of Miami and the University of Florida libraries collaborate to establish a shared collection

The University of Miami and the University of Florida have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the Collaborative Academic Library Collection, a shared collection that will be housed in Gainesville for long-term preservation and retention of low use or duplicate library materials.

This new partnership between Florida’s largest public and private academic research libraries will benefit students, faculty and researchers at both universities. The catalogs and finding aids for both universities will include the records for the shared collection.

With the majority of journal resources now being electronic, libraries have an opportunity to reallocate valuable shelving space into more user-focused areas. Academic research libraries across the U.S. are moving less-used materials to off-site facilities in order to accommodate new services that promote scholarly communication and to create spaces that support both group and individual study.

“At the University of Miami Libraries, we are repurposing on-campus library real estate to provide advanced academic technology services that support scholarship,” said William D. Walker, dean and university librarian. “We will also be able to provide better access to print materials that are more frequently consulted.”

The shared collection will be housed in a professionally managed, climate-controlled environment to ensure that materials in the collection are preserved. Both libraries will collaborate to make decisions about the storage, retention and preservation of print materials. Requested materials will be processed with quick turn-around times. By agreement, the facility will accept only one set of each bound journal and only one copy of each edition of a monograph. Each item will be cataloged, bar coded and stored according to size in trays to optimize space. Retrieval will be based on a location using the bar codes on the volumes, trays and shelves. The building will house 800,000 to one million volumes in approximately 35,000 square feet of appropriately conditioned space suitable for preserving and storing for retrieval.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with the University of Miami libraries on this initiative. The Collaborative Academic Library Collection will integrate little-used print materials from both collections and ensure preservation and cost-effective access to these materials for faculty and students at both universities, “ said Judy Russell, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida. “Although there is some overlap in our collections, each of us has titles that the other does not, so the shared collection will make more titles available to our users, while reducing duplication.”

The Board of Governors has approved, but not yet funded, a high-density storage facility that, once built, will integrate this collection with other low-use print materials from libraries in the State University System. The new facility will include 1.2 million cubic feet of space and hold 5.2 million volumes plus a processing area. Eventually, there will be four modules that will hold 20.8 million volumes.

Join us for “A Conversation with Ruth and Marvin Sackner”

When Ruth and Marvin Sackner founded the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry in 1979, its initial mission was to establish a collection of books, critical texts, periodicals, ephemera, prints, drawings, collages, paintings, sculptures, objects, manuscripts, and correspondence dealing with precedent and contemporary, internationally produced, examples of those styles. After more than thirty years of intensive, meticulous, and discerning collecting, they have built one of the finest collections of its kind in the world. This world-class archive now contains some of the finest books and art pieces documenting such pivotal twentieth-century art movements as Italian Futurism, Russian and Eastern European Avant Garde, Dada, Surrealism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Ultra, Tabu-Dada, Lettrisme, and Ultra-Lettrisme.

Please join us in a stimulating conversation with the Sackners and find out more about their collection, the curatorial decisions inherent in building it, and their fascinating encounters with the artists behind the works.

Reception 6 pm/ Lecture 6:45 pm
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Otto G. Richter Library

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