Letter to Luminaries & Celebrity Sightings Exhibits

Celebrity Sightings photo exhibit

Photo courtesy of the UT News.

The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections currently has two concurrent exhibits on display.  ‘Letters to Luminaries’ features notable, signed letters and other correspondence from the Center’s collections.  Famous people from all walks of life: writers, scientists, activists, politicians, and noted Toledoans of all stripes are represented in the display, as well as letters from common people in extraordinary circumstances.    Just outside the main exhibit area on the fifth floor of Carlson Library, the gallery features enlarged signed photographs and articles featuring some of the many celebrities and entertainers that have appeared on campus throughout the years.  Both exhibits will run through July 31st, 2014.  The UTNews did a great article with more information about the exhibits that we encourage you to read.  For more information, contact Barbara Floyd, Director of the Canaday Center, at barbara.floyd@utoledo.edu or 419-530-4480.

NaNoWriMo Update! First Novel Writing Session

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants will have the assistance of a special guest during the first writing session on Friday, November 1st!  Dr. Ben Stroud from UT’s Department of English Language and Literature and a creative writer himself will be joining the group at 2:30 pm in Carlson Library room 2010.  He’ll be providing tips and advice on novel-writing and the creative process.  Carlson Library’s first ‘Come Write In Session’ runs from 9 am to 5 pm on November 1, 2013.

If you missed last week’s informational meeting and would like to join the NaNoWriMo group, there’s still room.  Just RSVP to nano@utoledo.edu by Wednesday.  More information about NaNoWriMo can be found at http://libguides.utoledo.edu/nanowrimo.

November is National Novel Writing Month!

The University Libraries with support from the Department of English and the UT Writer’s Guild will be participating in National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo.  In November writers are challenged to write 50,000 words in 30 days.  The Carlson Library will be providing space, snacks, and the opportunity to connect with others for moral support.  An informational meeting will be held Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5-7pm in Carlson Library room 2010 with weekly write-ins throughout November.  More information can be found at http://libguides.utoledo.edu/nanowrimo.  Is there a novel inside you?

NaNoWriMo Chalkboard Illustration

UT Heritage Gallery Opens for Homecoming

The new UT Heritage Gallery, celebrating the rich history of the university, will open this weekend as part of Homecoming activities.  The gallery, which includes displays about aspect of UT’s historical past, will be open this weekend the following hours;  Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, October 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Regular hours of the gallery are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please visit us soon; the Gallery is located on the first floor of Carlson Libary, located in the center of the main hallway and is sponsored in part by the UT Alumni Association.

Blackboard Classes now Link to LibGuides for Library Resources

Do you have a class in Blackboard? Would you like to have access to high quality academic resources for online research?  This quick video shows you how to find a link to academic resources from the Blackboard class menu. LibGuides (library guides) will take you to electronic resources in multiple formats including articles, e-Books, newspapers, videos, and more. LibGuides are accessible 24/7 from a Smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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Films Focusing on Islamic Culture Screening at Public Library

Two upcoming film screenings at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will focus on Muslim topics, with discussions led by UT-affiliated scholars.  You’re invited to join us at one of the last events in our year-long Muslim Journeys series on two Mondays in October.  These two films are also part of the public library’s Film FOCUS series, running every Monday until October 21st.

Koran by Heart movie posterThe Light in Her Eyes movie poster

Koran by Heart  (Monday, October 7) and The Light in Her Eyes (Monday, October 21) will be shown at 6:15 p.m. in the McMaster Center at the Main Public Library in downtown Toledo, 325 Michigan St.   The film and parking is free!

These two documentaries illuminate unique aspects of Muslim culture.  Koran by Heart features three children competing in the test of memory and recitation known as the International Holy Koran Competition.  The Light in Her Eyes focuses on a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus, Syria. Each film will be followed by an audience discussion led by a prominent scholar: Dr. Ovamir Anjum, Imam Khattab Chair of Islamic Studies at UT and Sarah Anjum, J.D., B.S. Near East Studies, University of Chicago.

Toledo Lucas County Public Library logo

Islamic Art Spots: Film & Discussion at Toledo Museum of Art

Carolyn Putney, Chief Curator, Toledo Museum of ArtOn Friday, September 27th, the University Libraries and the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) are hosting a discussion around Islamic Art at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at the TMA.  We will be showing Islamic Art Spots, a series of short films about art from Muslim societies, as highlighted in the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of books and films that presents diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. After the film spots, join a discussion with Carolyn Putney, curator of Asian art, about works from TMA’s own collection that fit into the stories of Muslim Journeys.

This talk is free and open to the public (paid parking is available at the museum).  It is not necessary, but you can RSVP on Facebook.  For more information about this and other upcoming events related to the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, please see our LibGuide.

Film Screening: Miss Representation (Thursday evening, 9/12)

The University Libraries is proud to partner with the The Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women to bring  you a screening of the film Miss Representation on Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Nitschke Auditorium, College of Engineering. The film explores how the media’s portrayal of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. There will be a panel discussion following the film led by the UT Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Light refreshments will be provided; this event is free and open to the public.