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.

UPDATE: Student Research to be presented at Carlson Library

On Tuesday April 30th from 4-6 p.m., the University Libraries and the Office of Undergraduate Research will host a reception and poster session featuring undergraduate students’ research.  The research posters were previously exhibited at the 6th Annual Posters at the Capitol event on April 9th, where students from northwest Ohio were able to explain their research to state legislators and others at the Ohio Statehouse.  Other posters were presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held April 11-13 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Please stop by the Carlson Library concourse to see the posters, meet the researchers, and learn about what is being investigated at the undergraduate level at UT.  Light refreshments will be served.

Celebrate National Library Week at UT Libraries

Join the University of Toledo Libraries in celebrating National Library Week next week, April 15-21.  We will be hosting two receptions to unveil our new READ posters, featuring some familiar faces from the UT community with their favorite books.  The receptions will also give you a chance to hear about some of the newest initiatives from the libraries, and we will be giving away a $100 gift card to the UT Bookstore to help you buy next semester’s textbooks (Separate drawings at each library; must be present to win).  Refreshments will be provided at both receptions.

  • Carlson Library, Monday April 15 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Mulford Library, Tuesday April 16 at 1:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 17th, the UT Libraries will have a used book sale in the Carlson Library concourse.  Stop by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to look for some great deals!

National Library Week

New Collection: Muslim Journeys

Muslim Journeys LogoThe University Libraries has recently received the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, a grant of twenty-five books and three films on aspects of Islamic culture and religion for our collections.  During 2013, we will be presenting a variety of programs to feature these materials and the themes they represent.  Our first program will be a book discussion of Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam co-sponsored with the UT-Muslim Students Association on March 19th at 6 p.m. in Student Union Room 2582.  Other programs will include a lecture on Islamic Art by Carolyn Putney at the Toledo Museum of Art in September, and a film screening as part of the Toledo Lucas-County Public Library’s Film Focus series.  A full calendar of events (including those at Owens College & Lourdes University, who also received the grant) is available on our Muslim Journeys LibGuide.  Additional information about the collection, including introductory essays, discussion points, and related materials, is available on the LibGuide or at the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf site.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Rosamond Purcell Artist’s Lecture Thursday February 28th

On Thursday February 28th the Department of Art and the Friends of the University Libraries will host a noon lecture by internationally recognized photographer and author Rosamond Purcell.   Purcell, whose work frequently celebrates cultural and natural history, is best known for her photographs of collections that document these histories.  These photographs often focus on objects that have been preserved in the archives and collections of natural history museums, representing significant turning points in scientific history and are, in their own right, aesthetically beautiful. She has written or illustrated 17 books and has worked collaboratively with some of the world’s most esteemed scientists, including Stephen Jay Gould.  In addition to participating in numerous group exhibitions, Ms Purcell has had more than 50 solo exhibitions of her photography.   Her work is in the permanent collections of many institutions including The Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  Additionally, her work can be found in Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Slate magazine.
This event is free and open to the public. Reception with refreshments will immediately follow the lecture.

Date/Time: February 28th at 12:00 noon
Place: Canaday Center for Special Collections, 5th floor, Carlson Library
University of Toledo, Bancroft campus

For further information please contact:

David Remaklus at: , 419.530.4030

Libraries/Muslim Student Association sponsor Book Discussion

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim JourneysPlease join the UT Libraries and the UT Muslim Student Association this Spring as we read and discuss The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam.

We’ll kick off the program at the UT MSA meeting on Thursday, February 7th at 6 p.m. in Student Union Room 2591, where we’ll have a brief introduction of the book and distribute free copies.  If demand exceeds supply, more copies can be ordered at the meeting from OhioLINK partner libraries.

The discussion itself will take place during Islamic Awareness Week on Tuesday, March 19th at 6 p.m. in Student Union 2582 after we’ve all had a chance to read the book.   You can RSVP for the book discussion at our Facebook event page.

More information about the book and the program is available at the Muslim Journeys LibGuide.  This discussion is part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Local programming partners include the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Public Library, the University of Toledo Department of Philosophy & Religion, and the University of Toledo Muslim Student Association.

Finals week hours & Study Bash!

Carlson library will be extending their hours to provide for additional study opportunities during and before exams. The entire library will be open until Midnight both Friday & Saturday before the exams (December 7th & 8th).  The upper floors will also stay open later Sunday through Wednesday to accommodate additional student need; staying open until 2 a.m. on Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday, and 3 a.m. on Monday.  As usual, the first floor Information Commons will remain open 24 hours from Sunday noon until Friday evening.

Please stop by the 2nd floor Learning Commons on Monday, December 10th for a Study Bash from 3 p.m. until 3 a.m.  Student Government will be giving away gift cards each hour, and massages will be available from 4-6 p.m.

We wish you all the best as you study for your finals!

Get Quality Health Information at Welloween this Friday!

Did you know that October is Information Literacy Month in Ohio?  Read Governor Kasich’s full proclamation.

As our Information Literacy LibGuide states:

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” Developing these critical skills creates the foundation for lifelong learning. (American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.)

In today’s environment, consumer health information in particular is readily available via the Internet.  How many of you have “Googled” your medical symptoms? But, how do you know that the information you find is trustworthy?  Which websites are more reputable than others? How can you effectively evaluate information for your particular need?

What a great way to celebrate Information Literacy Month by visiting the University Libraries and UT Student Medical Center’s joint table at this year’s Welloween health fair on main campus!  Our library professionals and physicians will point you to expert resources for quality health information you can rely on, as well as tips for locating, evaluating and using information. We will also have a fun matching game that you can play to win some healthy snacks.

Welloween is fun, free and open to the public.  There will be free flu shots, health screenings, door prizes and a costume contest.  Enter to win, and you might be lucky enough to take home a copy of The Healthy College Cookbook and PeTA’s Vegan College Cookbook, among other prizes.  Mark your calendars – the event will be held this Friday, October 26, from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Student Recreation Center.  We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Jodi Jameson, Nursing Librarian, at 419-383-5152 or