An Evening with Neil Gaiman Webcast

To celebrate National Library Week, come to the library to watch author Neil Gaiman speak from the University of Minnesota via webcast.
April 12, 6-8 p.m.
Carlson Library Room 1025
As Honorary Chair of National Library Week and 2009 Newbery Medal winner for The Graveyard Book, Slide 1

Neil Gaiman will be speaking about his lifelong love of libraries and the role they play in a democratic society by supporting intellectual freedom and privacy.
Slide 1

The program will conclude with a question and answer session.  Submit your questions ahead of time at

Neil Gaiman (used by permission Jessamine County Public Library)

This webcast is sponsored by the American Library Association, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Internet2, the University of Minnesota, and the Jessamine County Public Library.

UT Authors & Artist Exhibit: March 29 – April 30

The 2010 University of Toledo Authors and Artists Exhibit will be displayed March 29 through April 30 in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

The exhibit will feature the works of nearly 200 UT faculty who have published books, journal articles or conference papers or have produced creative works in the past two years.   Begun in the 1950s, this annual exhibit allows the community a chance to see a large portion of the scholarly and creative output of our university faculty in one place.

photo courtesy of UTNews

International Book Club

Where great books meet great conversation!

Friday April 16, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. : Discuss the Book in Depth

Carlson Library Room 1025

The International Book Club events focus on selected international authors and their books to discuss them with fresh new ideas and perspectives. The events attempt to create a community around the books that have made an impact on us, and allow us to think of ways to use the lessons we take from these books in support of learning.

Click on the cover below to request a copy from OhioLINK.

Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra

Sponsored by the University Libraries.

Poetry Reading from UT Author

Melanie Dusseau, an adviser in the College of Arts & Sciences and part-time instructor in the English department, will read selections from her newly published book, The Body Tries Again, later this week.   Come hear the author on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections in Carlson Library.    Copies of the book will be available for purchase as well.

For more details, please see this recent article in the UT News.

The Body Tries Again

Faculty invited to submit work to Authors & Artists Exhibit

The deadline for submitting materials for the 2010 University of Toledo Authors and Artists Exhibit is Friday, Feb. 12.  Faculty and staff members who have published books, articles and conference papers since February 2008 are encouraged to submit these materials for inclusion in the exhibit.

The exhibit will be on display in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library from March 29 through April 30.

Faculty with works in the exhibit will be honored at a reception Monday, March 29, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dr. John Murray, UT professor of economics, will present opening remarks.

Faculty authors on Main Campus should send or e-mail their publications to Suhasini Kumar, Government Documents Department, Carlson Library, mail stop 509. Faculty members on Health Science Campus should send or e-mail their publications to Jolene Miller, Mulford Library, mail stop 1061. Faculty in the Department of Art with works for the exhibit will receive notification in late January of procedures for displaying their artwork.

Those submitting works are asked to provide a complete bibliographic citation for each publication to assist with the preparation of the exhibit catalog.

For more information, contact Barbara Floyd, director of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, at 419.530.2170.

Food for Fines

Now through the end of December, you can pay for your fines with donated, non-perishable food items.  For each item you bring in to our Circulation Desk, you can reduce your fine by $1, up to $10 (ten items).  All collected food will be donated to a local food bank.

Welloween Health Fair this Friday, 10/30!

Visit the University  Libraries table at the Welloween health fair to be held this Friday, 10/30, from 11am-2pm in the Student Rec Center on Main Campus.  At our table, you’ll learn about new health resources from the Libraries; the history of disease throughout classic literature; and current trends in healthcare and how to access articles and books on those topics.

Welloween is a fun educational event, with numerous informational tables from a variety of campus departments and community organizations.  Not only will you be able to pick up fun freebies as you visit the different tables, but you can enter to win grand prizes.   We hope to see you there!

Overview of the Electronic Submission Process for Theses & Dissertations – Main Campus

The College of Graduate Studies invites you to attend an Overview of the Electronic Submission Process for Theses and Dissertations for Main Campus programs.  This session will provide an overview of the electronic submission process for graduate theses and dissertations within the context of graduation requirements for the Graduate College Office on the Main Campus as well as a presentation of the submission steps for OhioLINK.   Additional sources of information will be identified to provide students with the tools necessary to complete the electronic submission process.

The overview will be offered on the following dates, but you must register in advance as space is limited!

  • Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Carlson Library Room 2000
  • Thursday, October 29th, 2009 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in Carlson Library Room 2000
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (location to be announced)
  • Thursday, February 18th, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (location to be announced)

Banned Books Week Vigil – Closing Books Closes Possibilities!

UT will celebrate the American Library Association Banned Books Week with a the 12th Annual Banned Books Week Vigil on Thursday, October 1st on the 2nd Floor of Sullivan Hall.  This day-long event will feature speakers from all over campus giving short, 20 minutes talks about topics relating to censorship and the freedom to read.  Door prizes will be given throughout the day.

The schedule of speakers for the day is:

  • 9 a.m.
    Welcome by Dr. Marcia Suter, University Libraries
    “Speech, Reading, and the Banning of Thoughts” – Dr. Jim Benjamin, Communication Dept.
  • 9:30  a.m.
    “Radical Islamists and Fear of Radical Islamists – Both are Significant Threats to Free Speech”, Dr. Douglas Oliver, Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering Dept.
  • 10 a.m.
    “When Censorship Goes Soft:  The Case of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn & the Publication of ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich'”, Dr. Larry Connin, Honors Program
  • 10:30 a.m.
    “We Are Strangers”, Mr. Warren Woodbury, Toledo author
  • 11  a.m.
    “1984:  From Orwell to Amazon”, Dr. Paul Many, Communication Dept.
  • 11:30 a.m.
    Dr. K & The IC Players [Dr. Paulette Kilmer, Communication Dept., and journalism students]
  • 12 noon
    Keynote Speaker: “Book Burning in Nazi Germany”, Dr. Larry Wilcox, History Dept.
  • 1 p.m.
    “Censorship, Dissent & Etiquette”, Dr. Ben Pryor, Philosophy Dept.
  • 1:30  p.m.
    “Remembering Judith Krug:  Librarian & Founder of Banned Books Week”, Ms. Elaine Reeves, University Libraries
  • 2 p.m.
    “Indecency in Broadcasting:  Why Bother?” Dr. David Tucker, Communication Dept.
  • 2:30  p.m.
    “The Politics of Bad Ideas”, Dr. Carter Wilson, Political Science Dept.
  • 3 p.m.
    Jeopardy with Mr. Brian Hickam & Ms. Elaine Reeves, both University Libraries.
  • 3:30  p.m.
    “Censoring Bob Dylan in the Sixties”, Dr. Tom Barden, Honors Program
  • 4 p.m.
    “Feminism Does Not Equal Censorship:  Toward a Feminist Politics of Representation”, Dr. Renee Heberle, Political Science Dept.
  • 4:30 p.m.
    “Homosexuality in Children’s Books”, Dr. Sharon Barnes, Interdisciplinary Studies & Special Programs
  • 5 p.m.
    “The Story of Giles Corey”, an original poem by Dr. Glen Sheldon, Interdisciplinary Studies & Special Programs

This event received the financial support of the UT Communication Department, with food and door prizes sponsored by Barry’s Bagels, Curb’s Candles, Dunkin’ Doughnuts, People Called Women, the Westgate Rite Aid Pharmacy, The Toledo Free Press, UT Business Technology, UT Career Services, UT Bookstore, UT- MCO Credit Union, UT Starbucks, Glacity Theater Collective and UT Theatre Department.

New Art Exhibit: Accessible Expressions Ohio

Through May 29th the Canaday Center art gallery on the 5th floor of Carlson Library will feature Accessible Expressions Ohio, a touring juried exhibit that celebrates Ohio’s artists with disabilities.  A variety of works in several media are on view in professional, emerging, and youth categories, and many are available for purchase.

The exhibit is the work of VSA Arts of Ohio,  who will hold a Careers in the Arts regional workshop on May 29th in the Canaday Center.  Call 614.241.5325 for more information.