If you’re on Facebook, twitter or Instagram, it’s impossible
to miss the selfies people post to announce a night on the town, a trip to an
exotic location or just a new pair of sunglasses.
Set aside the Internet and smartphones, and they’re simply
following a social norm established more than 150 years ago. While Millennials
are growing up on social media, the Civil War generation was the first to grow
up with photography.
“Photography was an earth-shattering innovation in the
mid-19th century, perhaps like the introduction of the computer or
the cell phone,” said John Cuthbert, director of the West Virginia and Regional History Center.
“It was introduced in the U.S. around 1840 and within a couple of decades
people all over America were getting their pictures taken by itinerant
photographers who would travel from town to town.”
Blog post by Stewart Plein, Assistant Curator for WV Books & Printed Resources & Rare Book Librarian
Decoration Day, May 30, 1881. Frederick Douglass, considered among the greatest orators of the nineteenth century, stood on the grounds of Storer College, the first institution of higher learning for African Americans in West Virginia, a state not long separated from its parent, Virginia. Douglass, a trustee of Storer College, was the Decoration Day keynote speaker. The events of the day were part of a commencement celebration that also included the laying of the cornerstone for a new building. This new addition to campus would be called Anthony Hall, “in honor of Mr. Anthony, of Providence R. I., a relative of Senator Anthony.” But Douglass was not there to praise the success of Storer College, or to decorate the graves of soldiers who fought and died during the late Civil War, instead, Douglass took this occasion to talk about his friend and fellow abolitionist, John Brown, whose execution following his failed raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859, twenty-two years before, was within living memory of many of the attendees that day.
Virginia UniversityLibraries will host an opening reception
for an exhibit recognizing the lifetime achievements of Dr. Emory L. Kemp, Professor
Emeritus of History and Civil Engineering, at 3 p.m. Friday, May 31, in the
John D. Rockefeller IV Gallery of the Downtown Campus Library.
“The Structure of History: Celebrating Industrial Heritage
and Preservation in the Dr. Emory L. Kemp Collection” will showcase items from
Kemp’s donation to the West Virginia and Regional History Center,
which included blueprints, maps, restoration project reports, structural
analysis papers, drawings, correspondence and more that Kemp collected throughout
his extensive career that spanned 50 years.
“Emory Kemp is a renowned figure in the field of Civil
Engineering and it is a tremendous honor to preserve his papers in in the
Regional History Center,” WVRHC Director John Cuthbert said. “Records
pertaining to his work ranging from world landmarks like the Sydney Opera House
to West Virginia’s iconic Philippi Bridge and Wheeling Suspension Bridge will
be a boon to industrial architecture historians for generations to come.”
excited that our inaugural OER grant program is off to a great start with the
potential of saving WVU students nearly $50,000,” said Martha Yancey, chair of
the grants committee. “This first cohort of grant recipients will provide good
models for other faculty to learn from and consider during next year’s grant
process. We hope to continue building momentum toward even bigger savings in
of the grants is to encourage development of alternatives to high-cost textbooks,
lower the cost of college attendance for students, and support faculty who wish
to implement new pedagogical models for classroom instruction. Awardees agree
to use their open textbooks in courses to be taught in fall 2019 or spring
2020, and then submit a course review/report.
West Virginia UniversityLibraries’ Teaching and Learning
Committee has selected Hannah Coffey and Kelsey R. Eackles as 2019 Robert
F. Munn Undergraduate Library scholars.
“All of us at WVU Libraries are pleased to name
Hannah Coffey and Kelsey Eackles as Munn Scholars,” Dean of Libraries Karen
Diaz said. “Both exceeded expectations with their remarkable efforts in
researching their topics and then writing their impressive works of
During the Permian Period,
acidic, salty lakes and groundwaters existed in Kansas. Remnants of these
extreme environments have been preserved as rocks and include red muds,
blue gypsum, and clear halite, along with entrapped microcapsules of Permian
water, atmosphere, and microorganisms.
professor Kathleen Benison’s
photographs of these rocks serve as both scientific evidence and aesthetic
archives are used for research, they can also inspire contemporary thought,
perspective and fun, which is the aim of this curated project,” said Sally
Deskins, exhibits coordinator for WVU Libraries.
Diamond, head of West Virginia University Libraries’ Office of Curriculum and
Instructional Support, has been selected as a 2019 Fellow for the Institute for
Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL). In its 11th year,
the IELOL Institute selects its Fellows from an international pool of
candidates through a competitive application process.
five-month Institute incorporates online learning with a week-long onsite
immersive experience. The cohort of IELOL Fellows investigate personal, local,
and global leadership challenges in online learning through individual, group,
and team projects. Participants apply their new knowledge, experience, and
connections to online learning projects at their home institutions. The IELOL
Institute begins this July and will culminate with the IELOL Masters Class at
the Online Learning Consortium annual conference in November.
If you were a student at West
Virginia University sometime during the past four decades, you probably
benefited from Carroll Wilkinson’s work at WVU Libraries.
Did you ever check out a book
at the Charles C. Wise, Jr. Library or the Downtown Campus Library? Did you log
into eReserves to retrieve required course materials? Are you a student-veteran
studying for final exams in one of the Libraries’ two Study Bunkers?
After 41 years of service to
WVU, Wilkinson officially retired April 15.
“Carroll Wilkinson has been a
valued librarian at WVU for 41 years,” Dean of Libraries Karen Diaz said. “She’s
seen many changes within the profession and on campus and has herself been a
change agent in helping move the libraries ever forward. Her insights,
experience, and wisdom have been incredibly valuable to me during my interim
term as Dean, and into my permanent role. I’ll miss her very much, but can
think of no one more deserving of a rich and healthy retirement!”
WVU Libraries and the Morgantown Public Library will jointly hold events on Friday, April 12, in conjunction with Food Justice Day, to celebrate the opening of the Morgantown Seed Preservation Library.
The Downtown Campus Library will
host a panel session on seed sovereignty and seed/food justice from 1:30-3 p.m.
in the Milano Reading Room. Barbara Hengemihle, associate university librarian,
will open the session, and the moderator will be Mehmet Oztan, a WVU service assistant
professor of geography who created the Morgantown Seed Preservation Library in
collaboration with the Morgantown Public Library, WVU Libraries and the Food
Justice Lab at WVU.
Awards Committee of the West Virginia University Library Faculty Assembly has
selected Alyssa Wright, social sciences librarian, as the Outstanding Librarian
award, presented triennially, recognizes a faculty librarian who has made
exceptional contributions toward the delivery, development, or expansion of
library services or special programs for the constituencies of WVU.
is a creative and dedicated librarian, and we are honored to present her with
the Outstanding Librarian Award this year,” said Anna Crawford, chair of the
Library Faculty Assembly Awards Committee. “The impact Alyssa has made with the
social science students and faculty she works with is apparent and highly
valued. And her work combining information literacy with community engagement
is just one example of the kind of innovative services she provides.”
than simply trying to define trauma, a group of undergraduate honors students created
works of art that illustrate and narrate trauma. Their exhibit, “Understanding
Trauma through Art and Literature,” will remain on display at the West Virginia
University Health Sciences Library through May 20.
healthcare, practitioners are often tasked with working with those in acute
distress, which we might generally describe as traumatic. Understanding trauma,
then, is an important aspect of the human condition that relates to medicine,”
said Renée Nicholson, an assistant professor of multidisciplinary
Are you preparing to start a new research project? Are you
exploring publishing options for your latest article?
In addition to connecting you with needed resources, West Virginia UniversityLibraries’
librarians and staff can support users with a high level of knowledge and
expertise at many points in the research life-cycle.
Last fall, WVU Libraries launched the Research
Commons, a suite of services to foster interdisciplinary connections
and support graduate student and faculty research needs.
conjunction with West Virginia University’s inaugural Research Week,
WVU Libraries will offer multiple workshops to help
students and faculty take full advantage of Scopus,
a popular scholarly search tool.
the largest curated abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature,
Scopus includes the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences,
and arts and humanities. It can be accessed on the Libraries website.
are scheduled at all three Morgantown campus. On each day there will be an
overview session that includes lunch.
you travel this summer, as long as you have Internet access, you can take ULIB300:
Film and Media Literacy. In this 12-week online course, students will watch the
films of Quentin Tarantino, including “Inglourious Basterds,” “Kill Bill,” “Pulp
Fiction,” “Reservoirs Dogs,” “Hateful Eight,” and “Jackie Brown,” and discuss
how they relate to other films in their genre, criticism, marketing, film
vocabulary, and media literacy.
3-credit course fulfills GEC 5 and 7, and GEF 6. To register in STAR, use the
Class Schedule Search and set Subject to “Library Instruction.” Learn more at
the Libraries website or
contact the instructor, Matt Steele, at firstname.lastname@example.org
native of Moundsville, W.Va., Arch A. Moore Jr. served in
the European theatre during World War II before enrolling at West Virginia
University as a political science major in 1946. He later earned his law degree
from WVU College of Law. In 1949, Moore married Shelley Riley, a fellow WVU
student, and they had three children together, Arch A. (Kim) Moore III, Shelley
Wellons, and Lucy St. Clair. Daughter Shelley served in the U.S. House of
Representatives (2001-2014) and the U.S Senate (2015-present).
1952, Moore began his political career in the West Virginia House of Delegates,
and in 1956 he was elected to the First District congressional seat. He went on
to serve six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1957-1969) winning as
a Republican in a predominantly Democratic state. He is the only person to
serve three terms as Governor of West Virginia (1969-1977, 1985-1989).
Since 1978, the cost of college
textbooks has risen 812%, a rate faster than medical services (575%), new home
prices (325%) and the consumer price index (250%), according to statistics from
the American Enterprise Institute.
The rising cost of textbooks impacts a
student’s bank account as well as their grades. The Florida Virtual Campus has
been studying the effect of rising textbooks costs on students’ purchasing
decisions, their academic success and their awareness of OER options.
Their 2018 study found that the cost of
textbooks continue to be a negative influence on students’ grades and success. A
PDF of the “2018 Student Textbook & Course Materials Survey: Executive Summary
is available at this link.
Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students’ academic success? If so, you might be interested in two Open Educational Resources (OER) opportunities being offered by WVULibraries.
OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that
reside in the public domain and can be customized and re-purposed. Open
textbooks are complete and can be authoritatively verified, adopted by many
faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and
The Downtown Campus Library will host an
opening reception on March 4 from 5-7 p.m. in Room 1020 that will include a
poetry reading by Affrilachian poet Crystal Good and a performance art piece by
“This exhibit celebrates the major role that Appalachian women have
played in defense of water since the 1970s,” said Martina Angela Caretta, a WVU assistant professor of geography. “The pieces on
display and two panels – with women water professionals and on women’s health
following the 2014 Elk River Spill – speak to the continued and renewed
importance of water protection and restoration in our state beyond gender,
class and racial axis.”
Do you need to save time
in the initial information gathering stage of your research, monitor a research
topic or trend, identify the top researchers in a particular field or track the
success of your own research?
West Virginia University
Libraries has reinstated its subscription to Scopus, a popular scholarly search tool. Currently the
largest curated abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, it
includes the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts
and humanities. It can be accessed on the Libraries website.