The latest Special Collections exhibit, “Visualizing Uncle Tom: Pictorial Interpretations of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” draws from the personal collection of R.J. Ellis, Professor of American Studies at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) and includes early editions of the book, film stills and posters, and other popular culture ephemera. Professor Ellis, who also curated the exhibition, explores Stowe’s textual descriptions of characters and events and how they are visually represented through the years–at times sentimental, sensational, or flatly racist. It will open to the public in mid-September, and will run through May, 2015. Programming complementing the themes in the exhibition will take place throughout the school year. Stay tuned for details.
Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, visiting instructor and academic resident librarian, has been awarded one of five Library Assessment Conference Travel Awards for the 2014 conference.
The Association for Research Libraries (ARL) and the conference planning committee awarded grants to students and early-career professionals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have demonstrated a strong interest in assessment and have the potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies. The awards cover attendance, travel, and meals at the Library Assessment Conference, which will be held at the University of Washington in Seattle, August 4–7, 2014.
Annie Pho, visiting instructor and academic resident librarian, is featured in a UIC News story about cycling through France for the Association for Library Advocacy.
Jessica Canlas, who was the assistant director of Library administration from 2004-2009, returns to the Library for a limited-term assignment on July 28, 2014. Jessica will help complete several projects and will be working in the Daley Library administrative office.