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UM Libraries (UML) is now conducting a quick online survey to obtain feedback from library users on the Coral Gables and Rosenstiel School campuses. The confidential survey, administered by LibQUAL+, will assess the current information needs of faculty and students and help identify opportunities for improving library services, programming, and facilities. The survey is now available through the UML website. For more information, please contact Lisa Fish, LibQUAL+ Project Coordinator, at 305-284-4049 or via email at libqual@miami.eduClick here to take the survey.

 

 

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Cuban Heritage Collection Acquires Brothers to the Rescue Archive

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Cuban Heritage Collection Acquires Brothers to the Rescue Archive


José Basulto, founder of Brothers to the Rescue, and Maria Estorino, chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection, review some of the archival materials Basulto has donated to UM Libraries' extensive repository on Cuba and the Cuban Diaspora.

José Basulto, founder of Brothers to the Rescue, and Maria Estorino, chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection, review some of the archival materials Basulto donated to UM Libraries’ extensive repository on Cuba and the Cuban diaspora.

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 10, 2014) – Flying in their dependable, twin-engine Cessna 337s, the pilots of Brothers to the Rescue patrolled the skies over the Straits of Florida for more than a decade, searching for Cuban rafters adrift at sea and then alerting the U.S. Coast Guard to the migrants’ coordinates. Read the full story

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Southern Suns and Sky Blue Water Showcases Student Life Over the Decades


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In University Archives, cheerleaders from another era sport an M rather than the now-familiar U.

University of Miami Libraries University Archives’ exhibition, Southern Suns and Sky Blue Water, is on display through January 2014 at the Otto G. Richter Library, and features photographs, fanfare, memorabilia, and publications that reflect student life at the University during the 1960s, 1980s, and early 2000s.

“There is a vibrant history here at UM,” says Koichi Tasa, University archivist and the exhibition’s lead curator. He notes that the exhibition’s title, the first line of the University’s Alma Mater, alludes to the timeless backdrop that unifies University athletics, student activities, and campus events across many generations.

Among the exhibition’s ’60s generation mementos is a vintage photograph of soul music pioneer Ray Charles performing at the UM Homecoming Concert in 1963, just two years after the University officially desegregated the campus. Research Services Supervisor Marcia Heath, a curator of the exhibition, said that Charles’s performance was a catalyst in raising morale among the student body during the racially charged period.

“These materials really show us where we’re coming from…how far we’ve come,” she said, also referring to the transformation in the University’s physical campus. One 1962 photograph of the Richter Library shows the completion of the main floors and stacks addition, which earned a design award by Florida Architect in 1964. The library now houses a print collection of more than four million volumes.

The exhibition, also curated by Education and Outreach Librarian William Jacobs and Special Collections Research Assistant Steve Hersh, includes IBIS yearbook spreads chronicling the evolution of traditions like Carni Gras, where students in the ’60s and ’80s strutted in high gear to embrace the Carnival spirit.

The exhibition even houses traditional fanfare such as a dink, once-required headgear freshmen sported until Miami’s first touchdown, and then tossed into the air. “Like the world, the University is changing daily,” said Cynthia Cochran, director of alumni programs. “The opportunity to visit some artifacts from those periods only enriches [alumni’s] visit back to campus, for some of whom it has been 50 years.”

Since he started at the University Archives in 2007, Tasa has worked closely with the UM Alumni Association. In 2010 artist Jacobina Trump created a mural at the Alumni Center, inspired by collection materials, conveying an unchanging horizon over the many generations to walk the campus. Like the exhibition, it also bears the words Southern Suns and Sky Blue Water. “Those words hit home for us all,” Tasa said.

 

 

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Cuban Heritage Collection Honors One of Cuba’s Original ‘Mad Men’

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Cuban Heritage Collection Honors One of Cuba’s Original ‘Mad Men’


Ricardo Arregui, center, is surrounded (from left) by his daughter Victoria López Castro; María Estorino, Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection; his son, Richard; and wife, Olga.

Ricardo Arregui, center, is surrounded (from left) by his daughter Victoria López Castro; Maria Estorino, Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection; his son, Richard; and wife, Olga.

More than 100 community members, including distinguished local artists and advertising professionals, joined family and friends of Ricardo Arregui at a reception on Thursday, September 26 to honor one of Cuba’s original Mad Men and celebrate the donation of his archive to the University of Miami Libraries’ Cuban Heritage Collection.

The archive chronicles Arregui’s prolific career dating back to the 1950s. Known as the Ricardo Arregui Papers, it contains historic photographs, iconic magazine print ad clippings, LP jingle recordings, and signature market research publications. Read the full story

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Charles Eckman Named Dean of Libraries


Charles Eckman

Charles Eckman

Charles D. Eckman, who launched initiatives and programs that helped dramatically improve the research libraries at some of North America’s top universities, has been named the University of Miami’s new dean of libraries, a role in which he will provide leadership and management responsibilities for the institution’s vast holdings of books, journals, digital materials, and rare collections.

Eckman, who is currently dean of library services and university librarian at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, will assume his new role at UM on December 1. He replaces William D. Walker, who had held the post since 2003 before stepping down last May to rejoin the faculty. Read the full story

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