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Cuban Heritage Collection Gets New Chair

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Cuban Heritage Collection Gets New Chair


Maria Estorino, left, teaches Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sánchez how to search for materials in the Cuban Heritage Collection’s extensive digital archives. Sánchez visited the CHC last March.

Maria R. Estorino learned three important lessons from Esperanza Bravo de Varona, the longtime head of the University of Miami Libraries’ Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC).

“The first is that being passionate about what you do makes for a more successful and rewarding career. The second is to be persistent, to have a goal and continually work towards it no matter what obstacles arise. And the third: to value relationships and the importance of person-to-person contact,” Estorino explained. Read the full story

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Dissertation Writing Group Celebrates Accomplishments

From left to right: April Mann, Ana Morgenstern, Anna Stoute, Koren Bedeau, and Maxime Larivé.

From left to right: April Mann, Ana Morgenstern, Anna Stoute, Koren Bedeau, and Maxime Larivé.

Staff at the Graduate School, Richter Library, and the Writing Center gathered recently in Albert Pick Hall on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus to celebrate the accomplishments of Dissertation Writing Group (DWG) participants. Since the group began in 2010, 11 participants have completed their dissertations and have earned doctoral degrees. Maxime Larivé and Ana Morgenstern, who are among the first participants to graduate, were presented with bound copies of their dissertations at the event. Read the full story

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Documentary Featuring UM Libraries’ Ralph M. Munroe Collection Wins Suncoast Emmy

Ralph Munroe’s Barnacle: Centerpiece of a Legacy, a documentary film that highlights the University of Miami Libraries’ Ralph M. Munroe Collection, has won a Suncoast Emmy Award for best documentary in the category “Nostalgia Program.”

The award was presented to the documentary’s producer, Debra Hall-Greene, at a recent ceremony held at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale.

The film explores the legacy of Munroe’s contribution with particular emphasis on the Barnacle, the house built on Biscayne Bay by the American yacht designer and early resident of Coconut Grove. The home, now The Barnacle Historic State Park, is the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still standing in its original location.

Joanna Lombard, a professor in UM’s School of Architecture, and Cristina Favretto, head of Special Collections for the UM Libraries, are featured prominently in the film.

UM’s Ralph M. Munroe Family Papers digital collection contains more than 1,200 items, including photographs of the Barnacle, a variety of boats, family, friends, and numerous South Florida scenes. Select correspondence and other documents are also available for viewing.

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a prestigious organization that honors the region’s leadership for artistic, educational, and technical achievements within the television industry. These awards are an honor because submissions come in from television markets throughout the southeast region of the U.S., including Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, and Puerto Rico.


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Mellon Foundation Grant to Expand UM Libraries’ Cuban Theater Digital Archive

The University of Miami Libraries has received a two-year $260,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for support-software development that will expand the functionality of the Cuban Theater Digital Archive.

“The Cuban Theater Digital Archive is a model digital humanities project, which fosters interdisciplinary collaborations,” said Dean and University Librarian William D. Walker. “As we celebrate the Year of the Humanities and Arts at UM, it is especially rewarding to be able to advance this model project.”

Leonidas Bachas, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said the “innovative digital humanities project provides an important resource for scholars and students and helps to advance understanding of the role that performing arts play in our culture.”

Mitsunori Ogihara, associate dean for digital library innovation and director of data mining in UM’s Center for Computational Science, will oversee the development of various software components that will add metadata extraction from the digital media (videos and graphics), add community tags and a search mechanism, and make a publication tool available that allows scholars to more easily access archived materials for research.

“I am very excited about being part of this project. Making this invaluable archive of Cuban theatrical productions more accessible with streamlined data processing and an advanced search mechanism will enhance its value to scholars,” said Ogihara.

The Cuban Theater Digital Archive was established by Lillian Manzor, associate professor of modern languages and literatures and Latin American Studies, and the UM Libraries as the result of a 2005 Digital Library Fellowship. Previous awards have included a six-month research and planning initiative followed by a larger award to rebuild the technical and organizational infrastructure.

Available online at http://cubantheater.org, the archive serves as a resource for research, teaching, and learning in Cuban theater and performance and as a community repository for important Cuban theatrical materials. It is also a forum to foster scholarly communication in this field. The archive is managed as a digital humanities partnership between the University of Miami Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with Cuba’s National Council for the Performing Arts and the Center for Stage Design Studies.

For more information on the UM Libraries, go to http://library.miami.edu.



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Dean and University Librarian William Walker to Step Down

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William D. Walker, who transformed the University of Miami Libraries by expanding and enhancing collections and introducing new technologies to help students, faculty members, and visitors in their research endeavors, has announced that he is stepping down as dean and university librarian effective May 31, 2013.

Walker joined the University in 2003 and has overseen the Otto G. Richter Library, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library, and the Judi Prokop Newman Information Resource Center. Read the full story

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