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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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Five Decades in the Stacks: Richter Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Opened in 1962, the University of Miami’s Otto G. Richter Library celebrates 50 years of supporting scholarship, research, and discovery this fall. Originally housed in temporary quarters in several locations throughout the University, the first central library was created in December 1949 by moving books from four locations into a section of the Merrick Building. Through donations from the estate of the late Otto G. Richter, the estate of Meyer Gold, and the George A. Brockway Foundation, construction of the Watson, Deutschman, and Kruse-designed library began in 1959.

On June 10, 1962 University President Jay Pearson dedicated the new $3 million, state-of-the-art facility. The modern building included amenities such as an escalator, a nine-story tower with closed stacks, bookveyors that allowed staff to quickly deliver books from the second to ninth floor, an undergraduate students floor, and graduate student reading rooms.

As the needs of library users changed over the years, the University has updated the library to reflect advances in the academic and research agendas. Thanks to substantial donor support, the University undertook major renovations from 1999 to 2003. The Dr. Maxwell and Reva B. Dauer Clock Tower was completed in 2000; the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion opened in 2003, serving as the home of the acclaimed Cuban Heritage Collection; and a Starbucks on the first floor of the Brockway building opened, giving students a place to sit and study.

The new design added classrooms, conference rooms, and student group study rooms. With a focus on technology, the library has added a high-tech information commons, digital media lab, digital production and scanning facilities, and a sophisticated conservation laboratory that ensures preservation of fragile materials.

“Computing and technological advances have had a major impact on shaping service delivery, but just as important are the closer partnerships the library has developed with students and faculty over the years,” said Lyn MacCorkle, digital repository librarian, who has been with the Richter Library for 30 years and seen the transformation occur.

Today the Richter Library offers students and researchers one of the most comprehensive information resources in the Southeast and continues to build its print, multimedia, and networked information resources at a robust pace. Also, the library promotes the humanities with year-round exhibitions in which exceptional and unique items are displayed, and provides noteworthy cultural programming that includes prominent guest speakers from around the world.

“As a champion of scholarship, the library team has transformed the Richter Library into a sophisticated, high-tech program,” said Dean and University Librarian William Walker. “Our community can use both materials born digitally as well as print for discovery and dissemination of new ideas and concepts. Physical library space still matters in this digital age. The Richter is one of the most frequented venues on campus, with a door count of over 950,000 visitors a year. The library has become a gateway to new technologies that give UM students exceptional opportunities to work in a highly innovative learning environment.”

Richter Library will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of celebrations, which include exhibitions and a speaker and poetry series. The fall exhibitions will include a showcase on political poetry and will join the centennial celebration of Cuban playwright Virgilio Piñera with an exhibition titled Absurd Celebration, part of the kick-off event for Taking Flight: The Year of Humanities and Arts at the University of Miami.

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


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