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Friends of the Wesleyan Library Annual Meeting Lecture

Write Better Together: an inside look at a new generation of social networks and websites that empower writers

A talk by Molly Barton ’00

Thursday, April 24, 2014 — 6:00 pm — Develin Room (2nd floor Olin Library, Rm 204)


Molly Barton


Ms. Barton is teaching the senior seminar for Wesleyan’s Writing Certificate this spring. Formerly the Global Digital Director at Penguin Random House, she founded a start-up inside Penguin called Book Country (www.bookcountry.com), “the most supportive writing and publishing community on the web” – where writers can get feedback on their manuscripts, and if they desire, publish them as e-books. Barton left Penguin in February to work more closely with the NYC tech and start-up community. She is working on a number of undisclosed digital initiatives with major media companies, and serving as strategic advisor to publishing related start-ups in New York City and Silicon Valley.

Pizza and light supper refreshments will be served.

For more information and to rsvp if you would like to attend, contact libfriends@wesleyan.edu.




University Librarian Pat Tully is on the Oberlin Group‘s Lever Initiative Task Force, which just released a report on the state of open access scholarly monograph publishing.  Pat was interviewed for an Inside Higher Ed article by Carl Straumsheim, Worth the Effort?, on the initiative.

Profile ImageOn April 22, Collections Conservator Michaelle Biddle is giving a talk at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) at Universität Hamburg.  The talk, ‘New Strategies in Using Watermarks to Date Sub-Saharan Islamic Manuscripts,’ is based on recent field work Biddle has done in Northern Nigeria.  See Biddle’s Selected Works page in WesScholar for more information about her work with Islamic manuscripts.

Prof. Lois BrownOn Thursday, April 3, Wesleyan University will host its annual lecture for the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences:

Title:  Re-Member Me: Race, Romance and the Civil War

Speaker: Lois Brown, Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor, African American Studies and Department of English.

When:  Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5pm

Where:  Olin Library first floor, Smith Reading Room.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


The Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences is the third-oldest learned society in the United States, founded in 1799 in New Haven “…to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest and happiness of a free and virtuous people…”  Wesleyan University has had a representative on the governing council of the Academy since 1974; most recently Peter Frenzel, Professor of German Studies Emeritus, represented Wesleyan. Last year Pat Tully, Wesleyan University Librarian, became the Wesleyan representative.

The purpose of the Academy is the dissemination of scholarly information via publications and lectures.  The Academy holds eight lectures each year, including the annual lecture at Wesleyan, which provide an opportunity to hear distinguished scholars speak about their work.

Since 1810, the Academy has published scholarly works on a variety of topics.  It currently has three series: Memoirs are monographs or booklength publications; Transactions are essays in history, economics, mathematics, archeology, languages, literature, and the natural sciences, and most recently, articles of an interdisciplinary nature; and A Manual of the Writings in Middle English is the definitive reference source in its field.  The Academy welcomes the submission of scholarly manuscripts for possible publication.

Membership in the Academy is by nomination. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about the Academy, please email caas@yale.edu

The library is fortunate to be hosting a variety of events this spring.  Please join us for one or all of them!


Cover - Silence of Bonaventure ArrowThursday, March 27:  The Evolution of American Sign Language, a talk by Joseph Basile, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sign Language.  A One Book, One Middletown event.  One Book is a community literacy project of the Middletown Rotary Club, supported by the Russell Library and the City of Middletown.   4:30pm, Develin Room (Rm. 204), Olin Library.  Free and open to the public.




Lois Brown talkThursday, April 3: Re-Member Me: Race, Romance and the Civil War, a talk by Lois Brown, Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor, African American Studies Program and Department of English.  Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences annual lecture at Wesleyan University.  5pm, Smith Reading Room, first floor of Olin Library.  Free and open to the public.



Friends of the Wesleyan LibraryThursday, April 24:  Annual meeting of the Friends of the Wesleyan Library, and talk by Molly Barton ’00, on the future of the book and of writers.  Ms. Barton currently teaches Wesleyan’s Writing Certificate’s senior seminar and was formerly the Global Digital Director at Penguin Random House.  Time to be announced, Develin Room (Rm. 204), Olin Library.  Free and open to the public.


Book saleSaturday, May 10:  Book sale, Friends of the Wesleyan Library.  Approximately 4,000 books for sale.  10am-4pm, 1st floor stack area near Campbell Reference Center, Olin Library.  Open to the public.


Do you want to read the Chronicle of Higher Ed online, on a mobile device, or set up email delivery of the Chronicle newsletters?  Here’s how to do so using Wesleyan’s subscription so that you will have full access to all the Chronicle content, including those articles marked lock.

CHE content from 1989 to present is available online to the Wesleyan community through our institutional subscription.  The library holds microfilm of the CHE back to 1977.

This Library FAQ entry describes how to access the Chronicle online using Wesleyan’s subscription.


Starting with spring 2014 two new Moodle blocks are available to assist students as they work their way through the research process.

These blocks link students to library resources to help them get started on their research, to make an appointment to meet with a subject librarian, and find help on how to cite their sources using various citation styles.  If students need immediate research assistance, they will also have the ability to instant message a librarian.  Students are not always aware of the range of academic resources (people and materials) available through the library, and this new feature will facilitate their discovery.

To add these two new blocks to a Moodle course:

  1. Click the Turn editing on button in the upper right of the course page.
  2. The Add a block option will appear in the bottom left sidebar.
  3. From the Add a block drop-down menu, select the Ask a Librarian and Research Help options.
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When bad weather hits, check the library’s inclement weather line, 860-685-2999, to see if and when the libraries are open.

The Art Library, Science Library and Olin are open today, Friday, February 14.   Thanks to all the student workers, library staff and librarians who kept the libraries open and provided services yesterday.  If you are a Wesleyan student, faculty or staff member who is stuck off-campus, click here for instructions on accessing library resources: http://www.wesleyan.edu/library/howdoi/accessfromoffcampus.html

Stay safe, everyone–and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cover - Silence of Bonaventure ArrowThe 2014 One Book, One Middletown selection is The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, by Rita Leganski.  The story is set in 1950s Louisiana, about a young boy whose unique abilities are misconstrued as disabilities and how he transforms the lives of those around him.  It is a lyrical and enchanting debut novel.

One Book, One Middletown is a program sponsored by the Middletown Rotary Club, the City of Middletown, Russell Library and a variety of businesses, libraries and other local organizations.  The purpose of One Book is to encourage reading and strengthen community ties by selecting a book each year with wide appeal, then bringing people together to talk about it.

In late March and early April 2014 there will be a series of discussions and events that explore the ideas in Bonaventure Arrow; the schedule of events will be available in early January.  Till then, pick up a copy of the book in Olin’s lobby or Russell Library, or purchase a copy at The Book Bower or through your favorite local bookseller.

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