Temple University Libraries Fall Public Programming Schedule Expanded

Temple University Libraries Fall Public Programming Schedule Expanded The Libraries have added three new programs to the fall 2010 schedule:

November 1, 7PM Philadelphia Sound and Vision Ibrahim Theater @ International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Temple University Libraries, Urban Archives presents a look at hidden stories of music and sound in Philadelphia. It features some of the more distinct characters, traditions and venues in the city’s recent history. The screening will feature: free-jazz performer Sun Ra and his Arkestra, David Bowie visiting Veterans Stadium, synthesizer expert Gerson Rosenbloom, Philadelphia International soul legends McFadden & Whitehead, punk/…new wave stalwart Ken Kweeder at the Hot Club, the organist at the Spectrum sports and entertainment venue, jazz-vibraphonist Khan Jamal, Mummers new years string bands, the original Electric Factory concert venue and more! The program consists of unique footage from the Urban Archives’ collections including unaired news footage, television broadcasts, news magazines and documentaries from local networks WPVI 6 and KYW 3. This highlights recent preservation and digitization work done on our film and video holdings. Open to the general public and FREE!

November 2, 5:30 PM Nancy Heinzen on Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 South 18th Street Take a look inside Philadelphia history with Nancy Heinzen, author of The Perfect Square: A History of Rittenhouse Square. (Temple University Press, 2009). Author Nancy Heinzen will discuss the growth and development of Rittenhouse Square, illustrating that not only is this urban space unique, but so too is the combination of human events and relationships that have created and sustained it. This program is presented by Temple University Libraries, the Temple University Press and the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Come early to explore PAAs newest exhibition, The Sitting Room: Four Studies, in the first and second floor galleries.

December 1, 3:30 PM In Conversation with Andrew Lam East Eats West: The unexpected Consequences of Asian Immigration to America Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor From cuisine and martial arts to sex and self-esteem, East Eats West shines new light on the bridges and crossroads where two hemispheres meld into one worldwide “immigrant nation.” In this new nation, with its amalgamation of divergent ideas, tastes, and styles, today’s bold fusion becomes tomorrow’s classic. But while the space between East and West continues to shrink in this age of globalization, some cultural gaps remain. Andrew Lam, the award-winning author of Perfume Dreams, continues to explore the Vietnamese diaspora, this time concentrating not only on how the East and West have changed but how they are changing each other. And he’ll talk about what it is like to thrive in the West with one foot still in the East.” Andrew is a writer and an editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and, has been, for 8 years, a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” He co-founded New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media organizations in America. His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Journal, and the Chicago Tribune. His short stories are also anthologized widely and taught in many Universities and colleges. This program is part of the Language and Linguistics Speaker Series organized by the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program. Support also provided by CIBER in the Fox School of Business and Management, GenEd, Vietnamese Studies, Department of English and the Faculty Senate Lectures and Forums Committee.

2010 Library Prize Award Ceremony

Classes are over and finals underway, but you might still be curious about the outcome of the 2010 Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. This year’s winners were honored at an award ceremony that took place one week ago today, May 5 at 4:30 p.m., in Paley Lecture Hall. Faculty who worked with the winners were also present. Drs. Krueger and Collier-Thomas spoke passionately about their students’ winning projects and the experience of helping shepherd such amazing examples of undergraduate research to completion.

The winners also spoke eloquently about the starts and stops, frustrations and triumphs of conducting the research necessary to complete their papers. Prior to the award ceremony the three winning students sat down with their primary faculty sponsors for interviews.

Look for links to the MP3 interview files, PDFs of the winning projects, and pictures of the winners and honorable mentions to appear on our Winners page shortly.

Exhibition Cell Phone Tour Launches

We’ve created a cellphone tour to guide you through the current exhibition at Paley Library: The Radical, The Alternative, The Political—Posters from the Contemporary Culture Collection. The exhibition presents a rare glimpse into the political, the graphic, the radical—with broadsides, posters and other print-based materials from the Contemporary Culture Collection. The exhibition, which is culled from this outstanding collection of materials from radical, alternative, and independent presses, explores the theme of accessibility and dissemination of print materials. The Contemporary Culture Collection is one of the region’s most extensive collections of publications by alternative, independent, and small literary publishers; social reform and liberation movement organizations; and political organizations of the far left and right. The collection contains 5,000 journal, newsletter and newspaper titles, books, pamphlets, microfilm, audiotapes, posters, broadsides, artist books and prints. To participate in the tour, drop by Paley Library, proceed to the exhibit cases on the first floor and dial in at 215-525-1543, then hit prompt 50# to begin.

Join Us For Digital Day E-Resource Fairs

Temple University Libraries will celebrate Digital Day — a celebration of our fantastic e-resources — this Wednesday, March 24, from 11:00am to 2:00pm with two e-resource fairs held concurrently in Paley and SEAL libraries. Vendors and library staff will be on hand to familiarize you with the wide range of library resources and services available for research. Vendors include:


  • Alexander Street Press
  • AP Images-Credo Reference
  • EbscoHost
  • Films Media Group
  • Gale
  • LexisNexis
  • Oxford University Press
  • ProQuest
  • SourceOECD


  • IEEE
  • Elsevier
  • ProQuest
  • Books 24 x 7
  • Web of Science
  • Reaxys
  • Biological Abstracts
  • ScienceDirect
  • Compendex
  • Avery Index
  • Safari Tech Books Online

There will be food and drink, prizes, and raffles too! Enter the raffles to win great prizes including: a Kindle, Flip Mino camcorders, a Nintendo DS, an iPod, plus gift cards to Amazon, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, and more! We hope you’ll stop by and enjoy the fairs — these are fabulous ways to learn how the library’s e-resources can help you with your research!

Please know that owing to the fairs you can expect a higher noise level on the first floor of the Paley Library, particularly on the east side of the building (normally a quiet zone). In addition, there will be fewer computers available on the east side of the first floor of Paley Library, but there will still be many computers available in the Library.

Hope to see you there!

Temple University Libraries and Tyler School of Art Foundation Program Partner to Give Away Free Books

Free Books! Temple University Libraries and Tyler School of Art’s Foundation Program

Celebrate Tyler’s 75th Anniversary with a Gift to the Temple Community

The Foundation Department at Tyler School of Art celebrates the arrival of Tyler’s BFA programs on Main Campus by giving away 75 free copies of Chip Kidd’s bestselling novel, The Cheese Monkeys: A novel in two semesters. Each book comes with a bookmark designed by Foundation Freshman and can be picked up at the circulation desk of the Paley Library from March 17 to March 24. Books will be made available to all interested members of the Temple community—just show your ID at the desk.

Chip Kidd, author and award-winning Graphic Designer will be the Foundation Lecture Spring Speaker in a lecture at Walk Auditorium on Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm. Kidd’s designs have re-defined book packaging, and his design work includes Watching the Watchmen: The definitive Companion to the Ultimate Graphic Novel and Bat Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan. As an author, Kidd earned accolades for his first novel, the Cheese Monkeys, a tale of a freshman graphic designer’s education in art and life.

Tyler Foundation Students Hannah Greenhalgh and Mindy Karper designed bookmarks promoting the lecture and book give-away. The winning designs were printed by Foundation Instructor Katie Murken in Tyler’s new Printmaking facilities. Twenty-five freshman Tyler students submitted designs, which are on display in the Foundation area of the Tyler building, Suite 230.

Temple University Libraries are thrilled to partner with Tyler to celebrate its anniversary and move to Main Campus. The Libraries serve the Temple community on Main, Health Sciences, Center City, Harrisburg and Ambler Campuses with rich resources and leading-edge information services. Collections include more than 3 million volumes; 10 million images; more than 50,000 print and online subscriptions; 35,000 linear feet of manuscripts; and a rich collection of sound and video recordings, along with growing media holdings. Rare and special collections focus on specific research interests within the University community and support Temple’s commitment and responsibilities as an urban educational institution.

The Foundation Department provides first year students in Tyler’s BFA programs with a highly structured curriculum, preparing them for majors in Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass, Sculpture, Metals, Photography, and Graphic Design.

Temple Libraries Announce Spring Season of Events and Programs

Temple University Libraries Announce Spring Season of Events and Programs Temple University Libraries Spring 2009 programs and events will begin on January 29 with the Temple Book Club’s annual discussion of the One Book, One Philadelphia selection; this year’s is The Soloist by Steve Lopez. Author and journalist Lopez will also be making a stop at the Libraries later this spring. Don’t miss this acclaimed Los Angeles Times writer, formerly of The Philadelphia Inquirer, on March 19 as he discusses his best-selling book: a story of second chances, human connections and the power of art and music.

The season continues on February 5 with the spring’s first installment of Chat in the Stacks. This ongoing series highlighting and promoting excellence in faculty research, creativity and scholarship will highlight Race in the Stage with a performance from The Seven, based on Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes. Director Lee Richardson, along with English professor Roland Williams and Theater professor Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, will complete the panel.

On February 18 we welcome local scholar David Eng. A multi-disciplinary scholar, Eng is a professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s English Department, but his specialties lie within and beyond the written word. Eng is a cutting-edge scholar exploring the inter-connectedness of literature, cinema, ethnic studies, sexuality and theory. He will present his new research on “Queer Space in China” through a discussion of the film Lan Yu. Please join us in welcoming one of our city’s most engaging academics. This event is co-sponsored by Center for the Humanities at Temple.

Other season highlights include:

Check out all our events and programs, and we hope to see you at the Libraries soon.

-Nicole Restaino, Library Communications Manager

Temple Libraries Celebrate 3 Million Volumes

November 13, Paley Library Lecture Hall-Temple University Libraries celebrated 3 million volumes, a testament to the rich and growing collections available to Temple scholars, students and researchers.

At the ceremony on Thursday, the 13th, the Libraries’ Board of Visitors Chair Estelle Alexander, Dean of University Libraries Larry P. Alford, Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico, and Special Collections Department head Tom Whitehead unveiled the ceremonial book to a crowd of over nearly 200 at the celebration in Paley Library. Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Teresa Scott Soufas; Dean of the School of Communications and Theater, Concetta M. Stewart; and the head of the Theater Department, Roberta Sloan, also participated in the day’s activities.

The acquisition, Shakespeare’s The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke, is “a stunning example of 20th century fine printing,” according to Alford. The book was issued by the Cranach Press in 1930, edited by J. Dover Wilson, contains illustrations by Edward Gordon Craig and was printed by Count Harry Kessler. Whitehead worked with a number of departments across Temple to acquire this fine edition, which supports so many disciplines across campus.

Festivities also featured the opening of a new exhibit on the history of fine printing curated by Whitehead. For the occasion Whitehead and Brian D. Stilwell wrote the Libraries’ first large scholarly exhibition catalog: Fine Printing and Typography of Five and One-Half Centuries.

Actors Ross Beschler, as Hamlet, and Whitney Nielson, as Ophelia, performed the famed Hamlet scene, “To Be or Not To Be,” to the delight of the crowd. The Libraries had consulted with the Theater Department on the selection of the book, which further demonstrates Temple’s strong commitment to the arts. The text of Hamlet is not just a singularly great work of theater, but the commentary and illustrations in our 3- millionth edition serve as a primary source for theater history and design.

After the ceremony, a keynote lecture was given by Harvard University’s Marjorie Garber, one of the nation’s foremost and versatile scholars. Garber’s talk A Tale of Three Hamlets focused specifically on the book of the day, the “Cranach Hamlet.” Dr. Garber’s lecture was co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Temple.

In addition to the 3 million volumes, the Libraries hold 10 million images; more than 50,000 print and online subscriptions; 35,000 linear feet of manuscripts; and a rich collection of sound and video recordings, along with growing media holdings. Thanks to all involved in making the Libraries’ 3 Millionth Volume Celebration so special.

ceLIBration Welcomes New Students To Library

On Friday, August 29, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Paley Library’s first floor was transformed into ceLIBration headquaters. ceLIBration is the Libraries’ annual Welcome Week extravaganza, and it welcomes new students to the Temple University Libraries. ceLIBration offers a fun opportunity to learn about the Library and meet the people who work there. With plenty of food and music, as pictured below, there is plenty of activity for the new students.

jimmy_johns.jpg This year the turnout was great, and hundreds of students visited Paley Library to participate in the festivities. In addition to video games and quizzo, the Library offered Secret Cinema, a well regarded classic film event that is popular in Philadelphia. Many prizes and gifts were given away during several raffles. The Library once again held a Guitar Hero III contest, and several students turned out to try their hand at becoming our new Guitar Hero champion. This year Derek Burton, a freshman, emerged victorious with the highest score in two rounds of competition. Derek is pictured below showing his Guitar Hero skills.


Jakobsen Lecture Available on iTunes U

Distinguished professor of women’s studies, Janet Jakobsen of Barnard College, lectured at Paley on April 7. Dr. Jakobsen is the Director of the Center for Research on Women at Barnard. Her research interests include: feminist and queer ethics; religion, gender, and sexuality in American public life; social movements and feminist alliance politics; and global issues of economics. Jakobsen’s research truly crosses disciplinary boundaries, and her engagement with a number of issues crosses the traditional lines established between the academy and activism. This lecture was part of a series presented by the Libraries and the General Education Program, which aims to bring interdisciplinary scholars in a variety of fields to Temple. The departments of Religion and Jewish Studies also played a significant role in sponsoring Dr. Jakobsen’s visit. Dr. Jakobsen’s lecture at Paley Library can be downloaded from iTunes U. When you see the Temple University page, click Paley Library at the bottom, then Janet Jakobsen, then click “Get” and wait for the download to complete. After the lecture, Dr. Jakobsen was interviewed by Professor of History, David Watt, and Professor of Religion, Women’s Studies, and Jewish Studies, Laura Levitt.

Temple University Libraries Announce Library Prize Winners

Temple University Libraries have announced the winners of the fourth annual Library Prize for Undergraduate Research.

As this prestigious award entered its fourth year, 63 outstanding applications were received. Applications represented disciplines, schools and colleges across Temple’s campus.

Congratulations to our winners:

Peter LeibenspergerMusical Ambiguity as Poetic Reflection: Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, No. 1, “Nunn will die Sonn’ so hell aufgeh’n!” – (Music Studies 4782) Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Edward Latham, Dr. Cynthia Folio

Natalia SmirnovBefore and After Photography: The Makeover Method of Discipline and Punish – (Film and Media Arts 4671) Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Paul Swann

Maureen WhitsettFenianism In Irish Catholic Philadelphia: The American Catholic Church’s Battle for Acceptance – (History 4997) Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Petra Goedde, Dr. Elizabeth Varon

And our honorable mentions:

Robyn Baylor“We the Kinda Cats Like to Turn Hegel Upside Down Just to See the Pennies Fall Out”: Yugen, The Floating Bear, and the Avant-Garde Poetry Community of the Lower East Side, 1958-1963 – (American Studies 4097) Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Lisa Rhodes

Brian ChambersConsolidating Dictatorship: The Pinochet Regime in Retrospect – (History H4997) Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Petra Goedde, Dr. Elizabeth Varon, Dr. Art Schmidt

Cynthia GingrichThe Schola Cantorum and Le Chat Noir Juxtaposed in Paris, 1880-1914 – (Music Studies 4782) Faculty Sponsor: Dr. David Cannata

Sarah Van AndenThe Collection of Charles I: A Symbol of Royal Power from Formation to Rejection – (History 4997) Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Petra Goedde, Dr. Travis Glasson

For interviews with the 2008 Library Prize for Undergraduate Research winners, and full text of their papers please visit the Library Prize site.

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Winner Peter Leibensperger at the podium

Thumbnail image for 050108_LibraryPrizeForUndergraduateResearch024.JPGBack, left to right: Professor Edward Latham, 2008 Winner Peter Leibensperger, Professor Travis Glasson, Professor Elizabeth Varon, Professor Petra Goedde, Professor Art Schmidt, 2008 Honorable Mention recipient Brian Chambers, 2008 Honorable Mention recipient Cynthia Gingrich

Front, left to right: Library Prize sponsor and SBM ‘49 alumnus Jack Livingstone, Professor Lisa Rhodes, Honorable Mention recipient Robyn Baylor, 2008 Winner Natalia Smirnov, Professor Paul Swann, 2008 Honorable Mention recipient Sarah Van Anden, 2008 Winner Maureen Whitsett, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Peter Jones, Dean of University Libraries Larry P. Alford, and Professor David Cannata

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Deputy Provost and Dean of University College Richard M. Englert, Professor Elizabeth Varon, Professor Petra Goedde, 2008 Library Prize winner Maureen Whitsett, and Dean of University Libraries Larry P. Alford