18th Annual Twelfth Night a reveler’s dream

Emory student Matthew Whitwell reads poetry at Twelfth Night.

Twelfth Night, the annual development event supporting the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library, was held recently and saw its largest turnout in almost a decade. The reception and poetry reading were attended by leaders and donors from across the Emory Libraries community.

Over 140 people attended this year’s event. Twelfth Night is named for the similarly named Shakespeare comedy and stands as a community celebration of poetry.

Yolanda Cooper addresses the crowd.

Yolanda Cooper, Emory’s University Librarian, opened the festivities in the Schatten Gallery, on level 3 of the Woodruff Library, amidst Emory Library’s current major exhibition: “The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation and the Counterculture, 1940-1975.” The evening continued in the Rose Library.

Rosemary Magee thanks her colleagues.

The highlights of the evening included a celebration for outgoing Rose Library Director Rosemary Magee, a poetry reading from US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, the introduction of the chief revelers Stuart and Mimi Rose, and the honoring of the friends and family of the late Raymond Danowski, who contributed a vast collection of 20th-century poetry and related materials to the Rose Library.

US Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith (left). Associate Professor Jericho Brown is on the right.

“The Chief Revelers traditionally lead guests through the evening of poetry,” said Jason Lowery, Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations. “It is also a way of honoring Rose Library supporters.”

The event also continued to grow student involvement. The poetry readings began with student readings and a musical trio that entertained guests was also comprised of Emory students. Students were given tickets by donors to be able to attend, and Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith met with classes earlier in the day.



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It’s a makeover for MAKEmory@TechLab at Student Digital Life…Meta-more-phosis?

In a space where things are imagined, imaged and built (sometimes repeatedly as designs are tweaked), it’s easy to reach the saturation mark where finding places to put things can become overwhelming. There is a need for organization, a plan to fit the space and then the space must be able to continue to evolve as required. There is also a need for “identity”; a sense of separation from the Computing Center at Cox Hall that fronts the TechLab.

That’s exactly what’s happened to MAKEmory@TechLab. When Student Technology Support moved into the Library in 2014, the TechLab took over the old STS location and tried to make things work “as is.” Over time, plans began to refresh the entire space. Over the winter break, walls were painted, cabinets cleaned, and the floors waxed. Then began an intense organizing effort: nuts, bolts, coils and beads of resin, even thingamajigs and whatnots were sorted, matched and containerized, 3D machines thoughtfully re-positioned for maximum benefit, tools assigned a dedicated spot, and cabinets labeled with contents. According to Amelia Stagg, SDL’s Technical Support Coordinator, “Everything has a place, and I know where to look.”

Robin Horton (from a 2015 Emory Report article on the TechLab)

Robin Horton helped grow the MAKEmory@TechLab since before its first iteration, and now this revitalized space is providing the opportunity for students to come in and “help themselves” using the visual signage and equipment placement to find things they would typically have to ask for. Robin notes that the current space “helps staff perpetuate organization and save time;” it’s easier to set-up, start up, finish and clean-up for both group and individual efforts.

The key users are students – both undergrad and graduate students – but faculty have also been making use of the lab. Everyone agrees there is a much better flow for current operations, and it’s important to note that the space is easily changeable and more fluid for adapting to different efforts.

MAKEmory@TechLab is open Monday – Thursday from 12 noon to 8pm and on Fridays from 12 noon to 5pm. All of LITS is invited to come by and see the renovated space, check out the latest on 3D printing, and see what new technologies might be available.

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NDB and 1762 get new coffee service called First Choice

The First Choice touch screen is very easy to use.

LITS is testing a new coffee service and it is good to the last drop. After conducting a user test and some costs analysis, LITS Business and Administration has selected First Choice as a new coffee vendor available to the division.

Located locally in Norcross, GA, First Choice won the bid primarily because it is able to produce coffee that is dramatically more sustainable than other services and at a lower cost. It is fresher coffee too, as the beans are ground in the machine prior to use. Afterwards, the beans go directly into compost and the bag they come in is recyclable.

The coffee machine can stand on the floor or rest on a counter by removing the stand below it.

“We were looking for something sustainable that would not have the single-serve plastic cups,” said Kim Comstock. “We were also looking for better taste and to cut costs.”

The coffee service offers coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, hot chocolate, and hot water for teas (on a separate line so the tea will not taste like coffee).

The 1599 Building, Cox Hall, and the Woodruff Library all have their own coffee contracts and will have to decide if they want to try this new service.

Linda Richardson set up a coffee tasting demo and worked to get the new units installed. Everyone who attended the demo gave positive feedback, with people attending from 1762, Emory Libraries, and every floor in the NDB. As a result of her efforts, machines have already been installed on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors of NDB.

Grab your coffee mug and come try it out.

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LITS recent headlines and upcoming events

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Recent LITS headlines:

Upcoming LITS events:

(go HERE for more information for each event)

  • March 21 – Workshop: Creating Effective Infographics, 2:00 pm, Room 303E, Woodruff Library
  • March 24 – Event: DataFest @ Emory, 9:00 am, Room 207, White Hall
  • March 25 – Event: DataFest @ Emory, 9:00 am, Room 207, White Hall
  • March 27 – Event: Rita Ann Higgins Poetry Reading, 5:00-6:00 pm, Rose Library, Woodruff Library
  • March 28 – Workshop: Data Visualization in R, 2:00 pm, Room 314, Woodruff Library
  • March 29 – Workshop: Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, 5:30 pm, Room 312, Woodruff Library
  • April 3 – Event: Sinead Morrissey Poetry Reading, 5:30-6:30 pm, Rose Library
  • April 6 & 7 – Workshop: Digital Humanities for the Study and Teaching of South Asia, Jones Room, 3rd Floor, Woodruff Library
  • April 11 – Event: This Tank Full of Dreams: Buddhism, Poetry, and the Beats, 6:30-8:30 pm, Jones Room, 3rd Floor, Woodruff Libraryrecent
  • April 20 – Event: Atlanta: City + Region | Atlanta Studies Symposium, Woodruff Library
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Digital signage shines brightly in Emory Libraries

Information kiosk located at the front of the Woodruff Library.

After months of planning and testing, Emory Libraries unveiled the first phase in a comprehensive digital signage program last week that could lead to eventual adoption of new signage standards throughout LITS and beyond.

The service features a multitude of screens, fixed both vertically and horizontally depending on the space, which have been installed in three buildings: the Woodruff Library, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, and the Computing Center at Cox Hall.

There are fourteen screens dedicated to wayfinding. The touch screen allows users to search for classrooms or special locations in the buildings and see a breadcrumb trail on a map showing the exact location from points A to B. Routing information can also be sent to a user’s smart device.

One of the new message boards.

Each of the additional screens is being managed by the groups which the screens serve. There are 12 being managed by Campus and Community Relations, 6 by Student Digital Life, 2 by the LITS events manager, 3 by WHSCL staff, 1 by the Goizueta Business Library, 1 by the Library Service Desk and 1 by the Music and Media Library.

The screens not being used for wayfinding are message boards, which use 6 different templates (3 horizontal & 3 vertical) which are available in 5 different colors.

A cross-represented committee, which will report to the Library Cabinet, will develop work flow, policies, template revisions, upgrades, expansion, etc. There will be additional training provided for content contributors and groups.

A wayfinding board beside the elevators.

“We are excited about this signage program and believe it will expand the breadth of creative communication outreach to our many audiences, including students, faculty, staff, and the general public who come through our doors,” said Leslie Wingate, digital signage project sponsor and director of Campus and Community Relations with LITS.

The Digital Signage Committee will soon convene and will begin accepting requests for content. An online request tool/process is being researched, but until that exists, one should contact Norman Hulme at NHULME [at] emory [dot] edu with any content requests or suggestions.

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James Steffen receives positive review for work on the Colour of Pomegranates

Actress Sofiko Chiaureli in The Color of Pomegranates.

James Steffen, Film Studies & Media Librarian, participated in the research to restore the 1969 film Colour of Pomegranates by Sergei Parajanov.  The restored film was recently reviewed by Sight and Sound, a leading film magazine.  In the review, the work which James contributed is recognized:

According to Home Cinema‘s Michael Brooke, “The film’s many internal mysteries, too, have been elucidated over time, thanks to scholars like James Steffen, whose optional subtitled ‘footnotes’ are frequently revelatory, explaining not only the historical events in the life of 18th-century Armenian poet Sayat-Nova (the film is technically a biopic) but separating the specifically Armenian, Georgian, Persian and Azeri Turkic wellsprings that feed the film’s astonishing creative flow. Steffen also highlights which elements were Parajanov’s own invention, while also paying regular tribute to Tigran Mansuryan, whose music and sound design are an often underusing yet indelible part of the overall achievement.”

The actual restoration of the film was completed in 2013 by the World Cinema Project, part of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation (http://www.film-foundation.org/world-cinema). James was a historical advisor on the restoration.

The Sight & Sound review is for the special Blu-ray edition released by the company Second Sight in the UK last month: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Colour-Pomegranates-Limited-Blu-Ray/dp/B074R57XXL/. This represents the first appearance of the restoration on home video. The edition’s producer, Daniel Bird, invited James to contribute the following items for the edition:

  • Subtitle commentary track
  • Booklet essay
  • New translation of the film’s script from the original Russian

James Steffen, Humanities Librarian.

For James, it was a particularly rewarding effort. “Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates is widely regarded as a masterpiece of world cinema, but for years it has been available only in relatively poor quality prints and DVDs. It has been truly gratifying to participate in the film’s restoration and to help make Parajanov’s legacy accessible to a wider audience.”

The same restoration will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. by the Criterion Collection in April, and James contributed a newly commissioned video essay for that edition as well: https://www.criterion.com/films/29219-the-color-of-pomegranates.

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NDB’s 4th Floor Auditorium gets major facelift

Jason Brewer reviews the room’s new features in a room demo this week.

If you have ever attended a meeting in the North Decatur Building’s 4th Floor Auditorium, you are in for a shock today. The room has received a complete refresh of all the technology, as well as a fresh coat of paint.

The projector, AV system, screen, microphones, and camera are all new to better facilitate audio and video conferencing. The team also added two wired network connections to the lectern to improve ease of connectivity and removed the rear projector and the dirty glass projection screen.

A new Epson projector.

Healthcare Facilities also repainted the room. The work was done by University Campus Services staff. NDB is an Emory University building, but the fourth floor belongs to Emory Healthcare.

The effort was a collaboration between Healthcare and Business & Administration and was several years in the making. Alison Hansson in Emory Healthcare and Kim Comstock in Business & Administration were the organizers and Jason Brewer in ClassTech ensured that the technology met Emory standards and would be usable by any department that uses the room.

AN HD camera gives presenters more options.

The room now has high definition functionality and allows for conferencing either through the room’s computer or external devices brought to the room by its users. No matter the software platform (Vidyo, AdobeConnect, Skype, Zoom, etc.), users will be able to conference in this space (video conferencing in this space will only be through the in-room computer). There is also a rolling whiteboard for additional instruction practices.

The next IT Briefing is scheduled for next Thursday, March 15 at 10:15. Come check it out.

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