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Archived Issues


August 2019

Dear Friends

A Tale of Two Contemporaries

One scholar's universe is another scholar's treasure

Lauren Di Monte is protecting Rochester's scholarly rep

Have you met Alma?


May 2019 (Special Edition)

University to receive Louise Slaughter Congressional collection

Congratulations and Best Wishes


May 2019

Robert F. Metzdorf Award: Evans Lam

Victoria depicted, Victoria defined

ARLIES film awards

Joseph C. Wilson's papers now accessible online

Finding the 'Art of Science' in a dandelion

Day of Giving


April 2019

Visualizing data in the Arts

Keep calm and carillon

Studio X

How to fail properly and often


March 2019 (Correction)

Students build confidence, network by writing books

Digitizing University of Rochester’s NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

The Barbara J. Burger iZone wins design award

Julia Maddox: Movers & Shakers 2019 – Innovators

Two library professionals selected as Fellows...

The myth—and memorabilia—of Seward’s Folly


February 2019

Sekuru’s Stories

John A. Williams Papers

An early modern search engine 

Love Data Week


January 2019

Charlotte Perkins Gilman​

Neilly Series: Jeffrey Allen Tucker

Helen Ann Mins Robbins Lecture Series: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski

The Presidential Diversity Award: Myra Henry


December 2018

Holiday Greetings

Honoring Frederick Douglass in Word and Song

Lisa Wright’s trip to the Museo Paludi di Cealano 

Digital scholars rescue lost Japanese film

‘Innovation is a muscle’ — 8 questions about the iZone


November 2018

What Would Susan B. Anthony Say to Those Who Don’t Vote?

Honoring Frederick Douglass in Word and Song

Exhibition and Project on Lewis Henry Morgan at 200

The Disappearance of Daniel Bennett: An Information Literacy Escape Room

Jennifer Bowen elected ALCTS President for 2019-2020

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

World AIDS Day


October 2018

The Barbara J. Burger iZone Is Officially Dedicated

River Campus Libraries Scare Fair 2018: The Quiet Place

Julia Maddox Wins Messinger Award

History meets Art in New Acquisition: Frederick Douglass and Meleko Mokgosi

Remembering Catherine Carlson


September 2018

Meliora Weekend Events in the Library

New Exhibit Celebrates a Decade of Literary Translation

Neilly Series Lecture: David Kwong

iZone Hosts Danielle Ponder for Its Second Annual Creators & Catalysts Event

A Special Journey for a Special Item


August 2018

Dean Mavrinac Welcomes You to the New Academic Year

Barbara J. Burger iZone opens in Rush Rhees Library

Digital Scholarship Lab Offers Pedagogy Workshop for Faculty

Rossell Hope Robbins Library Hosts Its First Medieval Fair

John Romphf Wins Staff Recognition Award


May 2018

NEH Grant Helps Library Preserve Rochester's LGBT History

Training the Next Generation of Librarians

Treating Archives as Exhibit Spaces

Collaboration with the Hajim School Celebrates the Beauty of Science

Library's Comic-Con Showcases Student Research


March 2018

Unearthing the University of Rochester's Natural History

Q&A with Emily Clasper, New Director of Service Strategies

Embracing Failure to Achieve Success: An iZone Event Series

A New Look for a Groundbreaking Online Exhibit

Undergraduate Student Forum Discusses Study Spaces


February 2018

You Can Handle the Truth: Learning about Fake News in the Library

Q&A with Maurini Strub, New Director of Library Assessment

Video: The Poeple and Places of River Campus Libraries

Rediscovering Amelia Barr

Neilly Series Lecture: Garrard Conley 


January 2018

iZone Construction Begins

Celebrating Frederick Douglass' 200th Anniversary

Q&A with Emily Sherwood, New Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab

Making Stuff: RCL's TinkerSpace Program

Neilly Series Lecture: Carl Zimmer


December 2017

Holiday Message from Dean Mavrinac


November 2017

Celebrating Thirty Years of Robbins Library with a Special Acquisition

Recently Acquired LGBTQ Archive Supports Interdisciplinary Research

A Student in a Library: Noah Gorstein and the Q&i Desk

Stephanie Frontz Wins the 2017 Messinger Libraries Recognition Award

Happy Thanksgiving from the River Campus Libraries


October 2017

The Right to Read: Banned Books Week in the Library

River Campus Libraries' Long tradition of Community Service

Neilly Series Lecture: Dave Chisholm

Dean Mavrinac Is Appointed New President of the Association of Research Libraries

Scare Fair 2017


September 2017

Q&A with Anna Siebach-Larsen, New Director of the Robbins Library

Using Data Science to Improve Library Service

A Student and a Library: Noah Bender and Rare Books

Celebrating the Erie Canal's 200th Aniversary with a New Exhibit

A Special Meliora Weekend Event


August 2017

Dean Mavrinac's Message for the New Academic Year

Video: Library Art by Daniel Diaz-Etchevehere

River Campus Libraries Ventures into Open Access Publication

Exhibition Highlights Local Collaboration

Orientation Events at River Campus Libraries


May 2017

Reuniting the Sibley Watson Family through a Digital Archive

Q&A with Lauren Di Monte, Our New Data and Research Impact Librarian

Video: The Class of 2017 Shares Library Memories

Cultivating a "Yarn Garden" in Special Collections

River Campus Libraries Service Award


April 2017

Unknown Susan B. Anthony Letters Added to Collection

A Student and a Library: Elizabeth Scheuerman and the Rossell Hope Robbins Library

Celebrating National Poetry Month with Walt Whitman

Data Science in the Library

Video: The Impact of Giving


March 2017

Beauty and Memory: Gee's Bend Quilt Prints

Dean Mavrinac Reappointed to Five-Year Deanship

Neilly Lecture Series: Joann S. Lublin

From Career Advice to Dance Presentations: River Campus Libraries' Pop-Up Programs

AIDS Remembrance Quilt Donated to Collection


February 2017

The History of Love: Valentine's Day Cards through the Ages

Neilly Lecture Series: Jenny Nordberg

The Seward Family Archive Project Wins Major Grant

Enhancing Nanotube Functionality: Research Initiative award for Undergraduates

Celebrating Black History Month


January 2017

Introducing Julia Maddox, Director of the Barbara J. Burger iZone

A Vision of Spring in Winter: Flowers from Our Special Collections

The Digital Closet: Helping Preserve Rochester's LGBT History

Sharing Collaborative Experiences in a New Edited Collection

RCL's New Instagram Account


December 2016

Happy Holidays from Dean Mary Ann Mavrinac

Working with Rare Materials to Commemorate Cervantes' 400th Anniversary

Digital Partnership: "Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly" at 50

Rethinking Space and Art: Evelyne LeBlanc-Roberge's "Entrances" Installation

A Holiday Treat from Our Special Collections


November 2016

Remembering Long Campaign for Women's Voting Rights

Dean Mavrinac Elected Vice-President/President Elect of the Association of Research Libraries

Learning by Playing: The Art and Music Library's New Video Game Collection

Supporting Diversity and Inclusion with an All-Gender Restroom

Neilly Lecture Series: Lauren Holmes


October 2016

Dean's Message for Meliora Weekend

Evans Lam Square's Dedication

Sharon Briggs Receives the 2016 Messinger Award for Outstanding Service

Meliora Weekend Exhibits

Neilly Series Lecture: Ruth Holland Scott


September 2016

The May Bragdon Diaries Project:Technology, Research, and New Teaching Opportunities

City of Lights: Rochester and the History of Optics

A Student and a Library: Steven Torrisi '16 and the Physics, Optics, and Astronomy Library

Video: The University of Rochester Captured through the Lens of Ansel Adams

Meliora Weekend Event: Evans Lam Square Open House


August 2016

Dean's Message

Past, Present, and Future: The Story Behind Rush Rhees Library's Doors
Bringing Words to Life through Archival Research: River Campus Libraries' Partnership with the ECO Program
Q&A with Jessica Lacher-Feldman
Regional Excellence: RCL/RIT Staff Conference
Orientation Events at River Campus Libraries


May 2016

Celebrating River Campus Libraries' Graduating Student Employees

New Items Purchased by River Campus Libraries with the Support of Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries

Science and Compassion: The Legacy of Dr. Louis Lasagna

Construction for Evans Lam Square Begins

The May Bragdon Diaries Project Launch


April 2016

Happy Spring: The History of Dandelion Day

Tradition, Technology, and Scholarship: The New Humanities Center in Rush Rhees Library

Working Together: Career Workshops in the Gleason Library

Introducing: Rochelle Mazar, New Assistant Dean of Academic Engagement

Day of Giving 2016

Celebrating National Poetry Month with BOA Editions' Retrospective Exhibit


March 2016

Furry Friends of Rush Rhees Library
New Media and Ancient Worlds: An Evening with Edward Bleiberg and David J. Peterson
The Extraordinary History of an Extraordinary Object
Telling New Digital Stories: Joanne Bernardi's Re-Envisioning Japan Project
Celebrating the New Lunar Year


February 2016

In with the Old and in with the New: Combining Tradition and Innovation in a Postdoctoral Project

Sub-Saharan Christinaity and the Genesee River: Research Initiative Award for Undergraduates

Forming Intellectual Relationsips in the Carlson Student Research Space

Neilly Series Lecture: Carol J. Adams '72

World-Renowned Soprano Visits Special Collections


January 2016

 Dynamic Spaces: Rush Rhees Library’s Great Hall through the Years

 Reading for Reading’s Sake: The Rush Rhees Reads

 Digitizing the Past, Archiving the Future

 Knowledge and Collaboration: River Campus Libraries Exhibits

 Video: Technology and History Meet in Frederick Douglass' Daguerreotype


December 2015

 Happy Holidays from Dean Mary Ann Mavrinac

 Presentation Explores University's Daguerreotype Research

 AIDS Education Posters Inspire Translation Project

 Exhibition Honors Pioneering Professor Esther Conwell

 Students Gather in Rush Rhees for a "Night to Write"

 RCL Spreads Holiday Cheer to Families in Need


November 2015

 Barbara J. Burger Commits $1 Million to River Campus Libraries

 Neilly Series Lecture: Cristina Henríquez

 Design Phase Underway for Evans Lam Square

 Daguerreotype Exhibit Explores Nanotechnology's Role in Preserving Local History

 Students Use Data for Social Good at Inaugural Data Dive

 RCL's Sally Roche Retires after 52-Year Career


October 2015

 Welcome to Meliora Weekend

 Lunch and Learn: In Their Own Words

 iZone Presentation

 Carlson Student Research Space


 Open Houses

 Alumni Endow Directorship for Humanities Center in Rush Rhees Library

 Melissa Mead Receives 2015 Messinger Award

 Video: Rush Rhees Library-Dream of the Future


September 2015

 Voices from the Past

 RCL Observes Banned Books Week

 Art in the Libraries

 Upgrades to the Messinger Periodical Reading Room

 Video Tour: RCL Past, Present, and Future


August 2015

 Dean's Message

 Parents Meet Librarians at Annual Welcome Breakfast

 International Students Connect with Classmates, Librarians

 RCL a Hit at University's Tech Expo

 Rush Rhees Stays Up Late


June 2015

 Creating Future Scholars: Librarians Support International Baccalaureate Students

 New Director Appointed for Robbins Library, Koller-Collins Center

 Experiencing History: Internships in Special Collections

 RCL on the Road: Neilly Dean Speaks at Library Conference in Chile

 Jim Mayer '82 Receives 2015 Metzdorf Award

 Katie Papas '96 (M.A.) Receives 2015 Outstanding Service Award

 RCL Staff Make the Community "Ever Better"


May 2015

 Seward Stories: A Celebration of Student Research and the Digital Humanities

 Barbara J. Burger '83 Elected to University of Rochester Board of Trustees

 Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries Support New Acquisitions

 Digital Humanities Center Helps Students Make Their Mark in Sand

 Posting Positivity to Relieve End-of-Semester Stress

 Tower Talk Honored with Award of Excellence

 Farewell from the Class of 2015


April 2015

 Evans and Susanna Lam Commit $1 Million to River Campus Libraries

 University of Rochester Libraries Join HathiTrust

 $5K Challenge Funds Ball Chairs in Gleason Library

 Sally Roche Receives University's Witmer Award

 Meliora Team Awards Honor RCL Staff Members

 "UR" Making A Difference


March 2015

 Neilly Series: Lily Koppel, The Astronaut Wives Club

 RCL Awarded Mellon Grant to Launch Digital Humanities Institute

 Video Tour: "The Glory of Old Monroe: Rochester in the Civil War"

 Data Librarian is "Connective Tissue" between Data and Researchers

 Neilly Lecture Explores Female Circumcision and American Culture


 AIDS Education Posters Go On Tour


February 2015

 Neilly Series Welcomes Fred Guterl '81

 New Letters Inspire Celebration of Susan B. Anthony's Legacy

 Students Share Their Vision for the Libraries at RCL Forums

 (en)Gendered Exhibition a Must-See at the Art/Music Library 

 The Anderson Bicentennial

 Playing the Bells of Rush Rhees


January 2015

 Richard Fenno's Research on Congress Now Available Online

 Neilly Series Lecture: Len Joy

 Video Tour: "Our Work is But Begun"

 Robbins Library's "Keeper of the Books" to Retire

 Celebration of Susan B. Anthony Letters Acquisition

 Video: Study Breaks for Students


December 2014

RCL Celebrates the Season

Ph.D. Candidate Has Best of Both "Worlds" in DHC

RCL, Art and Art History Awarded CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship

Ancient Ice, Modern Warming: A Polar Exhibition

UR Amazes Attendees at Mini Maker Faire

The POA Library: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Sneak Peek: Holiday Themed-Exhibition


November 2014

Neilly Series: Ayad Akhtar

Alumna Applies Her RCL Experience Abroad

Librarians' Translation Named Top "Book that Inspired the World"

Exhibition in Robbins Library Highlights Rare, Arthurian Art

Scare Fair: A "Classic of Rochester Halloween"

RCL in the News


October 2014

Welcome Back to Campus

Check Out a Human Book at the Human Library

VISTA Collaboratory Demonstrations

Gilbert and Sullivan: 100 Years of Posters

Kathy Metz Receives 2014 Messinger Award

Free Alumni Access to Library Databases


September 2014

Dean's Message

Personal Librarians Partner with Class of 2018

VISTA Lab at Carlson Library

Libraries Acquire Susan B. Anthony Letters

Q&i: A "One-Stop-Shop" for Help

Rochester Riots Exhibition a "Must-See"

RCL Named RRLC's Academic Library of the Year

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