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WVU Libraries joins Greater Western Library Alliance

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
March 24th, 2015

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West Virginia University Libraries has been granted membership in the Greater Western Library Alliance, expanding the reach of both organizations and giving researchers easier access to a multitude of resources.

“Being a member of the Alliance will immediately benefit WVU faculty and students by giving them access to a wider array of special collections and resources,” Provost Joyce McConnell said. “It also will open the door to many more projects and partnerships with other member institutions.”

Membership in the Alliance, approved at the organization’s spring membership meeting earlier this month, will bring faster access to research collections complementing the WVU Libraries’ own collections. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where are All the Women? Wikipedia and the Gender Gap

Posted by Carroll Wilkinson.
March 19th, 2015

Submitted by Carroll Wetzel Wilkinson, Director of Library Strategic Initiatives, WVU Libraries

The first public program in the Talking Publicly series sponsored by the University Libraries (in partnership with the Reed College of Media) was launched on March 4, 2015 at 7:30pm at Ming Hsieh Hall on the Downtown Campus of West Virginia University.

Winter storm Thor prevented delivery of both parts of the two part program on the gender gap in Wikipedia. The Thursday morning workshop on writing for Wikipedia will be rescheduled at another time. In spite of the dreadful weather, we were successful with part 1 which was the panel discussion “Where Are All the Women?” on Wednesday March 4 at 7:30pm.  Maryanne Reed, Dean of the Reed College of Media, opened the program and Jon Cawthorne, Dean of the WVU Libraries, moderated.

 

 

Maryanne Reed, Dean of the Reed College of Media, introduces the program.

Maryanne Reed, Dean of the Reed College of Media, introduces the program.

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Office Technology: Then and Now

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
March 17th, 2015

Blog post by Michael Ridderbusch, Associate Curator, WVRHC.

On the 18th of December, 1930, a photographer from the studio of Gravely and Moore appeared at the offices of the West Virginia Department of Health in Charleston, West Virginia to document their workplace.  The resulting photos, some of which are presented here, can be viewed and understood in any number of ways.  For this blog, however, we’ll chose to view them through the lens of technology, thereby throwing into relief the advantages of the modern office that we all enjoy today.   Read the rest of this entry »

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24 hour Insomnia Video Contest at the WVU Libraries

Posted by jetapia@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
March 11th, 2015

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Participate in a twenty-four hour race to write, shoot, edit and post a video and win fabulous prizes! The contest will be held from Friday April 10, 2015 to Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Teams of up to four undergraduate or graduate students will compete for two prizes of $400 in Amazon gift cards each—Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice.  Use equipment and software available at the Downtown Campus Library’s Multimedia Services Department in this race to create a 3 minute video.  Only the first 10 teams to sign up will be eligible.  The winning films will be selected at our video screening on April 12. For more information and to register, please visit: https://lib.wvu.edu/services/multimedia/insomnia/

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Patriotism in Print: The American Union in the Civil War

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
March 10th, 2015

Guest blog post by Zachery Cowsert, graduate student assistant, WVRHC.

Masthead of the American Union Newspaper

The night before the Fourth of July, 1861, a dozen Union soldiers (self -described “disciples of Faust”) broke into the offices of the Virginia Republican—a decidedly secessionist organ—and appropriated the newspaper’s office for their own use.  The next morning, the first issues of the American Union hit the streets of Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia).  The newspaper—composed and printed entirely by Union soldiers—enjoyed a brief existence in Martinsburg; today, the newspapers’ pages are housed in the West Virginia and Regional History Center, and they offer a glimpse into soldier life and patriotism early in the Civil War.[i]   Read the rest of this entry »

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Read Across America: Favorite Books of the WVRHC Staff

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
March 2nd, 2015

Blog post by Jane Metters LaBarbara, Assistant Curator, WVRHC.

 

On March 2, the National Education Association celebrates Read Across America, “an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading”—March 2 also happens to be the birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel).  Since WVU has a commitment to lifelong learning, I thought today’s blog post would be a good place to celebrate lifelong reading.  I asked my coworkers in the WVRHC to share with our readers a book that they love, think is noteworthy, or that taught them something interesting.  Ten of them came up with a wide range of favorites; their choices and explanations are below.

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Mark Twain, Scrapbook Innovator

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
February 23rd, 2015

Guest blog post by Brandi Oswald, Graduate Student Assistant, WVRHC.

 

Author and humorist Mark Twain is best known for his famous books such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and many others. However, Twain also created other books, much less famous today than those he authored, but popular in their heyday in the late 1870s and 1880s.

 

Label inside a trademark Mark Twain Scrapbook

Label on pastedown endpaper (inside the front cover) of one of the WVRHC’s Twain scrapbooks

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Washington and Lincoln at the WVRHC

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
February 19th, 2015

Blog post by Lori Hostuttler, Digital Projects and Outreach Archivist, WVRHC.

Since we celebrated President’s Day this week, I thought I would highlight a few of the items at the West Virginia & Regional History Center that are connected to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two of our most beloved and admired presidents.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Libraries Redesign Website to Enhance Use

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
February 15th, 2015

The West Virginia University Libraries have redesigned their website to make it easier to use from wherever someone connects.

“More and more people are using mobile devices, and our mobile site was out of date,” said Tim Broadwater, web designer for the WVU Libraries. “We wanted to create something with responsive design so people can use our resources on whatever device they have.”

Responsive design involves creating one website that can adapt its layout to conform to the viewing environment.

“It doesn’t matter if users are on a desktop with 1,900 pixels of resolution, a tablet with 768 pixels, or an iPhone with 320 pixels, they’ll get a comparable experience that’s customized for that device,” Broadwater said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reed College of Media, WVU Libraries to tackle Wikipedia gender gap

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
February 12th, 2015

WVU Today

Wikipedia is one of the most commonly referenced encyclopedias in the world – more than 450 million people visit the website each month. Unlike other encyclopedias, Wikipedia’s content is written by volunteer editors from around the world. However, the site faces a serious gender gap that can influence that content.

Some Wikipedia visitors may be surprised to learn that nearly 90 percent of the site’s volunteer editors are male. The editors also tend to be mostly white and college educated. As a result, users are more likely to find more information about men and male-related topics than they are about women and female-related topics.

On March 4-5, the West Virginia University Reed College of Media and the WVU Libraries will co-sponsor a panel discussion and faculty workshop addressing the gender gap. Read the rest of this entry »

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Historical Photographs of a Charleston Restaurant that Became an Empire

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
February 9th, 2015

Blog post by Michael Ridderbusch, Associate Curator, WVRHC.

 

Sometimes the cataloging of archival collections yields discoveries that document an interesting moment in history.  The Gravely and Moore archive is such a collection, its photographs capturing much of the history of Charleston, West Virginia.

 

Without knowing it, Gravely and Moore documented the beginning of a culinary empire in the Mountain State — the drive-in known as “Parkette,” which opened in 1947 in Charleston, West Virginia.  After successfully spreading across the state, it then franchised the name Shoney’s in 1953 and spread across the nation.  According to a 2012 article in the magazine West Virginia Living, the chain’s success peaked in the late 1990s, with 1,400 Shoney’s restaurants and 400 Captain D’s restaurants.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebrating Groundhog Day

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
February 2nd, 2015

Audubon Lithograph of Three Groundhogs

Blog post by Stewart Plein, Rare Book Librarian.

The humble groundhog.  Few animals have had such an interesting history.  The lowly critter has been the subject of both good and bad intentions.  On the plus side, the groundhog was painted by Audubon, starred in a Hollywood blockbuster movie, and revered as a weather prognosticator.  However, the flip side of the equation sees the groundhog vilified as a garden thief as well as a tasty addition to a hunter’s stew.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Flood of 1937

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
January 26th, 2015

Blog post by Jane Metters LaBarbara, Assistant Curator, WVRHC.

On January 26, 1937, the Ohio River’s floodwater in Parkersburg, WV reached a peak of 55.4 feet, which was 19.4 feet above flood stage.  Two days later, the floodwaters at Huntington, WV would also peak at more than 19 feet above flood stage.  Thankfully, the flood was not an overnight surprise, but it was also not without cost.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Visited West Virginia 55 Years Ago

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
January 19th, 2015

Blog post by Lori Hostuttler, Digital Projects and Outreach Archivist, WVRHC.

 

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who championed equality and justice and espoused non-violence, unconditional love for our enemies, tolerance and service.  His words are just as poignant today as they were in the 1960s.  And his dream is still something we strive to achieve.  He is certainly someone that inspires me to be an optimist, to cherish love and to forgive – to be a better person.  Thinking about my blog entry for today, I wondered if Dr. King had any West Virginia connection.  I found that he spoke in Charleston 55 years ago this week.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument

The MLK Memorial in Washington, DC taken during my visit there in 2012.

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Best Friends

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
January 6th, 2015

Blog post by Stewart Plein, Rare Book Librarian.

Boy, dog, and fishbowl

Boy with goldfish

For well over a hundred years photographs have documented the moments that make up our lives, from the celebrations to the everyday.  These photos often include our faithful companions as important members of the family.  While man’s best friend may be a dog, other creatures of fur and fin were also considered good companions.  Here’s a look at West Virginians posing with their best friends.

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From Modern Recycling Bins to Old Medicine Chests

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
December 30th, 2014

Blog post by Jane Metters LaBarbara, Assistant Curator, WVRHC.

 

Have you ever heard the expression “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”?  Those words ran through my head when I processed a recently acquired scrapbook here at the WVRHC.  The individual who gave it to us got it from someone who rescued it from a recycling bin in a local building.  This scrapbook is now A&M 4065, Worthington Pharmacy Scrapbook, with contents dating from ca. 1926-1935.

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This Day in History: The Liberty Bowl

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
December 19th, 2014

Blog post by Lori Hostuttler, Digital Projects and Outreach Archivist, WVRHC.

 

50 years ago today, December 19, 1964, the WVU Mountaineers football team faced the University of Utah’s Utes in the Liberty Bowl at Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Unfortunately, WVU lost that game by a wide margin.  Let’s hope our return to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl redeems us. In the meantime, we can glimpse back at the 1964 game through yearbooks, newspapers, and photographs available at the West Virginia & Regional History Center.

 

Mountaineer Mascot Ed Pritchard looks on during the 1964 Liberty Bowl.

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Ragtime in WV: Researching Digital Newspapers

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
December 15th, 2014

Blog post by Michael Ridderbusch, Associate Curator, WVRHC.

 

Thousands of pages of newspapers at the West Virginia and Regional History Center have been digitized and are now searchable, with additional installments to be added in the future.  They’re available via the Library of Congress website “Chronicling America.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Books Make the Perfect Gift

Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
December 8th, 2014

illustrated holly leaves and berries

Blog post by Stewart Plein, Rare Book Librarian.

As the holiday season approaches, let’s take a look back at gift books from the rare book collection in the West Virginia and Regional History Center.  These books were designed to capitalize on the holiday season or they were given as holiday gifts.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Extended Library Hours Begin Sunday

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
December 5th, 2014

The WVU Libraries will begin operating under extended hours this Sunday. The Downtown Campus and Evansdale libraries will remain open from 9 a.m. Sunday through 10 p.m. Friday, December 12. Both libraries will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. December 13. They will then remain open from 9 a.m. December 14 through 8 p.m. December 17.

The Health Sciences Library will be open from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. December 7, 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m. December 8-11, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. December 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. December 13, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. December 14, and 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m. December 15-17.

Semester Break hours are available on the Libraries’ website: www.libraries.wvu.edu.

 

 

 

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