Money Smart Week 2016 – Free Events

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Sharpen your financial literacy skills and attend free sessions being offered as part of Money Smart Week 2016, April 26 to 28, in the Anderson Academic Commons.

Topics include

  • Managing Money & College Loans
  • How to Avoid Fraud
  • Job Offers and Negotiation Workshop

Full details can be found on the library’s Money Smart Week website.

Attendees will be entered to win one $50 gift card to the DU Bookstore at each event (must be present to win). Provided by: usbank

Enjoy snacks at each session!
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All events are FREE and open to all DU undergraduate and graduate students.

Unless otherwise indicated, all events are in the Anderson Academic Commons – The Loft (AAC 340). Full details can be found on the library’s Money Smart Week website.

University Libraries, Daniels College of Business, DU Bursar’s Office, and US Bank have joined to bring free financial literacy presentations and workshops to campus from April 26 to April 28.

Hope to see you there!

Money Smart Week is a national initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and American Library Association. More about this program can be found at www.moneysmartweek.org.

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Dr. Billy J. Stratton Lecture on the 1773 edition of the Captivity Narrative of Mary Rowlandson

Image, Text, Ideology: Introducing the 1773 Boston Edition of A Narrative of the Captivity, Sufferings, and Removes of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

presented by

Dr. Billy J. Stratton, Associate Professor, Department of English and author of

Buried in Shades of Night: Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Philip’s War

 Tuesday, September 27 at 2:30-3:30 pm

Special Events Room, AAC 290

Anderson Academic Commons

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This past Spring (2016), the DU University Libraries acquired an exceptional copy of the 1773 edition of Mary Rowlandson’s famous Indian captivity narrative, originally published as The Soveraignty and Goodness of God in 1682. This book would go on to become one of the most influential and widely-read accounts of Indian captivity in American literature, which are literary accounts of settlers who experienced periods of captivity among Native American people in periods ranging from weeks to years. In fact, between 1682 billy-stratton-book-coverand 1800, the account of Rowlandson’s captivity would subsequently be published in sixteen additional editions in both North America and England, and is considered by many scholars as America’s first bestseller. At the same time, as Dr. Billy J. Stratton of the DU English Department illustrates in his widely-praised study of the Rowlandson narrative and the captivity genre itself, Buried in Shades of Night, this publishing sequence occurred during a period when relations between American colonists and English Crown were becoming more strained and breaking out into war, with some Native nations fighting as allies with the British. Addressing the use of the Rowlandson text as an effective vehicle of propaganda, intended to create anxiety in the colonial communities about Native Americans during times of national crisis and conflict, this lecture will seek to reveal the role of the 1773 Boston edition through the subtle and not-so-subtle play of images, written text, and ideology, within this broader historical, cultural, and literary matrix.

Light refreshments will be served.

Buried in Shades of Night will be available for purchase at the lecture.               

Biographical Information about Dr. Billy J. Stratton:

Dr. Billy J. Stratton is an associate professor in the Department of English where he teaches contemporary Native American and American literature, poetics, film studies, and writing. He is a former Fulbright fellow assigned to Germany whose critical, creative, and editorial work on such topics as global indigeneity, Native critical theory, oratory, and specific writers including, Cormac McCarthy, Sherman Alexie, and Gerald Vizenor has appeared in numerous books and journals including Arizona Quarterly, The Journal of American Culture, Wicazo-Sa Review, and Salon. His first book, Buried in Shades of Night (2013), which addresses Native American points of view within the context of the Indian captivity narrative genre and colonial American history, has garnered substantial praise for its bold reassessment of early American literary history. He has also brought significant attention to the Sand Creek Massacre since coming to DU, and has worked to create a deeper understanding of the complex and tragic linkages between this event and DU history. His latest project examines recent developments in Native American fiction and popular culture, which will be published by the University of New Mexico Press later this Fall.

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GOINGLOBAL Database Now Available!

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University Libraries is now providing access to this database through its website. This resource includes city guides for Canada and the United States, worldwide country guides, and 400,000-plus H1B records that the Department of Labor has obtained. H1B records can be searched by “industry, job title, company, location, wage and number.”

To access this source, go to library.du.edu and enter goinglobal in the search box under “Databases”; then click on the Search button.

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Click on the database when you get the result.
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“The intent of the H-1B provisions is to help employers who cannot otherwise obtain needed business skills and abilities from the U.S. workforce by authorizing the temporary employment of qualified individuals who are not otherwise authorized to work in the United States” (Department of Labor).

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TO THE THINGS THAT MATTER EXHIBIT

TO THE THINGS THAT MATTER: A Community Collaborative for Social Change” is an exhibit dedicating “itself as both a recognition of the work that has been completed by student, faculty and community activists at the University of Denver and a call for greater commitment to making change on the things that matter.” It will be on display through August 15, 2016 and is located on the Upper Level of the Anderson Academic Commons, on the Walls outside The Loft (AAC 340).

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Update on New Library System

The University of Denver Libraries implemented a new library management system on June 27, 2016.

Designed to increase efficiency, this new system provides faculty, staff, and students with a streamlined research experience while also reducing the time required for library staff to maintain search platforms.  To learn more about the features of Compass, please see our Compass FAQ.

While the library is working to ensure a smooth transition, the effort is not without challenges. A data migration of this size (over 4.2 million bibliographic records!) means that inevitably some data will not transfer correctly.  We are working as quickly as possible to address any errors and we appreciate your feedback and suggestions to help us improve the system.

Here are few updates on using our new system.

  • Logging into your Library Account provides more features than in the previous system.  In addition to renewing items, you can also save search queries, lists of items, and customized search preferences.  For more info, please see our FAQ.
  • Accessing the full-text links of articles in Compass is a bit different than using Summon@DU.  To access the full-text of articles, click on the “Access Online” tab underneath each article.  In many cases, you will be given multiple choices to access the article.  If you have any difficulties with accessing the full-text, please contact the Research Center for assistance.
  • Books and other items can still be requested in Compass.  Choose the “Get it” tab underneath each title.  Please note that you will need to login in order to see the requesting options.
  • Prospector borrowing and lending for DU patrons is still suspended, but will be available again starting in late summer.  This suspension of services was necessary in order to migrate all the data from one system to another.  Now that our new system is live we are working to connect our new system with the Prospector system. We will notify the DU community when Prospector services are restored.  Please see our blog post on available alternatives for requesting materials not owned by DU Libraries.

Additional FAQs on the new Compass system can be found at http://libraryhelp.du.edu/ask. Thank you for your patience during this transition.  If you have any questions, please contact the Research Center at (303) 871-2905 or email research@du.libanswers.com.

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Exhibit – Rising Stars: Denver Civic Ballet and Ballet Guild

ballet2 The history of Denver ballet is the focus of an exhibit at the University of Denver’s Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library, on the upper level of the Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 E Evans Ave, Denver, on the University of Denver campus. Rising Stars: Denver Civic Ballet and Ballet Guild is on exhibit through November 30, 2016.

It honors the history and impact of the Denver Civic Ballet, Denver’s first professional ballet company, and its support organization, the Denver Civic Ballet Guild. In 1959, Denver Civic Ballet staged its first performance, bringing together many of the city’s dance JPG_MichelleOBryan_001educators to form a professional company which featured the most talented dancers from each studio. World-renowned artistic directors and guest artists from the American Ballet Theatre and other international companies brought the sophistication of professional ballet to Denver for the first time. Though the company folded in 1979, it was a launching pad for dance notables such as Michelle O’Bryan Hamel, Gwen Bowen, Lynn Taylor-Corbett and Monica Hill, all of whom have been named “Legends of Dance” by the dance library and are profiled in the exhibit.

The exhibit is on the upper level, northeast corner. A reception and the premiere of an original documentary (produced by the Dance Library) about Denver Ballet occurs at 6 to 8 pm, Friday, June 10, in the Special Events Room at the Anderson Academic Coballet1mmons. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public but please register for the reception if you plan to attend. RSVP for June 10 reception and film premiere.

For more information visit the University of Denver Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library or find us on FaceBook. Click for online campus map and parking map.

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Prospector Services Unavailable Starting April 30

The University of Denver Libraries is in the process of migrating to a new catalog system.  As part of this process, we need to temporarily suspend Prospector services beginning on April 30, 2016 until late summer.  All Prospector requests must be placed before this date. This suspension in services is required in order to allow us to upload new data and reconfigure our system to integrate with the Prospector system.  Prospector services will be available again starting late summer.  We will notify the DU community when Prospector services are restored.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  This migration to a new catalog system is necessary in order to improve the functionality of library systems and add enhanced searching features.

While Prospector is unavailable, there are still a number of options for requesting materials.

  • Request books and other materials through InterLibrary Loan. Please be sure to allow extra time for processing and transit of materials.  You may use WorldCat to search for items at other libraries and request them through InterLibrary Loan (ILL).  Please see our guide for directions on requesting materials using WorldCat.
  • If you are a member of a local public library, you can request Prospector materials through that library. Materials will be delivered to your local public library.
  • You may ask the library to purchase an item for our collection. For more information, please see our Suggest a Purchase page.

Thank you for your understanding.

If you need assistance requesting materials, please contact the Research Center at (303) 871-2905 or email research@du.libanswers.com.

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“Forgery”: A Visual Research Practice for Students – An Art Exhibit

Thru April 25, 2016

Every year in her class Introduction to Oil Painting, Professor Deborah Howard assigns a final project called “Forgery,” in which the students create a painting in the style of a significant painter from the late 19th century forward. Using books, magazines, and exhibition catalogs from the library’s collection, the students research the artists’ painting portfolios and then select one artwork to focus their visual analysis – examining the subject matter, composition, color, shapes, brush work, materials and technique. Working from these observations and interpretations, the students then choose their own subject and create a new and original painting.studentart_one

Interpretation of an artwork from another artist is no simple task, thus, Professor Howard offers questions for the students to consider during the visual research process:

  • How does the artist interpret, transform, change, abstract or distort their subjects?
  • How do they use color?
  • How do they apply paint?
  • Why do they choose their subjects?
  • What is the meaning or symbolism?

studentart_threeThe students are not painting a true forgery, but instead, through careful analysis of the artworks, they create their own painting using the characteristics and techniques learned and understood through close examination.

This exhibit showcases several of these student artworks from Prof. Howard’s courses over the last two years. Accompanying each painting is information about the student, the master painter and specific artwork selected, and a reflective artist statement written by the student.

The students come from a variety of backgrounds and many are not art majors, but business, social sciences, and sciences; contexts that seem to penetrate their artistic choices and invigorate their final paintings.studentart_two

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