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Maynard Named SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow

Harrison Libraries Reference Librarian Jillian Maynard has been named a fellow in the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition’s Open Education Leadership Program. She is one of 24 fellows selected nationwide for the intensive professional development program that provides library professionals with the knowledge, skills, and connections to lead to successful open education initiatives that benefit students. Open Educational Resources (OER) is openly licensed educational material that is low- to no-cost to students.

“The University of Hartford and the Harrison Libraries are extremely excited that Jillian has been selected as a SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow,” said Harrison Libraries Director Randi Ashton-Pritting. “Jillian’s work on this project will not only benefit our students but she will be helping to guide the OER project nationwide.”

As part of her fellowship, Maynard will work with a mentor to implement a capstone project that will help advance open education at UHart and contribute back to the broader open education community.

“My goal is to become a more confident and knowledgeable advocate for OER, help interested UHart faculty find and implement OER in their courses, and contribute to the broader culture of open course content,” said Maynard. “I know that starting an OER initiative can be daunting, and my hope is to potentially use the capstone project as a way to create a guide to help others getting started.”

Harrison Libraries is a member of SPARC and has been working to expand the adoption of open educational resources on campus for nearly two years. It started by launching a mini-grant program. Since then grants have been awarded to six faculty, who have adopted OER in their courses. Read more about OER and grant opportunities.

Newly Digitized AV Materials

The Archives recently completed two large-scale audio-visual digitization projects.

The first was digitizing 147 audio reels and cassette tapes from Keller Lectures which include Q&A sessions with many significant thinkers and scholars of the 1950s-70s like Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry Kissinger. The project was made possible due to the generosity of Robert and Anthony Keller, as well as additional funding from the Women’s Advancement Initiative’s Dorothy Goodwin Scholars Program. Interested researchers can learn more about the collection.  

The second project was digitizing all University presidents’ inaugurations, commencements from 1958-69, and two reels of film that documented a number of important moments in the history of the University of Hartford, including the signing of the Act Incorporating the University and the dedication of Hillyer Hall. Five of these newly digitized films were on display at this year’s Hawktober weekend pop-up exhibit. In honor of President Woodward’s inauguration, the theme of the event was UHart leaders and their respective eras.

Music for Now… Allen Offerings for Everyone

Looking for cross-disciplinary musical topics for your papers or class discussions? Need something new to read? Check out these and other exciting books at the Allen Library:

  • 3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, and Hip-Hop's Multibillion-Dollar Rise/Zack O'Malley Greenburg. Little, Brown, and Co. ML3531 G74 2018. Check status.
  • The Disney Musical on Stage and Screen: Critical Approaches from Snow White to Frozen/ed. George Rodosthenous. Methuen. PN1995.9 D575 2017. Check status.
  • Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music/Leigh H. Edwards. Indiana. ML420 P28 L45 2018. Check status.
  • Just One of the Boys: Female-To-Male Cross-Dressing on the American Variety Stage / Gillian M. Rodger. Illinois. ML1711 R63 2018. Check status.
  • Listening for Africa: Freedom, Modernity, and the Logic of Black Music's African Origins/David F. Garcia. Duke. ML3479 G33 2017. Check status.
  • The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music And Gender, edited by Stan Hawkins. Routledge. Check status.
  • Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry / Sandra Jean Graham. U. Illinois. ML3556 G73 2018. Check status.
  • Unlimited Replays: Video Games and Classical Music/William Gibbons. Oxford. ML3540.7 G44 U53 2018. Check status.
  • When Genres Collide: Down Beat, Rolling Stone, and the Struggle Between Jazz and Rock/Matt Brennan. Bloomsbury. ML3785 B74 2017. Check status.

Presidents' College Spring 2019 Course Offerings

Join Us For the Presidents’ College 2019 Spring Semester

With courses such as:

  • Hot Topics, 2019—Chris Doyle
  • You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!—A Short History of Vaudeville – John Pike
  • Back to the Future—Richard Freund
  • American Collectors I Have Known: A Passion to Possess—Douglas Hyland
  • Kiss Me Cole—Frank Rizzo
  • Vive La France!—Michael Lankester
  • Baseball in the 21st Century: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times—Walter Harrison
  • The Arrow of Time—James McDonald
  • Decameron: Boccaccio's Portrayal of the Religious Other—Maria Esposito Frank

Registration opens January 3, with courses beginning January 22 , 2019.

For more information, call 860.768.4495, email pcollege@hartford.edu, or visit Presidents' College.

Presidents’ College Fellows

While anybody can take a course in the Presidents’ College, many people sign up as Fellows, making them active members of the Presidents’ College community. The open and supportive atmosphere not only enriches knowledge but also encourages friendships as Fellows meet in classes and enjoy special events.

The membership fee for the full academic year is in $100; membership for spring is $75. To learn more or to register online to become a Fellow, visit hartford.edu/presidentscollege.

Current Fellows:

Meg Aldrich

   

Rona Gelber

Carol Noyes

Cheri Altman

Barry Gelber

Rose Mary O'Connell

Arnold Altman

Joy Glassman

John Pearson

Barbara Andrews

Landy Gobes

Annabel Pedemonti

Ray Andrews

Laurel Goodgion

Linda Pepin

Daniel Arnold

Susan Gowen

Peggy Quiros

Jane Arnold

Allan Grotheer

Nancy Roberts

Mary Babbitt

Doris Guenter

Stephen Roberts

Catherine Banbury

Mary Healey

Michele Rosenberg

Leonard Banco

Marie Healey

Irving Rosenthal

Fran Barringer

Gail Herson

Shirley Rosenthal

Jennifer Barrows

Victor Herson

Joel Rottner

Laura Berlin

Diana Hughes

Susan Rottner

Jean Blair

Beverly Hughes

Jeffrey Rudikoff

Nelson Bondhu

Cecily Isbell

David Satlof

Ann Brandwein

Sharif Islam

Judith Satlof

Dorrie Brass

Rosalind Katz

Elaine Savin

Nancy Brennan

Sharon Kelly

Edith Schatz

Grace Brondum

Robert Kelly

Ada Scott

Jeffrey Brown

Michele Kostin

Bernd Selig

David Brown

Dane Kostin

Donna Sera

Barbara Brown

Paul Kramer

Lynn Shea

Janet Bruner

Candice Kramer

Amy Silverman

Robert Bruner

Nancy Kramer

Geraldine Sklarz

Ingeborg Buhrmann

Roberta Kurlantzick

Jane Smith

Karen Byrne

Hernan LaFontaine

Arlee Smith

Elinor Caplan

Evelyn LaFontaine

Elizabeth Snow

Austin Carey

Jane Lennox

Janet Sorokin

Sten Caspersson

Shirley Leong

Carolyn Spencer

Linda Cohen

Michael Levine

Jay Stoppelman

James Cohen

Andrea Levy

Susan Stoppelman

Marsha Cohen

Helen Lewtan

Max Strubel

Marsha Cohen

Julie Lindquist

Elsa Suisman

Robert Cone

Carl Lindquist

James Sutton

Michele Cone

Lillian Lindy

Margery Swigert

Beth Cook

Irene Loretto

Stephen Swigert

Marcia Cornell

Adlyn Lowenthal

Marjorie Taylor

H. David Crombie

William Mackay

Edee Tenser

Ruth Ann Davis

Patricia Magee

Molly Townsley

Paul DeLeeuw

Bette Marafino

Elaine Traverso

Nena Donovan Levine

Kett Marks

Henry Traverso

Jean Dusard

Leta Marks

Margo Turrentine

Joe Fichandler

Nancy Mather

Dianne Veale

Gayle Fierer  

Ellen Meinke

Lynn Hayden Wadhams

Florence Filosa

Margaret Milch

John Wadhams

Ellen Freedman

Monica Mills

Jim Ward

William Fuller

Clifford Morin

Elinor Wetson

Norma Gallagher

Jane Napieracz

Robert Whalen

Catherine Gallo

Charles Nathan

Louise Wilder

Mary Jane Gately

Arlene Neiditz

Ellen Zeman

Ken Geisler

Mary-Ann Nessel

Jennifer Geisler

Jenifer Noble



Library Staff Updates

Diana Hellyar, reference librarian, co-authored a book chapter titled Improving Digital Experience through Modeling the Human Experience: The Resurgence of Virtual (and Augmented and Mixed) Reality in the book, Reconceptualizing Libraries: Perspectives from the Information and Learning Sciences, published in August 2018. Hellyar was approached to write the chapter due to previous research on virtual reality while interning at MIT Libraries’ Program on Information Science. Her co-authors are Renee Walsh and Dr. Micah Altman, the director of research at MIT.

Jillian Maynard attended the Open Education Conference in Niagara Falls, New York, in October. She attended as a Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition’s (SPARC) Open Education Leadership Fellow and also led a presentation titled “Private Institution, Public Outlook: Lessons Learned from the Early Start of an OER Initiative,” which detailed her work on UHart’s Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative and the unique challenges faced by private institutions in this movement. Social justice emerged as an important theme of the conference, with keynote speakers from across the country sharing their insights as to how OER help combat issues with equity in education and access to resources.    

Sean Parke, University archivist, recently concluded his term as news and notes editor and co-chair of the New England Archivists Newsletter Committee.

Thanks to Library Donors

Harrison Libraries’ Donors—July 1–December 5, 2018

The Harrison Libraries are dedicated to advancing the knowledge of students, faculty, and staff by providing the human and technological resources that foster intellectual curiosity and skills for life-long learning.

Your support ensures the Harrison Libraries will continue to remain a thriving learning center that is continuously looking for ways to expand the breadth of its technology and resources for the benefit of our University Community as well as for our larger community. Thank you.

Duffield Ashmead

Jeffrey O. Feldmann

Malek Lashgari

Randi Ashton-Pritting

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Annamarie Lavieri

Michael Austin

Michael Glazier

Meredith Libbey

Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund

Peter Grandy

Helen Maxson

Barney School of Business

Morton E. Handel

Helen Maxson

Lorraine Cervero Bauer

Walter L. Harrison

Nat Reeves

Maxwell Bauman

Cheryl Hoffert

Christina B. Ripple

Anna Bigazzi

Gregory Huntington

Jim Rosokoff

Eva Botai

Perry Daniels Huntington

SME Giving Fund

Tom Bradley

Alice Hyland

Bridgett Stapleton

Sherry Buckberrough

Doug Hyland

Catherine B. Stevenson

David E. Carson

Cecily A. Isbell

Keith A. Stevenson

Penelope B. Chittenden

Daniel Jacques

Diana Swenhall

Charles P. Condon

Anthony S. Keller

Colette Switay

Sam Cook

Barbara Keller

Humphrey R. Tonkin

Susan J. Copeland

Robert Keller

Charles Turner

Dan Davis

George E. Landis

Nancy Van der Vate

Deborah Diemente

Luella Daniels Landis

Jean-Pierre van Rooy

Edward Duffy

Robert Lang

Durward D. Wakefield

Jennifer K. Eio


Bruce Zimmerman



Library Staff Updates

Diana Hellyar, reference librarian, co-authored a book chapter titled Improving Digital Experience through Modeling the Human Experience: The Resurgence of Virtual (and Augmented and Mixed) Reality in the book, Reconceptualizing Libraries: Perspectives from the Information and Learning Sciences, published in August 2018. Hellyar was approached to write the chapter due to previous research on virtual reality while interning at MIT Libraries’ Program on Information Science. Her co-authors are Renee Walsh and Dr. Micah Altman, the director of research at MIT.

Jillian Maynard attended the Open Education Conference in Niagara Falls, New York, in October. She attended as a Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition’s (SPARC) Open Education Leadership Fellow and also led a presentation titled “Private Institution, Public Outlook: Lessons Learned from the Early Start of an OER Initiative,” which detailed her work on UHart’s Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative and the unique challenges faced by private institutions in this movement. Social justice emerged as an important theme of the conference, with keynote speakers from across the country sharing their insights as to how OER help combat issues with equity in education and access to resources.    

Sean Parke, University archivist, recently concluded his term as news and notes editor and co-chair of the New England Archivists Newsletter Committee.

And the Answer Is . . .

A “Question of the Week” is posted outside of Starbucks Café, and in the Allen Library throughout the semester. Answer correctly and you have a chance to win a $5 Starbucks gift card.

Here are the questions and answers from the fall semester:

Mortensen Library

  • What country has the most natural lakes?
    Canada
  • In 1926, Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to accomplish what athletic feet?
    Swim the English Channel
  • What type of dog is Scooby Doo from the cartoon series, “Scooby Doo”
    Great Dane
  • Which Dickens novel was left unfinished at the time of his death?
    The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • The Dracula legend is believed to be based on which historical figure?
    Vlad Tepes (or Vlad the Impaler)
  • In The Nightmare Before Christmas, what was Oogie Boogie made of?
    Bugs
  • What were the first Jack O’Lanterns made out of?
    Turnips
  • What is the alternative title of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein?
    The Modern Prometheus
  • What radio drama caused mass panic on October 30, 1938?
    War of the Worlds
  • What was the name of the first pizzeria to open in the United States?
    Lombardi’s Pizza
  • What planet has the most moons?
    Jupiter
  • What are the names of the four ghosts in Pac Man?
    Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde
  • Where did the sport of curling originate?
    Scotland
  • The character Lightning McQueen, in the 2006 movies “Cars”, finds himself stuck in what town?
    Radiator Springs

Allen Library

  • What TV show inspired Wade Madsen's method for teaching collaborative choreography?
    Project Runway
  • What is the title and who is the composer of this work, banned in the Soviet Union for its overt Christianity? (The score was shredded in a glass jar.)
    Credo by Arvo Pärt
  • In 1868, Franz Liszt wrote that "Schubert would not be displeased" with his reworking of what piece in modern piano form?
    C major Fantasia (Wanderer Fantasy)
  • Some have said Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart criticized her sister-in-law as not being a “fitting girl” for Wolfgang, but her manuscripts proved that sentence was not in her handwriting. Who wrote that sentence?
    Albert von Mölk
  • Drummer Jimmy Hopps once lived in a building with members of the jazz band Apogee. He occupied an unfinished room above the top floor; how did he heat the room in winter?
    By warming a brick on a hotplate

Harrison Libraries Outreach

We had a busy fall semester at Harrison Libraries with events, activities, contests, and even dogs!

We welcomed students to campus in September with some giveaways and a chance to win a gift basket filled with Starbucks items and a UHart blanket. All students had to do was guess the weight of a full set of McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography volumes. Our winner guessed within one pound of the correct weight (61 lb., 13 oz.)!

On Halloween we set up a table at Gengras Student Union called ExCITEing Snacks. Library staff made baked goods and cards with citations for the recipe in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. We played scary movies on a laptop and a small display of creepy books, music, DVDs, and CDs. The Allen Library also highlighted their collection with displays for National Piano Month, pumpkin-themed music, and materials of Hartt composer Stuart Saunders Smith. With the help of the Student Government Association in December, the Libraries hosted our annual Holiday Fest which featured Tails of Joy therapy dogs, an ugly sweater contest, and some holiday treats. We also collected cat and dog food to donate to Our Companions Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.

We didn’t just host events! All semester Mortensen and Allen Libraries continued stumping our library-goers with Questions of the Week. Every week in Mortensen Library, and every other week in the Allen Library, one lucky winner was awarded a $5 Starbucks gift card for correctly answering a trivia question.   

Hodges, the UHart therapy dog, hosted “office hours” on the main level of the Libraries on Thursdays from noon-1 p.m. The Mitten Tree also reappeared after Thanksgiving for our annual hat, gloves, and scarf collection. With the help of UHart’s Center for Community Service, these winter items were donated to My Sister’s Place and the Second Chance Boutique, which supports the Village for Families and Children. The semester ended with some stress-busting activities and snacks during finals week. For this bi-annual tradition, we supplied students candy, puzzles, and coloring pages so they could take much-needed break from studying.