Quick Takes on Events and News – March 2018

Leslin Charles received an award from Undergraduate Academic Affairs in February.

Leslin Charles receives an award from Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Three Cheers for Leslin…

Instructional design librarian Leslin Charles last month received an award from Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Undergraduate Academic Affairs for generosity and commitment to the education of Rutgers students. As all of us at the Libraries who have worked with Leslin know, this recognition is well-deserved. Congratulations, Leslin!

…and for Julie and Zara!

We’ve just received word that reference/instruction librarians Julie Still and Zara Wilkinson will be recognized as Rutgers University–Camden Women of Excellence today in honor of Women’s History Month. This distinction, conferred by the Office of Student Involvement, the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, and the Division of Student Affairs, honors faculty and staff and celebrates mentorship. Congratulations, Julie and Zara!

An Unspecific Gift

Barbara Madsen, associate professor in print at Mason Gross, presented a copy of Unspecific Object to rare books librarian Michael Joseph last month. Unspecific Object is an artists’ book containing 14 original photogravures and poems. For this work, people were invited to submit images of objects they collect past and present. Submissions ran the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Barbara Madsen presents Michael Joseph with Unspecific Object.

Barbara Madsen presents Michael Joseph with Unspecific Object.

The winners were juried by Jared Ash, assistant museum librarian at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Arezoo Moseni, senior art librarian at the New York Public Library. The material objects were sent to Barbara who created a photographic response. Ely Rosa Zamora, a Venezuelan poet, created her interpretation of the images in poetry. The limited edition of the artist book/portfolio was published by Choir Alley Press. Housed in an orange portfolio box, the edition size is 15 copies: the Rutgers copy is no. 8.

Saying Farewell to a Dear Colleague

Please join us for a cocktail reception celebrating the retirement of Jeanne Boyle, associate university librarian for planning and organizational research, on March 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Alexander Library. Contributions of $25 toward a gift (cash or checks made payable to Cash) can be sent with your response to Tonie Perkins at Alexander Library. Kindly RSVP by March 9.

Celebrate the completion of the Badian Roman Coins Project on March 23.

Celebrate the completion of the Badian Roman Coins Project on March 23.

Celebrating a Classic Collection

Celebrate the completion of the Badian Roman Coins Project at Alexander Library on March 23 at 3 p.m. The Badian Roman Coins Project is a collaborative effort to bring fully into the digital realm Rutgers’ Ernst Badian Collection of Roman Republican coins, one of the largest collections of its type in North America.

The project contextualizes the collection’s 1,200 items through an ambitious, web-based public portal and archive, helping users undersand patterns of development in Roman money in its first 250 years. RSVP to attend at badiancoins.eventbrite.com.

Physicians Assistants Exhibit on the Move

The traveling National Library of Medicine exhibit Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care is making a stop in the Great Hall of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 1, as a centerpiece of a reception and celebration of “50 years of PA History” hosted by the Rutgers Physician Assistant program.

The Physician Assistants exhibit will be the centerpiece of a PA Program reception on March 1.

The Physician Assistants exhibit will be on view at a PA Program reception on March 1.

The Rutgers PA program is part of the Rutgers School of Health Professions, and recently relocated to the sixth floor of the Robert Wood Johnson Research Tower. The March 1 event is a job fair for PA students and an open house for the PA Program. The event is cohosted by the PA programs at Seton Hall University and Monmouth University. Next up, the exhibit will move to the Library of Science and Medicine, where it will be on display through March 24.

Main Street in Somerville, 1908.

Main Street in Somerville, 1908.

New Additions to NJDH

The latest addition to the New Jersey Digital Highway offers a glimpse into 40 years of the history of central New Jersey.

Somerville and its Environs: Images from Central Jersey History 1885–1925” was curated by Jim Sommerville, a former librarian at Somerville Library of the Somerset County Library System. The collection is the first batch of photographs from the library system’s holdings that will be digitized and made available in high-resolution scans for use by teachers, students, and the public via the immersive, online information portal.

Matt Badessa