#pagefrights

Today’s #pagefright — this spooky fraternity page from the 1924 Wolf yearbook.

Spooky fraternity page from the 1924 yearbook.

#PageFrights is a month-long social media celebration of Halloween, library & archives-style.

Open Access Week!

Open Access Week 2016

This year Open Access (OA) Week is October 24-30.  This is the ninth year libraries, authors and others around the world are observing OA Week.  The theme for 2016 is “Open in Action.” As the OA Week website says: “International Open Access Week has always been about action, and this year’s theme encourages all stakeholders to take concrete steps to make their own work more openly available and encourage others to do the same. From posting pre-prints in a repository to supporting colleagues in making their work more accessible, this year’s Open Access Week will focus on moving from discussion to action in opening up our system for communicating research”

Open Access is a new model of scholarly publication based on sharing.

Open Access means free, immediate access to scholarly material in full.

It’s a reversal of the old model, where university faculty and researchers write articles, publish them in commercial journals, and the library has to buy them back for other faculty and students to read.

That’s paying for it twice–-in the researcher’s salary and the library’s money!  And the publisher owns the article and can decide when and how it’s used and reused-–the writer has very little further control over its use.  The Internet provides a quick and simple way to distribute information to the world at a minimal cost, and is paid by organizations and individuals who want to see their research get the widest possible audience.  Universities and libraries worldwide are getting behind this new model of scholarly publication.

Open Access Week is a time to learn about this powerful new model. Find more information at http://www.openaccessweek.org.

Coffin, Plank, Cramps: Printing in the 19th Century

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Enjoy this sampling of “the coffin, plank, and cramps” as well as other somewhat creepily-named parts of a 19th century platen printing press in honor of #pagefrights month. These engravings (and many more) depicting typography specimen, diagrams of type cases, ornaments, and more are located in The Printers’ Grammar, printed in London by C. Stower, 1808. Come view the book in person in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library!

I leave you now with the book’s curious epigraph:

Aided by thee – O Art sublime! our race

Spurns the opposing bonds of time and space,

With Fame’s swift flight to hold an equal course,

And taste the stream from Reason’s purest source;

Vice and her hydra sons, thy powers can bind,

And cast in Virtue’s mould the plastic mind.

-The Press, John M’Creery, 1803

Night in New Orleans

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Night in New Orleans (Rice-Mitchell Pub., Co., 1911)

Call no.: F379.N54 R5x

This recent acquisition by Special Collections & Archives features striking night scenes of downtown New Orleans in the early 20th Century. The black and white photomechanical reproductions of photographs feature aerial views of iconic streets and businesses near and around the French Quarter, all illuminated by windows, streetcars, and beautiful electric signs.

#PageFrights

Today’s #pagefrights is this ferocious looking wolf (or is it a werewolf!?) from the 1949 Wolf yearbook.

#PageFrights is a month-long social media celebration of Halloween, library & archives-style.

New Equipment!

Media Services is happy to announce some brand-new equipment, ready to be used!

We are very excited to add to our inventory two new DSLR cameras (CANON t5i EOS 700D) and external microphones (VideoMic), for any high-quality photography or video needs you may have. These cameras also include two lenses: an 18-55 mm lens and 55-250 mm telephoto lens. These new cameras have the capacity to shoot incredible video, and are equipped with an audio input that can be used with an external microphone–such as lavalier microphones–or our brand new VideoMic microphones. This high-powered equipment is sure to make your photography reach new heights and your film projects pop!

Media Services has also expanded into more adventurous territory, adding to our inventory a GoPro Hero. This GoPro can shoot in four modes: Video, Photo, Burst (which takes ten pictures over two seconds), and Time-Lapse (which takes a picture every half-second). It is waterproof and boasts super stats like 1080p high-definition video capture. Wherever life takes you, take our GoPro!

We are also pleased to announce a new portable wireless speaker. Battery-operated, this device can be used for presentations, and comes with one wireless handheld microphone and one lapel microphone. It can also be used for any musical needs, and can connect to any device with a mini-jack or over Bluetooth! It is lightweight and portable, but packs a serious auditory punch!

By visiting the Monroe Library website at library.loyno.edu and following the “Reserve A/V Equipment” link under the Frequently Used banner, students and faculty are welcome to come have a look and reserve these exciting new items and much more!  Remember, we need 2 working days lead time for all equipment reservations!

#PageFrights

Today’s #PageFrights comes from the New Orleans Opera Association Archives. Pictured below is a program cover for a 1975 production of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots.

Les Huguenots program cover

For more like this, come to the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Special Collections & Archives and view our exhibit, Encore! Encore! Bravi! Presenting the New Orleans Opera Association Archives.

#PageFrights is a month-long social media celebration of Halloween, library & archives-style.

Jefferson Parish LWV Collection

With the U.S. Presidential Election coming up in under a month, it’s only fitting that the League of Women Voters of Jefferson Parish collection is currently being processed in the Special Collections & Archives at Loyola University New Orleans.

The collection features national and local pamphlets and publications, information on causes important to the League of Women Voters (nationally and locally), and much more.

One of the pamphlets from the Jefferson Parish branch of the Leave of Women Voters, “Who’s Who in Government”, lists members of the National Government, State Government, and Local Government, along with ways to contact each member. This photo is from the Summer 1997 mailing.

The League of Women Voters provided a pamphlet for teachers and students on how to actively watch and what to take note of in a Presidential Debate. With the third, and final, debate coming up next Wednesday, October 19th, this pamphlet might be helpful in understanding the importance and purpose of the debate.

Posted by student worker Samantha.

#AskAnArchivist recap

Thank you to all who participated in last week’s event, #AskAnArchivist Day! A recap of Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives contribution to #AskAnArchivist Day is available here.

If you missed #AskAnArchivist Day, never fear! At Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives, every day is #AskAnArchivist Day. If you have questions or concerns, we welcome you to contact our staff or visit the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.

This digitized photograph and thousands like it belong to the Loyola University New Orleans Photographs Collection and are available to view online here.

#PageFrights

A dance with a skeleton or a skeleton dance?

This is the time of year to ponder such choices and this Bio Grad Student opted for the prior.

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And… here is a classic cartoon Skeleton Dance as a lagniappe:

This is part of #PageFrights, a month-long social media celebration of Halloween, library & archives-style.