Monthly Archives: March 2010
4/5/10 4:30pm-6:30pm CC Forum: Hurricane on the Bayou Film and a Presentation by Dr. Margaret Carroll
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Hello again FSC community and beyond! This week’s Bibliophile’s Book Find is dedicated to two art encyclopedias suggested by our Reference Librarian extraordinaire, Marion Slack.
The first encyclopedia is actually named The Dictionary of Art , also known as the “Grove Dictionary of Art”, published by Grove (New York) in 1996 and edited by Jane Turner. The 34 volumes of this encyclopedia offer basic information on a wide variety of topics relating to the visual arts, including fine art, decorative art, performance art and more. Descriptions and the history of various art forms as well as biographies of famous artists are some of the types of information you can find in this resource. Some entries are as short as a few sentences, while others are one hundred pages or more. A key feature of the “Grove Dictionary of Art” is that the topics and biographies are not merely limited to those of the United States and European countries. The Grove Dictionary of Art also includes artists and topics from throughout the world. For example, in volume 1, the entry on “Africa” is over 200 pages long, and includes subtopics such as, “History”, “Commercial production”, “Imagery”, “Materials”, “Art forms” and much more. Each entry includes the name of the author who wrote it, as well as a bibliography of sources that can be used for further research. There are photographs, images, and maps included under many topics to expand and elaborate the textual information presented in the encyclopedia. Interested in the art of Afghanistan? See volume 1, page 185. Need an authoritative bibliography to do further research on the history of knitting? You’ll find such a bibliography in volume 18, page 158. The Grove Dictionary of Art is located in the Reference Room at REF N31 .D5 1996.
The next encyclopedia is the Dictionary of Artists, also known as the “Benezit Dictionary of Artists”, published in 2006 by Gründ (Paris). This 14 volume dictionary offers often short biographies of the lives of painters, sculptors, designers and engravers. An exciting feature about this dictionary is that it offers a wide coverage of artists, those who are both well-known and those who are more obscure. Each entry includes the artist’s nationality, the type of art that the artist created, and a short description of the artist’s life. Many entries also include information on museums and galleries where the works of the artist are on display, auction records of the artist’s work, and a bibliography of books written about the artist that can be used for further research. Some entries also include graphics of the artist’s signature, monogram or stamp of sale as well. Are you interested in seeing various forms of Pablo Picasso’s signature? Check out volume 10, pages 1363-1364. Who on earth was Johann Nepomuk Nusbiegel? You can find out in volume 10, page 477. The “Benezit Dictionary of Artists” can be found in the Reference Room at Ref N40 .D5213 2006.
The Reference Room is located in room 118 on the first floor of the Whittemore Library. If you have any questions about this or any other resource, contact a Reference Librarian in person, by phone at 508-626-4654, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or IM at fscrefdesk. If you would like to suggest a treasure in the library’s Reference Room, please email me at email@example.com
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Join us Monday, March 22, 2010 from 4:30 to 6:30 in the Dwight Hall Auditorium, for a fascinating presentation by Planetarian and 3D Underwater Photographer Ed Jameson. The presentation will be about the diversity of life in Antarctica, as well as the effects of global warming on the region’s wildlife population. Mr. Jameson recently returned from an expedition to Antarctica. The event will include a slide show of images from Mr. Jameson’s trip, some of which will be in 3D. 3D glasses will be provided for your viewing pleasure. The event will be fun and educational. We look forward to seeing you there!
This is the first in a series of environmental programs hosted by the Henry Whittemore Library. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
Help us help you! Improve our library by taking our email survey. Students, faculty and staff will receive a link to the survey in an email on Monday, March 22. The survey will take place between March 22 and April 2. Participants of the survey will be eligible to participate in a drawing to win an iPod nano or a FSC sweatshirt.
G’day mates! As a graduate of the Modern Language program here at FSC, I am mad keen about learning foreign languages and studying different cultures. This week’s reference room treasure is guaranteed to leave language and culture enthusiasts like myself as happy as a possum!
Kangaroo’s Comments & Wallaby’s Words: The Aussie Word Book, written by Helen Jonsen and published by Hippocrene Books (New York) discusses the difference between Australian-English and American-English. This book is divided into eight thematic sections dedicated to general information about Australia, food, people, games, nicknames, native Australian animals and more. On page 55, learn what exactly that “swagman” is from the song “Waltzing Matlida”. Learn the difference between a numbat and a wombat on page 123, and discover what happens every fall when people here at FSC barrack for our gridiron team (pgs. 75 & 105).
As stated in the “How to Use This Book” section (pg. 17), that although this book is factual, it is meant to be read for fun. Loaded with comical illustrations by John Colquhoun, (such as the two-bob watch on pg. 82), this book is sure to leave a grouse smile on your face. While this book was published in 1988 and may not have the most up-to-date Aussie terms, the glossary of Australian-American and American-Australian words and phrases will serve you well during your next Crocodile Dundee movie marathon.
You can find Kangaroo’s Comments & Wallaby’s Words: The Aussie Word Book on the first floor of the library in the Reference Room (118). The call number is Ref PE 3601 .Z5 J64 1988. If you have any questions about this or any other resource, contact a Reference Librarian in person, by phone at 508-626-4654, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or IM at fscrefdesk. If you would like to suggest a treasure in the library’s Reference Room, please email me at email@example.com