Happy Halloween! Fancy a movie to get you in the Halloween mood? Movies are available for checkout at Media Resources with your UofL I.D. on the first floor of the Ekstrom Library or call them at (502) 852-6302.
To give you some ideas here are some blood-curdling favorites from the Reference Library Staff:
1. Alien vs Predator
Plot: Two lethal creatures, the alien and the predator, use the Earth as a battleground.
2. The Blair Witch Project
Plot: Three student filmmakers set out into the forest to film a documentary on a legend known as The Blair Witch. As they become lost in the woods, an unseen evil begins to stalk and harass them. They soon realize that what they are filming is not a legend, but their own descent into a horrifying encounter with the supernatural.
Plot: Carrie, a shy highschooler with growing telekinetic powers, is abused by her classmates and her religiously fanatical mother. After being the brunt of a joke at the Senior Prom, Carrie uses her telekinetic powers to destroy her classmates and her mother.
Plot: On a black and unholy Halloween night years ago, little Michael Myers brutally slaughtered his sister in cold blood. But for the last fifteen years, town residents have rested easy, knowing that he was safely locked away in a mental hospital … until tonight. Tonight, Michael returns to the same quiet neighborhood to relive his grisly murder again … and again … and again. For this is a night of evil. Tonight is Halloween!
Plot: Ten strangers are brought together at a motel because of a savage rainstorm. All take shelter at a desolate motel run by a nervous night manager. Relief in finding shelter is quickly replaced with fear as the ten travelers begin to die, one by one. They soon realize that, if they are to survive, they’ll have to uncover the secret that has brought them all together.
6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Plot: A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof. A couple of ordinary kids have car trouble one dark and rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. They are stunned to learn that they have stumbled into an ongoing convention of kinky characters, hosted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from the planet Transsexual.
7. The Shining
Plot: A young boy and his parents spend the winter in a resort hotel which is possessed by ghosts.
Take a close look. Have you seen this librarian?
The answer is probably not. But, if you have, you may not see that type of librarian for much longer. The reason is because the role of librarians and libraries will increasingly change over the next few years as a result of technological innovation. Many of the services historically connected with libraries, including the stereotypical image of the librarian sitting behind a desk, will look dramatically different (and in some cases may not even exist). While, this will present challenges it will also open new doors for librarians to provide discovery-based and specialized services for faculty and student learning. The same is true here at UofL where many librarians are already transitioning toward a 21st century service model.
Here are just a few things our librarians do:
1. Library instruction. Professor’s can bring their students over to the library to get comfortable using the library to complete research assignments. In many cases, librarians encourage active student participation through group work and acknowledging the student voice instead of continuous lecture.
2. EndNote and EndNote Web workshops. Learn more about an alternative way to create and organize your bibliographies on the Beginning EndNote guide.
3. Digital Collections. Whereas before, conducting research on primary sources required you to always go to a Special Collections department, now several of these works are available online. Since 2006, UofL librarians, curators, and technical experts, have digitized images, yearbooks, baseball trade cards, and other historical documents. Click here to see for yourself—it’s very cool!
4. Virtual Reference Services. So, we may not see you in person, but we can still answer your questions through such things as,
- Ask-A-Librarian. Chat your questions about the library Monday-Friday, between 10am-5pm.
- Email. Submit a reference question or citation completion request and receive a reply by email
- Text us at (502) 509-3178
- Instant Message us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The list can go on. We have not even scratched the surface of how different the UofL Libraries services will look like 10 years from now. But, just know that some things will be different.
For more information about any of the UofL Libraries services call (502) 852-6747 or visit us online.
Did you know that Academic Libraries are not just full of dusty books or scholarly items such as, journals and encyclopedias? Here in the Ekstrom Library we have the Multicultural Children’s Literature Collection on the 2nd floor! These resources are great for kids visiting from K-12 schools, as well as supporting students enrolled in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education & Human Development .
These materials help to encourage:
- Education that is multicultural.
- Respect for the spectrum of human diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and religion.
- The usage of books and other library materials that appreciate and celebrate differences in culture and empowers the individual reader and learner.
- Those who want to use multicultural and diversity-related books in their teaching and research.
Below are some books from this collection:
This post continues the series on some of the earliest books in the Art Library’s collection, all of which are housed in the Art Library’s rare book room. If you want to see any of them, just ask at the desk.
Here’s our next book, one with an exceedingly long title, by Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo: Trattato Dell’arte Della Pittura, Scoltura, et Architettura / Di Gio. Paolo Lomazzo … : Diuiso in Sette Libri : Ne’ Quali Si Discorre de la Proportione, de’ Moti, de’ Colori, de’ Lumi, de La Prospettiua, de La Prattica de La Pittura, et Finalmente de le Istorie d’Essa Pittura ; con Vna Tauola de’ Nomi de Tutti li Pitttori [Sic], Scoltori, Architetti, & Matematici Antichi, & Moderni.
It was published in 1585 in Milan by Paolo Gottardo Pontio, Stampatore Regio, a Instantia di Pietro Tini.
Giovanni Lomazzo’s book roughly translates as “A Treatise on the art of painting, sculpture and architecture… in seven books: motion, proportion, color, perspective, light, the practice of painting and the history of painting, including a table of name of all the painters, sculptors, architects and mathematicians, ancient and modern.” Whew!
Lomazzo was a northern Italian painter, poet and art theorist, and notable in intellectual circles in the late 16th century. When, at 33, blindness forced him to stop painting, he switched to writing about art. His works are some of the most important of the Mannerist period and remain a major source on Milanese artistic life.
The Trattato is one of his most ambitious and scholarly works. In addition to biographies of contemporary artists, he gave practical instruction for creating art. The treatise is also notable for the emphasis it places on light and psychological expression in art.
Here’s the title page:
and one of the pages:
Why does the Art Library have these books? Because they are primary source materials for art history, offering a first-hand account of an artist’s life, the first critical response to a building or painting, or a new theory of art or architecture. As the building blocks of art history, they remain relevant sources for researchers.
October is Archives Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of archives and those who work in and with them.
- Fun fact #1: archives, a noun describing the place where records of enduring value are preserved for posterity, is plural, even if you’re only talking about one such unit.
- Fun fact #2: the UofL Libraries has two archives: University Archives and Records Center, on the 4th Floor of Ekstrom Library, and Photographic Archives, on the lower level of Ekstrom Library. There are also archival collections in the Art Library, Music Library, Health Sciences Library, and Law Library.
- Fun fact #3: A growing number of rare and unique images, maps, documents, and oral histories from each of those libraries and library units are freely available to a worldwide audience via our Digital Collections website.
Today has been designated Day of Digital Archives, so I hope you’ll take the opportunity to explore some of the 50,000+ items in the UofL Libraries Digital Collections! For example, in keeping with the Kentucky Archives Month military history theme, check out the André Jeunet Collection of World War I images, or the Civil War-themed General Orlando M. Poe Collection.