Rare Book Room Open House: October Spotlight—History of the Nobel Prizes

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The Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center invites you to attend our next open house event entitled “October Spotlight—History of the Nobel Prizes”. This event, which is open to the UT Southwestern community*, will be held in the Library’s Rare Book Room (E3.314D) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on two different days to accommodate a wider variety of visitors:

  • Tuesday, October 25
  • Friday, October 28

Featured material from the Library’s special collections and archives will be on display, including photographs, documents, books, and other items highlighting discoveries in science and medicine with connections to the Nobel Prizes since they were founded.

For more information, email archives@utsouthwestern.edu.

*The South Campus (main) Library requires a UT Southwestern ID badge for entry.

What do archivists do? Find out October 5th with #AskAnArchivist Day on Twitter!

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What comes to mind when you hear the word “archives”? If your first thoughts were “dust, old stuff, attics, or basements”, then this is an exciting opportunity to introduce to you what archives are and what archivists do. Contrary to movie depictions, being an archivist is not about stealing the Declaration of Independence and going on a treasure hunt. Make no mistake: treasures can be found in an archive; however, the roadmap to said treasures is not written in invisible ink on the back of an important historical document!

The first question that may come to your mind is, “what is an archive?” Archives are records created by a person, family, or organization (either public or private) that document the conduct of their affairs and are preserved for both the enduring value of the information they contain and the evidence they provide of the functions and responsibilities of their creator. In laymen’s terms, archives are those records which have been deemed to be of historically valuable importance and are duly preserved.

So, now that we know archives maintain historically valuable records, the question is, “what about UT Southwestern’s archives?” The UT Southwestern archives collect, preserve, and make accessible historical materials documenting UT Southwestern and its predecessor institutions, the university hospitals, careers of notable campus individuals, and Parkland Memorial Hospital. Highlights from our archives include Dr. Alfred G. Gilman’s collection and the Parkland Hospital Collection.

The question remains: “what do I do as the digital archivist here on campus?” Well, it’s my job to appraise, select, describe, preserve, and provide access to historically valuable records about UT Southwestern. And as you may note from my job title, archives aren’t just for old paper records. Archivists have been working on the issues inherent in acquiring, preserving, and providing access to born-digital records for at least 30 years.

Curious to learn more about the UT Southwestern archives and about the work that archivists do? Get your questions ready for #AskAnArchivist day on October 5! I’ll be available at UT Southwestern Library’s Twitter handle (@utswlibrary) to answer your questions. Have you been wondering how to manage your digital files? Worried about digital obsolescence? Curious about digital preservation? Questioning how to preserve your grandmother’s scrapbook? Puzzling over creating appropriate file naming conventions? These are all topics I am excited to talk about with you, and I would love to hear questions from you!

On My Own Time Exhibit highlights campus artistic talents

The 16th Annual On My Own Time Employee Art Show is now on display at the South Campus Library until September 20, 2016. A total of 62 art works by UT Southwestern faculty, staff, and students – both amateurs and professionals – are on display in the following categories:

  • Black and White PhotographyOMOT 2016 - JANE
  • Ceramics, Wood, and Glass
  • Color Photography
  • Corporate Collaboration
  • Enhanced Photography & Computer Art
  • Jewelry and Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles and Fiber
  • Works on Canvas
  • Works on Paper

The art show is sponsored annually by the Business Council for the Arts (BCA), and a panel of judges selected by the BCA will select a first place winner and one (or more) “honorable mention” winner within each category of art. A “Best of Show” will be selected by the judges from among the first place winners.

However, all UT Southwestern employees will have an opportunity to select a “People’s Choice” winner. Voting for “People’s Choice” will be held online from August 8 through August 19. To vote, go to http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/omot and click on the “People’s Choice Voting” button.

All first place, Best of Show, and People’s Choice winners will go to the region-wide show at NorthPark Center.

June 24 “Places and Spaces” Rare Book Room Open House Event announced

RBRJuneStop by the Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center’s Rare Book Room (E3.314D) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, June 24 for “Places and Spaces.” Books, architectural renderings, photographs, and other materials in the library’s special collections revealing places and spaces in medicine will be on display, and Library staff will be available to show relevant highlights in the digital collections. For more information, email archives@utsouthwestern.edu.

2nd Annual Study Break Art Exhibit & June 13th Reception at the South Campus Library

imageThe Second Annual Study Break Art Show featuring science-themed artwork by UT Southwestern students and postdocs is now on display at the South Campus Library until July 20, 2016.

A reception will take place on Monday, June 13th at 3 p.m. in the South Campus Library. Coffee and pastries will be provided by the Postdoctoral Association (PDA). Artists featured include:

  • Barbara Burton
  • Dhruba Deb
  • Hisayuki Hashimoto
  • Raamis Khwaja
  • Sudha Neelam
  • Shalvi Patel
  • Whitney Stuard
  • Yu Tang

This show is sponsored by the UT Southwestern Postdoctoral Association and the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

May 20 Rare Book Room Open House: Women in Medicine

PLEASE NOTE: The previous title had incorrectly stated the event as May 29.

From patient to practitioner, the compelling history of women in medicine includes Metrodora, Fanny Burney, Mary Eliza Mahoney, Ruth Sanders, and more. Stop by the Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center’s Rare Book Room (E3.314D) on Friday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for “Women in Medicine“. Books, letters, photographs, and other materials in the library’s special collections featuring women in medicine will be on display, and Library staff will be available to show relevant highlights in the digital collections. For more information, email archives@utsouthwestern.edu.

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April 29 Rare Book Room Open House: Spotlight on Tuberculosis

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On Friday, April 29, 2016, stop by the Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center’s Rare Book Room (E3.314D) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for “Spotlight on Tuberculosis”. Learn more about books, reports, journals, artifacts, stamps, and other materials in the library’s special collections that illuminate the history of tuberculosis in medicine. Additional resources will highlight connections to the disease in literature, music, and art.

The Library offers a monthly series of open house events to the UT Southwestern community that feature different topics of interest from the special and digital collections. If you want more information about this event or others in the monthly series, please contact archives@utsouthwestern.edu.

Images courtesy of Images from the History of Medicine (IHM), a collection of digitized images from the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Prints and Photographs collection.

Surgical Instruments are the focus of the March 29 Rare Book Room Open House

IMG_3073On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, stop by the Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center’s Rare Book Room (E3.314D) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for “Surgical Instruments–From Army Pattern Chisel to Xyster“. Learn more about books, journals, and other materials in the Library’s special collections that highlight surgical instruments from the 18th century to the present. Several medical artifacts will also be on display, including surgical kits in wooden velvet-lined boxes, pocket kits, and more.

The Library offers a monthly series of open house events to the UT Southwestern community that feature different topics of interest from the special and digital collections. If you want more information about this event or others in the monthly series, please contact archives@utsouthwestern.edu.

Discovering Darwin at the February 26 Rare Book Room Open House

RBRFebHow did a medical school dropout end up contributing so much to science? Find out at “Discovering Darwin”, an open house event sponsored by the Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center. The event will be held on Friday, February 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Library’s Rare Book Room (E3.314D). Books, letters, and other materials in the library’s special collections that connect to Charles Darwin (1809-1882) will be on display from the special collections, and Library staff will be available to show relevant highlights in the digital collections. For more information, email archives@utsouthwestern.edu.