Each year, the Libraries honor OWU faculty, staff, and student scholarship at the Celebration of Scholarship. Join us on Friday, April 18, from noon-1pm in the Bayley Room as we recognize all faculty and staff who have published a book or article, created a music score or sound recording, exhibited artwork, or produced significant scholarship or creative work with an imprint date from the previous year. Also at the Celebration, the Libraries announce the winner of the $500 Libraries Student Research Award.
200 years after its original publication, the complete text and full illustrations of the nine volumes of Alexander Wilson’s pioneering work American Ornithology, published in Philadelphia from 1808 to 1814, have been digitized and added to the OWU Digital Collections. It was published a generation before J. J. Audubon’s The Birds of America. (1827–1839).
Wilson (1766-1813), a not-so-successful poet from Scotland, and a teacher, who, under the guidance of William Bartram, became a self-taught artist and naturalist, and after dedicating himself to the study and description of birds and to the dream of making “a collection of all of our finest birds”, earned himself posthumously, through this publication, the title “Father of American Ornithology.”
He described his work for the drawings in a letter to Thomas Jefferson (6 Feb. 1806), perhaps hoping to join an expedition to explore the Ohio and Mississippi rivers planned by the President:
“Having been engaged, these several years, in collecting material, and furnishing drawings from nature […], I have traversed the greater part of our northern and eastern districts and have collected many birds undescribed by […] naturalists. Upwards of one hundred drawings are completed….” (Burtt 2013, 41)
His study of the birds was to record more than their physical appearance. He speaks as a true naturalist in his introduction to Volume 1, writing:
“It is also my design to enter more largely than usual into the manners and disposition of each respective species; to become, as it were, their faithful biographer, and to delineate their various peculiarities, in character, song, building, economy, &c. as far as my own observations have extended […] noting their particular haunts, modes of constructing their nests, manner of flight, seasons of migration, favourite food, and numberless other minutiae, which can only be obtained by frequent excursions in the woods and fields, along lakes, shores, and rivers, and requires a degree of patience and perseverance, which nothing but an enthusiastic fondness for the pursuit can inspire.” (Wilson 1808, 2)
A symposium organized by Ohio Wesleyan University Professor of Zoology Edward H. Burtt titled “Alexander Wilson and the Making of American Ornithology” will be hosted at Ohio Wesleyan University on April 23, 2014.
Burtt, Edward H., Jr. and William E. Davis, Jr. Alexander Wilson: The Scott Who Founded American Ornithology. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2013.
Wilson, Alexander. American Ornithology; Or, the Natural History of the Birds of the United States, Vol 1. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1808-14.
The OWU Libraries invite submissions for the 2014 Library Research Award.
The award values research and honors a paper that demonstrates full and complete use of a critical research process. In their submission materials, students will need to describe their search strategy and show appropriate database selection as well as use of diverse library resources in multiple formats. The submitted paper must be an original work of scholarship completed by a student in response to regularly assigned OWU coursework, OWU internship, or summer research opportunity.
Date & Time of Award: To be presented at the OWU Libraries Celebration of Scholarship on Friday, April 18 from noon until 1:00pm.
Deadline for Submission: The paper and supporting documents must be turned in to Bonnie Mahle in the OWU Libraries Administrative Office in Beeghly Library by Monday, April 7 at 5 pm. The winning paper will become a permanent addition to the Ohio Wesleyan University Historical Archives.
Eligibility for Award: The award will be given to a graduating senior for a research paper produced at any time during his/her career at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Criteria for Assessment: A panel of judges will consult the Criteria for Assessment. The criteria emphasize the research process, the use of diverse and appropriate information resources, and appropriate disciplinary style.
Submission Guidelines: Only one paper per student may be submitted. Each paper will be submitted as a packet which will include:
- Submission Form signed by the professor who worked with the student during the production of the paper.
- Completed Research Process Questionnaire
- Paper, 10 pages minimum excluding front and back matter and appendices; printed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, pages numbered; using 12 point font.
Incomplete packets will not be accepted.
Panel of Judges: A panel of judges consisting of librarians and faculty representing the major academic disciplines (social sciences, the sciences, the humanities, and fine arts) and the Writing Center will determine the winner. This year’s judges are:
Janalee Emmer — Fine Arts
Mark Allison — Humanities
David Markwardt — Science
Alper Yalcinkaya — Social Sciences
Peter Szabo — Fine Arts
Jillian Maruskin — Humanities
Deb Peoples — Science
Ben Daigle — Social Sciences
James Stull — Writing Center Coordinator
Catherine Cardwell — Ex Officio
Contact Information: Contact Catherine Cardwell, OWU Director of Libraries with questions. Cathi can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 740-368-3246.
The Libraries are offering workshops on fair use & copyright in the classroom and on digital scholarship on the liberal arts campus. For more information about the workshops, visit http://library.owu.edu/workshops.html
OWU Libraries are introducing Credo Reference this semester, a new online reference site offering coverage of all major subject areas. The site includes access to millions of full-text entries from nearly 640 reference books, making it an excellent starting place for background information on most academic topics.
Credo’s Topic Pages offer overviews for over 10,000 topics. Articles on each topic page are followed by suggested resources from other library resources such as research databases, catalogs, and scholarly websites.
Other entries come from well-known reference sources, many of which include suggestions for further reading and links to connect readers to those resources.
Credo can be a good resource for those just beginning research into unfamiliar topics and a good lead into more subject-specific research databases. For a brief introduction to the site, check out the following video:
Please direct any questions about Credo Reference to the Beeghly Reference Desk at email@example.com or 740-368-3242
LexisNexis has just rolled out its new interface design with the intent of making searching and discovery of material simpler and more intuitive. No content has been lost, only moved, with some new functionality added.
For an overview of new features and search options, check out this brief video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZg3tqBC17E
For tutorials on searching for particular types of information, like a legal case, obituary, or company profiles, visit the following link for more short videos: http://www.youtube.com/LexisNexisAcademic. Many of these tutorial topics are also featured in research guides with screen shots and instructions.
Any additional questions may be directed to the Beeghly Reference Desk at 740-368-3242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to announce that Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to present Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. A film and discussion series, Created Equal aims to bring diverse communities together to explore the history of civil rights and the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America through carefully selected documentaries, which include The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders.
Deeply grounded in humanities scholarship, these films tell a remarkable story about the importance of race in the making of American democracy; about the power of individuals to effect change; and about the historical contexts in which Americans have understood and struggled with ideas of freedom, equality and citizenship. The documentaries address events from the 1800s through 1965 in the United States. Each of the films was produced with NEH support and each highlights individuals who challenged the racial, social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.
The Libraries will kick off the series on Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 20, 2014) at 7:00 pm in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library. Dr. Hasan Jeffries, an associate professor of history at the Ohio State University, will guide a discussion of Freedom Riders, an Emmy award-winning documentary. Dr. Jeffries specializes in 20th century African American history and has an expertise in the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. He is the author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights And Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt (New York University Press, 2009).
A free streaming copy of the Freedom Riders is available online at http://createdequal.neh.gov/films/freedom-riders. Advance screening is encouraged but not required prior to the event. The program is free and open to the public.
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Dee Peterson, coordinator of user services at the OWU Libraries, is leading the initiative for the campus and community.
Contact Dee Peterson 740-368-3240 or email@example.com with questions about local events.
The OWU Libraries have arranged for a brief trial of a new online reference site called Credo Reference lasting through December 20, 2013. In addition to offering full-text searching in hundreds of online reference books from all major subject areas, the site also includes some features designed to help discover and explore new and unfamiliar topics. For example, you can browse topics by category or explore new topics by navigating an interactive concept map, a web of interconnected subjects that allows users to easily see and jump from one subject to another.
The site includes the full-text from encyclopedias, dictionaries and bilingual dictionaries, biographies, image collections, and subject-specific works on everything from aesthetics to zoology.
Hours for the OWU Libraries during Reading Days, Finals Week and Winter Break can be viewed at http://library.owu.edu/hours/winterbreak-2013.pdf . Please note that beginning Dec. 20th the Internet Café/Bashford Lounge will NOT be open to students during the hours Beeghly Library is officially closed. 24 x 7 access will resume on January 13, 2014.
Thanksgiving break hours for the OWU Libraries can be viewed at http://library.owu.edu/hours/2013ThanksgivingHours.pdf. Please note that the Internet Café/Bashford Lounge will be open to students during the hours Beeghly Library is officially closed. Swipe your OWU ID at the outside entrance of the Internet Café to gain entry.