Season's Greetings from the River Campus Libraries
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Happy Holidays from Dean Mary Ann Mavrinac
Presentation Explores University's Daguerreotype Research
AIDS Education Posters Inspire Translation Project

Exhibition Honors Pioneering Professor Esther Conwell
Students Gather in Rush Rhees for a "Night to Write"
RCL Spreads Holiday Cheer to Families in Need

Happy Holidays from Dean Mary Ann Mavrinac

As we reflect upon 2015, we are ever grateful for our many friends and supporters and the tremendously talented staff in the River Campus Libraries. It is all of you who make what we do possible.

2015 has been another exciting year in the libraries. The Rush Rhees Library Master Plan is beginning to unfold, with Evans Lam Square, the Barbara J. Burger iZone, the Humanities Center, and the Carlson Student Research Space making significant progress in their development. We have also continued to strengthen our world-renowned collections of rare and unique materials that support teaching, learning, and research at the University. I am pleased to share our successes with you and give you a preview of what you will see in the libraries in 2016 and 2017.

On behalf of the River Campus Libraries, thank you for your goodwill and support. We wish you a magical, peaceful, and joyful holiday season.

Mary Ann Mavrinac
Neilly Dean, River Campus Libraries

In the banner above: Mavrinac and Rush Rhees Library student employees. From left to right: Kylie Sargeant, Fiona Nichols-Fleming, Farid Adenuga, Mary Ann Mavrinac, Zachary Smith, Angel Morales, Omri Cohen, and Michelle Ayanor
Presentation Explores University's Daguerreotype Research

A rare piece of history is now on display in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. An iconic daguerreotype of abolitionist Frederick Douglass is on view in the Plutzik Room through February 29. The image is the centerpiece of a related exhibition in the Friedlander Lobby titled, Researching the Daguerreotype at the University of Rochester: Nanotechnology Meets Local History. University of Rochester President Joel Seligman will provide opening remarks for a special presentation about scientific advances in daguerreotype study on Monday December 14 from 7-9 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Seligman is the first sitting University president to be the subject of a daguerreotype. The event is free and open to the public. Reserved parking is available in Library Lot. Read more and watch a video courtesy of WXXI Rochester.
AIDS Education Posters Inspire Translation Project

With more than 8,000 posters from 124 countries, the River Campus Libraries’ AIDS Education Posters Collection is an invaluable international scholarly resource. The posters are written in dozens of languages, but the power of their messages is universal. In commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1, the RCL and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures launched the AIDS Education Posters Translation Project. Nearly 150 students from Spanish, German, French, and Japanese classes improved their language skills by translating and transcribing posters from the collection, which is housed in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. A selection of posters was recently featured in the New Yorker, the Huffington Post, and Pride. Read more.
Exhibition Honors Pioneering Professor Esther Conwell

A tireless researcher. A respected mentor. A distinguished scientist. Esther Conwell, research professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Rochester, was one of the preeminent scientists of her generation. Conwell died last year at the age of 92, but her legacy lives on at the University. A new exhibition in Carlson Library celebrates her life and work by showcasing the research that defined her career. “Remembering Esther M. Conwell” opened on November 17, the day after the first anniversary of her death. Students, faculty, and library staff gathered to share stories about the woman who helped pave the way for female scientists. Read more and view photos.
Students Gather in Rush Rhees for a "Night to Write"

Late into the night on December 9, University of Rochester students hunched over laptops, curled up with textbooks, and drank countless cups of coffee in Rush Rhees Library as part of the International Write-In. From Saudi Arabia to Singapore, writing centers across the globe provided students with space and friendly peer pressure to complete their final projects. The River Campus Libraries partnered with the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program to host the "UR Night to Write," the University of Rochester’s version of the Write-In. More than 40 students fueled their productivity with snacks, coffee, and collaboration; received research help from librarians; and took time to unwind by doing crafts. Read more and view photos.
More news and events...
RCL Spreads Holiday Cheer to Families in Need
For families living in poverty, the holiday season can be one of the most difficult times of the year. Parents must often choose between paying the rent, feeding their children, and finding a way to make the season special. RCL staff members continued a decades-long holiday tradition by adopting families through the Baden Street Settlement and organizing a book drive for homeless children at Sojourner House at PathStone. Read more and view photos.
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