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The Great Hall through the Years, Rush Rhees Reads
 
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Dynamic Spaces: Rush Rhees Library’s Great Hall through the Years
Reading for Reading’s Sake: The Rush Rhees Reads
Digitizing the Past, Archiving the Future
Knowledge and Collaboration: River Campus Libraries Exhibits
Video: Technology and History Meet in Frederick Douglass' Daguerreotype

Dynamic Spaces: Rush Rhees Library’s Great Hall through the Years


    Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended,
    Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place
    Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass.
    Old stone to new building, old timber to new fires,
    Old fires to ashes.
          T.S. Eliot, “East Cocker”

 
T.S. Eliot did not have River Campus Libraries in mind when he composed his poem, but his words remain relevant to what patrons have witnessed over the years. Read more
 
 
Reading for Reading’s Sake: The Rush Rhees Reads 

It is a common experience for many students who have considered themselves avid readers: the academic emphasis on reading as a means of acquiring knowledge makes them miss what they used to enjoy so much before – reading for reading’s sake. Thankfully, students at the River Campus do not have to choose one mode of reading over the other. Thanks to Rush Rhees Reads, the campus reading group based out of the Rush Rhees library, students have an opportunity to meet and talk about their favorite books without worrying about assignments and grades. Read more
Digitizing the Past, Archiving the Future

Technology has become an integral part of research in the humanities. Digitizing old literary and historical documents and sharing them online has allowed scholars easy access to resources that were not easily available to them before.“The systematic digitization of texts has truly revolutionized the way research is done in the humanities,” says Serenity Sutherland, doctoral student in the Department of History and a 2014-2016 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Digital Humanities. Read more
Knowledge and Collaboration: River Campus Libraries Exhibits

When we think about where knowledge is stored in libraries, we often think about books, or archives, or electronic databases. But when it comes to River Campus Libraries, knowledge is also stored on the walls and in the display cases that hold a year-round variety of exhibits. The range of exhibits is quite extensive, and covers a wide spectrum of topics from national and regional history, to Rochester politics, innovative research, and faculty art. Read more

 
Video: Technology and History Meet in Frederick Douglass' Daguerreotype

One of the earliest known photographic images of Frederick Douglass is on loan to the River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester. In addition to its historical importance, the image also carries a technological significance. It is a daguerreotype, an early form of photography, which presents some truly interesting questions about optics and nanotechnology. Watch the video
 
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New Year’s Eve Pizza Lunch for International Students and Scholars 
On December 31st, a group of international students and scholars, and a group of River Campus Library staff met to welcome the New Year with a pizza lunch. Initiated by Kathy Wu, Outreach Librarian for Government Information and Economics, Pizza Lunch is one of the University of Rochester’s International Community-supported activities. University of Rochester’s International Community (URIC) consists of River Campus library staff who work to support the University’s international students, scholars, and their families. By acknowledging the cultural diversity within the River Campus community, URIC celebrates the differences that enrich each of its member’s life. 
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