At the end of the month, Collins Library will be joining other libraries and museums around the world to celebrate William Morris’s Kelmscott Press and the 125th anniversary of the Kelmscott edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Four years in the making, with illustrations by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones and designed by Morris in every detail, the Kelmscott Chaucer, as it is commonly known, was published in 1891 and is universally considered one of the most beautiful books ever printed.
On June 25th between 11:00 and 1:00 pm visit the Collins Library Reading Room and take a moment to view some of our unique materials associated with William Morris and the Kelmscott Press as well as visit our new Book Arts/Printing Press Studio in the lower level of the Library!
Collins Librarian Jane Carlin will be giving 2 short presentations (10 minutes) on Morris and his books at 11:00 and 11:45. To comply with social distancing, if you would like to join one of the presentations, please email Jane directly at: email@example.com.
Collins Library staff hope your summer is off to a good start! We want to update you on just a few library-related matters:
We will continue most of our current COVID-19 practices during the summer. Library stacks will remain closed, but we will continue to offer the hold/pick up and digitization services. Librarians remain available for virtual research consultations and also can be reached via email. However, we have made a few changes:
We are no longer requiring seat reservations for individual study on the first floor; instead, students, faculty or staff can simply find an individual study spot.
To accommodate students who are on campus during the summer term, we are open seven days a week, including until 8:00 pm on Mondays and Thursdays, and both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The library homepage always provides information on current hours.
All aspects of interlibrary loan borrowing have resumed, including, when necessary, requesting loans of physical materials from libraries outside the United States.
We are pleased to announce a New Service! OCR for Canvas is a collaborative effort between departmental administrative assistants, Collins Library, Student Accessibility and Accommodation, and faculty, to ensure the accessibility of course readings made available to our students via Canvas. Please refer to this guide for more information and a link to the request form: https://research.pugetsound.edu/OCR_for_Canvas.
Looking ahead to the Fall:
We anticipate, with no small measure of excitement, that in early August we will re-open our stacks on all floors. The majority of our staff will also be back on campus, too.
Reserves: We encourage you to integrate electronic full text resources, when available, and/or scanned portions of our print collection (using the new OCR for Canvas service) into your Canvas pages for classes. However, we will offer a limited print reserves option for materials that cannot be accommodated in that way. We will be transitioning to an open reserves system, where students may browse print materials placed on reserve by their professors without first needing to go to the Circulation Desk. Libraries that have implemented open reserves report that more students actually use the materials on reserve when there is less of a barrier to accessing them. Please look for more specific information later in the summer.
We will continue to offer the new services we created in response to the circumstances of the pandemic. When you or your students need a book, you’ll be able to retrieve it yourself in the stacks or simply place a hold on it and we’ll retrieve it and check it out to you for pickup. Similarly, you and your students may continue to request digitization of portions of the print collection. (Please note that this service is intended to support personal research. If you need materials digitized for posting on Canvas, please use the new OCR for Canvas service.)
Teaching and Learning: Librarians are eager to continue collaborating with you to offer course-integrated information literacy instruction. However, if you are interested in including an Archives & Special Collections session in the fall, please reach out to your liaison librarian as soon as possible. Due to space limitations, and review of our collections, as well as our desire to reduce wear and tear to some of our primary source materials, we encourage the use of digitized primary sources, when available, and would like to work with you to develop new approaches to your classes.
Media: We will be moving forward with de-accessioning our VHS tape collection, as the obsolete technology has made the materials inaccessible to our students.
Need Information? Don’t forget the Collins Memorial Library – Library Guides Questions? Contact your liaison librarian Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, library director Remember – Your best search engine is a librarian!
University of Puget Sound is on the traditional homelands of the Puyallup Tribe. The Puyallup people have lived on and stewarded these lands since the beginning of time, and continue to do so today. We recognize that this land acknowledgement is one small step toward true allyship and we commit to uplifting the voices, experiences, and histories of the Indigenous people of this land and beyond.
INSPIRING WOMEN PORTFOLIO was created in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The women featured here are from many time periods, all possessing a radical spirit of creating change in the world. The portfolio was printed during the 2020 Covid19 Pandemic and was organized by Kathryn Hunter, Blackbird Letterpress. May these women continue to inspire as the uncertain future unfolds.
On August 18, 1920, the US Constitution’s 19th Amendment was ratified—declaring no citizen could be denied the right to vote based on their sex. For more than 100 years, women’s suffrage supporters had fought for this right among others, including equal pay and access to education. However, the racially divided movement did not address the intersecting inequalities of race, class, and ethnicity. Intimidation, laws, fraud, and violence blocked women of color from voting. The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 granted voting rights, but many states denied this right to Indigenous women through the 1950s. Black women faced barriers until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As we acknowledge the movement’s flaws, we also celebrate all women who organized, marched, and risked their lives to bring the US closer to universal suffrage. Their efforts gave women the chance to politically, socially, culturally, and economically transform this country.
Participants: This list corresponds to the above images left to right by rows.
Susan B Anthony – Jessica Peterson • The Southern Letterpress
Daisy Bates – Kate Askew with Perrion Hurd Yella Dog Press & Hurd Wired Studios
Shirley Chisholm – Nancy Hill • Hazel and Violet
Eugenie Clark – Yuka Petz • Letter Box Studio
Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Tammy Winn • The Red Door Press
Joy Harjo – Kelly McMahon • May Day Studio
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper – Allison Chapman • Igloo Letterpress
Anita Hill – Kathryn Hunter • Blackbird Letterpress
Grace Hopper – Shelley Barandes • Albertine Press
Molly Ivins – Dori Boone with April Bryant • Side Track Press
Marsha P. Johnson – Allison and Jamie Nadeau • INK MEETS PAPER
University of Puget Sound’s institutional repository, Sound Ideas has logged more than 1.3 million text downloads over its nearly decade-long lifespan. Every month we log the repository’s usage statistics by researchers around the world.
April Readership Totals Last month, Sound Ideas had 27,347 full-text downloads and 6 new submissions were posted, bringing the total works in the repository to 7,848. University of Puget Sound scholarship was read by 1,759 institutions across 159 countries.
Lever Press reports, “This February we were delighted to have Richard Benson, Associate Professor of Education from Spelman College, join our Editorial Board. Dr. Benson’s research interests combine a wealth of experiences and scholarship in critical pedagogy, history of American and African-American education, hip-hop history and youth popular culture, critical race theory and education, history of social movements, and school-community relationships.”
A new translation of Sophokles’ Women of Trachis by Vassar authors Rachel Kitzinger and Eamon Grennan is now live on Fulcrum and available for print purchase. The Fulcrum version of the volume includes a voice recording of the translation by Vassar students.
Be on the lookout for additional releases in the coming months. Academic Pipeline Programs: Diversifying Pathways from the Bachelor’s to the Professoriate, by Curtis D. Byrd and Rihana S. Mason, in 2021 and Culture & Content in French: Frameworks for Innovative Curricula, edited by Kathryne Adair Corbin and Aurélie Chevant-Aksoy, in June.
Back in January, I was able to participate in a short class on crafting volvelles taught by book artist Stephanie Wolff. She led us through the creation of three different variations on the structure as well as shared examples of how various contemporary artists are using volvelles to convey a wide variety of concepts.
Volvelles, also known as wheel charts, are movable charts that when aligned in certain ways reveal a variety of information as decided by the creator. These were used in the past to communicate important information such as the positions of the sun and moon at certain times of the year, a vital task to many cultures. They were also used as teaching tools for early astronomers and mathematicians, as can be seen in an amazing book held in Collins library’s rare books collection- a copy of The Cosmographia by Peter Apian from 1584! For full disclosure, the first thing I did when I got a chance to peruse it was smell it; how often do you get to smell a book that was created over 400 years ago?! This book was an incredibly important resource of its time for helping people understand the known world and as such was reprinted and improved upon in a number of editions.
The main reason the copy of The Cosmographia belonging to the university’s library is so special is that the volvelles inside are still intact and working. This is rare because they are paper instruments and as such, incredibly fragile to begin with. When you imagine how many hands this book might have encountered in its 400+ years, it is all the more incredible that you can still pick up and work the instruments that students used to understand the workings of the universe as they knew it in 1584. There are three working volvelles in the Cosmographia. They are all unique structures that allowed the students to interact with some of the material being taught in the book. These teaching tools are an incredible reminder that 400 years ago scholars were just as fascinated with understanding the universe they inhabited as we are today.
Another incredible thing to note about these instruments is that they are made from recycled paper- by looking on the backs of the volvelles you can see that they were printed on what were discarded pages of text! It might seem like a little thing, but it is 437 year old evidence of material being thoughtfully repurposed, which is pretty special in my view. A close inspection of the wheels will also reveal that whoever cut the pieces out wasn’t the most precise with scissors and the edges are a bit ragged, further evidence of a human hand’s involvement in the construction of this book, living so long ago.
After viewing these historic volvelles and comparing them to the contemporary artist’s versions I was shown in the class, I am struck by the wide variety of forms they can take and the information they can be used to express. Books have existed in so many forms for thousands of years and it is amazing to know we can still construct and adapt their many styles to meet the needs of artist’s today.
Instructions for making a simple volvelles are as follows:
Step 1 – Cut out 2 circles of different circumference
Ex. One circle with a circumference of 6 inches and another circle with a circumference of 4 inches
Using a compass is going to aid you greatly in creating nearly perfect round circles (depending on your cutting skills) but there are no rules in my opinion and you can make a wonky circle if you so choose
Step 2 – Decide where you will make your cutouts on the topmost circle to reveal the information you choose to put on the bottom circle. You can make this easy and precise by measuring accurate spaces on both the bottom and top circles.
Step 3 – Decorate your volvelle however you see fit, making sure to at least put down all the information you want on the bottom circle before you assemble it in the next step.
Step 4 – To assemble, you will need a needle and sturdy thread – I used waxed bookbinding thread. Tie off a knot at one end and then thread through from the back of the volvelle. Tie off as close to the base as possible. You want a snug fit between the knot and the paper.
– By Kendyl Chasco, Library Assistant, Studio Art ‘22
Throughout National Poetry Month, we’ve featured a variety of poets and their writing, as well as tools for discovering new poetic works. By now, you may be inspired to experiment with writing your own poems! This post features guides to the craft of poetry available at Collins Library. Search these titles in Primo or use the subject heading Poetry — Authorship to find additional titles. Happy writing!
With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built-meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space in this classic guide.
This guide provides readers with essential intellectual and practical tools necessary to read, understand, and write poetry. Drawing on examples from a range of poets from more than 1,500 years of English literature, Harmon encourages students and general readers to think critically about poetic writing. This accessible guide provides the confidence to read, write, and gain a richer appreciation of the artistry and pleasures of the poetic form.
Writing Poems by Michelle Boisseau, Hadara Bar-Nadav, and Robert Wallace
The gold standard of poetry writing books, Writing Poems is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that will help aspiring poets to create meaningful works. The authors, themselves published poets, eagerly share their knowledge and love of poetry throughout, and introduce readers to poetry’s traditions, teaching the essentials for developing your craft.
What happens when a book artist and scientist get together? The answer: a lot!
Science Stories is a unique project supported by the University of Puget Sound that brings together Pacific Northwest scientists and book artists with the end result being the creation of engaging and unique artists’ books that offer new ways to interpret science and to tell a story.
The project is the brainchild of Evergreen’s Emeritus faculty member Lucia Harrison, Puget Sound Library Director Jane Carlin, and Professor of Biology at Puget Sound Peter Wimberger. Over 18 months ago they started talking about the many connections between art and science. The University of Puget Sound created the Art & Sci Initiative to bring together ideas and concepts to promote greater understanding of science. Wimberger, a founding member of this initiative, was eager to find opportunities to engage scientists in new ways of thinking. Harrison, an educator with a rich history of teaching art using science as a platform has seen the impact that combining art and science in educational settings has had on her students at The Evergreen College as well as work she has done with the community. And Library Director, Jane Carlin has been an advocate for local books artists as well as for integrating artists’ books into the curriculum. As Carlin states, “These artists’ books promote unique opportunities to share ideas and to enhance understanding of science. Combining art, text and formats in innovative ways engages the reader/viewer in ways that a traditional book can’t.” Lucia Harrison agrees: “So often, we as the public, are removed from the important work scientists are doing. This project offers the opportunity to showcase the important scientific work being done in our community and make it more accessible to the public.”
The Science Stories website is a wealth of information. Artists and scientists have created videos that provide insight into their work and process, in addition to resources and reference information.
The exhibit was planned to be displayed at the University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library in winter 2021, but as we all know, Covid intervened. As Harrison states, “We had to pivot and rethink how to find ways to share this information. It has been amazing to see how the community of artists and scientists have come together to create these amazing video stories.”
The curatorial team is planning to display the books this fall, October 1 – January 15, 2022. And as Carlin states, “We are hopeful that we will be able to welcome members of the community to Collins to see these incredible books. We want as many as possible to see the many ideas reflected in this project.”
Professor Stacey Weiss, who worked with local Tacoma artist Dorothy McCuiston reflects on her experience: “Working with Dorothy was a wonderful experience and I was struck by both the depth and breadth of her research about the natural history of my lizards and the ecology of their environment. We had been hoping that she could visit my field sites in Arizona with me, but the pandemic prevented both of us from traveling there. When she decided to use a dying process with plant materials, I reached out to my friend and Director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwestern Research Station, Geoff Bender, and requested that he send us a bundle of plants from my study site, which he did. The result is just incredible! The colors that transferred to Dorothy’s art book are so reflective of the place that I love, it really blew me away.”
Alyce DeMarais Professor Emerita, Department of Biology shares thoughts about her experience. She worked with local artist and letterpress printer, Jessica Spring: “I have always appreciated the melding of art and science. I view science as a creative endeavor and marvel at the science that underlies artistic processes. Working on this project with Jessica Spring provided new insights–it was fascinating to see how Jessica approached the project and how she connected data with words and images. Her work captures the complexity of the science and its place in the world.”
Dan Burgard, Professor of Chemistry worked with artist Jim Oker and Suze Woolf. Oker writes: “Through the Working Upstream book project, book designer, Suze Woolf and I strove to explore the nature of this work and the issues it raises through images that evoke the notion of seeing aspects of the world in and through water. Water can become a lens through which the world can be seen, both figuratively and literally.” The book’s form and materials also makes reference to a scientist’s microscope lens. In discussions of this work, viewers will see a way of studying drug use in a community without violating individual privacy.”
All of the artists used images, innovative book structures, and tactile materials to seduce their audiences to engage in a dialog about issues raised by the scientists’ research. Each one offers insights in the research being conducted in our region and helps foster a greater understanding of science and the connection that art has in helping us understand this complex work.
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center is a collection of full-text classic and contemporary poetry, short stories, and supplemental content, as well as biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques. It also includes high-quality videos and audio recordings of interviews and poets reading their work from the Academy of American Poets and other sources. Researchers can search for poems, poets, short stories, authors and more using a single search box, or browse content alphabetically by most-studied poets and authors, most-studied works, poetic forms and techniques, themes, literary periods and movements. Find it under Databases A-Z on the library website!