Don't Forget! RBML Now on Twitter
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RBML is officially on Twitter! There are not enough characters to write out “University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library,” so our account information is: U of Illinois RBML @IllinoisRBML.
A Scripted Solution!
RBML Invites the 8-11 Set
To "Camp Cursive"
We are concerned about the fading art of reading and writing cursive. Cursive is no longer taught in most grade schools, and we are discovering that many of our undergraduates cannot read or write cursive. Sure, who cares if you print all your notes—it might look a little childish to old fogies, but what’s the big deal? Fair enough, but what about the ability to read historical documents? Students who cannot read cursive are locked out of doing research on such notable figures in our collections as Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anthony Trollope or George Washington simply because they cannot read cursive. Soon, children won’t even be able to read their parents’ love letters!
To work against this trend, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library is holding its first ever Camp Cursive for 8-11 year olds on Wednesday, June 11 from 9-5. (Registration is now full)
Annual James Joyce
Join Us June 16
For Two Great Events
Dear Dirty Dublin...er, Champaign-Urbana:
Soon we will again commence with celebrating the RETURN OF BLOOM!
Imperthnthn Imperthnthn, do you hear it approaching? James Joyce demands his due and I invite you all to join us in the sacred offering.
By Jove-ah, we have not one, but TWO events scheduled for this rollicking holiday. READERS WELCOME, just let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
- 7:00 p.m., June 16th
@Mike N Molly's
Come join us for the revelry!! Music, Speaks, Drinks, Eeks, and all the Craic you can handle. There will be readings from Ulysses, the Wake, and more! This will be a bomblastic time! Watch out for Parallax Max!
Librarians of Tomorrow!
Cedric Jones to Spend Summer Vacation in RBML
For several years, RBML has enjoyed having high school students on our staff during the summer as part of our “Librarians of Tomorrow” program. The program is part of our broader effort to train the next generation of special collections librarians and gives young people a glimpse at the exciting world of special collections librarianship. This year, Cedric Jones of Central High School will be working with rare books and manuscript collections. Welcome, Cedric!
Curator Marten Stromberg Will Leave RBML
To Depart in August
Student, Grad Student, Cataloger, Curator, Impresario—Marten Stromberg has done it all in RBML and will now be leaving us to take on the rest of the world.
It is is hard to exaggerate the impact he has had on the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Whole collections and many, many gems in our collection owe their organization and, in many cases, discovery to him. "Hot Keys" Stromberg has always been our go-to guy for technical and software problems. Numerous public programs wouldn't exist in their present form without his talent for creating compelling content, acts, or buy-in by performers, poets, musicians, printers, book artists, and students of all stripes and ages.
All this, and a forever smiling and Zen-like equanimity in the face of every challenge thrown his way. We will deeply miss Marten and wish him well.
David Morris is Led to Rome
Wins Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome
Our congratulations go out to RBML grad student David Morris, who has recently been selected winner of the Samuel H. Kress Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome. With this fellowship, he will spend a year in Rome conducting research for his dissertation in Medieval Studies.
The American Academy in Rome is the premier American overseas center for independent study and advanced research and competition for its fellowships is fierce. David's achievement came amidst the competing demands of completing his MS in Library Science and curating this Summer's RBML exhibition on witchcraft. Way to go David!