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Database of the Month: Books 24x7

We hope you're enjoying your summer! Want books but can’t come into the library? Need something after we're closed in the evening?

Books 24x7 is a collection of full-text electronic books in information technology, leadership, and career development. Available, you guessed it, 24x7!

You can search or browse by topic and also view a list of new titles or top titles from last week.

SG Extra Mile Award presented to RIT Libraries

In recognition of our continual commitment to students at RIT, Student Government honored RIT Libraries with the Extra Mile Award.
From SG Vice President Tyler Pierce:
"It is with great pleasure we were able to recognize the RIT Libraries this year for the tremendous amount of work you have not only helped with for Student Government and our goals this year, but because you have worked so hard to provide great opportunities for the students. 
The Wallace Library team has exemplified the principles of outstanding and attentive service to the students, above and beyond any standard of normal expectations, and for this we are very happy to be able to present you with the Student Government Extra Mile Award."
This past year the library worked closely with Student Government to provide extended hours of access during the spring semester.  We look forward to pairing with Student Government again as we continue to enhance the services we provide to students, as well as the entire RIT community.

Lecture this Thursday, 5/7: In Defense of Fred Goudy

A lecture by Paul Shaw, design historian

Join us Thursday May 7th. Lecture at 5 p.m., followed by a reception at 6 p.m.

Frederic W. Goudy is widely acknowledged to be one of the titans of American type design—alongside Morris Fuller Benton, W.A. Dwiggins and Oswald Cooper—in the first half of the twentieth century. Yet, today he is often derided as an egotist and his typefaces dismissed as dated, inconsistent or clumsy. His reputation has been eclipsed by his students Cooper and Dwiggins, though neither had a type design career to rival his.

This talk will present a case for the importance of both Goudy and his typefaces—whether they are likable or not—from an historical vantage point. It will argue that Goudy’s typefaces were an integral aspect of the “modernization” of American graphic design as it emerged from Victorian printing and the Arts & Crafts movement in the first decades of the 20th century. And that Goudy himself deserves to be seen as the key figure in the development of type design as a profession, a precursor to today’s independent digital type designers.

This talk is part of the Cary RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection exhibition: Frederic W. Goudy 150 Years of Typographic Influence. 

The Goudy 150 events are sponsored by Monotype.

Visit us during Imagine RIT!

We have some exciting things planned for Imagine RIT on Saturday! Check out these exhibits happening in The Wallace Center!

  • The Wallace Center in Focus—a photo exhibit created and curated by our student employees.
  • ASL Story time with Joan Naturale will teach our little friends some basic sign language while enjoying some classic children’s tales.
  • The Stories They Tell: Pop up Exhibit in the first floor cases will feature RIT history told through RIT Archives artifacts.
  • The Art of the Letterpress and Modern Hand Operated Tabletop Letterpress (a collaboration between Mechanical Engineering students and TWC’s Amelia Hugill-Fontanel) will be working side by side.
  • RIT Production Services video will be playing giving patrons a chance to see some of RPS’s award winning productions.

Lecture this Friday, 4/24: The Oliphant Press: Tradition & Transformation

Please join the Cary Graphic Arts Collection as we host a talk by Ron Gordon, proprietor of the Oliphant Press. Gordon will describe his career as a printer and designer—a career that spanned the eras of letterpress, offset, and digital printing. Illustrating this history with examples of his own work, he will show how the craft has dramatically transformed over the decades.

Lecture starts at 5pm on Friday April 24th and is open to the public. Light refreshments to follow until 7 p.m. 

Information: 585.475.3961

New RIT Museum exhibit: Resistance, Rebellion, and Renewal in Rochester

Resistance, Rebellion, and Renewal in Rochester: Narratives of Progress and Poverty examines more than one hundred years of Rochester’s history to illuminate the co-existence of wealth and progress with poverty and lack of opportunity. In at least three separate periods, 1913, 1964, and 2015, these circumstances have spurred action in the form of resistance, rebellion, and renewal – while altogether jeopardizing the social fabric of the city.

The RIT Museum, located on the third floor of the Wallace Center, will host this exhibition. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. This exhibit is on view through May 29, 2015.

We invite you to join us for the following events to be held in conjunction with the exhibition. Unless noted otherwise, events begin at 7:30 pm and are held in the McKenzie Commons, Building 06, RIT campus
Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 4:30–6:30
Opening Reception in the RIT Museum on the third floor of the Wallace Center
5:15: Remarks by Museum Studies Program Chair, Dr. Tina Olsin Lent
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 7:00–9:00
Screening of film Struggle in Smugtown: Rochester’s Workers, Radicals, and Reformers. Film will be followed by a conversation with the filmmakers, Vincent Saravallo, RIT College of Liberal Arts, Sociology and Anthropology and Linda Donahue, Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Thursday, Thursday, April 30, 2015
Remembering the Pythodd and Growing Up Near Clarissa Street —screening and discussion with filmmaker Tina Chapman DaCosta, RIT College of Liberal Arts, Performing Arts & Visual Culture, and neighborhood stories from past Clarissa Street residents.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
July ’64 screening and discussion with filmmaker Carvin Eison, The College at Brockport Communication and General Manager of Rochester Community Television
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Performance by Diversity Theater

Announcing the TWC Moments Contest!

Why do you love The Wallace Center? Have you pulled an all-nighter at TWC? Have one of our staff members or librarians helped you out in a pinch? Had your artwork photographed by RIT photo? Perhaps TWC is a warm refuge on these bitter cold days. We want to hear from you! 
Last year, a search for your favorite TWC memories resulted in an amazing report that showcased eighteen diverse stories of career success, hands-on job experience, volunteer work, and more! We were so excited by these stories that we want to hear more! So, we're running a contest to find the best memories of TWC in the lives of faculty, students, and staff. 
A committee will judge the entries and award Amazon gift cards to the winners. Winners agree to be interviewed and photographed.
Submit your stories on a postcard at the Circulation Desk of The Wallace Center or by email to circwml@rit.edu.
The contest will be open until April 17th.
We can't wait to hear about your successes!