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Brick City Events at The Wallace Center

Join us on Brick City Weekend for an information session, a book signing and tours both inside & out!

For information on each of our offerings, see descriptions below. We look forward to seeing you!

Name of Event: More than A Library!  

Event Description: Tour The Wallace Center, explore the first floor renovation and see firsthand how an academic library has evolved in the digital age to serve the learning and research needs of today’s students and faculty.

Date of Event: Friday, October 17th
Time: Tours offered every ½ hour between 1:00-3:00
Location: Start in Lobby of the Wallace Center

Name of Event: Reading Without Borders: Getting Started with Online Book Groups

Event Description: Looking to join a book group, but just don’t have the time?  Come find out about virtual book groups and the benefits of bringing the reading experience online.  Learn how to find interesting groups, participate in online discussions, or even start your own club.  All levels of technical abilities welcome!

Date of Event:  Friday, October 17th
Time:  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: VIA Lab, The Wallace Center, 2nd floor

Name of event:  “History of the Linotype Company" book signing with Frank Romano

Event description: From the Victorian era to the start of the twenty-first century, the Mergenthaler Linotype Company dominated the typesetting and printing industries. This new book details the products, the people, and the corporate activities that kept the company ahead of its competition in hot metal, phototypesetting, and pre-press technology. Meet the author, Professor Emeritus Frank Romano. Books will be available for sale. 

Date of event: Friday, October 17th
Time: 3 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: RIT Press, second floor, The Wallace Center

Event Name: Exhibition Tour: “45: Treasures from the Cary Graphic Collection”

Event Description: Join curator Steven Galbraith for an informal tour of an exhibition celebrating the 45th anniversary of RIT’s Cary Collection. The artifacts on display will chronicle the dramatic history of graphic communication while spotlighting 45 treasures found in the Cary Collection. Highlights include cuneiform clay tablets (c. 2300 BCE), Medieval manuscript leaves, the first “newspaper” ever printed (1472), examples of fine calligraphy, and 20th-century exemplars of fine press printing. 

For more information contact Steven Galbraith at 585-475-3961 or skgtwc@rit.edu.

Date: Saturday October 18th 2014
Times: 11:00 am to 11:45 and 2:00 pm to 2:45
Location: The Cary Graphic Arts Collection (2nd floor of the Wallace Library)

Name of Event: Art on Campus Walking Tour
Tour Guide: Becky Simmons, Archivist, The Wallace Center

Event Description:  Explore the Institute’s rich artistic heritage on a guided walking tour of campus. See the artwork and learn about the internationally known artists, faculty, students, and alumni who have contributed their vision to the fabric of RIT. All of these works enliven and enrich the cultural environment of RIT, while those that grace the public spaces of our campus help to define and enhance the buildings and walkways they inhabit.

Date of Event: Saturday, October 18th
Time: 2:00-2:50 and 3:00-3:50 pm (2 tours offered)
Location: Departure from “The Sentinel”

Monday October 20th is the National Day on Writing

Monday October 20th is the “National Day on Writing” (#WriteMyCommunity), an annual celebration of writing that takes place on college campuses and in communities across the nation. The University Writing Program is planning on a number of activities (#iwRITe) and invite you to participate.


  • Come to the booth at the SAU – 11a.m. – 1 p.m.: “IwRITe” posters, buttons and stickers


  • Visit the Wallace Center Reference Desk – all day: “IwRITe” posters and stickers


  • Writing Commons – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: “IwRITe” exhibit and Writing Gallery


  • "IwRITe" posters will also be available to write on throughout the ELC, the Wallace Center, and Crossroads



Follow us @RITwRITes


Join us for a reception from 4-5 p.m. in the Writing Commons.


Questions? Contact rlcuwp@rit.edu for more information.


Join us Friday Oct 17th for the History of the Linotype Company Book Signing Event

From the Victorian era to the start of the twenty-first century, the Mergenthaler Linotype Company dominated the typesetting and printing industries. This new book details the products, the people, and the corporate activities that kept the company ahead of its competition in hot metal, phototypesetting, and pre-press technology. Meet the author, Professor Emeritus Frank Romano. Books will be available for sale.

Date of event: Friday 10/17

Start time: 3:00 PM

End time: 4:30 PM

Location: RIT Press, second floor, The Wallace Center

Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the History of the Linotype Company by Frank Romano, check out the RIT Press website.

Database of the Month: CREDO Reference

Database of the Month
Need biographical information on Nikola Tesla and not sure Wikipedia is the place to go?  CREDO Reference is an ebook collection of reference works including encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies and quotations. Try this database any time you're tempted to use Wikipedia. Chances are you can find more reliable information in CREDO! 

45: Selections from the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection

October 9, 2014 marks the 45th anniversary of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology. This exhibition looks back at four and a half decades of dynamic growth with a selection of artifacts that brings the library’s history to life. Cary curators have chosen highlights that not only exemplify the scope and mission of the library, but also are treasures in their own right. Featured in the exhibition are milestones in the history of printing, diverse examples of fine press printing and artists’ books, rare selections from the New York Times Museum of the Recorded Word, and the library’s most recent major acquisition: the 1891 Albion press used by Arts & Crafts luminary William Morris.

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5 to 8 p.m.
Please join us for a talk at 5 p.m. on the recent acquisition of William Morris’ Albion printing press. All attendees will be invited to print a broadside on the press.
Refreshments to follow.

American Printing History Association presents The Lieberman Lecture
Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Anatomy of a Type Design: Centaur by Bruce Rogers*
By Herbert H. Johnson
*And a Footnote on Its Erstwhile Companion, Arrighi by Frederic Warde

Herbert H. Johnson is the leading authority on the work of Bruce Rogers, and has examined nearly every one of BR’s prolific output of collectible books. Professor Johnson, an alumnus of RIT’s School of Printing, worked early in his career in New York and abroad as a book designer and director of design and production at Alfred A. Knopf, Macmillan, and Teacher’s College Press. He was a founding member of the American Printing History Association in 1974. In 1978 Professor Johnson returned to his alma mater as the third Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Professor, and to teach courses in book design, typography, and book publishing. For the next five years, he was instrumental in acquiring landmark holdings for the Cary Graphic Arts Collection. Johnson has published many books and articles and continues an active life in printing history as a collector and lecturer.

Librarian Joan Naturale will play instrumental role at newly opened Gallaudet Museum

The newly opened Gallaudet Museum, recognized for its commitment to promoting a rich deaf experience, honored RIT’s very own Joan Naturale with the respected title “Honorary Librarian.”  Joan is the NTID Reference Librarian at the Wallace Center.  Presented at the Museum’s Grand Opening Ceremony in April, the honor celebrates Joan’s collaborative work in setting up programs, lectures, and displays that inspire a deeper understanding of the Deaf community.  The museum opening marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of Gallaudet’s Congressional Charter, allowing it to confer college degrees.  In doing so, Lincoln validated the right to have access to education for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Meredith Peruzzi, Curator at Gallaudet Museum, says, “Joan’s experience with creating exhibits and working as an archivist make her an especially important contributor to the Gallaudet University Museum.  Her work in deaf history, in particular, allows her to provide interpretive guidance on the Museum's projects that bring deaf history and culture to a wide audience."

As Honorary Librarian, Joan, a Gallaudet alumnus, will have ongoing involvement with the Gallaudet Museum as an advisor, providing recommendations for future exhibits and contributing to the preservation of historical materials crucial to deaf culture.  

Joan’s expertise and guidance have been instrumental in bringing Deaf history to life on Gallaudet’s campus and beyond.  Among her varied roles, she is the Deaf Studies Archive (DSA) co-curator and DSA instructor at RIT, a member of the Deaf World Library Museum Consortium, and an advisory group member for a grant that, if funded, would establish the Center for Deaf Documentary Studies at Gallaudet.  Through these programs and others, she challenges deaf and hearing students alike to open their eyes to a remarkable Deaf community. Classes who would like to visit the DSA can contact Joan at jxnwml@rit.edu or 286-4635.

The RIT community will be interested to know that Joan’s work with Gallaudet is bringing greater awareness to some of RIT’s programs, the Museum Studies program in particular.  Further, many are familiar with Gallaudet and their work in elevating the contributions of the Deaf community.  Opportunities for collaboration between schools continue to increase largely due to Joan’s involvement. 

Database of the Month: Hoover's

Database of the month
The career fair is only a month away. Get a jump start on your interview preparations with Hoover's business database. Hoover’s has company overviews on millions of companies.  Research prior to the interview will set you apart from other applicants as you will be able to dazzle the interviewer with your knowledge of their company.
Visit the Office of Cooperative Education & Career Services for a list of recent participating companies:


Lynda.com now available campus wide!

UPDATE (2017): Instructors are encouraged to contact Roman Koshykar (rgkwml@rit.edu) if they need assistance setting up links to Lynda from myCourses.  Any questions regarding technical support or access issues with Lynda should be sent to Linette Koren (lxkwml@rit.edu).


The Wallace Center, in collaboration with CIAS, are happy to announce that a lynda.com is now available campus wide to all current students, faculty, and staff.  This incredibly popular resource has been restricted for the past two years; this new agreement will greatly expand access to popular instructional tutorials for both personal and classroom use.


What Is Lynda.com?

From their website:  "lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. The lynda.com video library consists of engaging, top quality courses taught by recognized industry experts..."  


What Is Changing?

The Wallace Center will now have a lyndaCampus subscription, which allows access for unlimited simultaneous RIT users from anywhere in the world, 24/7.  Any instructors or departments with group subscriptions should contact Adam Traub for information on cancelling that to take advantage of this site-wide license.  Individuals with personal subscriptions can now also access via the site-wide license, eliminating the need to pay for individual access.


How Will I Access Lynda.com?

Lynda.com will be accessible through a special link from the Libraries' website.  Instructors are encouraged to contact Adam Traub if they need assistance setting up links to Lynda from myCourses. To access Lynda.com now, click here.


Who Will Have Access?

Any current student, faculty, or staff member will have access to lynda.com.


The Wallace Center would like to thank all members of the RIT Community who have voiced their support, helping us gain access to this incredible resource.

The Wallace Center Impact 2013-14

Their stories inspire us to be MORE


We are pleased to present The Wallace Center Impact 2013-14. Your stories inspire us to be MORE. Every day we leverage our unique range of services to advance the success of RIT students and faculty.  In the report we share their stories and how TWC has helped them achieve their goals.

Connect MORE: A relationship born at New Faculty Orientation led Josh Owen, Industrial Design faculty, to a successful partnership with TWC's Photography Studio for his internationally-renowned Metaproject.
Give MORE: Passionate about business and basketball, Jessica Kramer, 4th year Business Management student, developed another passion--to bring hope to School #5 students, working alongside Wallace Center staff and RIT athletes to make a difference!
Explore MORE: As a student commuter, Brad Boice wanted a safe, central location to study and meet friends. When he found The Wallace Center, it became an invaluable resource and his new campus home.
Discover MORE: The Cary Graphic Arts Collection takes on a crowd-sourcing approach to the restoration of thousands of pieces of historic wood type, providing volunteers with experience in a re-emerging era of printing.
Achieve MORE: Justine Raymond's hands-on experience working in The Wallace Center as a graphics designer propelled her into a fun and creative career in children's graphics.
Excel MORE: Students' needs are central as the Writing Commons and RIT ASL and Deaf Studies Community Center make their home in The Wallace Center, not only leading to success, but to unexpected collaboration and culture understanding.
To learn more,
View the University News Story: http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=50877