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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 Hoover's here: https://ezproxy.rit.edu/login?url=http://mergentonline.com/hoovers

Visit the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education site to access the list of participating companies: https://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/student/career-fairs-all-majors.


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


Dedication of the Nathaniel Rochester Society Honor Wall

On July 10th, over 200 people joined us at The Wallace Center for the 2014 Nathaniel Rochester Society Summer Gala.  The event included the dedication of the new Nathaniel Rochester Society Honor Wall which recognizes the more than 970 members of the society. The mission of the Nathaniel Rochester Society is to develop friends and ambassadors to promote and support RIT.  The wall, located on the first floor of The Wallace Center, was one of many Wallace Center treasures shared with NRS members that night.  Tours also included a walk through recent first floor renovations, as well as RIT Press, RIT Archives, and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.  The night concluded outdoors with live music, desserts, and dancing.


Photo by Elizabeth Lamark/RIT Production Services.

Library fines amnesty day May 15th, 9am-4pm

Have you been putting off returning your library books because of fines?

For one day only, Reading Day Thursday May 15th from 9am-4pm, return your library books and have the fines for those books waived.


To participate, you must return your items to the Circulation Desk on May 15th between 9am-4pm.

Notify the person at the desk that you wish to take advantage of the amnesty day when you return your overdue items. 


Fine print:

  • This does not apply to hourly loan items, such as laptops and reserve books/DVDs.

  • This does not apply to existing fines on previously returned items.

  • You must have your fines waived at the time you return them by speaking with the supervisor on duty.

  • Fines will not be waived after the fact or for items returned in the book drop.

Honorable Mention for 2014 Academic Library of the Year

The Wallace Center wants to thank all the students and faculty who voted for us in the Rochester Regional Library Council's 2014 Library of the Year contest. Because of your input, TWC has been selected for Honorable Mention.Fourteen academic/special libraries were considered for the award (284 nominations). The Wallace Center received many heartfelt nominations from RIT faculty and staff. The judges noted the degree to which Wallace Center staff and the library itself are loved by the students. You can read the nominations here: http://rrlc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/nlw_2014_Nominations_Wallace.pdf