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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

New collections added to Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science

RIT Libraries recently acquired Collections 3, 4, and 5 of Morgan & Claypool’s Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science. Each collection is comprised of approximately 125 books that synthesize an important research or development topic. These topic areas are called Series (ex. Biomedical Engineering, Computer Vision, Mobile & Pervasive Computing) and each book in the Series is referred to as a Lecture. The Synthesis Digital Library offers an easy introduction to new fields of study with each Lecture. Since Lectures are published as soon as they are completed, they allow faculty and students to stay current on a wide range of topics. The Lectures may be downloaded in PDF format in their entirety for scholarly use making them ideal for course readings. Lectures vary in length from 100-200 pages.  For best results, search the Synthesis Digital Library regularly. Click here to browse Series by Subject. Records for each individual Lecture are also discoverable in Summon and the Library Catalog. Contact your college librarian with specific questions about searching Synthesis.

New Exhibit: Dubai & Beyond: Collaborative Study Abroad Experience

If you engage in travel, you will arrive.
      -Ibn Arabi (1165-1240)

The exhibition includes projects created as part of the Dubai and Beyond course held on the ground in the UAE in January and over spring term on Campus.

Where: Sunken Gallery, 2nd floor

When: April 16th--May 6th

The premise for the City as Site model is the utilization of locale as both the classroom and site for learning.  The focus of this collaborative participatory course is to get the student out of the traditional classroom and into the world where field research becomes the seminal process in learning to see, experience, understand and develop an awareness of a place and its culture.

Three stages of learning

Data collection: Field research was an integral and continuous part of the course. Students kept a daily journal as a means to share individual experiences and interpretations of place each day. From these writings, each student provided the group with a pair of “stickies” one, which contained a single word association for their daily experience, and a second, which contained a statement about an unexpected encounter that occurred during that day.  Together these words and writings served as a summation of each day on the ground in the UAE.

Collaboration:  RIT students worked in teams with students from the department of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah to re-think the contemporary souvenir as a means of capturing the contained and portable essence of place.

Project outcomes:  The final phase of this course, was completed in Rochester, where students used their field research as the starting point to develop individual projects.

Graduate Thesis Submission Workshop -- Wednesday April 16 @ Noon

This workshop is geared toward those graduate students planning to defend a thesis or dissertation in May or August.   Library staff will lead the workshop informing you of the requirements for submitting print and electronic copies of your final work.  They will discuss how and where to submit in print and electronically as well as where your electronic work will be available for the world to view and download! They will also discuss how to apply for an embargo of your work if necessary.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions about title pages, signatures, abstracts, costs, editing, and general guidelines.  Attending this workshop will help you understand all the steps in the process and will make a very stressful time in your graduate career proceed smoothly.
When:  Wednesday, April 16, 2014  from 12noon – 1pm
Where: Wallace Library BibLab, Room 3650
Who: Intended for graduate students defending in May or August
This workshop is offered as part of Graduate Education Week. For more information about sessions offered that week, visit the Office of Graduate Studies website: http://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/gradstudies/