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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/


Featured Resource: the ASL and Deaf Studies Media Collection

The ASL and Deaf Studies Media collection supports the learning of beginning, intermediate, and advanced sign language skills. The Beginning American Sign Language Bravo Family DVDs (link) promote learning sign language through watching the interactions in a deaf family. There are 18 videodiscs focusing on different aspects of everyday life, such as eating breakfast, going to school, using rooms in the home, food and clothes shopping, going to the doctor, fingerspelling, and other related topics. There are DVDs on ASL numbers as well and how to sign them in various contexts.


Intermediate sign language skills can be developed by viewing The Face of ASL DVDs (link) which focus on declarative sentences, basic questions, conditionals, relative clauses, and complex sentences. ASL Grammatical Aspects: Comparative Translation DVD and book (link) explain the differences between American Sign Language and Pidgin Sign English. There are eight Classifiers: A Closer Look CDs (link) for advanced skills development. Sign artists such as Clayton Valli, Patrick Graybill, Peter Cook, Debbie Rennie, Robert Panara, and other deaf performers share their sign poetry, literature and storytelling. You can check out the Sign Language Literature and Poetry guide via http://infoguides.rit.edu/aslpoetry. Some deaf topics include biographies, deaf culture, multicultural groups, deaf-blind issues, ASL Lectures, humor and folklore,  films created by deaf filmmakers, international sign languages, history, the holocaust experience, and more. Take a look at the Deaf Studies guides that describe some of these collections. http://infoguides.rit.edu/cat.php?cid=30944


In addition, there are interpreting DVDs that focus on legal, insurance, medical, educational, mental health, and community interpreting. There are materials on interpreting for specific deaf cultural groups.  Popular children’s stories are retold in American Sign Language. Vocabulary and technical sign DVDs for subject areas like English, economics, computers, government, psychology, math, history, and science are also available. Take a look at some of the guides that describe selected materials. http://infoguides.rit.edu/cat.php?cid=41611


SAGE Online Journals now available to alumni

Exciting news from your RIT library! Access to SAGE Journals Online is now available to alumni. This expands the access to the library's subscription which was previously only available to current students, faculty & staff. We are excited to be able to provide this access to alumni!

SAGE Journals Online contains trusted academic journals from varying disciplines including Health Sciences, Life & Biomedical Sciences, Materials Science & Engineering, and the Social Sciences & Humanities.

You can access SAGE Journals Online here: https://ezproxy.rit.edu/login?url=http://online.sagepub.com/.

For more information on library resources available for alumni, please refer to the Alumni library guide at:  http://infoguides.rit.edu/alumni.

New Exhibit –Angela Kelly -pal*imp*sest: photographs and objects

pal ∙ imp ∙ sest
Photographs and Objects

By Angela Kelly



Artist’s Reception 02.07.14, 5:00-7:00pm

Please come view the exhibition pal ∙ imp ∙ sest : photographs and objects by Angela Kelly in the Sunken Gallery, 2nd floor of the Wallace Center from now until March 31, 2014. Angela Kelly is a photographic artist living in Rochester, NY, where she is an Associate Professor of Imaging Arts at RIT. Her work addresses memory, landscape and history of place. As Angela writes, “Palimpsest is an experimental display of photographic images, text, and objects.  Library index cards liberated from their original function hold the promise of a new narrative, while the obsolete technology of a defunct typewriter is glorified within an idyllic nature. The typewriter functions as a metaphor for the creative act of writing and ironically the creative act of seeing. Through this installationI pay homage to Virginia Woolf, the innovative 20thc. modernist writer; the contemporary artist/musician Rodney Graham; the 19thc. romantic poet John Keats; the 20thc. theorist Roland Barthes and the 20thc. novelist W.G Sebald.  The typewriter is an embodiment of the role of modernity itself: its beauty competing with its function.” Please visit this elegant and poignant exhibition. 

Announcing the Book Spine Poetry Contest

Enter our Book Spine Poetry Contest for a chance to win a $20 Java Wally’s gift card!

Book spine poems are created using the words on the spines of a stack of books. For inspiration:


Create a short poem using checked-out RIT Library books or books from your own collection. Email a picture of your poem or poems to Lara Nicosia (ldnwml@rit.edu) by 3/5/14. Be sure to include your name and poem title.

All submissions will be posted anonymously to the RIT Library’s Pinterest page. All members of the RIT community are welcome to participate. Winners will be announced on 3/7/14.


Poetry broadside exhibition at Cary Library

The Printed Poem / The Poem as Print

Poetry broadside exhibition at Cary Library Delight in riots of printed color, sumptuously tactile papers, and the assertive indentation of relief printing through our new poetry broadside exhibition: The Printed Poem, The Poem as Print; Broadsides from the Press at Colorado College. Come view the exhibition now through April 2014. Mark your calendar for other events in conjunction with the show:

  • Cary Valentines Poetry Reading organized by our students on 2/14, 2-3 p.m.
  • English Department Faculty/Undergrad Reading Series, hosted by the Cary, 2/20, 5-7:30 p.m.
  • A lecture by Ben Trissel entitled "letterPRESSWORKbook:Innovation Disguised as Instruction" on 2/25, 5-7 pm

For more information, visit: /cary/exhibitions/printed-poem-poem-print  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.657617364284809.1073741832.174905265889357&type=1

Library open 24-hours during finals week

Once again the library will be open 24-hours during finals week!

Here are the hours:

Thursday 12/12 7:30am - Friday 12/13 Midnight (24-hours)
Saturday 12/14 10:00am - Saturday 12/14 Midnight (normal hours)
Sunday 12/15 11:00am - Thursday 12/19 Midnight (24-hours)

For more hours, click here.

Good luck on your finals!