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Database of the Month: IEEE Xplore

Have a group project on fuel cells and having difficulty finding information? Interested in learning more about cloud computing, wireless sensor networks, or network security?  IEEE Xplore is the database for you.  Using this database will give you immediate access to full text journals, tranactions, conference proceedings as well as IEEE standards, IEEE/Wiley and MIT ebooks.

New RIT Museum exhibit: Lessons in Laughter, the life & times of Bernard Bragg

Join us Thursday October 30th from 4:30-6:30pm for the opening reception of the new RIT Museum exhibit: Lessons in Laugher, the life & times of Bernard Bragg. Aaron Kelstone, program director for NTID's Performing Arts program, will deliver the opening address.
The exhibition celebrates deaf playwright, director, and performer Bernard Bragg. Bragg has lead a fascinating life full of performance art. Some of the highlights include performances with a Russian theater group in Moscow and studying in Paris with famous mime artist Marcel Marceau. Bragg was also one of the co-founders of the National Theater of the Deaf. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
RIT Museum Studies students Jean Pietrowski and Allison Thompson curated the new exhibit with items contained in the RIT Archives. While working on the collection of Bragg's artifacts they were so enamoured by the story of his life that they wanted to share it.
The Lessons in Laugher exhibit will be on display in the RIT Museum on the 3rd floor of the Wallace Center until April 6th.
For more information about the exhibit, read the full NTID news story.


Thank you for visiting during our Commuter Spirit Week event!

Thank you for visiting us yesterday, commuters! We saw over 100 of you during our event as part of Commuter Spirit Week & consider it a huge success! We hope you will take advantage of our resources and visit us often!

If you didn't have a chance to attend here's some of what you missed: 

  • Meet Your Librarian! Each college has their own subject specialist librarian here to help you navigate our many resources.
  • Check out Lynda.com, a fantastic video tutorial database with instruction in areas such as business, IT, web programming, photography & design to name a few.
  • Check out our Top 10 Tips for Commuters for additional tricks of the library trade.

We hope to see you again soon!

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.