New printing service coming to libraries and residence halls in August

07/31/14 update: The transition to the new printing service has been rescheduled to begin the week of August 11. See below for further information.

In early August, a new printing service will be rolled out to campus libraries and residence halls. The service will introduce upgraded equipment for printing, copying, scanning, and faxing,as well as a new and improved software interface for web-based printing.  Microform scanners will also be upgraded as part of the new service, and an overhead scanner for bound materials will be added at the Joseph Regenstein Library.

Starting Friday, August 1, users will no longer be able to use the current web printing service or to add value to their cards using the current web revalue service.  Printing from library computers and from personal computers with print drivers installed will continue to work throughout the transition.  Current copy card machines will still allow users to add value to their current cards.  The Library encourages users to avoid adding value to current cards or purchasing new copy cards until after the new printing service is in place.

Starting the week of August 11, the new equipment will be installed and the new web service will be launched at printing.uchicago.edu.  There may be brief periods in the week of August 4 when printing services are unavailable at a specific location while the old equipment is removed and the new equipment installed.

The cost of printing, copying, scanning, and faxing using the multifunction devices will remain the same as the 2013-14 prices for these services. Scanning at microform scanners and the new overhead scanner will cost the same as scanning at the multifunction devices: 2 cents per page.

Users who currently have an outstanding balance on their UChicago Card or recently issued library card will have the balance transferred to the new system automatically.  Users with older library cards or copy cards will need to ask for assistance in manually transferring any outstanding balance on their old card to a new card.

We appreciate your patience as the work to move to the new system is completed.  For more information about the upcoming changes, see printing.uchicago.edu.

Exhibits Feature Story Scholarship as a living process

Exhibition shows UChicago researchers in mid-thought in Mexico

Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014 is on display in the Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery through October 4, 2014. An associated web exhibit is available online. Co-curator Seonaid Valiant, UChicago History Ph.D. Candidate 2014, explains how her dissertation research and other academic experiences influenced her approach to creating the exhibition.

Has field work in Mexico been particularly important to University of Chicago faculty? Why focus a Special Collections exhibition on this subject?

The relationship between the University of Chicago and Mexico has always been incredibly significant—particularly for the social sciences—but that relationship isn’t as well known as it could be. For more than a hundred years, University of Chicago professors across many disciplines have developed important, ongoing working relationships with the people, academic institutions, and government of Mexico. As a result, the Special Collections Research Center has developed collections of fascinating documents and artifacts that have been donated by professors over the years.

Howard Taylor Ricketts, Mexico City, 1910

Howard Taylor Ricketts, Mexico City, 1910

For many scholars, Mexico afforded opportunities and adventures—particularly for researchers in the field—that were unavailable elsewhere. Telling the personal stories of these researchers and scholars highlights how passionate, interesting, and dramatic the life of the mind can be. Howard Taylor Ricketts’s tragic story, for example, demonstrates how this work can be both crucially important and dangerous. Invited by the Mexican government in 1909 to research the cause of a typhus outbreak in Mexico City, Ricketts worked with Mexican doctors, nurses, and government officials to confirm the source of the problem. He succeeded, but not before he contracted a fatal case of typhus. We included the funeral ribbon placed on his coffin by the Mexican government to show how his sacrifice was recognized.

Were some of the faculty members featured in the exhibition important to your development as a graduate student?

Curating this exhibition was a way of connecting my own work back to that of my predecessors and highlighting the tradition of Mexican scholarship at the University. For example, Friedrich Katz, whose papers are part of the exhibition, was my mentor when I first entered the History Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago. When I knew him, near the end of his life, he was a world-renowned and well-respected scholar of the Mexican revolution, but as I sorted through the unprocessed boxes that contained his papers, I was fascinated to discover correspondence detailing his struggle, as an ambitious academic, to leave East Germany. He finally found a home at the University of Chicago, where he could pursue scholarship without the threat of anti-Semitism and censorship. After the publication of his biography of Pancho Villa in 1998, Katz was named an honorary citizen of the state of Chihuahua and awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by the Mexican government.

How is the exhibition connected to your dissertation research?

In my research, which is focused on foreign archaeologists battling with Mexican government officials at the turn of the 20th century, I explore how scholastic ideas develop and travel among scholars informally before transitioning to more formal discourse and then finally to publication. I trace these ideas through the discussions, friendships, and rivalries that scholars have had with each other and with government officials. That has made me particularly attuned to the idea of scholarship as a dynamic process, inflected by personal relationships and private lives, and academic discourse as something that has to be actively constructed.

Redfield family

Redfield family in Mexico, 1929

In keeping with this interest, many of the items selected for this show represent the research process rather than final publications. One of the goals of the exhibition is to give the public a glimpse of scholarship in action and to present it as a living process. The papers and artifacts created by these professors during the course of their field work give us access to their reflections and preparations in various phases of their work. In the exhibition, we’ve aimed to capture these thinkers in mid-thought, before their final conclusions have been drawn, and to present their intellectual achievements as emerging from a process of engagement with the raw materials of their research. Research notes, correspondence, and diaries give a more intimate, nuanced portrayal of each scholar’s development and place their intellectual work in a fuller context.

For example, the letters from the anthropologist Robert Redfield to his wife, Margaret Park Redfield, interweave thoughts about his work in Chichen Itza in 1932 with family concerns and show how important his wife’s role as confidant and sounding board was as he began to develop his scholastic plans in an informal way.

How did you come to co-curate the exhibition, and what made you interested in doing so?

I was delighted when Kathleen Feeney, Head of Archives Processing and Digital Access in Special Collections, invited me to co-curate the exhibition with her. Kathleen knew that I was already familiar with many of the relevant collections, both because of the research I had conducted for my dissertation and because of the work I had done there as a graduate student archives processing assistant in Special Collections. One of the things that drew me to study history was the excitement of working directly with documents and artifacts in archives. Curating this exhibition with Kathleen, I knew, would give me a chance to share some of my favorite items and the stories that went with them, as well as my passion for the materials and the mission of Special Collections.

Which are your favorites?

The Frederick Starr notebooks, the corridos in the Robert Redfield papers and the lantern slides in the Adolf Carl Noé papers. These, along with the diaries, linguistic note cards, letters, and portraits in some of the other collections, tell a larger story about the freedom of investigation that University of Chicago scholars have consistently found in Mexico.

Chiapas animals and index card

Toy animals used to identify indigenous words, circa 1950s

Did you make any new discoveries as you curated the exhibition?

Curating Researching Mexico brought home for me how important it is for today’s scholars to be able to work directly with archives and original artifacts associated with their predecessors. Many of the most interesting items on display were only discovered in the process of preparing for the exhibit, by methodically investigating the Special Collections holdings.

For example, we were surprised to uncover the collection of toy animals that now forms one of the exhibition’s most unusual displays. In their field work, the linguists in the Chiapas Project asked native indigenous language speakers to identify these toy animals in their own languages. Finding the animals and the lists of translations not only delighted us but helped us to understand the process that the researchers used to collect words one at a time, finally gathering enough materials for textbooks in Tzeltal, Yucatec, and Quiche.

In bringing unseen materials like these to the public eye, we want to hint at the unexpected connections and discoveries that can be made through archival research and encourage students and scholars to examine primary sources in archives for themselves. Finding these little-known stories can be a thrilling experience, and preserving and sharing them with other scholars, academics, students, and the public is an important part of the work of the University.

Alert Retrieving books during replacement of Regenstein B Level flooring

Beginning the week of July 21, the Library will replace cracked and worn floor tile throughout the Regenstein B Level bookstacks. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and will involve noise and dust at times, as well as limiting access to some sections of the stacks.

The work has been planned to cause as little disruption as possible, but some book aisles will be inaccessible during work hours. Users are asked to retrieve books from inaccessible areas after 3 p.m. or to request that they be paged by Library staff.

To request a book from a work area, visit the 1st Floor Circulation Desk. Staff will page material and place it on hold for pickup by the morning of the next business day.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience while this important work is completed. For updated information about this project, visit lib.uchicago.edu/e/reg/using/floorplans.

Alert Library service interruptions begin July 15

7/24/2014 update: The implementation has been rescheduled to begin on August 1. See below for new service change dates.

The University of Chicago Library will begin implementing its new Library Catalog and new library management system, Kuali OLE, on August 1 at 5 p.m. In mid-August when implementation is complete, the current Catalog and Lens will be retired.

Accessing library services during the transition

From July 15 to mid-August, UChicago patrons will be able to search the current Library Catalog and Lens, check out materials, and place Scan & Deliver and online purchase requests, but some services will be interrupted, delayed, or delivered in different ways:

From July 15 to mid-August

  • Borrow Direct is unavailable. UChicago patrons may use UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan to request books that are not available locally.
  • Recall of materials from other borrowers is unavailable. UChicago patrons may use UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan to request books that are checked out during this period.

From August 1 to mid-August

  • Checkouts, returns, and other circulation information will not be updated in the Catalog and Lens during this period. If you discover that an item is not on the shelf, you may place an Interlibrary Loan request. For information about equipment circulated from the TECHB@R in Regenstein, please contact the TECHB@R staff in person.
  • You will not be able to view your current checkouts or renew your materials online using My Account. Users needing assistance with circulation matters may complete this circulation web form or visit a Library circulation desk in person.
  • Online requesting of items from the Mansueto Library will be unavailable through direct links from the Catalog and Lens. To request items from Mansueto, complete this circulation web form, select “Mansueto Library” in the “Library or Collection” field, and provide the call numbers of the needed items. You may also request assistance from Mansueto circulation staff in person.

When implementation is complete and normal services are restored, we will post a follow-up announcement. At that time, the current Catalog and Lens will be retired. Please visit our News site for directions on how to transfer records from My Lists in the Catalog and My Discoveries in Lens in July.

We apologize for the inconveniences that Library users will experience during the transition period but look forward to the enhanced features that will be available in the new Catalog. To preview the new Catalog, visit the Catalog beta site.

For the latest information about the implementation and launch of the new Catalog and Kuali OLE, visit our Library News site. If you have any questions about the implementation, please contact us through our Ask a Librarian service.

Friday, July 4: all libraries closed

In observance of the University holiday, all campus libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4. Regular summer hours will resume on Saturday, July 5.

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014

Exhibition Location: Special Collections Research Center, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Exhibition Dates: June 30, 2014 – October 4, 2014
Associated Web Exhibit: lib.uchicago.edu/e/webexhibits/researchingmexico

Brent Berlin with informant

Brent Berlin with informant, photograph, undated. Norman McQuown. Papers. Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.

University of Chicago scholars have traveled to Mexico since the late 19th century, pursuing research subjects ranging from archival investigation of revolutionary leaders, to documentation of indigenous communities and languages, to the search for the cause of a deadly strain of typhus.

Drawn from the holdings of the Special Collections Research Center, including the papers of Friedrich Katz, Robert Redfield, Norman McQuown, Manning Nash, Howard T. Ricketts, Sol Tax, Frederick Starr, and others, this exhibit presents correspondence, diaries, photographs, sketches, recordings and objects generated and collected by these scholars in the field, as well as holdings from the Rare Books and Manuscripts collections that continue to support study of Mexican history and culture.

Presented in conjunction with the University of Chicago’s Katz Center for Mexican Studies, this exhibition will mark the meeting in Chicago of the XIV Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México from September 18-21, 2014.

Curators: Seonaid Valiant and Kathleen Feeney

Exhibition Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. when University of Chicago classes are in session.

 

 

Investigando México: Estudios de Campo en México realizados por la Universidad de Chicago, 1896-2014

Corrido broadsheet

Corridos, broadsheets collected in Mexico, circa 1920s. Robert Redfield. Papers. Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.

Galería de Exhibición, Centro de Investigación de Colecciones Especiales
Junio 30, 2014-Octubre 4, 2014

Docentes de la Universidad de Chicago han viajado a México desde finales del siglo XIX, buscando temas de investigación que involucran desde los archivos de líderes revolucionarios, documentación sobre comunidades y lenguas indígenas, hasta el origen de una cepa mortal de tifo. Derivada del material reservado en el Centro de Investigación de Colecciones Especiales, incluyendo documentos de Friedrich Katz, Robert Redfield, Norman McQuown, Manning Nash, Howard T. Ricketts, Sol Tax, Frederick Starr, entre otros, esta exhibición expone correspondencia, diarios, fotografías, apuntes, grabaciones y objetos generados y reunidos por estos académicos en su campo de estudio, así como también material proveniente de la colección de Libros y Manuscritos Especializados, mismos que continúan apoyando el estudio de la historia y cultura mexicana.   

Esta exhibición, presentada conjuntamente con el Centro Katz de Estudios Mexicanos de la Universidad de Chicago, marcará el inicio en Chicago de la XIV Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México, que se llevará a cabo del 18 al 21 de septiembre de 2014.

Curadores: Seonaid Valiant and Kathleen Feeney

Exposición abierta: Lunes-Viernes, 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Sabado: 9:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. cuando las clases de la University of Chicago están en session

Use of Images

Images from the exhibition included on this page are available for members of the media, and are reserved for editorial use in connection with University of Chicago Library exhibitions, programs, or related news.  Email Rachel Rosenberg (phone: 773-834-1519) or Joseph Scott (phone: 773-702-6655)  to request high-resolution images.

Para información o preguntas en español, dirijase al Centro Katz al: 773-834-1987 o mexicanstudies@uchicago.edu.

Pottery, Circa 1900. Frederick Starr. Papers.

Pottery, photograph, circa 1900. Frederick Starr. Papers. Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.

doctors and nurses in Typhus Ward

Doctors and nurses in Typhus Ward, Hospital Generale, Mexico City, photograph, circa 1910. Howard Taylor Ricketts. Papers. Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.

Redfield family in Mexico

Redfield family in Mexico, photograph, August 1929. Robert Redfield. Papers. Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.

Chart from Totanac Literacy Project

Chart from Totonac Literacy Project, circa 1939. Norman McQuown. Papers. Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.

The Life and Times of Pancho Villa cover

Friedrich Katz, “The Life and Times of Pancho Villa.” Stanford University Press: Stanford. 1998.

Peñafiel facade

Antonio Peñafiel (1830-1922),
“Monumentos del Art Mexicana Antiguo…”
Berlin: A. Asher & Co. 1890. Rare Book Collection. Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.

Dissertation Procedures for Staff: workshop

When: Wednesday, July 9, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Summer 2014 doctoral candidates will use a web-based interface for online submission, review, and publication of dissertations. In this session, we will review the administrator’s role in helping students file their dissertations electronically. New graduate program administrators as well as experienced staff who would like a refresher are welcome to attend. Please feel free to bring your questions to this information session. If you would like to review the ETD interface, please visit: http://www.etdadmin.com/uchicago.

To register, click on the link below.

Contact: Dissertation Office 
(773) 702-7404
Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=730
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Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. For events on the Student Events Calendar, please contact ORCSA at (773) 702-8787.
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Dissertation Procedures for Students: workshop

When: Thursday, June 19, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 2, noon – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Are you a Ph.D. student planning to graduate in August 2014? August 2014 doctoral candidates will use a web-based interface for online submission, review, and publication of dissertations. In this session, we will review the procedures for submitting your dissertation electronically. Please feel free to bring your questions to the session. If you would like to review the ETD interface, visit: http://www.etdadmin.com/uchicago.

To register, click on the link below.

Contact: Dissertation Office 
(773) 702-7404
Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=731
Tag: WorkshopsMeetingsStudent Events CalendarGraduate StudentsTraining
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Library summer quarter hours, June 23 – Aug. 30

Beginning Monday, June 23, the Library will operate on summer quarter building hours at all of its locations. Summer quarter hours will end on August 30.

Crerar Library
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday – Sunday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

D’Angelo Law Library Circulation
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Eckhart Library
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Mansueto Library
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday noon – 9:45 p.m.

Regenstein Library
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday  – Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday noon – 10 p.m.

Regenstein All-Night Study
Closed until September 29 at 1 a.m.

SSA Library
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

Ex Libris café summer hours

Beginning June 14, the Ex Libris café in Regenstein will have reduced service hours during summer quarter. Regular hours will resume Monday, September 29.

Monday — Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday — Sunday, Closed

As always, the seating area and vending machines will remain open during Regenstein’s building hours.

Library summer interim hours, June 14 – 22

Beginning Saturday, June 14, the Library will have reduced building hours at all of its locations for the summer interim. Summer quarter hours will begin Monday, June 23.

Crerar Library
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Sunday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

D’Angelo Law Library Circulation
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Eckhart Library
Monday – Friday noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Mansueto Library
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday noon – 4:45 p.m.

Regenstein Library
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday  – Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday noon – 5 p.m.

Regenstein All-Night Study
Closed until September 29 at 1 a.m.

SSA Library
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

Feature Story College book collectors win Brooker Prize

Student winners focus book collections on spoken word, manga, and European imperialism

Brooker Prize winners and committee members discuss the winning collections.

Brooker Prize winners and committee members discuss the winning collections. (Left to right) Mox Schults, Drew Synan, AB’13, G. Philip Crean IV, Kareem Mohammad, Sarah Wenzel, and Alice Schreyer.

Impressed by this year’s applications, the Committee for the T. Kimball Brooker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting broke with tradition by honoring three outstanding University of Chicago students: fourth years Kareem Mohammad and Mox Schults, and second-year G. Philip Crean IV.

In a typical year, the Library awards two Brooker prizes: one to a fourth-year student and another to a second-year. After considering this year’s entries, the Brooker Prize Committee decided to honor two fourth-years, who each received $1000. Mox Schults won for his collection A Library for Babel(ing): Books for Reading Aloud. Driven by the power of the spoken word, Schults designed a collection of publications meant to foster human interaction by being read aloud in groups. His project, “Mouth Thought,” brings together a fluid group of people at the University and Blackstone Library to read aloud with a focus on sharing literature from as many languages and cultures as possible. Schults wrote, “I intend to cultivate this collection and to be carrying it with me the rest of my life, and to organize “Mouth Thought” events wherever I go—to engage people with words on the page, with different languages and cultures, and, above all, with each other.”

Book from Mox Schults’s winning collection

Book from Mox Schults’s winning collection

Kareem Mohammad won for his collection Works by Clamp, Four Female Manga Creators. He began collecting manga—Japanese comic books or graphic novels–14 years ago, inspired by his favorite childhood television show, only to quickly become immersed “in an established and fascinatingly complex entertainment genre abounding with classics that had pushed the limits of animation.” In describing his favorite manga, Kareem explains, “the works represented an exquisite blend of striking artwork, exotic storytelling, and robust character development that spoke to me on a deeper level than any other piece of fiction I had encountered. I found the story to be exceedingly relevant and the physical collection would ultimately serve as a symbolization of the transformation I was undergoing as a student of the University of Chicago.”

Second-year G. Philip Crean IV won $750 for his collection The Rise and Fall of European High Imperialism, focusing on the origins of both the Industrial Revolution and World War I. “I have loved my short time collecting and plan to maintain it as a life‐long endeavor,” Crean states in his application. “[M]y collection will never be complete, and my task will never be done. So long as I see a heretofore unknown work listed in a footnote, I know I will still have books to search for and enjoy.” 

This year’s Brooker Prize Committee members were Alice Schreyer, Assistant University Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Special Collections; Jennifer Scappettone, Associate Professor in the Department of English, Committee on Creative Writing, and the College; Sarah Wenzel, Bibliographer for Literatures of Europe & the Americas; and Drew Synan, AB’13, last year’s fourth-year Brooker Prize winner.

 

Stephen A. Douglas Papers available for research

Stephen A. Douglas

Stephen A. Douglas

The Stephen A. Douglas Papers are once again available for research.   The collection has been reprocessed to incorporate additional materials. Most of these additions were to Series II: Political, Series III: Personal, and Series IV: Oversize. There are also new Lincoln items within the collection. 

Excel for the Mac: Tools to Organize Data: TECHB@R workshop

When: Thursday, May 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Do you need to organize and summarize data sets in Excel 2011 for the Macintosh computer? 

This 90 minute session will demonstrate how to navigate data sets, create pivot tables, use conditional formatting, and take advantage of useful data ribbon features including goal seek and data validation. After this class you should have a full set of tools to use with your own data. Please note, this class is for people who are familiar with Excel 2011.

Classes are free, but registration is required. Click the website link below for more information and to register.

Contact: Academic Technologies
773-702-9944
Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1156
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Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Library book sale, May 19 – 23 and May 28

When: May 19 – May 23 and May 28
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Regenstein Library, Room A-10 
1100 East 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637
Description:

The Library is holding a sale of more than 7,000 duplicate and discarded volumes in Regenstein Library, Room A10, accessible via the staircase in the entryway of Regenstein beginning Monday May 19. These include hardbacks, trade and scholarly paperbacks, multi-volume sets, maps and miscellaneous material.

Prices start at $20/Hardbacks, $10/paperbacks/CDs, and $5/miscellaneous materials. Prices will be reduced each successive day with all remaining items free on the final day, Wednesday May 28. 

Monday, 5/19
Hardbacks/$20 Paperbacks/CDs/$10
Miscellaneous Materials/$5

Tuesday, 5/20
Hardbacks/$10 Paperbacks/CDs/$5
Miscellaneous Materials/$3

Wednesday, 5/21
Hardbacks/$5 Paperbacks/CDs/$3
Miscellaneous Materials/$1

Thursday, 5/22
Hardbacks/$3Paperbacks/CDs/$1
Miscellaneous Materials/$.50

Friday, 5/23
Hardbacks/$1 Paperbacks/CDs/$.50
Miscellaneous Materials/$.25

Wednesday, 5/28
FREE

Contact: Scott Perry
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Extended Library hours June 6 – 8

To support students preparing for finals, Crerar, Mansueto and Regenstein will extend weekend building hours Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7.

Mansueto will be open all weekend until 12:45 a.m.; Crerar and Regenstein will be open until 1:00 a.m.

The Regenstein 1st floor all-night study space will be open 24 hours until the end of finals on Friday, June 13.

For a full list of library hours, see http://hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

Memorial Day: Eckhart and SSA libraries closed, other campus libraries remain open

On Monday, May 26, Eckhart and SSA libraries will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

Crerar, D’Angelo Law, Mansueto, and Regenstein libraries will be open during their regular building hours. The All-Night Study Space on the 1st Floor of Regenstein will also remain open.

Alert Mansueto closed 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 22

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. Mansueto will re-open at 8 p.m. and remain open until its usual closing time of 12:45 a.m.

Managing Problems with Excel Models: TECHB@R workshop

When: Wednesday, May 14, noon – 1:00 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: This 60-minute workshop will focus on ways to manage problems with Excel models. This workshop will be delivered at a fairly fast pace and is intended for users with some familiarity with modeling using Excel. We will look at ways to manage issues around circularity and build sensitivities and scenarios to enhance analytical output. Some functions that will be covered will include IFERROR, ISERROR, OFFSET functions and What-If-Analysis.

Please feel free to bring your laptop with Excel 2010 or 2013 installed to follow along. There may be a few laptops available to borrow from the TechBar if you do not have a laptop and would like to follow along. 

There is no fee for training, but registration is required. Seating is limited, so sign up soon! Click the link below to register.

Contact: Academic Technologies
773-702-9944
Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1478
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Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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CNET: Writing in rare 16th-century Homer identified

Mysterious writing in rare 16th-century Homer identified
CNET – May 6, 2014

NBCNews.com: Computer engineer identifies mystery script in rare ‘Odyssey’

Not all Greek: Mystery script in rare copy of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ solved
NBCNews.com – May 5, 2014

Feature Story Homer mystery script contest winner and results

By Alice Schreyer, Assistant University Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, & Special Collections and Curator of Rare Books

Daniele Metilli, an Italian computer engineer and software developer, is the prize winner of a contest to identify the script used for handwritten annotations in a rare 1504 Venice edition of Homer’s Odyssey in Greek, held by the University of Chicago Library. The contest featured a $1000 prize for the first person to identify the script, provide evidence to support the conclusion, and execute a translation of selected portions of the mysterious marginalia. Coordinated by the Library’s Special Collections Research Center, the contest was sponsored by M.C. Lang, who donated his extensive Homer collection to the University of Chicago in 2007.

Mr. Metilli is currently enrolled in a digital humanities course and aiming for a career in libraries and archives. Working with Giula Accetta, a colleague who is proficient in contemporary Italian stenography and fluent in French, Mr. Metilli identified the mystery script correctly as the system of tachygraphy invented by Jean Coulon de Thévénot in the late 18th century.

Two runners-up reached the same, correct conclusion: Vanya Visnjic, a PhD student in classics at Princeton University with an interest in cryptography was the second contestant to identify the script and provide translations. Gallagher Flinn, PhD student in linguistics at the University of Chicago, also submitted correct identification and translations.

Based on the mix of French words with the script and a legible date of April 25, 1854, Mr. Metilli and Ms. Accetta began with the assumption that it was a system of French stenography in use in the mid-19th century.

Two images showing the mystery script. One illustrates how French and shorthand notations are mixed together in the annotations, the other shows the date of April 25, 1854 written in French in the margin.

At left: Mixture of French and shorthand notations. At right: Date written in the margin.

After rejecting several 19th-century French stenographic systems, they found a chart comparing one of them to the “tachygraphie” system invented by Jean Coulon de Thévenot (1754-1813) and published in Méthode tachygraphique, ou l’art d’écrire aussi vite que la parole (1789). They found an 1819 edition revised by a professor of stenography, N. Patey, online and, armed with two contemporary French translations of the Odyssey – one published in 1842, the other in 1854-66—began their work.  

Image showing examples of stenography and tachygraphy to compare the two shorthand systems.

Excerpt from a table comparing stenography and tachygraphy.

In Thévenot’s system, inspired by the shorthand system of Tironian notes that are said to have been invented by Cicero’s scribe and used into the Middle Ages, “every consonant and vowel has a starting shape, and they combine together to form new shapes representing syllables,” Mr. Metilli writes. “The vertical alignment is especially important, as the position of a letter above or below the line, or even the length of a letter segment can change the value of the grapheme. This explains why most notes in the Odyssey shorthand are underlined, the line being key to the transcription.”

Below are two examples of the translations submitted by Mr. Metilli and Ms. Accetta, together with their explanation of the methodology they used:

    

An image of the shorthand note that turned out to read “l’enfanta”

L’enfanta

“The note seems to refer to the underlined verb τέκεν, which is on the same line and can be rendered in French as enfanta, ‘gave birth.’ We immediately recognized the last two letters of the word as the syllables fan-ta. We then identified the first syllable as an l and the second as an an, representing the French phonetic value for en. The word can thus be transcribed as l’enfanta, meaning ‘she gave birth to him.’”

An image of the note that turned out to read que recherchaient tous les princes dans les entours” together with the letter-by-letter deciphering.

“K-R-CHAI-R-CHAI-TOU-LAI-PRAIN-S-DAN-L-AN-TOU-R-S, or “que recherchaient tous les princes dans les entours”

 “This note is on the same line as the underlined Greek sentence τὴν πάντες μνώοντο περικτίται, meaning ‘whom all the neighboring princes wooed,’ Using the table provided by Patey we could identify all the shorthand letters: The sentence clearly reads ‘que recherchaient tous les princes dans les entours,’ which is an exact French translation of the Greek words. This is our best match for now and it gives us the certainty that the method we employed is correct.”

Mr. Metilli and Ms. Accetta are continuing to work on the annotations, hoping to discover some clues to the mystery of the author or an explanation for why they only exist in book 11 of the Odyssey.  Mr. Metilli is posting and updating his report on his website.

Most projects that use rare books, archives, or manuscripts from the Special Collections Research Center’s collections do not generate such worldwide excitement, but each one contributes to learning and scholarship. M.C. Lang donated his Homer collection to the University of Chicago because he wanted it to be used by students and researchers.  A group of graduate students and faculty members produced a catalogue of the collection that formed the basis for an exhibition, now available online. Their work illustrates the potential of this collection and many others in Special Collections.

As Mr. Metilli observed, social media and electronic resources made it possible for him “to identify the shorthand and translate the first fragments in a few hours on a Thursday night. If I didn’t have access to online sources such as Google Books, the Greek Word Study Tool of the Perseus Digital Library, and the French corpora of the CNRTL, I probably wouldn’t have won. What great times we live in!” It was also, for him, another confirmation of his desire to work in libraries or archives. “Where else would I find such wonderful mysteries to solve?” he wrote.

Mr. Metilli, Mr. Visnjic, and Mr. Flinn all expressed appreciation to the donor for providing the opportunity to work on such a fun puzzle.  We hope you enjoyed the puzzle, too!   

 

NBCNews.com: Mystery in 1504 edition of Homer’s “Odyssey” solved

Mystery text in 1504 copy of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ is deciphered
NBCNews.com – April 28, 2014

Contest Closed: mystery script identified in rare edition of Homer’s Odyssey

File_2382A researcher has identified the script used for annotations in the 1504 edition of Homer’s Odyssey held by University of Chicago Library. We will announce the results in a few days.

Thanks to all the linguists, classicists, and other amateur detectives who responded to our call for assistance. We hope you enjoyed working on the puzzle.

Identify mystery text, win $1000

Example of Mystery Text

Example of Mystery Text

Calling all historians of cryptography and stenography, Sherlockians (see “The Dancing Men”), and other amateur detectives!  The collection of Homer editions in the Special Collections Research Center – the  Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana(BHL) – includes a copy of the rare 1504 edition of Homer’s Odyssey that contains, in Book 11 (narrating Odysseus’s journey into Hades) handwritten annotations in a strange and as-yet unidentified script.  This marginalia appears only in the pages of Book 11 of the Odyssey; nowhere else in the volume.  Although the donor of the BHL is suspicious that this odd script is a form of 19th-century shorthand (likely French), he acknowledges that this hypothesis remains unsupported by any evidence offered to date.

The donor of the BHL is offering a prize of $1,000 to the first person who identifies the script, provides evidence to support the conclusion, and executes a translation of selected portions of the mysterious marginalia.  In addition to the photographs in this post, the volume is available to consult in person in the Special Collections reading room.  Please visit the Special Collections website for information about requesting items to get started. The contest is open to all, regardless of University of Chicago affiliation. Please direct submissions to the contest, or questions, to Alice Schreyer, Assistant University Librarian, Humanities and Social Sciences and Rare Books Curator, or Catherine Uecker, Rare Books Librarian.

Mystery Text

Mystery Text

Homer. Odysseia. Venice: Aldus, 1504. PA4018.A2 1504 vol. 2