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New Reading Room Exhibits

40 Years of Title IX

August 2012 – TBA
The Bancroft Library Reading Room Exhibit Cases
Open during the operating hours of the Bancroft Reading Room

On June 23rd, 1972 the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act was signed into federal legislation. The “Title IX” section of this Act states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Many people equate Title IX as having to do with equal opportunity for women and girls to participate in athletics, but as the Act reads it has a much broader reach and includes classes, facilities and extra-curricular activities of various types.

Illustrating Allegory
William Kent’s Engravings for Spenser’s
Faerie Queene

August 2012 – TBA
The Bancroft Library Reading Room Exhibit Cases
Open during the operating hours of the Bancroft Reading Room

Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 – 13 January 1599) was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognised as one of the premier craftsmen of English verse in its infancy, and one of the greatest poets in the language. The poem is deeply allegorical and allusive: many prominent Elizabethans could have found themselves — or one another — partially represented by one or more of Spenser’s figures. Elizabeth herself is the most prominent example: she appears most prominently in her guise as Gloriana, the Faerie Queene herself.

This 1751 edition of The Faerie Queene is chiefly notable for its “endearingly peculiar” illustrations by William Kent. William Kent was most famous as an architect, rather than an illustrator, and he included pictures of some of his own architectural designs in several illustrations. As scholar Hazel Wilkinson has pointed out, “As well as giving his architectural work a bit of free advertising, I think Kent was trying to point out the continuing relevance of The Faerie Queene to his audience by setting it in a modern landscape: During the eighteenth century, people delighted in adapting The Faerie Queene‘s allegory to reflect on current political events — satirists often imagined their opponents as unsavoury characters from the poem, like Archimago the deceptive wizard, for instance.”

Welcome Week library tours

Several science libraries are offering library tours this week to welcome new (and returning) students to campus.

Bioscience & Natural Resources Library (2101 VLSB)

  • Tue., August 21, 2:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Wed., August 22, 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Thu., September 6, 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Earth Sciences & Map Library (50 McCone)

  • Tue., August 21, 2:00 pm.-3:00 p.m.

Physics-Astronomy Library (351 LeConte)

  • Tue., August 21, 3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Wed., August 22, 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Thu., August 23, 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

For other library events, please see the Engineering Library’s list of library workshops (open to all students) and the Welcome Week library events calendar.

Library workshops

The Engineering Library is offering several drop-in workshops open to all students. No registration required.

Location: Engineering Library Training Room, 110 Bechtel Engineering Center

Tuesday 8/21
10:00 –10:30 AM Citation Management
10:30 – 11:00 AM E-Resources
11:00 – 11:30 AM Data Management

2:00 – 2:30 PM Citation Management
2:30 – 3:00 PM E-Resources
3:00 – 3:30 PM Data Management

Thursday 8/23
10:00 –10:30 AM Citation Management
10:30 – 11:00 AM E-Resources
11:00 – 11:30 AM Data Management

Citation Management
Covers the basics of creating and importing references, formatting and inserting references into your papers, and creating a correctly formatted bibliography.

Introduction to engineering literature databases, how to effectively search Google Scholar, finding e-books, and set up off-campus access.

Data Management

Focuses on preparing data management plans, long term storage and backup of research data, and ways of sharing your data to improve your research impact.