It’s that time of year again, a time where we can look forward to Spring and Stephanie Milanowski’s Class Project! This year 9 Artists Books entries are on display at the library. The exhibit will remain on display through March 14.
You can view the past participants on Digital Commons, where the library has been archiving past Altered Book Art Projects. Last year’s winning entry was Samantha Gindl’s piece “Consumer, Meet Producer.”
Are you interested in learning more about art made from books? We have a lot of information in our stacks to aid you in your quest. In “Playing with Books,” author Jason Thompson combines different decorative art techniques to demonstrate the art of book-reimagination. His book includes projects for artists to try themselves. In “Art Made from Books,” 27 visual artists come together to showcase their work with the print medium. This book honors celebrates the printed book and its role throughout history.
If you want to find artists working with books online, you won’t have to go far. Visit this libguide on Book Arts Resources to get started.
At 4pm on Monday, March 3 in Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall, join speaker Russel Botman as he presents his Presidential Colloquium Address entitled “Stellenbosch University’s HOPE Project: A Vision for Academic Renewal”. In addition, on Tuesday, March 4, Botman will present his keynote address “Mandela’s Children: Shaping a University” at 4pm in Dimnent Chapel. The presentation of Honorary Doctorate will take place as well. Learn more about the Colloquium by visiting the site.
Professor Hayman Russel Botman is Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa. He holds a PhD in Theology from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). As a prime mover of SU’s HOPE Project, Botman is leading the initiative to eradicate poverty, promote human rights, and create a sustainable environment with a competitive industry, among other things.
For links to Professor Botman’s writings and speeches, and more information on higher education in South Africa, see this guide.
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Did you know February 10-16 is Random Acts of Kindness week? Here at Van Wylen we love to celebrate random acts of kindness. Right now on the first floor of the library you can write down your ideas about how to spread kindness to friends, family, and strangers. One person wrote “Tell someone they are beautiful” while another said “Make an international student feel at home.” What random act can you do for a stranger this week? For inspiration, visit http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/.
If you’re interested in pursuing more on this topic, the library has some resources available to you. A subject search in the catalog for “social action” or for “humanitarianism” yields lots of books and ebooks to peruse. For scholarly articles, try your hand at 1Search. You’ll receive lots of results from across many databases, which you can then narrow down according to your criteria.
The library has added several databases to our trials list. They are available to Hope students, faculty, and staff to try out. We appreciate feedback, and encourage everyone to contact us with comments and questions about the databases.
Available through Gale until March 31, 2014 are five databases consisting of mostly primary source materials:
- Artemis Primary Sources is an integrated research environment that allows users to search across all of their Gale primary source collections.
- Sabin Americana contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900s.
- The Making of the Modern World includes primary source material that tracks the development of the modern, western world through trade and wealth.
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online opens access to digital images from books published during the 18th century. Full-text searching is available in the fiels of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.
Also available through March 31, 2014 are Early English Books Online (EBBO), American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection, and American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Historical Monographs Collection.
- EBBO contains digital facsimiles of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America from 1473-1700.
- AAS provides digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1691-1877. There are five series available from our databases trial page.
- ATLA consists of two series that provide access to more than 29,000 titles focused on religion and theology. Access the two series from our databases trial page.
The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series continues on Thursday, January 30 with authors Benjamin Busch and Ismet Prcic.
The authors will be available in Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Martha Miller Center for a Q&A session at 3:30pm. A reading will take place in Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall at 7:00pm. To learn more about the authors and the Visiting Writers Series of Hope College, visit http://jrvws.org/2014/01/24/vws-presents-ismet-prcic-benjamin-busch/.
Both authors’ books are available at the library. Learn more about Benjamin Busch’s memoir “Dust to Dust” and Ismet Prcic’s “Shards“.