Greenhouse Studios’ First Projects Grapple with The Limits of Text

Greenhouse Studios, a new research unit at the University of Connecticut, is beginning implementation of a collaboration-first approach for the creation and communication of scholarship thanks to a $789,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This award is the first of its kind at UConn and part of the Mellon Foundation’s Scholarly Communications program, a multi-pronged effort to accelerate the evolution of scholarly practice and academic publishing to meet the opportunities and challenges of the digital age. Greenhouse Studios is a joint effort of the University Library, School of Fine Arts, and the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, with each contributing resources and personnel to advance scholarly communications research. “Greenhouse Studios represents the kind of bold commitment to interdisciplinary research that our academic plan identified as central to solving the problems of the 21st century and to cementing UConn’s place as a driver of innovation and excellence within the State of Connecticut and around the world,” says Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeremy Teitelbaum.

Greenhouse Studios’ goal is to implement its design-based, inquiry-driven, collaboration-first workflow as a model for other universities. This endeavor was inspired by the example of creative industries, ranging from Hollywood to Madison Avenue to Wall Street, where design thinking approaches have been applied to solve problems of complexity and scale similar to those faced by scholarly communications.  “The workflows developed to create books, journal articles, and other printed materials involve a series of hand-offs from one expert to another in a chain-like fashion,” says Tom Scheinfeldt, Director of Greenhouse Studios. “Our approach transforms that chain of divided activities into a circle of continuous collaboration that starts with an initial inquiry and carries on through to a finished scholarly work.” By teaming together faculty, developers, librarians, designers, publishers, and other specialists, Greenhouse Studios brings to bear, at every stage of project development, the diverse expertise required to create, publish, and provide sustained access to scholarly communications expressed in digital and multimedia formats.

The first of Greenhouse Studios’ collaborative undertakings are now underway. The first step in the process was to find common interests behind a broad prompt, The Limits of Text. The Limits of Text aims to explore how the linear nature of print can limit the way we look at and communicate research and to engage in ways to change this. The prompt has culminated with three unique projects to explore, all of which will produce results through a diverse range of textual, aural, visual, material, and performative paths.

Finotype and Global Cuban Cultures. When asked what fino means Cubans both on and off the island offer varied, even contradictory, responses, from ideas about refinement and purity to feelings of sexual repression. This inquiry explores how a seemingly small aesthetic category—fino—is expressed through the stuff of everyday life but carries different meanings based on race, class, and gender. The team is exploring a tapestry of films, photographs, documents, and oral histories as part of its work.

Ellen Emmet Rand. A savvy career woman at a time when women in business were rare, Ellen Emmet Rand was one of the most prolific portrait painters in the United States during the early 20th century. Her subjects included President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Charles Lewis Beach, president of the Connecticut Agricultural College (now UConn). The Greenhouse Studios team takes inspiration from exhibitions, symposia, and new scholarly work happening around Rand at UConn beginning this spring.

Charles V Coronation. The coronation mass of Charles V in 1530 legitimized his rule as a political leader through a series of medieval and early modern rituals and performances. The Greenhouse Studios team will examine the performances within the context of the past through a wide variety of mediums, such as sound recordings, art, and architecture, to help us more fully understand the rich and powerful messages of these events.

As these projects begin on their two-year journey this spring, a second cohort of researchers will begin to organize around the next prompt to begin in the fall. They will be working to identify the subject, lay the groundwork around the prompt, and strategize how the individual projects fit into the larger picture.

Currently located on the third floor of Homer Babbidge Library, Greenhouse Studios will be moving to new quarters that will utilize the physical environment to enable more collaboration and creativity. These changes are a piece of the Master Plan currently being undertaken in the Homer Babbidge Library and will transform the first floor into a collaborative space with cutting-edge equipment and visualization tools that will surround Greenhouse Studios’ future home.

For more information on Greenhouse Studios / Scholarly Communications Design at UConn, visit

Paws to Relax is Back at HBL

LukeYup! Paws to Relax is back during finals week with some of your favorite drooly friends and some new ones too.

This year we welcome the following friends to help you relax:


1 p.m.: Rosie Lee the Corgi Mix and and her human Devon Conover
2 p.m.: Hunter the Shetland Sheepdog and his human Rebecca Caldwell
3 p.m.: Beyyn the Shih Tzu and his human Jeanne Ladd
4 p.m.: Sophia the Mini Golden Doodle and her human Layla Berger


1 p.m.: Wrigly the Newfoundland and his human Laurel Rabschutz
2 p.m.: Kammi and Chumani the Keeshounds and their humans Kathry and Pat Patterson
3 p.m.: Vinny the English Mastiff and his human Michelle Finnegan
4 p.m.: Cooper the German Shephard and his human Nancy Benway


1 p.m.: Barney the Golden Retriever and his human Betsy Tubridy
2 p.m.: Bo the Lab Mix and his human Christine Anderson
3 p.m.: Mela the Keeshound and her human Diane Baricak
4 p.m.: Bugs the Great Dane and his human Tracy Powell


1 p.m.: Sebbi the American Cocker Spaniel and his human Karen Tuccitto
2 p.m.: Penn the Labradoodle and human Susan Stewart
3 p.m.: Mia the Shetland Sheepdog and her human Terrie Carpenter
4 p.m.: Chase the Golden Retriever and his human Michelle Volz


1 p.m.: Dolly the Golden Retriever and her human Julie Bowering
2 p.m.: Dream the Rottweiler and his human Laruen Jorgensen
3 p.m.: Andy the Golden Retriever and his human Sandy Lok
4 p.m.: Chase the Golden Retriever and his human Brian Volz

Please note that some of the times and dogs may change.

Exhibition of Artist Ronald Searle on Display

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Mr. Lemon Hart, Old and New Theme – Ronald Searle

Ronald Searle has been called one of the greatest satirical cartoonists of the 20th century. Best known in England for his wildly popular St. Trinian’s cartoons featuring a fictional English girls’ school, and his work here in the States for publications such as The New York Times, Life and The New Yorker, there is no doubt you have already seen and admired his work.

An impressive collection of Searle’s work is being cared for by Robert Forbes and more than 80 pieces are on display as part of “The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Searle, a selection from the collection of Robert and Lydia Forbes” currently at the UConn Library.

An author of children’s poems, Forbes began the process of producing his first book by searching for the best possible illustrator out there, and for him the answer was Ronald Searle. “So I just asked” quipped Forbes. “I have learned in life that if you don’t try, you will never know what could have been.” From there a remarkable collaboration was born.

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Belle of St. Trinian’s. Ronald Searle

The Forbes collection goes far beyond the whimsy of his children’s books to capture the full range of work shaped by, in many ways, a life that saw the worst of humankind as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II. His pieces consistently show his interest in the human condition, illustrating how others see us and how we see others, all delivered with a sharp humor.

The Conservative Lobster, Beastly Feasts. Ronald Searle

The Conservative Lobster, Beastly Feasts. Ronald Searle

This exhibition spans Searle’s career including the St. Trinian’s series, early success as a magazine and book illustrator, work for movies and businesses such as Lemon Hart & Sons, and a few of his famous drawings of cats. Additionally, children of all ages will be delighted in the softer, whimsical imagination of Searle through pieces from his collaborations with Mr. Forbes. At the time of Searle’s death in 2011, they were working on a forth book of poetry in the series, Captain Puss, and a selection of these unpublished pieces can also be found in the exhibit.

The exhibit is open to the public and on display through Feb. 10, 2017. The public is invited to a special reception and gallery talk with Robert Forbes and illustrators Cora Lynn Deibler and Alison Paul on Monday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m. in the Homer Babbidge Library, 369 Fairfield Way, Storrs, CT. More information can be found at 

Open Access Week – October 24-28, 2016

Please join us for a celebration of Open Access Week with a program that will bring together many pieces of Open Access and how you can make it work for you.

openaccessweek2016The Intersections Between Open Access, Open Educational Resources & Author Rights

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Homer Babbidge Library, Class of ’47 Conference Room or online at 

Empowering Authors through Publication Agreements
Maximize control, impact and discoverability of your scholarly output.
Michael Rodriguez, Electronic Resources Librarian

Open Access Flavors
What are the diff erent types of open access and why do they matter?
Carolyn Mills, Biology, Agriculture & Natural Resources Librarian

OA? OER? What’s the Difference?
Two diff erent movements with a lot in common. How do they support each other?
Kathy Labadorf, Reference, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Librarian

This digital identifi er distinguishes you from every other researcher. Learn about the ID and how to use it.
Carolyn Mills, Biology, Agriculture & Natural Resources Librarian

Entering the Creative Commons
What are open licenses and how do they add value to scholarly and creative work?
Michael Rodriguez, Electronic Resources Librarian

Managing Your Scholarly ID Online
Make your scholarly author identity visible and available for citation.
Carolyn Mills, Biology, Agriculture & Natural Resources Librarian

UConn’s Research Data Repository
Learn how UConn can help make your data publicly available.
Jennifer Eustis, Digital Repository Content Administrator & Research Data Management

Light refreshments will be served.

Open Access Week is a global event promoting open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. For more information go to For more information on the resources available at UConn go to

Summer Art Exhibits

Imagine, Click, Create
3-D Printing at UConn

Plaza Gallery

Three-dimensional or 3-D printing has become a buzz word, if not ubiquitous in today’s world. It is a time and cost effective tool in engineering and manufacturing to create customized and highly complex objects. Need a part for something, remarkably – whether a thing or a person – and you’re likely to hear how 3-D printing has been called into service.

New applications for 3-D printed ceramics, polymers, and metals are topics of current research. Some applications include printing living cells or implants for various parts of the body.

Earlier this year, Homer Babbidge Library established a 3-D Printing Studio, staffed by members of UConn’s 3-D Printing Club, which already has plans for expansion.

This exhibition of student projects that use 3-D printing provides a glimpse into the capabilities of this technology.

Student Stephen Hawes with his prosthetic hands

Student Stephen Hawes with his prosthetic hands

Intimate Landscapes and Urban Portraits
Photographs by Al Malpa

Norman D. Stevens Gallery

Al Malpa describes himself not as a photographic artist, but as a student of photography who is inspired by such masters of the craft as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Walker Evans. His photographs capture small moments in life, revealing the beauty and character of familiar subjects and events.

A staff photographer with the Chronicle of Willimantic since 2008, he is the winner of the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism in the Breaking News Photograph category for newspapers with a circulation under 50,000. He has also won national and regional first place awards from National Press Photographers Association, New England Newspaper and Press Association and The Society of Professional Journalists. To see more of his work, visit:

Newfound gap, Blue Ridges

Newfound gap, Blue Ridges

A tourist passes by homeless guitarist in New Orleans

A tourist passes by homeless guitarist in New Orleans

2016 CT Children’s Book Fair

Dear Friend of the Connecticut Children’s Book Fair,

Wbf_wondrise are writing to announce the end of the long partnership between the UConn Libraries and the UConn Co-op. Over the decades we have worked on many projects together serving the UConn community, with the largest of these projects being the Connecticut Children’s Book Fair. This partnership of over 24 years has brought many hundreds of authors and illustrators of children’s books together with so many young readers and their adults.

We are proud of our work together. Ours has been a partnership of shared visions, hard work, and friendship. The Fair, which has been a fundraiser for the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection at the UConn Library, has raised over $180,000 for its endowment. The Co-op continues with its commitment to supporting these unique materials and has given its own collection of art from children’s books that it has received from publishers, artists, and industry associations, some of it original and others signed limited editions, to the Collection. The bookstore’s Book Fair archives have also been donated.

As you may know this move is due to the vote by the UConn Board of Trustees to partner with Barnes and Noble Education to run its bookstores for the future and that transition will begin after June 7th. The UConn Libraries remain deeply committed to the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection and all of the programming associated with it, including this wonderful celebration of children’s literature. While we will not be hosting a Book Fair this November, the UConn Libraries are committed to continuing the tradition in the spring and will let you know about upcoming plans.

Most importantly however, and the reason we write, is to thank you for your support over these years. We look forward to seeing you in the spring.


Jean Nelson                                                       Suzy Staubach
Marketing & Communications                            Formerly of the UConn Co-op
UConn Libraries                                                 Founding member, CCBF                           



UConn Library Statement on Piracy

The current system of scholarly publishing and the resultant inability of some researchers to legally and affordably access knowledge resources is resulting in the emergence of networks of piracy and other violations of copyright law. The Library does not support or condone such activities.

As a valid alternative to the current system of scholarly publishing, the Library strongly supports the Open Access movement and other New Publishing Models to drive legal transformations in scholarly publishing. The Library further advocates that the UConn community comply with copyright law, including appropriate use of Fair Use provisions.

The UConn community can avoid piracy and copyright violation by never sharing usernames and passwords, network logins, or barcodes. Avoid the use of pirate websites such as LibGen or Sci-Hub, which offer seemingly free access to the scholarly literature. These two websites in particular have been found to steal login credentials from unsuspecting users, which are then used to pirate vast quantities of scholarly articles. Use caution when posting scholarly articles, in particular the final published pdf file, on popular social media sites such as  These sites are routinely subjected to take-down notices for materials that publishers indicate are in violation of copyright.

The Library provides access to vast collections of knowledge resources for the UConn community. Materials that are not accessible through the Library’s collections can generally be obtained through Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan.

On behalf of the Scholarly Communications Team


D!BS room reservation service helps UConn students find space for group work

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The library’s new group study room reservation system, D!BS, has been in place for about a year and has been getting rave reviews from UConn students.

The online service allows students to log on and reserve one of 32 group study rooms at the library up to three days an advance, saving them the trouble of struggling to find a location for group work.

“It’s awesome because you know you’re guaranteed a quiet study place for a few hours,” said UConn junior Hayley Babineau. “I used it during finals which made things easier because the library would be really crowded and have no tables open so we would reserve rooms to make sure we had a place to study and wouldn’t have to waste time looking for a place to do work.”

“Being able to reserve rooms two days in advance is awesome.  The days I know I have a lot of work to crank out I usually D!BS a room two days early and get a great spot for me and my friends,” said senior Teresa Forenza.

Carl Strum, a UConn senior in the business school, uses the service frequently and has found that other students are adapting well to the new system.

“It works, and if you have to ask someone to leave a room [because you have a reservation] 99% of the time they understand. If not, I just show them my confirmation from D!BS. If I overstay my reservation and someone else asks me to leave, I do it too,” he said.

To reserve a room for a group of two or more students, just log onto the D!BS site using your NetID and password.  Select the number of people in your group, how many hours you want a room (1 to 3 hours) and when you want it (reservations taken up to 3 days in advance).  Hit ‘Search’ and a list of available rooms will appear- just pick one, enter some information, and you’ve got D!BS!

New library exhibit brings an important part of Connecticut history to life

“These big corporations see us as numbers, not names. They’d just as soon write you off as look at you.”

“This was a booming area for manufacturing, now there’s nothing.”

“Winchester was an integrated part of the community, and the people who worked there were respected…”


These quotes are all part of a larger story currently being told in a new exhibit on Level B of Homer Babbidge Library.

“Our Community at Winchester: An Elm City Story” is the story of the Olin-Winchester Repeating Arms plant, one of New Haven’s most important employers of the 20th century.

The history of the plant and the stories of its workers are told in 35 display boards of oral histories, photographs and other documents such as newspaper clippings and company memos.   They chronicle the company’s creation in the late 1800s up to the aftermath of its closure in 2006. Like many large corporations, it has had its fair share of triumphs, struggles and controversies.

The elements of the exhibit, compiled by Joan Cavanagh, archivist and director of the Greater New Haven Labor History Association, tell the story of labor struggles, union battles, racial tensions and impact on the community brought on by the manufacturing giant.

winchesterEspecially compelling are the oral history accounts, which were collected by Dorothy Johnson and Lula White, two sisters whose father worked at Winchester. The accounts, both positive and negative, paint a picture of life for the various workers at the plant. Along with photos of the interviewees, quotes and background information give a vibrant overview of each of their individual experiences and often, struggles.

The exhibit will be on display until June 13, 2016. It’s definitely something to check out, whether you need a quick study break or just want to learn something new.

There will also be a reception and gallery talk April 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m. titled “Workers at Winchester: Community, Contradictions and Struggle” by Joan Cavanaugh, Archivist/Director of the Greater New Haven Labor History Association.

Making students’ voices heard at the library

Two UConn students are helping to make sure their peers’ voices are heard on a very important topic: the library.

Erika Elechicon, a political science and communication double major and the USG Vice President’s Chief of Staff, is the undergraduate student representative to the Vice Provost’s Library Advisory Committee.  Michael Ambroselli represents the graduate student population.

Kelley Friedhoff, an undecided freshman, sits in the new Learning Resource Center in the library which opens for students on 11/7.

The students serving on the Provost’s Library Advisory Committee are working to represent UConn students in important library issues.

In this role, Erika and Michael sit in on important meetings with the Library’s Vice Provost, Martha Bedard, and faculty representatives from various academic departments. The committee of approximately 15 faculty, students and administrators discusses issues regarding the library and how to handle them.

“It’s important to have a voice at a meeting attended by so many big decision makers,” said Elechicon. “These decisions affect all of us and we need to represent our views.”

Elechicon is doing just that. She contributes to major discussions on library issues, such as the effects of the state’s proposed budget cuts and the adoption of open source textbooks, things that could have major consequences for students in the future.

Michael Ambroselli, the graduate student representative to the committee, agreed with Elechicon.

“Decisions made with respect to the library directly affect all students and faculty, so it is important for us to be able to provide direct feedback and input in such matters,” he said. “Since the committee advises the Vice Provost for University Libraries, this committee is the most direct route to for us to learn about all matters concerning the library, and to provide feedback.”

Both Elechicon and Ambroselli chose to participate in this committee because they realize how important the library is for all students at UConn.

“The library represents the cornerstone for all scholarly and research activity at a research institution such as UConn,” said Ambroselli.

“The library isn’t just a place to sit and study, it’s a resource for students and faculty,” said Elechicon.