Jean Nelson

About Jean Nelson

Jean Cardinale Nelson is the head of the UConn Libraries' Public Programming, Marketing & Communications efforts.

Former Network Services Librarian, Terry Plum

With sadness, we relay the news that former staff member Terry Plum has passed away after battling brain cancer. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Stephen (Terry) Plum

Terry Plum, the UConn Libraries Network Services Librarian from 1990-2000, passed away peacefully on December 10th after battling brain cancer for two years. During his 10-year tenure with the UConn Libraries, Terry led the Libraries in presenting a wide array of networked electronic resources to support the UConn community through various information networking solutions, including a Novell CD-ROM LAN, modems, gopher, and web topologies.

Terry was recruited to UConn from Middlebury College, where he served as a Reference and Bibliographic Instruction Librarian. Prior to that, he worked as a Reference/Instruction Librarian at Plattsburgh State University. Terry earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Middlebury College, a Master’s Degree in Librarianship at the University of Washington, and an MA in Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

After leaving UConn in 2000, he joined the faculty at the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science in Boston. During his 14 years at Simmons SLIS, Terry taught graduate courses such as Digital Technologies, Technology for Information Professionals, Reference Services, Digital Information Services and Providers, and Information Technology Management. He led the development of the online education program at Simmons SLIS, helping to create successful online master’s programs in archival management and information science and online certificate programs in digital stewardships, school library teacher programs, and cultural heritage informatics. He also helped develop online learning environments such as the Simmons SLIS Digital Curriculum Lab.

Other accomplishments at Simmons included directing the development and growth of the SLIS satellite program at Mount Holyoke College and serving as technical leader on several grants, including education for digital preservation and cultural heritage informatics. He contributed to 15 international grants and library projects in locations like Kosovo, Vietnam, Thailand, Georgia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Liberia and coordinated the development of summer courses in Rome, Paris, and Seoul for SLIS students.

Terry authored or co-authored more than 25 articles and book chapters on various aspects of library education and the use of networked electronic resources and presented internationally after competitive selection at professional conferences, workshops, and meetings.

At the time of his retirement from Simmons in 2014, he was the Assistant Dean of Simmons SLIS and was responsible for academic initiatives for the school including directing the satellite campus at Mount Holyoke, coordinating technology, online education, international projects, and teaching.

Terry was also an active library consultant, advising on public library building projects and assisting with library cost analysis studies at more than 50 research libraries. Related to this work, he co-developed MINES for Libraries© (Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services), a methodology for surveying the demographic characteristics of electronic services users and their purpose of use.

He strongly believed in public service, serving on the Board of Directors and as President of the Holyoke Public Library and led the 14.5 million dollar public library renovation project in Holyoke, Massachusetts, his primary residence for the last 18 years of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Sydney Landon Plum (an English professor at UConn), his son Trevor, his daughter Hilary, and his two grandchildren, Berit and Valen.

Terry Plum, 30 December 1947 – 10 December 2018

Kind, wise, sweet, witty — outstanding husband and father
Remember him by being good to each other,
taking a long walk, and reading a book
you borrowed from the library!

Paws-to-Relax Returns!

Paws-to-Relax returns this semester in Homer Babbidge! All dogs will be on Level 1 in Homer Babbidge so stop by and take a study break and relieve some stress.

And THANK YOU to all the dogs and their handlers for taking time out of their days to come and visit, and to Carolyn Mills for organizing it all for us!

Monday, December 10
1:00-2:00 – Jeanne Ladd & Benny (Shih-Tzu)
2:00-3:00 – Octayvia Rickard & Boo (Golden Retriever)
3:00-4:00 – Betsy Tubridy & Barney (Golden Retriever)
4:00-5:00 – Judith Pepin & Bella (Pug)

Tuesday, December 11
1:00-2:00 –  Steve Kornfeld & Summit (English Lab)
2:00-3:00 – Peter Lok & Andy (Golden Retriever)
3:00-4:00 – Niki Dispario & River (Collie)
4:00-5:00 – Mary Beth Curtis & Witness (Golden Doodle)

Wednesday, December 12
1:00-2:00 – Lauren Jorgensen & Dream (Rottweiler)
2:00-3:00 – Cheryl Morgan & Cassie (Golden Retriever)
3:00-4:00 – Claudia Eberly & Tegan (Welch Springer Spaniel)
4:00-5:00 – Diane Baricak & Meka (Keeshond)
5:00-6:00 – Ed Ruchin & Sawyer (Akita)

Thursday, December 13
1:00-2:00 – Rebecca Caldwell & Hunter (Shetland Sheepdog)
2:00-3:00 – Sandy Lok & Nutmeg (Golden Retriever)
3:00-4:00 – Betsy Tubridy & Finn (Labradoodle)
4:00-5:00 – Terri Carpenter & Mia (Shetland Sheepdog)

Friday, December 14
1:00-2:00 – Laura Labato & Penny (Chihuahua Mix)
2:00-3:00pm – Laurel Rabshultz & Wrigley (Newfoundland)
3:00-4:00pm – Robin Mozeika & Boo (Golden Retriever)
4:00-5:00pm – Karen Tuccitto & Shadow (Cocker Spaniel)

**We make every effort to keep the schedule, but you know, dogs can have crazy schedules and you never know when they need to be somewhere else…

Passing of Library Director Carmel T. O’Neill

Carmel T. O’Neill, “Carm” Library Director at UConn Stamford for over 20 years, passed way on November 13, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Mrs. O’Neill (as she was called by the students) began her career at UConn in the spring of 1975 when the first library for the UConn Stamford branch was newly built at the Scofieldtown Road location.

She retired in 1995 before the campus moved to its current downtown location in 1998. Carm built the UConn Stamford library into one that eventually consisted of 58,000 volumes, 950 journals, 50,000 microforms, 9,500 annual reports, and 1,300 LPs. She was instrumental in getting the library named after her beloved colleague and friend, Dr. Jeremy Richard, who donated much of his book and record collection to the library.

After she retired, Carm was an active volunteer for 20 years at the C.H. Booth Library in Newtown, CT, where she was one of the coordinators of the annual book sale.

We spoke with Norman D. Stevens, Director of University Libraries, Emeritus and he wrote, “one of my responsibilities from the time I joined the library staff was the oversight of the regional campus libraries. While I was not involved in her hiring, I found Carm to be an excellent choice who required a minimum amount of assistance or oversight. My regular twice a year visits were well worth the travel time. While we discussed the few library issues that needed attention, the highlight of those visits was the wonderful luncheons I was offered, and the opportunity to meet with the entire, small, library staff. I maintained contact with Carm for a number of years after her retirement and continued to enjoy hearing about her and her former staff members.”

A gathering of family and friends will take place to remember and celebrate Mrs. O’Neill’s life on Tuesday, December 4, at 11 am, in The Villa, 4 Riverside Road, Sandy Hook. Obituary

Open Access Week 2018

Open Access Week 2018
“Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. We participate in Open Access Week as part of the global community working to take take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

So what’s happening?

Evaluating Journal Quality for Authors
Presenter: Carolyn Mills, UConn Library
Wednesday, October 24
1:30-3:30pm, Babbidge Library Collaborative Learning Classroom (Level 2)

Wondering how to find a quality journal in which to publish? This workshop will give you the tools to recognize what makes a journal a credible, quality place to publish and what tells you to stay away. Includes both Open Access and traditional journals.
Register

Open Science for Open Knowledge: A Roundtable
Thursday, October 25
4:00-5:00pm, Babbidge Library Visualization Studio (Level 1)

Open science is paramount to further innovation, discovery, and equitable access. But what is open science? According to B. Fecher and S. Friesike, open science, “is one of the buzzwords of the scientific community.” Nevertheless, it can imply many things like open access to research, citizen science, open software and infrastructure to support
research sharing and collaboration.

Open Science Discussion Panel Members:
Todd Campbell, Ph.D., Professor, Neag School of Education, UConn
Justin Cotney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Genetics and Genome Sciences, UConn Health
Svetlana Gelpí-Domínguez, Ph.D. ‘20, Gascón Group, Department of Chemistry, UConn
Bryan Weber, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Residence, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, UConn
Register

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Film Viewing
Wednesday, October 31
12:00-4:00pm continuous viewing
Babbidge Library Visualization Studio (Level 1)
UConn Health Sciences Library

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

Exhibits
Homer Babbidge Library Plaza

  • A look at the UConn faculty numbers – who is motivated to publish in Open Access Journals?
  • Why Deposit your data in Open Commons?
  • Open Commons @ UConn – where in the Country are people downloading our resources?
  • What is Gold OA vs. Green OA?

Student Activism
We are also pleased to support UConnPIRG’s work to spread the word about the value of Open Access for students. They will be tabling in Homer Babbidge on Wednesday from 1-3 with flyers, buttons, and other materials. Stop by and support UConnPIRG!

What Should Today’s Library Look Like?

Lecture & Documentary Film Showing of Ex Libris: New York Public Library

Do we need libraries? Could a private business like Amazon replace libraries? What are libraries doing to make themselves relevant in today’s world? Explore these questions with members of the Hartford area library community on Wednesday, August 22nd at the Spotlight Theatre in Hartford.

In a recent Forbes opinion piece, the author argued libraries do not have the same value they used to, and could easily be replaced by a for-profit business such as Amazon. Even though Forbes has removed the article, the author’s reasoning is important to explore because this is not a new idea. Libraries all over the country, both public and academic, face the same questions about the role of today’s library. After all, the internet is full of information right at your fingertips and that is all you need, right?

Libraries and the communities they serve see it differently.

This discussion is what film director Frederick Wiseman wanted us to have when he released the documentary Ex Libris: The New York Public Library. Ex Libris, which will be shown on Wednesday, August 22nd at 10:00am at the Spotlight Theatre, employs Wiseman’s unique style to showcase one of the most iconic libraries in the country – the New York Public Library.

The documentary suggests successful libraries depend on partnerships to provide a vital space for education, culture, and community. Here at home, you can look to the example of the partnership with Hartford Public Library and the University of Connecticut. This unique arrangement was part of the University’s move to downtown Hartford, citing, in part, that each institution is working towards the same goal. “Libraries are here to help people solve problems big and small by giving access to the world of information. That is a basic truth for libraries,” noted Anne Langley, Dean of the UConn Library.

On August 22nd we invite the community to explore the role of academic and public libraries in today’s digital age with a reception and panel following a screening of the documentary. We will be joined by Ken Wiggin, Connecticut State Librarian; Anne Langley, Dean of the UConn Library; Tricia George, Director of Teen Services at Hartford Public Library; and Tom Scheinfeldt, Associate Professor of Digital Media and Design and Director of Greenhouse Studios at UConn.

The event will take place on Wednesday, August 22nd from 10:00am-4:30pm at the Spotlight Theatre, 39 Front Street, Hartford, CT and is sponsored by UConn Hartford, UConn Library, Hartford Public Library, and UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. The film is being shown in two parts with a lunch break in between. Front Street Bistro is offering a 20% lunch discount for those attending the event. The panel presentation will begin around 3pm.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact the UConn Library at homer@uconn.edu.

Paws to Relax – April 30-May4

It’s Paws to Relax Time! Come take a break and get a little drool on you. All dogs will be on Level 1 in Homer Babbidge. Find your favorite pup and mark your calendar!

Monday, April 30
1:00 – 2:00 – Cheryl Morgan & Cassie (Golden Retriever)
2:00 – 3:00 – Alexa Carey & Ambrosia (Greyhound)
3:00 – 4:00 – Michell Volz & Chase (Golden Retriever)
4:00 – 5:00 – Jeanne Ladd & Benny (Shih-Tzu)
5:00 – 6:00 – Kerry Lurate & Jessie (Labrador Retriever)

Tuesday, May 1
1:00 – 2:00 – Sandra Lok & Andy (Golden Retriever)
2:00 – 3:00 – Lauren Jorgensen & Dream (Rottweiler)
3:00 – 4:00 – Judith Pepin & Bella (Pug)
4:00 – 5:00 – Claudia Eberly & Tegan (Welch Springer Spaniel)
5:00 – 6:00 – Octavia Rickard & Boo (Golden Retriever)

Wednesday, May 2
1:00 – 2:00 – Lauren Jorgensen & Dream (Rottweiler)
2:00 – 3:00 – Sandra Lok & Grant (Golden Retriever)
3:00 – 4:00 – Christine Anderson & Bo (Lab Mix)
4:00 – 5:00 – Niki Disapio & River (Collie)

Thursday, May 3
1:00 – 2:00 – Karen Tuccitto & Shaddow (Cocker Spaniel)
2:00 – 3:00 – Betsy Tubridy & Finn (Australian Labradoodle)
3:00 – 4:00 – Rebecca Caldwell & Hunter (Shetland Sheepdog)
4:00 – 5:00 – Terri Carpenter & Brody (Shetland Sheepdog)

Friday, May 4
1:00 – 2:00 – Laura Labato & Penny (Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix)
2:00 – 3:00 – Diane Baricak & Meka (Keeshond)
3:00 – 4:00 – Mary Beth Curtis & Witness (Golden Doodle)

‘Human Flow’ Film Screening, Q & A with Ai Weiwei

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

The UConn Library and Temple Bnai Israel in Willimantic will host a screening of the film on Sunday, April 29th at 2:30. The screening will be followed by a livestream Q & A with artist Ai Weiwei. The screening is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact jean.nelson@uconn.edu

UConn Archives to House Maurice Sendak Artwork

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Ken Best, UConn Communications
Re-posted from UConn Today

February 21, 2018

Cover of ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ ©1963 by Maurice Sendak, copyright renewed 1991 by Maurice Sendak. Used with permission from HarperCollins Children’s Books.

The finished artwork for his published books, and certain manuscripts, sketches, and other related materials created by Maurice Sendak, considered the leading artist of children’s books in the 20th century, will be hosted and maintained at the University of Connecticut under an agreement approved today by UConn’s Board of Trustees.

The Maurice Sendak Foundation will continue to own the artwork and source materials for books such as Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There, which will serve as a resource for research by students, faculty, staff, scholars and the general public through the Department of Archives & Special Collections in the UConn Library. The housing of The Maurice Sendak Collection at UConn is being supported by a generous grant from The Maurice Sendak Foundation.

“You would only have to spend an afternoon with Maurice to know that he was the ultimate mentor and nurturer of talent,” says Lynn Caponera, president of The Maurice Sendak Foundation. “He profoundly admired UConn’s dedication to the art of the book, both in its collections and in its teachings. We, the friends who he entrusted to carry on his legacy through the Foundation, couldn’t be more pleased with this exciting collaboration.”

Archives & Special Collections includes the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, which contains 120 archives of notable authors and illustrators of children’s literature native to or identified with the Northeast and East Coast of the United States. The collection, established in 1989, preserves every aspect of children’s book production – from the initial correspondence to preliminary drawings, finished art, dummies, mechanicals, proofs, galleys, and manuscripts.

Imagine now opening up students to the world of one of the most celebrated creators of visual literature for children’s picture books … and walking across campus to take part in what amounts to a private master class with Maurice Sendak.— Cora Lynn Deibler

Significant holdings in the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection include the archives of leading authors and illustrators who have won major honors such as the Caldecott Medal, Caldecott Honor, John Newbery Medal, and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, among others. It also contains “The Billie M. Levy Collection of Maurice Sendak” of more than 800 monographs written and illustrated by Sendak, along with realia manufactured for children, such as promotional toys, games, animals, and other items that relate to Sendak’s stories and characters.

Renowned author and illustrator Maurice Sendak signs books at the UConn Coop bookstore on April 28, 1981. (Jo Lincoln Photo, courtesy of Archives & Special Collections, UConn Libraries)

“Maurice Sendak created books that will live forever. His work changed the course of children’s literature in the twentieth century,” says Katharine Capshaw, professor of English and president of the Children’s Literature Association. “From Where the Wild Things Are to the Nutshell Library [series] to We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy,Sendak’s books connect profoundly to children’s inner fears and vast resourcefulness. He treated young people with respect, valuing their creativity and sense of ethics, and his work illuminated the joy and mystery of the imagination.”

Capshaw notes that The Maurice Sendak Collection will be an invaluable resource for UConn undergraduate students in English, Creative Writing, Art and Art History, the Neag School of Education, and Psychology, as well as our graduate students and visiting scholars.

“Given Sendak’s life as a Connecticut resident and his longstanding connection to the University of Connecticut, his work has found an apt home,” she adds. “They will enrich Connecticut students and the intellectual and aesthetic life of our community.”

Sendak lived in Connecticut and supported UConn for many years, speaking to the children’s literature classes of Francelia Butler, professor of English, in the 1970s and 1980s, and supporting the legacy of James Marshall, author of the “George and Martha” books. The James Marshall Fellowship at UConn is awarded biennially to a promising author and/or illustrator to assist with the creation of new children’s literature. In 1990, Sendak delivered a commencement address at UConn and received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

Sendak’s children’s books have sold more than 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as Higglety Pigglety Pop! and the Nutshell Library. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration in 1970, Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association in 1983, and a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America in 1996. He also received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government in 2003.

After his death in 2012 at the age of 83, The New York Times said Sendak is “widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying, and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche … [His] books were essential ingredients of childhood for the generation born after 1960 or thereabouts, and in turn for their children.”

Maurice Sendak receives an honorary degree from then-President Harry Hartley during Convocation on Sept. 5, 1990. (Archives & Special Collections, UConn Libraries)

“The availability of Maurice Sendak’s work to students, faculty, and the community, as part of the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, is an incredible gift and opportunity,” says Cora Lynn Deibler, head of the Department of Art and Art History and a professor of illustration.

She says that Archives & Special Collections allows unprecedented access to anything and everything in their holdings, and that faculty members take advantage specifically in Illustration and Animation because it provides “an important window into the working worlds of some of the most elite, accomplished visual storytellers of our time.

“Imagine now opening up students to the world of one of the most celebrated creators of visual literature for children’s picture books … and walking across campus to take part in what amounts to a private master class with Maurice Sendak. As you pore through the work, you will be receiving a one-on-one tutorial in excellence in the form – from creativity and concept, through design and execution. Sendak’s work housed here is such an incredible gift for us all. We could not be more fortunate.”

Puppies! Puppies! Puppies!!

It’s hard to say this is our favorite time of the year because we know you are stressed out with finals and all but…we do love puppies. That’s right – it’s Paws to Relax time in Homer Babbidge so join us on Level 1 next week for a little fur, a little drool, and a whole lot of cuddles from our therapy dogs.

Here’s the schedule, starting this coming Monday, December 11. Schedule is subject to change but we’ll do our best to keep you posted.

Monday, December 11
1:00-2:00pm – Rebecca Caldwell & Hunter (Shetland Sheepdog)
2:00-3:00pm – Betsy Tubridy & Finn (Labradoodle)
3:00-4:00pm – Diane Baricak & Meka (Keeshond)
4:00-5:00pm – Jeanne Ladd & Benny (Shih Tzu)
5:00-6:00pm – Kerry Lurate & Jessie (Labrador Retriever)

Tuesday, December 12
1:00-2:00pm – Lauren Jorgensen & Dream (Rottweiler)
2:00-3:00pm -Octayvia Rickard & Boo (Golden Retriever)
3:00-4:00pm -Claudia Eberly & Tegan (Welch Springer Spaniel)
4:00-5:00pm -Michelle Volz & Chase (Golden Retriever)

Wednesday, December 13
1:00-2:00pm – Sandy Lok & Andy (Golden Retriever)
2:00-3:00pm – Laurel Rabschutz & Wrigley (Newfoundland)
3:00-4:00pm – Geri Bakaj & Taz (German Shepherd)
4:00-5:00pm – Niki Disapio & River (Collie)

Thursday, December 14
1:00-2:00pm – Patti Argoff and Aldo (Chihuahua)
2:00-3:00pm – Karen Tuccitto and Sebbi or Shaddow (Cocker Spaniel)
3:00-4:00pm -Steven Kornfield /Laura Kolk & Summit (English Labrador)
4:00-5:00pm – Laura Labato & Penny (Pomeranian Chihuahua mix)

Friday, December 15
1:00-2:00pm – Michelle Finnegan & Vinnie (English Mastiff)
2:00-3:00pm -Alexa Carey & Ambrosia (Greyhound)
3:00-4:00pm – Sandy Lok & Nutmeg (Golden Retriever)
4:00-5:00pm -Christine Anderson and Bo (Labrador Retriever mix)

Library Welcomes New Dean

We are pleased to announce that Anne Langley, currently Associate Dean for Research, Collections, and Scholarly Communications at Penn State University Libraries, has accepted the position of Dean of the UConn Library. Anne will begin her term as Dean on February 1, 2018.

Anne holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Georgia State University. With more than 24 years of professional library experience, Anne has overseen the collections budget, nine subject libraries, acquisitions and collection development, special collections and archives, and scholarly communication at Penn State since 2015. Previously she served as the Director of Scholarly Communication and Head Librarian of the Science and Technology Libraries at Princeton University. She has also worked at Duke University and North Carolina State University, and she began her career at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the lead author of three books in the field of academic librarianship and just finished co-editing a book on open education resources and academic libraries.