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

UConn Archives to House Maurice Sendak Artwork


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.

Puerto Rican Citizenship Archives Project

On November 8, from 2-4pm we will welcome Professor Charles R. Venator-Santiago for a launch event and presentation for the Puerto Rican Citizenship Archives Project.

The Puerto Rico Citizenship Archives Project (PRCAP) is a public repository designed to document the legal history of the extension of U.S. citizenship to Puerto Rico. The PRCAP provides a comprehensive overview of 119-year history of debates over the extension of citizenship to Puerto Rico. It also provides public access to the key historical documents shaping this story. The main goal is to create a reliable public archive of primary documents that can foster new research projects on Puerto Rico and its relationship to the United States as well as on broader visions of U.S. citizenship.

The PRCAP is part of a collaboration between the University of Connecticut’s Libraries and El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies; CENTRO: Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, City University of New York; the Biblioteca y Centro de Investigación Social Jesús T. Piñero, Universidad del Este; Departamento de Ciencias Politicas, Universidad de Puerto Rico; and the Hartford Public Library’s Park Branch.
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Launch Event:
November 8, 2pm to 4pm
The Gathering Place at the Scholars’ Collaborative
Homer Babbidge Library, Level 1
Coffee and refreshments will be served

Free Lunch and Conversation – Library Focus Groups

Come join us for lunch and talk about your research and learning needs.

The Library is hosting a series of focus groups to collect direct user feedback on what the UConn community values in research, teaching, and learning.  This feedback will help to inform the Library’s strategic planning efforts and is an integral part of our continual assessment practices.  All sessions are from noon – 1:00pm in the Homer Babbidge Library’s Heritage Room.  Lunch is provided.

Undergraduate Session: November 8, 2017
Limited Space Available – RSVP at by November 3, 2017

Graduate Sessions: November 1 and November 17, 2017
November 1 – Full
November 17 – Limited Space Available – RSVP at by November 8, 2017

Faculty Sessions: November 9 and November 15, 2017
November 9 – Limited Space Available – RSVP at by November 3, 2017
November 15 – Limited Space Available – RSVP at by November 8, 2017

For more information, please contact Khara Leon

UConn Celebrates Open Access Week

The current system for communicating research is rooted in a print-based system, even though we are in the digital age. This conventional model does not take advantage of the extraordinary new possibilities for how researchers can create, share, and access scholarship.

Here at the UConn Library, one of the tenets of our Purposeful Path Forward is to engage in the driving of UConn’s ‘Scholarly Engine’, or the processes of research and knowledge creation. One of the core activities in our approach is educating our community on the importance of Open Access. Open Access (OA), as defined by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), refers to the “free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.”

Why Open? Open changes the way we discover knowledge. It can turn ideas into reality,  break down barriers to learning, and lay the groundwork for breakthrough research.

This month we are embracing the challenge provided by the 2017 International Open Access Week by answering the question, “Open in order to…” through a series of programs and initiatives.

The UConn Library is proud to announce the re-launch of the University’s institutional repository, OpenCommons@UConn, a showcase of the scholarship and creative works of the UConn community. The renaming of this services emphasizes the Library’s role in providing the tools to enable independent learning, research, and scholarship. By making the University’s diverse and unique resources openly accessible worldwide, we hope to inspire groundbreaking research and advance learning, teaching, and entrepreneurial thinking.
Open in order to…provide access to UConn’s scholarship


Open Educational Resources @ UConn Exhibit: published teaching and learning materials under an open license
October 18-31, 2017

HBL, Plaza Level
Open Access and Open Educational Resources (OER) are related but distinct, with the commonality of providing high quality learning materials at no cost. In an academic setting, the lines of Open Access publishing for research materials and Open Educational Resources for teaching and learning overlap in significant ways. UConn’s OER Initiative began only 2 years ago and to date has saved our undergraduates over $500,000 in textbook costs. View some OER textbooks and learn more about the faculty who are working towards making UConn more affordable.
Open in order to…save students money


Is this open access journal any good?
Thursday, October 19, 9:30-11:00am
Homer Babbidge Library, Collaborative Learning Classroom
Faculty often struggle to identify good quality open access journals in which to publish or to serve as an editor or reviewer. Many new open access journals exist now – some are good quality, some are exploitative, and some are in-between. This workshop will include a brief discussion of faculty concerns about identifying journals. The majority of the session will be devoted to identifying and demonstrating indicator web-based tools which can help faculty to appraise a journal’s quality.  Please register at
Open in order to…find quality teaching materials


Paywall: A Conversation about the Business of Scholarship with Filmmaker Jason Schmitt
Wednesday, October 25, 2:30-4:00pm

Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
Help us celebrate Open Access Week by joining award-winning filmmaker Jason Schmitt as we screen and discuss footage from his in-progress documentary Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. Schmitt will be accompanied in the discussion by a panel of UConn faculty who will share their views on making the results of academic research freely accessible online. Panelists include:

  • Johann Peter Gogarten is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in UConn’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. He is a Fulbright scholarship recipient and his pioneering research in the field of molecular evolution has appeared in numerous scholarly publications.
  • Arnab Roy is a Ph.D. candidate in UConn’s Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages and he is also a co-editor of the Open Access publication, The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal. He is currently writing his dissertation, titled Ethical and Empathic Universals in the Study of Indian Literary Traditions.
  • Jason Schmitt, the filmmaker.

Co-sponsored by UConn Humanities Institute

Open in order to…talk about the business of scholarship
Flyer in pdf
Release in pdf

Open Data In Action
Thursday, October 26, 11:00am-2:00pm

Hartford Public Library Atrium
Open Data In Action brings together a wide range of researchers to showcase how their work has benefited from openly and freely accessible data. Presenters from the public, private, and academic sectors will discuss how open data, ranging from historical documents to statistical analyses, is being used to create projects, change policies, or conduct research and highlight the importance open data has on shaping the world around us.

Opening Remarks:
Tyler Kleykamp, Chief Data Officer, State of Connecticut


  • Steve Batt, UConn Hartford/CT State Data Center, Tableau Public and CT Census Data
  • Jason Cory Brunson, UConn Health Center, Modeling Incidence and Severity of Disease using Administrative Healthcare Data
  • Stephen Busemeyer, The Hartford Courant,Journalism and the Freedom of Information
  • Brett Flodine, GIS Project Leader, City of Hartford Open Data
  • Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, CT Data Collaborative, CT Data Academy
  • Anna Lindemann/Graham Stinnett, UConn/DM&D, & Archives, Teaching Motion Graphics with Human Rights Archives
  • Thomas Long, UConn Nursing, Dolan Collection Nursing History Blog
  • Tina Panik, Avon Public Library, World War II Newsletters from the CTDA
  • Jennifer Snow, UConn Library, Puerto Rico Citizenship Archives: Government Documents as Open Data
  • Rebecca Sterns, Korey Stringer Institute, Athlete Sudden Death Registry
  • Andrew Wolf, UConn Digital Media & Design, Omeka Everywhere

Co-sponsored by the Hartford Public Library
Open in order to…share data 
Flyer in pdf


Introduction to Data Visualization using Tableau Public
Monday, October 30, 3:00-4:15pm
Homer Babbidge Library, Level 2 Electronic Classroom
Tableau Public is a free version of Tableau business intelligence / visual analytics software, which allows anyone to explore and present any quantitative information in compelling, interactive visualizations. In this hands-on session you will work with different prepared datasets to create online interactive bar graphs, scatterplots, thematic maps and much more, which can be linked to or embedded in blogs or on web sites. Please register at
Open in order to…visualize research


Digital Scholarship: Partnering for the Future
Joan K. Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

Tuesday, November 7, 2:30-4:00
Homer Babbidge Library, Humanities Institute Conference Room
Researchers in many disciplines are finding that they can ask new kinds of research questions as a result of the rapid growth in the availability of digital content and tools. In addition, the outputs of their research can include many more types of products such as data visualizations, geo-referenced representations, text augmented with images and audio, exhibits on the web, and virtual reality environments. Developing these projects takes a team of people who have a variety of skill sets. These individuals may come from academic departments, the library, the information technology unit, and other specialties. Graduate and undergraduate students are also often part of teams working on digital scholarship projects. In this presentation, Lippincott will provide an update on developments in digital scholarship and will describe existing programs and projects, discuss the importance of physical space, and encourage the development of a campus digital scholarship community.  Co-sponsored by UConn Humanities Institute
Open in order to…develop digital scholarship


Printable Brochure (pdf format) for all of our events

Vice Provost Bedard to Retire from UConn Library

Martha Bedard, Vice Provost for the UConn Library, will be retiring on July 20, 2017. Vice Provost Bedard has led the library since October, 2013 and during her tenure she has been instrumental in moving the UConn Library forward in several key areas.

One Library Initiative. The One Library Initiative has created a coordinated library system which now includes the Health Sciences Library in Farmington, and the transition has significantly increased the collaboration for decision making and judicious expenditure of, and access to, all library resources.

Master Plan. The flagship facility in the UConn Library system, the Homer Babbidge Library, has not seen significant physical changes since the early 1990s until this summer. A strong proponent for creating an active and creative place for the UConn community, Martha has been able to work with the University to secure $5 million in funding each year over the next four years to transform the Library into a thriving central academic resource for years to come.

Open Educational Resources. Having been involved with the Open Access movement for over a decade, Martha brought her passion for how the library can serve as a facilitator of open and affordable resources and elevated the conversation both at UConn and on the state-wide stage. Her work has sparked a movement on campus that has already saved an estimated 4,500 students over $450,000– and growing each year affecting thousands more.

Collaborations across campus. Increasing collaborations that are mutually beneficial has been a tenet in Bedard’s strategies. Working more closely with the Humanities Institute, the Entrepreneurial and Innovation Center, and the creation of the Mellon Foundation funded Greenhouse Studios project with Digital Media and Design and the School of Fine Arts are just a few of the successes. She was also the driving force in ensuring the continuation of the Connecticut Children’s Book Fair for its 25th anniversary, and has been eager to connect with students on campus, working with students in the Undergraduate Student Government, Provost’s Library Advisory Committee, and the student friends of the library organization, the Homies.

Throughout her time at UConn, Martha continued to engage in the profession of librarianship as she has done over her 50 years in libraries. She has provided mentoring support in leadership through the Association of Research Libraries’ Leadership Program, for which she was selected as a Fellow for in the first cohort. She has also just completed her appointment as the President of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) where she was actively engaged in regional wide collaboration including joining the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust [EAST] program for shared retention of print materials across the BLC Network and beyond.

Prior to coming to UConn, Martha was the Dean of the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico, a position she held for over six years. She has also held high level positions at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. At TAMU, she served in various leadership roles beginning in 2000, including Associate Dean for Information and Collection Services. Her previous positions at TAMU also included Associate Dean and Director of the Medical Sciences Library, Associate Dean for Advanced Studies, and Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives.

She served as the Associate Director for Library Services, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library, and held medical library directorships at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh NC, the Medical Center of Central Massachusetts in Worcester MA., and Lowell General Hospital.

In retirement, Martha is looking forward to spending time travelling from Coast to Coast to visit family here in her native Massachusetts, in California where her son lives, and in New Mexico where her and her husband Denis still reside.

There will be a celebration of Martha’s career on Tuesday, August 8th at 3:00pm at the Homer Babbidge Library. All are welcome, and RSVPs can be sent to Kim Giard.

UConn has named Holly Jeffcoat as interim vice provost for libraries while a search for a successor to Martha is conducted. Holly has served as assistant vice provost for libraries since 2016 and was associate university librarian for finance, planning, and assessment from 2014 to 2016.

Our Research Guides are Getting a Makeover

This summer the UConn Library’s Research Guides are being upgraded to a fresh new look and improved functionality. Besides becoming easier to read, they will be organized more efficiently, include improved navigation for less clicking to get to the content you need, easily searchable by topic, subject and course, and will now follow accessibility standards. We will also have an opportunity to incorporate interactive surveys and polls to enhance learning.

The new site will be located at as of Thursday June 1. During the migration from midnight on May 31 through 10:00am, Thursday, June 1, all guides will be unavailable.

We will be redirecting from the old site for a short time but we recommend that you update any links you have pointing to the current site (

If you have any questions, please contact your subject specialist librarian.