About Aaron McCollough
We’re already half way through April, which is (as we all know) National Poetry Month. Here at the University of Michigan, we have a very well regarded graduate program in creative writing, and I’m happy that the library has been enthusiastic about partnering with the English Department to highlight the poetry talents of the faculty. This year, we put on three poetry events in our library gallery space. Two of the events were poetry readings (featuring Keith Taylor, Tung-Hui Hu, Raymond McDaniel, Ken Mikolowski, Linda Gregerson, Laura Kasischke, A. Van Jordan, Benjamin Paloff, and Cody Walker). The other event was a panel discussion on the subject of “poetry and difficulty,” featuring professors Benjamin Paloff, Douglas Trevor, and John Whittier-Ferguson. All of the events were well attended, and they seemed to produce real excitement in the audience. I was pleased to get many people from the university community into the library for this and to cast focused attention on poetry for a few days.
April isn’t over, but our semester is, which means we probably won’t be doing much more for poetry month here this year. My wheels are turning for next year, however. I wonder what others are up to. Do you do special things to observe National Poetry Month at your library? If so, I’m sure many of us would love to hear about it (and maybe steal some of your ideas…).
If you’re still working on Poetry-month-related programming, here are some other interesting idea sources:
* The Academy of American Poets Official National Poetry Month pages
— including this nice list of “30 Ways to Celebrate”
— & including this nice calendar of events
* We’re six days off form “POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY,” and easy guerilla-style way to celebrate
*The Poetry Foundation also has lots to offer on the subject
* This may not be a very good poem, but it does talk about moustaches:
NB: Video of all of three of this years’ MLibrary National Poetry Month events was captured, and it will be posted on the library’s website as soon as I have all of the consent forms back from the participants.
About Aaron McCollough
English Literature Librarian, University of Michigan
A new video produced by Laura Braunstein and Mildred Jackson.
The Friends of ACRL, academic and research librarians, provide monetary support to enhance and ensure the relevance of our profession. ACRL committees, interest groups, and sections can submit proposals for funding to the ACRL Friends Fund Disbursement Subcommittee for projects that support professional development, advocacy, innovative programming, and the Board strategic plan initiatives.
Proposals are being accepted through November 30, 2010 and will be evaluated by the Friends Fund Disbursement Subcommittee in December 2010. The subcommittee’s recommendations for funding are based on the individual merits of each proposal. (Review criteria are available as a Word document.)
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From our colleagues in WESS:
The members of the WESS/LES Subcommittee to Select a Liaison to the MLA are pleased to announce that Sarah Wenzel has accepted the appointment to be our first official liaison to the Modern Language Association. While we received several excellent applications, we felt Sarah had the best overall qualifications and offered solid ideas on how she would forge a new relationship between ACRL and the MLA.
Thanks to Jim Harner for calling LES’s attention to this beautiful 4-page guide to using the World Shakespeare Bibliography, created by the folks at Johns Hopkins UP. I know I’ll definitely use it for my Shakespeare-centric courses.
I thought it might be useful for other LES Blog readers to share guides or tutorials they’ve created for using specific resources. Have a PDF guide to using the MLA Int’l Bibliography? A video tutorial on locating primary sources? Add your link to the Comments section below and we can all benefit!
ACRL has accepted LES’s proposal to create about 3-6 minutes of video for broadcasting on YouTube, blogs, and whatever other venues might be appropriate. The video would consist of interviews of English department faculty in various institutions all answering the same question(s) about how they partner with their liaison librarian. We envision the end result to be fun and upbeat and to appeal to the targeted audiences: teaching faculty, administrators, current and future literature librarians, etc. The proposal, including the executive summary, a projected schedule, and budget, is attached here: ACRL Proposal.
We now need to form a team of people to see this project — working title “Focus on Literature Librarians” — through. Experience with video production is welcome but not necessary; the budget allows for professional editing and videographers. Creativity and enthusiasm are the most important qualifications.
If this project appeals to you please look over the proposal and then contact Liorah Golomb. Let her know if you have prior experience in video or filmmaking and whether you would be interested in being the team leader.
Congratulations to Liorah on this approved proposal!
I just had an article published in the Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarinship (E-JASL) on a faculty author series that has been in operation at my library since 2005. Started by the humanities librarians to provide a forum for research by Arts & Humanities faculty members, the series, Speaking of Books… Conversations with Campus Authors, has grown to include speakers from many different departments. Most importantly, it’s provided an opportunity to promote the library as a place of learning, not just a warehouse for books and computers.
I don’t want to rehash the details since you can read them in the article, but I was interested to know if others have done similar events/series at their libraries. If so, what was your experience? Did you have difficulty finding faculty participants or attracting audiences? Did you need to convince your administration to sponsor such events? If so, how did you do it? What has been the response from your faculty and from the campus?