Quick Takes on Events and News – January 2019

Talking Gennett Records

Congratulations to Elizabeth Surles, who was recently interviewed for The Music Makers of Gennett Records, a documentary for WTIU, Indiana Public Television. The Institute of Jazz Studies also provided photographs and archival materials for the film. You can view it on Facebook Live now for a limited time:

Talking Tech with Mary Beth

Mary Beth Weber was recently featured in an interview with ALCTS News, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services blog. In it, she discusses her role at the Libraries, her leadership position in ALCTS, some of her personal interests, and her personal and professional philosophy: “Your best investment is yourself.”

Robeson Library Helps Camden Kids in Need

Robeson Library continued its annual tradition of collecting toys for the Camden Rescue Mission this year. All gifts were personal contributions from faculty, staff, or retirees. “Some children in our community near Rutgers–Camden may have no toys to open during the holidays, but during this toy drive, we put a dent in those numbers,” said John Gibson, Robeson’s instructional technology specialist. “As a child, this particular toy drive meant a lot to me, and I know it means a lot to others today.” Cheers to our colleagues in Camden for their continued support of this worthy cause!

Kudos to Kayo

Congratulations are in order for Kayo Denda, head of the Margery Somers Foster Center and librarian for women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, who has two exciting news items to report. First, Kayo has been selected for an appointment as a Smithsonian Fellow in Museum Practice at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. Kayo’s project “Discovering American Women’s Histories: An Examination of Metadata Schema and Access Issues” will explore how libraries, museums and archives develop metadata relevant to the content of women in American history. The project will emphasize finding digital resources about women of color and appropriate metadata that describes the material and captures multidimensional relationships that increase access to diverse collections in support of ongoing projects on race, ethnicity, class, and gender inclusion. Kayo’s appointment (part-time) will start in mid-May and continue through September 2019.

Next, Kayo reports that the “Women, Education and Leadership at Rutgers” portal is now live. Here, users can access a collection of interviews created by the award-winning filmmaker June Cross for the documentary From the Boarding House to the Board Room: 250 Years of Women at Rutgers, which was produced by the Institute for Women’s Leadership Consortium in celebration of Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary in 2016. The interviews with Rutgers faculty and alumnae, former deans of Douglass College, the dean of Douglass Residential College, and the director of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs record and chronicle first-hand accounts of the history of women at Rutgers and serve as a unique resource to advance research and learning on women, gender, and leadership at Rutgers and beyond. It also affords to the world a glimpse at the significant work of women’s and gender studies scholars at Rutgers. With guidance provided by Rhonda Marker, two NBL graduate specialists based at the Margery Somers Foster Center created the metadata schema for each interview.

New Resource for Promoting Your Next Event

Customizable postcard templates can now be downloaded from the Communications Department website. These 4”x6” postcards are available in portrait and landscape orientations and are a great resource for promoting your next exhibit, lecture, or workshop. Download them here and contact the Communications Department with any questions or suggestions for new templates.

Rutgers Style Guide Quick Reference Sheet

University Communications and Marketing recently released a Quick Reference Sheet that addresses common questions about editorial style at Rutgers. This is a great cheat sheet to have bookmarked if you do any sort of writing about Rutgers or the Libraries that is public-facing. It’s also a nice complement to the Libraries Style Sheet. If you have any questions about how to use these resources, please contact the Communications Department.

Matt Badessa