Quick Takes on Events and News – September 2020

Updates to Rutgers Editorial Style Guide 

University Communications and Marketing has developed and maintains the Rutgers Editorial Style Guide as a tool for communicators at the university. Approximately once a year, the guide is revised to keep it current with changes at Rutgers and with editorial style guidelines used by educational institutions, media outlets, and other organizations that focus on the use of language in contemporary times.

The guide can assist in drafting university communications that are consistent, clear, inclusive, and accurate. The revised guide and a quick reference sheet can be found at: https://communications.rutgers.edu/resources/editorial-style-guide.

The guide includes the following additions and updates.

Addition of words to the Preferred Spellings section:

  •     teleconference
  •     telehealth
  •     telemedicine
  •     videoconference
  •     Webex

Change to capitalization of the word “Black” when referring to race or ethnicity.

Removal of hyphen in the word “African American” when used as an adjective. All uses are now open and unhyphenated.

Removal of hyphen in 3D (and 4D). All uses are closed to avoid awkward constructions in phrases such as 3D-printed face shields. 

Ermira Publishes New Poems

 I would like to share this great news about a new publication of my poetry in the United Kingdom. I feel so honored to have three of my poems—”Love for my Homeland,” “A Winter Night in New York,” and “Yearning Sweet Home”—published in the international anthology On the Road by the literary magazine The Poet on July 15, 2020. As EIC Robin Barratt said: “On the Road, the anthology of poetry on travel, is probably the largest international anthology ever published. 121 poets. Vol 1 & Vol 2.”  

Retiree Publishes New Book

In this book by Ron Jantz, the reader will learn about the emergence of Anabaptism in the Reformation of the sixteenth century.  The Anabaptists embraced the core principles of nonconformity and nonresistance and endured much persecution in the Netherlands and Switzerland.  Menno Simons left his comfortable life as a Catholic priest and organized various factions to become what we know of today as the Mennonites. This narrative history will impart an understanding of how a little known group of Mennonites migrated through the countries of Western Europe, ultimately to bring a unique way of life to the Great Plains of America. The book has been published by Wipf & Stock Publishers (https://wipfandstock.com/living-in-the-world.html).

Digital Exhibition: Gendering Protest: Deborah Castillo and Érika Ordosgoitti

The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities is pleased to present the virtual exhibition, Gendering Protest: Deborah Castillo and Érika Ordosgoitti, which features the work of two exiled Venezuelan artists whose art responds to the country’s political turmoil of the last decade.

The work of Castillo and Ordosgoitti carries a distinctly feminist form of social protest, relying on performative acts and activating the body in daring ways so as to challenge, not only the current political regime, but also heteronormative patriarchal culture and canonical Venezuelan aesthetics. In Venezuela’s economic heyday, geometric abstraction and architectural modernism were regarded as emblems of progress and prosperity. They eclipsed profound economic inequality and worsening social problems. As conditions deteriorated, abstraction was thrown into crisis, but Venezuela did not have a strong tradition of protest art. It was the task of artists in the twenty-first century to forge new directions. Castillo and Ordosgoitti do so by presenting a strong female body and imbuing her with agency, revealing a conviction in the power of art to effect social change.

NJ Digital Newspaper Project Wins NEH Grant

The NJ Digital Newspaper Project was awarded a $251,536 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue its work as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program into 2022. The project will contribute 100,000 pages of digitized historical newspapers to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website. Caryn Radick is project director and Tara Kelley is co-principal investigator.

CURCA Digital Collection

Held each year in April, Research Week at Rutgers University-Camden celebrates research across the university. The week features multiple events that highlight the research contributions of students and faculty, including the Annual Faculty Research Fellow Lecture, the Graduate Research and Creative Works Symposium, and the Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA). This digital collection features posters presented at the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA). CURCA aims to recognize and showcase the high-quality original research and creative work produced by undergraduate students in the Camden College of Arts and Sciences and University College-Camden.

New Online Resources from SC/UA

We have a new resource in SC/UA, our Digital Resources LibGuide, which brings together all of our scattered digital resources in one place for the first time, so it is intended to serve as a one-stop shop for our current and growing digitized resources in SC/UA that support teaching and research. It also includes digital resources at Rutgers outside of SC/UA, and outside of Rutgers, that we refer to regularly in our work with patrons and instructors. We will continually add to this guide as we digitize more material. https://libguides.rutgers.edu/scuadigital

We also added another first for us–a dedicated section of our website aimed at RU and other faculty as well as K-12 instructors who want to teach with SC/UA materials: https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/scua/teach

-submitted by Christie Lutz

REALM Project Information Hub

As libraries and museums around the country begin to resume operations and reopen facilities to the public, there is need for clear information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials.

OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. The project will draw upon the research to produce authoritative, science-based information on how—or if— materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors.

To achieve these goals, the REALM project will:

  • Collect, review, and summarize authoritative research that applies to materials commonly found in the collections and facilities of archives, libraries, and museums
  • Ongoing consultation and engagement with a project steering committee, working groups, and other subject matter experts from archives, libraries, and museums
  • Laboratory testing of how COVID-19 interacts with a selection of materials commonly found in archives, libraries, and museums; and identifying methods of handling and remediation
  • Synthesize the above inputs into toolkit resources that support reopening and operational considerations
  • Share project information and toolkit resources through the project website and amplified by member associations and support organizations that serve archives, libraries, and/or museums.

­-submitted by Tim Corlis


Matt Badessa