Library Gazette

During April 2011...

The Giuseppe De Santis Film Stills Collection

Friday, April 29, 2011 8:52 am

ZSR Library is fortunate to have a personal collection from influential but lesser known Italian director, Giuseppe De Santis. De Santis worked with a number of well-known actors and actresses including Peter Falk, Yves Montand, Claudia Cardinale, Silvana Mongano and Marcello Mastroianni.

The Giuseppe De Santis Papers are housed in the Department of Special Collections and Archives and a finding aid is available online, including an inventory of the director’s film stills, screenplays, manuscripts, and research. Photographs from the collection highlighting actors, production, and sets are digitized and online as part of the Giuseppe De Santis Film Stills Collection.

Giuseppe De Santis was born in February 1917 in Fondi, Italy. He was a founder of Neorealist film movement along with Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, and Vittorio De Sica. De Santis directed films that tried to show the need for social reform. He attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, a film school started by Mussolini, in 1935. De Santis was a film critic for Cinema in 1942 where he wrote a column called “Film de questi giorni” (Today’s Films).

Much of De Santis’ film work focused on the life of the Italian peasant. He also dealt with the difficulties Italian women faced with dealing with a changing culture which still held old prejudices and stereotypes. De Santis’ films dealt with adventure and well-defined social contrasts, often showing good vs. evil characters.

Giuseppe De Santis died in Rome in May, 1997 and the country declared a national day of mourning.

Giuseppe De Santis – Filmography as Director

  • 1942: La gatta (The cat)
  • 1947: Caggia tragic (Tragic pursuit); received the Prize of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers for the best Italian film at the 1947 Venice Film Festival
  • 1948: Riso amaro (Bitter rice); nominated for an Oscar for best original story for 1950
  • 1949: Non c’e pace tra gli ulivi (No peace under the olives)
  • 1952: Roma, ore 11 (Rome, 11 o’clock)
  • 1953: Un marito per Anna Zaccheo (A husband for Anna Zaccheo)
  • 1953: Giorni d’amore (Days of love)
  • 1955: Uomini e lupi (Men and wolves)
  • 1958: La strada lunga un anno (The one-year-long road); won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film of 1958
  • 1960: La garconniere (The love-nest)
  • 1964: Italiani brava gente (Attack or retreat)
  • 1972: Un apprezzato professionista di sicuro avvenire (An esteemed professional with a secure future)

Art installation promotes sustainability

Friday, April 29, 2011 8:00 am

Across from the circulation desk is a student art installation , the brain child of a grad student from Divinity who belongs to a student group called Mosaic, and an undergrad who is an art student and an intern with Sustainability. In the spirit of collaboration, Shannon Axtell and De’Noia Woods got together and brought me a seed of an idea a few weeks ago to try to make students, (who drink an awful lot of coffee this time of the year) aware of exactly how many disposable coffee cups are thrown away on this campus in a week. We got some data from Starbucks and discovered that a phenomenal 3,500 coffee cups will be thrown out this week from our Starbucks alone.

Shannon, through her Mosaic student group, funded coffee mugs and the Divinity students decorated some of them with ceramic paint. She and De’Noia designed this “tree, made from coffee cups that have been reclaimed from the trash in ZSR this week, rinsed out, dried and sprayed with Lysol. Shannon, De’Noia and Josh Dewitt worked together to get this completed the night before exams began this semester. This is an art project with a mission as, in addition to being a learning tool, it will also help to promote sustainability. As students, faculty and staff sign the sustainability pledge (available at the circ desk) they will be able to get a coffee mug that they can then use for coffee from here on out, reducing the number of disposable cups sent to the landfill!

We are also filming the creation of the installation so we can have the video available to see its construction. Happy Exam Week! Drink (sustainable) coffee! Get good grades!

Preservation Week

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 8:04 am

Preservation Week Display

This is Preservation Week. April 24-30 is designated by the American Library Association as Preservation Week. The idea of having Preservation Week is to call attention to the value and care for our cultural resources. Many institutions have crumbling collections with no plan or resources to care for them. The week gives everyone an opportunity to share their knowledge with others and call attention to the good work they are doing in their own institutions. This week also gives librarians and archivists a chance to connect with their community and discuss disaster recovery operations. At ZSR, a small display of preservation tools and repairs is mounted near our Circulation Desk. in honor of Preservation Week, check it out!

Preservation Week

Monday, April 25, 2011 8:34 am

Preservation Week Display

This is Preservation Week. April 24-30 is designated by the American Library Association as Preservation Week. The idea of having Preservation Week is to call attention to the value and care for our cultural resources. Many institutions have crumbling collections with no plan or resources to care for them. The week gives everyone an opportunity to share their knowledge with others and call attention to the good work they are doing in their own institutions. This week also gives librarians and archivists a chance to connect with their community and discuss disaster recovery operations. At ZSR, a small display of preservation tools and repairs is mounted near our Circulation Desk. In honor of Preservation Week, check it out!

ZSR Participates in Panel Discussion on Social Media at WFU

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 3:44 pm

Today at 11am while Susan and Erik (and other grant recipients) were presenting the findings of their Summer Grants for Exploration of Educational Technology, Lauren Pressley and I were participating in a panel discussing social media at Wake Forest University with Will Clark and Meghan Haenn. I was going to write up the event, but Gretchen Edwards already has an excellent post about the session on the Collaboration@Wake blog!

National Library Week draws in the young folks

Thursday, April 14, 2011 11:15 am

This spring I received several requests asking for library staff to provide tours for elementary and middle school students during the week of April 11 – 15. One of the teachers who requested a tour congratulated us on the ACRL Award and noted that they were looking forward to touring our “wonderful library.” It is interesting to note that the week selected by all of our visitors to tour ZSR just happened to be National Library Week (April 10-16).

On Tuesday, April 12, students from Paisley IB Magnet School (Project Launch) arrived on campus. This year Bobbie, Susan, Kaeley and Giz volunteered to assist with this tour. During the tour, students had the opportunity to visit the Bridge, Reference, Government Documents, and Special Collections. On April 13, Bobbie, Mary, Giz, and Sarah served as tour leaders for 80 students from Millennium Charter Academy in Mt. Airy. Fifth grade students from Wilkes County came on Thursday, April 14. Tour leaders for this group included: Bobbie, Mary, Giz, and Kaeley.

During the library tour, students had an opportunity to visit Special Collections. Katherine and Beth had pulled a wide variety of materials and displayed them on the table in Special Collections for students to examine. Katherine, Beth, and Megan provided an excellent overview of the different types of materials in Special Collections and showed our visitors a copy of the first edition of Dracula, old newspapers that covered events of the Civil War, and copies of Harper’s Weekly. Many thanks to all of the staff who assisted with the tours. I know that the students were very excited to be here and enjoyed their library adventure!

2nd Annual Senior Showcase

Sunday, April 10, 2011 10:41 am

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the second annual Senior Showcase program recognizing exemplary senior research theses and projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Five students have been selected to present their research on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 3pm in the Allen Mandelbaum Reading Room, ZSR Library.

The honorees are:

  • Ms. Beth Ann Williams, “Faith: Education Reform in Post-Independence Kenya, 1963-1970″
  • Ms. Carey Carpenter, “En búsqueda de justicia en la novela sicaresca” (Seeking Justice in the Sicaresque Novel)
  • Ms. Anna Walker, “Three Twenty-First-Century Perspectives of Music for Christian Worship”
  • Mr. David Tokarz, “Accessing a Public: Enlightenment Rhetoric in First-wave Feminism”
  • Ms. Allison Faig, “Nitrite Formation Through Reduction of Nitro-Containing Antibiotics”

We hope you will be able to join us for the Senior Showcase on April 26. Event details and registration may be found at pdc.wfu.edu/event/3389.

The patio is OPEN!

Friday, April 8, 2011 1:15 pm

The Provost, on the day that the ZSR Library won the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, graciously gave us funding to purchase furniture for the patio on the front of the library outside of room 401 (aka the Red Room). The furniture was installed today and is now open for business. The patio will be open during daylight hours and, while it has no outlets, we believe wireless is available. (I’ll try that later today.) And the day is gorgeous, so go on out and enjoy the breeze.

Peer to Peer Student Technology Training Workshops at ZSR (and DDA)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 3:48 pm

This semester we have been implementing a new approach to student technology training workshops at ZSR. I’ve been teaching two student assistants, one who has worked for me for four years and one who has worked for me for the last year, how to lead technology workshops for students. We team taught the workshops at first and now they are leading sessions on Excel and Zotero. So far this model is proving very successful and it appears the students enjoy the peer to peer training.

In an interesting turn of events, one of the students in the Excel workshop last Sunday wanted advanced help with Excel for Finance. I checked the catalog and found the title “Building Financial Models with Microsoft Excel A Guide for Business Professionals“, so I sent them the link to this title. This was my first encounter with a DDA e-book and it was just what the student needed!

Using Overdrive to Access Books from Your Public Library

Monday, April 4, 2011 11:19 am

I started to simply send this link to Lib-l, but decided to do a quick Gaz post instead! I recently saw a great video on Cnet Crave that gives a quick overview of using Overdrive to access books from your public library. I thought it might be of interest, especially to those of us who buy e-books for our devices when we could borrow them! I know it isn’t a perfect model as you may still have to wait in line for a title, but it is interesting!


Pages
About
Categories
Archives
Awards
Events
General
Instruction
Outreach
Staff
Technology
Tags
Archives
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
May 2006
April 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
October 2005
August 2005
July 2005

Powered by WordPress.org, protected by Akismet. Blog with WordPress.com.