A new exhibit in WSU’s Terrell Library this month highlights the collected books and other media of library employees when they’re not at work. Called “After Hours 5: Don’t Judge a Book by its Owner,” the exhibit runs through August in the atrium display case.
Started in 2014, the “After Hours” exhibits celebrate the creativity and uniqueness of WSU Libraries’ staff post-work pursuits.
“This exhibit gives folks a way to share passions that otherwise might not have much opportunity to see daylight at our workspace,” said Wendy Blake, a library and archives paraprofessional in the technical services unit and exhibit co-organizer. “Employees of the WSU Libraries were prompted to share the most unusual and/or most meaningful items that have found a place on their home bookshelves.
“Sometimes our interests lead us down unlikely paths, and our different interests are not always closely related to each other,” she said. “There should be some enjoyable discoveries for everyone.”
Erin Hvizdak, reference and instruction librarian, shared her collection of community cookbooks, including The Best Cook on the Block Cook Book.
“This book has everything I look for in a community cookbook: stains, extra recipes written on scraps of paper and taped to the inside, and inscriptions,” Hvizdak said. “This book is unique in that it includes photographs of the recipe creators—both women AND men, which is rare. It is full of old-world European recipes from residents of the Milwaukee area, closely matching my own background, so it is very meaningful to me.”
Hvizdak also uses The Wytheville Cook Book. “This is the oldest community cookbook in my collection, given to me by my mother,” she said. “The recipes are written narrative style and include minimal directions.”
Bamboo furniture and price competition
For the exhibit, Mary Gilles, business and economics librarian, submitted the book McGuire, by the McGuire Company, revealing her love of McGuire bamboo furniture.
“This book is the next best thing to owning a lot of their bamboo pieces,” she said.
Gilles also included The Promotion of Price Competition Where Sellers Are Few by Frank Kottke for one reason.
“I was named in the ‘Acknowledgments,’” she said. “My lifelong conceit has been to have a book dedicated to me. This may be the closest I get.”
A Space Needle tale
Digital Infrastructure and Preservation Librarian Andrew Weaver entered Wheedle on the Needle by Stephen Cosgrove/Robin James for its pictures and for “representing a unique little chunk of Washington history—the best origin story for the blinking light on top of the Space Needle.
“I also love the influence the Wheedle character went on to have, inspiring funk songs (check out “Wheedle’s Groove” on Spotify) and becoming the mascot for the Super Sonics,” he said.
Blake offered a collection of books based on her fondness for charts, graphs and tables and “science from before there were supercomputers for everyone.”
Among Blake’s titles to peruse are The Dietzgen Maniphase Multiplex Decimal Trig Type Log Log Slide Rule No. 1732: A Self-Teaching Manual by H. Loren Thompson and Ovid W. Eshbach, as well as RF Connector Selector by the American Phenolic Corporation.
“How do you make the things that make our things? Start with the right sort of book,” she said.
Jessica Striffler, library and archives paraprofessional, enjoys singing in her spare time as a way to relieve stress. So she shared the Mass Sing Songbook by Sweet Adelines International for the exhibit.
“This organization focused on the art of barbershop,” she said. “It is challenging because it is different from my previous experience, but the all-female choirs/quartets sound amazing.”
A local SAI chapter, Inland Harmony Chorus, meets Mondays from 6:30-9 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Genesee, Idaho. Carpools are available. For details, contact Striffler at email@example.com.
Harry Potter in other countries
Conservator Linnea Rash has a specific book in mind when she travels abroad: “I try to find a used bookstore where I can buy the first Harry Potter book [by J.K. Rowling]. I only have a few so far, but I am looking forward to building my collection.”
These include copies purchased in Pullman, in London (where the book is titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) and Rome (titled Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale).
Sex in space?
First-Year Experience Librarian Erica England tackles a pressing question about life in outer space with her book selection, Sex in Space by Laura S. Woodmansee.
“If the title alone isn’t intriguing enough, this book answers many of the questions you may have about doing ‘it’ in space—has ‘it’ been done in space before, what happens to your sex drive in space, is it even possible to conceive in space and what positions would work best,” England said.
William Clements, digital projects archivist, chose a trilogy of “historical fantasy” novels by Tim Powers about the Romantic Poets and the Pre-Raphaelites for the exhibit: The Stress of Her Regard, A Time to Cast Away Stones and Hide Me Among the Graves.
“I chose these books for the unusual bindings,” Clements said. “The first is bound in bleached denim, which is meant to suggest the ocean in which Percy Shelley drowned. The second is supposed to re-create Shelley’s waterlogged journal. The third is bound in ‘cave paper’ with mica chips embedded, which is a reference to broken mirrors in the novel’s plot.”
Nancy Drew as a family tradition
Associate Dean Beth Blakesley “devoured” the Nancy Drew mystery series as a young girl in the 1970s, she said. Then she discovered that her mother was a Nancy Drew fan as well. Both copies of The Whispering Statue by Carolyn Keene (1960s and 1937 editions) are in the exhibit.
“The younger me was fascinated by the idea of a book being reprinted and that my mom and I read the same book,” Blakesley said. “Reading Nancy Drew and having different editions of the books led to not only my lifelong interest in mystery fiction, but also to my academic studies of 20th-century American history and fiction, particularly the topic of popular fiction being taken seriously as literature.”
Turn-of-the-century sheet music
Bonny Boyan, human resources coordinator, contributed 20 pieces of antique sheet music that has been in her family for several generations, inherited from her father. The pieces date back to 1918 or earlier.
“My dad was a musician, from being first-chair violinist in the Los Angeles Junior Orchestra as a child, to learning to play almost every kind of instrument, to getting his Master’s in Music Education, and finally, his favorite, being the trombonist for the Hot Frogs Jumping Jazz Dixieland Band in his later years,” Boyan said. “My mother also played many instruments, mostly piano, and she had the loveliest alto voice. My childhood home was always filled with music from every genre.”
WSU Libraries will host a celebration of International Open Access Week from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Terrell Library Atrium, featuring a jack o’ lantern judging contest and cookie-decorating station with an open-access theme.
Open Access Week, this year scheduled from Oct. 23-29, is a global event to promote free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research and the right to use and reuse them. For more information, see http://www.openaccessweek.org/.
Spooky fun with open access
The jack o’ lantern judging contest is part of making WSU’s Open Access Week celebration more fun and tied to Halloween, according to organizers and WSU librarians Talea Anderson and Gabriella Reznowski. Terrell visitors will vote for the spookiest and best open access-themed pumpkins on display, carved by library employees.
“Orange is the official color of open access, so pumpkins are a natural fit,” Reznowski said.
As for the cookies, Anderson said the libraries worked with a 3-D print shop on campus to produce a cookie cutter shaped like the open access logo. The idea came from Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library in Pennsylvania, which made the cookie cutter for its Open Access Week events in 2014.
WSU Libraries’ Access Services Manager Sue Shipman—whose after-hours passion is baking and decorating cookies and cakes—will bring the open access cookies to the Oct. 25 reception for visitors to decorate.
“This year we wanted to share some of the great things that are happening in open access while having a little fun in the spirit of fall and Halloween,” Anderson said. “We’re looking forward to seeing everybody on Wednesday.”
Examples of open access at work
Some avenues for providing open access to resources have been around for some time; others are newer. Founded in 2001, Creative Commons is a system that helps creators of music, artwork, images and more to share their work with others. Using a Creative Commons license, authors can communicate to others how they’d like their work cited and used. As of 2016, more than 1.2 billion items have been licensed under Creative Commons. That’s up from 100 million in 2006.
Open educational resources (OERs), or course materials made available to students at no cost, are helping universities address the skyrocketing prices of college textbooks, largely due to corporate monopolies in academic publishing. As of 2017, the Open Textbook Library—a catalog of open textbooks being used across the country—contains some 400 textbooks in 14 subject areas. OERs can also include full courses, modules, streaming videos, software and more.
A more recent example of open access activism is the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), founded in 2012 by a group of plant breeders, farmers and seed companies interested in curtailing corporate monopolization of seed breeding and sales. Some corporations use patents and restrictive contracts to prevent sustainable practices in saving, replanting and sharing seeds. OSSI invites breeders to pledge open access to the genetic code behind seed varieties they develop. In fact, WSU’s Sustainable Seed Systems Lab has pledged two types of spelt to OSSI.
A faculty author’s road to publication may only be fully appreciated by the librarians who, whether offering information or an ear, walk the same road to bring that book to light. Trevor Bond, head of WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections, followed one faculty member’s progress for eight years. For the full WSU News story, visit https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/01/april-3-crimson-reads-celebrates-faculty….
To recognize the achievements of those who’ve published a book from 2010 to the present, WSU Libraries will hold the inaugural “Crimson Reads: A Celebration of WSU Faculty Authored Books” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Terrell Atrium. Refreshments and musical entertainment will be offered.
The event program includes a welcome and introduction from Beth Blakesley, associate dean of the WSU Libraries; opening remarks by Frances McSweeney, vice provost for faculty affairs and Regents professor of psychology; and an address by Matthew McCluskey, chair of the WSU Department of Physics and Astronomy.
For more about “Crimson Reads,” including a full list of published works and detailed descriptions of books by faculty authors, visit http://libguides.wsulibs.wsu.edu/crimsonreads.
Announcement from the Office of the President
Please join us in honoring the life and legacy of former Washington State University president Glenn Terrell. Dr. Terrell, who served as president from 1967 to 1985, died Friday, August 30, at the age of 93.
A celebration of life ceremony, featuring speakers, music, and memory sharing, will be held at 1:45 p.m., Thursday, October 10, in the Terrell Library Atrium on the WSU Pullman campus. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP. More information about the event is available by calling 877-978-3868.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, any memorial donations be sent to the WSU Libraries Glenn Terrell Endowment for Excellence in Student Services, WSU Foundation,PO Box 641927, Pullman, WA 99164-1927.
Thursday, April 25th: Reception, Tours, and Music for Golden and Diamond Grads!
The Libraries will be hosting a reception in the Atrium and offering tours for the Golden and Diamond Grads on April 25 from 1-3 p.m. Music will be provided by pianist Jered Kostenko who is a graduate student at WSU’s School of Music. Please feel free to participate in the event and meet some wonderful WSU alumni.
2013 Reunion Class Gift
The Golden and Diamond Grad classes traditionally make a dedicated class gift as a way of showing how much WSU means to them. We are pleased to announce that President Floyd selected The Libraries as the recipient of this year’s Reunion Gift: National Geographic Virtual Library.
For more than 100 years National Geographic has educated and inspired learners of all ages. The iconic monthly publication provides unparalleled, in-depth coverage of cultures, nature, science, technology and more. Thanks to the Golden and Diamond Grads and the advancement of digital technology, we are seeking the opportunity to offer unlimited access to National Geographic to students and faculty: Every article from every issue, each fully searchable by keywords.
Visit: National Geographic Virtual Library to access a free trial of this amazing resource!
To learn more or make a gift, please contact Anna Wheatley at 509-335-6205 or firstname.lastname@example.org or donate online:
Class of 1953 at 53classgift.wsu.edu
Class of 1963 at 63classgift.wsu.edu
Thank you Washington State University Diamond and Golden Grads!
2013 LandEscapes Release Party!
When? Wednesday, April 24th at 7:00 pm
Where? Terrell Atrium
What?Live music and food, free copies of the 2013 LandEscapes edition!
This is a “dress to impress” event – so put your swag on and join us to recognize fellow Cougars who have worked so hard to produce WSU’s own literary and arts journal. We will be recognizing our 2012-2013 LandEscape teams and contibutors AND announcing the new 2013-2014 editor in chief!
“LandEscapes Literary and Arts Journal is an annual publication that focuses on the creative talent of WSU undergraduate students. We publish all manner of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, animation, music, graphic novels, screenplays, and any other original work.”