Archive for August, 2010

Historical Black Newspapers from ProQuest

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Penrose Library has acquired a digital collection of historical African American newspapers. The collection, ProQuest Historical Newspapers-Black Newspapers, is accessible via the Databases link from the Penrose Library home page.  Click on either the “B” in Databases A-Z and scroll down to “Black Newspapers,” or select “Newspapers, Historical” from the Subject categories and scroll down to find the link.

Titles included in the collection are:

Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003) The Atlanta Daily World had the first black White House correspondent and was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century.

The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988) was the most widely circulated black newspaper on the Atlantic coast. It was the first black newspaper to have correspondents reporting on World War II, foreign correspondents, and female sports correspondents.

Chicago Defender (1910-1975) A leading African-American newspaper, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago.

Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991) was founded by Garrett Morgan, inventor of the gas mask and traffic light. Contributors included noted journalists Charles H. Loeb and John Fuster. The newspaper is well known for its support of the Scottsboro trial defendants with letters, clothing, stamps, and donations to the defense fund.

Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005) is the oldest and largest black newspaper in the western United States and the largest African-American owned newspaper in the U.S.

New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993) This leading Black newspaper of the 20th century reached its peak in the 1940s.  The Amsterdam News was a strong advocate for the desegregation of the U.S. military during World War II, and also covered the historically important Harlem Renaissance.

The Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003) was the only black newspaper to provide on-the-scene, day-to-day coverage of the Scottsboro trial, and was one of the best researched and well written black newspapers of its time.

The Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001) the oldest continuously published black newspaper, is dedicated to the needs and concerns of the fourth largest black community in the U.S. During the 1930s the paper supported the growth of the United Way, rallied against the riots in Chester, PA, and continuously fought against segregation.

Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002) was one of the most nationally circulated Black newspapers, the Courier reached its peak in the 1930s.  A conservative voice in the African-American community, the Courier challenged the misrepresentation of African-Americans in the national media and advocated social reforms to advance the cause of civil rights.

The Math Center is Coming to Penrose

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Starting this Fall, the Mathematics Department will provide free tutoring services for DU students in Penrose on the main level.  It is not being used yet, but I am sure it will be busy later this Quarter.  When the area is not used for tutoring, students and other patrons can use the space as a study area.

Free, drop-in assistance will be available for Algebra, Trigonometry, Business Calculus, and Calculus I, II, and III classes.

Look for the Math Center hours of operation to be posted in the center at the beginning of the second week of the quarter.  Hours may change as the quarter progresses in order to better accommodate student schedules.

University of Denver T-Shirt Quilt on Display

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Come see Frédérique Chevillot’s University of Denver T-Shirt Quilt, displayed on the main level of the library, near the Browser Periodical collection. Frédérique Chevillot is an Associate Professor of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver. Her interest in quilting began ten years ago when her two young daughters were enrolled in a school crafts class. She uses recycled fabric in all of her creations. This quilt is composed entirely of old DU T-shirts and grew out of Chevillot’s desire to “honor our DU students’ commitment to social justice and personal responsibility.” She invites DU faculty, students, and staff, to bring her old DU T-shirts of their own to her office in Sturm Hall 208, so she can facilitate the creation of a giant quilt celebrating DU and what we can achieve together at our institution.

Magazines from Around the World

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Keep up with news and popular culture from around the world through the Penrose Library Cherrington magazine collection, part of the Penrose Library Browser Periodical collection.

To find one of the 40-plus  titles in the collection, type Cherrington into the “Find Books and More” search box on the main page of the library’s website. On the results page, click on “Browser Periodicals” listed under “Location” on the facets menu on the left margin.  You can further limit your search by selecting a “Place” from the facets menu, or add the name of the country to your initial search (cherrington hungary or cherrington india), and then limit to the browsing periodicals area by using the facets.

To browse the collection, visit the Browser Periodical collection located on the north side of Penrose Library, on the main level.

Mobile access to music

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Alexander Street Press has added mobile access to their music collections.  We subscribe to their Classical, Jazz and the Smithsonian Global Sound collections. When you see a little cellphone icon, you can then click on that to listen to the music on your mobile device.  Do a search to find the music you want to listen to.

If you are on a regular computer, you will see these options after clicking on the cellphone icon.

If you are viewing the website on a mobile device such as an iPhone or an iPod Touch, it may take you straight to a screen that looks like this.

For more information, you could view this press release or view this screencast done at a different university.  The interface at Fairfield University is a little different from ours, but the concept is the same.

August Book Display: Natural Disasters

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

We have a new book display for the month of August.  It is on natural disasters.  You are welcome to check out any of the books or DVDs on the topic.

Where did the reference books go?

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Many of the reference books moved to the circulating collection so that they can be used for a longer period of time.  Now, many of the dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases and handbooks can be checked out.  Some of them are still being processed for the move, so if you are having difficulty finding a particular book, please let us know.

Future study spaceVideo and DVD area

We were also able to make more room for the video and DVD collection and make more study space near windows along Evans Ave.

Additionally, the Mathematics Department will be able to create a small space in the reference area to provide tutoring services.