Small Gems: Small Books from Reed’s Collection

August 2 – November 1, 2017
Library flat cases

Often good things come in small packages, and the many small books in the library’s special collections testify to the great variety and beauty possible in tiny books. From a facsimile of a 1320’s Book of Hours (at 10cm high) to a foldout artist’s book showing the audio waveforms of ‘noisy words’ (at 43mm tall), these books both inform and entertain.

Seniors, add your thesis to the online archive

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Done with your thesis? Help build the digital thesis tower! Submit your thesis to the online archive.

Visit the etheses website and click on the submission button to start the process.

  • Once you’ve turned in your final thesis, you can upload a PDF to the electronic archive.
  • Participation is voluntary and you have control over who can see it online.
  • Consult with your advisor about your interest in submitting to the electronic archive, especially if your thesis contains ongoing research.

Please direct any questions to: etheses@lists.reed.edu.

Photo Credit:A Reed College Library grotesque in laurels. Photo courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, design by Jason Parker.
Help Build the Digital Thesis Tower!

Great Ideas: The Inventivity of Books

April 4 – June 23, 2017
Flat cases and wall case by the Reference Desk

Surprisingly, the book format has long experienced creative developments. Though outliers to the normal codex format, the items shown in this exhibit confirm that bookmakers are ingenious in their invention. From the physical—like The Invisible Book made out of clear tape–to the shaped, such as Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, and from the food box of Eat and Die to the Viewmaster of Mushrooms in Their Natural Habitats, there will be something to impress and surprise the viewer.

Reed College Book Collecting Contest

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Announcing the REED COLLEGE BOOK COLLECTING CONTEST!

$1000 – top prize
$500 – second prize
$250 — third prize

Reception in April with refreshments for winners and participants!
Exhibition of winners’ books.
Open to all full-time Reed students.
Winner may participate in The National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.

**DEADLINE**: March 21, 2017, 5pm.

Download the Book Collecting Contest Application

Unleash your bibliophilic passions, write an essay about your favorite books, enter this contest not only for the pleasure of working with your own collection and the serious monetary awards for the three prizes but an opportunity to enter the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest held annually at the Library of Congress.
Details at: http://www.himesduniway.org/

Co-sponsored by Reed College and the Himes & Duniway Society, a Portland book collecting group.
For on-campus questions contact Gay Walker, Special Collections Librarian, L014, at 7782 or walkerg@reed.edu.

To Apply

Download the Book Collecting Contest Application

The Application Form on this page or by emailing Gay Walker at walkerg@reed.edu. Please submit your application by one of the following methods:

  1. Email: Submit your application package to: walkerg@reed.edu with the subject line Entry: Book Collecting Contest 2015, or
  2. In Person: Print and fill out the Book Collecting Contest pdf form and bring it with your application package to L014, special collections & archives, Gay Walker.

The Library at Paideia

RARE TO MEDIUM RARE BOOKS
(Gay)

Illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, antiquarian maps and Simeon Reed’s dinnerware. Come see treasures from behind locked doors and between the most rare and intriguing covers. Calligraphy and scrounger trading cards, fore-edge paintings and the Beat Poets. View highlights from the library’s special collections!

Meet in the archives, L014 on lower level 2 (under the IMC).
Tuesday, Jan. 17th (canceled due to weather)
2pm

Thursday, Jan. 19th
11am

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ARTISTS’ BOOKS
(Gay)

What is an artist’s book? See the amazing variety of artists’ books in the library’s special collections. We will look at a wide range of book creations made by artists, and some by Reed students, from the 1960s to the present. Presented in the Pierce Room behind the locked door on lower level one.

Meet in library lobby.
Wednesday, Jan. 18th
11am

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SECRET LIBRARY TOUR
(Gay, Linda, Laura)

Description: Have you ever wondered where all those locked doors go in the library? Why there are grotesques but not gargoyles? What are those strange collections up the spiral staircase in the Pollock Room? Let us take you on a tour of discovery. You can amaze your friends with your esoteric knowledge and learn more about your library home-away-from-home.

Meet in library lobby.

Tuesday, Jan. 17th (canceled due to weather)
11am

Wednesday, Jan. 18th
2pm

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INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL HUMANITIES

Beth Platte (Instructional Technology) and Angie Beiriger (Digital Assets Librarian)

This course will introduce participants to the theory and methodology of Digital Humanities. The class will address the question of what data in the humanities looks like for a variety of research projects, considering, for instance, what’s appropriate for a semester paper, versus a thesis or a longer professional research project. We’ll look at a variety of Digital Humanities projects as examples, and, given time, we’ll explore a few simple tools.

Wednesday, January 18 at 9:00am to 10:30am. ETC 205

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Using Open Tools to Remix Images and More
(David, Angie, Amy, Laura, Jim)

The Internet is full of images, audio, or video just waiting for your tweaks and personality. Learn how to find existing open resources and re-mix them without worrying about copyright. This session will demo resources for finding open images, audio, video, and the software you will need to edit them. There will be time for hands-on participation as we re-use, re-make, and re-define digital objects.

Library L17
Wednesday, Jan. 18
3pm

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Project Pericles – Debating for Democracy Letter Writing Competition
(Joe, Sonia Sabnis, Meredith Dickinson and Carla Mann)

Still in progress; guiding students on how to research issues they might want to write to a legislator about

Eliot 116
Thursday, Jan 19
1pm

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LLOYD REYNOLDS & CALLIGRAPHY AT REED

Description: Lloyd Reynolds was the “Father of Calligraphy” at Reed College and literally brought calligraphy to the Pacific Northwest. Self-taught in the 1930s, his calligraphy classes were wildly popular and his impact long-lasting and now alive and well in the weekly Scriptorium on campus. Come see his library, papers, artwork, and evidence of his impact on campus.

Meet in the Library Lobby
Thursday, Jan. 19th
2pm

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APPROACHING TEXT AS DATA

Beth Platte (Instructional Technology) and Angie Beiriger (Digital Assets Librarian)

This course covers the various kinds of textual, literary, and linguistic analysis that are possible using digital methods. We will look at Digital Humanities projects to understand the sorts of research questions that computer-assisted text analysis can help to answer. This hands-on course will also introduce basic text encoding using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) schema and present various ways of digitizing texts.

Thursday, January 19 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm ETC 205

Illustrated Books: Interior Pictures – Exterior Views

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December 1, 2016 to February 22, 2017
Flat and wall cases in the library

A selection of illustrated volumes from the library’s special collections is on display ranging from the early Book of Kells through contemporary artists’ books and from hand-colored pochoir to comics. Come see the beauty of book illustrations and enjoy their many forms from the Reed collections.

Realia: Objects from the Archives

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August 4 – mid-November 2016.
Flat and Wall Cases

The new exhibit in the library’s flat and wall cases is “Realia: Objects from the Archives”. The Reed College Special Collections contain many objects from the history of the college, its founders, and its activities. These are documented and stored in the library’s many rooms devoted to special collections and archives. They range from the wooden palanquin on which the flaming boar’s head was carried in earlier years to Simeon Reed’s fishing pole. A selection of these items allows us to see a real piece of Reed and to help us imagine the life of the mind in previous decades.

Guerrilla Girls

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April 11- May 3, 2016
Flat and Wall Cases

The Guerrilla Girls are a small group of women outraged at the inequality in the art world over how few women are shown, reviewed, selected as playwrights, or accepted but also in the larger world of women’s rights, status, and politics.  The library owns a large collection of their posters from 1985 to the present; these and many others are on display around the campus, with copies mounted all over in guerrilla fashion.

The Book of Kells: Insular Script & Celtic Decoration

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March 10 – May 31, 2016
Flat and Wall Cases

The new exhibit focuses on the Book of Kells and its Insular Script, a half-uncial form of handwriting, and Celtic ornamentation. The library’s excellent facsimile of the Book of Kells (1990) is on display along with other research on the manuscript, a note about Celtic decoration, and the connection between Reed and the study of this early hand. The exhibit accompanies the Book of Kells events planned for April 2, 2016, of discussions, demonstrations, and lectures on the Book of Kells and the monastic Irish culture that produced it.