Library Paideia Sessions

Wednesday, Jan 20

Rare to Medium Rare Books
Mark Kuestner. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Library 014

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

Rare to Medium Rare Books
Mark Kuestner. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Library 014

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

The Research Question
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PAB332
Annie Downey & David Gruber
What does it mean when you’re told to “write an essay”? How do you come up with a good question? In this workshop we will explore methods to find and act on research questions; you’ll learn how to narrow a question’s focus and implement research strategies that complement your question.


Thursday, Jan 21

Rare to Medium Rare Books
Mark Kuestner. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Library 014

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

Currency: Design for Currency Systems

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November 25, 2015-February 15, 2016.
Library’s flat and wall cases

The current exhibit in the flat cases of the library is “Currency: Design for Currency Systems” by the students of Marc Ganzglass’ Visual Concepts Class, Studio Arts, 2015. Designs for both a paper and metal money system was the assignment for the 19 students. All of these colorful designs are displayed along with a description from each student.

Books and their Covers: Bookbindings in the Reed Collections

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August 18, 2015 through November, 2015
Library’s flat and wall cases

The art of bookbindings mirror in miniature the changes in style and design in the world around us. From the 16th century to the present, books in this exhibit have been selected from the Reed collections to show the breadth of these designs, from the vellum covering of a sewn-through-the-fold paper text block to the accordion-folded artist’s book. Displayed are various binding structures, examples of endpaper designs, early bindings, publishers’ stamped cloth bindings, and the creativity of book artists.

Reed in the Global Sixties

May 1 – June 15, 2015
Library flat and wall cases

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This exhibit highlights how the political and social phenomena experienced across the U.S. unfolded on campus. The students of History 309, taught by Shane Dillingham this semester, explored youth culture and social movements throughout Latin America during the long ’60s, contextualized into a global perspective. In their investigation of Reed College’s engagement with black politics, women’s liberation, and U.S. foreign policy, they concluded that while Reed is rightly regarded as a very insular, somewhat myopic space, the campus was not immune to the influences of social and ideological forces from around the globe.

The new Summit is here!

As of this month, all Summit libraries have completed the migration to a shared, unified library catalog. Reed completed this migration in December 2013.

All libraries will begin using the shared system for Summit requests on Tuesday, January 20. The experience of finding and requesting books and other library resources has been streamlined, but the actual process of “Summiting” is nearly identical. You’ll be able to view the status of all of your Summit requests in the new system. Please see the Library website for more information.

The old Summit system, http://summit.worldcat.org, will not be available after Wednesday, January 21.

Please contact Dena Hutto, College Librarian, or your department’s librarian if you have questions or concerns about the new Summit.

Emilio Pucci: Fashion Impressario Reed MA ’37

January 15 – April 15, 2015
Flat Library Cases

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The world-renowned fashion designer, Emilio Pucci, had a special relationship with Reed College, having attended Reed in 1936/37. President Dexter Keezer traded tuition, room, and board for Pucci’s time and expertise as a ski instructor, giving Reed the first ski team and, incidentally, giving the world the first of Pucci’s designs with the ski uniforms. On display are items, photos, and documents that connect Pucci to Reed and follow his long association with the college.

Encyclopedias: The Art of Organizing Knowledge

September 30–December 31, 2014
Flat Library Cases

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Encyclopedias and dictionaries trace their history back to the ancient Greeks at the least. Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia is accepted as the first true encyclopedia—in 37 volumes, and dictionaries date to the same period. Reed is fortunate in owning a remarkable collection of representative compilations, from Pliny in a 1600 German blackletter edition through Diderot’s Encyclopédie and a 1798 American version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Taken from the library’s special collections, the exhibit fills the library’s four flat cases and the wall case behind the reference desk.

Birds in Books

May 22 – August, 2014
Flat Library Cases

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The variety and beauty of birds represented in books is amazing. From the well-thumbed bird guide to Thomas Bewick’s The History of British Birds, these feathered, winged, two-legged, warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates are illustrated in every conceivable way. Selections from the library’s special collections will be on display showing both the oddities and beauties of this class of animal.