New Online Language Dictionaries Added

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Ginsberg’s “Howl” and Beat Poetry

February 13 – April 10, 2008
Library flat and wall cases

This wall case exhibit celebrates the earliest recording of Allen Ginsberg’s best-known poem, “Howl,” recently identified in the Reed archives. Ginsberg and Gary Snyder ’51 stopped off at Reed to give a reading while on a Pacific Northwest road trip in February of 1956. This followed their October, 1955, explosive readings in San Francisco that brought the Beat Poets into the public eye. Included is the issue of The Quest announcing a “poetry reading” in Anna Mann on February 13th, 1956, the box lid of the 8″ reel-to-reel tape, and the two post cards written by Ginsberg and Snyder at this time to their friend, Philip Whalen ’51.

The larger part of the exhibit displays correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, and published titles of Beat poets Snyder, Whalen, Lew Welch ’50, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac. Their lively friendship and connection with Reed is clear in their many letters and often in their poems.

The Binford Collection: Janet Walker Binford ’36

Fascinating, colorful examples of the volumes gathered by Reed alumna, Janet Walker Binford ’36, grace the exhibition cases in the Hauser Library. The Binford Collection, part of the library’s special collections, contains gems of early exploration and travel, including Captain Cook’s volumes of his 1784 Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, highlights of the gardening world with a focus on rhododendrons, and carefully selected examples of children’s and other illustrated volumes. The collection also boast hundreds of titles printed by the Binford family’s publishing house in Portland, Binfords & Mort. September 10 – November 26, 2007.

EndNote Site License & Workshops

EndNote is now available to any current member of the Reed community (student, faculty, and staff members) for installation on their machines and use anywhere. Help and download instructions are available on the CIS website. For more help, please contact computer user services. For those of you who are interested, we will be holding introductory sessions this week:

Introduction to EndNote and EndNote Web
4:30 pm, Monday, Sept. 10, or 4:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 12
Meet in Library 17
Having trouble organizing citations for your thesis or a paper? Want to share citations with colleagues? Come to one of these short sessions for an introduction to EndNote and EndNote Web. Contact Linda Maddux or Taylor Smith for more information.

Library Tours August 27 – 29

New to Reed and want to know more about the library, but don’t live in a dorm? In addition to our regularly scheduled Dorm Tours, librarians will be offering “drop-in” tours. Tours will last about 30 minutes and include a short orientation of the main level plus a demonstration of a few resources you can access from the library website.

If you live in a dorm, check with your HA to find out your scheduled time. If you don’t live in a dorm, just join one of our drop-in tours:

  • Monday, Aug 27, 6:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 5:30 pm or 6 pm
  • Wednesday, Aug 29, 4 pm or 4:30 pm 

All tours meet in the library lobby.

Reed Student Literary Magazines

The history of creative writing at Reed is a lively and long one. Over thirty different titles, edited and published by students, have appeared since the founding of the college. Some titles were seen only once while several ran for over a decade. Major authors and poets had their student pieces published at Reed, including Mary Barnard, Gary Snyder, Phil Whalen, Katherine Dunn, Don Berry, Debra Ginsberg, Lee Blessing, and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. Come see samples of many of these literary magazines and their contents. May 25 through July 2007.