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December 15, 2014
Filling out individual call slips, by hand, in order to request materials from the Newberry’s collection will soon be a thing of the past. Newberry readers, after creating an account through a software program called Aeon, will be able to reserve collection items with a simple click of the mouse. In addition to bringing greater ease to the user experience, Aeon promises to streamline the processing of requests and the monitoring of materials. An “implementation committee” of eight Newberry...
November 21, 2014
A number of streets surrounding the Newberry will be closed for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Saturday, November 22. Please review the complete list of street closures below, and plan your travel accordingly. Main Street Closures Closed 3:30 - 8 pm: Oak Street (State Street to Michigan Avenue) North Michigan Avenue (Oak Street to Wacker Drive) Upper Wacker Drive (Michigan Avenue to east turnaround) Additional Street Closures Closed 7 am - 7 pm: Upper Illinois Street (Michigan Avenue...
October 21, 2014
This November, the Newberry will join organizations across Chicago in observing National Native American Heritage Month. The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies has organized two free, public events to honor America’s native cultures. On Tuesday, November 4, Yale Professor of History and American Studies Ned Blackhawk will deliver a talk entitled “John Evans and the Question of Genocide.” His presentation and discussion will link the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre to...
September 10, 2014
The Department of Maps & Modern Manuscript’s recent cataloging of previously unprocessed materials in the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad archives yielded duplicate items that have been deaccessioned from the Newberry’s collection. The duplicates have found a new home (for the moment, anyway) in the Newberry Bookstore, where Manager Jennifer Fastwolf has arrayed them on a wide-mouthed stand along the checkout counter, in individual plastic sleeves. The new items for sale (prices...
July 10, 2014
On July 7 four librarians from Myanmar, along with two Northern Illinois University (NIU) professors, visited the Newberry. NIU, which has a strong Southeast Asia studies program and the only Center for Burma Studies in the United States, has been active in forging partnerships with academic and cultural institutions in Myanmar as the country emerges from decades of military rule. One part of its intellectual infrastructure that Myanmar intends to buttress is library administration and the...
June 16, 2014
This July and August, graduate students from the 20 colleges and universities composing the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) will participate in the summer institute “Recording the Native Americas: Indigenous Speech, Representation, and the Politics of Writing.” This month-long event is coordinated by the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, which includes Director Patricia Marroquin Norby and Program Assistant Nicolas Arms, and will be taught...
June 12, 2014
John Brady, the Newberry's director of Reader Services and curator of Americana, will leave the library this month. John has led a team of librarians and librarian assistants while planning, providing for, and coordinating services for readers, scholars participating in Newberry programs, staff, and remote users; as a curator, he collected current monographs, antiquarian books, and manuscript Americana to augment a strong repository in the field. A ubiquitous presence around the Newberry, John...
May 15, 2014
In an event held May 5, the Newberry bestowed on Roger Baskes its most prestigious award, the Newberry Library Award. Established in 1987, the library’s centennial year, the award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the humanities, particularly in fields of endeavor related to the Newberry’s collection. Mr. Baskes is the thirteenth person to be so honored. Roger Baskes has long been a generous supporter of various organizations that compose Chicago’s cultural...
May 12, 2014
On Saturday, May 10, the Newberry received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. First bestowed in 2013, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated extraordinary service and leadership in advancing the mission of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts to ensure that children and dance artists have a place to study, work, and perform at the highest level of excellence. “One area that the Ruth Page Center cares...
March 24, 2014
To mark The Bard’s birthday—April 23—and celebrate his work, the Newberry has partnered with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Shakespeare Project of Chicago to host a small but spectacular exhibition featuring more than 40 items from the three institutions. “The Bard Is Born” will be open April 22 through June 21. It will focus in part on Henry V, the first play performed—on the roof of the Red Lion Pub—by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the one being performed there April 29...

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