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June 15, 2015
The Newberry re-launched its website this week, introducing changes small and large for a variety of different users. The new features update pre-existing design elements, while also accommodating the increasing proportion of mobile traffic to the site. For visitors accessing the Newberry through a desktop web browser, little will have changed, though a redesigned homepage and select landing pages will serve as a more effective portal for all things Newberry, and “share this page” icons will...
May 22, 2015
The Newberry Library has announced the appointment of Alice D. Schreyer to the position of Roger and Julie Baskes Vice President for Collections and Library Services. Dr. Schreyer will arrive at the Newberry from the University of Chicago Library, where she is Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections and Curator of Rare Books. From July 1 to December 31, 2014, she was Interim Director of the University Library. As Baskes Vice President, Dr. Schreyer will oversee...
May 1, 2015
The Newberry Library has announced the appointment of D. Bradford Hunt to the position of Vice President for Research and Academic Programs. Dr. Hunt will arrive at the Newberry from Roosevelt University, where he has held a variety of positions as a professor and an administrator since 2001. As Vice President for Research and Academic Programs, Dr. Hunt will oversee the Newberry’s fellowship and scholars-in-residence programs, its undergraduate seminars and graduate-student programs, and the...
May 1, 2015
Newberry readers can now request collection items with the click of a mouse. After creating an account through Aeon, a web-based circulation system that can be accessed at requests.newberry.org, readers will be able to search for materials and submit requests for them seamlessly. This means no more filling out call slips by hand, a time-consuming and (often) physically demanding process. “Aeon will transform how all our readers, including staff, request items from the Newberry,” says Director...
April 27, 2015
Since the Newberry’s centennial year in 1987, the Newberry Library Award has been awarded to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to fields of study related to the humanities, and specifically areas within the scope of the Newberry’s collections. On May 11, the tradition will continue with the presentation of the Newberry Library Award to Stacy Schiff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). Schiff has also published Saint-Exupéry, a...
March 2, 2015
Chicago history comes alive this March at the Newberry with a series of free “Meet the Author” events. The lectures, delivered by authors of recent work about Chicago, promise to illuminate dark corners of the city’s past and deliver new insights based on popular local lore. Topics include urban development, regional rivalry, and a murder that scandalized nineteenth-century Chicago. The three separate programs will take place on March 17, 21, and 24. Chicago in Ten Stories (Tuesday,...
February 26, 2015
The Newberry has acquired a set of artifacts that may shed new light on the Yalta Conference, the diplomatic gathering of Allied leaders who, in the final months of World War II, established the terms for peace and the new boundaries of postwar Europe. Consisting primarily of never-before-seen photographs of the American, British, and Soviet politicians in attendance, the acquisition offers a different perspective from the official visual record of the conference’s proceedings. These...
January 26, 2015
On Saturday, January 24, Paul Gehl received the American Printing History Association’s annual APHA Award for contributions to the study of printing and printing history. Much of Gehl’s work in these areas has been accomplished while serving as Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry, where he has guided the research of scholars and type designers from around the world in addition to producing scholarly work of his own. Gehl’s research interests lie...
December 17, 2014
The Newberry’s Modern Manuscripts Department announces the completion of a three-year National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to arrange, describe, and make electronically available the records of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company (CB&Q). The CB&Q records at the Newberry measure over 2,300 linear feet, and include correspondence, reports, maps, blueprints, financial documents, advertising materials, photographs, and other items documenting the history of...
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...

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