Posts on January 2018

Welcome...to Library Anxiety

It is very, very easy to feel intimidated walking into the Hatcher Graduate Library. The front steps are right off the ever-bustling Diag, and they lead to a grand lobby filled with mosaics and elitist Latin proverbs without a book in sight. Students often find themselves at a loss for how to walk into a library and ask a person for help, which, in turn, prevents them from learning about the wonderful faculty who are hired to help them.

Using a Pilot Study to Test and Assess a New Instruction Model

Diagram with the words "try, fail, success."

Have you ever attended a workshop and promptly forgot most of what you learned a few days later? Given that library staff teach hundreds of library instruction sessions each semester through training workshops, course-integrated sessions, campus workshops, etc., this is an issue that is probably affecting those who attend our instruction sessions as well. Librarians explored a potential solution to this problem by testing an implementation of "Learning Boosters."

Upcoming Jane Austen Book Clubs at Nicola's Books

Illustrated endpapers showing an older, grey-haired man bowing, as though making an announcement, to two seated women: Mrs. Bennet and a brown-haired young woman trimming a hat (possibly intended to be Elizabeth?)

Have you visited The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet? Has the exhibit only whetted your appetite for more Jane Austen? If so, read on! In Feburary and early March, Nicola's Books will be hosting three Jane Austen Book Club events on February 7th, February 21st, and March 7th. The first two events are highlighted in this blog post. Stay tuned for more news of the March event.

Happening Tonight: Jane Austen-Inspired Embroidery at AADL

Embroidery pattern with pineapples in the middle and abstract or floral borders on the left, right, and bottom

Join Ann Arbor District Library for an evening of embroidery and Austen on Tuesday January 23, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Downtown Library's Secret Lab. There will be a short presentation on needlework in the Austen era and a demonstration of embroidery styles and stitches. Each attendee will create their own needlework keepsake—a personalized, monogrammed handkerchief—with plenty of guidance to get those stitches started.

Reading Austen in America by Juliette Wells

Cover of Reading Austen in America by Juliette Wells

Reading Austen in America is an in-depth study of Jane Austen's earliest American readers. Author Juliette Wells focuses on the 1816 Philadelphia edition of Emma, the only edition of one of Austen's works to be published in the U.S. during her lifetime. Only six copies of this edition are known to exist today. Wells writes about the lives of the original owners of these copies, and their reactions to Austen's novels and characters. Later she discusses two transatlantic...

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