Posts by Juli McLoone

Modernity and Print Culture

Students and professor looking at book, as described in caption.

In January of 2016, Professor Susan Siegfried reached out to Pablo Alvarez and myself with a proposal: a class focused on 19th century color plate books, tightly focused on the use of original materials, with weekly meetings in Special Collections and out-of-class assignments, drawing heavily on the private collection of Dr. James Ravin, MD, of Toledo. Would we facilitate such an endeavor? Could we?

New Online Exhibit | Jane Austen 1817-2017: A Bicentennial Exhibit

Screenshot of the online exhibit

The Special Collections Library is pleased to announce a new online exhibit: Jane Austen 1817-2017: A Bicentennial Exhibit. This exhibit honoring the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death was curated during Winter Term 2017 by students in English 313, taught by Professor Adela Pinch, Department of English, with exhibition assistance by Juli McLoone, Outreach Librarian and Curator, Special Collections Library, and Sigrid Anderson Cordell, Librarian for English Language and Literature.

Our Third Annual Selection of Pies for Pi Day

Title page of The new cyclopaedia of domestic economy and practical housekeeper :

For the past two years, the Special Collections Library has celebrated Pi Day (3/14) by sharing pie recipes from the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive (JBLCA). This year, we bring you a pair of pies from The new cyclopaedia of domestic economy and practical housekeeper...(1872), edited by Elizabeth Fries Ellet.

Picturing Gulliver's Travels

Front cover of Gulliver in Brobdingnag, showing Giant King and Queen holding a magnifying glass

Today we celebrate the final day of Picture Book Month and also the 349th birthday of Jonathan Swift, English satirist and poet, most famous for his authorship of Gulliver’s Travels. In honor of both, this post highlights two picture book editions for children from the Hubbard Collection of Imaginary Voyages.

Lessons from Liberating (Instruction) Structures

Chart of 35 liberating structure icons - each one is described in Liberating Structures website (linked in post)

On October 21st, Instructor College hosted its first event of the 2016-2017 academic year: Liberating (Instruction) Structures, led by Diana Perpich, Educational Technologies Librarian, and Nabeela Jaffer, Application Programmer. During this workshop, participants were introduced to the concept of liberating structures and explored ways that many of the 35 liberating structures could also be applied in instruction, offering an opportunity to expand our pedagogical repertoire.

Artists' Books: Structures for Instruction

Several artists books on a table - each described in the post below.

Last Friday, I was privileged to welcome students from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit to the Special Collections Library. As part of a class on exploring the book, attendees were preparing for an assignment to create a one-of-a-kind artists’ book. The instructor had asked me to find examples of unusual artists’ books with interesting structures, offering me an opportunity to explore new dimensions of Special Collections’ artists’ book holdings.

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