2019 Spring - Personal & Institutional News
Column Editor: Sharon Clayton
Vol. 42, no. 2
ESS member, Sue Waterman is retiring. Here is her note to us all :
"My contribution is about an ending, not a beginning, but I would like my colleagues in WESS to know that I will be retiring in December from the Johns Hopkins University. I've been the librarian for German and Romance Languages and Literature there for nearly 23 years, and have been working part-time, remotely from my home in the Virginia Blue Ridge, for nearly 5 years. I have many fond memories of the WESS conference in Paris back in 2004, and feel privileged to have known and worked with so many wonderful colleagues from all over the country. WESS members were always generous in their advice and assistance whenever I had a question or tough research query. Heartfelt thanks to you all. I will turn my attention, come January, to my writing (still trying to get that book published, based on my Nijhoff research grant!), to finally having time to read, to my 3 (soon to be 4) grandchildren, and to keeping up with the gardens and fruit trees on our little piece of paradise here at the foot of the Blue Ridge. Charlottesville is 30 minutes away, and the University of Virginia library is superb. I'll still be spending time in the library!
Warm regards to all, Sue Waterman"
David Lincove, Professor and Anthropology, History, Public Affairs & Philosophy Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries, has published the following article: Lincove, David. "Data for Peace: The League of Nations and Disarmament 1920–40." Peace and Change, 43(4): 498-529.
This article is about the League of Nations' development of 2 statistical data sources on armaments and the arms trade to support the League's program of disarmament mandated by the League Covenant in the Treaty of Versailles following World War I. The article deals with the philosophy and public reception of data collection and dissemination to promote peace and the influence it had on armaments data sources produced by the United Nations. The journal Peace and Change is sponsored by the Peace History Society.
The beginnings of the article go back to 2006, when both authors were part of a WESS study tour of German libraries. While in Weimar, Thea and Dick inspected the fire-damaged library named in the article's title, a library that had historically been extremely strong in early modern German collections. Among the collections had been rich holdings of the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft (Fruitbearing Society), the foremost German cultural society of the seventeenth century. Some time later, the head of that library asked Thea to begin calculating the impact of the 2004 blaze. An ACRL/WESS Coutts Nijhoff International West European Study Grant proved highly beneficial to her initial research. Thea then recruited Dick as a collaborator for his training and interest in early modern German literature. Eventually they took into consideration the restoration efforts at the library over the decade or so following the fire.
The final article investigates the following questions, among others: What are the numbers of lost, damaged, and surviving volumes in the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek? What are the effects on the scholarly research community? How successful has the library been in replacing lost Fruitbearing Society editions? What roles have the HAAB’s duplicates and restoration efforts played in the editions’ continued accessibility? How has, in sum, the significance of the library’s Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft holdings been altered due to the damage inflicted by an early twenty-first century disaster?
ESS member Sebastian Hierl, Drue Heinz Librarian, at The Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library of The American Academy in Rome, announces that they have updated their Digital Library presence on the web.
The University of Pittsburgh is hosting the exhibit Soldier, Writer, Artist, Photographer: Accounts from Europe, 1914-1945 . This exhibit features works that were created between the years 1914 to 1945 by individuals who were engaged in or documented the First World War, the rise of Fascism, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II in Europe. Curated by Special Collections in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh's Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures in celebration of their 50th anniversary and conference, History and Its Discontents: Commemoration in Italy and the Francophone World, 29-30 October 2015. The full Exhibit Catalog can be viewed here.
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