Every year, many Washington University undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members conduct research using rare or unique materials held in the Film & Media Archive, Manuscripts, the Modern Graphic History Library, Rare Books, or University Archives. These units comprise the Department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries, and the research opportunities here are countless.
Many of the Special Collections holdings exist only at Washington University, so WU’s community of scholars have easy access to amazingly rich and unique research opportunities.
To encourage such research, the Department of Special Collections has established the Mendel Sato Research Award competition. Any undergraduate or graduate student may compete by completing a research project that uses Special Collections holdings and is under the mentorship of, or in collaboration with, a faculty member.
Students interested in entering this research competition must first contact Special Collections to discuss their proposed research project with the appropriate Special Collections staff member(s); then submit a short application form; and, finally, complete and submit the final project. (Contact information and a schedule of deadlines appear at the end of this article.)
Once projects are submitted, they will be evaluated and two awards of up to $1,000 each will be given to student/faculty pairs—80 percent of the award goes to the student and 20 percent to the faculty mentor.
The Mendel Sato Research Awards are designed to foster collaboration between students and faculty, expand the use of Special Collections, and generate new research drawing on rare and unique holdings at WU Libraries.
The vision and funding for this program are provided by an endowment from Dr. Mendel Sato, who seeks “to help awardees do well for themselves and enable them to do good for others.”
Sato received an undergraduate degree in biology from Washington University in 1976 and a doctoral degree in dental medicine, also from WU, in 1979. Today, Dr. Sato and his wife, Sharon, live in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he operates a dental practice along his two sons.
Inspired by his days as a student at WU, where he learned by collaborating with faculty members, Sato created an endowment to provide ongoing funding that encourages collaborations among today’s WU students and faculty. Nearly 40 years after leaving Washington University, Sato is helping today’s students have the same kind of powerful learning experience he had.
Send questions, applications, and completed research projects to Brian Woodman, reference and research coordinator in the Film & Media Archive, at email@example.com.
November 9, 2015 – February 5, 2016. Meet with the appropriate Special Collections curator or archivist to discuss ideas for research project.
February 12, 2016. Submit a completed application form to register your intention to participate in the competition.
April 15, 2016. Submit the completed research project by 5 p.m.
The Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online is the English edition of Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit Online, a 15-volume reference work published in print between 2005 and 2012. It offers a multi-faceted view on the decisive era in European history stretching from ca. 1450 to ca. 1850 CE. in over 4,000 entries. The perspective of this work is European. This is not to say that the rest of the World is ignored – on the contrary, the interaction between European and other cultures receives extensive attention. The German version is complete. New articles for the English version will be added on a regular basis during the period of translation.
Faculty members, students, and other interested parties are invited to Olin Library, Room 142, on Monday, October 26, where from noon to 1 p.m. library staff members will report on new services or improvements funded by in-house innovation grants. Attendees should feel free to bring their lunches and eat during the presentation.
Hear brief presentations showing just how much can be accomplished with a small amount of funding toward the following efforts:
Flexible Seating for Olin Library Level B
History Out Loud Mobile Audio Recording Booth
Eyes on Ferguson
Loanable Flying Camera (Quadcopter Drone)
Research Conference for Advanced Graduate Students in the Humanities
On Tuesday, October 27, at 3:30 p.m., Roger Schonfeld, Director of the Library and Scholarly Communications Program at Ithaka S+R, will discuss the results of the Ithaka Local Faculty Survey, which took place March 3-29, 2015, at Washington University. Schonfeld’s presentation will be held in Room 142 of Olin Library. Faculty and other interested parties are welcome to attend.
The Ithaka Local Faculty Survey was developed by Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit research and consulting service that helps the academic community take advantage of digital technologies, preserve the scholarly record, and advance research and teaching in a sustainable way. The purpose of the survey was to understand faculty perceptions of the emerging digital landscape and its impact on research, teaching, and learning outcomes. Topics addressed in the survey included:
The evolving role of the academic library
How scholars discover and access needed information resources
Due to staff relocations to West Campus in preparation for Olin Library renovations, public access to the West Campus Library will only be available by making an appointment beforehand. The exact date of this change is still to be determined but it will be in the next few weeks.
This change should not greatly impact your ability to use the West Campus Library and its collections. Here’s what you might be wondering:
Can I still browse the West Campus Library stacks? Yes! You may do so by scheduling an appointment in advance. Details about how to make an appointment will be included in future communications.
Will the collections at West Campus Library still be accessible? Yes! In addition to the option of browsing the collections in person by making an appointment, you will also continue to have access by placing requests through the WU Catalog or by using this form for delivery to any Danforth Campus library, or by contacting the appropriate Special Collections department for special collections.
Once the schedule is set, I will share more details and dates with you. Please let me know if you have questions in the meantime.
Across the scholarly landscape, there is a growing need for the archiving and storage of digital research materials. To address this demand, the WUSTL Libraries are initiating the Digital Research Materials Repository Curation Pilot. This project will utilize the Libraries’ expertise and current suite of services to manage, enhance, and preserve the outputs of research conducted at WUSTL. Given many of the recent funding requirements around data management and sharing, the Libraries anticipate a greater need for these services.
Faculty members are encouraged to participate in the data curation pilot. It’s a great way to promote and preserve digital research outputs, such as images, spreadsheets, metadata, and field data. We’re inviting faculty and researchers to submit proposals for the project. Here are a few of the ways you’ll benefit from curating your digital materials with the WU Libraries:
Your research time and investment will be safeguarded with a trusted, long-standing source.
Your data will be enriched beyond the standard storage and backup techniques.
Your materials will be archived and accessible for future researchers to reuse, which will increase the impact of your research.
You will meet grant funder and publisher requirements.
You will improve the discoverability and citeability of your research materials through the assignment of a DOI and the dissemination of your research to international linked data platforms.
To get started, fill out this form: bit.ly/1fLoqJl. If you have additional questions or need more information, contact your subject librarian, Brian Vetruba at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Digital Data Outreach Librarian Cynthia Hudson-Vitale at email@example.com.
In keeping with WU Libraries’ ongoing commitment to providing user-friendly service and seamless access to information, the Libraries' Web Team partnered with the Office of Public Affairs to to redesign the Libraries' website. The team adopted the WordPress Template and platform to improve branding and the user experience.
The Team launched a beta site for the University Libraries which will be available in tandem with the current website allowing users the opportunity to provide feedback before the January 2016 full launch.
Your feedback is very important to us! The beta site can be accessed at: http://library-prod.wustl.edu. Once you are on the new site, look for the image below and click to submit your feedback.
If you prefer, contact Brian with your feedback on the site.