Voices of the Holocaust in Daily Herald

April 25, 2007 at 5:11 pm | Posted in Voices of the Holocaust | Comments Off on Voices of the Holocaust in Daily Herald

A newspaper article on the Voices of the Holocaust project appeared in the Daily Herald on Friday, April 20th. The article, “Help needed to preserve decaying voices of history,” by Sarah Long, recounts how IIT professor Dr. David Boder traveled to Europe in the years immediately following WWII to record the stories of Holocaust survivors in displaced-persons camps. To document the interviews, Boder used a new magnetic wire recording device developed by Marvin Camras, an electrical engineer at IIT. The story also features comments by Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart, who discusses the Galvin Library’s efforts to preserve these materials and make them available online at http://voices.iit.edu.

To listen to Sarah Long’s podcast interview (“Longshots #42”) with Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart, click here.

And the Winner Is . . .

April 23, 2007 at 9:26 pm | Posted in contests, exhibits, National Library Week | Comments Off on And the Winner Is . . .


Galvin Library was honored to have 6 stunning entries in the First Annual Light Up Galvin contest. Everyone who participated stepped up to the design challenge and created a funtional lamp made out of books. That’s no small feat.

Light Up Galvin contest -- 1st PlaceFirst of all, we would like to thank everyone that participated:

Elizabeth Laschiazza
Bulbul Jain
Martina Dolejs
Raman Nagaraja
Aparna Krishnamoorthy
Smita Vijaykumar

Thank you all for your lamps. These lamps will light up the Galvin Library for years to come.

And now, for the winners:

The First Place Prize (above right), a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble, goes to Raman Nagaraja.

The Second Place Prize, a $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble, goes to Aparna Krishnamoorthy.

Survey: What’s Your Favorite Book?

April 16, 2007 at 3:56 pm | Posted in National Library Week, surveys | 2 Comments

Galvin Librarians shared their favorite books with you in the National Library Week display. Now we’d like to hear from you! What are your favorite books? Have you read one of our choices and hated it? Why? Leave us a comment telling us what your favorite books are and why you love them.

Emporis Buildings Database Now Available

April 6, 2007 at 8:45 pm | Posted in databases, new resources | Comments Off on Emporis Buildings Database Now Available

EmporisWe are very pleased to announce that all IIT users now have access to the Emporis database. Dedicated to documenting tall buildings, Emporis is the world’s largest publicly available database on architectural and building data. News, photographs, renderings, and firm data are collected by over 700 editors for more than 50,000 cities worldwide. These experienced authors and correspondents report 24 hours a day on new projects and developments in architecture, engineering, construction, and real estate with a high regard for accurate and reliable information. Emporis’s goal is to list every structure in the world which is of public or commercial interest; from a hut to a skyscraper. This resource will be particularly useful to Architecture and Civil Engineering researchers. Thanks are due to Antony Wood and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat for their efforts in bringing this powerful research tool to IIT. To access Emporis, click here.

Voices of the Holocaust on Fox News

April 4, 2007 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Voices of the Holocaust | Comments Off on Voices of the Holocaust on Fox News

Voices of the Holocaust, a web site created and maintained by Galvin Library, was featured recently on Chicago’s Fox 32 newscast. The Voices site highlights the work of Dr. David Boder, who at the time of the 1946 interviews was Head of the Psychology Department at Lewis Institute, which merged with Armour Institute to become IIT. Dr. Boder used a newly developed wire recording device, invented by IIT’s Marvin Camras to record his interviews, which took place in France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland with persons displaced by World War II.

Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart and Institute of Psychology Director Dr. Ellen Mitchell were featured in the piece, which tells the story of how Dr. Boder’s interviews and wire recordings were discovered. The story also contains numerous clips from the audio recordings of the interviews, glimpses of the orginal wire recording devices and spools, as well as archival film footage of Holocaust victims.

Watch the newscast video (above), visit the site, or read more about Boder’s work in the 1949 book I Did Not Interview the Dead (held in Galvin Library’s collection) to learn more.

New Business Resource: Simmons Choices 3

April 4, 2007 at 7:49 pm | Posted in databases, new resources | Comments Off on New Business Resource: Simmons Choices 3

Galvin Library announces the acquisition of Simmons Choices 3, a marketing and product research resource. Drawing on data from the National Consumer Survey (NCS) produced by the Simmons Market Research Bureau — which includes demographic and psychographic data from a nationwide survey on the buying and media habits of the American public — Choices is used to develop consumer profiles of selected brands and products, and to provide information on consumer media preferences. Use Choices to move forward on your marketing or product development project using detailed consumer profiles that take into account 600 lifestyle characteristics. The Simmons NCS Study provides information gathered on over 8,000 brands in 460 product categories that drive more than 90% of US consumer spending. With Simmons Choices 3, you can combine consumer characteristics and categories to explore consumers’ behavior and decision-making processes.

To use Simmons Choices, just stop by the Circulation Desk on the lower level and ask for one of the laptops that contains the Simmons Program. Accompanying print material is kept in the Reserve collection. Having trouble? Reference Librarians can assist, just ask.

Learn a New Language: Rosetta Stone

April 4, 2007 at 7:39 pm | Posted in new resources | Comments Off on Learn a New Language: Rosetta Stone

Rosetta StoneRosetta Stone, an interactive, multi-media, language instruction software program, is now available for use in the Paul V. Galvin Library to all students, faculty and staff of IIT. It’s simple, just stop by the Circulation Desk on the lower level and ask for a Rosetta Stone laptop, plus 1 of the 5 languages we have available; English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic or French. The laptop and language CD is available for use only in the library for 2 hours at a time. To take full advantage and optimize the features of the Rosetta Stone Language instruction method, you will need to bring along your own headset/microphone.

Rosetta Stone mimics the natural process for language acquisition that occurs and is taken for granted in childhood. Through interactive, digital technology Rosetta Stone attempts to replicate and activate that process for all learners. Rosetta Stone immerses you in the target language with images, text, and voices of native speakers. As a result, you will learn to speak, read and write the new language quickly, naturally and easily. For more information, visit the language resources page.

The library is able to make the Rosetta Stone software and equipment available to the IIT community with the generous support from several anonymous donors.

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