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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Volume 25 Number 8 July 6, 2003

Thailand Librarians Visit
Rutgers University Libraries

Thelma Tate (seated - middle) and Roger Smith (standing, back row, far right) join the Thailand librarians and State Department translators and liaisons for a group photo.

Leave it to Global Outreach Services Coordinator Thelma Tate to demonstrate how much solid information, and valuable perspective, can fit into a short visit.

On June 17th a contingent of ten college and university librarians from Thailand visited Alexander Library, as part of an international visitors program run by the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. With only a seven hour stay to work with, Thelma brought in fourteen colleagues to speak on a number of important Libraries services, functions, and concerns. Presentations included Online Audio Reserves, by Jane Sloan; Interlibrary Loan's Web Delivery, by Brian Beyer; Spectator Project and DjVu, by Jeffrey Triggs and Karen Wenk; and Electronic Reserves, by Roger Smith. The group also heard greetings from Special Collections head Ron Becker and SCILS liaison Myoung C. Wilson and met for a discussion with University Librarian Marianne Gaunt, Jeanne Boyle, Ann Montanaro, and Bob Sewell.

On their way to Rutgers the contingent received another, unplanned, introduction to life in New Jersey - their bus got stuck in a major traffic jam on the New Jersey Turnpike, delaying the group's arrival for over an hour!

Congratulations to Thelma for putting together a memorable international library encounter.

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Jazz Research Roundtables
Summer - Fall 2003 Schedule

Libraries faculty and staff are invited to the following Roundtable events, which are coordinated by the Institute of Jazz Studies and cosponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, at Rutgers-Newark.

July 17: Christopher Meeder: Cecil Taylor

August: no meeting

September 18: Sam Stephenson: Jazz Loft Tapes of Eugene Smith

October 16: Sam Miller: Hank Mobley

November 12: David G. Berger: Keeping Time: The Life, Music, & Photographs of Milt Hinton (film showing and discussion)

December 11: Randy Sandke: The Mythology of Jazz

All Jazz Research Roundtables are free and open to the public, and take place Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm in the Dana Room, on the 4th floor of the John Cotton Dana Library, at Rutgers-Newark. Refreshments will be served. For further information please call (973) 353-5595.

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Hold The Date!
Friday September 12, 2003
“Forging Memorial Art for Public Memory”

Artists face unique challenges when they work to conceive memorials that respectfully, yet creatively, reflect communal reactions to public tragedies. The Art Library will conduct a one-day event, entitled “Forging Memorial Art for Public Memory”, to analyze these challenges from a variety of perspectives and highlight some recent works of memorial art that successfully addressed these challenges. Speakers will include Dr. Penny Kuntz of Drew University and Evan Urbania of the Memoria Project, who will discuss the conception of public and memorial art as social representations of collective memory. An accompanying exhibition will showcase New Jersey artists, such as David Slivka, Roberta Scott, Stephen Shaheen, and John Giannotti, whose work has responded to the events of 9/11. This event is cosponsored by the Rutgers Art History Department.

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Contributors for this issue were Ed Berger. Contributions for future issues of The Agenda should be sent to Harry Glazer, editor of The Agenda, at hglazer@rci.rutgers.edu.