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LSU Librarian Delivers Workshop for 4-H University

On June 18th and 19th, 25 Louisiana 4-H students attended Info U: Developing Your Personal Brand with Information Skills and Social Media, an LSU 4-H University/Clover College workshop designed to introduce students to responsible digital citizenship and the size and

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LSU Librarian Wins “Outstanding Paper” Award

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LSU Libraries’ Web Development Librarian, Dave Comeaux, been awarded the 2014 Literati Award for “Outstanding Paper” of 2013 by the journal Library Hi Tech for his paper, “Accessibility of academic library web sites in North America: Current status and trends

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Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute Visits LSU Libraries

On June 10, 11 students from across the United States visited LSU Libraries as part of LSU’s Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute (PDSI) being held during the month of June and coordinated by Ms. Clovier Torry, Director of Graduate Recruitment, Retention, and

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Old Skool Photoshop

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Long before the days of glamour shots and digital images edited with Photoshop, many traditional film photographers used a method of retouching the original negative with a finely pointed lead pencil to achieve a smooth, desirable skin texture. Drawing on

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Something’s Brewing in Special Collections…

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It’s not too late to sign up for Lager for Libraries, a beer tasting and fundraiser for the LSU Libraries that will be held tomorrow, June 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Tin Roof Brewing Co. in Baton Rouge. And if

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French Researcher Highlights Importance of LSU’s Delsarte Papers

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Un chercheur français souligne l’importance du Fonds Delsarte de la LSU. Franck Waille est l’auteur de la première thèse en français concernant François Delsarte, thèse qui a marqué une étape importante dans la connaissance de la vie et des enseignements

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Storm Search: Historic Hurricanes at Hill Memorial Library

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LSU Libraries Special Collections features books (fiction and non-fiction), manuscript collections, newspapers, and oral history interviews that speak to the devastating power of hurricanes, as well as documentation of a variety of efforts to educate and protect the public. Search

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Beer Tasting and Silent Auction Benefit

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Going to the silent auction on Thursday? Among many other items, there are some fabulous destinations for you to bid on! 1) A night at the Inn at Houmas House, and dinner for two at the Carriage House 2) Two

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LSU Libraries Receives Funding for Agricultural Publications Digitization Project

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LSU Libraries faculty members Cristina Caminita and Gina Costello have secured a Project Ceres grant for the LSU Libraries, which will support the digitization of the LSU Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins and Annual Reports. The “Louisiana Digital BibliAGraphy: 100 Years

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LSU Libraries Bestows 2014 Student Assistant Awards

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The LSU Libraries Student Assistant Awards honor outstanding student employees of the LSU Libraries. The awards were established to acknowledge the vital role student workers play in the success of LSU Libraries. They open and close departments, assist patrons in

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Oil and the Wetlands: A Q&A with Jason Theriot

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Jason P. Theriot, author of American Energy, Imperiled Coast: Oil and Gas Development in Louisiana’s Wetlands (LSU Press, 2014), will participate in an informal Q&A session regarding the petroleum industry in Louisiana and its impact on the coastal wetlands at

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Raising the Flag – Memorial Day Remembrance

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Flag raising ceremony in front of LSU president’s home. This image is from the University Archives, and can be viewed with other historical images on the Louisiana Digital Library here.

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  • For the first in a series of posts commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, we revisit an older blog post about two original drawings of President Woodrow Wilson now held by Special Collections...


    “The Peace maker as he really is”
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    In 1919, shortly after the end of the First World War, President Woodrow Wilson traveled to France to participate in the Paris Peace Conference. Here he helped decide the fate of Germany and her al...
  • #TBT In commemoration of the anniversary of the death of Zachary Taylor on July 9th, this week's Throw Back Thursday is dedicated to "Old Rough and Ready."

    Zachary Taylor, The White House Gallery of Official Portraits of the Presidents.
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    Zachary Taylor (Nov. 24, 1784-July 9, 1850) was the 12th president of the United States. A career officer in the United States Army, he led troops in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War of 1832, and the Second Seminole War during which he received the nickname "Old Rough and Ready." Taylor became a national hero after victories in the Mexican War and was nominated the Whig Party's reluctant presidential candidate in 1848. Taylor served as president only eighteen months before dying suddenly in July, 1850.

    Taylor was the only person to become president who spent a significant amount of his life in Louisiana. He established Fort Jesup near Natchitoches and was the commanding officer at Fort Robertson in Baton Rouge. He engaged in land speculation in north Louisiana and purchased a plantation in the Felicianas but was an absentee landowner. While stationed at Baton Rouge, Taylor purchased a plantation near the fort and moved his family there. The plantation was located just south of the Pentagon Barracks in what is now downtown Baton Rouge. Taylor was living here when he received word that he had been elected president.


  • #TBT Celebrating Independence Day in style! The Declaration of Independence float in front of the Washington Fire Company No. 1 hall, 5th Street between Laurel and Main Streets, Baton Rouge, LA ca. 1885-1905. From the Andrew D. Lytle Collection, Mss. 893, 1254, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries.


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