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LSU Libraries’ Elaine Smyth to Retire

Elaine Smyth's retirement reception

LSU Libraries’ assistant dean Elaine Smyth will retire on July 31 after more than 26 years of service to Louisiana State University. After earning her Master of Librarianship degree in 1979 from the University of Washington, Seattle, Smyth began her

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Second Floor Computer Lab Closes

Last spring, the Student Technology Fee Committee announced a decision to close the ITS-run computer lab on the second floor of Middleton Library. Students returning in the fall will have roomy area for studying and plugging in. The computer lab

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Spot the Fake

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In 2010, a woman brought a copy of the July 2/4, 1863, edition of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen for an appraisal on the popular PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, at the time touring in Biloxi, Mississippi.  An especially famous newspaper, this

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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

Contact print, showing before and after retouching.

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

François Delsarte

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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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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  • Enjoy reading about this fascinating collection at Hill Memorial Library! And stop in and see the little display relating to her collection now available in our reading room.


    Doralice Fontane Papers
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    Louisiana native, Doralice Fontane, was a music teacher, composer, and business woman. Fontane was a prolific composer best known for composing one of Louisiana’s state songs, “Give Me Louisiana” a...
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    Labor Day Weekend Hours
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    Both Middleton Library and Hill Memorial Library will be closed Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, and have special business hours for Labor Day, September 1. See the hours on the webpage for details.
  • #TBT As the Tigers roar into the opening game of the 2014 football season, let’s look back at the season opener from one hundred years ago. LSU faced Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) on September 26, a game Coach E.T. McDonald (standing at left in the photograph) called “merely a practice game” against a much smaller team with less ability. LSU cruised to an easy 54-0 victory.

    Graphic and photograph: Gumbo 1915. Call number: LD3118 .G8


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