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The American Library Association’s training camp libraries in World War I

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In observance of National Library Week (April 9-15) and the centenary of America’s entry into World War I in April 1917, this blog post explores the efforts of the American Library Association to provide books and periodicals to U.S. military

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Omohundro Institute awards Lauren Coats and Andrew Sluyter grants to digitize collections

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Lauren Coats, Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, and Andrew Sluyter (Geography and Anthropology), have been awarded a grant by the Omohundro Institute to fund the digitization of the Carlos Trudeau papers and the Vincente Sebastian Pintado papers. The Lapidus Fellowship

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Civil War Book Review to host lecture on Civil War diary of Louisiana Confederate chaplain

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The Civil War Book Review will sponsor a lecture on April 10, 2017, at 11 a.m. in Hill Memorial Library. Dr. Patrick Hayes will deliver a lecture about his most recent publication, The Civil War Diary of Rev. James Sheeran, C.S.s.R.

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Oscar René Courrege Papers

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Anisyla Pinon* Note: Anizy-Pinon train station located in northern France at Pinon near Anizy-le-Château. Possible graffiti translation: Keller 15M with arrow. [Cellar 15 meters in direction of arrow] *Transcription of handwritten notation is true to original. The Oscar René Courrege

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LSU Libraries joins ACRL Diversity Alliance

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LSU Libraries recently joined the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Diversity Alliance. The ACRL Diversity Alliance program unites academic libraries that share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

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“Who Do You Think You Are?” filmed at Hill Memorial Library

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The TLC reality series, “Who Do You Think You Are,” recently filmed an episode featuring famous actor Noah Wyle at Hill Memorial Library. Wyle is best known for his leading role in NBC’s hit series “ER,” and currently stars in

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Hebert to participate in Institute for Research Design in Librarianship

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Andrea Hebert, Human Sciences, Education, and Distance Learning Librarian, was recently accepted into the 2017 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship. IRDL is a yearlong program designed for academic and research librarians to complete a research project of their design.

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Baton Rouge Mardi Gras? Not so much . . . until 1933

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Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge has had a long and spotty history. For the most part, it wasn’t really celebrated here. The earliest celebrations were a mix of Mardi Gras and celebration of the Washington Fire Company’s organization in 1836.

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Mardi Gras Ephemera

Detail of "September" float from the Daily Picayune broadside for Comus 1896. Theme: "The Year"

Mistick Krewe of Comus, 1902. “Princess Sunshine in the Enchanter’s Castle” float. The Daily Picayune.  Special Carnival issue: Feb. 11, 1902; Comus. (New Orleans, La. : F.A. Lumsden & G.W. Kendall) LLMVC MCAGE F379 .N5 D27 SUPP With Carnival season

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Exhibition: “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War”

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LSU Libraries Special Collections marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in “The Great War” with the exhibition, “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War,” running from February 20 – June 2, 2017

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Games now available for checkout

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Thanks to donations from the LSU Libraries Programming Committee, 17 games are now available for checkout at the Access Services Desk. Titles include Monopoly, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit. These items can be checked out for 12 hours. For more information, contact

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Journal of Web Librarianship names Comeaux to editorial board

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Web Development Librarian, David Comeaux, was recently named to the editorial board for The Journal of Web Librarianship. He joins the board with more than twenty academic and systems librarians from universities worldwide. Comeaux will serve a two-year term as a peer

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