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Friends of the Libraries Events and Exhibits

Upcoming and past events and exhibits sponsored by the Friends of the Lehigh Libraries.

Friends of the Lehigh Libraries: Past Events, 2012

Lehigh Alumna Presents Vision for Digital Repository in Cloud

Michele Kimpton, BS Mechanical Engineering, ‘84, visited Lehigh University on April 12th. Kimpton, a recognized leader in cloud computing and institutional repositories, gave two campus addresses: one on "Building Community Clouds for Access and Preservation" and the other on “Preserving the Scholarly Record". 

Ms. Kimpton is CEO and co-founder of Duraspace, an organization dedicated to the development and improvement of open technologies that provide long-term, durable access to digital assets. Formerly of the Internet Archive, Ms. Kimpton was awarded the Digital Preservation Pioneer by the Library of Congress. Michele Kimpton’s visit was sponsored by the Friends of the Lehigh Libraries.

Her visit coincided with two emergent LTS initiatives: Lehigh Preserve, which is Lehigh’s institutional repository, and the development of a unit-wide network storage strategy. The purpose of an institutional repository is to collect, digitally preserve, and disseminate the intellectual output of an institution. Lehigh Preserve will serve as a campus repository for such disparate materials as senior theses, campus-produced documentary films, conference papers, articles, and research data and reports.

Lehigh’s storage strategy is a cross-unit initiative that will help the campus approach dealing with an exponential growth in demand for data storage. As such, we intend to group LTS storage initiatives so we can achieve increased purchasing power in the short run and economies-of-scale in the long run. The ultimate goal is to ensure LTS storage services are aligned and coordinated so we can better communicate to, and ultimately serve, our customers.

Her contributions and impact on digital preservation can be viewed at:

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Author

Isabel Wilkerson photoFriends of the Lehigh Libraries welcomed Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (also available at Lehigh or your local library), who spoke on February 28th at 4:15pm at Baker Hall in the Zoellner Arts Center.  

Isabel Wilkerson, spent most of her career as a national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times, is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism and was the first black American to win for individual reporting. Inspired by her own parents’ migration, she devoted fifteen years to the research and writing of this book. She interviewed more than 1,200 people, unearthed archival works and gathered the voices of the famous and the unknown to tell the epic story of the relocation of an entire people in The Warmth of Other Suns. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Diversity, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Weinstock Center for Journalism.

A book signing followed the event.

Technology in Libraries Leader from Vanderbilt University

Marshall Breeding photoMarshall Breeding came to Lehigh to lead an engaging conversation about technology in libraries on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Marshall serves as the Director for Innovative Technologies and Research for the Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, TN and is the Executive Director of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, a large-scale archive of digital video content.

Marshall is a speaker, writer, and consultant. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides ( and the lib-web-cats online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column “Systems Librarian” appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual "Automation Marketplace" feature published by Library Journal since 2002. He has authored nine issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports, written many other articles and book chapters, and has edited or authored six books. He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations on a wide range of topics at library conferences throughout the United States and internationally. He has been a LITA Top Technology Trends panelist at ALA conferences and a frequent presenter at Computer in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences.

Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science.

Read his Guideposts blog on Library Technology Guides at:

Friends of the Lehigh Libraries: Past Events, 2011

Emmy Award-Winning Digital Storyteller

Brian StormThe Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries welcomed renowned digital storyteller Brian Storm on November 10th and 11th. Brian is founder and executive producer of the Emmy award-winning multimedia production studio MediaStorm. In an event co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Department of Journalism and Communication, and The Lehigh Lab, Brian framed his comments by presenting several short journalistic films developed by his production company. Each film demonstrated the power of storytelling through use of new technologies and a distribution model driven by social media.

On the second day of his visit, Brian led a three-hour focused conversation of twenty students, staff and faculty. In addition to building community across disciplinary and organizational boundaries, the session provided a forum for in-depth engagement for participants from Journalism and Communication, History, American Studies, Sociology, English, The Brown and White, and Library and Technology Services.

Special Collections: Past Exhibits, 2011

Special Collections Exhibit: Being Medieval

Special Collections presents "Being Medieval", an exhibit on what it means to be Special CollectionsMedieval as represented by Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and research materials from the last three hundred years. Visitors will have the opportunity to re-interpret the Medieval world with a look at scholastic and popular culture since the 18th century. On view in Linderman Library from November 15, 2011 through February 24, 2012.

Special Collections Exhibit: In the Spirit of Giving & Fresh Out of the Press

Linderman Library’s exhibit, In the Spirit of Giving, showcased various gifts given to Special Collections over the years. Thanks to the generosity of many alumni, faculty, staff, and students, Lehigh’s historical collections have grown in size, breadth and uniqueness. Special Collections highlighted these gifts received since Linderman reopened following an extensive renovation in 2007.

Featured were rare books, manuscripts, local history materials, and Lehigh memorabilia. On display were an important 18th century book on probability donated by Lehigh’s Department of Mathematics; a fine press book detailing the Adirondack Mountains donated by an alumnus; and several items that demonstrate Lehigh school spirit.

The exhibit was on display on the ground floor (both in the Café Gallery and in Lucy’s Café), the first floor reading room, and the Bayer Galleria through November 4, 2011.

Another exhibit at Fairchild-Martindale Library, Fresh Out of the Press, featured selected recent publications by Lehigh faculty.

Fairchild-Martindale Library and Computing Center at Lehigh University.

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