Sunday, January 29, 2017

Spotlight on the Collection : Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

The library has purchased access to a new title within Oxford Reference Online:  Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

This is an A-Z dictionary of words found in Shakespeare's plays, and a description of Shakespearean original pronunciation (OP), enabling practitioners to answer any queries about the pronunciation of individual words. It includes all the words in the First Folio, transcribed using IPA, and provides sound files as an additional aid to pronunciation. It details the main pronunciation evidence in the texts, notably all spelling variants and rhymes.

Once you have accessed the book, if you wish to access the introductory material and the key to abbreviations, click the tab  "ALL CONTENTS" and then click "Front Matter."

The title can be accessed in the usual places (e.g., Articles & More alpha list, Articles & More Subject list [Literature-English] in the "Reference Sources" category, library catalog, etc.).

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Special Collections event Feb. 8 : "The World's Most Mysterious Manuscript"

Special Collections is holding an event that may be of interest to you: 

The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript: Theories on Its Origin and Use
 Presented by Ray Clemens, Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts, Yale University
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 6:00 pm
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library

Ray Clemens will talk about the Voynich manuscript, an early 15th-century codex that has been called the world’s most mysterious book. The book was written by hand in an unknown language that no one has yet been able to decipher. Colorful illustrations of unidentifiable plants, zodiac signs, astronomical and cosmological diagrams, and naked women in bathing pools add to the mystery. Clemens is the editor of The Voynich Manuscript, which was published by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Yale University Press in 2016. The facsimile volume, with new color photographs of the original manuscript and reproductions of its unusual folded sections, includes six essays that provide historical, cryptographic, forensic, and alchemical perspectives on the manuscript’s origins, owners, and meaning. The manuscript can also be viewed online.

 Ray Clemens is the Curator, Early Books & Manuscripts at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. He previously served as Acting Director of the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies and was an Associate Professor of History at Illinois State University.  The presentation is sponsored by UVM Special Collections and the College of Arts and Sciences Medieval Studies Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email or call 656-2138.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Office Move

Due to work in the library related to the bridge construction, I have moved to a different office. My telephone number remains the same (802-656-5718).

My office is on the Ground Floor (Room 049), directly opposite the Media Resources Desk. Go down the main staircase to the ground floor. At the foot of the stairs, turn right and then turn immediately to your right.