Monthly Archives: February 2014

From Tiny Books to Chunky Books

You may recall A Tiny Post on Some Tiny Books that we shared last October, when we acquired three tiny books, one each on salads, sandwiches, and chafing dish recipes. The post ended with a note about the elusive 4th volume in the quartet, The Tiny Book on Cocktails. I’m happy to report that it took a […] Continue reading

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Research Networking Sites and Open Access

The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Vitae site has a post today titled Should You Share Your Research on Academia.edu? Research networking sites may provide services that researchers value– I don’t know because I haven’t signed up for any of them– … Continue reading Continue reading

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Ann Hertzler’s Work: A Slide Show

Over the course of the last 14 years, Ann Hertzler made many contributions to Special Collections, including books for her endowed collection of children’s cookbook and nutrition literature publications, her professional papers from her tenure at Virginia Tech and the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a variety of other cookbooks. Continuing on last week’s post, I thought […] Continue reading

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Arab Fest 2014 (3: Summary of Events)

The video above is a short preview of the Arab Fest 2014′s first event, the Arab Art and Fashion Show, “event captured” in the VT University Libraries Multipurpose Room (MPR). Below is the full version, captured and posted to the VT institutional repository VTechWorks.  Full version of the event capture made by University Libraries. This is the(…) Continue reading

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Ann Hertzler: Professor, Extension Specialist, and Culinary Friend

Some of our followers may have heard of, seen comments on the blog by, or personally known, our long-time History of Food and Drink Collection friend, donor, and supporter, Ann Hertzler. We were saddened to learn that Ann passed away last week on February 6, 2014, at her residence in North Carolina. In 1957, Ann A. […] Continue reading

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Arab Fest 2014: (2: Groundbreaking minority comedian Dean Obeidallah headlines Arab Fest Panel Discussion)

  (Panelists pictured above are, from left to right, Dean Obeidallah, co-founder of the  highly regarded New York Arab-American Comedy Festival; Steven Salaita, an English professor in the Virginia Tech English Department; Brian Bolton, Director of the Cranwell International Center and MC of the event; and Hannah Benninger and Nadine Sinno, Arabic Professors in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.)(…) Continue reading

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Copyright and Article Archiving

Last week there was a flurry of exchanges on copyright and author manuscripts, unintentionally set off by Kevin Smith’s clarifying post Setting the record straight about Elsevier. I had thought that my right to archive, given in the publishing contracts … Continue reading Continue reading

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S. Thomas Bivens and the Business of Food

February is Black History Month. Around this time last year, I was asked if I might be interested in giving a talk about African-American contributions to culinary history. Since my culinary history is learned on the job, I thought it might give me a great opportunity to explore a subject I didn’t know much about, […] Continue reading

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Upcoming Event!

Do you live and/or work in Blacksburg? Do you like chili? Would you like a chance to try local chili from local restaurants? Our friends at the Blacksburg Library have an event for you! In celebration of National Chili Day, they will be hosting a lunch time chili crawl, all in one place! It’s also […] Continue reading

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