Category Archives: Our UArts Community

Library- and research-related news and notes about UArts students, faculty and staff.

New Year, New Call Numbers!

Dear UArts Community Members,

As some of you may already know, we began a large-scale project in the Greenfield Library in the final months of the Fall 2017 semester. We reclassified every item in our collection from Dewey Decimal call numbers to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Okay, so you might be thinking, why? Well, there are a number of reasons.

  • The Library of Congress system is the standard system in the United States for academic libraries.
  •  It is already in use by the UArts Music Library and will help streamline the collections.
  •  It is widely regarded as a more effective system to use for classifying and finding academic materials.

    You will encounter the LC system throughout your research at UArts and beyond. Even a cursory knowledge of its various sections will help you identify places in the library to browse and find materials. You can find out more about how LC call numbers are structured by taking a look at our UArts Libraries Call Number Guide on our website.In addition, we’ve created an LC subject heading guide, as well as corresponding bookmarks, available at the circulation desk:The project included putting new labels on the books, removing every book from the shelves, and then moving the books into their new location.

    From left to right: Barbara Danin, Acquisitions & Administrative Coordinator, Mary Louise Castaldi, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, and Lillian Kinney, Cataloger/Archivist, sorting books that were relocated to their new sections in the stacks.

    Above: William Rooney, UArts Visual Resources & Special Collections Assistant, sorting books with new LC labels into their new respective aisles.

    As you can see from the images taken over the holiday break, it was organized chaos with books all over the library (on tables, chairs, carts, and the floor), and staff moving in all directions!

    Thanks to the participation of the entire library staff and two very capable student assistants, the project was mostly complete before the beginning of the spring semester despite the interruption of 2.5 snow days. As we continue to power through the final stages of this project, please remember that we are always here to help you navigate your way through the library. Please don’t ever hesitate to visit us or stop by the circulation desk and ask for assistance!

    ~The UArtsLibraries

UArts 140th #tbt Posts!

Have you checked out the University Libraries’ series of #tbt posts in honor of the University’s 140th anniversary?

You should!

Search Instagram for the hashtag #UArtsArchivesTBT, or visit:

This is an ongoing series, so be sure to follow and check the UArts Libraries Instagram account regularly.

And boy, does this series have everything!

Students chilling on the steps of Hamilton Hall? Check.

Students sitting on the steps of Dorrance Hamilton Hall

Historic Philly shots? Check.

333 South Broad Street

Student makers making? Check.

Dance students practicing with labanotation score

Faculty engagingCheck.

Ben Eisenstat advises a student in an illustration class

Art installationsCheck.

Art installation at Hamilton Hall copy

A graduation photo from 1893!?!?! Check.

PMSIA class of 1893

Now, when you find yourself asking: where do they get all these wonderful photos?!?

Well the UArts Archives of course! All of the #tbt photos posted to Instagram -and many, many more- are available via the UArts Digital Collections page, accessible right through the good ol’ library homepage:

The UArts Digital Collections contain not only photos from the UArts Archives, but also student work, campus event photos and videos, and other special digital collections!

Come celebrate 140home years of UArts history with us! 

Big band member and library student worker selected as a top soloist

The UArts Libraries wish to congratulate Henry Tirfe for being selected as one of five top solo artists in the College Big Band division at the 46th Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California.


Not only is UArts School of Music student Henry Tirfe a great saxophonist, he is also a super-valued library student worker!

A junior in the UArts School of Music, Henry began working here in the Fall of 2015. He performed at the recent Next Generation Jazz Festival in California with the UArts “Z” Big Band, a finalist in the College Big Band Division.

“This was a first for me, a first for the ‘Z’ Big Band, and most importantly a first for the entire University,” said Tirfe. “I felt very proud flying back to Philadelphia bringing a trophy back for this school.”

And we are proud of him!


Henry also pointed out the UArts Music Library has on hand some of the scores for tunes the ‘Z’ Big Band has played, such as Tiptoe and To You, composed and arranged by Thad Jones.


Current UArts students, faculty, and staff can also listen to the tunes as originally recorded via Naxos Music Library Jazz and Music Online, respectively, available on the Audio and Video Online  library webpage.



Our congratulations to director Matt Gallagher, the amazing students of the ‘Z’ Big Band, and again to outstanding soloist –and an outstanding work study student– Henry Tirfe!

UArts Libraries Work-Study Students are Honors Students

We are very pleased and proud to recognize Greenfield Library work-study students Sarah Gantt and Haylee Warner for their acceptance into the UArts Honors Program.

Our work-study students Sarah and Haylee are UArts Honors students.
Sarah Gantt (left) and Haylee Warner, UArts Libraries work-study employees and UArts Honors Program participants

Sarah is a sophomore painting major who worked in the library last year and was a great asset to our Fall 2012 Open House event, and Haylee is a freshman in the UArts School of Dance and is interested in how libraries and dance can interconnect. Sarah and Haylee happen to be excellent employees as well as excellent students. The honors program requires them to maintain a GPA of 3.75, do honors-enriched coursework, and provide community service. We think they’re up to the task.

The Libraries and Lenore Tawney

Welcome back, everyone! We hope that you’ve had a rejuvenating winter break.

As you return to campus please take a moment to view the library’s complementary display to the Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For exhibition (January 17th – March 2nd, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery). Assembled by Casey Murphy and Mary Louise Castaldi in the display cases outside the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery you will find realia, library collection highlights, and a biographical timeline created using Tawney’s fiber. The realia on display is part of a generous donation from the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. The display is made entirely from materials and resources available in the Greenfield Library and from Tawney’s own fibers.

Included in the display are images of the Tawney sculptural installation in Hamilton Hall, Cloud Labyrinth, that was part of the National Sculpture Conference held at UArts in 1992.

Lenore Tawney

The following titles from the library’s collection are on display:

Nugent, Kathleen, ed. Lenore Tawney: A Retrospective. New York: Rizzoli, 1990. Print.

Smith, Nancy. Directions 1968. Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia College of Art, 1968. Print.

Read this title online or download for free through our collection
on Internet Archive:

Tawney, Lenore, Liesbeth Crommelin, and Kathleen N. Mangan. Lenore Tawney: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 11/5-30/6/1996. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1996. Print.

WCA Honor Awards: Edna Andrade, Dorothy Dehner, Lotte Jacobi, Ellen Johnson, Stella Kramrisch, Lenore Tawney, Pecolia Warner: 5th Annual Ceremony for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts. San Francisco, CA: Women’s Caucus for Art, 1983. Print.

View more of Lenore Tawney’s work in ARTstor:


Region of Fire- Lenore Tawney
“Region of Fire” Lenore Tawney, 1964



And from His Footprints Flowed a River- Lenore Tawney 1968
“And from His Footprints Flowed a River” Lenore Tawney, 1968

Discover primary sources and reviews through the library’s subscription databases!

The following articles are available through either EBSCOhost or Proquest:

Weltge, Sigrid Wortmann. “Spiritual Revolutionary.” American Craft 68.1 (2008): 90-97

Stein, Judith E. “The Inventive Genius Of Lenore Tawney.” Fiberarts 24.2 (1997): 28-34.

“In Memoriam: Lenore Tawney.” Fiberarts 34.4 (2008): 8.

A handout of library resources on Lenore Tawney is available at the Greenfield circulation desk.

Library staff recommendation: City of Memory: New Orleans Before and After Katrina

City of Memory: New Orleans Before and After Katrina
By John Woodin
Greenfield Open Stacks 976.335064 W858c 2009

UArts photography professor John Woodin’s images of New Orleans are simultaneously architectural studies and memorials of social and economic loss. As a native of the city, Woodin had objectively photographed New Orleans’ homes in 2004, depicting the cultural history of the people as well as their poverty.

Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in August of 2005. In October, when residents were allowed back into the city, Woodin was there, first to help his mother comb through the wreckage of his childhood home. He then returned to each home he’d photographed in 2004 and documented the change brought by the storm – and by the lack of government aid. In some photos, the destruction is obvious, but in others, it’s subtle, often just the search and rescue teams’ painted indicators that the home was searched and how many bodies, if any, were found.

City of Memory is at once a book of excellent photographs that show Woodin’s attention to detail and his formal, clean style. But it is also an important historical document that will remind viewers of the fragility of life.

Recommended by Shannon Robinson

Library staff news: Mike Sgier wins City Paper comics contest

A panel from Mike's winning comic. Courtesy of Mike Sgier Illustration.

We feel very proud of UArts Libraries staff member Mike Sgier (Greenfield Evening Circulation & Course Reserves) for winning the City Paper 2011 Comics Issue contest. A brief interview with Mike appeared along with the announcement of the winner. The contest judge remarked that “Mike Sgier’s monster strip was clearly the cream that rose to the top of the submission stack. This comic really shines, from the beautiful brush line work in his depiction of the old-school monsters to the melancholy mood of alienation many experience in the yuletide season.” You can see more of Mike’s work on his web site. Mike has an MFA in Visual Studies (to him it’s an MFA in illustration) and is hard at work on his career when he’s not providing excellent service in the Greenfield Library. Congratulations, Mike!

New exhibition catalog features UArts artists

The 29th Annual Exhibition of
the Emirates Fine Arts Society

Curated by Layla Juma Rashid
Greenfield Open Stacks 709.05 Em48 2011

The University Libraries has recently acquired the exhibition catalog for
the 29th Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society.

Curated by Layla Juma Rashid, the exhibition includes the works of 12 artists from the University of the Arts MFA Program in Studio Art: Eric Abaka, AJ Bredensteiner, Kris Strawser, Harry Hukkinen, Guy Loraine, David Chatfield, Lauren McCarty, Marge Renno, Michele Kishita, Carrice McKinstry, Tae Gyun Yoon, and Andrew Walker.

As well as artists’ works and statements (in both English and Arabic), Joe Girandola, director of the MFA program, has an essay entitled Still Melting…

Congratulations to the students and Professor Girandola on a wonderful exhibition!

Welcome Back!

The University Libraries staff extends a special welcome to new students and faculty and is, of course, pleased to welcome back those who are returning from their summer break. We are ready to assist you with finding materials for your courses or for any other kind of research need and look forward to seeing you all in the libraries. Don’t hesitate to contact anyone on the library staff about making recommendations for the library collections or to request assistance for anything from finding books, recordings, images, etc., to planning library instructional sessions for your class.

Those of you who are returning will notice some changes to the library facilities. The Music Library has added new shelving to the listening area and the entrance to the Music Library has been reconfigured and improved. Work on the doorway is continuing but should be completed within the next week or so. Carrels have been placed on the lower level of the Greenfield Library for individual study areas. We invite you to stop by and take a look at these improvements.

Please also take a few moments to view an exhibit of books from the Libraries’ Special Collections located in the first floor hallway of Anderson Hall. All books in Special Collections, including those in the exhibit, are listed in the Libraries’ online catalog and can be used in the library; just ask for them at the circulation desks.

Watch this space for information about library tours (participate and you may win a $100 prize!), workshops, online resources, staff recommendations, and other news and information about library activities. If you have suggestions for additional news entries, let us know. The library staff is here to assist you so don’t hesitate to contact us. Best wishes for a productive and successful semester!