This Week in the Library

March 21-25, 2016

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Friday Film: One Foot in Heaven

Starring Fredric March, Martha Scott, Beulah Bondi, Gene Lockhart, Moroni Olsen.

This Best Picture nominee follows the often humorous and sometimes poignant experiences of a Methodist minister, his family, and the people they meet from parish to parish. Dealing with real-life issues of gossip, wealth, and envy, its story is based on the best seller about the real Rev. William Spence. Famed Protestant minister Norman Vincent Peale served as the film’s technical advisor. Max Steiner’s superb score pervades the atmosphere of this well- told story.

7:00 pm in the auditorium

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Friday: Bollywood Sampler

Join the fun.

There will be a Bollywood Sampler in the HD viewing room this Friday at 7:00 pm

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New Exhibit in Special Collections

A new exhibit on the history of the Doctrine and Covenants is on display now in L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The title is Compiling the Doctrine and Covenants, 1830-1921.
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Librarians in the News: Chris Ramsey

Recently, Chris Ramsey won the "Best Display" award for her poster Looking for Mormon Artists in the Crowd: The Mormon Literature & Creative Arts Database at ARLIS/NA+VRA 2016 Conference in Seattle.

The "Best Display" Award goes to the poster with the most effective use of visuals to describe one's research or project. Congratulations to Chris Ramsey and Dan Sappenfield, Graphic Design student.

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Discovering the Japanese Collection at BYU

The Japanese speakers in our ranks may be interested in attending the keynote addresses of a symposium and workshop entitled “Discovering the Japanese Collection at Brigham Young University.” The event is being organized by BYU’s Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages on March 25-26, 2016, and held in the Special Collections classroom. Attendees will have a chance to learn about the rare and, in some instances unique, Japanese materials in Special Collections. Register through Wednesday, March 23 by e-mailing

Jack Stoneman will conclude Friday’s events with a summary of his research (in English) on Harry F. Bruning, who collected most of our Japanese materials. His lecture will be from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Please be sure to clear attendance at this event with your supervisors.

Building History: Digging Nostalgia

Many people remember the big pit, or at least the tall fence that surrounded it, when the north addition to the library was under construction. While an entire class of students never saw the quad that is above the reading room, they are happy to tell you the story of how they had to walk around the construction site for years. Those memories will fade. How many people do you know who can tell you about dealing with the first library addition in 1975? I came across a photo of the project and I thought it fitting to include a literary reference (Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel 813 B95mi) as well as a photo of the building that used to occupy this space.

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Library NewsNotes: Print Isn't Dead, It Is Just Avoiding Mean People

The latest edition of Library NewsNotes is out. Learn about the popularity of Zines in the digital age plus an article on the impact of preprints on libraries.

Read it here...

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The Library in Social Media

The International Harp Archives got a shout-out in social media this week.

Julie Child + Bob Ross + Mortal Combat = Twitch

One million people visited the web site Twitch, a service owned by Amazon, to watch and comment on reruns of Julie Child's cooking show. Not long ago, millions more dropped in to watch a marathon session of Bob Ross' painting show, all 400 hours. Twitch is best known as a site where people watch videos of other people playing computer games, but they are branching out and experimenting with new content. The attraction for viewers appears to be the social interaction in the comments window and not the desire to cook or paint.

Looking Ahead: Watch Mike Hunter in "Fact of Fiction? Mormon Stories & Urban Legends"

KSL's Michelle King interviewed the library's own Mike Hunter for a conference weekend special that will be shown on Saturday, April 2 at 12:30 pm.

You can watch it on TV or stream it through