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Dear Reader,
 
Welcome to the weekend and a Fleet Library newsletter full of NEWS! This edition of See Also features news of recent gifts, grant funding, digitization projects, a new partner for our Material Order Consortium, and more in our ongoing spotlight on additions to circulating collections.
 
It has been such a strange and difficult year in so many respects! And yet, it has also been a year of growth and clarification of priorities. In being forced to address the challenges of access to collections under covid restrictions, we're emerging with a renewed commitment to and excitement for the digitization and collection development efforts that will bring our unusual and unique materials to as wide an audience as possible. With these efforts, and with the kinds of gifts and grants that are described below, we'll be able to tell a more complete story of RISD's history past and present, bring back to light significant live events from the 1970s to 1990s, become a destination for the study of early computer art, and add historic materials to the manufactured samples in our Materials Collection.
 
None of the above requires any reduction to our service-oriented operations, and, indeed, as we return to campus in the fall under the "Near Normal" scenario, we'll have expanded options - both in person and online - for instruction, research appointments, and class visits across library units. 
 
In the meantime, we have a few more weeks of the spring semester to go. If you'd like to help the library staff, please take a minute to remind yourself of any library materials you have out on loan (books, DVDs, clippings, material samples) and make a plan for returning or renewing them. We're happy to help in any way, especially if you are no longer in Providence. More info about returns and renewals can be found here
 
Best of luck to all as we careen toward crits, Commencement, and well earned summer holidays!
 
Margot McIlwain Nishimura
Dean of Libraries
 
P.S. For students thinking about campus employment opportunities in the fall, please scroll all the way down for a PSA from the Center for Arts & Language.

RESCUING RISD RECORDINGS FROM RUIN
RISD is among the sixteen recipients of this year's Library of Rhode Island (LORI) grants from the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services.

The RISD Archives has more than 2000 time-based, magnetic media tapes that record events of interest to the fine arts, design, and humanities disciplines and are at risk of being lost to history. The LORI grant will allow archivists to start an ongoing digital preservation project, to digitize and share the first 300-plus tapes from the Archives and make them available for viewing through Digital Commons by Fall 2021.

At-risk magnetic media from the 1970s to 1990s planned for digitization includes presentations from the Universal Kitchen project and Mellon-funded lectures and interviews with artists, designers, and architects who visited campus in this period, including Maya Angelou, Dore Ashton, Eric Fischl, Carlos Fuentes, Allen Ginsburg, Robert Irwin, Fran Lebowitz, Elizabeth Murray, James Rosenquist, Gunther Schuller, Cindy Sherman, and John Updike.

LET'S GET DIGITAL, DIGITAL
Fleet Library recently received a generous gift from Anne (MFA 92), Michael, and Amelia Spalter that will support our ability to build research collections on the foundational period of computer, algorithmic and generative art, 1965-2000. The family's name can be seen elsewhere on campus: Michael currently chairs the Board of Trustees, and the Spalter New Media Gallery is a central fixture of the RISD Museum. Anne Morgan Spalter is a RISD alumna, digital mixed-media artist and author of the influential textbook The Computer in the Visual Arts; together, the family stewards a growing collection of digital art (see images below). Their gift will enable the library to support serious inquiry into the history and future of computer-based art. We look forward to sharing more news in future editions of See Also as this collection develops!
ACTIVISM IN THE ARCHIVES
Explore RISD's history of activism on a newly launched page on risd.edu. A little background: In 2020 @risdARC members demanded RISD's history of activism and documentation of Black and BIPOC led movements be accessible online. A selection of archival materials, which originated from students, RISD employees, and the institutional record from their respective moments are being shared in response, providing additional insights into RISD's complex and multifaceted history. This project is ongoing and the page will continue to evolve. You are invited to submit your own materials to the Archives. A full range of activism resources from the RISD Archives has been digitized and is available on Digital Commons.
SAMOORE GIFT: CONNECTING TO RISD CIRCA 1900
We have been given a unique collection of drawings by Harry A. Samoore, an evening student (today's CE equivalent) from 1896/7-1901, and a Brown & Sharpe employee. The drawings, donated by his granddaughters, Marion J. Kearns and Dorothy L. Carrier, appear to be from Modeling and Casts classes in the Freehand Drawing and Painting department. The collection includes 29 - 19" X 25" and 31 - 19" X 13" sketches, as well one photograph of Samoore from 1900, and a photograph of the Brown & Sharpe apprentice class from 1897.  All are on Digital Commons.

MATERIAL ORDER WELCOMES NEW PARTNER
Material Order—the shared materials database consortium of Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library and RISD’s Fleet Library—welcomes Columbia University’s Avery Library as its newest member. The Avery will launch with the materials collection housed in the Preservation Technology Lab (PTL) at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.    

Material Order allows each member institution to catalog and describe its own design material collections while utilizing shared authorities for cataloging and classification. Material Order SEARCH allows users to view the holdings of all member collections in one federated space to maximize faculty and student awareness, learning, and consideration of material selection. The PTL offers the consortium the opportunity to more deeply explore aging and preservation of materials from the unique built environment of New York City.

NEW EBOOKS AND DVDS TOO
Browse recent acquisitions from the comfort of wherever you are through the "New Books" page on the Fleet Library website.  New ebooks and DVDs (most of them, anyway) are now included. Physical books can be requested through contactless pick-up -- for anyone on campus this semester). Link to the page here or from the lower section of library.risd.edu (see "NEW BOOKS" under "COLLECTIONS").
BECOME A PEER TUTOR
If you’re interested in helping and learning from others; sharing your appreciation for writing in the context of art and design; interpersonal, interdisciplinary, and intercultural connection; the interplay between identity and communication; developing your own knowledge and professional experience, please consider applying to either an undergraduate and grad assistant tutor position with the Center for Arts & Language. No prior experience is necessary. All positions will be filled no later than August 31. Early applications (by June 1) are encouraged.
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