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Pat Wand on American Style Education in the Gulf

Pat Wand, University Librarian Emerita, will draw on four years of experience as dean of libraries at Dubai’s Zayed University in a March 1 campus presentation. Her talk, titled “Cultural Adaptations: American Style Education and Libraries in the Arabian Gulf,” will also commemorate the launch of worldwide “Peace Corps Month.” Wand served in the Peace Corps in Colombia from 1963 to 1965 and is a board member of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). Her talk is cosponsored by NPCA and the Friends of Colombia.

Talk: 7 p.m., Founders Room, SIS building. Reception: 6:30 p.m. with light Middle Eastern fare.

Library Exhibit Recognizes Latin American Center Scholarship

“Discourse on the Americas: Current Scholarship from AU’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies” highlights scholarship from the region. The exhibit features publications and photography by AU faculty who are at the forefront of understanding economic development, democratic governance, cultural diversity and change, peace and diplomacy, health, education and environmental well-being in Latin American regions and cultures. The exhibit is animated by a collection of small sculptures, retablos, and other colorful objects, many loaned by AU professor Jack Child. A bibliography of books and reports by AU Latin Americanists is available at the exhibit.

All Early English Books Online

Do you have to travel to London to see the first book printed in English? No, you can see it on your own computer because the Early English Books Online (EEBO) database has been added to the library Web site.

The first English book, generally believed to be William Caxton’s 1473 printing of a history of Troy, and more than 100,000 others are now available in EEBO as digital facsimiles. By adding EEBO to the previously owned Eighteenth Century Collections Online database, the AU community has access to almost all known books printed in English between 1475 and 1800—an amazing array of resources.

Purchase of the database was made possible through a partnership with Dean Peter Starr of the College of Arts and Sciences and Provost Scott Bass.

Associate Librarian Diana Vogelsong contributed to this column.