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Tim Miller makes his directorial debut this Friday (2/12) with the irreverent superhero comedy Deadpool. 10 years ago he worked on the animated short Gopher Broke, which was a part of the Animation Spotlight program in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and an Academy Award nominee for Best Short Film. 

Another Sundance alum, lead actor Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool. Reynolds has acted in six films shown at Sundance including Life During Wartime, The Nines, Adventureland, Buried, The Voices, and Mississippi Grind.

Deadpool will be released nationwide on Friday, Feb 12, and Gopher Broke is available on iTunes. 

In 1969, the primarily African American food service workers at #UNCG went on strike to protest their low hourly wage (which was only slightly higher than the wage paid to the part-time, largely white, student workers), lack of overtime pay, sick and holiday pay, performance reviews, and dismissal procedures. In a controversial move, SGA also voted to use student funds to hire an attorney to represent the striking workers. On the night of March 31, a crowd of approximately 1200 students, including activists from A&T, demanded that Chancellor Ferguson answer their demands.

Learn more about the strike in this blog post: http://uncghistory.blogspot.com/2013/09/food-service-workers-strike-of-1969.html

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Maurice White, 1941–2016

Maurice White died in his sleep on February 4, 2016, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. You can learn more about this founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire at the Rock Hall:

Quote: Maurice White, “Biography from Columbia Records: Earth, Wind & Fire,” Columbia Records, September 1977.

Image: Cover art for the single “I’ve Had Enough,” Columbia Records.

Documents: Promotional materials on Earth, Wind & Fire highlighting Maurice White’s life and career, Columbia Records, 1977, 1983.

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Happy National Handwriting Day! We’re celebrating by sharing letters from our Manuscripts and Archives collection. This year’s theme is “en français”.

From top to bottom: 

  • Napoleon Bonaparte to Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, 1797  (WMSS, Group 2, Series A, Item 2218)
  • Marquis de Lafayette to Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, ca 1785-1815 (WMSS, Group 2, Series A, Item 2091)
  • Antoine Laurent Lavoisier to Eleuthere Irenee du Pont de Nemours, 1791 (WMSS, Group 4, Series A, Item 54)

Above is a breakdown of some applied best practices for using Tumblr in the context of libraries, archives, and special collections I’ve learned in as both a longtime Tumblr user and recent MLIS.  

Information represented above is based on project overview shared in early 2015, Open.Marginalis: Tumblr as Platform for Digital Scholarship in Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections.

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New acquisition alert! Just delivered to the Othmer Library: a collection of science education films and videos produced by Science Screen Report. Intended for use in high school classrooms, the films cover a range of subjects and include such delightful titles as:

Physics: Radiant Energy All Around Us

Ecology: Salmon Aided by Science

Biomedicine Rebuilds the Human Anatomy

Engineering: To Capture the Sun

We can’t wait to dig into all of these babies, but are most excited by the intriguingly titled “Turbo Cat,” which sounds both amazing and disturbing at the same time!