September 9, 2020

Temple University Libraries

Our library locations remain open, but no matter where you are, Temple Libraries is here to offer you much needed materials and support this semester. Make sure to check our website for the latest information about visiting in person, and please feel free to reach out to us for research help or with any questions.
We have a lot planned this semester, and we invite you to check out our lineup of virtual events—more below! We’re also pleased to share with you the winners of the Libraries’ creative writing contest and invite you to join our UX research pool.

Fall 2020 virtual events 

Monument Lab book cover; BLAM! Graphic novel collage; Yellow Fever programming graphic
Every year, the Libraries invites artists, writers, scholars, and experts in a variety of fields to address topics of importance to Temple and the surrounding community. We call this event series Beyond the Page.
This fall, in light of a year marked by two public health crises, we’ll explore the theme of Interruption. Join us as we go virtual to examine how Temple researchers and our communities responded in unprecedented times. Together, we’ll look ahead to our future as a university, a city, and a nation.
We'll continue to bring you a variety of events, including Beyond the Notes concerts, offerings from the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, and programming from the Health Sciences Libraries. Our book club series will unpack novels that relate to disruption. 

Visit to see our full calendar.
Black Lives Always Mattered! Website Launch
In celebration of the founding of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History by Dr. Carter G. Woodson on this date in 1915
Today! Wednesday, September 9, 2:00 pm
BLAM!, a graphic novel, is a Blockson Collection project supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. BLAM! brings African American history in Philadelphia to life with a focus on 14 historical figures, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Cecil B. Moore, and Marian Anderson.
Chat in the Stacks: Recognizing Outstanding Faculty
Thursday, September 17, 2:30 pm
Tune in as we honor Dr. Theresa Powell, vice president for Student Affairs.
The Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton's America
Week of programming, September 21 - 25
We invite you to join us for a week of programming around the Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton's America. Our Health Sciences Libraries and the Center for Urban Bioethics are pleased to bring you this virtual exhibit curated by the National Library of Medicine.
A Monumental Moment: Considering the Future of Philly's Public Art
Tuesday, September 22, 5:30 pm
Join us as we consider the past, present, and future of Philly’s monuments with the editors and contributors of Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia from Temple University Press. Featuring speakers Paul M. Farber, Jane Golden, Homay King, Ken Lum, Stephanie Mach, and Karyn Olivier, and a special introduction by artist Hank Willis Thomas.

Beyond the Notes
Triumph of the Human Spirit: Beethoven at 250

Wednesday, September 23, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Listen in as Temple faculty, students, and alumni present the inspiring works of Beethoven in celebration of his 250th birthday. This performance is led and coordinated by Dr. Joyce Lindorff.
Book Club: An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
Thursday, September 24, Noon
"With an Afrofuturist premise grounded in a queer neuroatypical worldview, An Unkindness of Ghosts is the post-Butler novel many of us have been waiting for." – Strange Horizons
Change and action: a workshop series 
This fall, our librarians will teach workshops on a wide range of topics, emphasizing Change and Action. View all upcoming workshops at
Write a Winning Conference Abstract
Wednesday, September 16, Noon
Are you interested in gaining professional experience by presenting at a virtual or in-person conference? Come to this workshop to learn how to write a winning conference abstract. Tips for writing presentation titles and the pieces of an abstract will be explored.
Celebrate Constitution Day and Learn About Voter Registration for the 2020 Presidential Election
Thursday, September 17, 10:00 am
Join Temple Libraries in celebrating Constitution Day and the day of citizenship by learning about the Help America Vote Act along with some of the NJ and PA deadlines for voting registration.
Bias in Health Sciences Research
Tuesday, September 22, Noon
Biases can occur through all stages of the literature search process: from the way study results are reported, to how books and articles are indexed in library catalogs and databases, and to dangerous algorithms in search engines. In this workshop, you will learn about implicit bias in health sciences research, and we will offer strategies for how to avoid these biases.
PubMed Special Queries
Wednesday, September 23, Noon
Come to this session to learn about these special search filters that help you easily access PubMed literature on topics including Clinical Topics, Healthy People 2020, Health Disparities, Health Literacy, Bioethics, and the History of Medicine. Attendees will leave with knowledge of the array of Special Queries available and how to best utilize them depending on the research question.
Developing & Growing Your Online Scholarly Profile During Uncertain Times
Tuesday, September 29, Noon
In this 30-minute workshop, we'll highlight how you can effectively present yourself digitally to find your community online using available researcher identifiers and academic social networks. We’ll also offer options for sharing your research with new audiences online and in available repositories, including Temple’s own TUScholarShare.
As always, our events and workshops are free and open to all. We hope to see you on Zoom!
A welcome interruption 
We’re excited to announce the winners of the Libraries’ creative writing contest. The contest’s theme was “Interruption.” You can read all submissions on the contest website, and don’t forget to join us later this month for a reading by selected winners and finalists.
Juried winner
Kristen Loughlin, for the short story “Bar Lines”
Juried runners up
Jessie Doble, for the poem “To my father”
Misty Sol, for the short story “Coif”
Public winner
Nha Nguyen, for the poem “An ode to your last breath”
We want to hear from you!
Student and faculty feedback is critical to helping us create library services, spaces, and websites that work. To better understand how we can improve our services and meet your needs, Temple Libraries periodically conducts UX research such as focus groups, usability testing, surveys, and more.
To participate in studies, join our UX research pool! Those who sign up will receive invites to take part in activities that help contribute to the design of library services. If you have questions, contact Jackie Sipes
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