On the Move…

Our blog is back in business and in a new location. You can now find us at http://blogs.lib.uconn.edu/allthingsresearch

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Pivot–the most comprehensive search for grant funding opportunities

The Office of the Vice President of Research and the UConn Libraries have acquired Pivot, a database for grant funding opportunities. You can search for grant funding in all the major research areas in the social science, sciences and humanities. In addition, this is  a superb place to find potential collaborators through the Pivot Profiles, which provide information on over 3 millions scholars from around the world.

For those new to this product, a Pivot representative is coming to UConn to do a demonstration of all the features available in this database. This presentation is open for faculty, students and staff.

Mark your calendar!

Pivot Presentation
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Classroom Building Room 101
10:30am – noon

If you can’t wait to explore Pivot, visit the official site at http://pivot.uconn.edu/ There are also training videos on how to use Pivot on YouTube so check them out!

Marisol Ramos
Librarian for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Spanish and Anthropology
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Practicing Perfection: Memory and Music Performance

Practicing Perfection: Memory and Music Performance

Tânia Lisboa
Royal College of Music, London, UK
& Roger Chaffin
Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut

How do classical musicians perform long programs from memory with note-perfect accuracy? To find out how, we have studied concert soloists as they prepare new works. Experienced performers have a mental map of the piece in mind as they play. The map tells them where they are and what comes next. Landmarks in the map are established during practice by thinking about particular features of the music so that later, during performance, they come to mind automatically. The map allows the soloist to monitor the rapid, automatic actions of playing and adjust to the needs of the moment. We will describe our research and Dr. Lisboa will perform two short works that we are currently studying: Prelude from cello suite No. 1 & Bourree from cello suite No. 3, by J.S. Bach.

Cellist Tânia Lisboa is widely acknowledged as one of Brazil’s foremost musical personalities with an international profile and an extensive range of recordings. She holds a PhD in performance and, in parallel to her solo career, she appears in masterclasses and lectures world-wide. Tânia Lisboa is a member of staff at the Royal College of Music, Center for Performance Science, in London.

Roger Chaffin is a professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut. His longitudinal case studies of experienced musicians provide a new way of understanding the cognitive processes involved in skilled performance.

Tuesday, April 10
12:30 pm-1:30 pm

University of Connecticut, Greater Hartford Campus, Library Building, Room 404
1800 Asylum Ave., West Hartford
Free and open to the public

Co-sponsored by: University of Connecticut Research Foundation, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center for the Study of Perception and Action (CESPA), Community School of the Arts, Music Department, and Trecker Library

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Connecticut Women’s Labor Display at Babbidge Library

In Celebration of National Women’s History Month:
On display at the Babbidge Library from March 20 – April 13, 2012

All in a Day’s Work:
Photographs of Women in Connecticut Industry
from the collections of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Worker at the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Company of Manchester, Connecticut, ca. 1925

Worker at the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Company of Manchester, Connecticut, ca. 1925

There will be a gallery walk led by Laura Smith, Labor Curator and co-creator of this exhibit, on Wednesday, March 28, at noon.

The display is viewable all hours the library is open.

Monday – Thursday : 07:30 AM – 02:00 AM
Friday : 07:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday : 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday : 10:00 AM – 02:00 AM
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Old Library/New Learning Commons

The Jeremy Richard Library at the UConn Stamford campus got a massive makeover last year.  We removed books (that are online or out of date) from our main floor to make way for our new computer lab, writing/tutoring center, new study tables in various configurations, media scapes, shared monitors, a quiet reading room, and lots of new comfy reading spaces supplied with electrical outlets. Image

Our goal is to bring together in an inviting, collaborative learning space, a place where students will have the tools and academic support services that enable them to research, produce and finalize their academic work assignments.


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Center of Research Libraries’ Services available to UConn Faculty

The Center of Research Libraries (CRL) is “an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.

UConn is a member institution, and therefore UConn (faculty, staff, and students) can borrow from the vast library of materials available at CRL for your research.

The collections at CRL, http://www.crl.edu/collections/ cover a wide variety of topics, regions, time periods and formats such as microfilms, monographs and digital formats. For example, you can access archival collections from United States, United Kingdom and even Cambodia. In addition, dissertations, monographs and newspapers collection covering most regions in the world (Latin America, Asia, Africa, etc…) are available for Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

CRL offers the following services to CRL institutional members:

  • Hard Copy and Microform Loans (books, microfilms)
  • Document Delivery through your Interlibrary Loan Department
  • Digital Delivery of microfilms and other materials when available
  • When available digital collections are available for immediate viewing

To learn more about all these services, visit, http://www.crl.edu/services/borrowing/member-lending

Search the CRL catalog at http://catalog.crl.edu/ and gather the appropriate bibliographic information to make your interlibrary loan request.

Open ILLiad (http://uconn.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/logon.html)





and select the form from the New Request box on the left of the screen.

For microfilm request, contact directly the DD-ILL office at udoc@uconn.edu

For more information about DD-ILL policies and guidelines, please visit the DD-ILL FAQ at: http://www.lib.uconn.edu/services/ill/AboutDDILL.htm

Marisol Ramos

Librarian for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Spanish and Anthropology
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New Books for Social Psychology- Intergroup Relations

How does disharmony occur between groups? This question is addressed in Intergroup Misunderstandings: Impact of Divergent and Social Realities. The books’ editors are Stéphanie Demoulin and Jacques-Philippe Leyens of Catholic University of Louvain, and John Dovidio of Yale University (formerly of UConn). These editors bring together a collection which looks at this problem from the dual perspectives of groups of unequal status, such as the majority/minority or the stigmatized/stigmatizers. The book makes the central argument that groups in opposition misunderstand one another because they operate within different social realities, interact with incompatible goals, and use competing strategies to pursue those goals. UConn Professor Felicia Pratto, who studies social dominance and intergroup relations, contributes to chapter 12’s “Talking about Power: Group Power and the Desired Content of Intergroup Interactions”.

When Groups Meet: The Dynamics of Intergroup Contact describes a meta-analysis of 515 research studies that examine the relationship between prejudice and intergroup interaction. The authors, Thomas Pettigrew of the University of California Santa Cruz, and Linda Tropp of University of Massachusetts Amherst, find that increased contact between groups general reduces prejudice, supporting intergroup contact theory.


Both of these books are available for checkout at Babbidge Library. Click on the links for the call numbers or to request these books.

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